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Good pages for this Season

June 22, 2016 18:16 by Barbara Shelby

Good Idea Pages for this month... Remember-there are LOADS of ides on the left side of each page!

Have some fun with...

 GAMES
 SCHOOL AGE GYMN GAMES     •GAMES FOR SMALL GROUPS     •JUMPROPE     •OUTDOOR GAMES FOR SCHOOL AGE     •RACES, RELAYS,  BEAN BAG & BALLOON GAMES     •PRE-K GAMES    •QUIET, THINKING, TABLE GAMES     •WAITING & SPONGE

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Kid Activities for the Month of June

May 22, 2016 05:47 by Barbara Shelby

 

 Updated March, 2016 !

June Gem Stone is Pearl...
June Flower is Rose...

 

DOING THE MONTH...

• Adopt a Shelter Cat Month
Black Music Month
Children's Awareness Month
Dairy Month (See page bottom)
Effective Communications Month
Dairy Alternative Month
Great Outdoors Month
International Men's Month
International Surf Music Month
National Accordion Awareness Month
National Candy Month (Visit Easy Candy page) 
National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month (Visit Veggie & Fruit Theme for a Day page

National Ice Tea Month
National Rivers Month
National Smile Month (In UK-May 16 to June 16) See page bottom
National Tennis Month
Zoo and Aquarium Month
Turkey Lover's Month
National Soul Food Month
Skyscraper Month (See page bottom)
Student Safety Month
Sports America Kids Month
Women's Golf Month

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Visit our Father's Day Category...Father's Day is this day in U.S.A, Canada, U.K. June 19, 2016
   

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 DOING THE DAYS...

1. Heimlich Maneuver Day
International Children's Day
National 'Go Barefoot' Day
Say Something Nice Day (See Say Something Nice Theme for a Day)
Kentucky became a state, 1792
Tennessee became a state, 1792


2. National Day of Italy
George Corliss' Birthday

3. Banana Split Day (See page bottom)
Also-Dutch West India Company received a charter for New Netherlands, the territory now known as New York, 1621
 
4. Gold was discovered in Alaska's Indian Creek, 1911

5. World Environment Day
Rainbow Day (See Rainbow Theme)
First Personal Computer (Apple II) went on sale, 1977

6. Drive In Movie Day
National Day of Sweden
National Family Day
Fight the Filthy Fly Day (See page bottom)
BONZA BOTTLER DAY! (See page bottom)

7. Louis XIV was crowned King of France, 1654
Beau Brummell's Birthday
 
8. Architects' Day
Giovanni Cassini (astronomer) born, 1625. He noted rings of Saturn and seasonal changes on Mars.

9. Home Sweet Home Day
Peter the Great (Russian Tsar and Emperor) born, 1672

10. Dairy Day (See page bottom)
Iced Tea Day
Edward O. Wilson (biologist) born, 1929

11. King Kamehameha 1's Birthday
Jacques Cousteau (oceanographer) born, 1910 (Do something from the Ocean Theme)

12. Carolyn Shoemaker discovered her 14th comet, making her the greatest living comet hunter, 1988

13. Pioneer 10 became first manmade object to leave our Solar System, 1983

14. U.S. Flag Day: Visit our great Red/White/Blue Cateory!
Native American Citizenship Day

15. Nature Photography Day and Power of a Smile Day (See page bottom)
Magna Carta signed, 1215
Arkansas became a state, 1836

16. Fudge Day See page bottom for easy recipe- Also Lots of Fudge Recipes on Candy Page

The first woman, Valentina Tereshkova, went into space, 1963
Publication of James Joyce's novel Ulysses.

17. The Statue of Liberty arrived in New York City from France
Chocolate Chip Cookie Day
Stewarts Root Beer Day
 
18. International Picnic Day (See page bottom)
Napoleon defeated at Waterloo, 1815 (what is now Luxumbourg and Belgium).
Sally Ride became first US woman in space, 1983

19.  Juneteenth Day...also called Freedom Day or Emancipation Day
First organized baseball game played in Hoboken, New Jersey, 1846
Garfield the Cat Day

20. West Virginia became a state, 1863
Bald Eagle Day
Great Seal of the USA adopted, 1782

21. Longest Day - National Holiday in Greenland
WORLD Handshake Day

Summer Solstice, First Day of Summer: Visit Summer Activities
SUMMER BEGINS ON...  
 
