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Ideas for Days of January!

January 25, 2018 02:42 by Barbara Shelby


 Updated January, 2018

Flower: Carnation
Birthstone: Garnet
Astrological Sign:
    ~Capricorn~ December 23 January 20
    ~Aquarius ~January 21-Feruary 19

 Planning  activities can be so easy! Just base your fun around the 'Themes of the Month or Day"! 

National Skating Month (Ideas page bottom)
• National Mentoring Month
• National Thank You Month
• Eye Care Month
• National Hobby Month
National Soup Month (See page bottom)

• National Staying Healthy Month, National Oatmeal Month, and Hot Tea Month

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day  

In the United States, Dr. martin Luther King Day is always observed the third Monday Of January.


1.   New Year's Day
      Betsy Ross's birthday, 1752
2.   Georgia became 4th State in 1788     
      Forefather's Day-Haiti; Science Fiction Day  
3.   Perihelion Day (Earth is closest to sun)
      Quadrantids (Meteor shower:also tomorrow)
      Alaska became state in 1959
      J.R. Tolkien (author) born, 1882; Festival of Sleep Day
4.   Utah became state in 1896; Trivia Day; Louis Brialle born 1809
5.   National Bird Day  (See ideas in Bird Theme)
6.   Joan of Arc born 1412 
      Epiphany (Three Kings Day)
7.   Galileo discovers Jupiter's four biggest moons - 1610
      Old Rock Day (See Stones & Rocks Theme)
8.   Stephan Hawking's birthday,1942        
9.   Connecticut became 5th State in 1788
      National Apricot Day (Serve something with apricots in it!)         
10. League of Nations founded 1920 
11. Amelia Earhart: first woman to fly solo (Hawaii to Ca.)
      Milk Day  Visit the short Theme of 'Milk Day'  In 1878 - milk was delivered for the first time in bottles.

12. John Hancock born 1737
      Work Harder Day       
13.  Make your dreams come true day! (What are your children's dreams? Write about them-draw/paint them. What are your dreams? )
      Rubber Ducky Day     
14.  Albert Schweitzer's birthday - 1875
15.  Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday; Dress up your Pet Day; National Wear a Hat Day
16.  Dian Fosse (gorilla researcher) born 1932

16. National Nothing Day (What are some of your kids favorite ways to 'do nothing'? Talk about it.)   
17.  Benjamin Franklin's birthday-1706 
18.  Robert Scott reaches South Pole
      Winnie the Poo Day
19. Paul Cézannes birthday- 1930
     Popcorn Day (See POPCORN THEME )
20. Buzz Aldren's birthday-1930; Penguin Awareness Day   
21. National Hugging Day; 22. British colonists reach New Zealand - 1840; Answer your Cat's Question Day  
23. National Handwriting Day
     Measure your Feet Day-(Be sure to do this! See extension idea below)
     National School Nurse Day
24. James Marshall discovers gold at Sutters Mill-1848
     Thank your Mentor Day!
25. First Winter Olympics 1942
     Opposite Day (See Backward Day in Short Theme Category)
26. Michigan becomes State- 1837
     Australia Day
27. Mozart's birthday - 1756
28. Arkansas makes honeybee the state insect - 1973; Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day; National Kazoo Day (See page bottom)
29. National Puzzle Day ~Visit Puzzle Theme Day ~page 2 at page bottom ; National Corn Chip Day

30. Franklin D Roosevelt's birthday, 1882 
31. Jackie Robinson's birthday, 1919
     Backwards Day Visit Kid Activities 'Backwards Theme Day' ideas; Inspire your Heart with Art Day



 January 7 is'OLD ROCK DAY'  ... Be sure to visit the 'Stones, Rocks & Pebbles' Theme pageTons of fun ideas!


January 11th... For ideas VISIT SHORT THEMED 'MILK DAY'




  Check out the Popcorn Theme Category (Lots and lots of ideas!)




Mix learning and fun! INTRODUCE MEASUREMENT ...

 Offer measuring tapes, rulers, thermometers, balance scales, measuring cups, clocks, hour-glasses, and stand-on scales...Help children weigh and measure everything...NOT ONLY SHOES AND FEET but... living plants, table heights, how many minutes it takes to eat lunch/snack. (Pre-K/K---how long each child naps, etc. )

Record measurements, repeat often, and discuss what changes and what stays the same.


   NATIONAL PUZZLE DAY~ JANUARY  29TH  (Puzzle Ideas are near the bottom of the page)


  NATIONAL KAZOO DAY JANUARY 28  National Kazoo Day falls on January 28 each year. However, some kazooists opt for celebrating Kazoo Day on the 26th, 27th or 29th while others find the fourth Thursday of January convenient...


 Need: Toilet Paper Tubes, Wax Paper, Rubber Band, Paint
Decorate a toilet paper tube with paint. Then punch a hole about a half-inch down the tube. Last...put a circle of wax paper over one end and secure it with a rubber band. 


