THEMES FOR A DAY... Page 1 has ideas for Animal Day, Backward Day, Bonza Bottler Day, Book Day, Chocolate Day, Corny Corn Day, Friendship Day, and Healthy Heart Day.
This page has ideas for Milk Day, Say Something Nice Day, Super Hero Day, What I Want to be Day, Veggies and Fruit Day, Puzzle Day, and First Day of Winter (Start a new tradition with this day!), and a Yarn Day Theme...New ideas will be added through out the year.
HAVE FUN WITH 'A MILK DAY'
Serve MILK and Cookies, Hot Cocoa, Milk Shakes...Make Pudding...Slice bananas into a bowl of milk; sprinkle with a little sugar!
OLD FASHIONED CHOCOLATE MILKSHAKE
1 cup chocolate or vanilla ice cream
1/2 cup whole milk
3 - 4 tablespoons chocolate syrup
Put all the ingredients in the canister of a blender. Blend until smooth.
There are several Milkshake Recipes in the Smoothies, Coolers, and Shakes Category! Scroll down towards the bottom of the ... Tons of 'Cocoa-Hot Chocolate' Recipes and ideas are in the Cocoa Category! Be sure to visit both categories!
ART and CRAFTS...
MILK CARTON BIRDFEEDER
This bird feeder won't last long, but it is so easy to make, you can always have another one made all ready to replace it when it wears out!
Materials: Small milk carton (the kind at school), non-toxic poster paints, stapler and staples, hole punch, yarn or string
1. Wash and thoroughly dry the milk carton. Cut a small section from the carton and then staple the top opening closed.
2. Paint the container, if desired. Let it dry. (Note: If you paint the feeders in streaks of tan, gray and brown they will resemble tree bark. Then, on the bottom, paint on dark and light green leaves. When you stand underneath the hanging bird feeder, it really blends in with the canopy of leaves above it!)
3. Poke a hole in the middle of the top of the carton, and thread a piece of yarn or string through it to use as a hanger. (The string should be long enough for the feeder to hang where the branches don't rub against, but not so long that the feeder hangs too far away from the tree's leaf cover. Birds like to feel they have a hiding place to fly into quickly!)
5. Add birdseed and hang the feeder.
NOTE: Since the small milk carton feeders are just the right size for the tiny birds such as finches, wrens, etc., you might want to use thistle seed. It is the finch's favorite food! Garden supply stores carry a sterile thistle seed just for bird feeding which is guaranteed not to sprout all over the yard.
MILK A COW (draw a cow on the wall and attached a rubber glove filled with milk.) Poke holes in the finger so the milk will come out--the fingers are udders.
Another version of a MILKING GLOVE:
Fill white surgical gloves with water and tie the tops. Put pinpricks in the ends of the fingers and attach to the clothesline. Children can now try and ‘milk’ their cow. (Maybe these are good ideas for outdoors or over a sink?!)
EAGLE BRAND MILK PAINT
Add food coloring to Eagle Brand Condensed Milk and create paint. When the "paint" dries on paper, it will be shiny.
MAKE POWDERED MILK PAINT
1 part powdered nonfat milk
1 part cup water
1. Mix milk and water until milk is dissolved.
2. Separate mixture into different containers.
3. Add in different colored powdered tempera and mix.
4. This paint dries quickly to a glossy opaque finish and does not dust, chip or come off on your hands.
DO SOME MILK SURVEYS/GRAPHING...
• White Milk?
• Chocolate MilK?
• Both?... Milkshakes?
• WHO MAKES THEIR HOT CHOCOLATE WITH MILK?
• Who with water?
MAKE MOO GOO
What you Need: One cup whole milk, two tablespoons white vinegar, hot plate or stove top, strainer
Warm the milk in a pan, but do not boil.
Remove the pan from the heat and SLOWLY stir in the vinegar. (The first time we made this, my grandson put the vinegar in at one time and it didn't work--when repeated and drizzled in slowly--it came together quickly. Barb)
Continue to stir until a white rubbery substance forms in the liquid.
