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This is the Month of October!

September 29, 2017 23:19 by Barbara Shelby

 2017 -- Updated September, 2017

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.


    This is the Month of September!

    August 31, 2017 16:45 by Barbara Shelby


      2017... Updated August, 2017 Monthly, Weekly, and Themes of the Day are a great way to build your month's activities! Be sure to check out the following special days!

       THIS IS:

        • Baby Safety Month
       • Classical Music Month
       • Hispanic Heritage Month (Visit Mexican Theme)
       • International Square Dancing Month 
       • Little League Month
       • Better Breakfast Month 
       • National Blueberry Popsicle Month
       • National Chicken Month (See Chicken & Pig Theme)
       • National Honey Month 
       • National Good Manners Month 
       • National Rice Month (Ideas  below) 
       • National Fall Hat Month 
       • National Piano Month
       • National Preparedness Month
       • National Yoga Awareness Month
       • Older Workers Month
       • Self Improvement Month
       • Travel Agent Month • Read a New Book Month

    National Hispanic Heritage Month begins September 15, and ends October 15...



    2017 September 10, 2017 
    2018 September 9, 2018 
    2019 September 8, 2019 
    2020 September 13, 2020 
    2021 September 12, 2021 
    2022 September 11, 2022 
    2023 September 10, 2023 
    2024 September 8, 2024



    Originally founded in 1904 as National Apple Week, it was expanded in 1996 to a three-month promotional window from September through November!!! See tons of 'Apple Ideas'!




    1.   National No Rhyme (Nor Reason) Day
    2.   National Blueberry Popsicle Day  
    3.   Uncle Sam's Birthday - September 3, 1813
    4.   Newspaper Carrier Day

    Labor Day:  September 5, 2016; (See Red/White/Blue Category)...   

    5.   Be Late for Something Day
    5.   National Cheese Pizza Day (Make some from Bagels, Bobli or English muffins!)
    6.   Read a Book Day!
    7.   Grandma Moses Birthday
    7.   Google Founded Anniversary (1998)
    8.   International Literacy Day (See the many Fun Literacy Ideas)
    9.   Teddy Bear Day (See Teddy Bear theme and bottom for game)
    9.   Bonza Bottler Day: Just a reason to celebrate. See description at page bottom! Combine it with....September
    9th...Wonderful Weirdos Day A great day to be silly & have fun! Have breakfast for lunch or dinner...wear your shirts backwards...wear two different colored socks!
    10.   Swap Ideas Day
    11.    National Day of Service and Remembrance

    12.   Chocolate Milkshake Day, Popcorn Day, (Visit Popcorn Theme) and Mushroom Day
    12.   Video Games Day
    13.   Milton Hershey (the candy) Birthday (Make something chocolate)
    13.   Raold Dahl Birthday
    13.   National Peanut Day
    13.   Positive Thinking Day
    13.   National Celiac Disease Awareness Day
    13.   National Anthem Day
    14.   National Cream-filled Donut Day 
    15.   Make a Hat Day
    15.   National School Backpack Awareness Day
    15.   Costa Rica Independence Day
    15.   El Salvador Independence Day
    15.   Guatemala Independence Day
    15.   Honduras Independence Day
    15.   Nicaragua Independence Day
    15.   United Nations: International Day of Democracy
    16.   Mayflower Day
    16.   Mexico Independence Day; (See Mexican Theme)
    16.   United Nations International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone
    16.   National Play-Doh Day (See Play Dough Category)
    16.   Collect Rocks Day (See Stones, Rocks, Pebbles Theme)
    16.   Step Family Day
    16.  Hurricane Katrina National Day of Prayer and Remembrance 
    17.  Curious George Day
    17.  Citizenship Day
    17.  Constitution Day/Pledge Across America
    17.  Constitution of the US: Anniversary (1787)
    18.  AKC Responsible Dog Ownership day
    18.   Chile Independence Day
    18.   International Coastal Cleanup Day
    18.   National Respect Day
    18.   International Eat an Apple Day See tons of 'Apple Ideas'!

    19.   International 'Talk like A Pirate Day'
    19.   National Butterscotch Pudding Day
    20.   First Railroad Station Opened - Sept 20th
    20.   National Neighborhood Day
    21.   United Nations International Day of Peace
    21.   World Alzheimer's Day
    21.   National POW/MIA Recognition Day
    21.   International Day of Peace
    21.   Miniature Golf Day (See page bottom) 
    22.   Business Women's Day
    22.   Elephant Appreciation Day (See Elephant Jokes & Game at page bottom)
    22.   International Day of Radiant Peace
    22.   National Centenarian's Day  
    22.   Ice Cream Cone Invented
    22.   Hobbit Day

    Autumn Equinox Day 

    2016 Thursday, September 22
    2017 Friday, September 22
    2018 Sunday, September 23
    2019 Monday, September 23
    2020 Tuesday, September 22
    2021 Wednesday, September 22

    (Make your planning easy and visit Autumn/Fall Category Theme!)

