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August 5, 2017 09:04 by Barbara Shelby

Updated August 2017

FLOWER is the Gladiolus. The meaning of the August Birth Flower is sincerity and symbolizes strength of character

BIRTHSTONE: The Peridot

ZODIAC SIGNS...
Leo - July 23 - August 23
Characteristics of Leo : Honest, Generous, Self-motivated, Warm-hearted & Enthusiastic
Virgo - August 22 - September 23

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AUGUST IS THE MONTH OF...

 

• American Adventures Month
American Artist Appreciation Month
Architecture Month
Berry Month (See pg. 2 for ideas)
Children's Good Manners Month
Children's Eye Health and Safety Month
Children's Vision and Learning Month
Family Fun Month
Foot Health Month
Get Ready for Kindergarten Month (More than 200 literacy ideas to prepare your children for learning)
Goat Cheese Month
Happiness Happens Month
Hug Month
International Air Travel Month
Inventors' Month (See page 2 for ideas)
Little League Baseball Month (See page 2 for idea)
National Back to School month in the USA (Teachers & Day Care~visit 'Beginning of School' ideas  and  Display Board Ideas!)
National Catfish Month
National Golf Month
National Literacy Month (See the Literacy Category page for tons of ideas!)
National Napping Month

National Peach Month
National Parks Month
National Smile Month (See page 2 for ideas)
Panini Month
Pooh Friendship Month
Sandwich Month (Scroll almost 1/2 way down the Fall Snack's page for unique sandwich fun!)
Say You're Happy Month
Water Quality Month (Check out KidActivitie.net's Water Theme)

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DOING THE WEEKS OF AUGUST...

WEEK ONE
International Clown Week (Be sure to check out page 2--there are MANY fun CLOWN IDEAS!)
Mosquito Awareness Weekend
National Smile Week (See page 2 for ideas)
Simplify your life week
Video Game Week

WEEK TWO...

Elvis Week
National Apple Week (Check out the Apple Theme and then Apple Recipes) 

WEEK THREE
Air Conditioning Appreciation Week
American Dance Week
Don't Wait - Celebrate! Week
National Aviation Week (See page 2 for idea)
Weird Contest Week

WEEK FOUR
Be Kind to Humankind Week (See page 2 for tons of ideas!)
National Veterinary Week
Step-Parent's Appreciation Week

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THE DAYS OF AUGUST...

AUGUST 1st
National Raspberry Cream Pie Day
Chopsticks Song Birthday (1877)
Francis Scott Key's Birthday--Born in 1779.
MTV first aired in 1981
San Francisco Cable Car Day (debuted in 1873)
Spiderman's Birthday
Respect for Parents' Day
William Clark's Birthday
Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park Established
Sport's Day
Play Ball Day
Homemade Pie Day
National Raspberry Cream Pie Day
Switzerland Founded In 1291
Woman Astronomers Day
Colorado, National Parks and Explorers--Colorado Admission Day
Girlfriend's Day
Holiday Inn Opened in 1952

AUGUST 2nd
First Income Tax Congress enacts first income tax in 1861
First Lincoln Penny Issued In 1909
National Ice Cream Sandwich Day
National Ice Cream Soda Day
Independence, Virgin Islands and Harding
Signing of the Declaration of Independence
Virgin Islands National Park Established

AUGUST 3rd
Columbus Set Sail on His 1st Voyage In 1492.
National Watermelon Day
Calvin Coolidge Sworn In
Adolf Hitler becomes Fuhrer
Statue of Liberty Reopens

AUGUST 4th
Coast Guard Day Established in 1790
National Chocolate Chip Day
Backgammon Day
Hooray for Kids Day!
Taxpayer Appreciation Day
Kentucky Fried Chicken Day (Opened in 1952)

AUGUST 5th
National Waffle Day
President Barack Obama's Birthday
U.S. Coast Guard Day
Louis Armstrong's Birthday
Take a Walk on the Moon Day 
William Schuman's Birthday--1910
Neil Armstrong's Birthday--Born 1930 in Ohio
First Federal Income Tax
Traffic Light Installed--1914
International Beer Day
Green Peppers Day
National Mustard Day
Work Like a Dog Day
National Failures Day
American Family Day
Pink Floyd's Birthday--1967
Women's Pro Football Day

