Updated March 2016
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THE MONTH OF JULY IS...
• Anti-Boredom Month
• Cell Phone Courtesy Month
• Eggplant and Lettuce Month
• Family Golf Month
• Garlic Month
• Mango and Melon Month
• National Baked Bean Month
• National Blueberry Month (See bottom of page for ideas)
• National Grilling Month
• National Horseradish Month
• National Hot Dog Month
• National Ice Cream Month (See bottom of page for ideas)
• National Picnic Month
• National Pickle Month (See ideas at bottom of page)
• National Recreation Month
• Nectarine Month
• Sandwich Generation Month
• TOUR DE FRANCE 2016
The Tour de France starts July 3 and finishes on July 23..
(See page bottom for ideas!)
DOING THE DAYS OF THE MONTH
• National Gingersnap Day (See three pumpkin dip recipes at the top of the Pumpkin Recipe page. Each tastes great as a Gingersnap dip!)
• Build a Scarecrow Day (See page 2 of July for game)
• Canada Day-- Canada Day is celebrated on July 1 and commemorates the day when Canada became self-governing, although remaining a dominion of Great Britain. The day was originally known as Dominion Day but the name was changed to Canada Day in 1983.
• International Joke Day (See Jokes Menu for Joke Categories!)
• Princess Diana's Birthday
• Second Half of the Year Day (See Page 2 of July for activities)
• First Zeppelin Flew In 1900.
• World UFO Day
• Made in the USA Day
• National Anisette Day
• National Literacy Day (See Literacy Category Menu List for tons of ideas!)
• Stay out of the Sun Day
• Dog Days Begin
• National Chocolate Wafer Day
• Idaho Admission Day, 1890
• National Barbecue Day
• American Independence Day (Tons of Ideas in Patriotic Theme)
• First Bus was built
• National Country Music Day
• Tom Sawyer Fence Painting Day (See page 2 of July for painting on a fence)
• Bikini Day
• Caribbean Day (Caribana in Toronto...July 17 - August 5, 2012
• Graham Cracker Day (Make one of the recipes on KidActivities.net's S'More's Page!)
• National Apple Turnover Day
• First Picture Postcard Made
• National Fried Chicken Day
• World Kiss Day
• National Strawberry Sundae Day
• Macaroni Day (Visit Pasta Theme)
• Chocolate Day
• National Cherry Spitting Day (See Page 2 for Rules)
• Tell the Truth Day (See Page 2 of July for Game)
July 7 07/07 is BONZA BOTTLER DAY! ! See page 2 of July for explanation of day...
• Liberty Bell Cracks In 1835, while being rung at the funeral of John Marshall
• Video Games Day
• National Milk Chocolate with Almonds Day
• First Public Reading of Declaration of Independence, 1776
• National Sugar Cookie Day (Put out homemade or purchased cookies and have children decorate them with a variety of goodies! Frosting, sprinkles, M&M's, etc.)
• Teddy Bear's Picnic Day (Visit Teddy Bear Theme)
• National Pina Colada Day
• Wyoming Admission Day
• Don't Step on a Bee Day
• Cheer Up the Lonely Day
• Slurpee Day
• World Population Day
• National Blueberry Muffin Day
• Swimming Pool Day
• National Pecan Pie Day
• Battle of the Boyne
• Paper Bag Day--The paper bag manufacturing machine was patented.
• International Puzzle Day (See Puzzle Ideas in 'Short Themes-it's near page bottom)
• Go West Day (Visit Western Theme Pages)
• National French Fries Day
• Embrace your Geekness Day
• Bastille Day
• Pick Blueberries Day (if you can't pick blueberries--EAT purchased blueberries!)
• Tape Measure Day (See page 2 of July for activities)
• National Ice Cream Day (See one of the Ice-Cream ideas at bottom of this page)
• First Boeing 707 Flew in 1954
• Forgetful Jones’ Birthday (Sesame Street Character)
• National Tapioca Pudding Day
• Gummy Worm Day (See page 2 of July for ideas)
• Cow Appreciation Day (See page 2 of July for ideas)
• Apollo 11 lifts off on it's voyage to the moon in 1969
• Fresh Spinach Day
• National Peach Ice Cream Day
• Disneyland Opens In 1955
• Sewing Machine Patented In 1790
• Yellow Pig Day
• National Caviar Day
• Stick Your Tongue Out Day (Visit 'Tongue Twister Fun' and Stick out your tongue while doing them!)
