I made this simple DIY calendar to help my son navigate the time during the school holidays which are fairly long and can cause frustration after a while because of endless days with less structure and form to them.
Sometimes low-tech solutions are great because you can put them up as a permanent fixture somewhere easily accessible in the home. They can also be be big, bright and static (everything else consistenly moves around on our screens, so it is a rare pleasure if something remains still when looking at it for once!)
You can use this DIY calendar for any number of days you wish to show (up to a max of 31 of my day blocks. If you wish to display more days, simply make your own smaller day blocks) - for any year and any month.
I've created 4 different base posters: Autumn, Winter, Spring & Summer. Also included are 3 images relating to each season you can cut & stick around your poster for decoration.
I've designed these calendars to display a 1 month view, i.e. the base poster can fit maximum 31 day blocks. I usually only display 1 or 2 months only at a time with my boy to give him a long-term view of upcoming events while his weekly & daily calendars - with more detailed events - are displayed on his communication device. I've found this combination works very well.
To describe the main happening on each day, I've included some basic images:
* A holidays image to show which days are holidays
* A picture of a school to show which days are school days
* A picture of a school with a cross through it for 'no school' which I use on the weekend days of Saturday & Sunday.