Strain the liquid from the rubbery substance. If you've done the diaper experiment in the '
Science Category', kids may correctly guess that they have created a polymer.
Divide the polymer among youth and ask them to gently pat and roll it to remove any remaining liquid. (With this recipe there is only enough for one or two balls)
Test its physical properties. Kids will discover it stretches, bounces, and sticks to a surface.
WHAT'S GOING ON: This is a very nasty-tasting, yet edible, experiment. Cow's milk is loaded with the polymer casein, a protein. Without this polymer, cheese would come unglued. The casein is suspended in milk, but the vinegar causes cross-linking of the casein chains, resulting in visible clumping of the polymer. Casein is used in some glue. Without casein, glue would come unglued too.
A favorite with many is exploding milk! (No, milk doesn't really explode--just the colors...)
Fill a tray with milk (just enough to cover the bottom). Put drops of different colored food coloring in it. Don't disturb them!
Add a drop of dish soap on some of the colors and watch the colors explode! Children can see how blue and yellow make green--etc.
Official 'Milk Day' is on January 11 each year
SAY SOMETHING NICE DAY! (Good for All Ages-all year!)
On your “Say Something Nice Day’ notice something you like about a person and tell them. This can be during a Kindness Day or Week--or ANY time of the year!
Declare a day in your classroom/program/home that this is 'Say Something Nice Day'. Each participant promises to approach one person that day and finish the sentence:
“One of the things I like about you is ________________.”
When you are back together at the end of the day, share your experiences.
You can also encourage kids to help each other and be nice in other ways! Visit the "Kindness Category" and consider incorporating one of the games or projects into the day... A couple ideas from the Kindness Category are:
STICKS AND STONES...
1. Provide each child with a small paper cutout in the shape of a human-- or have students cut out their own paper figures.
2. Ask each student to write his or her name on the cutout.
3. Have students form a circle; have them pass the cutouts to the person on their right.
4. As the cutouts are passed around the circle, have each person make a small crumple or tear in the cutout and add a pencil mark.
5. When the cutouts have made their way around the entire circle, have students try to repair their own cutout by flattening, erasing, and taping.
6. After cutouts are repaired, discuss the activity. Talk about the effects of unkind words and hurt feelings.
You might display the cutouts on a bulletin board as a constant reminder of the effects of hurtful actions.
TOOTH PASTE AND WORDS... A teaching lesson
Purchase travel size toothpaste and bring it to classl. (This activity is great for the beginning of the year--but If you're well into the school year-and you're experienceing a 'kindness challenge', also consider this exercise)
Ask the kids if anyone thinks they can squeeze the entire tube of paste out... and then put it back into the tube?
No one will think they can...Proceed to squeeze the entire tube onto a paper plate and show how it cannot be put back in.
Compare it to our words and how we treat one another. Kids will get the visual of how once we say unkind words... we can't take them back. We can apologize but it's still out there and has hurt our friends.
This is a wonderful visual; refer back to it throughout the year.
For SNACKS for 'Say Something Nice Day'...Make a SMILEY FACE TREAT! The ways to do this are endless! As a base use large round cookies, unfrosted cupcakes, bagels, bread cut into round shapes, or rice cakes.
Spread the base with a variety of ingredients such as peanut butter, cream-cheese, frosting, or Nutella. Add facial features using M&M's, spice drops, raisins, banana slices and/or veggie pieces!
The image shown/made by KidActivities.net is a rice cake covered with peanut butter. M&Ms with a chocolate kiss nose complete the 'Nice Day' Snack!
SUPER HERO DAY!
The city of Metropolis, Ill., honors its most-famous resident, Superman, from June 12-15. The Superman character has been a part of pop culture for more than 60 years. Talk with the children in your class/program about Superman and other super heros. (This can be any time of the year! It doesn't have to be in June.)
For a fun activity, have the children in your classroom/program/home come up with a superhero they can be. AND...remember that superheroes are women as well as men!
• What superpower or powers will they have?
