September 06, 2010

The What's Up Weekly Board

This was my entry for last week's SYTYC.  This week are the auditions for the next season and the next week there are just two of us left and we go head to head.  I finally figured out what I'm going to make and I'm excited.  Anyhow, back to today's tutorial.
Have you ever tried to tell a 2 year old when something is going to happen?  It might go something like this:

You: We're going to see grampa and gramma on Sunday!
Child: We're going to see them now?
You: No, in two more days.
Child: Tomorrow?
You: No, you have to wake up two more times.
Child: After my nap?

You get the picture.  Well, this project is aimed at helping a little one understand when

This magentic board shows the days of the week. 


There are small magnets featuring all the things that might go on in the week. 


The big star can be moved to mark the current day.


 The little stars can be used to track daily chores accomplished.


To make the weekly board you can buy any magnet board.  If you have a cricut, it's great to use it to cut the letters for the days of the week using the sticky vinyl.  If you don't have one, you can purchase sticker letters in the scrapbook section of your craft store.  I also cut long lines from the vinyl to separate the days.
Measure the height of your board and divide it by seven.  If you fold a piece of paper to be that size you can use it to help you place the lines down evenly.
To create the magnets you can use clip art, draw your own pictures, or use mine.  To download my drawings in black and white click HERE.  If you want them already colored click HERE.  Cut out the shapes and then laminate them.  (The wooden star marking the day of the week can be purchased at any craft store.  I just painted it and stuck on the letters.)
To make them magnets, just cut a piece of this magnet strip and stick it to the back.  The adhesive on these magnets is really strong.  You won't have to worry about your pictures coming off the magnets.
I sewed a simple pocket and attached it to the back.  If you don't sew you could just buy a sheet of felt, fold it in half (but leave a little extra at the top to attach it) and glue the sides with hot glue to make it a pocket.
That's it!  Rex is most excited about having a garbage truck magnet. 
  

The board is not only a fun toy, but a good way to visually teach your child how to understand when.  And, it gives your little one something to look foward to.


Thanks for dropping in.  Happy Labor Day!  I hope you're having a wonderful extra long weekend.

See you tomorrow!

29 comments:

  1. Beautiful and really ingenious!!!!

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  2. This is super cute! You are so smart and crafy :)

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  3. I could have used this on the day before my son's 5th birthday. He knew about days and "tomorrow" and such, but he had been sick and ended up taking a long nap in his pajamas. He woke up thinking it was the next day -- his birthday -- and there was *nothing* I could do to convince him otherwise. He was so angry that I wouldn't give him breakfast (at dinner time). He thought it was just a big practical joke.

    Very cute project.

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  4. This is ADORABLE! I'm definitely making this.

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  5. Love this. Going to make it for sure!

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  6. Fun idea. My kids are always asking when things are.

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  7. Oh my gosh!! I love this idea. I go through the when questions all of the time. I just need to figure out how to miniaturize it because I don't have room. Maybe on the fridge or something. Thanks for the great idea!

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  8. I loved that board!!! It is such a great idea, and would work well for me, we have an adult with Fragile X who lives with us and has the same difficulty with when and this would be really helpful!

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  9. Genius! You should make a chore board next. That would be a big hit at our house.

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  10. You did it again and I sound like a broken record! Brilliant!!! and so much fun for the kids.

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  11. You could add Autistic as a tag too, as this would be great for children on the autism spectrum - the little boy I have been looking after needed constant reassurances as to what was next; when we were out I used to draw cartoon strips to help him, but I wish I'd had your images - my cartoons are really dodgy :-)

    Benta

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  12. I love this. We have a "days" chart with the weather and stuff, but it was store-bought and not nearly as cute or personalized. I'm in love with the garbage day label!

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  13. That is a great idea!! I love it!

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  14. Love it! This would be perfect for my 2 year old also!

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  15. I love this! I really like your "eat out" magnet!!

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  16. Cheri this is such an awesome idea -- my kids are always asking "how many days until .. . ?" I love it.

    P.s. I hope it was okay that I showed your awesome name tags. (hope sales went up ;)

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  17. What a great and super cute idea!! I'll keep it in mind for when my little one is a bit older. Thanks!

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  18. Cheri! I love it!! But where did you find the actual board??

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  19. Thanks for sharing this and many boyish thing in your blog. Love your little boys. They are so cute!

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  20. Ditto Tabitha's question...where did you find that magnetic board? I'm not sure where I would find something like that.

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  21. My dad and I made this one together a few years ago. Around here (Utah) we have a great store (Robert's) that carries lots of magnet boards in all sizes. However, if you can't find them in a store, I would buy a large frame and staple some sheet metal to the back. You can buy the sheet metal at the Depot - just make sure it'll hold magnets. I always bring one with to test. Good luck!

    Cheri

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  22. That is so creative! How fun for the kids. Thanks so much for the great idea, I'll be linking.

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  23. Hey there! I LOVE your blog! You are so creative! Can you tell me where you purchased your magnet board? Thanks!!!

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  24. Here's a suggestion for making the magnetic stickers a little easier. If you're going to be printing them off a computer file anyway, you can buy magnetic printer 'paper'! I've got a package that I've been waiting for the right project for.

    So you just print it out, cut it out, you're done. :)

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  25. I LOVE this idea, and am looking forward to making one for my little guy. I featured it here. So clever!

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  26. I LOVED this idea as well.. and we are loving our new board!
    http://imakestuff.typepad.com/i-make-stuff/2010/11/weekly-board.html

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  27. This is great! I love how you designed it with the pocket at the bottom and the magnet pictures. This is going on my list of things to make, thanks for the inspiration!

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  28. I just found this when you linked back to it on today's "You Roared" post. I am a fairly new follower of your blog and I just love it. I think this project is wonderful and HAVE to make it asap for my 3 and 4 year olds! Thanks so much!

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  29. Love it. Thanks for sharing

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