AUGUST 6th
Root Beer Float Day (Black Cow)
Wiggle Your Toes Day
Alfred Lord Tennyson's Birthday Born in 1809.
Odie's Birthday Garfield the Cat's friend.
Edith Kermit Roosevelt's Birthday
Hiroshima Peace Day
Delegates Debate Constitution
National Gossip Day
National Kid's Day
National Fresh Breath Day
Lucille Ball's Birthday
Garfield’s dog friend Odie's Birthday

AUGUST 7th
Sea Serpent Day
Friendship Day
Purple Heart Anniversary
U.S. Bureau of Lighthouses Created
Lincoln Memorial on Penny
American Family Day
Raspberries 'n Cream Day

AUGUST 8th
National Waffle Day
National Frozen Custard Day
Dollar Day--The US dollar created
The Day to Create
Little Orphan Annie's Birthday--1924Swim Day
Admit you’re Happy Day
Sneak a Zucchini on your neighbor's porch night

AUGUST 9th
International Art Appreciation Day
National Underwear Day
Betty Boop's Birthday Created in 1930
Book Lovers Day
International Day of the World's Indigenous People
National Rice Pudding Day
Dance A Polka Day
Celebrate Your Lakes Day
National Hand Holding Day
National Rice Pudding Day
Smokey the Bear's Birthday (1944)
Filipina-American Recognition Day

AUGUST 10th
Aspirin's Birthday (1893)
First Steam Locomotive
Herbert Hoover's Birthday-- Born  1874, West Branch, Iowa
S'Mores Day (Visit KidActivities S'Mores page)
Missouri Admission Day
Lazy day
Girls Night Out 
Spoil Your Dog Day
National Duran Duran Appreciation Day
Candid Camera Day (1948)

AUGUST 11th
Hulk Hogan's Birthday -- 1953  Venice Beach, California
Play in the Sand Day (Visit Sand Theme) 

National Raspberry Bombe Day

AUGUST 12th
International Youth Day
Bambi's Thumper's Birthday
IBM PC Announced 1981
Middle Children's Day
Daughter's Day
Truck Driver Day
Vinyl Record Day
Baseball Fans Day
Eleanor Roosevelt Day
Chinese Valentine's Day

AUGUST 13th
Annie Oakley-- Born 1860
International Left-Handed Day
National Filet Mignon Day
Herbert Hoover Day
Blame Someone Else Day
Eyeglasses Day
Taxicab Day-- 1907
Greyhound Bus Birthday--1914)
Wizard of Oz's Cowardly Lion Day (Actor Bert Lahr's Birthday)
Roller Derby Day--1935

AUGUST 14th
National Creamsicle Day
Victory Day
Senior Citizens Day
Color Book Day (1457)
Felix the Cat's Birthday
Alfred Hitchcock's Birthday
Wiffle Ball Day (1953)
Yukon Discovery Day

AUGUST 15th
Julia Child's Birthday -- Born 1912 in Pasadena, California
National Relaxation Day
Best Friends Day
Angle Food Cake Day
National Lemon Meringue Pie Day
National Failures Day
Sesame Street's Bob's Birthday
Wizard of Oz Day (1939)
I Love Cowboys & Cowgirls Day (See Western Theme pages)
Miami Dolphins Birthday (1965)
"Hello Day" (In 1877 Thomas Edison wrote a letter stating that Hello should be used to answer the phone instead of Ahoy as Alexander Graham Bell suggested)

AUGUST 16th
Roller Coaster Day -- patented 1898
International Tell a Joke Day (Visit KidActivities Joke Category)
Elvis Presley Commemoration Day

AUGUST 17th
Archeology Day
Davy Crockett's Birthday--Born in Tennessee 1786
National Thrift shop Day
National Vanilla Custard Day

AUGUST 18th
Bad Poetry Day
Wizard of Oz Premiered In 1939
National Homeless Animals Day
Mail Order Catalog Printing Day
National Ice Cream Pie Day

AUGUST 19th
Bill Clinton's Birthday -- 1946
National Aviation Day
Orville Wright's Birthday -- 1871
Potato Day
Mr. Snuffleupagus's Birthday--Sesame Street Character
World Youth Day
"Black Cow" Root Beer Float
National Soft Ice Cream Day
Sandcastle and Sculpture Day
President Bill Clinton's Birthday (1946)
Indianapolis 500 Speedway Day (1909)

