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Fun Special Days for Kids

Here is a list of special days educators can celebrate with kids where the focus is on fun with learning.

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National Trivia Day

National Trivia Day

January 4 (USA) Take advantage of children’s natural curiosity by challenging them to a trivia quiz. Researching answers is a great way to practise information skills. Some questions for kids here.

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Dragon Appreciation Day

Dragon Appreciation Day

January 16 Some ideas for celebrating.

3

Measure Your Feet Day

Measure Your Feet Day

January 23 Opportunity for real life Maths, for comparing and graphing.

4

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

The Year of the Monkey starts on February 8, 2016. 2015 was the Year of the Goat. Find kite-flying resources at The Book Chook.

5

Tell a Fairy Tale Day

Tell a Fairy Tale Day

February 26 (USA) Studying fairy tales is a wonderful way to investigate different cultures, to immerse kids in loved stories and introduce them to new ones. Read more at The Book Chook.

6

Pi Day

Pi Day

March 14 Read about it at the Pi Day website.

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National Children’s Craft Day

National Children’s Craft Day

March 14 Great opportunity to let children share crafts they love with others, and write “how-to” instructions. What new crafts would children like to learn?

8

Worm Day

Worm Day

March 15 Worms make accessible and fascinating creatures to study.

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April Fool’s Day

April Fool’s Day

April 1 Most kids enjoy reading about pranks, even if they don’t much want to be on the receiving end of mean ones. Why not get your principal to collaborate and play a cute April Fool’s trick on the kids?

10

World Rat Day

World Rat Day

April 4 Even if you have no intention of keeping a rat as a pet, today makes a grand occasion for sharing books and movies about rats.

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Bat Appreciation Day

Bat Appreciation Day

April 17 What do kids know about bats already? What would they like to know? Lots of potential here for information skill development.

12

World Penguin Day

World Penguin Day

April 25 Is there anyone who doesn’t love a penguin? Suggestions for activities at The Book Chook.

13

Star Wars Day

Star Wars Day

May 4 Star Wars Day is an excellent way to join the movies and toys kids know with the great books published about Star Wars. Find some activity suggestions at The Book Chook.

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Limerick Day

Limerick Day

May 12 Limericks make a fun way to introduce kids to poetry. It’s an accessible format for a class collaborative poem too.

15

Dance Like a Chicken Day

Dance Like a Chicken Day

May 14 The chicken dance is something people of all ages can enjoy. Why not have a chicken dance just for fun, or challenge kids to a chicken dance marathon? Invite relatives and friends and form tag teams! Read more at The Book Chook.

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World Juggling Day

World Juggling Day

June 14 Juggling is an excellent skill for kids to practise, developing their eye-hand co-ordination and dexterity. The International Jugglers Association has instructions.

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Fly a Kite Day

Fly a Kite Day

June 15 Supposedly the anniversary of Ben Franklin’s kite experiment, this is a great day for children to experiment with constructing their own kites. But perhaps not testing them during a thunderstorm.

18

Teddy Bears Picnic Day

Teddy Bears Picnic Day

July 10 Find some fun activities at The Book Chook.

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National Laughter Week

National Laughter Week

July 12 - 18 (USA) Humour is a wonderful accompaniment to learning. Grab some funny books, swap jokes, belly laugh, look for the funny side all week, better still all year!

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Pandemonium Day

Pandemonium Day

July 14 A great excuse for nonsense. Why? As Dr Seuss said, “I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living; it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.” Read more at The Book Chook.

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Cow Appreciation Day

Cow Appreciation Day

July 15 Read more at The Book Chook.

22

World Lizard Day

World Lizard Day

August 14 Why are lizards important? How is a lizard different to a snake? What can we learn about lizards?

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Tell a Joke Day

Tell a Joke Day

August 16 (USA) Jokes are an excellent way to involve kids in reading, writing and communicating! Read more at The Book Chook.

24

Bad Poetry Day

Bad Poetry Day

*August 18 *
What a wonderful excuse to let ourselves go
and just write even if it's bad po
-etry - who even cares?
Not the rabbits, not even the hares.

25

International Talk Like a Pirate Day

International Talk Like a Pirate Day

September 19 Aargh - hoist some ideas from The Book Chook.