I was recently looking ahead, planning our first year of homeschooling (I seriously LOVE planning ahead!), and knew that I wanted to inject as much fun as possible in to our schedules. In my search for ideas, I came across list after list of wacky holidays. Honestly, there is a holiday of some sort for almost every day of the year! I read through all of the holidays and chose two for each month that seemed fun, child friendly, and could be educational with the right approach.
I have planned fun activities to go along with each holiday, and hope to celebrate with my kids all year long…..
January 18th– Winnie the Pooh Day: So many fun ways to celebrate this day! We are going to have a teddy bear picnic with honey sandwiches. This is a great time to take a moment to tell your kids how honey is made, and the importance to honey bees. Follow up the picnic with one of the many Winnie the Pooh cartoons. (The Tigger Movie is my favorite)
January 28th– National Kazoo Day: Snag a couple of kazoos and have some fun! Have each kid play a song, and see if everyone else can guess it. Listen to a favorite classical song, and then have the kids try to repeat it on their kazoo. Or, get a little tech-y and make a kazoo music video.
February 6th– Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day: I know… this one is pretty obvious, let the kids eat ice cream for breakfast. Add a banana and strawberries to make it little healthier. Or, plan ahead and have the kids make their own healthy ice cream. Trust me, the kids will love this one!
February 26th– Tell a Fairy Tale Day: Check out a book of fairy tales from your local library or snag one off Amazon, and have each child pick one to read out loud. Another twist would be to have each child make up their own fairy tale. This really could be an all-day project if you had each child write their own fairy tale, add illustrations, and a dedication page. Sort of a ‘young authors’ type project. This will certainly be one of my daughter’s favorites!
March 14th– Pi Day: Have the kids help bake a pie. They will be using math skills all along the way; measuring ingredients, setting the temperature, watching the clock. While the pie is baking, explain the meaning of pi, and how it directly relates to the diameter of the pie they are baking. And just to drive home the point of how long the number pi actually is, listen to the Pi Song on YouTube.
March 26th– Make Up Your Own Holiday: Can you imagine anything more exciting through a child’s eyes? Let each child come up with an idea for a new holiday. Then spend 15 minutes celebrating their holiday! I can’t wait to see what my kids come up with!! If you have too many kids to allocate that much time to, try splitting the kids into teams.