• National Lollipop Day
• Chess Day
• Moon Day --Armstrong and Aldrin land on moon in 1969
• Ice Cream Soda Day (Make Sodas by scooping you favorite ice-cream into a tall glass and adding some soft drink over it!)
• National Junk Food Day (How easy is this one!!!)
• National Crème Brule Day
• Monkey Day (See page 2 of July for ideas)
• Pied Piper of Hamelin Day
• National Penuche Day
• Summer Leisure Day
• Ice Cream Cone Introduced In 1904 (Make ice-cream cones!)
• National Vanilla Ice Cream Day
• Mosquito Day
• Amelia Earhart Day
• Marvin the Martian's Birthday first appeared in cartoons in 1948
• National Hot Fudge Sundae Day (Yummm!)
• Threading the Needle Day
• Merry-Go-Round Day (See page 2 of July for ideas)
• National Coney Island Hot Dog Day ( Chili Dog Day)
• National Bagelfest
• Bert's Birthday (Sesame Street Character)
• New York Admission Day
• National Milk Chocolate Day and Hamburger Day
• Bugs Bunny's Birthday First appeared in cartoons in 1940
• Beatrix Potter's Birthday--born in 1866
• First Fingerprint Taken (See page 2 of July for ideas)
• National Lasagna Day
• Rocket Day (See page 2 of July for ideas)
• National Cheesecake Day
• First US Patent Issued to Samuel Hopkins in 1790
IDEAS FOR DOING SOME OF THE DAYS!
HAVE A BIKE DAY- In honor of Tour de France!
Have the kids bring their bikes and have a bike race--but make it the 'SLOWEST BIKE' IS THE WINNER! For directions visit the Theme on France. Idea is towards middle of the page.
JULY IS BLUEBERRY MONTH!
Make some yummy 'BLUEBERRY SMOOTHIES'! Click here for several recipes located towards middle of page...
Good for any summer day-but great way to celebrate 'National Blueberry Month' during July!
1. Give children blueberries to look at, touch, smell, and taste. (Good for the young)
2. After the children have observed the blueberries --add a little water to them and cook them in the microwave for one minute.
3. Have children mush them up. Use the blueberry juice to paint a beautiful blue blueberry picture.
JULY IS ICE CREAM MONTH as well as BLUEBERRY MONTH--try this ice-cream recipe and cover both!
RED, WHITE & BLUE ICE CREAM
Allow vanilla ice cream to thaw somewhat--- remove ice-cream from the carton and mix in fresh strawberries and blueberries.
Optional additions: chopped nuts, mini chocolate chips, etc. When all is combined- refreeze. (You’ll need a larger container that the original ice-cream container ) Serve in cones or disposal paper cups.
MORE FOR ICE CREAM MONTH...
Have an Ice Cream Social: Ice-Cream Socials are great family/party/classroom/camp events! Put out... Ice cream, assorted ice cream toppings, sprinkles, cool whip, cherries, crushed Oreo cookies, M&M's...
Consider adding the below silliness to you festivities:
Ice Cream Eating--No Hands Used!
Give each child a scoop or two of ice-cream in a bowl. Have them sit comfortably at a table ....
The fun is that they keep their hands behind their backs and eat the ice-cream with only their mouths! It's NOT a speed eating contest--just silly fun!
• Be sure to Video Tape and Take Pictures!
• Have Dads participate
'I Scream For Ice-Cream'! Pair this up with your 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...
Graham crackers any flavor
Let the ice cream get to a soft consistency.
Take the graham crackers and spread one half with about half cup ice cream.
Put another graham cracker on top and wrap with plastic wrap. Freeze for about 3 hours.
HOMEMADE BAGGED ICE-CREAM
Large resealable bags
Small resealable bags
1 Clean Gallon Milk Jug
Measuring Cups and Spoons
½ tsp. salt, 2 cups sugar, Milk, 2 tsp. vanilla, 4 cups half & half (dairy cream), Crushed ice,
Optional: Crushed fruit -strawberries, peaches or raspberries
1. In one clean milk jug add the salt, vanilla, sugar, and half & half...
2. Fill the rest of the milk jug with milk so that it’s almost full.
3. You’ll need some space at the top so that you can shake up the mixture. Place the cap on the top and carefully shake the mixture until all the ingredients are well mixed.
