There is an old saying, March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. This phrase can be a reference to astronomy regarding the position of the constellations Leo, a lion, and Aires, a lamb. It also makes sense that the weather in March begins wild and stormy and then settles into more spring-like patterns. The March Equinox falls near the 20th of the month and is a great time to begin or add to your SEASONS TREE project. This is just one of the many holidays for March that your kids won’t want to miss celebrating!
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As you explore the Holidays for March, I hope the ideas shared here and in our resources inspire you to dig a little deeper into the holidays. Each holiday of the day is filled with information to help your Happy Hive buzz with excitement!
Celebrate on or near these specific days:
Read Across America Day – March 2
Read Across America was started in 1998 by the National Education Association (NEA) and is currently the nation’s largest celebration of reading. It’s actually a program that runs year-round that focuses on reading resources that are ” about everyone, for everyone” – books that celebrate diversity. Celebrating Read Across America DAY on March 2 is just one way to celebrate as this day happens to be the birthday of Theodore Geisel or Dr. Seuss.
Some ways you can celebrate Read Across America Day today (and year-round) are:
- Invite guests to come read to your children. Aunts, Uncles, friends. A variety of ages, genders, etc. Diversity in readers is important too.
- Make giving books part of your gift giving routine. Perhaps a gift card AND a wrapped book for the next birthday you attend.
- Order a variety of new (or used books) from AMAZON and host a “book tasting” event. Spend a few minutes reading the back of the book at your seat, looking at the pages, then switch seats until you go all around the table and “taste” each book.
- Start a Little Free Library in your neighborhood
And finally, make an effort to add books about diversity to your home library. Here are a few FAVORITES from the Happy Hive:
33 Flavors Day – March 3
You may be more familiar with the topic of today’s holiday if it were called 31 flavors day…. 33 Flavors Day is a holiday of unknown origin but is said to honor the famous Ice Cream shop: Baskin Robbins.
Baskin Robbins was formed when two men (they were brothers-in-law) merged their existing ice cream shops into one. Irv Robbins and Burt Baskin formed the famous 31 Flavors – Baskin Robbins in 1953. There are 31 flavors so you can try a different one each day of the month!
Celebrating 33 Flavors Day seems easy. You can start by visiting your local Baskin Robbins (or other favorite Ice Cream Shop!)
Other fun things to do are:
- make ice cream in a bag
- Create a “puffy paint” ice cream craft with shaving cream
- Who can resist Ice Cream Play Dough
National Oreo Cookie Day – March 6
Today is the Birthday of this famous cookie! In 1912, the Oreo was first sold by the National Biscuit Company (Nabisco). When it was first introduced it was called the Oreo Biscuit. The name was changed to the Oreo Sandwich, the Oreo Creme Sandwich, and finally, The Oreo Chocolate Sandwich Cookie.
It is interesting to note, the Oreo was not the first round, chocolate creme-filled cookie on the market, but it currently is the best selling. About 34 billion are sold each year.
You should probably pick up a pack to celebrate with today.
I can also recommend holding a cookie stacking contest. Everything you need for an epic Family Fun event is in this easy-to-use resource.
Take a look at how I created an EPIC Family Fun Night with Oreo Cookies in THIS POST
Landline Telephone Day – March 10
On March 10th, 1876 the first phone call was made. Alexander Graham Bell called his assistant and said: “Mr. Watson, come here. I want to see you.”
A year later, the Bell Telephone company was founded. This company remained in business until 1983.
Perhaps you still have a “land line” phone in your home.
You can celebrate today by learning more about the history of the telephone.
- Begin with a virtual tour of the JKL Museum of Telephony
Read more about Alexander Graham Bell:
Take a closer look at the mystery behind WHO invented the telephone with our HISTORY MYSTERY resource.
US Paper Money Day – March 10
On March 10, 1862 The United States Issued the “first” paper money.
Paper Money had actually been used by the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1690, but that didn’t work out so well.
