Spinning and Weaving WeekChildren ages 3 and up can weave fabric or paper or even fences! If you have a chain link or picket fence, give the kids strips of crepe paper, long strips of fabric or plastic and let them “weave ” it through the spaces in the fence. Or take a piece of construction paper and cut slits in it about a half inch apart. Take another piece of a different color and cut into strips a half-inch wide. The children can weave the strips into the other paper (over and under) to make a colorful and useful placemat. You might be able to find loops and a small loom to help them make an inexpensive but very useful potholder.
Le Corbusier BornThe influential Swiss architect was born in 1887. He is best known for his architecture, but he was also a sculptor, a painter and a city planner. Today would be a good day to take out blocks and empty boxes to build a city with the children. Where would people live, shop, play outdoors and go to school? Children ages 7 and up might be interested in making this a large project, with an airport, train station, office buildings and more.
World Smile DayThis is a day dedicated to good cheer and good works: "Do an act of kindness – help one person smile." Use your imagination to think of little ways to bring a smile to someone's face. Kind words, good deeds, thoughtful gestures – there is no limit to the things you can do.
The day commemorates the landing of Christopher Columbus in the “New World.”
about Christopher Columbus and his impact on what is now America.
International Drum Month
Here are instructions
for a drum experiment for school age children. Remind them that drums can be played softly too!
Fire Safety Week
Please be sure you know all the fire safety tips, and review them with your children by
National Pizza MonthPizza is easy and fun to make and can be a nutritious meal for the children. Buy ready made pizza dough (in the refrigerated or freezer section at the supermarket) or a ready-made crust (in the bread department). Buy shredded mozzarella cheese and a jar of pizza sauce. If you want meat on the pizza you can cook a small amount of ground beef in a pan until it is brown. If you would like vegetables, sauté some sliced peppers, onions or mushrooms in a little bit of oil. You and the children can then make the pizza. First the dough or crust goes on a cookie sheet or pizza pan if you have one. Then spread the sauce, add the other toppings, and last of all, sprinkle the cheese. Bake as directed for the crust. Be careful, as the oven must be very hot to make a nice crusty pizza.
SukkotSukkot is a joyous Jewish holiday that lasts for seven days and remembers the time that Israelites wandered in the desert during their journey to the Promised Land. It is observed by the building of a temporary dwelling (a sukkah) decorated with fruits and other symbols of the harvest.
National Stamp Collecting MonthCollecting stamps is a fun and easy introduction to geography, history, art and nature. Help your children start a stamp collection by sharing stamps from your letters from home. Ask your au pair friends for stamps from their countries. Learn more about stamps.
John le Carré
John le Carré BornJohn le Carré, a British spy novelist, was born in 1931. He was a spy but his stories are all made up. There are spy books for children too. "Harriet the Spy" by Louise Fitzhugh is popular with children ages 9-12. Younger children enjoy the "I Spy" books of picture riddles by Jean Marzollo.
Computer Learning MonthMost likely all the children in your household know how to use a computer. Use this month to learn new skills, explore new websites or create computer projects together. Why not work on a web page together that will last as a reminder of their time with you?
United Nations DayThis is the anniversary of the creation of the United Nations in 1947, committed peace and development, based on the principles of justice, human dignity and the well-being of all people. Teach your children something about your country today – a song, a story, game, a new food or a national tradition.
Baseball World SeriesIn baseball, the World Series is the championship games of Major League Baseball in North America, played in October after the end of the regular season between the pennant winners of the American and National Leagues. The Series winner is determined through a best-of-seven playoff, meaning that the first team to win four games wins the series. The World Series has been an annual event since 1903. It is played at the baseball stadiums of the two teams in the series. Baseball is so popular that it is sometimes called the “national pastime.” The word “ballgame” in the United States almost always refers to a game of baseball, and “ballpark” to a baseball field.
Dinosaurs are fascinating but no more so than to preschool and young school age children. Click here
for on-line games, information, and activities all about dinosaurs. Check your local library for fact and fantasy about dinosaurs.
Cookie MonthCookies are popular every day, but since this is Cookie Month, you might want to bake your own with children ages 4 and up, or buy large plain sugar cookies at the store and have fun decorating them with store-bought icing, chocolate chips, sprinkles and other toppings. Try this easy recipe.
This is the day children dress up in costumes and, in many communities, go door-to-door to ask for candy.
Find some great costume ideas here
– and remember that safety on Halloween is extremely important. Children should never eat unwrapped candy.
2 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 32 graham crackers, crushed)
1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
1 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl, stir to combine. Spread into a greased 8x8x2-inch square baking pan. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes, or until toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool cookie bars on wire rack and cut into squares.
Baby Safety Month
Stroller check. If your stroller is collapsible, be sure latches are secure before putting baby in. Always check that your child's arms are out of the way when reversing handle directions so they won't get pinched. Be sure to use that safety strap. Don't hang overloaded or heavy bags on the handle of the stroller; this may cause it to tip over.
Can you name the 12 most common choking foods for kids under five? Popcorn, hot dogs, chunks of meat, raisins, ice cubes, chunky peanut butter, peanuts (nuts of any kind), hard candy, grapes, raw carrots, potato chips and corn chips.
Stay with toddlers while they are eating; if they begin to choke you need to be nearby to assist.
Get a piggy bank: this is a great place to put coins so they don't end up on the floor, in the couch cushions and then baby's mouth.