Read Across America DayThe National Education Association sponsors Read Across America Day – a nationwide reading celebration that takes place annually to coincide with Dr. Seuss's birthday. Across the country, thousands of schools, libraries, and community centers participate by bringing together kids, teens, and books.
Dr. Seuss's Birthday
Born in Massachusetts on March 2nd in 1904, Dr. Seuss wrote "The Cat in the Hat" and more than fifty other books. These books are fun, though sometimes tricky to read aloud. Others are written for beginning readers. Visit the library to find books that you can read on his birthday. If you are caring for children ages 3-7, they might enjoy a visit to Seussville.
The Iditarod race begins today!
This 1149 mile (1849 kilometer) race across the state of Alaska includes dozens of mushers (dog sled drivers) and more than a thousand dogs.
Follow all of the action at here.
Make a Bird FeederBirds are starting to migrate. Make a bird feeder by covering a large pinecone with peanut butter and rolling it in birdseed. Hang from a branch where you can see it from a window.
If your child has nut allergies, click here for a substitute for the peanut butter.
Michelangelo, born March 6, 1475, was an Italian Renaissance sculptor, painter, architect, and poet who exerted an unparalleled influence on the development of Western art.
Talk with the children about how art makes them feel. If there is a lot of snow out side, ask the children to make a snow statue in honor of Michelangelo.
Chalk!Chalk on the sidewalk is great fun. Kids love to have their whole body outlined and then fill in the drawing with clothes and a face. If you still have ice or snow outside, try white or colored chalk inside on construction paper or brown wrapping paper. The drawings can be "fixed," so they won't rub off, by spraying with aerosol hair spray (best to spray outside, and certainly away from the children).
Color WalkChoose a color and walk around the neighborhood seeing how many things you can find in that color.
Daylight Savings Begins Daylight Savings Time a way of making better use of the natural daylight by setting your clock forward one hour in the Spring, and back again in the fall. Be sure to set the clocks forward one hour!
Snowballs in the KitchenIn most parts of the US, the snow has disappeared, but you can cook "snowballs" in the kitchen. Click here for the recipe.
Deaf History Month
The dates of Deaf History Month mark the days that education for the deaf made important gains. Although not used universally by the deaf, American Sign Language is an important communication tool. It consists of both finger spelling and gestures for complete words. Children old enough to spell will enjoy learning finger spelling. Visit this link
for the alphabet and gestures that make up American Sign Language.
Albert Einstein was born on this day in 1879 in Germany. Because of his wild hair and his accent, he may have contributed to the idea of a "mad scientist," but he was not mad at all. In fact, he was a very thoughtful person, and he especially thought about how things work. He was so curious that whenever he wanted to know something, he went to find the answer and learned many things from reading books. Children may be interested to know that as a child, he was very shy and quiet and didn't like school because he liked to think creatively instead of repeating things. Children can find interesting activities that give them a chance to "think like Einstein" by
Indoor GardenSpring is on the way, but it's probably too cold for gardening outside. Try this very simple and fun indoor gardening project: Take a root vegetable (potato, carrot, onion, turnip or beet) and cut off the top 1-2 centimeters. Hollow out the inside. Tie a string around the vegetable and fill it with water. Hang it in a window and watch what happens! Don't forget to add water as needed.
Make a NecklaceString a necklace using a licorice "shoelace" and cereal for young children, and then they can eat the whole thing. For something less sticky, use string and uncooked pasta, which can be painted bright colors.
St. Patrick's Day
St. Patrick's DayThe person who was to become St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, was born in Wales about AD 385. He died on March 17 in AD 461. That day has been commemorated as St. Patrick's Day ever since. Click to learn more.
March is known for its windy days. It would be a great day to fly a kite or take a pinwheel outside.
Check here for directions to make your own pinwheel.
First Day of SpringToday is the first day of spring! Take a walk outside and look for signs of spring – swelling buds on the trees, flowers poking up from the ground, and more birds back in the trees.
StampingRubber stamps and stamp pads are fun, but for a change try letting the child dip his or her hand into some water-based paint to make great pictures. You could even try using a sponge or some kitchen utensils or cut shapes into a potato, apple, or orange to make prints.
Pet RocksMake an imaginative pet using a smooth stone. Make a face with marker or paint. Decorate with feathers, sequins, yarn, buttons, or whatever else you can find.
National Women's History Month
March is National Women's History Month. Look for books at the local library, find out about famous local women or accomplished women in your host family. Read more about Women's History Month
Make a Picture FrameGlue 4 popsicle sticks (available in craft departments) in the shape of a square to make a frame. Decorate the frame with glitter, lace, yarn, feathers, stickers, confetti or whatever you have on hand. Mount a picture from the back and be sure to date it! You can also glue a magnet on the back so that the picture can hang on the refrigerator. (This activity is suitable for children 3 and older.)
Have a Pretend Day at the BeachPut on swimsuits, lay out those beach towels and pretend!
National Nutrition Month
March is National Nutrition Month. Take some time to discuss healthy food options and visit this link to learn more about how to make your diet healthier and enjoy interactive games.
PassoverPassover, also known as Pesach or Pesah, is a Holy Day, observed by several religions, beginning on the evening of the 14th day of Nisan and lasting seven days (in Israel and among some liberal Diaspora Jews, and eight days among other Diaspora Jews), that commemorates the exodus and freedom of the Israelites from Egypt. It is also observed by some Christians to commemorate the deliverance from sin by the sacrifice of Jesus.
Snowballs in the Kitchen
1 3-oz bag of microwave popcorn (unbuttered is best)
2 12-oz bags of white chocolate chips
1 1/4oz container of white cake sprinkles (edible glitter)
Prepare popcorn as directed on the package (do not let children open the bag as the steam can burn). Cool completely and remove any unpopped kernels. Melt the white chocolate chips and carefully pour the melted chocolate over the popcorn, stirring gently until the popcorn is coated. Gently but firmly mold the coated popcorn into snowball shapes. Set on wax paper and sprinkle with the edible glitter.
St Patrick Day
St. Patrick is said to have given a sermon from a hilltop that drove all the snakes from Ireland. Of course, no snakes were ever native to Ireland. Though originally a Catholic holy day, St. Patrick's Day has evolved into more of a secular holiday. It has been celebrated in the US since 1737. One traditional icon of the day is the shamrock. And this stems from a more bona fide Irish tale that tells how Patrick used the three-leafed shamrock to explain the Trinity. He used it in his sermons to represent how the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit could all exist as separate elements of the same entity. His followers adopted the custom of wearing a shamrock on his feast day. For fun ideas for celebrating with children click here. http://spoonful.com/st-patricks-day
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