Calendars have a great significance in our lives. Mostly, children remember special dates such as birthdays, holidays, etc. better than adults do. Dates form the bedrock of history too. With this activity, we can make our own perpetual Gregorian calendar.
The nature of perpetual calendar is that it can be used for any year. Now let's get started!
Cardboard (Optional, if thick paper is not available)
Tool Savviness | Resource Efficiency
Special Instructions for Teachers:
Focus on efficiency:
Provide only one A4 sized sheet for each team and challenge them to make within the allocated resources. This would push the budding makers to be more cognizant of resource management.
Division of labour:
As the calendar involves multiple parts, it could serve as a good opportunity for the team to delegate tasks among themselves to make each part of the calendar. You can also suggest that each team member can add their own personal touch to the part they're working on while ensuring that it's aligned with the team's overall vision of the calendar. That way, budding makers could experience the confluence of individual and team ownership.
Types of calendars:
This activity could be used as an opportunity to discuss various cultures of the world and different calendars used. Appreciating the plurality of world cultures could serve as a significant step in ensuring a diverse, yet inclusive world.
Dates and History:
Calendars provide an excellent premise to discuss historical events. Perpetual calendars can be made as a part of the history classes where the students can change the date of their perpetual calendars based on the events that they learn at the class. The calendar can be further modified to include a circle of year to make it even more interesting!
There are many more ways to make a Perpetual Calendar. Explore and have fun making. Share the works of your students with the hashtag #projectprayogshala to get featured!