Cool calendars for kids

Written by Kara Fleck, Simple Kids editor and Rockin’ Granola mama.

Can you believe that in just a few weeks we”ll be turning the calendar page and saying good-bye to 2012?  I”m having a hard time getting my head around that myself, and yet here we are:  December is half way over and we”ll be hanging up our 2013 calendars before we know it.

Speaking of calendars, do you have yours for next year yet? What about for your kids?

For my own use, I mainly rely on two calendars – online I use google calendar for writing related things and offline I have printed out  The Confident Mom”s calendar (which I just discovered a few months ago and have found that the format really works for me and my household).

We also have a large family calendar that hangs in our kitchen and a chalkboard where we count down the days to important family events and I think it helps with family harmony for the whole family to be able to see what comes next.

Calendars for kids

I also like to have calendars up where the kids can see them, too.  I think the visual reminder is good for kids learning their days of the weeks and their numbers and my oldest daughter really enjoys picking out a themed calendar for her room each each year, too.

I also think that having a calendar helps with goal setting for older kids (i.e. read so many books by this date, assigned chores, this is when we pay out allowance, etc).

We use a few different types of calendars at our house for the kids.  Today I thought I”d share our 2013 calendar picks with you.

1. Elsa Beskow Wall Calendar

The Elsa Beskow wall calendar for 2013. We had this calendar in 2011 and loved it but I didn”t purchase it quickly enough before it sold out for 2012, so we missed it last year.

Elsa Beskow”s beautifully illustrated books are some of our favorites. A popular children”s illustrator in Sweden, Elsa Beskow gave the world such stories as The Story of the Snow Children, Princess Sylvie, The Sun Egg, and Woody, Hazel, and Little Pip.  The wall calendar features seasonal images from beloved stories like Peter in Blueberry Land and Around the Year and others.  A sweet, simple calendar for a playroom wall.

2. Cute Overload page-a-day calendar

Swinging to another style of calendar from a different type of artist almost a century later, my eleven year old”s pick for her 2013 calendar is this page-a-day calendar called Cute Overload: 365 Days of Impossibly Cute Photos.

From Meg Frost, curator of the blog this calendar is going into the stocking of my increasingly hard-to-buy-for tween daughter.  Tiny frogs, puppies, and kitties, oh my!

3. A perpetual calendar

On our Nature Table we have a simple perpetual calendar.  Each day my kids take turns changing the date and we switch out the little peg people according to the season or holiday.

Ours came from the Mama Roots etsy shop a few years ago (note:  I don”t see that she currently has any for sale) but I”m sure a quick search on etsy would show many more options and you could always make your own, too.  Right now our perpetual calendar is living on the top of our piano with our nativity set and some Christmas photos.

So, there you have it, from cute and cuddly to traditional, from wall calendar to page-a-day to perpetual, our family”s calendar picks for 2013.

How will you and your kids be keeping track of the days in 2013?

About Kara

Kara Fleck is the editor of Simple Kids. She is a small town mama, writer, knitter, bookworm, and hooligan. Kara lives in Indiana with her husband Christopher and their four children Jillian, Max, Lucy, and Amelia. You can find more of her writing at

Online Knitting Class
Delightful kids' crafts delivered to your door!  See sample crates>>


  1. FYI- the Cute Overload calendars sometimes have subtle sexual references that may or may not go over your daughter’s head. Two years ago my then- 10yod received one as a gift and we went through it and removed about five pages.

  2. I think I am gonna make a little calendar out of blocks like you Kara. I really love the simplicity in that!

    Speaking of calendars I just scored the Melissa and Doug one for my 4 year old at Michaels (it was 50% off!!!). I think he is going to love it because you only focus on one month at a time— I think most calendars are overwhelming to little ones. As for me— I just printed my annual photo calendar (through MyPublisher) for me and our parents, aunts and uncles. We are the only ones with kids yet so they can’t get enough of their faces.
    Jen | Family Sponge´s latest post: Giveaway: The ultimate one-stop-shop with

  3. My daughter recently turned three and we haven’t done calendars yet but she’s starting to understand the concept of days of the week and seasons so this would be a great year to start. Thanks for the ideas to get me started looking.
    Steph´s latest post: Pregnancy Update: Week 16

  4. I love your sweet little perpetual calendar. I’ve been meaning to make something like that.
    Annette´s latest post: Sunday… Joy?

Share Your Thoughts


We prefer humans! *

CommentLuv badge