22. Charon, Pluto's moon, discovered, 1978
Stupid Guy Thing Day

23. Let it Go Day
United Nations Public Service Day
Johannes Gutenberg (printer) born, 1400
New Foundland Discovery Day
Public Service Day

24. Henry VIII was crowned king of England, 1509
Celebration of Senses
NATIONAL Handshake Day

25. North Korea attacked South Korea - Korean War began, 1950
Virginia became a state, 1788
Sense-Sational Day

26. Fifty nations came together in San Francisco for the signing of the United Nations Charter, 1945
Independence Day in Madagascar
Pearl S. Buck's Birthday

 27. "Happy Birthday to You" was written by Mildred J. Mill in Louisville, Kentucky, 1859 (Have a Happy unbirthday for everyone in your group/family! Make it a tradition each year!)
Helen Keller's Birthday (See page bottom)

28. Peter Paul Rubens (artist) born, 1577
Paul Bunyan Day

29. Kingdom of Belgium established, 1831
Congress establishes Olympic National Park in Washington state, 1938

30. Meteor Day
Conquest of Niagra Falls

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DOING THE MONTH ACTIVITIES...

 FRUIT AND VEGGIE MONTH--- Vist the Veggie & Fruit Theme Day for Activity Ideas (Theme Ideas are listed alphabetically)

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FOR NATIONAL DAIRY MONTH...

MAKE A BUTTERMILK CHALK PICTURE
Need: Cardboard, brush, butter milk, and chalk. Brush a piece of cardboard with 2 to 3 tablespoons of buttermilk or dip chalk in buttermilk. Create designs using colored chalk.


PURPLE COW
Ingredients
1 cup milk
1 sliced banana
1/4 cup unsweetened grape juice
Mix all ingredients together in a blender.
Makes 4-6 small servings

Make a DELICIOUS MILKSHAKE! Visit our Smoothies, Shakes and Coolers Category (Shakes are towards page bottom)

 MAKE A BLACK COW (recipe makes 1)
Ingredients:
Root Beer, vanilla ice-cream, chocolate syrup
Directions:
Place 2 tablespoons of syrup in bottom of large glass. Add root beer, stirring until liquid is within 2 inches of top of glass. Add a huge scoop of ice cream.

MILK A COW (draw a cow on the wall and attached a rubber glove filled with milk.) Poke holes in the finger so the milk will come out--the fingers are udders.
 
Another version of a MILKING GLOVE
Fill white surgical gloves with water and tie the tops. Put pinpricks in the ends of the fingers and attach to the clothesline. Children can now try and "milk" their cow.

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CELEBRATE NATIONAL DAIRY MONTH WITH ICE-CREAM!  

Serving ice-cream of any kind is fun~ in a cone, dish, or sundae bar! Also, consider the below...

 

ICE-CREAM EATING: No Hands Used!
Give each child a scoop or two of ice-cream in a bowl. Have them sit comfortably at a table ...
The fun is that they keep their hands behind their backs and eat the ice-cream with only their mouths! It's NOT a speed eating contest--Just silly fun!

BE SURE TO VIDEO TAPE AND TAKE PICTURES!
Do this at a family party and have Dad's participate!

I SCREAM FOR ICE-CREAM ~ Pair this up with an ICE-CREAM SOCIAL Teach the kids: "I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!" Divide the group into teams (number of teams depends on number of youth) WHICH TEAM CAN SAY IT THE LOUDEST?  Have a third party judge...

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NATIONAL SKY SCRAPER MONTH...BUILD THE TALLEST TOWER!

Divide the group into teams of four or five children. Distribute construction paper and tape to each team. Explain to the teams that they will have ten minutes to build the tallest tower they can---WITHOUT TALKING. They can use only the given supplies. At the end of ten minutes -- have each team display their tower and discuss whether it was easy or difficult to build and why.

Not necessary but ---an award or certificate can go to the group who made the tallest tower. You can also award certificates for the smallest, most unique, most straight, most leaning, most curvy, most tape used, least tape used, etc.

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 June 1 is 'SAY SOMETHING NICE' DAY ! (Good for All Ages) Visit the 'SAY SOMETHING NICE THEME DAY' for ideas.

