My Day Timer

by Ashleigh Slater

Gather

white foam sheet (12-by-18-inch)
scissors
foam sheets in assorted colors (5 1/2-by-8 1/2-inch)
1 round brad
glue
black marker or 3-D paint
1 package of Velcro sticky-back circles

Go

1. Ask a parent to cut a circle from the white foam that is 11 inches in diameter. Cut a 2-inch circle from one of the colors.
2. Using black foam, cut a 2 1/2-inch long arrow and a 3 1/2-inch long arrow.
3. Stack the two arrows on top of small circle. Use the brad to poke a hole through all three pieces. Connect them to the center of the large white circle.
4. Use the colored foam sheets and glue to make small pictures that represent activities in your day. [For example, a ball for playtime, an apple for lunch and a moon for bedtime.]
5. Number the pictures from 1 to 12 with marker, according to what hour of the day they might happen.
6. Set aside 12 of the Velcro sticky-back circles. Stick one side of each circle around the edge of the white circle. Stick the other side of each sticky circle on the back of your pictures.
7. Stick your pictures to the Velcro circles as the numbers would appear on a clock.
8. You’re ready to keep your day on schedule!

Fun Ideas

1. Add a magnet to the back of your clock, and display it on your refrigerator.
2. Ask Mom or Dad to help you match your day timer to the kitchen clock throughout the day.
3. Have a parent or sibling scramble the numbers on the clock. Then see how quickly you can put them back in order!

This article first appeared in the January 2011 issue of Focus on the Family Clubhouse Jr. magazine. Copyright © 2011 by Ashleigh Slater. Used by permission. Photo © Jim Cail.