March Themes and Activities
It’s March! Find a list of March themes and activities for kids.Great ideas for developing lesson plans and keeping the kids engaged with what’s happening in the days of March.
March Birthstone: Aquamarine
March Astrological Sign:
Pisces: February 20 to March 20
Aries: March 20 to April 19
• Women’s History Month
• American Red Cross Month
• National Peanut Butter Month (See below)
• Kite Month (See below)
• Frozen Food Month (Make some frozen goodies with your kids-See page bottom)
• Help Someone See Month (For ‘Comunity Service’-collect old eye glasses and donate to a clinic)
• Irish-American Heritage Month
• St. Patrick’s Day (See Categories)
• International Listening Awareness
• Noodle Month (See Noodle/Pasta Category)
• Non-Fiction Reading & Writing Month
• Nutrition Month
• Optimism Month
• Poetry Month (See idea below)
• Play the Recorder Month
• Spring Month
FIRST DAY OF SPRING
March 20th, 2019
• Music in our School Month Ideas
March Activity Calendar
Pig Day (See Pig Theme)
Peanut Butter Day (See ideas below)
Smile Day (See Two Smile Ideas in October Category)
St. David’s Day in Wales
Nebraska Admission Day-1867
Ohio Admission Day- 1803
2. Dr. Seuss’ Birthday–this can be celebrated both in on his birth of March 2 and/or his death September 24. (See Dr. Seuss Categories) –some really wonderful ideas! It is also ANNUAL Read Across America Day! (See below) and National Banana Cream Pie Day
3. Bonza Bottler Day: Just a reason to celebrate. This happens each month when the month and date are the same number.
Doll Festival in Japan (Hinamatsuri) This nationwide event takes place and sees girls set up red platforms, on which they display dolls. costume.
Florida Admission Day
Alexander Graham Bell Birthday-1847
4. National Pound Cake Day
Us Constitution in effect-1869
National Anthem Day
Vermont Admission Day
5. Parachute invented (Visit Parachute Games) Also, see activity below; Stop the Clocks Day
National Chocolate Cheesecake Day
Artist Diego Velazquez Born
6. First Electric Power plant opened
Oreo Cookies first go on sale (Serve or do something fun with Oreo cookies!)
Michelangelo Born 1475
7. Telephone patented
Coca-Cola Bottler’s association formed
Artist Piet Mondrian Born – 1872
8. National Peanut Cluster Day
Farmer’s Day (See Farm Category)
International Women’s Day
9. National Crabmeat Day
V-8 Engine built
10. National Blueberry Popover Day
First Paper Money issued
Harriet Tubman Day
Johnny Appleseed Day- September 26, 1774–March 18, 1845- Either day can be celebrated (See Apple Theme and Apple Snacks)
Anniversary of the death of Ann Frank
13. Uncle Sam’s Birthday (See Patriotic Category)
14. Albert Einstein’s born-1879
National Potato Chips Day and Baseball Cap invented-1860
15. Beware of the Ides of March
Julius Caesar Assassinated 44BC
Maine Admissions Day-1820
16. Buzzard Day
National Artichoke Day
Everything you do is Right Day
17. St. Patrick’s Day (See Categories)
18. Pillsbury Doughboy’s Birthday
National Lacy Oatmeal Cookie Day
Canberra Day in Australia
Forgive Mom and Dad Day
Aruba Flag Day
19. National Chocolate Caramel Day
Sparky the Firedog’s Birthday
Wyatt Earp Born
National Agriculture Day
Swallows Return Day
20. First Day of Spring! ) Spring begins in the Northern Hemisphere on March 20, at 1:14 A.M. (EDT). the Sun will cross directly over the Earth’s equator. This moment is known as the vernal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere. For the Southern Hemisphere, this is the moment of the autumnal equinox. AND…Big Bird from Sesame Street’s Birthday
Mr. Rogers Born
Independence Day in Tunisia
21. California Strawberry Day (See below for ‘Strawberry mice’)
National French Bread Day
Children’s Poetry Day (See Below)
First US Zoo Opened
Pizza Day–Be sure to have pizza! Any kind! Bagel, English Muffin, Bobili, French Bread, etc.
Fragrance Day (See Crafts that Smell Good)
Absolutely Incredible Kid Day (Today-Let the kids know how fantastic they are!) Can you come up with a special phrase for each child?!
