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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!




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