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It's December!

November 29, 2016 00:04 by Barbara Shelby


Updated April, 2016...

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)
     2016:   Official dates are December 25 to January 1. The beginning is December 25 and ends January 1, 2017.

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
  2016--- December 21

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!




This is the Month of November!

October 30, 2016 03:22 by Barbara Shelby





Plan your curriculum featuring some of  the different 'Days of November'!!! Fun ideas at bottom of page! (Centerpiece image by

Flower: Chrysanthemum
Yellow Topaz


  • Adoption
  • Aviation
  • Cozy Cuddles 
  • Child Safety and Protection
Drum Month  
  • Family Stories
  • Good Nutrition
  • Latin American
  • Model Railroad
  • Peanut Butter Lovers
  • Stamp Collecting
  • National Family Caregivers
  • American Indian Heritage
 •  I Am So Thankful Month


World Kindness Day!  
World Kindness Day on Nov 13, 2016: 

Geography Awareness Week is the third week each November.......  (Visit National Geographic for more info) The week's theme will focus on how geography instills an awareness of the interdependence and interconnectedness embedded in all of our lives.  This year’s program will show how the ideas of interdependence, interconnectedness, and geographic perspectives can be easily incorporated into all parts of the class, after-school program, or at home.   Check out Mixing Geography and Fun!

Don't forget Bonza Bottler Day on November 11!
Just a reason to celebrate. So Celebrate! This happens each month when the day and date are the same number! Example: November 11, December 12, etc. Any kind of celebration will do...just do something fun!


1. All Saints' Day (Christian, Roman Catholic)

2. Dia de los Muertos "Day of the Dead" (Mexico, Latin America) 
The celebration occurs on the 2nd of November in connection with the Catholic holiday of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day to commemorate family and friends who have died.  The traditions is to build private alters in people's homes using sugar skulls, marigolds, flowers, fruits, pictures and the favorite foods of the deceased.  Visits to the graves with a few gifts and decorations are also a must on this day.

2. All Souls' Day (Roman Catholic)

12. Birthday of Baha'u'llah (Baha'i)


November 24, 2016 
November 23, 2017 
November 22, 2018 
November 28, 2019 
November 26, 2020 
November 25, 2021 
November 24, 2022 
November 23, 2023 
November 28, 2024 


The Days of November:

1.  National Author's Day and also 'Day of the Dead' in Mexico celebrated the first and second
2.  National Family Literacy Day, and Sistine Chapel completed. (*See bottom of page for fun idea!) 
3.  Sandwich Day (See page bottom for ideas)
4.  Candy Day (See Easy Candy Recipes page);
First Wagon Train arrived in California (It left Missouri in May-1841)
6.  Abraham Lincoln elected president 1860
7.  Hug-a-Bear Day (See Teddy Bear Theme)
8.  Dear Santa Day (*See bottom of page for idea)
     X-ray discovered
9.  Pursuit of Happiness Day
     First Giant Panda collected alive in China (1927)
10. Forget-Me-Not Day
11. Veteran's Day (Bonza Bottler Day too!)
      Remembrance Day in Canada
      Washington became State
12.  Pizza with the works but no anchovies
13.  World Kindness Day
       Indian Pudding Day (See recipes below) 
       First Spacecraft to orbit mars (Mariner 9-1971)
14Teddy Bear Day (Visit Teddy Bear Theme and Bear Jokes )
15.  Great American Smoke-Out Day
       America Recycles Day
16.  Button Day (See below images of 'Button Ideas)

17.  Take a Hike Day
18.  Mickey Mouse's Birthday
19.  Gettysburg Address
20Peanut Butter Fudge Day (See below for 2 easy recipes!)
21World Hello Day (*Learn to say 'Hello' in several languages-see bottom of page)
       What do you love about America? Day
       North Carolina became State
23.  Buy Nothing Day
24.  Zachary Taylor B-Day: 1794 (12th President of USA)
24.  Parfait Day
26.  In 1789 George Washington proclaimed a day of public thanksgiving
27.  Pins and Needles Day
      Nobel Peace Prize Established
28.  Albanian Flag Day
      First American automobile race: 54 miles from Chicago's Jackson Park to Evanston, Illinois.