JANUARY IS NATIONAL SKATING MONTH! Can't skate at a rink of outdoors? Try one of two of these 'indoor' skate-fun ideas...


Collect plastic grocery bags. Tie one on each foot. (This will take a little time.) Have children go into the gym and play a game--but they have to skate on the bags Basketball is a riot! From Mrs.Z/Rochester, Mi.


Supplies: Tootsie Rolls (1 for each child)
Shoe box for each team, Bell for each team
2 mittens for each team
2 bowls for each team

1. Place tootsie rolls, in a bowl, at the opposite end of the room. 
2. Divide the children into two or more relay teams.
3. Explain that when you say, "GO" the first person on each team will put on the mittens, step into the shoe boxes and 'skates' to the other end of the room.
They are then to pick up a tootsie roll out of the bowl and race back to their team still wearing their mittens and shoe boxes.
4. Pass the mittens and shoe box to the next person in line, sit down, eat your tootsie roll.
5. The first team to finish eating their tootsie rolls wins! Adapted from



Make a skating rink on the carpet by placing tape on the floor as an outline and then put wax paper on the children's shoes. They'll y like to do this---and it's also good for indoor large motor skills.



 JANUARY IS NATIONAL SOUP MONTH!  Hot-hearty and healthy for cold days!!!
Great for after school programs...Think about making a big pot of soup in a crock pot. You can start it in the morning program and let it go on low during the day.

Have kids sign up to bring potatoes, small onion, carrots, celery, cans of beef broth, can of diced tomatoes, seasoning, crackers or rolls, etc.
* Each child would only have to bring a single item to make a huge pot.
* If your program isn’t too large---canned soup heated is also good!


From Tasha Palmer- Vista, California
I boil some chicken off the bone or purchase the chicken in a can at Sam's Club. Chop some potatoes; throw in a can of green beans, corn, and tomato sauce. I also add some chicken broth. Simmer until done. (This is faster with the canned chicken) Serve in small cups with some saltine crackers.
(I made this for my 2, 3, 4 year old classes--Older mixed groups will also like it!).



Combine NATIONAL SOUP MONTH with OLD ROCK DAY (on the 7th) and make STONE SOUP!

Stone soup is a wonderful story to share with children in a group setting.  Read the story one day and the next day have  children bring a ziploc baggie of chopped up vegetables, herbs and/or spices (you can assign things to bring for a well rounded soup or let the children bring whatever they like for a mystery pot).


For more child participation- 
1. Everyone can chop or measure ingredients.
2. Put all in a large crock pot. Cover with water.
3. Cook 2 to 3 hours on high. Remove bay leaf before serving...



 Chinese New Year! 
2018        February 16                  Dog
2019        February 5                    Pig

 ...Also-now is the time to start thinking about the 100th day of school!  (Which is usually in February)


 HAVE FUN WITH ALL THE WINTER PAGES! Some are below~Check category list for others...


Planning the Month of March!