    23.   Energize Day
    23.   Dear Diary Day...Have each child start a 2013/2014 Journal! Write in it at least once a week.
    24.   National Punctuation Day
    24.   Hug a Vegetarian Day 
    25.   Native American Day (The fourth Friday of September)
    25.   National Comic Book Day
    25.   Boys and Girls Clubs Day for Kids
    25.   Love Note Day
    25.   National One-Hit Wonder Day
    26.   Johnny Appleseed's Birthday 1774 (See Apple Activities and Apple Foods)
    26.   National Good Neighbor's Day
    26.   Family Health and Fitness Day
    26.   National Hunting and Fishing Day
    27.   Ancestor Appreciation Day (Start a Family tree or photo album)
    27.   Family Day: A Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children
    27.   World Tourism Day
    28.   United Nations World Maritime Day
    28.   Ask a Stupid Question Day (Think up silly questions and do a computer search to see if you can find an answer for it!)
    30.   National Women's Health and Fitness Day





     SEPTEMBER 9 - Don't forget 'Bonza Bottler Day' !

     It's a day just to have a reason to celebrate. So celebrate!!! 
    This happens each month when the day and date are the same number!
    Example: January 1, February 2, March 3, April 4, May 5, etc. 

    Bonza Bottler Day is a favorite with many school classrooms and programs because it provides a break in routine for the students and teachers. It has been celebrated since August 8 (8-8) 1985!

    When the number of the year also coincides with the number of the day and month  (November  11, 2011, there is reason to have a bigger celebration (more food, more friends and more decorations).This is called a 'Bodacious Bonza Bottler Day'. As the official website  states, "Bodacious means extraordinary, impressively great in size, or enormous" Consider making this a monthly event the kids can look forward to!


    SEPTEMBER 9TH---TEDDY BEAR DAY (Visit the Teddy Bear and Other Bears Theme)



    1. Play the LISTENING GAME. Keep still and listen for 60 seconds. Have the children list what they heard during that time.


    2. HEARING GAME. Fill small cans with such things as beans, buttons, rice or water. Make sure there are two of each can that hold exactly the same item. Glue the lids on the cans. (Covered bottles or boxes can also be used.) Have children shake the containers and guess which two hold the same items. Example: Which two both have the rice? Etc. 

    3. Read the book, HELEN KELLER by Margaret Davidson. It's for K thru 3rd grade and tells of Helen's childhood and victory over disabilities. (She was both deaf and blind)






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


    1 cup peanut butter
    12 oz. package chocolate chips
    1 stick butter
    1 12 oz. box Crispix cereal
    2 to 3 cups powdered sugar
       • Melt the peanut butter, chocolate chips, and butter together. Pour over the cereal in a large kettle or bowl and stir well. Pour the powdered sugar into a large brown paper bag and add the cereal. Fold the bag to seal and shake well to coat evenly.


    A child is picked to play the part of the dog. He or she sits on a chair with an object under it (to represent the bone) with their back to the group.
    While the dog is turned around with his or her eyes closed, someone steals the bone and hide it somewhere on his person.
    Then everyone sings: Doggy, Doggy, where's your bone? Somebody's stole it from your home. Guess who it might be.
    The dog has three chances to guess who took it.
    if the dog guesses right, he gets to do it again. If he guesses wrong, then the child who has the bone gets a turn as the dog.




    Need: Golf clubs (or sponge and yardstick), golf ball or rubber ball, masking tape, glue, scissors, markers, shoe box. cardboard, Coffee can.

    • Use your own clubs, or use masking tape to adhere a new sponge to a yardstick
    • Build your course (see ideas below) using the coffee can for the final hole.
    • Take turns playing your way through your course.
    • Save your obstacles for the next rainy/snowy day.


