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Mar 27, 2012

iWork Tutorial – Create a summer activities chart for kids

by Freddie Harrison

Make the most of Numbers on your Mac and use it to keep keep your kids active with a chart for summer play. Just follow this step-by-step guide to get stated.

Numbers tutorial - Summer Activities Chart - 30-minute beginner's tutorialNumbers tutorial - Summer Activities ChartSix weeks off school during the summer break isn’t everybody’s idea of fun. What are you going to do with your kids for that amount of time, to keep them engaged and active without spending a fortune? The last thing you want is children running loose around the house with nothing to keep them occupied and out of trouble. By following this short tutorial, you can plan out activities for your kids on a day to day basis – even dividing their schedule up between morning and afternoon. This chart will make them feel as though there is always something to do and will help you to stay organised. You can even add different colour coding for each child if you have more than one.

Numbers tutorial - Summer Activities - Chart - Step-By-Step

Numbers tutorial - Summer Activities Chart - Step 1

Step 1: Blank template
Open Numbers and select the blank template from the template chooser. A table will then appear automatically.

Numbers tutorial - Summer Activities Chart -Step 2

Step 2: Days and weeks
Along the top row, enter all seven days of the weeks by clicking at the top of each column and typing. Add however many weeks you need down the side.

Numbers tutorial - Summer Activities Chart - Step 3

Step 3: Delete rows
Delete rows and columns that you don’t need by selecting them and right-clicking the mouse, while holding down the control key. Select Delete Columns.

Numbers tutorial - Summer Activities Chart - Step 4

Step 4: Resize
Resize the table to fill the page. Do this by clicking on it, then holding down the cursor on one of the corner points and dragging.

Numbers tutorial - Summer Activities Chart - Step 5

Step 5: Split rows
Select the empty part of the table. Right-click the mouse, while holding down the control key and select ‘Split into Rows’.

Numbers tutorial - Summer Activities Chart - Step 6

Step 6: Am and PM
We’re dividing each day into AM and PM. You don’t need to type into every box. Complete one row then use the copy and paste command.

Numbers tutorial - Summer Activities Chart - Step 7

Step 7: Style it up
To keep your audience engaged, you’ll need to add some finesse. Brighten it up using the colours palette, which you’ll see at the top right of the interface.

Numbers tutorial - Summer Activities Chart - Step 8

Step 8: Typography
Your chosen font should reflect the needs of your audience so we’ve chosen Marker Felt, which has a fun, child-like appeal to it.

Numbers tutorial - Summer Activities Chart - Step 9

Step 9: Entering data
When you’re ready, start inputting the data. We’ve colour coded each child and added an extra colour for joint activities.

Click on the image below to zoom in and view the annotations.

Numbers tutorial - Summer Activities Chart - Annotated

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