29.  Electronic Greeting Day
      Beatles released I Want to Hold Your Hand in 1963
30. Computer Security Day
      Mark Twain Born (1835-1910)



What Indian tribes are in your state? Learn about them!


Michelangelo completed the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel between 1508 and November 2, 1512 

Tape large pieces of paper to the underside of tables or desks. Put out a variety of art supplies. Have kids paint/color/draw laying on their backs—just like Michelangelo did! Discuss how he spent four years doing this to complete the Sistine Chapel frescoes...




Here are some fun sandwich ideas that your kids will love!


Ingredient ideas to put out: Bread, cheese cubes, lunch meat, grape tomatoes, lettuce, pickles, olives.

Ingredients can be served in bowls and children choose what they like and then slide onto their skewer.
1. Cut up cubes of bread, cheese, and lunch meat (1/2-inch-thick cubes of ham and turkey are good).
2. Slide the cubes onto a skewer (long pick) with other foods the children like, such as a grape tomato, a piece of lettuce, a pickle, or an olive.
3. Set out a side of mayo or mustard for dipping.


Just put out the ingredients and let kids make and take…
Peanut Butter
Bananas - sliced
Bread (1 slice)
M &M's candy
Spread the peanut butter on the slice of bread. Next, put 2 banana circles on the bread to look like eyes. Then use a raisin as a nose. Last, make the mouth out of M&M's candy.

Spread peanut butter onto a rice cake.
Use jellybeans and M&M's to make facial features...


Lightly spread a tortilla with a little cream cheese and place one or two slices of thin ham or turkey over the cream cheese. Roll tightly and cut into small rounds.

Put peanut butter and jelly onto a flour tortilla. Roll...Eat

Small flour tortillas
Colby-jack STICK cheese
Salsa, if desired

Place one stick of Colby-jack cheese (or use mozzarella string cheese) near the edge of the flour tortilla.
Roll the tortilla around the cheese; secure it with a toothpick (remove it later before children snack).
Microwave until cheese is soft.
Dip in salsa.

Satisfy your salty, crunchy and savory cravings in one punch with this quick snack version of a sandwich.
Ingredients: 4 slices deli turkey breast (about 2 ounces total), 8 teaspoons honey mustard or mango chutney (or whatever kids like), 8 sesame breadsticks
Spread each slice of turkey with 2 teaspoons mustard (or mango chutney) and season with pepper if desired. Wrap each prepared turkey slice around 2 breadsticks



#7 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
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:
 NOTE: Be sure to remove all toothpicks before eating!



YUMM...November 4th is Candy Day! Visit the 'Easy Candy Recipes page of KidActivities...




Here are two FREE websites that  E-mail 'Dear Santa letters'. First one has some other "Santa things"...the second is  more simple--but very sweet. really fun site!!!

Are you a childcare center but don't have internet access in your program? Consider posting the Santa addresses in you parent center or newsletter--a nice thing for child and parent to do together!


NOVEMBER 13 is Indian Pudding Day!


2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup molasses
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 quarts milk, scalded
whipped cream

In a saucepan over medium heat add all ingredients except for the milk. Beat thoroughly. Pour in milk slowly, stirring continuously until the mixture begins to thicken.
Pour into an ovenproof casserole dish and bake for 30 minutes.

Serve with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkling of cinnamon sugar if desired.



3 c. milk
1/2 c. cornmeal
1/2 tsp. salt
3 eggs
1/4 c. light brown sugar
1/3 c. molasses
2 tbsp. butter
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. allspice
1/2 tsp. ginger

Lightly grease crock. Preheat on high for 20 minutes. Meanwhile bring milk, cornmeal and salt to a boil. Boil, stirring constantly, for 5 minutes. Cover and simmer an additional 10 minutes. In a large bowl, combine remaining ingredients. Gradually beat in hot cornmeal mixture and whisk until smooth. Pour into crock and cook on high for 2 to 3 hours or low for 6 to 8 hours.


November 14 is National AmericanTEDDY BEAR DAY! Visit the Bear Theme and Bear Jokes! Not only ideas for Pre-K to Grade 1--but also for school age children...



