Fun January Themes and Activities for Kids

A collection of January themes and activities for the classroom.

Looking for some fun January themes or activities ideas for your kids or classroom? Look no further. Here you will find a collection of ideas for the month of January.

Flower Carnation
Birthstone Garnet
Astrological Capricorn – December 23 January 20
Sign Aquarius – January 21 – February 19
Planning  activities can be so easy! Just base your fun around the
‘Themes of the Month or Day”!

January themes:

  • National Skating Month (Ideas page bottom)
  • National Mentoring Month
  • National Thank You Month
  • Eye Care Month
  • National Hobby Month
  • National Soup Month (See page bottom)
  • National Staying Healthy Month
  • National Oatmeal Month
  • Hot Tea Month

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day 

In the United States, Dr. martin Luther King Day is always observed the third Monday Of January.

Theme Day Ideas for the Month of January

1. New Year’s Day

  • Betsy Ross’s birthday, 1752

2. Georgia became 4th State in 1788

3. Perihelion Day (Earth is closest to sun)

4. Utah became state in 1896

5. National Bird Day  (See ideas in Bird Theme)

6. Joan of Arc born 1412

  • Epiphany (Three Kings Day)

7. Galileo discovers Jupiter’s four biggest moons – 1610

8. Stephan Hawking’s birthday,1942

9. Connecticut became 5th State in 1788

  • National Apricot Day (Serve something with apricots in it!)

10. League of Nations founded 1920

11. Amelia Earhart: first woman to fly solo (Hawaii to Ca.)

  • Milk Day  Visit the short Theme of ‘Milk Day’  In 1878 – milk was delivered for the first time in bottles.

12. John Hancock born 1737

  • Work Harder Day

13. Make your dreams come true day! (What are your children’s dreams? Write about them-draw/paint them. What are your dreams? )

  • Rubber Ducky Day

14. Albert Schweitzer’s birthday – 1875

15. Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday

  • Dress up your Pet Day
  • National Wear a Hat Day

16. Dian Fosse (gorilla researcher) born 1932

16. National Nothing Day (What are some of your kids favorite ways to ‘do nothing’? Talk about it.)

17. Benjamin Franklin’s birthday – 1706

18. Robert Scott reaches South Pole

  • Winnie the Poo Day

19. Paul Cézannes birthday – 1930

20. Buzz Aldren’s birthday-1930

  • Penguin Awareness Day

21. National Hugging Day

22. British colonists reach New Zealand – 1840

  • Answer your Cat’s Question Day

23. National Handwriting Day

  • Measure your Feet Day -( Be sure to do this! See extension idea below)
  • National School Nurse Day

24. James Marshall discovers gold at Sutter’s Mill-1848

  • Thank your Mentor Day!

25. First Winter Olympics 1942

26. Michigan becomes State – 1837

  • Australia Day

27. Mozart’s birthday – 1756


28. Arkansas makes honeybee the state insect – 1973

  • Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day
  • National Kazoo Day (See page bottom)

29. National Puzzle Day – Visit Puzzle Theme Day – page 2 at page bottom 

  • National Corn Chip Day

30. Franklin D Roosevelt’s birthday, 1882

31. Jackie Robinson’s birthday, 1919

  • Backwards Day Inspire your Heart with Art Day

More Jan Theme Day Ideas

 January 7 is ‘OLD ROCK DAY’ 

Be sure to visit the ‘Stones, Rocks & Pebbles’ Theme page! Tons of fun ideas!

January 11th – For ideas VISIT SHORT THEMED ‘MILK DAY’


Check out the Popcorn Theme Category ( Lots and lots of ideas! )


Mix learning and fun! INTRODUCE MEASUREMENT 

Offer measuring tapes, rulers, thermometers, balance scales, measuring cups, clocks, hour-glasses, and stand-on scales. Help children weigh and measure everything. NOT ONLY SHOES AND FEET but, living plants, table heights, how many minutes it takes to eat lunch/snack. (Pre-K/K-how long each child naps, etc. )

Record measurements, repeat often, and discuss what changes and what stays the same.




National Kazoo Day falls on January 28 each year. However, some kazooists opt for celebrating Kazoo Day on the 26th, 27th or 29th while others find the fourth Thursday of January convenient.

How to Make a Kazoo

Need: Toilet Paper Tubes, Wax Paper, Rubber Band, Paint
Decorate a toilet paper tube with paint. Then punch a hole about a half-inch down the tube. Last, put a circle of wax paper over one end and secure it with a rubber band.


Can’t skate at a rink of outdoors? Try one of two of these ‘indoor’ skate-fun ideas.


Collect plastic grocery bags. Tie one on each foot. ( This will take a little time.) Have children go into the gym and play a game – but they have to skate on the bags Basketball is a riot! From Mrs.Z/Rochester, Mi.


Supplies: Tootsie Rolls (1 for each child)
Shoe box for each team, Bell for each team
2 mittens for each team
2 bowls for each team

  1. Place tootsie rolls, in a bowl, at the opposite end of the room.
  2. Divide the children into two or more relay teams.
  3. Explain that when you say, “GO” the first person on each team will put on the mittens, step into the shoe boxes and ‘skates’ to the other end of the room.
    They are then to pick up a tootsie roll out of the bowl and race back to their team still wearing their mittens and shoe boxes.
  4. Pass the mittens and shoe box to the next person in line, sit down, eat your tootsie roll.
  5. The first team to finish eating their tootsie rolls wins! Adapted from


Make a skating rink on the carpet by placing tape on the floor as an outline and then put wax paper on the children’s shoes. They’ll y like to do this – and it’s also good for indoor large motor skills.


JANUARY IS NATIONAL SOUP MONTH! Hot-hearty and healthy for cold days!!!

Great for after school programs. Think about making a big pot of soup in a crock pot. You can start it in the morning program and let it go on low during the day.

Have kids sign up to bring potatoes, small onion, carrots, celery, cans of beef broth, can of diced tomatoes, seasoning, crackers or rolls, etc.

* Each child would only have to bring a single item to make a huge pot.
* If your program isn’t too large-canned soup heated is also good!


From Tasha Palmer- Vista, California
I boil some chicken off the bone or purchase the chicken in a can at Sam’s Club. Chop some potatoes; throw in a can of green beans, corn, and tomato sauce.

I also add some chicken broth. Simmer until done. (This is faster with the canned chicken) Serve in small cups with some saltine crackers.
(I made this for my 2, 3, 4 year old classes-Older mixed groups will also like it!).

Combine NATIONAL SOUP MONTH with OLD ROCK DAY (on the 7th) and make STONE SOUP!

Stone soup is a wonderful story to share with children in a group setting.  Read the story one day and the next day have  children bring a ziploc baggie of chopped up vegetables, herbs and/or spices (you can assign things to bring for a well rounded soup or let the children bring whatever they like for a mystery pot).

For more child participation:

  1. Everyone can chop or measure ingredients.
  2. Put all in a large crock pot. Cover with water.
  3. Cook 2 to 3 hours on high. Remove bay leaf before serving…


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