This is one of my favorite lessons of the year. The calendar makes so much sense that I think we should teach it to adults as well!
The lesson comes with wondering questions. I'll include them in your class folder as well.
Hints for the Create-a-gift-for-God time:
For younger children:
1. Younger children are already learning about calendars and enjoy displaying what they know. Why not go ahead and print on a paper for each child, "Thank You God, for Our Church Year!" Then they could write out the month names and draw things beside each month that they are thankful for...Like a birthday cake on their birthday month. Snow by January. A Valentines heart by February. Kites by March (or basketball, for March Madness!) This is a perfect time to reinforce the special times that the church celebrates on their own calendars- and what time of the year in which they occur.
2. If a younger child wants to make his own calendar, why not? It doesn't have to be a calendar like we could make. Younger children often like writing their numbers. It would be fun to have different calendars on hand to talk about different ways we keep record of time. I can see lots of inroads for discussion on the church's calendar with this.
3. Here's another idea that would be great for younger children- and let's them practice their knowledge of what color goes with what season, etc. Take a look at it!
4. Why not play with the colors of the church calendar (purple, green, red, white). Here's a pinterest site with lots of ideas especially great for younger children, but enjoyable for older as well! (It will make you happy just to look, I promise!) The bead necklace version of the calendar is great!
For older children:
The children could make their own rendition of the Godly Play Calendar with a paper plate, a color copy (that I can provide if you tell me by Thursday), a brad, and a fun foam arrow. Susan D. came up with this, and it works great!