Calendar Blocks and more...
by Sheridan Steffler / ga12182007
My blocks are made of wood with various colors of paper glued on with Mod-podge medium (available at craft stores). I had seen some Calendar Blocks that my mom had and thought I could do something even better. I do digital scrapbooking - so I have lots of different digital "kits" with coordinating papers, embellishments, etc. I used my photo-editing program to design the papers to go on each block - 0,1,2,3,4,5 on one block and 0,1,2,6,7,8 on the other (the 6 acts as a 9 when turned upside down). With this arrangement, you can have each day of the month shown numerically. It helps you keep track of the days. You can make the blocks any size you like. My husband cut my blocks for me - but they are also available at craft stores. On some of my blocks, I used alphabets that came with the digital kits, others I just picked fancy fonts.
To date, I have also made a chore block (kids roll to see what they get to do), a relaxation block (sometimes it's work to allow myself to relax), several calendar blocks, and a turn-taking block. There are 6 in our family - so it works out just right. My children are color coded so I used their colors as well as their numbers (position in the family) on the block. That way we can use the block for games that require dice or similar number device (spinners, etc). And it's big enough we won't lose it!