Two cute 'Button Ideas' from familyfun.go


A button mosaic becomes a cheery sun catcher when it's sandwiched between layers of clear Con-Tact paper.
1. To make one, cut out a square of Con-Tact paper, remove its backing, and lay it sticky-side up. (If you like, slide a drawing beneath the square as a guide.) 
2. Place buttons on the square to create a shape, leaving at least a 1-inch border on all sides.
3. When you're done, cover the mosaic with a second Con-Tact paper square.
4. Smooth the edges with a cotton swab and cut out the mosaic, leaving a -inch border on all sides.
5. Stick your creation to a window with glue dots or tape.


These are fun and easy for kids to create.


Simply cut lengths of ribbon (these are 12 to 14 inches long, to fit a standard-size hardcover book), then attach buttons to the ends using tacky glue or a glue gun.
Shown here are just a few of the decorating options: sandwiching the ribbon's ends between two buttons; stacking smaller atop larger buttons; and grouping several small buttons in a pattern.




Make GUMBALL MACHINE using buttons for the gumballs.


Put out paper plates, buttons, markers, and white heavy paper/construction paper. See what the kids come up with. Kids also just may turn their project into a 'button collage'! (This sample is made by a 1st grader (student of Shannon Stewart) at Stetson Hills School in Phoenix, Arizona. See other images of student art work in the Grades 1-3 Gallery Category.



NOVER 20TH IS PEANUTBUTTER FUDGE DAY. Check out these two super easy microwave recipes! Both are yummy and easy to make with kids! This will also work to celebrate Peanutbutter Lover's Month...or 'Candy Day on November 4th!





12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 can sweetened condensed milk
2 heaping Tbs peanut butter 

Put chocolate chips and sweetened-condensed milk in microwave safe bowl. 

Cook on high for 5 minutes.
Remove from microwave, stir in peanut butter.
Spread in pan.
Cool and cut. Enjoy!


1 cup butter, plus more for greasing pan
1 cup peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 pound powdered sugar

1. Microwave butter and peanut butter for 2 minutes on high.
2. Stir and then microwave on high for 2 more minutes. Add vanilla and powdered sugar to peanut butter mixture and stir to combine with a wooden spoon.
3. Pour into a buttered 8 by 8-inch pan lined with waxed paper. Place a second piece of waxed paper on the surface of the fudge and refrigerate until cool.
Cut into 1-inch pieces and store in an airtight container for up to a week.


 *LEARN TO SAY "HELLO" in as many different languages as  you can for 'WORLD HELLO DAY' ON THE 21st...

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)

WORLD HELLO DAY is an observance started by brothers Brian and Michael McCormack. The McCormacks created "World Hello Day" in response to the 1973 conflict between Egypt and Israel.
Anyone can participate in 'World Hello Day' simply by saying "Hello" to ten people.

According to the McCormacks' "People around the world use the occasion of World Hello Day as an opportunity to express their concern for world peace. Beginning with a simple greeting on World Hello Day, their activities send a message to leaders, encouraging them to use communication rather than force to settle conflicts."

Naturally, encourage the children in your program to say "hello" to at least 10 people on the 21st. Saying HELLO  IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES can heighten cross-cultural awareness, celebrate cross-cultural knowledge, As well as learning to say "hello" in many different languages. This can be used as a warm-up, get-to-know-you activity with a cross-cultural theme. Within a group, you may be surprised how much knowledge there is of different languages for basic phrases. (This tip from schoolagenote of the day)








  • Cut two pieces of paper to fit around two cardboard oatmeal containers with lids.
  • Decorate the paper with crayons and markers.
  • Attach the paper around both containers with tape.
  • Set the containers side by side and tie them together with two long pieces of string or yarn.
  • Tie one piece of string around the upper section of the containers and the other around the lower section.
  • Place a dab of glue under the string in several spots to hold it in place. Play your bongos by tapping on the tops with your fingertips


Turn a cooking pan over and beat on the bottom of it with a wooden spoon.


Collect a round box, such as an oatmeal box or a potato chip container. Carefully make two small slits, about 2 inches apart, near the top of the box. Thread the box onto a child's belt (or a shortened adult belt).


Use hands to tap on the drums--- a wooden spoon, metal spoon, rubber spatula, whisk or a basting brush. Make drumsticks with two unsharpened pencils with erasers. Or…Attach an empty thread spool on one end of the pencils or wrap a thick rubber band around one end of each pencil. Have children experiment with the variety of sounds and tones they can make.


