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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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  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

 


Ideas for Kids for the Month of May

May 3, 2017 19:27 by Barbara Shelby

 

 MAY 2017

 Updated May, 2017

 FLOWER: Lily of the Valley. Lily of the Valley signifies a return to happiness marked by a legend of a nightingale that does not return until May when the flower blooms.

 ZODIAC SIGN: Taurus (The sign of the Bull). Taurus is between April 21 - May 20. Positives traits of Taursus are:
Patient and reliable, Warmhearted and loving, Persistent and determined, Placid and security loving

May 21 to June 21 is Gemini the Twins...
Postive Gemini traits are: Adaptable and versatile, Communicative and witty, Intellectual and eloquent, Youthful and lively

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DOING THE DAYS OF MAY...

MOTHER'S DAY~ In the United States, Mother's Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of May. In some countries it is on dates that are significant to the majority religion or to historical dates. 

Mother's Day 2017 - May 14
Mother's Day 2018 - May 13
Mother's Day 2019 - May 12
Mother's Day 2020 - May 10
Mother's Day 2021 - May 9
Mother's Day 2022 - May 8

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MEMORIAL DAY (Celebrated last Monday of May) See ideas in Red, White & Blue Theme!

Memorial Day 2017 May 29, 2017 
Memorial Day 2018 May 28, 2018 
Memorial Day 2019 May 27, 2019 
Memorial Day 2020 May 25, 2020 
Memorial Day 2021 May 31, 2021 
Memorial Day 2022 May 30, 2022 
Memorial Day 2023 May 29, 2023 
Memorial Day 2024 May 27, 2024

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1.  May Day

1.  Loyalty Day (What IS loyalty? What makes a good friend? What are the traits? What is NOT a good friend? What are the traits. How does a loyal friend treat their friends?)  

1.  Mother Goose Day
1.  Hawaiian Lei Day (See page bottom)
1.  Save the Rhino Day
1.  School Principal's Day
1.  World Asthma Day

2.  Great American Grump Out
2.  Baby Day
2.  Brothers and Sisters Day
2.  National Play Your Ukulele Day (Introduce kids to ukulele music. Some pieces by "Iz" are wonderful!)

3. National Truffles Day
3. National Wear Two Different Colored Shoes (That's an easy one!)
3. National Day of Prayer
3. Paranormal Day
3. Public Radio Day
3. World Press Freedom Day
3. Lumpy Rug Day (???? No idea what that one means...) Maybe play a version of "Twenty Questions"? Hide something under a small throw rug--and have children guess what is under the rug? Play it following the rules of "Twenty Questions"!

4. Star Wars Day (Watch a '"Star War" movie of course! Don't forget the popcorn!) Do you have any old Star War figures or Legos? Pull them out and play...
4. National Weather Observers' Day
4. Bird Day (Choose from the many ideas in the Bird Theme!) 
4. National Candied Orange Peel Day

5. Cinco de Mayo (Visit Mexican Theme)
5. Children's Day (Japan)
5. Buddha's Birthday
5. National Hoagie Day (See page bottom
5  Oyster Day
5. Join Hands Day
5. National Scrapbooking Day
5. Space Day

6. No Diet Day
6. Beverage Day (How about something from the "Smoothies, Coolers, & Shakes" Page?!)
6. No Homework Day (Come on Teachers! The kids will love it if you officially celebrate this day! Be sure to tell them it's in honor of No Homework Day...)
6. Nurses Day
6. World Laughter Day (Visit Jokes pages and/or have fun & laugh with Tongue Twisters & Games!) Remember that young kids 'don't get' jokes but they DO love Knock-Knocks!
6. National Tourist Appreciation Day

7. National Tourism Day
Have kids think about what people may like about visiting your town/city/state! Talk about it...have  children write and/or draw pictures of individual attractions.  Compile all into a booklet about "My Town or City"
7. Accountant's Day
7. Children's Mental Health Awareness Day

8 National Teacher Appreciation Day (Always on the Tuesday of first full week of May)
8. Harry Truman Birthday
8. Iris  Day
8. No Socks Day (That's another EASY one!!!)
8. World Red Cross Day
8. VE Day