4. If you have a pull off cap always keep your hand over the cap.
- Once the mixture is completely mixed, pour one cup of mixture into a small resealable bag.
- The mixture will give you about 16 cups so you can give each participant one bag or assign two participants per bag to share one cup of mixture. At that time they can decide if they would like to add fresh fruit.
- Add 1 to 2 tablespoons for fresh fruit.
- Place the small bag of mixture into one large resealable bag filled half way with crushed ice.
- Have the participants add about ½ cup of salt over the ice and seal the large bag.
- They will take turns shaking and moving the mixture around in the crushed ice.
- You can add additional salt if need.
- Once mixture has become frozen ice cream, divide it up and enjoy your rewards.
Makes about 16 cups or 32 (½ cups) of ice cream.
JULY IS NATIONAL PICKLE MONTH!
There really are a great variety of pickles. There are hundreds of different typesin the world that are served as a side dish, appetize, snack or garnish. Taste some of them...note the difference...talk about them! Some are:
Kosher Dill Pickle
Bread & Butter Pickle
Fermented or Processed Pickle.(In salt and vinegar)
Half Sour Pickle
PICKLE TASTING AND CHARTING!
Bring in VARIETY of pickles!
Have children taste them and see which one they like the best.
With older kids you can chart and tally the results.
PICKLE GRAPH - Math for the young
Make a chart by putting a picture of three different pickles at the top.
Have each child's name written down the left hand margin. Pass out a slice of each type of pcikle and then have each child tell you which was their favorite.
Tally up the results and make a total at the bottom of each column.
You can get the colored sticker labels from the stationery store for the children to use to put on the chart.
If they like a red apple, they place their red circle sticker under the red, yellow circle sticker under the yellow apple, etc. They enjoy doing this because they get to use stickers---but they also get to taste a variety of apples!
RUNNING BASES ... ALSO CALLED 'PICKLE' (A great game for building baseball skills)
Need a 2 Bases, at least 3 players and rubber ball or tennis ball...
There are several versions for playing this game. This one is the most basic.
1. Set up two bases on a play area about 20 to 50 feet apart.(The distance depends on the skill level of the players)
2. Two players are 'fielders'. They each stand at a base and toss the ball to each other. All other players are 'runners'. If there is more than one runner--they divide and go to the bases.
3.The object is for the runner(s) to move from base to base without being tagged as the fielders toss the ball back and forth. If a runner is touching a base, he or she is safe. If they make it to the next base without being tagged out they score a run. If they are tagged it's an out.
4. A runner cannot hug a base. He/she must run at least every second time the ball is thrown. The fielder does not have to stay on the base to catch the ball. They may go after each runner.
5. The goal of the game is to touch the bases as many times as you can without being tagged out. The runner must keep track of how many times they touch the base before a fielder tags them out. When that runner gets out, they rotate positions so that the fielders can be the runner. After everyone has ran, they compare scores. (bases touched)
PICKLE IN THE MIDDLE (Also called Keep Away or Monkey in the Middle...
Two or more players must pass a ball to one another, while a player in the middle attempts to intercept it.
The game could be considered a reverse form of dodgeball---instead of trying to hit people in the middle with the ball, players attempt to keep the ball away from them.
The basic game is played by drawing a circle on the ground about ten feet in diameter.
One person stands in the cener (the monkey, the piggy or the pickle) and the rest stand outside the circle.
A player outside the circle must then throw the ball through the circle to another person outside the circle with the goal being to prevent the person who is "it" from getting to the ball.
This continues until the person who is it catches the ball or gains possession due to a failed catch, etc.
Whoever threw the ball last then becomes it, and replaces the person in the middle. Pull put the measuring tapes and measure everything! Shoes, feet, hands, height, living plants, table heights, etc. Record measurements, repeat often, and discuss what changes and what stays the same.
Adapted from: wikipedia.org
Go to page 2 for more July special day ideas...