These easy calendar crafts are the perfect New Year family activity. Try one!
Easy calendar crafts children can make
To start the New Year with creativity and learning, make one of these calendar crafts with your children. With choice of designs, including free printables for arty kids and nature study options, these calendars make a family keepsake and a practical lesson about time and how the year works.
This activity is part of our New Year activities for kids resources.
Easy calendar ideas for kids
Making a calendar with your children is a wonderful New Year activity. It gives you a project to enjoy as a family, setting the tone for connection and creativity in the coming year. Your children will also learn about time, the structure of the year and what annual events are important in your family culture.
Our calendar projects only use simple craft materials and are all easy to make, so pick one and create your own family record of the year:
Teach children about time – make a family calendar
Show your children the circle of the year and highlight all your unique family celebrations
Make a four seasons calendar
Start the year as you mean to go on and have some creative fun making a four seasons calendar. It’s a great way to try out four completely different art techniques with your children and welcome in the new year.
Seasonal nature study calendar
This nature study calendar is a beautiful math and art project that lets you follow the changes of the year, learning about the seasons and observing the natural world.
Draw your own calendar free printable for kids
Use this printable calendar colouring page to make a simple homemade calendar that’s absolutely unique to your child.
Christmas Advent calendar ideas
Looking for an Advent calendar for your children? Try these three options:
Easy homemade Advent calendar
Here’s an easy homemade Advent calendar craft, made using our Christmas scented paint.
Christmas Kindness Advent Calendar: an alternative Advent calendar printable
This free printable Christmas Kindness Advent calendar makes a great alternative Advent calendar, encouraging children to put others first and practice random acts of kindness all season long, at home, in school and in their community.
Free printable Christmas tree advent calendar with easy advent activities for children
Join the festive countdown with these 24 easy advent activities for children complete with a free printable Christmas Tree Advent calendar.
More Time theme activities
Making a calendar with your children leads into all sorts of conversation possibilities about time. What is a year? How many days are there until their next birthday? How do you measure time?
Children most often live in the present moment and time can be a particularly difficult concept to get to grips with. Seconds, minutes, hours, days, telling the time on a clock – it’s complicated!
If making your calendar craft has lead to you wanting to teach your children more about time, try these hands-on educational activities too:
SAVE TIME AND TEACH BETTER: Ready-made Time thematic unit
Play Academy members can download a ready-made Time thematic unit and be ready to teach your children about days, week, months and telling the time through hands-on activities that really help children understand these complex concepts. With everything, including brilliant printables, done for your and all in one place, you’ll save time be able to focus on teaching your children with this guide. If you’re not already a member of the Play Academy, join us here.
Learn to tell the time clock craft
We can help our children learn by adding play, imagination and fun to our activities. Use this guide to design super stylish watches to learn how to tell the time.
Easy telling the time lesson with clock free printable
Teaching your child how to tell the time can be hard. Our time keeping system, and reading an analogue clock, are complicated. To help your child tell the time, let’s make the lesson fun, hands-on, and as clear and simple as possible. Download my homemade clock printable and use these telling-the-time lesson ideas to help.
Free days of the week printable spinner
Here’s a free days of the week printable you can print and colour, plus ideas on how to use it with your children to learn the days of the week.
Months of the Year spinner printable
Use this free printable spinner to learn about the months of the year.
My Ancestor family tree lesson plan printable
This ‘My Ancestor’ family tree lesson plan printable will guide you through an exploration of family, culture, time and community.
More New Year activities for children
See all our New Year activities for children including new year art projects, end-of-year review printables and great ideas and crafts to celebrate New Year with children.