9. Donate a Day's Wages to Charity (How about collecting pennies and nickles for a Service Project?--Start several days before the 9th) Visit Community Services Pages!
9. National School Nurse Day
9. Receptionists' Day

10. Windmill Day
10. Clean Up Your Room Day...Have a 'Cleaning/organizing party'...kids sign-up for what they want to do--when complete--all participants celebrate. (I've done this in child-care programs as well as at home. At home--we all cleaned what we chose for 20 minutes and the house was spotless--kids' bedrooms don't go on list LOL! The rest of the day was devoted to FUN)

11. Twilight Zone Day
11. Minnesota Statehood
11. Eat What You Want Day
11. Child Care Provider Day
Military Spouse Appreciation Day (Always the Friday before Mother's Day)

12. Limerick Day
12. Hug Your Cat Day
12. National Nutty Fudge Day (See recipe page bottom)
12. Migratory Bird Day (Always the second Saturday in May)

13. Frog Jumping Day (Visit Frog Theme) 
13. Leprechaun Day (There's some Leprechaun fun in the St. Patrick's Day pages...Scroll down to the Games & Art/Craft pages. there are many ideas that are just Leprchaun and not St. Paddy Day) 
13. Rural Life Sunday
13. Tulip Day (See page bottom for "Handprint Tulip")

14. Dance Like a Chicken Day (Visit Chicken & Pigs Page)
14. Beginning of Lewis and Clark Expedition

15. International Day of Families
15. National Chocolate Chip Day (Yumm..serve chocolate chip cookies or make some trail mix adding chocolate chips to it!)
15. Straw Hat Day
15. Police Officer's Memorial Day

16  Love a Tree Day (See page bottom for wonderful idea!) 
16. Biographer's Day
16. National "Sea Monkey" Day
16. National Wear Purple for Peace Day (Visit Purple Color Theme page)

17. World Telecommunications Day
17. Pack Rat Day

19. Circus Day (Visit Circus/Carnival Theme Pages)
19 Armed Forces Day (Always third Saturday of month)
19 Boy's Club Day

20. Pick Strawberries Day
20. Weights and Measures Day (See page bottom for ideas)
20. Be a Millionaire Day (Talk about what kids would do if they had a million dollars.)
20. Eliza Doolittle Day
20. Neighbor Day

21. American Red Cross Founder's Day
21. National Memo Day
21. National Waiters and Waitresses Day
21. Victoria Day (CA)
21. National Endangered Species Day (See two ideas page bottom)

22. National Maritime Day
22. Wright Bros Patented the Airplane (See idea page bottom)
22. Buy a Musical Instrument Day (See idea page bottom)

23. Lucky Penny Day
23. World Turtle Day
23. South Carolina Statehood

24. National Escargot Day (Idea at page bottom
24. Brother's Day
24. Morse Code Day

25. National Missing Children's Day
25. Cookie Monster's Birthday
25. National Tap Dance Day

26. International Jazz Day (Always the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend)
26. Sally Ride Day

27. Masking Tape Patented 1930 (See idea at page bottom)
27. Sun Screen Day (Talk about the importance of sun screen and how the sun can damage skin when it's not protected
27. Golden Gate Bridge Opens 1937

29. Learn about Composting Day
29. Rhode Island Statehood
29. Wisconsin Statehood
29. John Kennedy Birthday

30. Water a Flower Day (Visit Flower Theme and or Garden Theme 
30. Loomis Day --Mahlon Loomis (1826-1886), believed it was possible to harness the upper atmosphere’s electrical currents to successfully transfer telegraph messages without wire.

31. National Macaroon Day
31. Save Your Hearing Day
31. "What You Think Upon" Grows Day-------Ask kids what they think this means! Talk about it. It means...what you think creates your reality. So, spend the day thinking positively.

31. World "No Tobacco" Day

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MAY IS THE MONTH OF...

