Use this free printable spinner to learn about the months of the year.
Free months of the year spinner printable
NurtureStore always provides you with the fun, creative lessons to help your children learn in effective, hands-on ways. Alongside our Time Unit, you can make this Months of the Year spinner to add to your learning space, giving your children a clear visual representation of the passing of the year.
Our Time Unit is part of our year-round unit study-based Homeschool Curriculum. This unit is also available as a pack you can download and print out. You’ll get all the lessons, activities and all the printables. Click here to download a copy for free (Supporters only – to become a Supporter click here).
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:: Months of the Year Spinner printable (see below for how to print this from the Maths Printables section of NurtureStore’s Free Printables Library)
:: coloured pencils, pens or paint
:: paper plate or circle of thick card
:: glue stick
:: split pin
:: large piece of card
How to make the Months of the Year Spinner
Print the free Months of the Year Spinner from the Maths Printables section of NurtureStore’s Free Printables Library (see below).
Cut out the months of the year labels and the three heading sections.
Use colours pens and pencils to colour in the names of the months. Dots are a fun and quick way to colour them in. Each child can make their own or you can work together to make one spinner for your classroom wall.
Divide your paper plate (or circle of thick card) into twelve sections (30° each, but you don’t have to be completely precise).
Use coloured pens, pencils or paint to colour each of these sections to make the twelve months of the year. You might like to use cold colours (blues) for the winter months and warm colours (yellow and orange) for the summer months. Spring months can be green and autumn months can be red-brown.
Lay out the months name labels in order. Use a glue stick to fix the months name labels to the right section of the paper plate.
To animate your spinner, use a split pin the the centre of the paper plate to fasten the spinner to a large piece of card. You can stick the “This month is…”, “Last month was…” and “Next month is…” labels at the top. Now you can spin the months’ wheel as you follow time through the year.
How to use the Months of the Year Spinner
Chat with your children about the twelve months of the year, how they fall into seasons, and how things change through the year.
:: What’s the weather like in January?
:: What grows in their garden in July?
:: What do they celebrate in October?
:: What do they like to eat in December?
You can use the spinner, along with my Days of the Week spinner, in your morning circle time to talk about where you are in the week and the year.
Use the spinner as a visual aid when you are chanting the months of the year, to learn all the names in order.
Cut our photos of your children’s faces and stick them to the month section where their birthday falls.
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