So paper money didn’t get a public reboot until “greenbacks” were issued after the Civil War. Check out this $5.00 Greenback at the National Museum of American History.
Not only is the history of US money interesting, but today is a great opportunity to look at the overall history of money:
I think you will enjoy joining “Rachel Rich” in the teaching video found inside the Presidents on Money Resource available from Happy Hive Homeschooling. This resource explores the Presidents (and other leaders) on paper money and some fun facts about the bills.
Johnny Appleseed Day – March 11
John Chapman was far from an impoverished nomad randomly wandering the United States. He planted his Apple Trees to form nurseries as a business. By the time he died, he owned 1,200 acres of land. Johnny Appleseed was intentional with his apples, helping people and using the land wisely.
Johnny Appleseed planted THOUSANDS of Apple Trees, and unfortunately, there is only ONE certified Johnny Appleseed Tree that remains is in a small town in Ohio. Many of the trees that Johnny planted died from age or the weather. Others were chopped down during Prohibition because the apples were used to make alcohol.
Celebrate the Life of John Chapman by:
Visiting the Johnny Appleseed Museum
Exploring the virtues John Chapman lived and taught:
- Caring for one’s fellow man
Read a few Johnny Apples Seed biographies:
Pi Day – March 14
Who knew math could be so much fun! March 14th – Pi day gets it’s holiday atmosphere from the date, 3.14
3.14 is the mathematical constant you get when you divide the distance around a circle by the diameter of the circle. The diameter is the straight line that goes from the sides through the center.
You can celebrate today by baking PIE, Eating PIE, and also calculating some measurements if you are so inclined. The answer will always be 3.14
St. Patrick’s Day – March 17
They say everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day! I say you don’t have to be Irish to celebrate – because, even St. Patrick wasn’t Irish! He is however the patron saint of Ireland. To be a “patron saint” simply means the saint is a special guardian, protector, or supporter. In this case, Patrick was chosen by the country of Ireland as their special protector!
You can learn more fun facts about St. Patrick and how we came to celebrate March 17th as St. Patrick’s day in our Video: St. Patrick’s Day Legends and Fun Facts
We also have a variety of resources that are sure to have your children BUZZING with excitement.
Goof Off Day – March 22
In our homeschool, I used the mindset technique that everything was learning. This went hand in hand with the idea that EVERY DAY was a school day. For us, this meant weekends and those days society called holidays too. I chose to implement this overarching mindset to avoid “Is today school? Do we have to do school today?” and other related questions or statements.
If everything is learning, and every day is a school day – then this will never be an issue. School is making pancakes. School is pajamas. School is Disneyland. School is Christmas. School is binge watching movies, or a day-long read-a-thon. School is shopping for and wrapping birthday or Christmas gifts. School is going to a friend’s house to “play”.
This system served us for YEARS without a hiccup. Yet, one day I got a polite request for a day off – a REAL DAY OFF, like their cousins. Where they could do whatever they wanted ALL DAY. This was a really reasonable request because quite honestly, it still fits with my mindset that EVERYTHING was learning. The day we chose happened to be LEAP YEAR DAY. But this day only occurs as you know, once every 4 years.
I would like to recommend, if you too adopt the mindset that school is a 24/7, 365 day a year situation in your home, use GOOF OFF DAY as the day your children get to – well, GOOF OFF! One day off out of even a regular 180 day year isn’t bad!
Read Tolkien Day – March 25
Celebrate the literary work of JRR Tolkien on March 25th with Read Tolkien Day… you may not have time to get through all of his literary works in one day, so how about exploring so fun facts, creating your own alphabet(the basis for your new language) and other fun inspired activities in the Tolkien Activity Pack.
Make Your Own Holiday – March 26
Every day is a holiday, not just the few I discuss on the blog. You should be sure to check them all out on our page: What is Today’s Holiday.
But today is reserved for YOUR holiday. That’s right, start to finish – plan your own holiday.