Family Wellness Month
Foster Care Month
Freedom Shrine Month
Get Caught Reading Month
Gifts From The Garden Month
GO FETCH! Food Drive for Homeless Animals Month (See page bottom)
Grapefruit and Kiwi Month
Hamburger Month
Haitian Heritage Month
Heal the Children Month
Healthy Vision Month
International Civility Awareness Month
INVENTOR'S MONTH  (See page bottom for great idea!)
Jewish-American Heritage Month
Latino Books Month
Meditation Month
Mental Health Month
Military Appreciation Month
Moving Month
Older Americans Month
Personal History Month
Photo Month
Potatoes and Limes Month 
Physical Fitness & Sports Month
Revise Your Work Schedule Month
Salad Month
Salsa (the food) Month
SMILE MONTH (See below)
Tennis Month
Ultra-violet Awareness Month
Vinegar Month
Young Achievers of Tomorrow Month
Youth Traffic Safety Month

American Wetlands Month
Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Better Hearing & Speech Month
Barbecue Month
Bike Month
Blood Pressure Month 
Carrots and Cauliflower
Clean Air Month
Community Living Month (Ontario, Canada)
Date Your Mate Month 
Creative Beginnings Month
EcoDriving Month
EGG MONTH (Check out the EGG THEME--that is NOT Easter related!) 

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 IDEAS FOR INDIVIDUAL DAYS... 

 

 MAY 5 IS NATIONAL HOAGIE DAY

 SANDWICH ART: Make a hoagie sandwich that looks back at you! Ingredients:
Hoagie buns
Sliced lowfat cheese
Lean luncheon or deli meat
Shredded carrots, lettuce, or sprouts
Olives
Cherry tomatoes
Miscellaneous condiments (mustard, reduced fat mayonnaise, etc)
Toothpicks (or broken spaghetti pieces)
Clean work surface and hands
 
Make hoagie sandwich, using desired ingredients. On one end of the sandwich, use toothpicks or broken spaghetti pieces to position olives for eyeballs and cherry tomato for nose. Arrange shredded carrots, lettuce, or sprouts on top for hair. If desired, stick a small piece of lunch meat out of the "mouth" for a tongue. Source:
Nutritionforkids
 NOTE: Be sure to remove all toothpicks before eating!

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MAY 12~ NATIONAL NUTTY FUDGE DAY...

MICROWAVE FUDGE  WITH NUTS... 

1 pound powdered sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
1/4 cup milk
1/4 pound margarine (or butter)
1 Tbsp. vanilla
1/2 cup chopped nuts

1. Blend powdered sugar and cocoa in mixing bowl then add milk and butter, cook in Microwave Oven for 2 minutes. ( do not mix these ingredients, merely place in the bowl)
2. Remove bowl from microwave and stir  to mix ingredients.
3. Add vanilla and nuts and stir until blended.
4. Pour in greased container and place in freezer for 20 minutes or refrigerator for 1 hour.
5. Cut and serve. Yield: 60 pieces. (Recipe is from KidActivities Easy Candy Making Category)

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MAY 13 ~ NATIONAL TULIP DAY...

 MAKE THE "HANDPRINT TULIPS" AS SHOWN!

 

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 MAY 16 ~ IS LOVE A TREE DAY!

Find a special tree on your playground or yard and explain that you can adopt that tree as your “pet” plant. Have a contest to name the tree. (This is a great way to use a graph!)

•Take photos of your tree and encourage the children to draw pictures of it during different seasons.

•Ask children to hug your tree. What does it feel like? What does it smell like? Can you hear your tree?

•Measure the tree...  

•Read books, have picnics, or sing songs under your tree. (I love this idea! Barb)

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MAY 20 IS WEIGHTS AND MEASURES DAY...This is a great day to have some fun with MEASUREMENT ...

Offer measuring tapes, rulers, thermometers, balance scales, measuring cups, clocks, hour-glasses, and stand-on scales...

Help children weigh and measure everything...Shoes, feet, living plants, table heights, how many minutes it takes to eat lunch, If children are young---how long each child naps, etc. 
Record measurements, repeat often, and discuss what changes and what stays the same. (Idea is taken from KidActivities Mixing Math and Fun Category)

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 21~ NATIONAL ENDAGERED SPECIES DAY (Two ideas from KidActivities Earth and Green Category)

#1. In Minnesota a group of second graders did this project--but all grades can do the same!

To one 2nd-grade class, the study of endangered animals was a vague subject. They grasped the definitions of words like "threatened" and "extinct," but it was difficult to imagine animals that were so familiar to them — like pandas — simply not existing.

