Monday, December 1, 2014

December Holidays and Activities

Listed below are interesting holidays, celebrations, important dates, and events for December. Icons indicate an activity from one of Toolbox Training’s 100 Activities series of books or activity card sets. Hover over the icon for specific references to exact activities.

You can also click on links for additional information on dates. Many of these connect directly to activities on the Toolbox Training blog, but some are off-site links.

1

Aids Awareness Day

Scrabble game trademarked (1948)

2

Pie Day

Eat a Red Apple Day

3

Day of the Disabled Person (International)

Roof-Over-Your-Head Day

Fritter's Day

4

Santa's List Day

Cookie Day

Wear Brown Shoes Day

5

Volunteer Day (International)

Animator Walt Disney's Birthday (1901)

Bathtub Party Day

6

St. Nicholas Day

Put on Your Own Shoes Day

7

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Letter Writing Day

Cotton Candy Day

8

Brownie Day

Winter Flowers Day

9

Pastry Day

Ball-bearing roller skates patented (1884)

First Christmas Seals issued (1907)

Wrigley’s gum trademarked (1924)

10

Human Rights Day – Anniversary of the UN Declaration of Human Rights (1948)

Nobel Peace Prize Awarded

Poet Emily Dickinson's Birthday (1830)

Dewey Decimal Day

11

UNICEF established (1946)

12

Poinsettia Day

Ding-a-Ling Day

13

Cocoa Day

14

South Pole discovered (1911)

First miniature golf course opened (1929)

15

Bill of Rights adopted (1791)

Underdog Day

Lemon Cupcake Day

16

Boston Tea Party (1773)

Los Posada (Christmas tradition in Mexico)

Classical musician Ludwig van Beethoven's Birthday (1770)

Chocolate Covered Anything Day

Maple Syrup Day

17

Wright Brother's first flight (1903)

18

Bake Cookies Day

Wear a Plunger On Your Head Day

19

Look for an Evergreen Day

Go Carolling Day

Oatmeal Muffin Day

20

Play a Game Day

21

First Day of Winter/Winter Solstice (shortest day of the year)

Humbug Day

Look at the Bright Side Day

Flashlight Day

22

Forefather's Day (pilgrims land at Plymouth Rock - 1620)

First Christmas lights for sale (1882)

Date Nut Bread Day

23

Roots Day

Economists Day

24

Christmas Eve

Egg Nog Day

25

Christmas

Pumpkin Pie Day

26

Kwanzaa Begins

Boxing Day (celebrated in Britain, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada)

Whiners Day

27

Visit the Zoo Day

Make Cut Out Snowflakes Day

Recyclable Packaging Day

Candy Cane Day

Fruitcake Day

Awful Tie Day

28

Chewing Gum patented (1869)

Eat Vegetarian Day

Play Cards Day

29

Bowling ball invented (1862)

30

Bicarbonate of Soda Day

31

New Year's Eve

Make Up Your Mind Day

Unlucky Day



Floating Holidays:

Jewish holiday Chanukah begins at sundown on 12/15/06, 12/4/07, 12/21/08


Specialty Weeks:

1st week:
Christmas Tree Week
Cookie Cutter Week
Tolerance Week

2nd week:
Hand Washing Awareness Week
Human Rights Week

3rd week:
International Language Week
Tell Someone They're Doing a Good Job Week

4th week:
"It's About Time!" Week


Specialty Months:

Art and Architecture Month
Bingo Month
Closed Caption TV Month
Hello Neighbor Month
Stress Free Family Holiday Month
Safe Toy and Gift Month
Universal Human Rights Month
Write a Friend Month


Check out other months
or return to activity calendar page.


Saturday, November 1, 2014

November Holidays and Activities

Listed below are interesting holidays, celebrations, important dates, and events for November. Icons indicate an activity from one of Toolbox Training’s 100 Activities series of books or activity card sets. Hover over the icon for specific references to exact activities.

You can also click on links for additional information on dates. Many of these connect directly to activities on the Toolbox Training blog, but some are off-site links.

