Today is a great opportunity to say something positive about the people you come into contact with ~ tell a stranger you like his tie, or her nail polish color. Make sure you are sincere and smile.
Today is National Peanut Butter Day. Who would have guessed you can make Peanut Butter Lover’s Day a Craft Day!
Other Things To Do:
- Find out more about where peanuts come from.
- Make home-made peanut butter.
- Talk about the color brown/tan.
- Try one of these Open-Faced Peanut Butter Sandwiches.
- Go on a peanut hunt (hide peanuts all around the room for someone to search for).
Many neighborhoods and/or city have parades with kids participating on their decorated bikes to celebrate the 4th of July. If there is not a parade near your home, organize your own parade on your street.
Want a bike that’ll stop traffic? First, splatter-paint some stars and add them to your bars — handlebars, that is — and to a safety-flag pole. Spiff up your wheels with straws and garlands, then hit the road! (Our decked-out bike should be ridden at a parade pace, not at high speeds.)
- STREAMER CASCADES:
- Metallic curling ribbon
- Craft glue
- Splatter Stars
- Safety-flag pole
- BELL JINGLERS:
- Pipe cleaners
- SPOKE DECORATIONS:
- Star garlands
- STREAMER CASCADES: Cut and curl ten 2- to 3-foot lengths of metallic curling ribbon. Stack the ribbons and knot them at one end. Using craft glue, sandwich the free ends of several ribbons between splatter-painted stars. Tape the cascade to the top of a safety-flag pole (remove the flag first), then secure the pole to the bike. Tape more curled ribbon to the handlebar ends.
- BELL JINGLERS: Slide three to five bells onto a pipe cleaner and fit it to your child’s handlebars, wrist, or ankle.
- SPOKE DECORATIONS: Weave star garlands into one wheel’s spokes and secure the ends, being sure to stay clear of brakes and gears. With scissors, snip along the length of some straws, then snap them into place on the other wheel. To make noise as you ride, cut some straws to half the spokes’ length. They’ll clack as they slide on the turning wheel.
Known as the Fourth of July and Independence Day, July 4th has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution (1775-83). In June 1776, representatives of the 13 colonies then fighting in the revolutionary struggle weighed a resolution that would declare their independence from Great Britain. On July 2nd, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later its delegates adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. From 1776 until the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with typical festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues.
HAVE A HAPPY 4th of JULY!!
Valentine’s Day is a time of love, friendship, giving, and caring. Americans use Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to tell friends and family how much they care. Children usually exchange cards at school.
Are you looking for Valentine’s day activity and craft ideas?
Look no further… Au Pair in America has a Pinterest Pinboard devoted to Valentine’s Day:
APIA Valentine’s Day Pinboard
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
– Martin Luther King, I Have a Dream Quote
Martin Luther King Jr. was an important leader of the civil rights movement here in America during the 1950s and 60s. The holiday was created as a day to remember his fight for the freedom, equality, and dignity of all races and peoples and as a time to remember the message of change through nonviolence.
Here are some links about the history of this holiday including a biography of Dr. King, a quiz for kids and a junior crossword. Maybe you can do something special with the kids to acknowledge the day.
To read the full I Have a dream Speech go to: