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It's February

January 24, 2017 03:49 by Barbara Shelby


 2017 Updated November 2016

Flower: Violet
Birthstone: Amethyst
Astrological Sign:
Aquarius: January 21 - February 19
Pisces: February 20 - March 20

This is a great month!  Black History Month;  Mardi Gras,  Random Acts of Kindness Week;  Ground Hog Day; President's Day ;   Valentine's Day 100th Day of School  (in USA); much going on that if you check the links,  your activities are just about planned for you for the enitire month!



Usually 100th Day of School in USA Falls Mid-February! Have fun with the '100th Day' ideas and also CELEBRATE THE 101st DAY OF SCHOOL with a Dalmatian theme and watching the movie "101 Dalmatians"!  

The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) happens each February-Check Bird Theme-



Week One
Ground Hog Day-Feb. 2

Week Two and Three
Valentine's Day-Feb. 14

 President's Day-  In the United States, Presidents Day is always celebrated on the third Monday of February. 


The Days of February are... (Words in Bold Print have ideas at page bottom)

1.   National Freedom Day 
      Royal Canadian Mounted Police officially began 1920
2.   Bonza Bottler Day: Just a day to celebrate when date and month are the same!
      Bottle cap patented
      'Dia de la Candelaria' celebrated in Mexico
      Ground Hog Day; Buenos Aires, Argentina founded-1536
   Elmo's (Sesame Street) birthday
      First soft landing on moon (Luna 9, USSR, 1966)            
4.   Charles Lindbergh's birthday-1902
      Create a Vacuum Day and
Rosa Park's Birthday         
5.   Constitution Day in Mexico
      Disaster Day
      National Weather Person Day
      Hank Aaron's Birthday-1934
6.  Babe Ruth's Birthday
     Monopoly Game first sold in stores - 1935
     Waitangi Day celebrated in New Zealand
     Ronald Reagan born
     Massachusetts became State in 1788
7.  Charles Dicken's Birthday
     Laura Ingalls Wilder's Birthday-1867
     Switzerland granted women right to vote-1971       
8.   Boy Scout's Day-founded in 1919 
9.   Hershey Chocolate founded -1894 
      Toothache Day  
10. Umbrella Day (See March Ideas--March is National Umbrella month); 
       Treaty of Paris signed in 1713-ending war between French and  Indians
11   Don't Cry Over Spilled Milk Day
      National Foundation Day in Japan
      National Inventor's Day in honor of Edison's birthday-1847
      White T-shirt Day (Have ALL wear white shirts!)
12. Abraham Lincoln's Birthday-1809
      Charles Darwin born - 1809 
13.  Bicycle Safety Day
       Get a Different Name Day! (Ideas below)

14.  Valentine's Day ; Ferris Wheel Day; Library Lover's Day; Flag Day in Canada-first raised in 1965; Susan B. Anthony born-1820 and National Gumdrop Day
16.  Miranda (moon of Uranus) first photographed in 1948  
17.  Human Spirit Day
18.  Family Day in Canada
       Pluto discovered by Clyde Tombaugh - 1930
19.  Mr. Roger's Neighborhood premiered - 1968 and National Chocolate Mint Day (See below)
20.   National Hoodie-Hoo Day -go outside and yell "Hoodie-hoo!" to scare away winter and welcome Spring!
       John Glenn orbited Earth three times- 1962,Friendship 7 space  capsule
       Toothpick patented
21.   Love your Pet Day
        Polaroid Land Camera introduced -1927 by Edwin Land
22.   Be Humble Day
        George Washington's Birthday
        World Thinking Day

23.   Dolly the Sheep cloned in 1997 & Tennis Day
         International Dog Biscuit Day (Idea below)
24.    Flag Day in Mexico (Dia de la Bandera) & National Tortilla Chip Day     
        Gordon from Sesame Street's Birthday
25.    Paper Currency introduced in USA-1862 by President Lincoln
        Quiet Day (Ideas below)
        First US Electric Printing Press patented by Thomas Davenport  - 1837 
26.    William "Buffalo Bill" Cody born 1846
        Levi Strauss born 1829 & Carnival Day    
27 Polar Bear Day (Visit Teddy Bears & other Bears Theme)
       Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's Birthday - 1807     
28.   Public Sleeping Day and
        Congress authorized Lewis and Clark Expedition in 1803



February 2 is 'BONZA BOTTLER DAY'---this happens each month when the month and date are the same! It's just a reason to celebrate in any way you celebrate! Celebrate BIG as it's also Ground Hog Day!!!