• How will they design their costumes? (Provide roll paper, material and supplies so kids CAN make costumes)
• What will be their superhero name? What is the story 'behind' their superhero -how and where did they begin?
• Why are superheroes in general... fun to read about and watch?
• How are they different from us?
• Depending on the age of the children , you can have the children write paragraphs about their creation, draw pictures, create comic strips or a combination.
• Hold a SuperHero game and/or fitness event--much like you would for an Olmpics Day. (Check out Olympic Theme for ideas--scroll down to Let the Games Begin near middle of the page). To go along with this event, each Hero or group of Heroes could create a flag that represent them!
• Do your children know of any person in their family or community that may not be a superhero but a 'real life hero' in their own way? What type of things would make a real-life family, community or world hero? What can children do to emulate the qualities of 'real life heroes'?
• For more fun, BE PREPARED TO SHARE with the children the superhero you've created for YOURSELF! If you haven't come up with a costume for yourself--allow the children to dress you as a superhero!
• And last but not not least...what do your superheroes eat? Maybe HERO SANDWICHES?! Put out a supply of rolls, lunch meat, cheese (or other sandwich filling,) condiments, and veggies to fill the sandwiches. Also check out the Snack Mix category and Smoothies, Shakes & Coolers for more energizing snack ideas!
VEGGIES & FRUIT DAY...
PRINT WITH FRUIT & VEGTABLES
Try corn on cob, strawberries, pears, cucumbers, radishes, oranges, carrots, beans, lemon, cauliflower, peppers, avocado, mushroom, apples, shapes carved in a potato. (Also attractive are the bottom of celery or radicchio. Bunch it up and use stamp pads--or press it to a paint soaked sponge)
Flat pan for Paint... Fruits and Vegetables
Paper towels for drying fruit and vegetables
Newspapers, cloth or paper for printing.
Cut fruits and vegetables. Dip them in paint and print. That's it!
Glue, paintbrushes, cardboard or any sturdy backing, dry beans (kidney, black beans, peas, lentils etc.) of different colors and sizes, pencils
1. Draw a simple shape or figure on the cardboard. Keep the details down to a minimum. Simple is good for this project.
2. Paint glue in a small portion of the design. Note: Do not use too much glue if your cardboard is not sturdy. It will curl.
3. Place beans of different colors in the portion with glue.
4. Repeat for the entire picture.
5. The result is quite beautiful and the children will have a piece of art they are proud to display.
VEGETABLE PUPPETS (Art, drama activity, and snack all in one)
What you need:
Popsicle sticks (craft)
Raisins and/or olives
A peel a carrot -- cut off at both ends
1. With a paring knife (adults only), make a slit in the bottom of the larger end and insert a craft stick.
2. Using the cream cheese as "glue", affix raisins or olives for eyes and a nose, a slice of celery for the mouth and parsley sprigs for the hair. Let the kids be creative with the different vegetables.
3. For the arms and legs, cut green beans in half and affix with generous amounts of cream cheese (Cut the legs at an angle).
For a veggie PUPPET SHOW, the puppeteers need to hide below a table, holding the puppets above the edge! Yummy puppets to eat when finished!
Source: Tonya at tennsaca.com
ABOVE AND BELOW VEGGIE GARDEN
Materials: 12x18" white paper, sharpie, crayons ________
Bring in several root vegetables. Discuss the textures and colors.
Ask students to pretend they have a magical camera - the camera is very thin, and you can slide it into the ground. Take a picture, and you can see what is going on below the surface.
Draw a horizon line and below it we draw the vegetables.
Have students do a rubbing on a cement wall with brown crayon-- on the bottom half -- to show dirt. By a Grade 2 student of Art teacher Michal Austin in Kansas.
MAKE EDIBLE 'FRUIT LIP GLOSS'
Favored drink mix
1 cup vegetable shortening
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.
START WITH A SEED (ART)
1. Glue a watermelon seed, pumpkin, or any kind of seed, onto paper.
2. Paint an imaginary plant with the roots growing FROM the seed UNDERGROUND.
3. Paint the leaves, and flowers or fruit of the plant above the ground level. Match the drawing of the flower/fruit to the kind of seed you have "planted."