December 27, 2017 02:48 by Barbara Shelby
MARCH 2018... Updated January, 2018
Make your monthly planning easy! Look at what's going on each day and do something to recognize or celebrate it. Put "what the day" is on your daily information board-- along with the rest of the plans for the day!
Flower: Jonquil
Birthstone: Aquamarine
Astrological Sign:
Pisces: February 20 to March 20
Aries: March 20 to April 19
March is:
• National Craft Month (See all the Craft Categories on 'category side bar'!)
Women's History Month
American Red Cross Month
National Peanut Butter Month (See below)
Kite Month (See below)
Frozen Food Month (Make some frozen goodies with your kids-See page bottom)
Help Someone See Month (For 'Comunity Service'-collect old eye glasses and donate to a clinic)
Irish-American Heritage Month
St. Patrick's Day (See Categories)
International Listening Awareness
Noodle Month (See Noodle/Pasta Category)
Non-Fiction Reading & Writing Month
Nutrition Month
Optimism Month
Poetry Month (See idea below)
Play the Recorder Month
Spring Month
2018 March 20
Umbrella Month (See page bottom)
Music in our School Month! Ideas Here!
PURPLE DAY IS MARCH 26...Wear purple to support epilepsy awareness worldwide. (Visit Purple Theme Category)
1. Yellowstone National Park Anniversary
Pig Day (See Pig Theme)
Peanut Butter Day (See ideas below)
Smile Day (
See Two Smile Ideas in October Category)
St. David's Day in Wales
Nebraska Admission Day-1867
Ohio Admission Day- 1803
2. Dr. Seuss' Birthday--this can be celebrated both in on his birth of March 2 and/or his death September 24.
(See Dr. Seuss Categories) --some really wonderful ideas! It is also ANNUAL Read Across America Day! (See below) and National Banana Cream Pie Day
3. Bonza Bottler Day: Just a reason to celebrate. This happens
each month when the month and date are the same number.
Doll Festival in Japan (Hinamatsuri)
This nationwide event takes place and sees girls set up red platforms, on which they display dolls. costume.
Florida Admission Day
Alexander Graham Bell Birthday-1847
4. National Pound Cake Day
Us Constitution in effect-1869
National Anthem Day
Vermont Admission Day
Parachute invented (Visit Parachute Games) Also, see activity below;
Stop the Clocks Day
National Chocolate Cheesecake Day
Artist Diego Velazquez Born
6. First Electric Power plant opened
Oreo Cookies first go on sale (Serve or do something fun with Oreo cookies!)
Michelangelo Born 1475
7. Telephone patented
Coca-Cola Bottler's association formed
Artist Piet Mondrian Born - 1872
8. National Peanut Cluster Day
Farmer's Day
(See Farm Category )
International Women's Day
9. National Crabmeat Day
V-8 Engine built
Barbie's Birthday
10. National Blueberry Popover Day
First Paper Money issued
Harriet Tubman Day
Johnny Appleseed Day- September 26, 1774–March 18, 1845- Either day can be celebrated (See Apple Theme and Apple Snacks)
12. Girl Scout Day
Anniversary of the death of Ann Frank
13. Uncle Sam's Birthday
(See Patriotic Category)
Uranus discovered-1781
Earmuff Day
14. Albert Einstein's born-1879
National Potato Chips Day and
Baseball Cap invented-1860
15. Beware of the Ides of March
Julius Caesar Assassinated 44BC
Maine Admissions Day-1820
16. Buzzard Day
National Artichoke Day
Everything you do is Right Day
17. St. Patrick's Day
(See Categories)
Submarine Day
18. Pillsbury Doughboy's Birthday
National Lacy Oatmeal Cookie Day
Canberra Day in Australia
Forgive Mom and Dad Day
Aruba Flag Day
19. National Chocolate Caramel Day
Sparky the Firedog's Birthday
Wyatt Earp Born
National Agriculture Day
(See Farm Category)
Swallows Return Day
20. First Day of Spring! ) Spring begins in the Northern Hemisphere on March 20, at 1:14 A.M. (EDT). the Sun will cross directly over the Earth's equator. This moment is known as the vernal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere. For the Southern Hemisphere, this is the moment of the autumnal equinox. AND...Big Bird from Sesame Street's Birthday
Agriculture Day
(See Farm Category)
Mr. Rogers Born
Independence Day in Tunisia
California Strawberry Day (See below for 'Strawberry mice')
National French Bread Day
Children's Poetry Day (See Below)
First US Zoo Opened
Pizza Day--Be sure to have pizza! Any kind! Bagel, English Muffin, Bobili, French Bread, etc.
Fragrance Day (See Crafts that Smell Good)
Absolutely Incredible Kid Day (Today-Let the kids know how fantastic they are!) Can you come up with a special phrase for each child?!
Single Parents' Day
Iranian New Year
Teen-Agers Day
22. National Bavarian Crepes Day
United Nations 'World Water' Day (KidActivities has 3 pages of a Water Theme)
As Young as You Feel Day!
23. T
oast Day (See painted toast idea below)
Cable Car Patented
National Energy Education Day
Elevator Day
Liberty Day-Patrick Henry's Famous Speech- "Give me liberty
or give me Death" 1775
National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day (Visit Snack mix page and make some trail-mix and add chocolate covered raisins!)
Independence Day in Philippines
International Day of the Seal
25. Lobster Newburg Day
Independence Day in Greece
26. Purple Day (Purple Day website)...(Also Visit KIdActivities Purple Theme Category
Cape Cod named-1602
Dunkin Hines Birthday-1880 (Make a Dunkin HInes cake!)
Robert Frost Born-1874
Independence Day in Bangladesh
Make up your own Holiday! (See below)
27. First Fire Engine Tested
National Spanish Paella Day
Education and Sharing Day
Happy Birthday to You Day (Have a Happy Un-birthday Party for the entire group or family!)
28. National 'Black Forest Cake' Day
Qing Ming Festival in China
Holi in China
Morione's Festival in Philippines
29. National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day
Oscar Mayer Born (Have an Oscar Mayer snack!)
Youth Day in Taiwan
30. Doctor's Day
National Hot Dog Day (Make hot dogs or one of these Crock Pot Recipes)
Eraser-topped pencil patented-1858
Artist Vincent Van Gogh Born - 1853 (See
Van Gogh Sunflower Art Ideas or other Sunflower Ideas)
Artist Francisco Goya Born-1746
31. Tater Day (How about a 'baked potato bar' with all the toppings!)
It's also Oranges and Lemons Day (Make a 'cute snack out of oranges' or have orange juice and lemonade! Images of fruit from KidActivities Page 2 of Warm Weather Snacks)
Additionally it's National Clams on the Half-Shell Day and Eiffel Tower Anniversary. (Challenge the kids to make as replica of the Eiffel Tower out of Legos! )
MARCH IS NATIONAL PEANUT BUTTER MONTH! -- some nice ideas for those with no 'peanut allergies'...
These are a few of the "Peanut butter" food ideas collected from the site... You check out the Play dough category and make Peanut Butter Play Dough!
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 cup nonfat dry milk
1 cup quick cooking oats
Wax paper
Mix all ingredients and then roll the mixture into 1" balls.
Lay the balls on waxed paper. Refrigerate until set.
Just put out the ingredients and let the kids create their faces!
Ingredient suggestions: Peanut Butter, (If it's for another day or there are peanut allergies... consider using Cream Cheese)... Bananas-sliced, Raisins, Bread or Rice Cakes (1 slice), M&M's candy or spice drops
  • Spread the peanut butter or _______ on the slice of bread or Rice Cake.
  • For a healthy version put 2 banana circles on the bread to look like eyes...and a mini- carrot for the nose. Last, make a mouth out of M&M's candy. If not using the bananas and carrot, complete the face with candy and/or raisins.
The KA sample in KidActivities Warm Weather Snacks-- uses peanut butter on a large rice-cake. M&M's make the mouth and nose. A chocolate kiss makes the nose. The Face Treat is also in KidActivities Faces and Names Theme
1 celery stalk, washed and ends trimmed
2 tablespoons creamy or chunky peanut butter
10 Raisenettes Milk Chocolate-Covered Raisins
Celery sticks
Peanut butter or cream cheese
Wash the celery and cut it into pieces about 5 inches long.
Spread peanut butter over the entire length of the celery.
Press raisins into peanut butter.
Ingredients: Peanut Butter, Graham Crackers and Raisins.
On a plate spread peanut butter
In the middle you erect a tunnel from the broken graham crackers. Then you place the raisins on the peanut butter to look like Ants. Eat the raisins and peanut butter with either the graham crackers or pieces of celery.
"DOMINOES" (Put dominoes out for children to see what they look like! Afterward play dominoe game!) Spread peanut butter on graham crackers (broken into the small rectangles) and top with either chocolate chips or raisins so that they look like 'dominoes'.
Sheet of white or manila oak tag (heavy paper)
Art tissue paper of v
arious colors cut up into small pieces
Black felt tip permanent marker
Squirt bottle of water
Make umbrella shape templates. Trace the shape on oak tag as large as you would like -- but no smaller than half of the sheet. Cut it out. Using the marker, draw the umbrella ribs on the shape.
In a colorful arranegement, have children place pieces of art tissue all over the oak tag.
Gently squirt the "papered umbrella" with the water;it's a SPRING SHOWER.
Lay it flat to dry. As the tissue dries,the colors will adhere to the oak tag.
While drying-trace and cut out a handle.This can be stapled to the dry umbrella. The tissue will fall off when dry.

