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Friday, August 30, 2013 by Shelley Miles
September Activities, September Holidays, Recipes

SEPTEMBER 20 – National Punch Day

The word punch is derived from the Persion word "panj" which means 5. Punch is delicious to drink and fun to concoct! How about an apple, cherry, kiwi punch? Or a banana, coconut, carrot punch? You can use store-bought juices or make your own with fresh fruit and a juicer. Your child will love coming up with his or her own mixtures. Add a little sparkling water for a taste sensation! Conduct a juice tasting with several of your creations and see if your child can name the different flavors he tastes in each glass.

Friday, August 30, 2013 by Shelley Miles
September Holidays, Book list, September Activities

SEPTEMBER 22 – Elephant appreciation day,  Hobbit Day, Oktoberfest begins

Today marks the birthday of hobbits, Bildo and Frodo Baggins. Try these fun Hobbit party games: Pass the Parcel, Secret Scavenger Hunt and Biggest Birthday Greeting.

Appreciate an elephant today! Whether African or Indian, elephants are one of the biggest and most benevolent creatures on our planet. Just like humans, elephants, laugh, cry, play, and grieve. Elephant families are ruled by a matriarch, and usually consist of her female offspring and their young. An elephant is pregnant for eighteen to twenty-two months, the longest for any animal. The oldest elephant lived to be 82 years old!

However, these majestic animals are in danger, because of poaching and loss of habitat.. “An elephant never forgets,” and we as humans must not forget to respect these magnificent creatures. On this day of appreciating elephants, let’s try to do our share.

Children love books about elephants, so take some special time to read some all time favorites:

The Story of Babar
Elmer (Elmer Books)
Walt Disney's Dumbo (Disney Wonderful World of Reading)
Elephants: A Book for Children

Plan a fantastic
Octoberfest party just for kids complete with Apple Cider, soft pretzels, crafts and the Chicken Dance Song.

Friday, August 30, 2013 by Shelley Miles
crafts, parenting, September Activities, September Holidays

SEPTEMBER 27 – Ancestor appreciation day

On Ancestor Appreciation Day, sharing the family tree, and telling stories about different members is a wonderful way to introduce children to the history and story of their family, and how all the people fit together.

Help the kids build a simple family tree. There are lots of family tree software packages available in stores and on the internet. (If you do decide to use an internet based program, make sure it is a secure website before you enter personal information - look for https:// instead of http:// and somewhere in the browser frame, a yellow padlock.)

Or, create a small book with your kids, with each branch on a separate page. Include for each family member:
  • Date of birth
  • City, state and country where they were born
  • Where they grew up
  • Where they live now
  • Pictures
  • Interesting stories, interests factoids
  • Favorite foods and recipes.

Thursday, August 29, 2013 by Shelley Miles
Outings, September Activities, Coloring, Library skills, Literacy, September Holidays

Chicken Boy

SEPTEMBER 1 - Read a book day, Chicken Boy Day, Emma M. Nutt Day, Mary had a Little Lamb first published in 1830

Every time you share a book with your child, you have an opportunity to instill a love of reading that will last a lifetime. Libraries are a great place to start exposing your kids to the vast array of literature available. Here are some tips to make the experience enjoyable:

  • Plan to visit at a time when you are both fed and well-rested.
  • Choose comfortable clothes that allow you to get down on the floor and read a book together.
  • Ask if your child can get his or her own library card. The American Library Association suggests that you register children for their own cards as soon as they demonstrate interest.
  • Make it a special event by telling grandparents, friends and others.
  • Be certain to explain that the books you bring home are on loan and must be returned so that some other children can share in reading them. Also stress the importance of treating the books with care.
  • Don't view the staff as caregivers. Remember, the time you spend with your kids is as important as the enjoyment they will receive from the books they read
  • Invite another mom to visit the library with you, and while one of you browses the adult section the other can stay with the kids.
  • If your library is computerized, ask for a printout of the books you’ve checked out. Place the list on the refrigerator door so on return day you'll know which books to take back.
  • Bring a large, sturdy book bag that is comfortable to carry when full. Find a public library near you. Search Kids-List for: Community Resources

In 1830, the very first copy of "Mary had a Little Lamb" was published. Print out and color this
coloring page while reciting the poem.