AUGUST 20th
National Radio Day
Bamboo Day
Lemonade Day (
First enjoyed in Paris 1630)
Summer Cool Off Day
Pony Express Day
Tucson Birthday (1775)
Stay at Home with Your Kids Day
National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day

AUGUST 21st
Sit Back and Relax Day
Hawaii Statehood Day
National Spumoni Ice-Cream Day
Wilt Chamberlain's Birthday-- 1936
Poets Day
Senior Citizens Day
Christopher Robin's Birthday
Oldsmobile Day (1897)

AUGUST 22nd
National Tooth Fairy Day
National Be an Angel Day
National Punctuation Day
Southern Hemisphere 'Hoodie Hoo' Day
Peppermint Patty's Birthday
Cadillac Day (1901)
National Pecan Torte Day


AUGUST 23
National Park Day
Airplane Crop Duster Day
National Waffle Day
National Sponge Cake Day
American Family Day
Air Traffic Controllers Day
National Watermelon Day
American Canoe Association Day
International Forgiveness Day
Sesame Street's Prairie Dawn's Birthday
National Baseball Association (1949)
First Photograph of Earth From the Moon--1966 taken by Lunar Orbiter
Buttered Corn Day
National Gymnastics Day
Eat a Peach Day (Georgia Day)
National Banana Split Day
'Singing in the Rain Day' (Gene Kelly's Birthday 1912)

AUGUST 24th
National Peach Pie Day
Strange Music Day
Shooting Star Day 
Single Parent Family Day

AUGUST 25th
Kiss and Make Up Day
National Banana Split Day
National Neighborhood Day

AUGUST 26th
National Dog Day
Children's Day
Woman's Equality Day
Susan B Anthony Day
National Cherry Popsicle Day
Steamboat Day (1791)
Lucky You Day or Make your own luck day


AUGUST 27th
Banana Lovers Day
National Pots de Crème Day
Mother Teresa's Birthday--1910
Just Because Day (Send a card or E-mail)
Tarzan Day (1912)
Motorist Consideration Day
International Forgiveness Day
Kiss Me Day (Popeye and Olive Oyl First kissed)
Waffle Iron Patented --1869 by Cornelius Swarthout/Troy, New York

AUGUST 28th
Dream Day
Martin Luther King Jr. gave the "I Have a Dream" speech in 1963 (
Visit MLK's speech page-- Also check out some activities to go with the speech...

National Cherry Turnover Day
National Bow Tie Day

AUGUST 29th
First Mary Poppin's Day--1964
First Scout Camp Opened In 1934
Speedy Gonzales' Birthday--1953
More Herbs Less Salt day--Eat Healthy Day!

AUGUST 30th
Frankenstein Day (Author Mary Shelley, born 1797 in London, England)
Herry Monster's Birthday (Sesame Street Character)
National Toasted Marshmallow Day

AUGUST 31st
Alan Jay Lerner's Birthday--Born in 1918, New York
National Trail Mix Day
(Visit Snack Mix page)
Thomas Edison patented the Peephole Kinetoscope
Eat outside day
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Activities for Kids for Month of July Page 1

June 30, 2017 10:59 by Barbara Shelby

 

 

 Updated July 2017

 

BIRTHSTONE - Ruby
FLOWER - Water Lily
ZODIAC Signs...
Cancer the Crab June 21 - July 22
Leo the Lion - July 23 - August 23
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THE MONTH OF JULY IS...

• Anti-Boredom Month
Cell Phone Courtesy Month
Eggplant and Lettuce Month
Family Golf Month
Garlic Month
Mango and Melon Month
National Baked Bean Month
National Blueberry Month (See bottom of page for ideas)
National Grilling Month
National Horseradish Month
National Hot Dog Month
National Ice Cream Month (See bottom of page for ideas)
National Picnic Month
National Pickle Month (See ideas at bottom of page)
National Recreation Month
Nectarine Month
Sandwich Generation Month

 

• TOUR DE FRANCE 2017

The Tour de France starts July 1  and finishes on July 23..

 (See page bottom for ideas!)