1

All Saint's Day (Mexico)

World Community Day

Electric Lightbulb patented by Thomas Edison (1879)

Author's Day

Family Literacy Day

2

Kermit the Frog, the first of the Muppets, trademarked (1955)

Sesame Street's Cookie Monster's Birthday

Frontersman Daniel Boone's Birthday (1734)

Look-for-Circles Day Deviled Egg Day

3

Sandwich Day

Give-Someone-a-Dollar-Today Day

4

Candy Day

Sadie Hawkins Day

Cash register patented (1880)

5

6

Saxophone Day

Basketball Day

Marching Band Day

I-Love-Nachos Day

Marooned-without-a-Compass Day

7

Magazine Day

Hug a Bear Day

Cook Something Bold Day

8

Parents As Teachers Day

Dunce Day

X-Ray Day (X-ray discovered in 1895)

9

Parade Day

Go-to-an-Art-Museum Day

Chaos Never Dies Day

10

Forget-Me-Not Day

Birth of the U.S. Marine Corps (1885)

Sesame Street debuted on public television (1969)

Trivial Pursuit game trademarked (1981)

11

Veteran's Day

Remembrance Day (Canada)

Air Day

Nabisco trademarked (1901)

12

Batman trademarked (1940)

Pizza-with-the-Works-Except-Anchovies Day

13

World Kindness Day

Moms and Dads Day

Community Education Day

Actor's Day

14

Loosen Up, Lighten Up Day

15

America Recycles Day

Philanthropy Day

Pack Your Mom Lunch Day

Clean-Out-Your-Refrigerator Day

16

Button Day

Have a Party with Your Bear Day

Fast Food Day

17

Take a Hike Day

Homemade Bread Day

18

Debut of animated character Mickey Mouse in animated short Steamboat Willie (1928)

Teddy Bear Birthday (1902)

Elmer’s glue trademarked (1952)

19

Gettysburg Address delivered by President Lincoln (1863)

Have-a-Bad-Day Day

Play Monopoly Day

Birth of the Pop Tart (1965)

20

Anniversary of the Mexican Revolution (1910)

Children's Day

Future Teachers of America Day

Absurdity Day

Beautiful Day

Peanut Butter Fudge Day

Early version of the stoplight patented (1923)

21

World Hello Day

False Confession Day

22

Stop the Violence Day

Start-Your-Own-Country Day

Go-for-a-Ride Day

23

You're Welcome Day

Cashew Day

First use of color photos (1863)

24

Whart Do-You-Love-about-America Day

Birth of softball (1887)

25

Parfait Day

26

First Official Thanksgiving Day (1789)

Peanuts cartoonist Charles Schultz's birthday (1922)

Shopping Reminder Day

27

Pins and Needles Day

Pie-in-the-Face Day

28

Author Mark Twain's Birthday (1835)

French Toast Day

Red Planet Day

29

King Tut's tomb opened (1922)

Newspaper Day

Square Dance Day

30

Stay-at-Home-Because-You're-Well Day

Mousse Day



Floating Holidays:

Book Lover's Day (1st Saturday)
Drum, Dance & Pray for Peace Day (1st Saturday)
Election Day (1st Tuesday after 1st Monday)
Great American Smokeout (3rd Tuesday)
Family Volunteer Day (Saturday before Thanksgiving)
Thanksgiving (fourth Thursday)
Buy Nothing Day (day after Thanksgiving)


Specialty Weeks:

1st week:
Card and Letter Writing Week
Chemistry Week
Health Information Week
Kids Goals Education Week
Pursuit of Happiness Week
World Communication Week

2nd week:
American Education Week
Farm Week
Random-Acts-of-Kindness Week

3rd week:
Children's Book Week

4th week:
Adoption Week (week of Thanksgiving)
Family Caregivers Week (week of Thanksgiving)
Game and Puzzle Week


Specialty Months:

Adoption Awareness Month
American Indian Heritage Month
Aviation History Month
Child Safety and Protection Month
Creative Child and Adult Month
Diabetes Awareness Month
Drum Month (International)
Epilepsy Month
Family Caregiver Month
Family Literacy Month
Family Stories Month
Good Nutrition Month
Hunger Awareness Month
I-Am-So-Thankful Month
Jewelry Month
Latin American Month
Model Railroad Month
Peanut Butter Lovers Month
Pepper Month
Red Ribbon Month
Sleep Comfort Month


Check out other months
or return to activity calendar page.