Single Parents’ Day
Iranian New Year
22. National Bavarian Crepes Day
United Nations ‘World Water’ Day (Water Theme)
As Young as You Feel Day!
23. Toast Day (See painted toast idea below)
Cable Car Patented
National Energy Education Day
Liberty Day-Patrick Henry’s Famous Speech- “Give me liberty or give me Death” 1775
24. National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day (Visit Snack mix page and make some trail-mix and add chocolate covered raisins!)
Independence Day in Philippines
International Day of the Seal
25. Lobster Newburg Day
Independence Day in Greece
26. Purple Day (Purple Day website)…(Also Visit KIdActivities Purple Theme Category
Dunkin Hines Birthday-1880 (Make a Dunkin HInes cake!)
Robert Frost Born-1874
Independence Day in Bangladesh
Make up your own Holiday! (See below)
27. First Fire Engine Tested
National Spanish Paella Day
Education and Sharing Day
Happy Birthday to You Day (Have a Happy Un-birthday Party for the entire group or family!)
28. National ‘Black Forest Cake’ Day
Qing Ming Festival in China
Holi in China
Morione’s Festival in Philippines
29. National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day
Oscar Mayer Born (Have an Oscar Mayer snack!)
Youth Day in Taiwan
National Hot Dog Day (Make hot dogs or one of these Crock Pot Recipes)
Eraser-topped pencil patented-1858
Artist Vincent Van Gogh Born – 1853 (See Van Gogh Sunflower Art Ideas or other Sunflower Ideas)
Artist Francisco Goya Born-1746
IDEAS FOR SPECIAL DAYS OF MARCH!
MAKE PEANUT BUTTER BALLS (24 balls)
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 cup nonfat dry milk
1 cup quick cooking oats
Mix all ingredients and then roll the mixture into 1″ balls.
Lay the balls on waxed paper. Refrigerate until set.
- Spread the peanut butter or _______ on the slice of bread or Rice Cake.
- For a healthy version put 2 banana circles on the bread to look like eyes…and a mini- carrot for the nose. Last, make a mouth out of M&M’s candy. If not using the bananas and carrot, complete the face with candy and/or raisins.
BUMPS ON A LOG…
2 tablespoons creamy or chunky peanut butter
10 Raisenettes Milk Chocolate-Covered Raisins
ANTS ON A LOG
Peanut butter or cream cheese
Spread peanut butter over the entire length of the celery.
Press raisins into peanut butter.
MAKE AN ANT FARM
On a plate spread peanut butter
In the middle you erect a tunnel from the broken graham crackers. Then you place the raisins on the peanut butter to look like Ants. Eat the raisins and peanut butter with either the graham crackers or pieces of celery.
MARCH IS UMBRELLA MONTH…
TISSUE PAPER COLORED UMBRELLAS
Sheet of white or manila oak tag (heavy paper)
Art tissue paper of various colors cut up into small pieces
Black felt tip permanent marker
Squirt bottle of water
Gently squirt the “papered umbrella” with the water;it’s a SPRING SHOWER.
Lay it flat to dry. As the tissue dries,the colors will adhere to the oak tag.
While drying-trace and cut out a handle.This can be stapled to the dry umbrella. The tissue will fall off when dry.
UMBRELLA PICTURES #1
Glue the umbrellas onto a sheet of paper.
Use pipe cleaner to make the umbrella handles.
Glue on the handles. Add clouds and rain drops.______________________________________________
UMBRELLA #2Have children cut individual egg-carton cups in half.
Glue the halves onto a sheet of construction paper.
Add pipe cleaners for handles.
Draw pictures around the umbrellas with crayons or paint._________________________
ORANGE UMBRELLA SNACKSSlice an orange into 1/4″ thick round slices. Cut each round slice in half to form a half round umbrella shape. Place each orange umbrella on a small plate. Have each child choose an “umbrella handle” from thin sliced cheese, pretzel sticks, thin celery sticks, or thin apple slices.
Rainy days on the way?
Have interested children bring a solid color umbrella.
Cover floor; open umbrella; decorate each section with fabric paint or pens. Let dry for a day before closing or using.