A student-led fund-raising project in support of endangered animals brought the issue into focus.  

FIRST--The students prepared by reading a play about rainforest animals. They worked cooperatively to chart information about a variety of endangered animals and make illustrated books about each one.

NEXT--The children  pulled key ideas from what they'd learned and created flyers that they distributed to households near the school. In the flyers, the students informed their neighbors about issues facing animals and asked them to contribute aluminum cans and pennies, which the students counted and used to adopt two animals from the local zoo.

PENNNIES FOR PANDAS AND OTHER ENDANGERED ANIMALS.........The children also organized a school-wide contest to see which class could contribute the most pennies.

In celebration of the successful fund-raising drive, the students performed the play about rainforest animals for parents and fellow students. Even before the curtain rose, they knew they were already playing one of the most important roles of their lives: Caretaker of the Earth.
Adapted from "Route to Reform: K-8 service-learning Curriculum Ideas,"  1994-95 National Youth Leadership Council.

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 #2 PLAY "ENDANGERED ANIMAL" CHARADES

Young children are often surprised to learn that their favorite animals from books and in zoos are not prevalent in the wild. In this activity, children become aware of the diversity of endangered species through a game.

  • Prepare a list of animals that are endangered (with or without pictures) and cut the list apart. Fold the slips of paper and put them into a container for children to draw from. Examples include: Alligator, Whale, Sheep, Elephant, Hummingbird, Shark, eagle, Wolf, Panda, Tiger Rattlesnake, Grasshopper, Fly, Polar Bear, rhino, Gorilla, turtle, Snail, Panther, butterfly, Dolphin, Rabbit, Frog, and Iguana.
  • First-discuss the term "endangered species" and what students know about it… What do they believe causes animals to become extinct? Point out that many kinds of animals they find interesting are in danger of disappearing.

GAME: Children will pretend to be an endangered species and have their classmates try to guess what these animals are. As in the formal game of charades, students are not permitted to talk, but they may pantomime the behaviors of the animals.

If the group is large, form two teams and have individual students pantomime as their team members guess. If they cannot guess the name of the animal, the other team may try.

After the game, talk about the animals they acted out and why some of them are endangered. What animals on the endangered list surprised the students?

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MAY 22~ WRIGHT BROTHERS PATENTED THE AIRPLANE...

  

HAVE A PAPER-AIRPLANE DAY!

Create and decorate paper-airplanes. Come up with categories for the fun.
Example:
Who's can go the farthest? Straightest? Highest?
Can anyone fly it through a hula hoop? Do loops?
Make a 'bull's-eye' similar to what you would use for playing darts; can anyone hit the bulls eye...or the outer circles?

 MAY 22 IS ALSO "BUY AN INSTRUMENT" DAY!

You may not be able to "buy" an instrument...but how about MAKING SOME INSTRUMENTS? Check out the Making Musical Instruments page for many ideas... Have some fun by "making, practicing and then performing"!

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MAY 24 IS ESCARGOT DAY!

This idea comes from KidActivities French Theme... Do you have an adventurous group of kids? Send home a permission slip for snail tasting... TAKE PHOTOS and award an "I ate an escargot" certificate!

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MAY 27~ MASKING TAPE PATENTED 1930...From the ART CATEGORY comes this idea...(Be sure to visit it---it has more than 70 ideas!)

MAKING TAPE ART
Materials: Shiny finger-paint paper
Masking tape,
Watercolor paints
Brushes
Small containers of water

  • Have children put pieces of masking tape on their paper in any design.
  • Children paint their entire paper with watercolors.
  • When the papers are dry, help the children carefully pull off the tape. The white lines that appear will separate the colors, creating interesting designs.

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THE MONTH of MAY...

MAY IS NATIONAL SMILE MONTH

 THE BIGGEST SMILE 

This is not a game, but a great group activity to see who can give the biggest smile!. 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!

TIP: this also goes along with Weights and Measures Day! While measuring all the things you can--include 'SMILES'!

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SMILEY FACE TREAT  To go along with 'SMILE ACTIVITIES' make some 'SMILE GOODIES'!