You may want to do a bit of research and make sure the holiday does not exist already. Some places to check are:
The elements that go into a good holiday are:
- date – why the date is key to the holiday: birth, death, invnetion, or random day
- logo or picture
- traditions (how to celebrate)
- reasons for celebrating- history behind the holiday
Can you list activities for celebrating your holiday?
International Scribble Day – March 27
Sunday the 27th is International Scribble Day. Scribble Art was a favorite of mine as a child. I have a fun Scribble Art Activity Pack to celebrate the day. You don’t need the pack, any blank paper and a “scribble” will do!
Take this squiggle for example.
With some imagination that scribble becomes a dinosaur! It’s just that easy.
There are 24 different “scribbles” for you to design with inside the Scribble Day activity pack, as well as a Google Slides drag and drop Scribble Monster! Explore how you are more than a scribble by reading the book, I’m NOT Just A Scribble By Diane Alder.
Pencil Day – March 30
Pencil day isn’t *quite* about the pencil. Instead, it celebrates the day the eraser was ADDED to the pencil. Before Hymen Lipman came along, people used pencils and erasers as two separate tools. March 30th is the day Mr. Lipman was granted the patent for the “modern pencil”. Unfortunately, the patent was later declared invalid because this “invention” was only a combination of two already known things.
You can celebrate pencil day by completing all your work in pencil and learning about how pencils were made with this pencil day shape book activity.
There are video links about the pencil, including the truth behind pencil “lead”
You also get patterns for the color and color your own pencil shape book.
the kids will enjoy the fun pencil toppers to make and give to friends and family for Pencil Day!
National Crayon Day – March 31
Not to be outdone by the pencil, Crayons come in with their own reason to celebrate to end March with flair.
You might think the popular company, Crayola invented crayons, but they did not. The first crayons were made in Europe. They were a mixture of charcoal and oil. The charcoal was later replaced with powdered pigments. The final adjustment was made when wax replaced the oil. This made the color sticks sturdy and easier to handle.
Crayons were imported until Crayola began manufacturing them in 1902.
See how Crayons are made
Celebrate National Crayon Day by making “new” crayons.
Of course, simply coloring is a GREAT idea!
Share some crayon themed stories:
More holidays for March!
These products use each of the Holiday of the Days for March
In each set of March copywork you get 31 topics, in 2 font styles. The first is with guides (arrows) and the second font is a simple version of the font. The trace over copywork contains simple sentences, Manuscript and Cursive sentences are longer and more advanced, but similar so family discussions or use as Memory Verse is still possible!
MARCH LEGO CHALLENGE
Lego Challenge Cards are great for everyday use or even days your kids can’t go outside because of the weather (Rain, Snow, Wind, Heat). They make excellent party games or Fun Friday activities.
There are 31 building challenges for March based on the holiday of the day.
10 Exciting Holidays for March are highlighted the POKE ART PACK
you get both the Color and Black & White patterns for:
- 33 Flavors Day (Ice Cream) – March 3
- Landline Telephone Day – March 10
- Johnny Appleseed Day – March 11
- National Plant A Flower Day – March 12
- Pi Day – March 14
- St. Patrick’s Day – March 17
- National Let’s Laugh Day – March 19
- Tolkien Reading Day – March 25
- Pencil Day – March 30
- National Crayon Day – March 31
March Writing Activities
If you are looking for more March Fun I have just the thing! My friend Suzanne over at Teacher Writer has curated a fantastic set of writing prompts and activities for March surrounding the National Holidays!
These daily writing prompts can be used for morning work, station work, or as daily writing warm-ups. Use it every day or pick and choose the topics you want to use.
Some of the March daily prompts:
- National Minnesota Day. (Learn about the great state of Minnesota.)
- K-9 Veterans Day. (Learn how and why these dogs are trained.)
- Johnny Appleseed Day. (Learn about this pioneer farmer.)
- National Ag Day. (Learn about ag from a young girl who won the national essay contest.)
- National Pencil Day. (Watch a video about how pencils are made.)
Thanks for checking out the many holidays for March!
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