I always suggest that you use a calendar and weather chart for kids (whether it’s at home or in the classroom). It allows them to build on their literacy and mathematical skills, as well as being a great incorporation of science within the room.
There’s talk about the next day on the calendar, when their birthday’s are and countdowns to them, the awareness of the days of the week and how there are seven days in a week, how many days are in the month, and important dates that fall in that mont and so much more!
When it comes to the weather it allows them to use their problem solving and hypothesising skills. It might be cloudy today, but what will the weather be tomorrow are some deeper thinking questions that you could ask. You can also chat and discuss how the seasons are within Australia, and are based on the months.
So many discussions! You can then take it even further and encourage them to write a journal entry on what they did the day before, get them to dress their toys for the weather, or even create their “perfect” day and explain how the weather would be, what day of the week it is and so on!
Stressed about putting them together because they won’t line up? My biggest tip is to pop both Velcro pieces together on the large surface, then add on the cut out piece on top (aligning it where you want!) Makes things soooo much easier! And I can never get them to line up if I don’t do it this way! Watch this if you’re not sure what I mean!