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June 3...BANANA SPLIT DAY: Peel banana and slice it lengthwise. Place it in a dish or bowl. Top with 3 different flavors of ice-cream and 3 sauces over the ice-cream. ( Chocolate, strawberry and pineapple are favorites.) Top with whipped cream and a cherry!

 Or...Make a rich banana milkshake with ice-cream!

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June 6th...Don't forget 'Bonza Bottler Day' !  06/06

 

It's a day just to have a reason to celebrate. So celebrate!!! 
This happens each month when the day and date are the same number!
Example: January 1, February 2, March 3, April 4, May 5, etc.

Bonza Bottler Day is a favorite with many school classrooms and programs because it provides a break in routine for the students and teachers. It has been celebrated since August 8 (8-8) 1985!

When the number of the year also coincides with the number of the day and month (October 10, 2010, there is reason to have a bigger celebration (more food, more friends and more decorations).This is called a 'Bodacious Bonza Bottler Day'. As the official website  states, "Bodacious means extraordinary, impressively great in size, or enormous" Consider making this a monthly event the kids can look forward to!

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June 6th...FIGHT THE FILTHY FLY DAY! Flies only live two weeks-but June is dedicated to the removal of the pest.

Read aloud the story/song of I KNOW AN OLD LADY WHO SWALLOWED A FLY...

There was an old lady who swallowed a fly.
I dunno why she swallowed that fly,
Perhaps she'll die.

There was an old lady who swallowed a spider,
That wriggled and jiggled and wiggled inside her.
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly.
But I dunno why she swallowed that fly -
Perhaps she'll die.

There was an old lady who swallowed a bird;
How absurd, to swallow a bird!
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider
That wriggled and jiggled and wiggled inside her.
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly.
But I dunno why she swallowed that fly -
Perhaps she'll die

There was an old lady who swallowed a cat.
Imagine that, she swallowed a cat.
She swallowed the cat to catch the bird ...
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider
That wriggled and jiggled and wiggled inside her.
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly.
But I dunno why she swallowed that fly
Perhaps she'll die

There was an old lady who swallowed a dog.
What a hog! To swallow a dog!
She swallowed the dog to catch the cat...
She swallowed the cat to catch the bird ...
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider
That wriggled and jiggled and wiggled inside her.
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly.
But I dunno why she swallowed that fly
Perhaps she'll die.

There was an old lady who swallowed a goat.
Just opened her throat and swallowed a goat!
She swallowed the goat to catch the dog ...
She swallowed the dog to catch the cat.
She swallowed the cat to catch the bird ...
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider
That wriggled and jiggled and wiggled inside her.
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly.
But I dunno why she swallowed that fly
Perhaps she'll die.

There was an old lady who swallowed a cow.
I don't know how she swallowed a cow!
She swallowed the cow to catch the goat...
She swallowed the goat to catch the dog...
She swallowed the dog to catch the cat...
She swallowed the cat to catch the bird ...
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider
That wriggled and jiggled and wiggled inside her.
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly.
But I dunno why she swallowed that fly
Perhaps she'll die.

There was an old lady who swallowed a horse -
She's dead, of course.

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More for June 6--FLY DAY...JOKES ABOUT FLIES...

What is the difference between a fly and a bird?
A bird can fly but a fly can't bird!

How do you keep flies out of the kitchen?
Put a pile of manure in the living room!

What do you call a fly with no wings?
A walk!

What has four wheels and flies?
A rubbish bin.

Why were the flies playing football in the saucer?
They were playing for the cup!

Why did the fly fly?
Because the spider spied 'er!

What do you call a fly with no wings?
A walk!

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June 15 is POWER OF A SMILE DAY! Beside smiling at everyone you see try these ideas...

THE BIGGEST SMILE
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his is not a game, but a great group activity to see who can give the biggest smile!. (Prizes or not--your choice) One at a time measure people's smiles with a ruler (or measuring tape). This is fun. You can also measure the zany faces!
You can take photos as you do this as people are smiling BIG!

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PLAY THROWING THE SMILE! (Circle Game)

In this game, players are forbidden to smile, but --giggling and laughing will abound anyway.
 
