Free days of the week printable
We’re working on learning to spell the days of the week at the moment and I know my children learn best when we include some colour and fun. We’re also all about rainbows right now, and the seven rainbow colours matched with the seven days of the week is such a perfect combo. I’ve also got a girl who loves colouring in. Put all three together and we came up with this rainbow days of the week spinner!
You can find the free days of the week printable in the NurtureStore shop – just click through and you can download the pdf to use with your children. I made it with an open font, so you can colour, paint or pattern the letters in. Adding colour to spelling is great for visual learners, and as you fill in the letters you are working on the shape and order of the letters in each word.
I’ve also included some ‘today is’, ‘yesterday was’, ‘tomorrow is’ cards in the printable, so you can talk about past, present and future.
How do you learn the days of the week with your children? Some ideas we are trying:
:: We’ve coloured in the days of the week in rainbow sequence, which helps to place them in order
:: The fact that they are colourful helps connect with visual learners
:: Singing out the days in sequence connects with our auditory sense
:: We’re tracing over each letter with our finger, learning the feel of the shape of the words. I might add a raised layer of glitter glue or yarn on each letter to given even more tactile input.
:: You can add magnets on to the back of each word and use them on a magnetic board or fridge door. Jumble them up each day and ask your child to unscramble them in order, starting with whatever day today is.
:: Or you can make a super deluxe, mega fantastic Days of the Week Spinner!
How to make a Days of the Week Spinner
To animate your days of the week, for a bit of fun, you can make a simple spinner. Take a paper plate and split it into seven sections (51 and half degrees each-ish). Then paint them the colours of the rainbow, to match your days of the week cards.
Stick each word card to the matching section on your paper plate. A split pin/paper fastener in the centre lets you fix your paper plate to a piece of card and, hey presto!, you have a super duper rainbow spinner! Add your ‘today is’, ‘tomorrow is’ and ‘yesterday was’ cards and you can spin the wheel each day to add a little pizazz to your learning.