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    National Aviation Day

    When is National Aviation Day? National Aviation Day has been celebrated every year on August 19th since its enactment in 1939. The date was chosen to coincide with the birthday of aviation pioneer Orville Wright. Not only does this holiday represent the work done by Wright and his brother Wilbur, but it’s an all-encompassing holiday for every aspect of aviation. Americans take the time to celebrate the achievements made possible through the history of aircraft and passenger flights. Aviation History On December 17, 1903, the Wright Brothers made aviation history. Not only did they successfully fly an aircraft, but this...

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    Parents’ Day

    Parents’ Day is a holiday that collectively celebrates all the parental figures in a child’s life. It is held annually every fourth Sunday in July. While Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are the traditional mainstream parental holidays, Parents’ Day aims to recognize other parental figures. The holiday has increased in popularity as acceptance of non-traditional marriages and families continue to increase. History Mother’s Day and Father’s Day have been slated as “Hallmark holidays” for years now. However, there didn’t used to be a holiday that recognized the roles that two parents can have together to raise children. In the early...

World Teacher’s Day Kids’ Craft

Every October 5th we celebrate World Teachers’ Day. Take this time to recognize that special educator in your child’s life with a homemade craft. This DIY is easy to adapt for kids of different ages. That means you can try it with your preschooler or help your elementary school-aged student to create it. So, what can the kiddos make to mark teacher’s special day? A perfectly functional gift! Reuse cardboard tubes and create paper clip holders. And bonus, teacher can use these cute little crafts to hold any other (small-sized) school supply that she wants. Materials: Cardboard tubes (reuse the...

Kids’ Apple Activities for Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year. Dipping apples in honey (and of course, eating them) is one of the traditions to follow on this day. Celebrate Rosh Hashanah with a few fun-filled apple-themed kids’ activities! Check out these holiday crafts, recipes and games that will get the kids into the New Year’s spirit. Apple Prints You don’t have to waste food when making apple prints. Instead of slicing apples and dipping them into paint, dip them into honey. Press the honey-covered apples onto wax paper to make artsy prints. No, you can’t hang them up. But, you can snap...

World Tourism Day Activities for Kids

Celebrate World Tourism Day by taking your child out for an adventure! Okay, so you don’t have to take her on a trip around the world. But, you can mark this special day with a fun-filled family stay-cation. That’s right! You don’t have to leave your hometown to take part in typical ‘tourist’ activities. What can you do? Visit a museum. Go on an artsy adventure. Head out to the art museum for the afternoon. Not only are you ‘touring’ the museum, but you can pretend to travel around the world too. Visit works of art from all over America,...

Parent-Child Activities for World Heart Day

The last Sunday of September is World Heart Day. Even though your child might not need to worry about her heart health right now, it’s never too early to learn about how the body works and what it takes to maintain it. While you don’t need to get in-depth with your very young child (it’s not likely that your preschooler will understand a detailed biology lesson), you can help her to learn a thing or two about heart health. How? Check out these easy activities! Healthy Eating What you eat is important to how healthy your heart is. Teach this...

Make an Eye Patch for Talk Like a Pirate Day

September 19th is International Talk Like a Prate Day! Celebrate this day by helping your kids to make a cute pirate costume. All it takes is a blousy shirt a few bandanas and an eye patch. Don’t have an eye patch? Try this easy kids’ craft and make one that comes complete with some pirate lingo on it. Materials: Black craft foam sheets (you can use craft felt instead) A hole punch Scissors Construction paper A marker Yarn or thin ribbon Clear-drying school glue Instructions: Cut the craft foam into and eye patch shape. This should look like a longer...

World Maritime Day Kids’ Activities

Celebrate World Maritime Day with your child, and try a few fun-filled boat-themed activities! Held the last week of September, this holiday recognizes the impact of the shipping industry in a global way. While your young child may not completely understand the world-wide impact that the shipping industry has (especially in an economic sense), she can still explore the beauty of boats. Check out these crafty, creative and playful ways that children can celebrate World Maritime Day! Build a Boat There are an almost endless number of ways to build model ships. The type of boat that you build, the...

International Peace Day Crafts for Kids

Celebrate International Peace Day with a crafty kids’ creation! Started by the United Nations, this holiday recognizes peaceful efforts of people across the globe. Help your child to participate in this day by making a ‘peaceful’ art project. Peace Symbol Mural Draw on a piece of poster board or roll out a long length of butcher paper. Your child can draw as many peace signs as she can fit in the space. Use markers, crayons, oil pastels or colorful chalk. Peaceful Collage Go through kid-friendly magazines, looking for pictures that represent peaceful scenes. Have your child cut these out. Collage...

Kids’ Crafts to Celebrate the Autumnal Equinox

The autumnal equinox marks the start of a new season. Celebrate this day with a few fun-filled fall crafts for the kids! Painted Pumpkins It’s not exactly time to carve your Halloween jack o’lantern yet. That said, you can still decorate pumpkins as part of your autumn festivities. Get some finger paints out and let your young children cover the outside of the pumpkins with prints. Older kids can paint or stencil a design (such as fall leaves or the words “Welcome Fall”) onto the pumpkin. Pumpkin Prints Kids can create painted prints, using mini pumpkins. Buy a few of...

Halloween Pumpkin Print Card for Kids

Halloween is coming, and your family and friends can’t wait to see your child dressed in her super-creative costume. But, grandma lives in another state, Aunt Ethel can’t come over on Halloween night and your sister is out with her own kids. Your child can craft her own Halloween greeting card that features pretty painting print pumpkins! The best part is that you can attach a picture from Halloween night (of your child dressed in her costume) inside. You can also use this kids' craft to celebrate the autumnal equinox (without the picture, as a fall card). Materials: Letter-sized card...

4 Places to Read on International Literacy Day

What’s the obvious activity choice for International Literacy Day? Read a book! That said, you (or your kids) don’t have to sit at home reading by yourself. Where can you take a book to on this special day? Check out these book-reading options that will make celebrating International Literacy Day even more fun! Go outside. Bring a book to the park. International Literacy Day is celebrated on September 8th. That’s means in most places, it’s still warm enough to go outside. Take your favorite read to a shady tree or a park bench. Spend the afternoon reading to the kids...