“ Brand: Fridge Magic / Age: 3 Years+ „
My 5 year old daughter is obsessed with the weather, whether it's going to be a sunny day, or if it's raining or heaven forbid snowing; she is also really interested in the seasons and is always saying that she wishes it could be summer every day. She also often pesters me to know how many sleeps it is until a particular day, or how many sleeps it is until we do this or that etc. And since she started school she has become very much aware of the days of the week - with Saturday and Sunday being her favourites! So when I saw this calendar whilst browsing for Christmas presents last year, I didn't hesitate to buy it knowing it would be something she would enjoy, and be able to keep track herself of what day it is, what season we are in and what the weather is like!
***My First Magnetic Calendar***
This is a calendar with a difference; it is designed specifically for children. The calendar is a thick board which can be hung on the wall and is about 40 x 30 cm in size. On the board you will find numerous chunky magnets for your child to move around each day in accordance with the weather and what day of the week and month it is, and also what season we are in.
On the left hand side are the months of the year, down the right hand side are the days of the week and some numbers for the date. Along the bottom are the 4 seasons and 6 different weather types (partly cloudy, sunny, snow, cloudy, rain, sleet). These are all magnetic and can be moved about the board with ease. Down the centre of the board are the spaces for you to position your magnets for the day - at the top is the day, below is the date, below that is the month and then you have the weather, and finally the season. So there are 5 different things for your child to change each day.
The calendar is really brightly coloured so very attractive to look at - the months are done in blue, green, yellow and orange; the days of the week are multicoloured and the seasons & weather are as you would expect - grey for rubbish weather and yellow and blue for good weather. So as you can imagine, looking at the calendar you see a vast array of colours.
***Ease of Use***
As I have said earlier the magnets are very easy to move around the board. Each magnet is very lightweight and has a very slim magnet on the back with a soft spongy covering and then a glossy picture on the top. These are very easy to pick off the board and although the magnets seem quite weak, they have never fallen off (which was one of my initial fears after reading various reviews). I think the manufacturers have got it just right because it is obviously aimed at children so the magnets should not be too strong otherwise there is the potential for a child to knock everything out of place while they are trying to extract a magnet. And obviously they shouldn't be too weak because it is essentially a wall calendar so there is the fear of them falling off if they don't grip securely enough. But they don't fall off or even slide out of position - they are just the right strength for this particular calendar; they are also easy to slide about if the child has not positioned it straight, they can just nudge it a bit and it can easily be moved into the correct position.
***What Did My Daughter Think?***
When she opened this on Christmas day, she was not particularly interested, partly because she had about a billion other presents to open. But when the Christmas excitement had died down, she wanted to look at this calendar and see what it was all about. So we hung it in her bedroom, at the right level so she can adjust it herself each day, and I'm not going to lie and say that she religiously changes the day, date and weather every single day, but it is something she has an interest in when she has the time and inclination.
She loves to look out of her window in a morning and decide what the weather is going to be like, but she is fed up of the season being stuck on winter, and sometimes if it is a sunny day she thinks she can change the season to summer! She has never really known about the months of the year, so this calendar is an introduction to that and she now knows that her birthday is in January, and that we are going on holiday in July, which is also in summer. So she finds it interesting to count down the days of the month and learn about what happens in each month and what season they are in because this is something she has never really been aware of before.
So yes she does really like this calendar, but it is not something she thinks about every day, but perhaps that is my fault and I should encourage her to change the day, date etc more often - but I have often have other things on my mind like getting everyone ready for school!
I think this calendar is a great idea; it is educational as well as fun and interesting. I think it can really encourage a child to think about the passage of time, about the days of the week and just about life in general. It kind of gives them a timescale to work from and begin to understand that there are things we have to wait for and things that are just around the corner. For example, we have been on half term this week and my daughter has been counting how many days she has had at home, and how many days it was until she went back to school - so it kind of puts things in perspective for them and the first day back at school did not creep up on her, she was prepared for it (but still went back with a long face!)
The other great thing about it is that it educates them on the days of the week and the months of year, as I said earlier, my daughter was completely clueless about the months of the year, but now she has a clearer understanding of them, and it is purely down to this calendar. She already knew about the days of the week, but for a child who doesn't, this is great learning aid. And although my daughter is still only in the beginning stages of learning to read, she can recognise the days of the week now through 'reading' them on this calendar.
So this calendar comes highly recommended from me and my daughter. I would suggest it is good for children aged 4 and upwards.
Available on Amazon for £14.99.
I bought this calendar for my daughter last year as she was learning about the months of the year in school.
It is a lovely little calendar. It is a blue background and is magnetic so each piece can be used and replaced numerous times. It is about 20 inches in height and 15 inches wide and has a rope at the top so it can be hung up.
On one side it has the months of the year, and on the other it has the days of the week and numbers so you can get the date. At the bottom it has the 4 seasons and it also has 6 different types of weather. In the centre of the board is spaces for you to select the corect day, month, date, weather and season and display it.
Each piece is brightly coloured and the images on the seasons and weather are well detailed.
My children love doing the calendar, it is good at helping them follow the routine of the months and also for them to learn their numbers. It helps them to recognise the words as well and it helps them describe the weather and find the correct image for it.
The pieces are all a good size for little hands to select and there is plenty of spacing between the pieces so things don't get knocked off by accident.
The only downside with this calendar is that some of the magnetic pieces are starting to stop sticking although we have had it for 2 years so alittle wear and tear is expected.
All in all this is a great buy and I would definately recommend it.
I bought this magnetic calendar for my daughter's fourth birthday from the Yellow Moon website. It looked really attractive and I thought it would be ideal for helping her to learn the different days and months etc. It certainly does help but there are also a couple of things that are a bit disappointing about this product particularly as it cost £14.99.
The calendar consits of a large magnetic board that measures 40cm by 32cm. It has a hanging cord which suggests that you will be placing it on a wall, but that is virtually impossible because all the other magnetic pieces are not strong enough to stay on so they constantly fall off. There are lots of these additional pieces as there are the twelve months, the seven days, the numbers 1-0 (enough to make every combination from 1 to 31), the four seasons and six options for the weather. Each of these are on separate magnetic cards and have their own position on the board. Then for whichever day and date it is you move the appropriate cards to the centre column so today we have that it is Sunday, 31, May, Spring and the weather, believe it or not, is sunny!
The idea behind this is really good and when my daughter first received it she was very keen to think about moving the pieces every day. However, because the magnets are not strong enough meaning we can really only use the board if it is flat, we have not been able to display it in a prominent position and therefore it has been rather forgotten. There is no way you could hang it up without all the pieces sliding off which would completely defeat the object. There is also the danger of losing some of the small cards because they don't stay on. We have managed to lose a few pieces but fortunately they do always turn up.
My other complaint is that some of the cards are not sturdy enough. These tend to be the names of the weeks and the months as these are the long thin ones. It does not take much to fold these accidentally and then they are left with unsightly folding marks. It's a shame especially because the squarer pieces are much stronger.
I like this product because I can use it to help my daughter learn not only the days and months, but also the order and how the months fit into seasons. However, I am disappointed because I had hoped to have it hanging up prominently in my daughters' bedroom and that it would be something that she would choose to change automatically on a daily basis. We can't do this and for that reason alone I would not recommend it despite it having some rather nice features too.
You can buy a couple of other magnetic charts from Yellow Moon (money and telling the time) and although these look good I am unlikely to risk buying them for the same reason thatI don't like this one! It is a shame though because it feels like avery good idea gone wrong!
It covers days of the week, months of the year, dates, weather conditions and seasons. Children will have so much fun learning!