Celebrate ‘Umbrella Month’ by donating one to a homeless shelter. Programs could hold an ‘umbrella collection’ drive. (Both gently used or new would be appreciated)
Beside making your favorite kites… here are two ideas for younger children!
Materials: Paper Plate, Tissue Paper, Streamers, Crayons/markers,
String, Craft Sticks
1. Have children draw a design (or make one with tissue paper) on the paper plate.
2. Next have them glue foot long streamers on the paper plate.
3. Punch a hole at the nose of the plate and tie a piece of yarn through it.
SPRING-TIME MATCH GAME: WALL PAPER KITES…
1. Cut kite shapes out of different patterned wallpapers; cut the kites in half.
2. Have children match the kite halves by the design.
Small rocks or pebbles
Small paint bushes
Water and water containers
Paint (make tempera paint thicker by adding glue or flour)
A covered work area
A shoebox, yogurt or empty “Jiffy Pop” popcorn container
Hairspray or a spray varnish
• Paint words onto your pebbles. You could also use markers instead of paint.
• Choose a number of words-people, places, things, action words etc. Example:
- Use your imagination and make sure you draw some punctuation marks on some pebbles as well (comma, exclamation point, period, question mark etc.)
- Once the pebbles are painted, let them dry and seal them with hairspray or spray varnish.
- Put all the pebbles into a show box or Jiffy Pop container. You can decorate your container with paint or markers as well.
- Play a game of poetry pebbles. Each player chooses a number of pebbles from the box and tries to come up with a poem or story.
Makes for a great way to begin a short story for those times when you have writers block!
READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY and DR. SEUSS DAY
On March 2, the National Education Association is calling for every child to be reading in the company of a caring adult.
Encourage reading books about our 50 states and earn mileage to move across a map of the U.S. for each book read.
You “travel” across a map of the U.S. by reading a book that takes place in each of the states. (A variation is to read a book whose author lives in a particular state, or a book about a particular state.
You can develop your own mechanism for tracking readers…
•Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Curtis
•Run Away Home by Patricia McKissack
•Helen Keller: From Tragedy to Triumph by Katharine E. Wilkie
•Williwaw by Tom Bodett
•Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
•Child of the Wolves by Elizabeth Hall
•Call of the Wild by Jack London
•The Eagle’s Shadow by Nora Martin
•Gentle Ben by Walt Morey
•Kavik the Wolf Dog by Walt Morey
•The Bravest Dog Ever: The True Story of Balto by Natalie Standiford
and so on…
MARCH 5th the PARACHUTE WAS INVENTED…
MAKE A PARACHUTE
2. Tape the four corners with masking tape. Hole punch each corner.
3. Cut four pieces of dental floss or thread of equal amounts—about 15 to 17 inches. Attach to the four corners and allow the string to hang down.
4.T ie the loose threads together at the bottom leaving approximately 3 1/2 inches to tie your object.
5. Tie a light toy to the parachute. You can use farm animals, dinosaurs or toy soldiers that are available in bulk at discount stores. The heavier the object the faster it drops to the ground. Experiment with the size of your parachute and the object.
6. Throw the parachute in the air and watch a picturesque landing.
MARCH 21 IS FRAGRANCE DAY!Visit crafts that smell good!
- For each sachet, place 2 matching 5-inch fabric squares back-to-back and glue the edges together on 3 sides. Spread the glue close to the edges to prevent fraying.
- Once the glue is dry, fill the sachet with about 1/2 cup of potpourri.
- Glue together the open edges and again let the glue dry.
- Arrange the finished sachets in multicolored stacks and tie them together with a festive ribbon or yarn.
March 21 is CALIFORNIA STRAWBERRY DAY!
2. Press a mini chocolate chip into the tip for a nose, using a small dab of icing to secure it in place, if needed.
3. Add icing eyes and stick 2 almond slivers into the top of the berry for ears.
4. For a tail, use a toothpick to carve a small hole in the back of the berry and push the end of a piece of licorice lace into the hole.
MARCH 23 is TOAST DAY!
Challenge kids to come up with ideas– pick one idea in a method that works for you and celebrate it! Could it be “National Happy Unbirthday Day?”- “Everyone Wear Their Shirts Backwards Day? ” -“We have to have Pizza Day” or______!
MARCH 26 IS MAKE YOUR OWN HOLIDAY! How cool is that?
2. Get other people to do it with you.