Need: Cupcake liners, Scissors, Glue, Crayons or Paint Pipe Cleaners
Cut several Cupcake liners in half (these will be umbrellas).
Glue the umbrellas onto a sheet of paper.
Use pipe cleaner to make the umbrella handles.
Glue on the handles. Add clouds and rain drops.


Have children cut individual egg-carton cups in half.
Glue the halves onto a sheet of construction paper.
Add pipe cleaners for handles.
Draw pictures around the umbrellas with crayons or paint.


Slice an orange into 1/4" thick round slices. Cut each round slice in half to form a half round umbrella shape. Place each orange umbrella on a small plate.
Have each child choose an "umbrella handle" from thin sliced cheese, pretzel sticks, thin celery sticks, or thin apple slices.

Rainy days on the way?
Have interested children bring a solid color umbrella.
Cover floor; open umbrella; decorate each section with fabric paint or pens.
Let dry for a day before closing or using.
Celebrate 'Umbrella Month' by donating one to a homeless shelter. Programs could hold an 'umbrella collection' drive. (Both gently used or new would be appreciated)

Beside making your favorite kites... here are two ideas for younger children!
Materials: Paper Plate, Tissue Paper, Streamers, Crayons/markers,
String, Craft Sticks
1. Have children draw a design (or make one with tissue paper) on the paper plate.
2. Next have them glue foot long streamers on the paper plate.
3. Punch a hole at the nose of the plate and tie a piece of yarn through it.
4. Wrap additional yarn around a craft stick and then tape the yarn on the plate to the stick. The kite will really fly on a windy day.

