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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Handprint/Fingerprint Poem Calendars

I remember when I was teaching first grade and how I enjoyed doing the handprint calendars.  Yet I used these super cute calendars that I found at Michaels for a dollar...
I made labels with a poem for each month!  I couldn't just leave it with just a handprint.;)
All the calendars were laminated and put back together...it was a lot of work but they turned out very cute.
Well when I moved to kindergarten, I decided to step away from these adorable calendars and wanted to do something different.  I had a big group my first year of teaching kinder and it was really hard to find that many calendars for my class. 
I remember being at Michaels in search for the calendars, but had no luck finding the amount that I needed.  So I browsed through the other calendars that they had at the store and that's when I got an idea!
Why not make a CD fingerprint calendar!!??  And that is how I got started making fingerprint calendars in 2011. 
Till this day, I still make them, and this weekend I had to update my files to jazz it up a bit since I need to start making them this week. The CD case that I use is a calendar CD case which is made especially to display small calendars.  I purchase my CD calendar cases from amazon. All 12 monthly calendars fit perfectly inside the case and it is a great way to display on a table, book shelf, counter top, etc.
I changed it a tad bit, but not too much....
It's very simple to do and it doesn't take too much time, I pinky promise!  Every year I asked for 2-3 parent volunteers to help make them. Here are a few pictures of what the fingerprint calendar looked like...
I plan to take pictures of them when they are done this month...but the good news is that I have posted the files on my TpT store!  If you are thinking of a gift, why not try making fingerprint calendars, they are so simple to make.  

Not interested in getting calendar CD cases...hey that's okay!  These are so small it can be placed just about anywhere, it can be a fridge calendar or even put together with a cute ribbon to decorate it.  I made the cover page editable for you to type the student's name and your information on the cover.  I'd love to hear what you think!  

I will give these fingerprint calendars to the first '5' followers that leave a comment to this post.:) 

13 comments:

  1. I love this simple idea! We do calendars each year for Christmas but this seems like a simpler idea.

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    1. Thanks Michelle! I'd love to send you a copy of it, could you send me your email.:)

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    2. I sent you an email with my address. Please let me know if you got it. I'm anxious to try this calendar!

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    3. I just sent you an email! Let me know if you got it!:)

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  2. I do handprint calendars with my kinder kids every year, but this is just too cute! What a great idea with the fingerprints. I would love to try this. I also commented on your color posters post. I hope you don't think me nuts, but I really do follow your posts and use your ideas! My kinders and I love your stuff. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I forgot to include my email! I am a follower of your blog.
      bknoll54@yahoo.com

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    2. Hi Brenda, I do appreciate you leaving your comments. It's always nice to hear what others think. I'll send it to you today. Let me know if you got it.;)

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  3. Hello, I just stumbled upon your blog and love this idea as a functional holiday gift for my little ones' families. I teach in a classroom of all special needs students ages 5-8 with varying fine motor skills, and hand-prints and fingerprints allow for participation from everyone. Thanks! My email is rebeccaalderiso@gmail.com.

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  4. Wow! I just found out about your blog right now! I have just returned to kindergarten after 8 years. I always stress out about parent gifts this is so cute. I would love to give this a try! My email is cherimartinez@gmail.com

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  5. Hi Cheri! I'm so glad that you found my blog, I will send you an email right now.:)

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  6. I would love you to send it, I love the idea. I'm Brisa, I emailed you yesterday.

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    1. Hi Gabriela! I just sent you an email.;)

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