Choose from rice cakes, large round cookies or cupcakes. Put out a variety of frosting, peanut butter, cream cheese or Nutella. Additionally add M&M's, spice drop candy, and other treats for kids to make the facial features of a smiling face... 

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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.

TIP:
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.) Cassie/Mi.
Adapted from: familyfun.go.com

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Promintly post this Poem...
SMILING

Smiling is infectious; you catch it like the flu.
When someone smiled at me today, I started smiling too.
I passed around a corner and someone saw my grin.
When he smiled, I realized I had passed it on to him.

I thought about that smile and then I realized its worth.
A single smile, just like mine, could travel around the earth.
So if you feel a smile begin, don't leave it undetected.
Let's start an epidemic quick and get the world infected.
Author Unknown

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 MAY IS FOOD MONTH FOR HOMELESS ANIMALS...

 

 1. Collect and donate items on animal organizations' wish lists: Example: Paper towels, dried dog food, milk substitute, portable cages, blankets and towels, cleansers, and food bowls.

2. Raise money for homeless pets or sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife-- by collecting coins.

  3. Hold a walk-athon, bowl-athon, read-athon, etc. backed by pledges. Donate to local shelters or animal organizations.

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 TO ALL ANIMAL LOVERS...
ARE YOU HAVING A BIRTHDAY PARTY?

Great for grades 4 to 8...
Instead of bringing a present to the party, ask your guests to bring a bag of dog food, cat food, treats or pet toys.  Head out to your local animal shelter (make sure to call ahead first and set up a good time!) and give the food, treats and toys to the shelter. Some shelters will let older kids walk and feed the dogs/cats, clean out cages and bathe the animals. Make sure to meet with the shelter management before you go so they will be expecting you.

The idea is still good--even without the guests visiting  the shelter...

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  • 2017: May 1–7
  • 2018: April 30 - May 6
  • 2019: April 29 - May 5

  is "SCREEN FREE WEEK" formerly TV Turnoff Week ... Screen-Free Week is an annual event in which parents, children, teachers, and others across the country turn off screen media (TV, video games, computers, cell phones, etc.) and celebrate the magic of being unplugged. Visit the Screen Free Website for more info...

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MAY IS INVENTOR'S MONTH!

 MAKE UNIQUE PROGRAM/CLASSROOM INVENTIONS!

1. Open up the recycled materials area and provide things such as- pieces of wood, used CD's, milk containers, straws, tape, pipe cleaners, paper clips, paper, glue, poster paint, markers, crayons, elastic, fabric scraps, construction paper, pom-poms, rubber bands, safety pins, etc.

2. Children can work individually or in small groups; Give them plenty of time to brainstorm ideas.

3. Challenge children to come up with unique,  creative, and useful items.
 
4. The kids may need more than one day to complete their projects; however, when complete- share the inventions with the group. 

• What is it?
• What does it do?
• What materials are used to make it?

5. SHARE IT...This is an activity that takes time and thought. Honor the children's work by inviting parents and visitors to view the display. A written description of each "invention" would also be a good idea.

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This is the Month of April!

March 30, 2017 14:38 by Barbara Shelby

2017.. Updated April 2017...

April's FLOWER is the Daisy~ the GEM STONE is the Diamond!
BIRTH SIGN...
Aries March 21 to April 20 and
Taurus April 21 to May 21


THE MONTH OF APRIL IS ...
• Autism Awareness Month
• International Guitar Month
• Keep America Beautiful Month
• Child Abuse Prevention Month
Frog Month (See FROG THEME)
• Garden Month (See GARDENING THEME)
• Humor Month (See a good variety of seasonal jokes...  Have fun with TONGUE TWISTER GAMES

Math Education Month (See MIXING MATH AND FUN CATEGORY)

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THE WEEKS OF THE MONTH ARE...

WEEK TWO: Observe NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK 

 

WEEK OF THE YOUNG CHILD

APRIL 22 IS EARTH DAY! Celebrate it all month long!