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 DOING THE DAYS OF THE MONTH

July 1
National Gingersnap Day (See three pumpkin dip recipes at the top of the Pumpkin Recipe page. Each tastes  great as a  Gingersnap dip!)
Build a Scarecrow Day (See page 2 of July for game) 
• Canada Day-- Canada Day is celebrated on July 1 and commemorates the day when Canada became self-governing, although remaining a dominion of Great Britain.  The day was originally known as Dominion Day but the name was changed to Canada Day in 1983.  
• International Joke Day (See Jokes Menu for Joke Categories!) 

• Princess Diana's Birthday
• Second Half of the Year Day (See Page 2 of July for activities)


July 2
• First Zeppelin Flew In 1900.
• World UFO Day
• Made in the USA Day
• National Anisette Day
• National Literacy Day (See Literacy Category Menu List for tons of ideas!)

July 3
• Stay out of the Sun Day 
• Dog Days Begin
• National Chocolate Wafer Day
• Idaho Admission Day, 1890


July 4
• National Barbecue Day
• American Independence Day (Tons of Ideas in Patriotic Theme) 
• First Bus was built
• National Country Music Day
• Tom Sawyer Fence Painting Day (See page 2 of July for painting on a fence)

July 5
• Bikini Day
• Caribbean Day (Caribana in Toronto...July 17 - August 5, 2012
• Graham Cracker Day (Make one of the recipes on KidActivities.net's S'More's Page!)
• National Apple Turnover Day


July 6th
• First Picture Postcard Made
• National Fried Chicken Day
• World Kiss Day
• National Strawberry Sundae Day


July 7th
• Macaroni Day (Visit Pasta Theme)
• Chocolate Day
• National Cherry Spitting Day (See Page 2 for Rules)
• Tell the Truth Day (See Page 2 of July for Game)

July 7 07/07 is BONZA BOTTLER DAY! ! See page 2 of July for explanation of day...

 

July 8th
• Liberty Bell Cracks In 1835, while being rung at the funeral of John Marshall
• Video Games Day
• National Milk Chocolate with Almonds Day
• First Public Reading of Declaration of Independence, 1776

July 9th
• National Sugar Cookie Day (Put out homemade or purchased cookies and have children decorate them with a variety of goodies! Frosting, sprinkles, M&M's, etc.)

July 10th
• Teddy Bear's Picnic Day (Visit Teddy Bear Theme)
• National Pina Colada Day
• Wyoming Admission Day
• Don't Step on a Bee Day 

July 11th
• Cheer Up the Lonely Day
• Slurpee Day
• World Population Day
• National Blueberry Muffin Day
• Swimming Pool Day
 

July 12th
• National Pecan Pie Day
• Battle of the Boyne
• Paper Bag Day--The paper bag manufacturing machine was patented.
• Etch-a-sketch-1960


July 13
• International Puzzle Day (See Puzzle Ideas in 'Short Themes-it's near page bottom)

July 13th
• Go West Day (Visit Western Theme Pages
• National French Fries Day
• Embrace your Geekness Day


July 14th
• Bastille Day
• Pick Blueberries Day (if you can't pick blueberries--EAT purchased blueberries!)
• Tape Measure Day (See page 2 of July for activities)

July 15th
• National Ice Cream Day (See one of the Ice-Cream ideas at bottom of this page)
• First Boeing 707 Flew in 1954
• Forgetful Jones’ Birthday (Sesame Street Character)
• National Tapioca Pudding Day
• Gummy Worm Day (See page 2 of July for ideas)
• Cow Appreciation Day (See page 2 of July for ideas)

July 16th
• Apollo 11 lifts off on it's voyage to the moon in 1969
• Fresh Spinach Day

July 17th
• National Peach Ice Cream Day
• Disneyland Opens In 1955
• Sewing Machine Patented In 1790
• Yellow Pig Day

July 18th
• National Caviar Day

July 19th

July 20
• Stick Your Tongue Out Day (Visit 'Tongue Twister Fun' and Stick out your tongue while doing them!) 
• National Lollipop Day
• Chess Day
• Moon Day --Armstrong and Aldrin land on moon in 1969
• Ice Cream Soda Day (Make Sodas by scooping you favorite ice-cream into a tall glass and adding some soft drink over it!)

