2013... Updated February 2013...
April's FLOWER is the Daisy~ the GEM STONE is the Diamond!
Aries March 21 to April 20 and Taurus April 21 to May 21
THE MONTH OF APRIL IS ...
• Autism Awareness Month
• International Guitar Month
• Keep America Beautiful Month
• Child Abuse Prevention Month
• Frog Month (See FROG THEME)
• Garden Month (See GARDENING THEME)
• Humor Month (See a good variety of seasonal jokes... Have fun with TONGUE TWISTER GAMES
• Math Education Month (See MIXING MATH AND FUN CATEGORY)
THE WEEKS OF THE MONTH ARE...
WEEK TWO: Observe NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK
WEEK OF THE YOUNG CHILD~April 14 to April 20...
APRIL 22 IS EARTH DAY! Celebrate it all month long!
WEEK FOUR : SCREEN FREE WEEK (Formerly NATIONAL TV TURNOFF WEEK) April 29 to May 5 (Some sources say April 30 to May 6)
WHEN IS EASTER?
(See EASTER CATEGORIES)
2013... March 31
2014... April 20
2015... April 5
2016... March 27
THE DAYS OF THE MONTH
April Fool's Day (See April Fool JOKES)
One Cent Day
Artist Max Ernst's birthday, 1891
Author Hans Christian Andersen's Birthday, 1805
International Children's Book Day
Find a Rainbow Day-See RAINBOW THEME
Get Outside Day (See below) Also-Pony Express Established, 1860
First US Flag approved on this day in 1818 (See USA PATRIOTIC CATEGORY)
Bonza Bottler Day! (See page bottom to learn about it)
Road Map Day (See Mixing Geography & Fun for Map Ideas!)
Artist Raphael's Birthday, 1483
North Pole discovered
World Health Day
No Housework Day!
Ponce de Leon Day-Born in 1460; discovered Florida and searched for Fountain of Youth
First Public Library opened in Peterborough, NH
Young Writer Day
US Patent System was established on this day in 1790
US President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act on this day in 1968
Author Beverly Cleary's Birthday, 1916
USA President Thomas Jefferson's Birthday, 1743
Webster's Dictionary first Published (1828)
Titanic struck Iceberg
Artist Leonardo da Vinci's Birthday, 1452
First McDonalds opened in Des Plaines, IL, 1955
Income Tax Day USA
Wilbur Wright's Birthday, 1867
Eggs Benedict Day
Slavery abolished in D.C. by Lincoln in 1862
Apollo 13 landed in 1970
Daffy Duck's Birthday
Pet Owner's Day--Celebrate by having fun with something in the ANIMAL THEME!
Crossword Puzzle Day
Paul Revere Day--"The British are coming..." 1775
Great San Francisco Earthquake in 1906
First Laundromat opened in Fort Worth Texas-1934
Humorous Day-Tell JOKES all day! See a good variety of seasonal jokes... Have fun with TONGUE TWISTER GAMES...
Artist Joan Miro's birthday, 1893
National Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
Kindergarten Day-first Kindergarten founded by Friedrich Froebel in Germany in 1837
Earth Day(See EARTH AND GREEN CATEGORIES!) ; Jelly Bean Day (See page bottom for ideas)
Girl Scout Leader Appreciation Day
William Shakespeare's birthday, 1564
International Sing-Out Day
Home Run Day-Hank Aaron hit his first home run in 1954--(Play a good game of baseball! )
•APRIL 24 Pigs-in-a-Blanket Day (See page bottom for recipes)
Artist Willem de Kooning's birthday, 1904
•APRIL 25 ...National Telephone Day (See page bottom)
Anzac Day-Australia and New Zealand... Click here to learn about it. You will be taken off site.
Hubble Telescope Launched, 1990
Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day (Fourth Thursday every year) This year it's April 25
Hug a Friend Day
National Pretzel Day (See our PRETZEL CATEGORY) or just snack on pretzels!
Artist Eugene Delacroix's birthday, 1798
Naturalist John J. Audubon's Birthday, 1785 (See BIRD THEME)
Tell a Story Day (See TELLING CREATIVE STORY Ideas--lower half of the category page)
Creator or Woody the Woodpecker-Walter Lantz's Birthday
Poetry Reading Day
US President James Monroe's Birthday, 1758
The zipper was patented on this day in 1913
National Honesty Day--George Washington inaugurated as first US president in 1789
IDEAS FOR SOME OF THE DAYS!
GET OUTSIDE DAY!
Children & Nature Network was created to support people and organizations working worldwide to reconnect children with nature! Check it out!