WHEN IS EASTER?
(See EASTER CATEGORIES)
  
2017... April 16

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THE DAYS OF THE MONTH

APRIL 1
April Fool's Day (See April Fool JOKES)
One Cent Day

APRIL 2
Artist Max Ernst's birthday, 1891
Author Hans Christian Andersen's Birthday, 1805
International Children's Book Day

APRIL 3
Find a Rainbow Day-See RAINBOW THEME
Get Outside Day (See below) Also-Pony Express Established, 1860

APRIL 4
First US Flag approved on this day in 1818 (See USA PATRIOTIC
CATEGORY)
Bonza Bottler Day! (See page bottom to learn about it)

APRIL 5
Road Map Day (See Mixing Geography & Fun for Map Ideas!)

APRIL 6
Artist Raphael's Birthday, 1483
North Pole discovered

APRIL 7
World Health Day
No Housework Day!

April 8
Ponce de Leon Day-Born in 1460; discovered Florida and searched for
Fountain of Youth

April 9
First Public Library opened in Peterborough, NH  
 
APRIL 10
Young Writer Day 
Sibling Day
US Patent System was established on this day in 1790

APRIL 11
US President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act on this day in
1968

APRIL 12
Author Beverly Cleary's Birthday, 1916

APRIL 13
USA President Thomas Jefferson's Birthday, 1743

APRIL 14
Webster's Dictionary first Published (1828)
Titanic struck Iceberg

APRIL 15
Artist Leonardo da Vinci's Birthday, 1452
First McDonalds opened in Des Plaines, IL, 1955
Income Tax Day USA 
 
APRIL 16
Wilbur Wright's Birthday, 1867
Eggs Benedict Day
Slavery abolished in D.C. by Lincoln in 1862
 
APRIL 17
Apollo 13 landed in 1970
Daffy Duck's Birthday

Pet Owner's Day--Celebrate by having fun with something in the ANIMAL THEME!
Crossword Puzzle Day
Paul Revere Day--"The British are coming..." 1775
Great San Francisco Earthquake in 1906
First Laundromat opened in Fort Worth Texas-1934

APRIL 19
Humorous Day-Tell JOKES all day! See a good variety of seasonal jokes...  Have fun with TONGUE TWISTER GAMES
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APRIL 20
Artist Joan Miro's birthday, 1893
Cuckoo Day
National Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

APRIL 21
Kindergarten Day-first Kindergarten founded by Friedrich Froebel in Germany in 1837

APRIL 22
Earth Day(See EARTH AND GREEN CATEGORIES!) ;
Jelly Bean Day (See page bottom for ideas)
Girl Scout Leader Appreciation Day

APRIL 23
William Shakespeare's birthday, 1564
International Sing-Out Day
Home Run Day-Hank Aaron hit his first home run in 1954--(Play a good game of baseball! )

APRIL 24 Pigs-in-a-Blanket Day (See page bottom for recipes)
Artist Willem de Kooning's birthday, 1904

APRIL 25 ...National Telephone Day (See page bottom) 
Anzac Day-Australia and New Zealand... Click here to learn about it. You will be taken off site.
Hubble Telescope Launched, 1990

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day (Fourth Thursday every year)

APRIL 26
Hug a Friend Day
National Pretzel Day (See our  PRETZEL CATEGORY) or just snack on pretzels!
Artist Eugene Delacroix's birthday, 1798
Naturalist John J. Audubon's Birthday, 1785 (See BIRD THEME)

April 27
Tell a Story Day (See TELLING CREATIVE STORY Ideas--lower half of the category page)
Creator or Woody the Woodpecker-Walter Lantz's Birthday

APRIL 28
Poetry Reading Day
US President James Monroe's Birthday, 1758

APRIL 29
The zipper was patented on this day in 1913

APRIL 30
Arbor Day
National Honesty Day--George Washington inaugurated as first US president in 1789

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IDEAS FOR SOME OF THE DAYS!

APRIL 3
GET OUTSIDE DAY!

 

Children & Nature Network was created to support people and organizations working worldwide to reconnect children with nature! Check it out!

The Network encourages children and adults, families and friends to spend the week leading up to April 3 engaging in outdoor activities. Then, on April 3 (or a date that works for each community), schedule a 'Get Outside Day' event.
 
Examples: A nature scavenger hunt; a beach, stream or trail cleanup; a nature walk; a recycling event; or a photo safari.

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April 4 

Don't forget 'Bonza Bottler Day' !

