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April 2017

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  • April Fool's Day The day is generally observed by tricking someone. Think of a silly and harmless trick to play. Work with the children to write a silly story to read to the parents. Try serving breakfast food for dinner or finding some other fun and harmless way to trick the children.
  • International Children's Book Day This is the perfect day to read the children a story from your own country or a book about cross-cultural experiences. Visit the Kids Culture Corner and choose the country that you're from. The kids will love to learn about your culture.
  • Rabbits! This is the season many people celebrate Easter. For children, that means a visit from the Easter Bunny. Out in the gardens, rabbits are springtime active; watch for them from your windows and click here to enjoy some "Funny, bunny" reading, crafts and games throughout the month. For even more rabbit activities, click here.
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  • Fun with Crayons! The first box of 8 crayons was introduced in 1903, and well over a 100 billion crayons have been produced since then. Be sure to visit It is a great site with many activities for children.
    Click here for more crayon activities.

  • World Health Day This is a good day for children to learn about how their body works, and to discuss good health habits. Remind them about the importance of covering their mouth when they cough or sneeze and to always wash their hands before they eat. School-aged children can learn more about World Health Day activities here.
  • National Library Week If you have not visited the library with your children, this would be a great week to do it. Check out books to read with your children and find out when the library offers story hour or other special activities for kids.
  • National Garden Month Read the story "The Carrot Seed" by Ruth Krauss to the children, or try simple gardening with them. If it is not warm enough to plant outside, put some soil in a paper cup and start a few seeds indoors. Choose seeds that sprout quickly such as morning glories or marigolds. For more information about gardening with kids, see our activity page.
  • Passover Passover, 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.
  • Look Up at the Sky Day Try to find shapes in the clouds or wait until dark and look at the stars. Can you see any planets in the sky?
    Visit this site for coloring pages of constellations.
  • Scrabble! Alfred Butts, who was born on this day in 1899, invented Scrabble, the game that uses letter tiles to spell words. As soon as children learn to read and spell, they can play an easy version of Scrabble. You may have a regular Scrabble set or even a Junior Scrabble game that you can play with the children. For very beginning readers, you can create your own simple game by making letter tiles from index cards for each letter that is used in the words the child knows. Be sure to make extra vowels (a, e, i, o, u) as they appear most frequently. Use these letter cards, together you can help strengthen the children's reading and spelling skills while having fun.
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  • Circus Day This is the anniversary of the first Ringling Brothers Circus performance in 1884, now known in the U.S. as "The Greatest Show on Earth." The circus performance ring was first used in London in the year 1770. Visit the Ringling Brothers website for circus and animal related online activities, activities to do at home, and coloring pages to print. Use washable face paint to make yourselves look like clowns. There are many children's books with a circus theme including "If I Ran the Circus" by Dr. Seuss and "Clifford at the Circus" by Norman Bridwell.
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  • Great Poetry Reading Day Children love the rhythm and imagery of poetry. Read a Dr. Seuss book or some Mother Goose rhymes, look in the library for poetry, or check this website for other poems.
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  • Joan Miro Born in Spain in 1893, Miro is most famous for his paintings using bold, bright colors to create abstract designs. Miro's work is very appealing to children. For more information about Miro as well as an art activity and two coloring pages, click here .
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  • Earth Day (April 22) The goal of Earth Day is to "increase awareness, responsibility, and action toward a clean, healthy future for all living things." Here's a fun paper-making activity in the spirit of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. This activity is appropriate for children ages 5 and up with adult supervision. It requires some advance planning to gather all the materials and will take several hours to complete and clean up. Click Here
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  • Community Service Month Every community needs volunteers. If the children are too young to help at a food pantry or soup kitchen, you can simply take a trash bag and clean up a local park to make it more pleasant for everyone to use. Be sure to wear plastic gloves and not to touch broken glass.
  • Robinson Crusoe The book "Robinson Crusoe" by Daniel Defoe was published on this day in 1719 and may have been the first English language novel. The story tells of Crusoe, who leaves England on an ocean voyage. His ship is taken over by pirates, and after many adventures he is shipwrecked on an island. You and your school-aged children can play a game of imagination about being shipwrecked. What might they want to save from the wreck of a ship if they could? What would they have to find on the island? How would they protect themselves from the weather?
  • National Pretzel Day Bake your own soft pretzels. Plan for it to be a 2-hour project, which includes some wait time. Click Here for the recipe.
  • Morse Code The inventor of the telegraph and Morse Code, Samuel Morse was born on this day in 1791. Morse Code is a system representing letters, numbers, and punctuation marks by means of a code signal. It was the first electronic communication, and International Morse Code, which uses only dots and dashes, is still used today. Learn more about Morse Code
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  • Cleaning Up Made Easy Is it hard to get cooperation at clean-up time? Turn cleaning up into a game. Try throwing a die. If it lands on one, the person who threw the die must clean up one thing. If the die lands on four, he or she must pick up four things, and so on. Everyone plays (even the au pair)!

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April 2017 Calendar

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