July 21
• National Junk Food Day (How easy is this one!!!
• National Crème Brule Day
• Monkey Day (See page 2 of July for ideas)


July 22nd
• Pied Piper of Hamelin Day
• National Penuche Day
• Summer Leisure Day


July 23rd
• Ice Cream Cone Introduced In 1904 (Make ice-cream cones!)
• National Vanilla Ice Cream Day
• Mosquito Day


July 24th
• Amelia Earhart Day
• Marvin the Martian's Birthday first appeared in cartoons in 1948

 
July 25th
• National Hot Fudge Sundae Day (Yummm!)
• Threading the Needle Day
• Merry-Go-Round Day  (See page 2 of July for ideas)

July 26th
• National Coney Island Hot Dog Day ( Chili Dog Day)
• National Bagelfest
• Bert's Birthday (Sesame Street Character)
• New York Admission Day

July 27th

 

July 28
• National Milk Chocolate Day and Hamburger Day 
• Bugs Bunny's Birthday First appeared in cartoons in 1940
• Beatrix Potter's Birthday--born in 1866
• First Fingerprint Taken (See page 2 of July for ideas)

July 29th
• National Lasagna Day
• Rocket Day (See page 2 of July for ideas) 

 July 30th
• National Cheesecake Day

July 31st
• First US Patent Issued to Samuel Hopkins in 1790

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IDEAS FOR DOING SOME OF THE DAYS!

 

 

 

 

HAVE A BIKE DAY- In honor of Tour de France!

 

Have the kids bring their bikes and have a bike race--but make it the 'SLOWEST BIKE' IS THE WINNER! For directions visit the Theme on France. Idea is towards middle of the page.

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JULY IS BLUEBERRY MONTH!

Make some yummy 'BLUEBERRY SMOOTHIES'! Click here for several recipes located towards middle of page...

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BLUEBERRY PAINTING

Good for any summer day-but great way to celebrate 'National Blueberry Month' during July! 

1.  Give children blueberries to look at, touch, smell, and taste. (Good for the young)
2.  After the children have observed the blueberries --add a little water to them and cook them in the microwave for one minute.
3.  Have children mush them up. Use the blueberry juice to paint a beautiful blue blueberry picture. 

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JULY IS ICE CREAM MONTH as well as BLUEBERRY MONTH--try this ice-cream recipe and cover both!

 RED, WHITE & BLUE ICE CREAM

 Allow vanilla ice cream to thaw somewhat--- remove ice-cream from the carton and mix in fresh strawberries and blueberries.
Optional additions: chopped nuts, mini chocolate chips, etc. When all is combined- refreeze. (You’ll need a larger container that the original ice-cream container ) Serve in cones or disposal paper cups.

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MORE FOR ICE CREAM MONTH...

 

Have an Ice Cream Social Ice-Cream Socials are great family/party/classroom/camp events! Put out... Ice cream, assorted ice cream toppings, sprinkles, cool whip, cherries, crushed Oreo cookies, M&M's...

Consider adding the below silliness to you festivities:

 

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!

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Be sure to Video Tape and Take Pictures!
      • Have Dads participate

 

'I Scream For Ice-Cream'!  Pair this up with your 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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ICE-CREAM SANDWICHES

Ingredients:

Graham crackers any flavor
Ice cream
Plastic wrap
Let the ice cream get to a soft consistency.
Take the graham crackers and spread one half with about half cup ice cream.
Put another graham cracker on top and wrap with plastic wrap. Freeze for about 3 hours.

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HOMEMADE BAGGED ICE-CREAM

Need:
     Large resealable bags
     Small resealable bags
     1 Clean Gallon Milk Jug
     Measuring Cups and Spoons
Ingredients: 
½ tsp. salt,
2 cups sugar, Milk, 2 tsp. vanilla, 4 cups half & half (dairy cream), Crushed ice,  

Optional: Crushed fruit -strawberries, peaches or raspberries 

1.  In one clean milk jug add the salt, vanilla, sugar, and half & half...
2.  Fill the rest of the milk jug with milk so that it’s almost full.
3.  You’ll need some space at the top so that you can shake up the mixture. Place the cap on the top and carefully shake the
mixture until all the ingredients are well mixed.
4.  If you have a pull off cap always keep your hand over the cap. 