FINDING WORDS IN A WORD: This idea comes from School-Age Note of the Day...2/2/2011

For a simple and quick activity, have the children write "Punxsutawney" on a sheet of paper and see how many words they can make from the letters in it. (For example, the word "sweet" wouldn't be valid because it has two "e"s and "Punxsutawney" only has one.) Set a time limit and then have children take turns sharing the words they found. 

Example: sat, at, pun, tune, neat, eat, nut, tan, yes, say,  set, nun,  wet, saw, was, tawny, etc.

Feb. 2--Bottle Cap Patented. Collected bottle caps and challenge kids to come up with a creative bottle cap collage! With this also being Ground Hog Day-consider doing it a day or two before!


 On February 9, Hershey Chocolate was founded. Cover St. Valentine's Day and this day with one project!


Materials: 6" lengths of 12 gauge floral wire,  Silk flower leaves, Green floral tape,  Clear cellophane,  Glue, Scissors,  Ribbon,  Hershey Kisses Milk Chocolates

To create Chocolate Roses:

1. For each candy rose, spread glue on the bottom of one foil-wrapped chocolate.
2. Firmly press the bottom of another chocolate to it.
3. Insert florist wire into one pointed end of the double chocolates, twisting cellophane, continuing down the full length of wire with tape.
4. Add 1 or 2 artificial leaves, if desired, securing leaves in place with florist tape.
You can also make them by taking two Hershey kisses...  first insert a pipe cleaner or wire into one. Next attach kisses together at flat end with tape or glue; wrap them with red saran wrap. Take 2 wire leaves and attach them to the pipe cleaner with florist tape.......

Also-Check out the CHOCOLATE THEME DAY IDEAS...the 'short themes' in this category are listed alphabetically.


MAKE SOME HERSHEY HOT COCOA! See Hot Cocoa/Chocolate category :-)


 FEBRUARY 6 (1935) is the first day MONOPOLY GAMES WERE SOLD IN STORES. Be sure to pull your Monopoly Games out--and let the kids know why! What are some other things that were going on in 1935? What did kids back then like to play???


THE 10TH IS 'UMBRELLA DAY'! Check out  "Doing the Month of March  Days"  for ideas!  March is 'National Umbrella Month'...



Post the saying and have kids write down or talk about what they think that means! You may get some very cute and funny interpretations...

•  To go along with the 'milk theme'--- If it's cold where you live-make Hot Chocolate.  If it's warm--make some milkshakes!!!

The day and saying means... don't worry about something that has already happened and work on fixing the problem. Don't Cry Over Spilled Milk Day is in recognition that everyone spills a little milk now and then. (When spilled--you can't get it back into the glass!) It's a day to  be optimistic, think positive, look on the bright side, and to find something good in everything that happens. As the song says: Don't Worry, be Happy!  Participate in "Don't Cry over Spilled Milk Day" with an optimistic attitude and a smile on your face!


FEBERUARY 13 is 'GET A DIFFERENT NAME DAY'!  Have some fun with ALL choosing a different name. Put the names on 'name tags' and talk about what they like about their own names and what they like about the 'new' names...

 •Do the kids know why their parents chose the names they have? Do they know what their names mean?

•Get a book of names/meanings and celebrate this silly day!



February 14--VALENTINES DAY!

See Loads of Valentine ideas here!



 Go outside and yell "Hoodie-hoo!" to scare away winter and welcome Spring! (In Southern Hemisphere it is celebrated August 22) To be precise, one is to go out at high noon and wave arms above head while yelling the words. If you  can't do it then---have silly...and do it with your kids any time of the day. Just do it! (This is a copyrighted holiday-courtesy of


 February 19... is NATIONAL CHOCOLATE MINT DAY. Make some chocolate mint candy! 

1 cup (6 oz) semisweet chocolate chips
14 ounces sweetened condensed milk, divided
1 cup (6 oz) vanilla flavored baking chips
1 tablespoon peppermint extract
2 to 3 drops green food coloring

In a saucepan, melt chocolate chips and 3/4 cup condensed milk over low heat, stirring occasionally. Line an 8 inch square baking pan with waxed paper; butter the paper.