GAME... PLAY FRUIT BASKET
Players sit in a circle on chairs, with one person standing in the middle. Participants are equally divided between three fruits (such as apples, oranges and pineapples). When the middle person calls out a fruit (e.g., "apples"), all the apples change chairs as quickly as possible, including the middle person. The person "out" becomes the next caller. If a caller says "fruit basket" all participants have to change chairs.
VEGGIE AND FRUIT SNACKS
1. QUICK FRUIT OR VEGGIE SNACKS
• Fruited yogurt topped with granola
• Cut-up vegetables dipped in low-fat ranch salad dressing
• Banana pops. Peel a banana, dip it first in yogurt and then in crushed breakfast cereal or granola; freeze.
• Celery with low-fat cream cheese
• Fresh fruit (cut up and ready in a bowl, easy to grab and eat)
• Banana or apple topped with peanut butter
• Fruit shake-up. Put 1/2 cup low-fat yogurt and 1/2 cup cold fruit juice in an unbreakable, covered container. Shake it up and pour it in a cup.
• Applesauce cups
2. PRETZEL AND FRUIT KABOBS
1 bag thin stick pretzels
2 cups pineapple, mango, apple, pear, strawberries banana, grapes and other seasonal fruits...
Cut the fruit into bite-size pieces and sprinkle with lemon or orange juice to keep from browning.
Skewer the pretzel sticks with the fruit and eat right away!
3. Click here for great stuffed VEGGIE SNACKS (All kinds of 'bug on a log' ideas)
4. YOU CAN FREEZE THE FOLLOWING FRUIT...
For a fast and frosty treat freeze grapes, pineapple chunks, peach slices, apricot slices, banana slices, apple slices, cantaloupe balls, watermelon chunks, orange wedges, berries and fruit leather!
5. Be sure to check out the wonderful FRUIT SMOOTHIE PAGE! Most childen really like to make and drink smoothies...
6. Make Butterflies, Sunshine and Flower Faces using fruit and vegtables...pictures on KA Warm Weather Snack page 2. Also see other fun fruit recipes while there!
Additionally, there are tons of apple snack ideas here!
COMMUNITY AND DIVERSITY IDEAS USING FRUIT...
APPLES: DIFFERENT COLORS ALL THE SAME INSIDE
Set a red, a yellow, and a green apple on the table.
Ask children to name the colors.
Cut the apples open and talk about how they have different colors on the outside... but are the same on the inside, just like people. Enjoy the snack!
Have each child bring in one can... or piece of fresh fruit...and then talk about how different things go together, to make something very good. This helps get the ideas of diversity, sharing, cooperation, and trying new things across. (Donate any left-over cans to a shelter)
TONS OF MORE IDEAS!
Check out other themes for "Veggie & Fruit" Activities. Entire pages of Art, Crafts, Games, Science and more are devoted to PUMPKINS.....CHERRIES..... APPLES.....and GARDENING Theme. You could go on all month with a Veggie & Fruit Themd using the combined ideas!
1. Work on GROUP PUZZLES!
2. MAKE JIGSAW PUZZLES
- Give each child a piece of cardboard, scissors, and glue.
- Have them choose a picture from a magazine, calender or card; the children then glue their pictures onto their cardboard. (When the glue is dry, have them cut their cardboard into the shape of jigsaw puzzle pieces.
- When kids have finished, have them trade puzzles and have a race to see who finishes first.
3. CEREAL BOX PUZZLES
Need empty cereal boxes and scissors. Cut the fronts of large cereal boxes into pieces; base the number and shapes of the pieces to the age of the children. Store the pices in a baggie or large envelope with a picture of an identical cereal box front attached to it.
4. MAKE PUZZLE PIECE PINS!
Take a piece of a jigsaw puzzle, or several pieces glued together, paint it and decorate it with beads, glitter, sequins, etc., Glue a jewelry pin on the back.
