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July 2016

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  • Canada Day Canada Day celebrates the events that occurred on July 1, 1867, when the British North America Act created the Canadian federal government. Find out more about Canada from the Kids Culture Corner for Canada. Or download a map and flag of Canada to color.
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  • Stay out of the sun day We all look forward to the sunshine of the summer, but it is important to protect children with hats and sun block and perhaps even to stay indoors at midday. When you're outside, sit under a shady tree to read a book or have a picnic. Children can have fun making paintings of fireworks, just in time for the 4th of July!
  • Independence Day (4th of July) Independence Day was first celebrated on July 8, 1776, when the Declaration of Independence was read to the public. By the 1880's, the Fourth of July had become the most significant patriotic occasion in the United States. The holiday is presently celebrated with parades, fireworks, picnics, sporting events, and music.
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  • Picnic Month Plan to have lunch outside. Spread out an old blanket or sheet on the ground and have a picnic! Good picnic foods include sandwiches, cut up fruits and vegetables like carrots, peppers and berries, and chips. Remember to bring plates and something to drink. No picnic is complete without the ants!
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  • EB White Born Born in 1899, EB White wrote 3 well-known children's classics: "Stuart Little," "Charlotte's Web" and "The Trumpet of the Swan." These are wonderful books to read aloud to children ages 5 through 10. You can also check the library for videos of "Stuart Little" and "Charlotte's Web."
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  • Bastille Day On July 14th the French celebrate Bastille Day. This day marks the end of monarchy and the beginning of the French Revolution. A favorite way to celebrate in France is with a picnic. You can plan a picnic with the children – it's a simple adventure to eat outside on a blanket. Or try the Picnic Memory Game. A player names something they will pack for the picnic, then the next player names what he is bringing and what the other person is bringing. This continues with everyone taking a turn until the list is too long to remember or everyone is laughing too hard to play!
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  • National Ice Cream Day Eat some real ice cream or bake "ice cream" cones. Follow the instructions for cupcakes on a packaged cake mix but bake the little cakes in flat bottom ice cream cones. Top them off with frosting and chocolate sprinkles. These won't melt on a hot day!
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  • Moon Day Check the newspaper to find the time the moon will rise and look for it in the sky. Read toddlers or preschoolers one of the classic picture books that mention the moon like Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown or Happy Birthday Moon by Frank Asch. With preschool or school age children you can use your imagination to plan a pretend trip to the moon – make a spaceship out of a large cardboard box and space helmets from large plastic milk containers.
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  • Pioneer Day In 1800, the American West was still wild country – no cities, no railroads and no cattle ranches yet existed. It was quiet and untouched. People in the eastern U.S. had heard stories about the western mountains and the desert, but only the Native Americans had been there.

    Learn more about this period in American history. .
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  • Fun with Fish Fishing is a great summer activity! Watch out for little fish when you are at the pond, lake or beach with the kids this summer. Also visiting an Aquarium or even looking at the fish in a pet store can be fun. Here are some "fishy" activities for summer days.
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  • Too Hot to Play Here are two simple games to play with young children when it is too hot out to be very active.
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  • Water Day On a hot day nothing is more refreshing than water, for both drinking and playing. Toddlers and preschoolers might enjoy a wading pool (never be more than an arm's length away from a child in a wading pool); children of any age can enjoy running through a sprinkler. School age children would enjoy shooting targets with a water gun, or a water gun fight. For children up to about age six, a large paintbrush and a pail of water can keep them happy and busy as they "repaint" the house. If you have a sandbox, adding some water to it creates new options for preschoolers.
  • JK Rowling Born Born in 1965, this British writer is the creator of the Harry Potter books, a wonderful series of books to read aloud to children ages 6 and up. If you have Harry Potter fans in your house, they may enjoy playing the online games.

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New Jersey

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