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Important Special Days for Kids

Here is a list of important special days we can focus on with our children's learning programs. This list doesn't include religious and other holidays already found on most calendars.

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Australia Day

Australia Day

January 26 Find some activities at The Book Chook.

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Digital Learning Day

Digital Learning Day

February 23, 2017 Great day to involve kids in some digital learning activities. Read more at The Book Chook.

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World Wetlands Day

World Wetlands Day

February 2 Resources via The Book Chook.

Zero Discrimination Day

March 1, 2018. "No one should ever be discriminated against because of their age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, race, ethnicity, language, health (including HIV) status, geographical location, economic status or migrant status, or for any other reason. Unfortunately, however, discrimination continues to undermine efforts to achieve a more just and equitable world. Many people face discrimination every day based on who they are or what they do."

World Wildlife Day

March 3 each year. "On World Wildlife Day we focus on the important role the planet’s wild animals and plants play in our cultures and the sustainability of our societies. This year, the spotlight falls on the world’s big cats. These magnificent predators, which include species such as cheetahs, jaguars, leopards, lions, pumas, snow leopards and tigers, are found from Africa to Asia and the Americas."

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National Wildlife Week

National Wildlife Week

March 17-23 (USA) Here are resources from the National Wildlife Federation.

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Harmony Day

Harmony Day

March 21 (Australia) What does belonging mean to you? How can we promote harmony and cohesion in a nation of different cultures? Resources at The Book Chook.

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World Creativity and Innovation Week

World Creativity and Innovation Week

April 15 - 21 Ideas for activities at The Book Chook.

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Anzac Day

Anzac Day

April 25 (Australia/NZ) Books are an excellent way for children to learn about Anzac Day. Find some via The Book Chook.

Screen-Free Week

May 4 - May 10, 2015: Why is Screen-Free Week important? Lots of families, schools and communities use this week to remind themselves to switch off screens and spend time together doing other things. As our lives become increasingly entangled with, and dependent on screens, I think it's vital to take regular stock of screen time. Find some ideas and activities at The Book Chook.

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Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day

Second Sunday in May (Australia) Ideas from The Book Chook.

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World Turtle Day

World Turtle Day

May 23 Find a video here. The US Humane Society has useful information.

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Teacher Appreciation Day

Teacher Appreciation Day

May 5 in 2015 (USA) Some posters from Scholastic.

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World Oceans Day

World Oceans Day

June 8 Oceans are the lungs of our planet and vitally important to our future. How can we help? Find out via World Oceans Day website.

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World Music Day

World Music Day

June 21 Music is important to all cultures and is a great way in to learning about different peoples. Why not encourage kids to create some music today, and listen to some too. Check out Mama Lisa's World for free resources.

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Canada Day

Canada Day

July 1 Choose today to discover more about Canada with your kids.

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Independence Day

Independence Day

July 4 Choose today to learn more about the USA with your kids.

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National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Week

National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Week

July (Australia) Find more on the NAIDOC website. Here's a wonderful Aboriginal Inclusion story to use with young kids.

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International Day of the World’s Indigenous People

International Day of the World’s Indigenous People

August 9 UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.
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Father’s Day

Father’s Day

1st Sunday of September (Australia) Do dads need more socks? How can we celebrate Father’s Day with our dads? One way I’ve suggested at The Book Chook.

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Grandparents Day

Grandparents Day

First Sunday in September after Labor Day. (USA) Different dates in other parts of the world. Varying dates depending on state in Australia. Ideas for activities.

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Universal Children’s Day

Universal Children’s Day

November 20 A great day to investigate how kids live in other parts of the world.

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World Kindness Day

World Kindness Day

November 13 Here are resources from the Random Acts of Kindness website.

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World Peace Day

World Peace Day

November 17 Resources from Peace One Day website.