Cut a piece of paper to fit around a CAN with a plastic lid; large coffee cans work well, but any size can be used. Decorate the paper with crayons and markers--Attach the paper around the can with tape.
You can also use an empty PLASTIC JUG, or WOODEN BOWL turned upside down or metal POT or BOWL.



Some KidActivity links that may interest you for the month of November!

 Thanksgiving Snacks and Goodies

SOME OTHER IDEAS FOR NOVEMBER!  •Autumn Apple Theme    •Apple Snacks   •Farm & Harvest Theme   Easy Candy Recipes and Snack Mix Recipes  (Get ready for the Holidays!)   •Fall and Winter Snacks   •Mixing Geography and Fun (For Geography Awareness Week)   •Teddy Bear and Other Bears Theme (Teddy Bear Day-- in November)   •Bear Jokes  


This is the Month of October!

September 29, 2016 23:19 by Barbara Shelby

 2016 -- Updated April, 2016

Flower: Calendula (English Marigold)            
Birthstone: Opal-Tourmaline
look at all the things going on this month! This is sure to inspire lots of ideas!


Make this a month of Kindness and Service! The month of October hosts Bullying Prevention Month;  Kids Care Week;  Diversity Awareness Month;  Lights on After School;  World Smile Day;  World Food Day;  National Make a Difference Day;  Peace, Friendship and Goodwill Week;  and National UNICEF!


 • Adopt a Shelter Dog Month
National Apple Month (See Apple Activities and Cooking & Snacking with Apples 
  National Pajama Month (See page bottom)
  • National Roller Skating Month
  • National Stamp Collecting Month
  • National Pizza Month
  • National Chili Month
  • Computer Learning Month
  • Do-It Yourself Month
  • Polish American Awareness Month
  • National Dental Hygiene Month
  • National Pasta Month
(See Pasta Theme)
  • World Chocolate Awareness Month
  • Vegetarian Awareness Month
  • National Seafood Month
  • National Clock Month
  • Family History Month
  • National Popcorn Month (Check out Popcorn Theme)
• National Dessert Month
  • American Pharmacist Month
  • Awareness Month
  • Cookie Month (See No-Bake Cookie Recipes)
• Eat Country Ham Month 
  • International Drum Month 
  • Sarcastic Month 
  • Seafood Month
  • National Vegetarian Month

 • Head Start Awareness Month  • Month of the Young Adolescent-Learn of Shadow Day  •  Diversity Awareness Month




  • Get Organized Week
  • National Fire Prevention Week
  • National Human Services awareness Week
  • National Newspaper Week
  • National Pickled Pepper Week
  • Universal Children's Week


  • Teen Read Week  See page bottom below
  • Metric Week
  • National School Lunch Week
  • Organize Your Files Week
  • Pet Peeve Week
  • Space Week


  • Kids Care Week, celebrated the third week of October, recognizes the power of kids to help others in their community and the world. During the week, young people focus their compassion on a specific social issue through a service project. Kids Care Week culminates on Make a Difference Day~
  • National School Bus Safety Week
  • National Forest Products Week
  • Wildlife Week
  • World Rainforest Week





1.   Homemade Cookie Day (No Bake Cookies Here)
      World Vegetarian Day and Julie Andrew's (Mary Poppins) Birthday, World Smile Day
2.   Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi born 1869
      Charlie Brown's Birthday: Peanuts debut 1950
      Name your Car Day
3.   Emily Post Birth Date -1873
      Captain Kangaroo Day
      SOS established as international stress code
 National Golf Day and Sputnik launched
5.   World Teachers Day; World Smile Day (See below)
6.  Thomas Edison shows first motion picture
     Mad Hatter Day
7.  American Bandstand premiered-Daylight Saving Time ends in United States
9.  Moldy Cheese Day
     Count from Sesame Street Birthday
10. National Cake Decorating Day and 'Bonza Bottler' Day!
    International Top Spinning Day
     National Bring your Teddy Bear to School or Work Day (Visit Teddy Bear Theme)
11. Eleanor Roosevelt Birthday

12. Farmer's Day (Farm/Harvest Theme)

     World Egg Day (See below and/or visit Egg Theme)
  First Aerial photo taken in 1860
13. International Newspaper Carriers Day
      Iron Man Competition
      International Skeptics Day
      Navy birthday
Grover of Sesame Street's Birthday
      Be Bald and Be Free Day
15. National Grouch Day
      National Poetry Day
16. Bosses Day:  National Boss's Day is celebrated on October 16th each year. If the holiday falls on a weekend, it is generally celebrated on the working day closest to October 16. 2012 thru 2015 is Oct. 16.     

