March Themes and Activities for Kids

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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.

Make your monthly planning easy! Look at what’s going on each day and do something to recognize or celebrate it. Put “what the day” is on your daily information board along with the rest of the plans for the day!

March Flower: Jonquil
March Birthstone: Aquamarine
March Astrological Sign:
Pisces: February 20 to March 20
Aries: March 20 to April 19

 National Craft Month 

  • 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
  • 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 – In most years, it will fall on March 20, or 21 ( sometimes March 19 )

Umbrella Month (See page bottom)

March Activity Calendar

An animated picture of a March activity calendar. There's different vector images representing different theme activity ideas, like a leprechaun for St. Patrick's day.
Please note that the dates on the calendar are correct, the days may be different from year to year, so use as a guide only.

1. Yellowstone National Park Anniversary

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) 

  • 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

9. National Crabmeat Day

  • V-8 Engine built”
  • Barbie’s Birthday

10. National Blueberry Popover Day

  • First Paper Money issued
  • Harriet Tubman Day

11. Johnny Appleseed Day – September 26, 1774 – March 18, 1845 – Either day can be celebrated (See Apple Theme and Apple Snacks)

12. Girl Scout Day

  • Anniversary of the death of Ann Frank

13. Uncle Sam’s Birthday (See Patriotic Category)

  • Uranus discovered-1781
  • Earmuff Day

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

  • Submarine Day

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

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

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
  • 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
  • Teen-Agers Day

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
  • Elevator 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

  • Cape Cod named – 1602
  • Dunkin Hines Birthday-1880 (Make a Dunkin HInes cake!)
  • Robert Frost Born-1874
  • Independence Day in Bangladesh
  • Make up your own Holiday!

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

30. Doctor’s Day

  • 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
A picture of a pancake with a smiley face made out of fruit. There's cut up strawberries laid out around the pancake to represent the suns rays.

31. Tater Day (How about a ‘baked potato bar’ with all the toppings!)

It’s also Oranges and Lemons Day (Make a ‘cute snack out of oranges’ or have orange juice and lemonade! Images of fruit from KidActivities Page 2 of Warm Weather Snacks)

Additionally it’s National Clams on the Half-Shell Day and Eiffel Tower Anniversary. (Challenge the kids to make as replica of the Eiffel Tower out of Legos! )

An animated picture of the United States of America with the states being in various colors.
A rice cake with peanut butter spread on top. A hershey's kiss in place of it's nose, red M&Ms as the mouth, and green M&Ms as the eyes.

Ideas for special days of March

March is national peanut butter month – some nice ideas for those with no ‘peanut allergies’..

These are a few of the “Peanut butter” food ideas collected from the site. You check out the Play dough category and make Peanut Butter Play Dough!

Make peanut butter balls (24 balls)

1/2 cup honey 1/2 cup peanut butter
1 cup nonfat dry milk 1 cup quick cooking oats
Wax paper  

Mix all ingredients and then roll the mixture into 1″ balls.
Lay the balls on waxed paper. Refrigerate until set.

Sandwich face

Just put out the ingredients and let the kids create their faces!

Ingredient suggestions: Peanut Butter, (If it’s for another day or there are peanut allergies, consider using Cream Cheese), Bananas-sliced, Raisins, Bread or Rice Cakes (1 slice), M&M’s candy or spice drops

  • 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.

The KA sample in KidActivities Warm Weather Snacks – uses peanut butter on a large rice-cake. M&M’s make the mouth and nose. A chocolate kiss makes the nose.

Bumps on a log

1 celery stalk, washed and ends trimmed
2 tablespoons creamy or chunky peanut butter
10 Raisenettes Milk Chocolate-Covered Raisins

Ants on a log

Celery sticks
Peanut butter or cream cheese

Wash the celery and cut it into pieces about 5 inches long.
Spread peanut butter over the entire length of the celery.
Press raisins into peanut butter.

Make an ant farm

Ingredients: Peanut Butter, Graham Crackers and Raisins.
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.

“Dominoes” (Put dominoes out for children to see what they look like! Afterward play dominoe game!) Spread peanut butter on graham crackers (broken into the small rectangles) and top with either chocolate chips or raisins so that they look like ‘dominoes’.

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

Make umbrella shape templates. Trace the shape on oak tag as large as you would like – but no smaller than half of the sheet. Cut it out. Using the marker, draw the umbrella ribs on the shape.

In a colorful arrangement, have children place pieces of art tissue all over the oak tag.
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

Need: Cupcake liners, Scissors, Glue, Crayons or Paint Pipe Cleaners

Cut several Cupcake liners in half (these will be umbrellas).
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 #2

Have 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 snacks

Slice 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.

Umbrella painting

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.

Umbrella community service idea.

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)

March is national kite month!

Beside making your favorite kites, here are two ideas for younger children!

Paper plate kite

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.

4. Wrap additional yarn around a craft stick and then tape the yarn on the plate to the stick. The kite will really fly on a windy day.


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