Everything started when one of my friend wrote me a message one day asking if I would like to be a part of team who would create an educational and fun products for kids. She and her other best friend are incredible moms who take educating their kids very seriously. So they were using monthly calendars where they drew upcoming events like going to kindergarten, visiting doctor and so on. With the help of a calendar to introduce events in advance, the child can get acquainted with them and feel more secure, which leads to fewer objections and tantrums.
But the drawing took a lot of time and they were tired of that, so they came up with the idea of calendar with stickers. And everyone knows that kids just loooove stickers so much. Because calendars helped them so much, they wanted to share this method with other families.
Of course I said yes, because I just love to create something useful and beautiful at the same time. And that’s how a brand Childhood Poetry was born.
So I immediately started drawing and designing calendars and stickers and this is how first calendars look:
A few images of stickers to fill the calendar with:
According by our partner, the psychologist Jurgita Petkinienė.
In my opinion, a children’s calendar is a playful and fun method to develop a child’s skills, form habits, and accustom the child to a routine. This calendar is useful because:
- It helps to form the concepts of numbers and time (day, week, month).
- Time planning helps to create the feelings of safety, assurance, and familiarity. Children like to know what to expect, and a calendar perfectly illustrates that. A child finds it easier to get accustomed to a routine, learns to distinguish kindergarten (or school) days from weekends. Because children up to seven years of age best understand information presented in pictures, this calendar can greatly help the little ones to accustom to new or changed circumstances.
- It helps children to wait for important events or postpone their desires and develop patience. It’s very important that the parents don’t confuse a child’s needs and desires. You should meet the needs as soon as possible, whereas desires can be postponed. It’s very important to listen to a child’s desires, discuss them, and together decide if and when they will be fulfilled. (It’s really not obligatory – and even not advisable – to fulfill a child’s every desire!). This visual calendar can be of great help for this.
- It develops collaboration skills. By keeping and following a calendar, children and parents can together discuss the week’s or month’s plans and look for the best or most acceptable solutions.
We also printed some decorative stickers labels to decorate calendars or any other surfaces.
I drew some of these animals on paper with watercolor, but most of the illustrations are drawn on Procreate. For designing I used Adobe Illustrator.