All Saints' DayAll Saints' Day is celebrated in many areas of the United States, including where there are large Roman Catholic populations. This is a holiday marked by celebrations, special foods, reunions and visits to cemeteries where people leave flowers on the graves of loved ones.
American Indian Heritage Month
Learn about Native Americans and try some very easy crafts with the instructions on
Peanut Butter Lovers' MonthPeanut butter is a favorite food for many children in the U.S, and also a major allergen. Ask your host parents before feeding your host child peanut butter. Some children might like to eat it plain, but it is too sticky and can cause a child to choke. Always put the peanut butter on bread, a cracker, a piece of apple, a celery stick or some other fruit or vegetable.
Click here for some fun with peanut butter.
John Philip Sousa
John Philip Sousa's Birthday John Philip Sousa was born in 1854 and is famous for composing over 100 marches (classic American patriotic music). Make a marching band with the children and have a parade. Children love to make noise, so you don't need fancy instruments. Try two pot lids as cymbals, a stick and an empty container as a drum. Sandpaper rubbed together makes a great noise too! Homemade flags or paper hats would dress up your parade even more.
Would you like to know more about the American political system? Check out
for a simple presentation of information about the US government including elections. Talk to the children about what you learned.
Click here for some ideas on how to create an Election Day theme at home.
Car RacingIn the United States there is a car race almost every week of the year between February and November. Now that the professionals are done, your children ages 4 and up can make some races of their own. Click here to see how.
A day to honor American veterans of all wars, Veterans Day is a federal holiday. Here are some suggestions of
activities to do with children on Veterans Day.
Nadia Comaneci Born
Nadia, born in Romania in 1961, was the first gymnast to ever score a perfect 10 at the Olympics. She scored seven of them before the games were over in 1976!
to read more about her life.
You might want to do a mini Olympics at your house.
Click here to see how.
Claude Monet Born
Monet, a famous French impressionist artist, was born in 1840. He would often paint the same scene in different lights for different effects. Look at some examples of this
Geography Awareness Week
This is the perfect week to take out a map or a globe and show the children where they live and where your home country is.
offers very detailed maps as well as basic country information. Some kids like to draw maps it could be of an imaginary place, their neighborhood or even their room. You might want to try drawing a treasure map with clues for an afternoon of adventure with school age children.
Mickey Mouse's BirthdayMickey Mouse was created in 1928! Celebrate his birthday with Mickey Mouse pancakes. Click here for the recipe.
Scratch Art PicturesThis is a fun art project for children ages 7 and up. You need paper, crayons (make sure you have a black one), and a paper clip. Take one crayon and rub it over the paper. Use the flat side of the crayon and rub hard. Take another color and do the same to another part of the paper. Cover the whole paper with different colors of crayon. Now, take the black crayon and color over all the other colors until the whole paper is black. With a paper clip or any other pointed but not sharp object, draw a picture by scratching through the black crayon. The other colors will show through where the drawing is scratched.
National Game and Puzzle Week
Most children love to play games ball games, card games, board games, word games, guessing games. Playing games is important because it helps children learn how to handle disappointment when they lose. It also helps them to learn to take turns and how to follow rules. Play their favorites or teach them a new game from your childhood. Older children might enjoy making up their own puzzles.
This exciting site
offers many ways to make different kinds of puzzles. There are even mazes to download. Have fun!
Thanksgiving dates back to the first European settlers in North America. After hardship, illness and hard work the Pilgrims celebrated a successful harvest that they shared with their Native American friends. This national holiday is a day to feast and give thanks. Visit
to compare Thanksgiving to other harvest festivals.
Black FridayBlack Friday is the Friday after Thanksgiving and is the beginning of the traditional Christmas shopping season. Black Friday is not an official holiday, but many people have the day off and spend it shopping. Merchants and the media use the term Black Friday to refer to the beginning of the period in which retailers are in turning a profit, aka "in the black."
Cyber MondayOne of the biggest online shopping days of the year.
Peanut Butter Lover’s Month
Ants on a Log
Celery sticks, peanut butter and raisins.
Wash the celery and cut it into pieces 10-15 centimeters long. Spread the peanut butter in the curved part of the celery, from one end to the other. Press raisins into the peanut butter.
Tired of eating peanut butter? The kids can play with it too! This is one of the few times it is really okay to play with your food as the play-dough is edible, but only for children over the age of one year.
Peanut Butter Play-dough
1/2 cups peanut butter
4 cups confectioners' sugar
3 1/2 cups honey
4 cups dry milk powder
In a large bowl, cream together the peanut butter and confectioners' sugar. Then beat in the honey and fold in the milk powder. Divide the dough into small portions and refrigerate or freeze until you are ready to use it.
Decorate the house in red, white and blue (how about colored napkins on the table?) Put out an American flag, and serve red, white and blue snacks. Blue and white corn chips with red salsa, vanilla ice cream with strawberries and blueberries or layers of colored Jell-o served with whipped cream.
You need a small toy car and a pencil for each racer and some string cut into equal lengths. Younger children should use short string; older children may have the patience for longer pieces. Tie one end of the string to the front of a car and the other end to the middle of the pencil. Pick a starting line at one end of your room and put the cars down. Now walk away as far as the string will let you. Move the cars toward you by rolling the string up on the pencil. How fast can the car go? The winner is the first racer who gets the car back to where he is standing.
Mickey Mouse Pancakes
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup quick cooking oats
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
Beat all ingredients in a bowl until smooth. Grease a griddle or frying pan. For each pancake, pour batter into one large circle and two smaller circles at the top to make a Mickey Mouse. Cook until pancake is puffed and dry around the edges. Turn and cook the other side until golden brown. Use chocolate chips for the eyes if you'd like!
Mini Olympics at Home
Have teams with at least 2 runners on each team (preferably 4 runners), and have a relay race by passing the torch a home-made torch.
Set up an obstacle course in your backyard using lawn furniture, old tires, toys, and anything else you can find that people have to go around, climb under or over, and go through.
See who can go through the obstacle course in the fastest time. Have a first, second, and third place winner.
When the games are completed, host a medal ceremony. Sing the Star Spangled Banner as the children stand on boxes or other homemade platforms wearing their gold, silver, and bronze medals.
Make your own instruments.
Drum: You need a coffee can or a round carton like the kind oatmeal comes in. Poke holes for a string so that the child can wear it around his neck; find two sticks to beat the drum.
Stringed Instrument: Cut a hole in the cover of a shoebox and tape the cover to the box so it doesn' t fall off. Stretch rubber bands over the box and plunk away. Try different rubber bands wide and narrow, tight and loose.
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I really feel like I have a family in America after being an
au pair. My host family is going to visit me and my family in
Sweden this winter and I cannot wait to see them!