1. Cut kite shapes out of different patterned wallpapers; cut the kites in half.
2. Have children match the kite halves by the design.
Small rocks or pebbles
Small paint bushes
Water and water containers
Magic markers
Paint (make tempera paint thicker by adding glue or flour)
A covered work area
A shoebox, yogurt or empty "Jiffy Pop" popcorn container
Hairspray or a spray varnish
• Make sure your pebbles are clean.
• Paint words onto your pebbles. You could also use markers instead of paint.
• Choose a number of words-people, places, things, action words etc. Example:
1. he
2. she
3. to
4. love
5. dog
6. went
7. walk
8. you
9. happy
10. in
11. to
12. a
13. my
14. your
15. orange
16. red
17. blue
18. purple
19. green
20. swim
21. bike
  • Use your imagination and make sure you draw some punctuation marks on some pebbles as well (comma, exclamation point, period, question mark etc.)
  • Once the pebbles are painted, let them dry and seal them with hairspray or spray varnish.
  • Put all the pebbles into a show box or Jiffy Pop container. You can decorate your container with paint or markers as well.
  • Play a game of poetry pebbles. Each player chooses a number of pebbles from the box and tries to come up with a poem or story.
    Makes for a great way to begin a short story for those times when you have writers block!
MARCH 2...
The National Education Association annually sponsors Read Across America. The focus is on how important it is to motivate children to read, in addition to helping them master basic skills. The nationwide reading celebration takes place each year on or near March 2, the birthday of children's author Dr. Seuss. Thousands of schools, libraries and community centersparticipate by bringing together kids and books. You can too!
Your reading event can be as simple or elaborate as time and inclination allow. Whether you choose to scale up or down, keep in mind the basic premise and it's almost sure to be a success:
On March 2, the National Education Association is calling for every child to be reading in the company of a caring adult.
This is a great way to kick off and celebrate! (However, ANYTIME is a good time to start this activity!)
Encourage reading books about our 50 states and earn mileage to move across a map of the U.S. for each book read.

You "travel" across a map of the U.S. by reading a book that takes place in each of the states. (A variation is to read a book whose author lives in a particular state, or a book about a particular state.
You can develop your own mechanism for tracking readers...
FOR BOOKS THAT FEATURE titles about America VISIT Here... There is a long list of books for each state from Alabama to Wyoming!
•Picture Book of Rosa Parks by David Adler
•Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Curtis
•Run Away Home by Patricia McKissack
•Helen Keller: From Tragedy to Triumph by Katharine E. Wilkie
•Kiana's Iditarod by Shelley Gill
•Williwaw by Tom Bodett
•Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
•Child of the Wolves by Elizabeth Hall
•Call of the Wild by Jack London
•The Eagle's Shadow by Nora Martin
•Gentle Ben by Walt Morey
•Kavik the Wolf Dog by Walt Morey
•The Bravest Dog Ever: The True Story of Balto by Natalie Standiford
and so on...
1. Cut a piece of tissue paper or garbage bag into a square, about 12 to 14 inches . .. Decorate the paper or bag with paint and markers. Draw your favorite design or print your name on it.
2. Tape the four corners with masking tape. Hole punch each corner.
3. Cut four pieces of dental floss or thread of equal amounts---about 15 to 17 inches. Attach to the four corners and allow the string to hang down.
4.T ie the loose threads together at the bottom leaving approximately 3 1/2 inches to tie your object.
5. Tie a light toy to the parachute. You can use farm animals, dinosaurs or toy soldiers that are available in bulk at discount stores. The heavier the object the faster it drops to the ground. Experiment with the size of your parachute and the object.
6. Throw the parachute in the air and watch a picturesque landing.
MARCH 21 IS FRAGRANCE DAY! Visit crafts that smell good! Lots of ideas...
Materials: Fabric scraps, Fabric glue, Potpourri
  • For each sachet, place 2 matching 5-inch fabric squares back-to-back and glue the edges together on 3 sides. Spread the glue close to the edges to prevent fraying.
  • Once the glue is dry, fill the sachet with about 1/2 cup of potpourri.
  • Glue together the open edges and again let the glue dry.
  • Arrange the finished sachets in multicolored stacks and tie them together with a festive ribbon or yarn.
MAKE STRAWBERRY MICE (Ingredients: Fresh strawberries, Mini chocolate chips, Black decorators' icing, Almond slivers, Toothpick, Red lace licorice, Cheese and or crackers (Your choice)
1. For each mouse, slice a small section from the side of a strawberry so it sits flat.
2. Press a mini chocolate chip into the tip for a nose, using a small dab of icing to secure it in place, if needed.
3. Add icing eyes and stick 2 almond slivers into the top of the berry for ears.
4. For a tail, use a toothpick to carve a small hole in the back of the berry and push the end of a piece of licorice lace into the hole.
Serve these cute Berries with small triangles of cheese and maybe crackers...They're also nice as part of a fruit, cheese and cracker tray/snack. The image is from KidActivities Valentine Snack Category
Challenge kids to come up with ideas-- pick one idea in a method that works for you and celebrate it! Could it be "National Happy Unbirthday Day?"- "Everyone Wear Their Shirts Backwards Day? " -"We have to have Pizza Day" or______!
TOAST, ART AND SNACK ALL IN ONE! If you haven't done this one with the kids yet--now is the time! Ingredients: Bread, Milk, Food coloring, cinnamon sugar or jam, butter, small paper cups, thin brushes or cotton-tipped swabs
Mix “paint by combining food coloring with milk. Paint designs on one side—try and be creative with stripes, stars, designs. When changing colors be sure to remind kids to use different brush or swab. When complete-toast in toaster on light or under broiler. Can eat as is----or while still hot butter and sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar.
TIP: Be sure kids do not set the bread too much--go lightly--or the bread will not toast well.
This image is from KidActivities Valentine Snack Page...(Because it's for Valentine'sDay-the painted toast samples are all red) The bread bread on the right is just painted..bread on upper left has been toasted...and bread heart at the center bottom has been painted, toasted and spread with jam! (Image by A much larger photograph is on the Valentine's page.
MARCH 26 IS MAKE YOUR OWN HOLIDAY! How cool is that?
Celebrate and have fun! The kids will love you for it! Be sure to celebrate it every year!
To Make Your Own Holiday...1. Decide what you want to do.
2. Get other people to do it with you.
Some of our best know holidays started just this way. (Kwanzaa, Valentine's Day and Thanksgiving are a couple)
MARCH 26 IS PURPLE DAY...Wear purple to support epilepsy awareness worldwide. For more info on Purple Day visit
Also....loads and loads of ideas in KidActivities PURPLICIOUS THEME.
MARCH IS 'MUSIC IN OUR SCHOOL MONTH'! Be sure to visit Music in our Schools and After School Category! Also check out the Homemade Musical Instrument Category-- Lots of recycled instrument ideas and what to do with them once they're made!
For a fast and frosty treat freeze grapes, pineapple chunks, peach slices, apricot slices, banana slices, apple slices, cantaloupe balls, watermelon chunks, orange wedges, berries and fruit leather! For frozen fruit goodies check out Page 2 of Warm Weather Snacks...

