March is such an exciting month to share with your kids! Be prepared to celebrate wonderful fun holidays with these awesome ideas and activities. You can easily add learning fun as you create special memories this March with kids 🙂
Julie Lavender, a veteran homeschool mom of four, is back with some fantastic ways to make March Fun with kids! She continues to share her fun and creative ideas with homeschools and families. One of her favorite ways to encourage a love of learning is celebrating fun holidays and more. Check out her awesome ideas to help you rock your fun this March with kids!
Fabulous Fun Holidays to Enjoy this March with Kids!
A month of merry moments in March with Kids:
With parts of the country buried in snow and other parts dusted with yellow pollen and still others with temps in the eighties, it’s difficult to think that spring is “around the corner,” but indeed it is. Officially, at least, as far as the calendar is concerned.
Anticipate a new season by watching tree tops and shrubs for changes in color and signs of new life. Celebrate Spring on the horizon with some of the zany, but actual, holidays below or create a few unique family ones.
Peanut Butter Lovers Day
Celebrate a family favorite with a yummy peanut butter dip treat:
- Cream together 1/4 cup softened butter
- 4 oz. softened cream cheese
- 1 cup smooth peanut butter
- Add 1/2 teaspoon vanilla flavoring
- Add 2 cups of powdered sugar and mix until smooth
- Blend in 1/2 cup of miniature chocolate chips
Serve the tasty treat with pretzels, sliced green apples, or graham crackers.
International Day of the Seals
Did you know that a baby seal is called a ‘pup’?
Challenge the family to a fun matching game to see how many baby animal names you know.
Write the names of adult animals on index cards, one per card, and names of corresponding baby animals on index cards, one per card. If you want to get really creative, print off pictures from the computer and tape them on the corresponding cards, too. Turn all the cards face down before the game begins.
The first player picks two cards. If the animals match, adult and baby, that person keeps the cards. The person with the most matching pairs of animals at the end of the game is the winner.
Here are a few examples to get you started and you can also research others to add to the list:
- alligator (hatchling)
- armadillo (pup)
- bear (cub)
- cat (kitten)
- deer (fawn)
- eagle (eaglet)
- fish (fry)
- fox (kit)
- goat (kid)
- goose (gosling)
- hen (pullet)
- kangaroo (joey)
- lion (cub)
- monkey (infant)
- owl (owlet)
- pig (piglet)
- rabbit (kit)
- snake (snakelet)
- swan (cygnet)
- turkey (poult)
- whale (calf)
- zebra (foal)
How many names did you recognize? Not all baby animals have a specific name, and some have more than one commonly used name.
National Sleep Day
The snowy days and rainy days at the end of February make lots of days feel like nap-days, but the official one is in the month of March. Pick up some new bedtime stories and read together before napping or turning in for the evening. Try Good Night Lab, 10 Minutes Til Bedtime, Good Night Gorilla, or The Baby BeeBee Bird.
Saint Patrick’s Day
Play a game outside and watch for leprechauns who might want to play along!
Draw a path of shamrocks on the sidewalk or driveway using green chalk. Three green hearts for petals and a green stem make a very simple shamrock. Hop, leap, or skip along the shamrocks, making sure to land on each shamrock as you go.
Vary the game and try tiptoeing through the shamrocks without stepping on any. Or, use gold plastic coins to toss along the path, and any shamrock that has a coin must be skipped when jumping or hopping.
Treat the kiddos to a pack of new pencils. Then try out this craft.
- Go for a walk and collect green leaves in all shapes and sizes.
- Back home, spread the leaves on a flat surface and place a sheet of computer paper on top of one leaf.
- Turn a freshly-sharpened pencil on the side and shade completely across the shape of the leaf. Watch the beautiful and intricate patterns of the leaf emerge as you shade.
- Fill in the paper with various leaf tracings.
Celebrate big moments, middle-sized moments, and little moments this month as the calendar gives way to a new season.
Eat green veggies, fly a kite, look for four-leaf-clovers, play soccer or baseball or ping pong, dance in the rain or look for rainbows. Make it a merry month of moments – from the monumental to the minutiae – with those you love.
How will you make March with kids fun?
Share your ideas in the comments area below 🙂