1. Players sit i
n a circle, making sure they can see everyone else. One player who is "It" starts the game by smiling widely, while all the other players are somber. "It" then uses their hand to wipe the smile off their face and throw it to another player--- who has to catch the smile with their hand -- and then put it on.

2. The new "It" can wipe off the smile to throw to someone else--(though he/she will probably choose to make funny smile faces at everyone for a minute or two before relinquishing the happy role.) Meanwhile, all other players must sit stone-faced. One smirk and they're out.

TIPS:
The youngest players are the least successful at winning this game (they simply can't stop themselves from laughing), but they also tend to enjoy it the most.) Submitted by Cassie/Mi.
Adapted from: familyfun.go.com

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June 16 is FUDGE DAY... Make some easy fudge! (Find lots of Fudge Recipes in Candy Category!)

CHOCOLAGE PEANUT BUTTER CHIP FUDGE

Ingredients:
2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) HERSHEY'S SPECIAL DARK Chocolate Chips or HERSHEY'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated milk)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Dash salt
1 cup REESE'S Peanut Butter Chips

1. Line 8-inch square pan with foil.

2. Combine chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla and salt in heavy saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until chips are melted and mixture is smooth. Remove from heat. Add peanut butter chips; stir quickly just to distribute chips throughout mixture. Spread evenly in prepared pan.

3. Refrigerate 2 hours or until firm. Remove from pan; peel off foil. Cut into squares. Store tightly covered in refrigerator. NOTE: For best results, do not double this recipe.

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June 18 is NATIONAL PICNIC DAY...

Pack some favorite foods and spend time outdoors. You might like to invite some insects along in the form of  BUG JUICE! Sprinkle a few raisins in glasses/cups of apple juice or apple cider...

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SUMMER BEGINS...Visit Summer Activities
 
Also...MAKE A SOLAR CLOCK. Materials: Piece of 12" square cardboard, an empty thread sppol, a pencil, white glue

Glue the spool in the middle of the cardboard. Put the pencil in the hole in the spool. On a sunny day--Put the cardboard and pencil in a sunny spot at 8:00 a.m. Write the number 8 where the pencil shadow ends on the cardboard. Do the same at 10:00 a.m., 12:00 a.m., etc., until it gets dark. You now have a solar clock! OR...

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LOOKING AT THE SUN...You should never look directly at the sun--but there's a safe way to see the sun's light. You'll need two index cards, and scissors. Poke a small hole in one index card so that sunlight can shine through it. Hold another card below the hole so that the sunlight shines on it!

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June 27th is HELEN KELLER'S BIRTHDAY...Born in Alabama in 1880-Helen became deaf and blind when when she was 19 months old. No one was able to educate her until Ann Sullivan tried when Helen was 7 years old. She learned quickly and graduated with honors from Radcliffe College. She also wrote several books. The play the Miracle Worker is about her.

Try some activities that focus on sight and sound...

1. BLINDFOLD PAINTING
Put a blindfold over children's eyes. Have child then feel the brushes, paper and area before starting. Children then paint without seeing what they are doing. It's suggested  to do this with small groups at a time.

2. Play the LISTENING GAME. Keep still and listen for 60 seconds. Have the children list what they heard during that time.

3. HEARING GAME. Fill small cans with such things as beans, buttons, rice or water. Make sure there are two of each can that hold exactly the same item. Glue the lids on the cans. (Covered bottles or boxes can also be used.) Have children shake the containers and guess which two hold the same items. Example: Which two both have the rice? Etc. 

4. There is a book, HELEN KELLER by Margaret Davidson. It's for K thru 3rd grade and tells of Helen's childhood and victory over disabilities.

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  OTHER GOOD JUNE PAGES...

Warm Weather Activities,    Warm Weather Snacks,    Outdoor Water Games,    Outdoor Games,    Jump Rope,     Water, Theme,     Sand Theme,    Summer Olympics,    Creepy Crawlies/Insects,      Farm Theme,    Frogs,    Flower   Theme,    Gardens/Gardening Theme,   Ocean/Under the Sea     Rainbow Theme,    Rain & Clouds Theme,    Worm Theme,    Smoothies, Shakes, Coolers,   S'More Recipes/Snacks/Directions      Patriotic Red-White & Blue Theme,      Wind Socks & Wind Chimes,    108 Rainy-Day~Any Day Ideas     Make Traveling with Kids Fun