If keeping track of the days of the week while staying at home all the time has been tough for me, I can only imagine its confusing for the kids. All semblance of schedule has gone out the window–no school, no sports, parents home all the time. It must mess with their internal calendar so much!
When E5 and E8 started asking in April if we were close to Halloween and Christmas, on an almost daily basis I figured it was time to set up a way for them check in on the days and the Seasons.
After a bit of looking around, contemplating DIYs (they always look fun, but art is not my forte, and longevity matters for this one), we opted for the Mirus Toys Perpetual Calendar. (I’m not affiliated but would gladly recommend them)
It does a great job giving daily, monthly, yearly and seasonal context. We opted for the version with the spinning dial for the date so that, if we missed a day updating, the days we missed would be acknowledged as you turn the dial past each of those days.
E8 loves the moon phases section. Knowing what to expect (and what its called) suits him to a T. Its pretty nifty how they show the direction of the sun and WHY the moon appears (or doesn’t) as it does
At the base is a beautiful depiction of the seasons aligned with the months. Today the kids have been talking about how the first part of June is in Spring, but it ends in Summer–it is beautifully visualized here.
A couple of Mechanics:
If you’re thinking of ordering one: the indicator for temperature and weather are magnetized–but if lost could easily be replaced with any magnet of your choice.
There is a hole on the back if you want to hang it.