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    Parents’ Day

    Parents’ Day is a holiday that collectively celebrates all the parental figures in a child’s life. It is held annually every fourth Sunday in July. While Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are the traditional mainstream parental holidays, Parents’ Day aims to recognize other parental figures. The holiday has increased in popularity as acceptance of non-traditional marriages and families continue to increase. History Mother’s Day and Father’s Day have been slated as “Hallmark holidays” for years now. However, there didn’t used to be a holiday that recognized the roles that two parents can have together to raise children. In the early...

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    National Aviation Day

    When is National Aviation Day? National Aviation Day has been celebrated every year on August 19th since its enactment in 1939. The date was chosen to coincide with the birthday of aviation pioneer Orville Wright. Not only does this holiday represent the work done by Wright and his brother Wilbur, but it’s an all-encompassing holiday for every aspect of aviation. Americans take the time to celebrate the achievements made possible through the history of aircraft and passenger flights. Aviation History On December 17, 1903, the Wright Brothers made aviation history. Not only did they successfully fly an aircraft, but this...

National Grandparent’s Day Biography Activity

Celebrate National Grandparent’s Day on September 11th with a creative book-making activity! Even if your children see grandma and grandpa regularly, they might not know everything about their grandparents. This activity allows your child to build communication skills, while conducting her very own interview. In the process your child will learn new information about her grandparents and create a biography-style book too! Materials: Poster board Scissors Markers Paper (either lined paper if your child is handwriting the story or printer paper if she’s typing it on the computer). A stapler Optional: Craft felt and glue Instructions: Conduct the interview. This...

Autumnal Equinox Fall Leaf Paint

The autumnal equinox marks the start of the fall season. This celestial event (when the sun is over the equator), is celebrated in many different ways. If you’re looking for an easy way to help your child learn about the autumnal equinox, check out this artsy leaf project. It’s simple enough for preschoolers to try, but easy to adapt for an older child! Materials: Fall leaves Tempera paint A paintbrush Instructions: Pick a few fall leaves from the ground. Don’t worry if they aren’t the brightest reds or yellows that your child can find. Your little artist will be painting...

Heart to Heart Art for National Grandparent’s Day

Celebrate Grandparent’s Day with a loving arts and crafts activity! Kids can create heart-themed projects with grandma and grandpa, spending time together and making a cute keepsake. So, this September get your craft on and give your little artist the chance to create, create, create with her grandparents! Even if the grandparents aren’t exactly artsy, this easy heart to heart printing project is simple enough for even the novice crafter to try. Materials: Card stock paper Scissors Cotton balls Tempera paint A marker Instructions: Place two pieces of card stock on top of each other. Fold the stack of stock...

Kids’ Games for National Aviation Day

It’s National Aviation Day! What can the kids do to recognize the accomplishments of great aviators? They can celebrate this August holiday by playing a few fun-filled family games. Does It Fly? This game is perfect for young children (preschoolers and under). Print out pictures of aircrafts (such as planes, helicopters, blimps and gliders). Then choose several images to print that feature non-flying objects (such as rocks, cars or trains). Glue the pictures onto index cards. Hold each card up, one at a time, and ask your child, “Does this fly?” Make two piles based on your child’s answers, and...

Children’s Books for World Humanitarian Day

August 19th is World Humanitarian Day. While the concept may seem advanced for your young child to pick up on, you can help him to learn what a humanitarian is and how these very special people save, care for and shape the world. How? Through a children’s book or two! Check out these great reads for young kids on World Humanitarian Day. Who Was Mother Teresa? By Jim Gigliotti and Nancy Harrison. Elementary school-aged children can read about this famous humanitarian, her life and her work – in a way that’s entirely easy to understand. Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led...

5 Books to Read on Grandparent’s Day

You celebrate Mother’s Day. You celebrate Father’s Day. But, what about Grandparent’s Day? Every September, kids around the county mark this day by showing the love, caring and respect that they have for grandma and grandpa. What’s one way to celebrate this special day? Pick a book (or a few) for your child to share with her grandparents. Check out these options for children to read on Grandparent’s Day! The Imaginary Garden, by Andrew Larsen and Irene Luxbacher. Theodora and her grandpa spend time together, creating a garden! Instead of sowing seeds, they paint a picture – reminding each other...

Help Someone Else on World Humanitarian Day

How are you celebrating World Humanitarian Day? Every August 19th people across the globe recognize the efforts of those who do ‘good’ for others. Mark this special day with the help of your children! Kids can learn about what it means to be a humanitarian with these fun family activities! Help the Community The neighborhood families want to enjoy the local park. It’s a place where kids can get exercise, go outdoors and have fun. But, the park isn’t as clean as it could be. Help the children of the neighborhood enjoy the green space and hold a family clean-up...

International Youth Day Writing Activity for Kids

As International Youth Day draws near, your kids can start thinking about how they’re going to celebrate this special holiday! This day recognizes the accomplishments of young people. With this in mind, your child can put a spotlight on her favorite young person through an engaging interview activity. Pick a Subject Who will your child interview? That depends on her. It can be a friend or a sibling – as long as the person is someone who can be considered a “youth.” Write Questions Your child can combine general ‘youth’ questions and those that are specific to her subject. Start...

Labor Day Matching Card Kids’ Craft

Your kids can celebrate Labor Day with a creative learning craft! Help your child to learn about different jobs by matching what workers wear with their occupations. This is an easy-to-make card game that kids from preschool age (3 to 5-years) and up can play. Simply adapt the game as your child gets older to keep playing it for the next few years! Materials: Card stock paper Markers Scissors A glue stick Instructions: Pick a few different occupations. Start with three or four for younger kids. Older children can choose from a wider variety. Make sure that each occupation has...

Pretend Play Ideas for National Aviation Day

How can you celebrate National Aviation Day with your kids? Well, there are plenty of ways to observe this aircraft-filled holiday. But, if your children are all about pretend play, you can take the imagination factor up a notch with an aviation theme. How? Check out these dramatic play ways that kids can take part in National Aviation Day! Be an Airplane This is a super-easy way to pretend play with aircrafts. All your child has to do is stretch out her wings (i.e., her arms) and fly away. She can swerve, glide and taxi down an imaginary runway. Play...