Inside: this months of the year craft helps you teach preschoolers and kindergartners about what happens each month. It will work really well as a collaborative class craft, but families could also make and display a version at home.
I’ve been wanting to add a craft to go with my printable paper plate months of the year activity for a long time.
This one has lots of room for being creative as well as helping children learn about each month.
Months of the Year Craft
The idea for this months of the year craft is that each month has a paper loop, and then from that loop you hang a paper chain decorated with things that happen in that month.
There are a few different ways you can put this together:
- Have the children decorate enough loops so that there’s one for each day of the month. Then, every day, you can glue on a new loop as the month progresses. Repeat at the beginning of each month.
- Or, have each child decorate 12 loops, one for each month. Then, assemble the entire project all at once, rather than day by day.
- If coloring 12 loop strips is too much for your kids, you could have them share the task. Give each child just one or two months to decorate.
- 1 9×12 inch piece of heavy paper or light cardboard, preferably white
- Construction Paper, Assorted Colors
- Markers, Assorted Colors
- Hole Punch
- Glue Stick
- Tape (optional)
- String, Cord, or Ribbon
- On your heavy white paper or cardboard, write out “Months of the Year” in large letters across the top of the page.
- Along the bottom of the page, write the name of each month vertically using assorted color markers.
- Next, from white or colored construction paper, cut 12 strips that measure ½ inch wide and 6 inches long.
- Then, decorate the strips with pictures that represent/help identify each month. These will form the top loop that holds the paper chain.
- Glue the ends together as shown below:
- Then, glue or tape it to the back of your poster. Repeat until you have all 12 loops attached.
- Punch holes in the top and tie on a ribbon or string to hang up the poster with.
- Finally, cut out enough additional 1/2″ x 6″ strips for there to be one per day of the month you’re starting on. (So make 31 strips for January, 28 for February, etc.)
- Give each child their paper strips and have them decorate them with pictures that represent a given month. They can add special designs that are more personalized such as birthdays and special occasions if desired.
- To attach these additional loops, just run each strip through the previous loop, and then glue the ends together.
- You can add all the student loops at once, or add one every day of the month. This is perfect if you hold a morning class meeting.
Extend the Learning
You might like to read aloud one of these picture books about the months of the year.
Plus, you might want the set of Months of the Year Stamp Marker Worksheets that are a freebie in my TpT store.
If you need a larger resource, check out my Months of the Year Hands-On Activities pack. (It is updated every year.)
Looking for digital activities? Try out this Boom Cards Order of the Months of the Year Activity – it’s lots of fun!