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March 2020

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  • 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.
  • 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.
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  • Michelangelo's Birthday 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.
  • The Iditarod race is in progress! 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 here.
  • 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!
  • Color Walk Choose a color and walk around the neighborhood seeing how many things you can find in that color.
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  • Snowballs in the Kitchen In 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 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 clicking here.
  • Indoor Garden Spring 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 Necklace String 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 The 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.
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  • First Day of Spring Today 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.

  • Windy Days 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.
  • Stamping Rubber 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 Rocks Make 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.
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  • 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 Frame Glue 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.)
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  • Have a Pretend Day at the Beach Put on swimsuits, lay out those beach towels and pretend!
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  • Van Gogh's Birthday Vincent Van Gogh was a famous Dutch painter from the 1800s. Show the children some of his paintings Using tempera paints, they might want to try to paint a picture of their own. Show them how mixing primary colors (red, yellow and blue) can make new colors. Look at all the colors Van Gogh used in his skies!
  • 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).

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New Jersey

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