16. Dictionary Day
16. World Food Day (See below)
17. Black Poetry Day

 Kid's Care Week is the third week in October each year!

18. Alaska Day--1867
      Little Orphan Annie's Birthday-1922
      Puerto Rico became American colony
19.  Star Spangled Banner first sung
20.  Guggenheim museum opens in N.Y.-1959
      Mickey Mantel's birthday
      Monster Mash (song) Day- 1962
      World Toy Cameral Day
Mother-in-Law Day is celebrated on the 4th Sunday in October. It is similar to Mother's Day in that it is a day to celebrate motherhood. (See Mother's Day page for ideas)

22. National Nut Day
23. National Make a Difference Day,
National Mole Day and
      T.V. Talk Show Host Day
24. National Bologna Day
      United Nations Day
25. National Denim Day
      Pablo Picasso Birthday-1881
26. Hilary Rodham Clinton-s Birthday
     International Red Cross organized-1863
27. Theodore Roosevelt's Birthday-1858
28. Plush Animal Lovers Day
      Statue of Liberty's Birthday
      National Chocolate Day (See below)
29. Internet Day 
30National Candy Corn Day (See below)
     Haunted Refrigerator Night
31. Halloween  (Visit the hundreds of ideas)

      Books for Treats Night and 
National Knock-Knock Jokes Day
      National Magic Day
      National UNICEF Day
Click here for website 




The first Friday of each October is WORLD SMILE DAY! 

 It is celebrated each year on the first Friday) As ever the theme for the day is "Do an act of kindness.  Help one person smile." The image that leads the way on this day is the smiley face.

Get involved on this special day by organizing events and activities at your school, business or organization. Recognize members of your community for their acts of good will and kindness. Spread the word.  If each of us becomes a World Smile Day® Ambassador and help just one person smile that day - the world will be a better place.  Harvey Ball  (the artist who created the 'SMILEY FACE' believed that each of us, as individuals, can make a difference in this world.  World Smile Day® is the day when all our individual acts can make the world a better place. See Kindness Category


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!



 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.

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:


Promintly post this Poem...

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



 OCTOBER 10...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. 
onza 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!





EGG GAMES...They're not only for Easter!

This can be played as a race or relay…
Use a tablespoon and a hard-boiled egg or plastic Easter egg and plastic spoon.
Children try to walk fast holding the egg in the spoon to the finish line.
It can also be done as a relay and have one child in the middle of the race line waiting.
The children transfer the egg to their relay partner's spoon and go!

You’ll need one, hard-boiled egg for each pair of children.
Have the children stand across from a partner. They should stand one foot apart.
When the leader says, “Go” the children should toss the eggs to their partners.
With hard-boiled eggs, everyone can play the whole game because the eggs won’t crack.
With each toss, the children should back up one step. Play until the eggs are destroyed and before the kids get bored


Give each child a tablespoon and a hard-boiled egg.
The children form a line and one is the leader.
Each one holds the spoon with the egg in its bowl at arm's length and hops on one foot, following wherever the leader leads them.
To drop the egg or rest on both feet prevents one from continuing in the game. They stay out until the next round.

TIP: Also check out the  Egg Theme. You'll find directions for making the perfect hard boiled egg; how to make egg-shell chalk; egg-shell mosaics and some egg recipes!


Ingredients for one serving...
1 slice poundcake
1/2 peach and Whipped Cream type topping

Put slice of pound cake on plate.
Place peach half on top-- round side up.
Add whip cream around peach and serve.
It looks like a raw egg on toast!


Each Year OCTOBER 16 is WORLD FOOD DAY! Talk with the children in your program about world hunger and consider hosting a food drive for a food bank in your community. To find a food bank near you, click here ...