It's December!

November 30, 2017 00:04 by Barbara Shelby


Updated January, 2018...

Just look at the below days and plan some December fun! Lots of activities for"Special Days" at links and the bottom of this page! 

Flower: Narcissus-Stands for Self-Love           
Birthstone: Turquoise
Astrological Sign:
Sagittarius, November 22-December 21
Capricorn, December 22-January 19



• Hi Neighbor Month
• Read a New Book Month
• Universal Human Rights Month
• Write a Friend Month
• World Aids Month
• National Stress Free Family Holiday Month


 Few months have as many multicultural Holiday Celebrations as December!

Saint Nicholas Day (Christian)~ December 6
Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Mexican) ~December 12
St. Lucia Day (Swedish
) ~December 13
Hanukkah  Hanukkah starts on the Hebrew calendar date of 27Kislev--and lasts for eight days. (See Hanukka Category)

   Hanukkah 2018: December 2 to 10...2019: December 22 to 30... 2020: December 10 to 19

Christmas Day  (Christian) December 25
Boxing Day (Australian, Canadian, English, Irish) December 26
Kwanzaa (African American) December 26 to January 1
(Japanese) December 31 


Week One
Hand Washing Awareness Week
Cookie Cutter Week
Deaf Heritage Week

Week Two
You're doing a Good Job Week
Coats for Kids Days (Many Communities have an annual coats & toys for kids drive; coats are distributed about the 10th of the month--but any time is a good time!)

Week Three
International Language Week (See Ideas page bottom)

Lipstick Week (See page bottom)

Las Posadas (Spanish for the Inns) ~ a nine day celebration that begins December 16 and ends December 24; the 24th is called Noche Buena ("Holy Night"). It is a yearly tradition for many Christian Latin Americans symbolizing the trials which they believe Mary and Joseph endured before finding a place to stay and where Jesus could be born.

Week Four

Kwanzaa: December 26 to January 1
Kwanzaa means 'first fruits of the harvest'; it is a non-religious celebration in which African Americans celebrate their rich heritage. Each of Kwanza's seven days represents a different principal:

1. UMOJA...Unity
We help each other to build a strong community.
2. KUJICHAGULIA...Self-determination
    We decide who we are and who we will be.
3. UJIMA...Collective work and responsibility
    We help each other, working together to make a better life.
4. UJAMMA...Cooperative economics
    We support African-American businesses.
5. NIA...
    We have reason to live. We want to make our people great.
6. KUUMBA...Creativity
    We think of new and different things to do.
7. IMANI...
    We believe in all African people, our dreams, and our future.