  • Once the mixture is completely mixed, pour one cup of mixture into a small resealable bag.
  • The mixture will give you about 16 cups so you can give each participant one bag or assign two participants per bag to share one cup of mixture. At that time they can decide if they would like to add fresh fruit.
  • Add 1 to 2 tablespoons for fresh fruit. 
  • Place the small bag of mixture into one large resealable bag filled half way with crushed ice.
  • Have the participants add about ½ cup of salt over the ice and seal the large bag.
  • They will take turns shaking and moving the mixture around in the crushed ice.
  • You can add additional salt if need.
  • Once mixture has become frozen ice cream, divide it up and enjoy your rewards.
    Makes about 16 cups or 32 (½ cups) of ice cream. 

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JULY IS NATIONAL PICKLE MONTH!

 

 

There really are a great variety of pickles. There are hundreds of different typesin the world that are served as a side dish,  appetize, snack or garnish. Taste some of them...note the difference...talk about them! Some are:
Dill Pickle
Kosher Dill Pickle
Bread & Butter Pickle
Gherkin
Candied Pickles
Fermented or Processed Pickle.(In salt and vinegar)
Half Sour Pickle
Sour Pickle
Sweet Pickle

PICKLE TASTING AND CHARTING!
Bring in  VARIETY of pickles!
Have  children taste them and see which one they like the best.
With older kids you can chart and tally the results.

 
PICKLE GRAPH - Math for the young
Make a chart by putting a picture of three  different pickles at the top.
Have each child's name written down the left hand margin. Pass out a slice of each type of pcikle and then have each child tell you which was their favorite.

Tally up the results and make a total at the bottom of each column.
You can get the colored sticker labels from the stationery store for the children to use to put on the chart.
If they like a red apple, they place their red circle sticker under the red, yellow circle sticker under the yellow apple, etc. They enjoy doing this because they get to use stickers---but they also get to taste a variety of apples!

 


PICKLE GAMES...

RUNNING BASES ... ALSO CALLED 'PICKLE' (A great game for building baseball skills)
Need a 2 Bases, at least 3 players and rubber ball or tennis ball...

There are several versions for playing this game. This one is the most basic.

1. Set up two bases on a play area about 20 to 50 feet apart.(The distance depends on the skill level of the players)

2. Two players are 'fielders'. They each stand at a base and toss the ball to each other. All other players are 'runners'. If there is more than one runner--they divide and go to the bases.

3.The object is for the runner(s) to move from base to base without being tagged as the fielders toss the ball back and forth. If a runner is touching a base, he or she is safe. If they make it to the next base without being tagged out they score a run. If they are tagged it's an out.

4. A runner cannot hug a base. He/she must run at least every second time the ball is thrown. The fielder does not have to stay on the base to catch the ball. They may go after each runner.

5. The goal of the game is to touch the bases as many times as you can without being tagged out. The runner must keep track of how many times they touch the base before a fielder tags them out. When that runner gets out, they rotate positions so that the fielders can be the runner. After everyone has ran, they compare scores. (bases touched)
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PICKLE IN THE MIDDLE (Also called Keep Away or Monkey in the Middle...
 
Two or more players must pass a ball to one another, while a player in the middle attempts to intercept it.
The game could be considered a reverse form of dodgeball---instead of trying to hit people in the middle with the ball, players attempt to keep the ball away from them.

The basic game is played by drawing a circle on the ground about ten feet in diameter.
One person stands in the cener (the monkey, the piggy or the pickle) and the rest stand outside the circle.
A player outside the circle must then throw the ball through the circle to another person outside the circle with the goal being to prevent the person who is "it" from getting to the ball.
This continues until the person who is it catches the ball or gains possession due to a failed catch, etc.
Whoever threw the ball last then becomes it, and replaces the person in the middle. Pull put the measuring tapes and measure everything! Shoes, feet, hands, height, living plants, table heights, etc. Record measurements, repeat often, and discuss what changes and what stays the same.
Adapted from: wikipedia.org

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Go to page 2 for more  July special day ideas...

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Kid Activities for the Month of June

June 16, 2017 05:47 by Barbara Shelby

 

 Updated June 2017 !

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 18, 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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