5. JIGSAW PUZZLE CRAFT and RACE
1, Give each child a piece of cardboard, scissors, and glue.
2. Have them choose a picture from a magazine, calender or card; the children then glue their pictures onto their cardboard.
3. When the glue is dry, have them cut their cardboard into the shape of jigsaw puzzle pieces. (The younger the child- the larger the pieces)
4. When children have finished, have them trade puzzles and have a race to see who finishes first. Consider laminating the puzzles to make them last.
6. MAKE A COLORFUL FALL-SPRING PUZZLE TREE
We all have puzzles that have missing pieces (such as the 100 piece puzzle that only has 80 pieces left)
Cut out the trunk of a tree with limbs; glue or staple the trunk to a piece of background paper. Pre-paint the puzzle pieces in fall or spring leaf colors (or they may already have a seasonal look) Glue the puzzle pieces to the branches of the tree.
1. Have a "WHAT I WANT TO BE DAY" and invite youth to come dressed up in clothing that REPRESENTS a job that interests them.
2. Have children research their chosen profession and report to the group---and/or make posters depicting their chosen occupation.
3. Just thinking of things they can wear, design, and make could take up a portion of the week-let alone day!!!
4. Take pictures of the event to add to your program scrapbook and for kids to take home.
CELEBRATE THE FIRST DAY OF WINTER!
Winter has long been immortalized in art, poetry, and song. For many of us, winter makes us think of frolicking on snowy days and reading by the fire on cold nights--even if we live in a warm place where it never snows!
CELEBRATE with your kids what winter means to them by starting their/your own tradition. Maybe invite some family and friends, to participate? This is wonderful idea for your home, classroom, or program!
TIP: If you can't celebrate the 'First Day of Winter'--when you're into January--have and annual 'Let's Celebrate Winter Day'! The kids will love it!
1. Brainstorm with your kids about the words and images that come to mind when they think of winter. How do these words and images compare to their own experiences with winter weather?
2. Have children select and read a picture book about winter. How do the words and images in the book compare to the list they brainstormed and to their own experiences?
3. As kids read, ask them to look for examples of WINTER ACTIVITIES that the characters do with their families or friends. Were there any winter traditions on the list students thought of? (Adapted from readwrite think.org)
4. Serve a special 'Winter Snack' ; play one of the many 'Winter Games'!!! Sing a Winter or Holiday Song! Make a 'Winter' Craft'...
How about a 'YARN DAY' THEME'?
a YARN THEME is too long to put on this page and too short for one of KidActivities longer theme pages...but just right to be listed under the 'Craft category'. There are Art, Crafts, a game and Science ideas using Yarn or String! A fun page for a theme day or two!
Note: The above 'short themed'ideas have been gathered from about the site and are great to use as "A Theme for a Day"! In addition to the above two pages of shorter themes--- Kid Activities has a great many themes that have been fully developed with loads of ideas and activities. Any of the 'long themes'--can also be used for a 'Theme Day'. Just pick and choose a few activities from the great many choices.
THE FULL (and tons of ideas) of longer THEME PAGES ARE:
Animals, Apples, Birds, Cherries, Circus/Carnival, Colonial, Countries Around the World (China, France, Mexico, Multi-Cultural, USA/ Patriotic/Red, White & Blue, Dr, Seuss, Earth Green, Egg Theme, Faces & Names, Farm/Harvest, Flowers, Frogs, Gardening, Insects/Creepy Crawlies, Leaves, Mad Science, Ocean/Under the Sea, Olympics, Pasta, Pigs & Chickens, Popcorn, Pumpkins, Purple People Eater, Purple Color/Purplicious, Rain & Clouds, Rainbows, Reindeer, Sand, Snowflakes, Snowman, Stones & Rocks, Sunflowers, Teddy Bears (and other Bears), Water Fun, Western/Frontier/Ranch, Worms (These are also listed on the left side 'category list' under 'Themes') Also be sure to check out all the Holidays and Seasons for great 'Seasonal Themed' ideas
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