Mary had a little lamb
It's fleece was white as snow.
And everywhere that Mary went
The lamb was sure to go.

 It followed her to school one day
That was against the rule.
 It made the children laugh and play
To see a lamb at school.

Emma M Nutt became the world's first female telephone operator on September 1, 1878. Up until she was hired, this had been a strictly male job. In her honor, why not play a game of "telephone"?

Have one child whisper a message to the child next to them. Keep passing the message along to the next person. At the very end, see how close the message that reaches the end is to the first message. Be prepared for lots of laughing.

Did you know that "Chicken Boy" has been referred to as Los Angeles' statue of liberty? Learn the true story of Chicken Boy
Mmmm - pass the chicken, please.

Thursday, August 29, 2013 by Shelley Miles
September Holidays, Spas, September Activities

SEPTEMBER 3 – National lazy mom’s day

Go ahead, put your feet up. You deserve it! The kids are back at school. This one is a holiday for us.

How do you want to spend your lazy day? Perhaps at the spa. has a directory of spas and lots of deals, and Allure Magazine has put together their picks for the best spas around.Spa Directory Salt scrub anyone?

Thursday, August 29, 2013 by Shelley Miles
September Holidays, September Activities

SEPTEMBER 9 - Teddy Bear Day

Did you know that teddy bears were named after President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt? It all started back in November 1902 when the President and a group of his friends went on a hunting trip to Mississippi. the group tracked down and surrounded a bear. One of the guides urged Mr. Roosevelt to shoot the bear so that the President could come away from the expedition with a trophy. The President refused, and news reporters throughout the country spread the story of Roosevelt's kind act.

Shortly after the incident, cartoonist Clifford Berryman drew a comic based on the event. A store owner in Brooklyn saw the cartoon, and decided to make toy bears to sell in his shop. He asked the President for permission to use the name "Teddy's bear" in Roosevelt’s honor.

Teddy bears are familiar creatures to most young children, and are likely to be companions during both playtime and sleep time. Invite your child to a special “Teddy Bear Picnic” featuring all his or her favorite stuffed toy bears as guests. Serve milk and animal crackers, and dispense bear hugs all around!

Thursday, August 29, 2013 by Shelley Miles
Book List, Recipes, September Activities, September Holidays

SEPTEMBER 15 - Make a Hat Day, Felt hat day, Tomie DePaola birthday 

Hats are easy and fun to make. Take a wide strip of construction paper, cut a zigzag edge, staple, and you’ve got a crown! Fold a piece of paper into a cylinder, tape, add a brim, and—presto!—you’ve made a stovetop hat. You can make a wacky hat by taking an existing cloth or straw hat and adorning it with fake flowers, pipe cleaners, toys, or anything else that suits your fancy.
Fun Hats to Make

Tomie dePaola has writte or illustrated over 200 books for children. Plus he sings, dances and has an airdale named Bronte. Some of my favorites include:
Strega Nona
Watch Out for the Chicken Feet in Your Soup
26 Fairmount Avenue
Which are your favorites?


Thursday, August 29, 2013 by Shelley Miles
September Activities, September Holidays, Recipes

SEPTEMBER 17 – Apple Dumpling Day

Baking with your kids is lots of fun, improves reading and math skills - and kids usually like to eat and share their own cooking. Bake some apple dumplings with the apple of your eye. It doesn't matter whether you Pick your own apples or get them at  your local super market. The results will be delicious. Try this Apple Dumplings recipe from Family Fun!

Thursday, August 29, 2013 by Shelley Miles
crafts, Recipes, September Activities, September Holidays

SEPTEMBER 19 – National Butterscotch pudding day, International talk like a pirate day

It's Talk like a Pirate Day. First, get ready by dressing the part. Here is a super EASY Pirate Hat Craft . Then, grab your Parrot and you are all set to ready to talk like a pirate!.  Here is some Handy Pirate Vocabulary (parents, you'll want to choose the pirate - speak that is appropriate for your kids).

I never new how delicious butterscotch pudding was until I tried the home-made kind. Try this one from It takes about 30 minutes for both the preparation and the cooking.
Butterscotch Pudding

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