 

 

 

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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April 22 - Besides being Earth Day-it's 'Jelly Bean' Day!

 

• JELLY BEAN PAINTING

 Materials: Jellybeans, paint, paper, tape, a box
 
Directions: Place a piece of paper in a box. Take the tape and roll a piece over on itself; place it on the back of the paper to keep the paper secure in the box... Add small amounts of paint in each corner. Place a few jellybeans in the box and have the children move the box so that the jellybeans will roll through the paint and create an abstract design "work of art...

 PLAY THE JELLY BEAN GAME
Required: Container, 2-3 pkgs. of JELLY BEANS (depending on number of kids and tables playing), score sheet, paper and pencil
Players: Small to large groups

1. Find a deep, clean, non-see-through container to pour in several bags of JELLY BEANS.

2. Make a point chart on paper or blackboard for the different colored jelly-beans. An example is- 
       •Purple 5 pts
       •Green 10 pts
       •Yellow 20 pts
       •Orange 25 pts
       •Red 30 pts

3. Divide into teams and have one person at a time from each team, draw out a jelly-bean. The team is awarded the points for the color that is pulled out.

4. The drawer gets to eat the jelly-bean. The first team to reach 500 pts is the winner.

TIP:
You can use any kind of candy that has MANY COLORS
(Skittles, etc.) this is also a great transition activity or to get the group to quiet down!

OR...

Play BINGO---USING JELLY BEANS as markers. Be sure to have extra jelly beans to munch!

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APRIL 22~LOVE THIS IDEA FOR EARTH DAY/WEEK!

(Taken from Earth Friendly Category)

  HAVE AN EARTH WEEK ART AND PROJECT EXHIBIT... 

Display photography, sculpture, drawings, pastels, etc., as well as crafts, toys, and nature projects made by the children. FOCUS EVERYTHING ON THE ENVIRONMENT or MADE FROM RECYCLED MATERIALS.

 Set up your "Exhibit" and Hold a FAMILY EVENT after school. You can also invite school classrooms to walk through and view.

Serve refreshments/snacks with an Earth theme...Ideas for snacks are in the Earth Day-Every Day Category.

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April 23 is 'Pigs-in-a-Blanket' Day 

  

PIG IN A BLANKET SNACK
Ingredients:
Package of hot dogs or little smokies cut in pieces; 1 can refrigerated biscuits (not the flaky type)
Directions:

  • Flatten the biscuit, cut in half.
  • Place half the hot dog on the biscuit and bring the two sides of the biscuit together.
  •  Place on a cookie sheet and bake them the same temperature as it indicated for the biscuits.
  • They are done when the biscuit is done.
  • Dip in ketchup or mustard.

Version Two: PIG IN A BLANKET
Ingredients:
8 hot dogs
4 slices American cheese, each cut into 6 strips
1 can 8 0z.) Refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
Directions:
Heat over to 375. Slit hot dogs to within ½ inch of ends; insert strips of cheese into each slit. Separate dough into triangles. Wrap dough triangle around each hot dog and place on ungreased cookie sheet, cheese side up. Bake 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

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Version Three: PIG IN A BLANKET:
Bread slices. Cheese slices, hot dogs, tooth picks
Place cheese and hot dog on bread slice. Roll the two ends of bread up around the hot dog and secure with tooth pick. Bake in pre-heated 350 oven until hot. (About 20 minutes)

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April 25--National Telephone Day

 

 

Make TIN CAN TELEPHONES! This also uses recycled materials-thereby celebrating the 'Earth and Green' Themes!

 

Children today are still delighted with simple tin can telephones. You can make a set n with two empty tin cans that have smooth edges.

1. Punch holes in the bottom of the cans.
2. Thread twelve feet of wire through the holes.
3. Wind each end in and out of a button, which acts as a stopper.
4. One child talks into his can while the other child holds his can over his ear to listen.
5. The vibrations travel along the taut wire. (Photo from
Indoor Crafts)

 

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 APRIL SHOWERS BRING MAY FLOWERS! Check out the 'Rain and Clouds' Category for April ideas! (Photo by KidActivities) It's also a great time to start this fun Indoor or Outdoor Walking Club!

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