Establish a length of time for the food drive and have youth in your program/school make posters to hang around program site/school to promote the food drive. Ask parents to get involved by helping transport the food from your site to the food bank. World Food Day is intended to increase awareness of world hunger and take steps to combat it. However, this can be done any time of the year! 



TWENTY GRAINS OF RICE-World Food Hunger Program... 

Using the internet children can donate 20 grains of rice to the WORLD FOOD HUNGER PROGRAM!  If your program has access to a computer and the Internet, introduce children to the idea. Click here This Web site offers an English multiple-choice vocabulary test. For each word defined correctly, 20 grains of rice are donated through the United Nations World Food Program to help end hunger. To date--over 66 Billion grains have been donated!!!!

If your children enjoy this type of community service, get more ideas from "The Kid's Guide to Service Projects," which features more than 500 ideas for community service activities for young people. You can order the book at KidActivities also has a great Community Service Category!!!



1. PLAY BINGO using candy corn as markers.


  • Designate a starting line and a finish line.
    • Put out a bowl full of candy corn for each player at the starting line and an empty bowl at the finish line.
    • The players must use a large spoon to scoop candy corn out of the full bowl and then carry it to the empty bowl and fill it.
    • They cannot spill any candy corn or use their hands!
    • If any candy corn falls off the spoon, they must immediately pick it up and bring it back to the back to the starting line bowl and start over with that scoopful.



     NATIONAL POPCORN MONTH! SEE THE POPCORN THEME!  As this is both 'National Popcorn Month' and 'Halloween'--make this cute popcorn ghost. You cover two themes in one!

    Material: cardboard ghost shapes, popped popcorn, glue with small container from which to dip popcorn, hole punch, string or thread, black construction paper eyes and mouth shapes

      1. Cut shapes of ghosts from cardboard. Cereal box cardboard works well.
      2. Make a hole at the top of the ghost. Put string or yarn in the hole for hanging.
      3. have kids dip each piece of popped corn in glue and stick onto one of the ghost-shape sides. Completely cover the cardboard.
      4. When the glue is dry, cover the other side of the cardboard.
      5. Cut eye and mouth shapes from the black paper and glue on ghost.

      Either hang the ghosts from the ceiling or bring in a small branch from outside. Pot the branch and make a Halloween tree. These would make great ornaments the tree! 



    NATIONAL CHOCOLATE DAY is October 28--  This is also WORLD CHOCOLATE MONTH AND PAJAMA MONTH--Plan one event to celebrate both!


    Have some fun with Hot Chocolate  and also play  CHOCOLATE FACE!  For Chocolte a piece of chocolate candy in your mouth and see how long it takes to melt! No sucking and chewing it! The one to keep the chocolate in their mouth the longest is the winner. A nice way to celebrate Chocolate Day! 


     Help kids plan a comfy COCOA PARTY! You could add a movie (an old favorite or something just released.) Make popcorn (It's popcorn month!) or have cookies (It's cookie month!) and set up a hot chocolate bar where everyone can add marshmallows, chocolate sprinkles, and whipped cream to cups of cocoa.

    Extension Idea: Add a PAJAMA PARTY! (It's Pajama Month!) Have kids wear PJ's and lounge on pillows and blankets as they watch a movie. (Don't forget favorite stuffed animals! The 28th is Plush Animal Lover's Day!)


    October 31 is not only HALLOWEEN- but also  National Knock-Knock Jokes Day  Click and have some fun with Knock-Knock Jokes--Kids of all ages love them!




     Halloween is celebrated on the night of October 31st, by children dressing in costumes and going door-to-door collecting sweets or money.


    The word itself, "Halloween," actually has its origins in the Catholic Church. It comes from a contracted corruption of All Hallows Eve. November 1st, "All Hollows Day" (or "All Saints Day"), is a Catholic day of observance in honor of saints.

    The origin of Halloween dates back 2000 years ago to the Celtic celebration of the dead. A Celtic festival was held on November 1st, the first day of the celtic New Year, honoring the Samhain, the Lord of the Dead.

    Celtic ritual believed that the souls of the dead returned on the evening before November 1st. The celebration included burning sacrifices and costumes.

    Irish, Scots and other immigrants brought older versions of the tradition to North America in the 19th century and by the late 20th century, many other Western countries have embraced Halloween as a part of American pop culture.