A Litttle Calendar DIY {Monday Made It}

It has been a very long time since I last linked up with Tara for Monday Made It!  But, today I am smiling because I actually made a few things to share.  Yay!

A few years ago, I reluctantly got rid of my calendar wall.  It was a tough decision but I found that there was just no time for it as our math curriculum used up every spare moment of our math block.

This year we will be using a new curriculum, and I was thrilled and relieved to find out that calendar is part of the daily routine!  I may or may not have done a happy dance.

But, when I went to my garage to gather up my calendar stuff, it.was.all.gone.  I'm not sure where it went, but it wasn't there, I can tell you that. So, this summer, I have been working on putting together a new calendar wall.

I made a new money chart for the calendar wall.

The fancy nylon chart versions out there are a little pricey and I wasn't wild about any of the available color choices.  I want everything to match/coordinate with this calendar set I recently purchased at Lakeshore (well, you can see part of it here).

Here's what I did:
  1. I created a mini poster with the header "Show Me the Money!"  
  2. I printed the mini poster on white card stock.
  3. I laminated the mini poster, plus a blank piece of white card stock.
  4. I trimmed both along the edges and layered them on top of each other.  When I layered them, I made sure there was 12 inches of white space and secured them in place with some Scotch tape (on the back).  I chose that length because that's approximately how long the nylon versions are.  
  5. I attached a few rows of sticky back Velcro.  I made sure to place a strip of Velcro over the spot where the two pieces of white paper are overlapped.
If you would like to make your own money chart, you can grab the free mini poster {HERE}.

To finish the project, I added some Velcro to a set of plastic coins.

I also doctored up a 100 chart for my calendar board.  I wanted a black and white one, but apparently they don't exist. Not where I was shopping, anyway.  So, I bought a black and white polka dot poster and a 100 chart from Lakeshore.  I cut the 100 chart out and glued it to the polka dot poster.

I need to trim the tops of the polka dot poster, but I'm waiting until I get back to school and have access to one of those oversized paper cutters.
I also needed a new place value chart.  But, the ones I found were primary colored and didn't match my color scheme.  So, I made one using mini pails from the Target dollar section.

I just labeled each pail with a chalkboard marker and bought some coffee stirrers from Walmart to place inside the buckets.  I am going to place a small piece of dry erase sentence strip above each pail so that we can write how many hundreds, tens, and ones are in the pails.

I shared these little pails on my blog the other day as part of another post on saving money in the classroom.  But, they also fit into the Monday Made It category.  If you've already seen them, sorry!  Kind of.  Hehe. ;)

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  1. Ahhh! So glad you could link up and so much cuteness and creativity:) Thanks girl!!! Love it all!
    4th Grade Frolics

  2. Aimee, love your show me the money poster. So clever! The place value holders are adorable as well! :)

  3. I'm in love with all of your made-its! I loved that you made things your very own with your color scheme. You can't go wrong with black...ever! This makes me seriously miss doing a calendar with the littles!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  4. Thanks for the freebie! I love it!

    1. You are so welcome! I'm so glad you love it!


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    1. Thank you! :) I'm so glad you stopped by today!


  6. Girl, you've been busy! How can no one make a black and white 100 chart? That's just bananas! Clever way to make your own!
    Always Kindergarten

    1. I know, right? Lots of blue and yellow, but no black and white (at my store anyway). Thanks for stopping by today!


  7. Love the idea of how you spruced up your 100 chart. This could work for any chart that doesn't match!

    My Bright Blue House


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