    • For a tunnel, cut out the bottom of an empty oatmeal box, and place the box on its side.
    • To make a house, turn a shoe box upside down and cut out an entrance from one end, and the exit from the other end.
    • Fold a piece of cardboard in half and set it up like a tent for the ball to go through.
    • Place two or three Frisbees on the floor to form a curved fairway for the ball to go through.
    • Make a ramp by scoring (run one point of the scissors in a straight line without cutting all the way through) a piece of cardboard twice. Bend slightly at each score mark to create a upside, flat, and downside to your ramp. Put some books under the center section for support.
    • For a straight fairway, use two rows of building blocks.
    • Make a sand trap from a hula hoop.
    • For a pipe use paper and tape it.
    • Put a chair or stool in the center of the room for the ball to go under.




    The leader gives each team a large piece of thick paper. Being blindfolded-- the teams collectively draw an elephant.
    1. The first player in each team draws the body...
    2. The second draws the head...
    3. The third-legs, etc...
    4. The team which finishes the drawing first ---and whose drawing is the most accurate becomes the winner.




    How can you tell when an elephant has been in your refrigerator?
    Look for elephant tracks in the butter.

    How do you know if there is an elephant under your bed?
    Your nose is touching the ceiling.

    How do you make an elephant float?
    Add two scoops of ice cream and a can of root beer to one elephant.

    Why do elephants wear sandals?
    So that they don't sink in the sand.
    Why do ostriches stick their head in the ground?
    To look for the elephants who forgot to wear their sandals.

    What's gray, carries a bunch of flowers and cheers you up when your ill?
    A get well elephant.

    Which is stronger an elephant or a snail?
    A snail, because it carries its house, an elephant just carries its trunk.

    Who is the most famous singing female elephant?
    Elephants Gerald.

    Why are elephants wrinkled?
    Have you ever tried to iron one?

    Why aren't elephants allowed on the beach?
    Because they can't keep their trunks up.

    Why did the elephant paint himself orange?
    So he could hide in the pumpkin patch.

    Why did the elephant paint his toenails red?
    So he could hide in the strawberry patch.

    Why did the Elephant stand on the marshmallow?
    So she wouldn't fall in the hot chocolate.

    Why do elephants eat raw food?
    Because they don't know how to cook.

    Why do elephants rarely travel by plane?
    It's tough to get their trunks in the overhead bins.

    Why do ducks have flat feet?
    To stamp out forest fires.
    Why do elephants have flat feet?
    To stamp out flaming ducks. 




    Ingredients: 3 cups cooked leftover cold rice
    1 cup of cooked chicken, pork, or beef cut up in bite size pieces
    1 egg
    2 Tbsp soy sauce
    1 Tbsp Teriyaki sauce
    1 tsp, garlic powder
    1 green onion chopped
    1/2 cup frozen peas and carrots mix
    2 Tbsp vegetable oil
    Black pepper to taste.

     Add oil In wok or frying pan over med add cold rice after oil is hot, continually stirring for about 3 minutes; add frozen peas and carrots, soy sauce, teriyaki sauce and garlic powder continue stirring until vegetables are tender about 10 minutes.

    Add cooked meat stir for another 3-4 min or until meat is warmed through. scramble egg in a bowl, push all of the rice mixture to one side of pan or wok slowly add the egg to the empty space in pan scramble until cooked through then mix together with rest of rice mixture.

    Add green onion and black pepper to taste. (Can be made at home and re-heated)

    ***You could also STEAM SOME WHITE RICE and serve with sweet/sour sauce and Chicken McNuggets ***Offer CHOPSTICKS for the children to eat with.


    Required: Rice, 1” or smaller safety pins, bowl and timer
    Players: Small to large groups
    Pour one box of rice into a bowl, add one package of 1” safety pins and mix well.
    Each player is to try to find the safety pins with their fingers without looking.
    They are allowed 30 – 60 seconds to do this.
    The person with the most safety pins is the winner.


    COLORED RICE  to glue onto construction paper to create unique pictures
    1 cup uncooked, white rice
    1 teaspoon alcohol
    Food coloring
    1.  Combine the alcohol with four or five drops of food coloring in a plastic zipper bag.
    2.  Add rice and shake until color is evenly distributed.
    3.  Spread colored rice onto a cookie sheet and let dry. (If it's sunny and not windy, rice can be dried outside.)


    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 the 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!!!!


     In many parts of the world it's the beginning of the school year. Check out the wonderful ideas for starting the new school year!





    Ideas for Kids for Month of August Page 1

    August 5, 2017 09:04 by Barbara Shelby

    Updated August 2017

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

    BIRTHSTONE: The Peridot

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




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

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



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

    WEEK TWO...

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    National Raspberry Bombe Day

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    National Cherry Turnover Day
    National Bow Tie Day

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

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

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

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