The Network encourages children and adults, families and friends to spend the week leading up to April 3 engaging in outdoor activities. Then, on April 3 (or a date that works for each community), schedule a 'Get Outside Day' event.
Examples: A nature scavenger hunt; a beach, stream or trail cleanup; a nature walk; a recycling event; or a photo safari.
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 (October 10, 2010, 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!
April 30 to May 6 is "SCREEN FREE WEEK" formerly TV Turnoff Week ... Screen-Free Week is an annual event in which parents, children, teachers, and others across the country turn off screen media (TV, video games, computers, cell phones, etc.) and celebrate the magic of being unplugged. Visit the Screen Free Website for more info...
April 22 - Besides being Earth Day-it's 'Jelly Bean' Day!
• JELLY BEAN PAINTING
Materials: Jellybeans, paint, paper, tape, a box
Directions: Place a piece of paper in a box. Take the tape and roll a piece over on itself; place it on the back of the paper to keep the paper secure in the box... Add small amounts of paint in each corner. Place a few jellybeans in the box and have the children move the box so that the jellybeans will roll through the paint and create an abstract design "work of art...
• PLAY THE JELLY BEAN GAME
Required: Container, 2-3 pkgs. of JELLY BEANS (depending on number of kids and tables playing), score sheet, paper and pencil
Players: Small to large groups
1. Find a deep, clean, non-see-through container to pour in several bags of JELLY BEANS.
2. Make a point chart on paper or blackboard for the different colored jelly-beans. An example is-
•Purple 5 pts
•Green 10 pts
•Yellow 20 pts
•Orange 25 pts
•Red 30 pts
3. Divide into teams and have one person at a time from each team, draw out a jelly-bean. The team is awarded the points for the color that is pulled out.
4. The drawer gets to eat the jelly-bean. The first team to reach 500 pts is the winner.
You can use any kind of candy that has MANY COLORS
(Skittles, etc.) this is also a great transition activity or to get the group to quiet down!
•Play BINGO---USING JELLY BEANS as markers. Be sure to have extra jelly beans to munch!
APRIL 22~LOVE THIS IDEA FOR EARTH DAY/WEEK!
(Taken from Earth Friendly Category)
HAVE AN EARTH WEEK ART AND PROJECT EXHIBIT...
Display photography, sculpture, drawings, pastels, etc., as well as crafts, toys, and nature projects made by the children. FOCUS EVERYTHING ON THE ENVIRONMENT or MADE FROM RECYCLED MATERIALS.
• Set up your "Exhibit" and Hold a FAMILY EVENT after school. You can also invite school classrooms to walk through and view.
• Serve refreshments/snacks with an Earth theme...Ideas for snacks are in the Earth Day-Every Day Category.
April 23 is 'Pigs-in-a-Blanket' Day
PIG IN A BLANKET SNACK
Package of hot dogs or little smokies cut in pieces; 1 can refrigerated biscuits (not the flaky type)
- Flatten the biscuit, cut in half.
- Place half the hot dog on the biscuit and bring the two sides of the biscuit together.
- Place on a cookie sheet and bake them the same temperature as it indicated for the biscuits.
- They are done when the biscuit is done.
- Dip in ketchup or mustard.
Version Two: PIG IN A BLANKET
8 hot dogs
4 slices American cheese, each cut into 6 strips
1 can 8 0z.) Refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
Heat over to 375. Slit hot dogs to within ½ inch of ends; insert strips of cheese into each slit. Separate dough into triangles. Wrap dough triangle around each hot dog and place on ungreased cookie sheet, cheese side up. Bake 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
Version Three: PIG IN A BLANKET:
Bread slices. Cheese slices, hot dogs, tooth picks
Place cheese and hot dog on bread slice. Roll the two ends of bread up around the hot dog and secure with tooth pick. Bake in pre-heated 350 oven until hot. (About 20 minutes)
April 25--National Telephone Day
Make TIN CAN TELEPHONES! This also uses recycled materials-thereby celebrating the 'Earth and Green' Themes!
Children today are still delighted with simple tin can telephones. You can make a set n with two empty tin cans that have smooth edges.
1. Punch holes in the bottom of the cans.
2. Thread twelve feet of wire through the holes.
3. Wind each end in and out of a button, which acts as a stopper.
4. One child talks into his can while the other child holds his can over his ear to listen.
5. The vibrations travel along the taut wire. (Photo from Indoor Crafts)
APRIL SHOWERS BRING MAY FLOWERS! Check out the 'Rain and Clouds' Category for April ideas! (Photo by KidActivities) It's also a great time to start this fun Indoor or Outdoor Walking Club!
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