1. World Aids Day; Rosa Park's Day (Refused to give up bus seat-1955)
    Eat a Red Apple Day (How simple is that )
    National Pie Day (See ideas below)
    Brittany Spears Birthday-1982
2. National Fritters Day
3. National Roof over Your Head Day
    International Day of Disabled Person
    World's first heart transplant (1967) by Dr. Christian Barnard
4. National Cookie Day (Make cookies from No Bake Category)
    Wear Brown Shoes Day   
5. Walt Disney's Birthday 
6. Everglades National Park dedicated-1947
    Mitten Tree Day (Can you do this for a Community Service?)
    St. Nicholas Day
    Special Kids Day

7. National Cotton Candy Day
    Pearl Harbor Day
8. First Christmas card produced (Put out supplies and make cards!)
    National Brownie Day (the dessert)
9.  Home-made Gift Day (See great ideas in gift category) 
     Ball bearing roller skates patented - 1884
     First Christmas Seals issued 1907 
10. Emily Dickenson's Birthday (1835)
     Human Rights Day
     First Nobel Peace Prize awarded
     Grand Ole Opry-first radio broadcast from Nashville in 1927
11. Apollo 17 lands on moon  1972 
     Pilgrim's land on Plymouth Rock

12. Poinsettia Day: First plant brought from Mexico
      Bonza Bottler Day (See below)
      Gingerbread House Day (See Christmas Crafts ) 

13. St. Lucia Day in Sweden        
      National Cocoa Day (See Cocoa Category) and 
Ice-Cream Day (below)
      Violin Day
      First Susan B. Anthony Dollar (1978)
14. NASCAR founded
15. Edison patented first phonograph in 1877
      Underdog Day
16. Boston Tea Party
      Los Posadas
      National Chocolate Covered Anything Day
      Ludwig Von Beethoven birthday 1770
17. National Maple Syrup Day (See page bottom)
18. Wear a Plunger on Your Head Day and 
Bake Cookies Day
19. Oatmeal Muffin Day
20. Louisiana Purchase completed-1803 

20. Games Day (Gym, Outside, Low Energy, Winter Inside Games, Winter Outside Snow Games 

21. Humbug Day; Look at the Bright Side Day;
      Don't Be a Scrooge Day; National Flashlight Day; First Crossword puzzle in newspaper
First Day of Winter (See below

22. First Christmas lights for sale -1882
23. Roots Day
24. National Eggnog Day
     Last Minute Shoppers Day
25. Christmas Day
     National Pumpkin Pie Day
26. Kwanzaa begins
     Boxing Day - Observed the same date each year in: 
     UK, Canada, Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, 
     West Virginia Boxing Day
     National Whiners Day
27. Howdy Doody premier on NBC 1947 to 1960
      Holocaust Remembrance Day
28. Card Playing Day (Have a card playing marathon)

      National Chocolate Day 
30. Rudyard Kipling (novelist) born 1860
31. Make up Your Mind Day
     New Year's Eve






  • Split the students into two different groups; one is apple pie and the other group is pumpkin pie.
  • Have one student be the pie eater, who will be standing on the center line. The pie eater can only move from side to side on the center line.
  • All the students say to the pie eater, "Pie eater, pie eater are you hungry?" The pie eater responds with a 'yes or no' answer.
  • If the answer is no, the pies (students) ask again.
  • If the answer is yes, then the pies ask again, "What kind of pie would you like?"
  • The pie eater then says apple or pumpkin and that pie tries to make it to the other side.
  • If the pie is tagged, then they become a pie eater.


Play a game of 'Apple, Apple, PIE!' It's played just like 'Duck, Duck, Goose'--but change the words...



18 Oatmeal cookies
1 can Apple pie filling
Large square or rectangular microwave container...
  • Have children crumble 9 cookies in the bottom of dish. 
  • Open and pour the can of pie filling; spread evenly. 
  • Crumble the other 9 cookies on top. 
  • Cover the top lightly with Saran wrap type product and put it in microwave for 5 minutes on high. 
  • Allow to cool before serving.



Easy Apple Turnovers
1 can apple pie filling and Tin of refrigerated biscuits (American style-not cookies) 
1 tablespoon cinnamon
4 tablespoons sugar

  • Preheat oven to 400′. 
  • Flatten each biscuit into a 6″ round.  Place 2 heaping tablespoons of pie filling on each biscuit. 
  • Moisten edges of dough with water.  Fold over and press edges firmly with a fork to seal. 
  • Place on a lightly greased baking sheet.
  • Mix cinnamon and sugar and then sprinkle over top of biscuits. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.


 Third--First Heart Transplant Performed... 


PLAN A HEALTHY HEART DAY!  (Read this, it's fun!)

Celebrate a “healthy” heart with fun, aerobic activities that get children up and moving. You may want to set up several skill stations; this is an idea adapted from Celebration Games: Physical Activities for Every Month (2006 Human Kinetics).