Spread half of melted chocolate mixture into pan; chill for 5-10 minutes (keep remaining melted chocolate at room temperature.

In another saucepan, melt vanilla chips. Stir in remaining condensed milk and mix well. Remove from the heat; add extract and food coloring. Chill. Spread over chilled chocolate layer; spread reserved melted chocolate on top of mint layer. Chill. Cut into 1 inch pieces. (From KidActivities Easy Candy Category)
Makes 5 dozen


President's Day   2017 is Feb. 20...   

February 21 is 'LOVE YOUR PET DAY'! How about making some PET ROCKS and have fun with the Extension Ideas! Visit the Stones, Rocks, and Pebbles Theme page for ideas...


The 23rd is 'INTERNATIONAL DOG BISCUIT DAY'... Make some Dog Biscuits!


1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup oil
2 eggs
3 tablespoons peanut butter
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup oats

1. Blend wet ingredients together.
2. Whisk dry ingredients together in a separate bowl, and then mix with wet mixture to form a ball of dough.
3. Roll out and shape as desired. Place on a non-stick cookie tray or lightly greased pan.
4. Bake twenty minutes at 400 degrees.
5.  When finished, turn off oven and allow the biscuits to cool inside oven until crisp and hard.
6. Store in an airtight container.


 FEBRUARY 25TH IS 'QUIET DAY'...Celebrate it by playing some quiet/low keyed games.

Here's a fun low energy set of games (in comparison to the usual style "Olympic Games") that you can try. See lots other games in the Low Energy Category and in Gathering and Waiting Game Category...

1. Discus Throw: Use a paper plate

2. Shot Put: Use a balloon

3. Track Race: Each player lines up at the start line and race by placing the heel of one foot against the toe of the next. The first one to the end of the track and back wins.

4. High Jump: Each contestant takes a deep breath and whistles. The contestant who holds the note the longest wins.

5. High Dive: Each player stands on a chair (or faces the chair back-rest and then kneels chair seat) with ten clothes pins and drops them into an empty bottle. The player that gets the most wins.


The 27th is 'POLAR BEAR DAY'...


First put ice cream and then a layer of your choice of candy (M&M's, Kisses, Chocolate or Peanut Butter Chips.) Cover candy layer with Cool Whip and decorate it with gummy bears or a teddy graham cookie. Serve it in small-clear plastic cups for individual serving or one big vat that everyone shares. Usually, children like to have their own. There may also be ideas in the Teddy Bear & Other Bears Theme.


Have kids wear PJ's and lounge on pillows and blankets as they watch a movie. (Don't forget favorite stuffed animals!)
Watch an old favorite or something just released. Make popcorn or have cookies and set up a 'hot chocolate bar' where everyone can add marshmallows, chocolate sprinkles, and whipped cream to cups of cocoa.


FEBRUARY IS 'FRIENSHIP MONTH'... Check out Kid Activities FRIENDSHIP THEME DAY...Themes are listed alphabetically.


  FEBRUARY IS 'AMERICAN HEART MONTH'!  PLAN A HEALTHY HEART DAY!  Celebrate a “healthy” heart with fun, aerobic activities that get children up and moving. Check out the HEALTHY HEART THEME DAY (Located at the bottom of the Theme Day page 1 Category




Visit the Bird Theme for ideas and directions for many BIRD FEEDER ideas!


This is an event that takes place over four days in February each year. It's very easy! All you have to do is watch birds in your yard, a nearby park, or maybe at your school. Then you tell what you saw by entering your bird list online.

They collect that information from people all over the United States and Canada so SCIENTISTS CAN LEARN WHAT KIND OF BIRDS ARE BEING SEEN IN THE WINTER AND WHETHER THERE ARE MORE OR FEWER THAN BEFORE! Click here - to learn more about how to participate. (There are also games, print-outs and bird-fun on the site!)







2017        January 28                   Rooster
2018        February 16                  Dog
2019        February 5                    Pig


 Happy February! It's a great month for planning activities!!!

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Ideas for Days of January!

December 25, 2016 02:42 by Barbara Shelby


 Updated Novembe, 2016

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

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

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

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

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day  

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


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

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

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

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



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


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




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




Mix learning and fun! INTRODUCE MEASUREMENT ...

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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



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



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

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


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



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

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


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



 Chinese New Year! 
2017        January 28                   Rooster
2018        February 16                  Dog
2019        February 5                    Pig

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


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


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!