  • STEP AEROBOCS STATION: Set up four or five step aerobic steppers and music.
  • HEALTHY HEART EXERCISES: Demonstrate several aerobic exercises and have children perform three aerobic exercises of their choice at this station (ie. jumping jacks, jumping rope, jogging in place)
  • CHOLESTEROL: Pictures of both high and low cholesterol foods are taped down. Children throw beanbags underhand from a throw line at low cholesterol foods.
  • BLOOD PRESSURE: Make a sign that says “normal blood pressure 120/80” and tape down pictures of things that can raise blood pressure such as smoking, unhealthy foods, lack of exercise and stress. Children THROW BEANBAGS UNDERHAND from a throw line at the things that will raise blood pressure. (You can put point values on targets and total points)
  • A HEALTHY BUT YUMMY SNACK TABLE at culmination of activity.
  • Divide the children into groups and disperse them evenly among the stations. Place them in a numerical order and have them keep this order for all stations. Set the number of tries for each turn and announce when it is time to rotate to the next station. Leave ample space between stations and advise children not to stand in the throwing areas. Adapted and expanded upon from: School-age Note of the Day- 2/5/07     

Along the same lines~ HEART BEATS

Can you find or borrow one or two good quality stethoscopes?
Show children how to use the stethoscopes to listen to their heart beat. Show them how to tap out the rhythm of their heart: lub-dub-lub-dub.

If young---Ask children if they can think of any way to change how fast their hearts are beating.
For all kids---Have them jog in place for several minutes, then have them recheck the rhythm beats of their hearts.

Extended Activity:
Are any of your parents or friends a nurse or doctor? Ask him/her to visit your group and bring in a stethoscope. Have the visitor talk to the kids about keeping their hearts strong and healthy. (With exercise, good food and sleep!)



Don't forget 'Bonza Bottler Day' on December 12!
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: November 11, December 12, January 1, etc.






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


2. 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!

Do this at a family party and have Dad's participate

4. 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...



DECEMBER 17 IS NATIONAL MAPLE SYRUP DAY! If you have snow~ MAKE SOME MAPLE SYRUP SNOW CANDY...(See page bottom) (No snow? Make pancakes!)



CHALLENGE YOUR KIDS TO CELEBRATE WHAT WINTER MEANS TO THEM  by starting their own tradition on the first day of winter.  Have them invite family and friends, to participate in the new tradition. Start some for your home, classroom, or program!




For ideas visit Page 2 of 'Themes for a Day' Category (First Day of Winter Tradition is near page bottom)



For example:
    • Arabic: Marhabah (mar-ha-bah)
    • French: Bonjour (bone-joor)
    • Hebrew: Shalom (shah-lome)
    • Italian: Buon giorno (bone-zhee-or-no)
    • Mandarin Chinese: Nea how (nee-how)
    • Russian: Priviet (pri-vee-et)
    • Spanish: Hola (oh-la)
    • Swahili: Jambo (zham-boh)



Canada--Merry Christmas
USA--Merry Christmas
China--Sheng Dan Kuai Le
France--Joyeux Noel
Finland --Hauskaa Joulua
Denmark--Glaedelig Jul
Spain--Feliz Navidad
Mexico--Feliz Navidad
Sweden--God Jul
Russia--S Rozhdestvom Kristovym
Portugal-- Boas Festas
Japan--Meri Kurisumasu
Italy --Buon Natale
Greece--Kala Christougenna
Belgium--Vrolijke Kerstmis
Poland--Wesolych Swiat
Netherlands--Zalig Derstfeest
Germany--Frohliche Weihnachen




Favored drink mix
1 cup vegetable shortening
Food coloring
Small container such as a film container
1. Mix one packet of drink mix with shortening.
2. Add in a few drops of food coloring that matches the flavor. ie: yellow for lemon.
3. Pack in small container, such as a film container, and you have wonderful tasting and smelling lip gloss. Of course the lip gloss is edible should some accidentally be licked off.




If you have snow...MAKE MAPLE SNOW CANDY  (If not-Make Pancakes and top with maple syrup!)

 #1 Method...Ingredients:
2 cups of brown sugar, 3 tablespoons butter, 1/2 cup water.
Bring water with other ingredients to a rolling boil.(Boil for about 10 minutes)



Have children make a smooth place in clean snow - pour the snow candy on it. You can pour in any desired design or pictures. Don't touch until it has cooled.

 IF THE SNOW ON THE GROUND BOTHERS YOU---scoop up some clean snow and place it in a bowl or dish---you can also take the snow inside and make your candy there!

If you use real Maple Syrup and boil it the same way, you get an all natural treat that doesn't require any measuring or mixing of ingredients. Fans of Laura Ingall Wilder may remember the author’s vivid descriptions of this candy: It is warm, buttery in flavor, gooey, and delicious when eaten outside while making a snow fort with your daddy.

This idea is also in Winter Inside Fun and Fall/Winter Snack Categories!