Reading Activity Calendar

March

1Peanut Butter Lovers DayIf your child loves peanut butter, today’s his day! Make peanut butter sandwiches and use cookie cutters or a knife to cut the sandwiches into letters. Spell your child’s name or “peanut.” If your child doesn’t like or can’t eat peanut butter, substitute with jelly sandwiches.
2Read Across America DayToday is also Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Pick your child’s favorite Dr. Seuss book or The Cat in the Hat and read it together. You may want to read it more than once, with you reading the first time and then your child reading or just retelling the story the second time.
3I Can HelpPut your child’s highchair in a place where he can see you as you fix the meal. As you prepare the food, talk to your child about what you are doing. “I’m cutting the banana up into little tiny pieces for the fruit salad. Now I’m putting the grapes in.”
4More I Can HelpWash your toddler’s hands and invite him to help. Tell him and show him what you want him to do. “Will you rip the lettuce up into big pieces like this for the salad? Please put the pieces in the bowl like this.”
5Return Borrowed Books WeekReturn Borrowed Books Week began March 1. Comb through your house to make sure you don’t have any library books left in the house!
6Where Can I Find It?The internet has many educational sites for children. Teach your child to use the computer as a resource, a place to find information she needs or wants. Is she interested in sports, animals, or people in other countries? Help her choose an interest, and then use a search engine like google.com to help her find some information for children on that topic.
7More Where Can I Find It?Today, use the internet to find photos of your child’s favorite animals. Decide on a few animals to look for, and then use a search engine like google.com to find cute photos and information.
8PBS KIDS IslandPBS KIDS has lots of fun, safe online games for kids of all ages. You can find your child’s favorite TV show online, and you can visit PBS KIDS Island to play reading games and explore an amusement park at pbskids.org/read.
9It’s Cabin Fever DayTogether, make a list of things you can do outside: Sledding if there’s snow, taking a short walk, drinking hot chocolate outside. Then get out of the house and start doing them! Take your list with you and check things off one by one.
10More Dr. SeussRead another Dr. Seuss book, preferably one that is new to your child. There’s more than The Cat in the Hat and One Fish Two Fish. Visit the library and ask the children’s librarian for recommendations.
11SeussismsDr. Seuss was great at creating funny characters with even funnier names (biffer-baum birds, collapsible frink, a flustard). What new creatures can you and your child make up together? Think of a name, special features, and what the creature looks like. Then have your child draw pictures of your creations with the name written beneath.
12People RhymesSit on a bench where you can see shoppers passing by. Start a rhyming game about the people you see. “Man in red, man in red, you have yellow hair on your head.” Then start a rhyme and invite your child to finish. “Girl in blue, girl in blue, you have buckles on your...” Encourage your child to make more rhymes, even very silly ones!
13Radio RideListening to music is a great way to spend time together in the car. Find a radio station with music that you and your child both like. If you can’t find one, take turns choosing. Listen to the music, and sing along if there are words. If not, talk about how the music sounds and how it makes you feel. “This music sounds like elephants trumpeting. It wakes me up!” Try different types of music—country, rock and roll, jazz, and classical.
14Today is Potato Chip DayYes, there’s really a potato chip day! Talk with your child about different kinds of chips and look up on the internet how potato chips are made. Try making your own chips from a recipe found online, although be sure to keep your child far away from the frying pan.
15World Book DayToday, the UK and Ireland celebrate World Book Day. Bring the holiday closer to home by checking out this list of multicultural books for preschoolers and checking them out of the library to read aloud.
16National Hiccup DayCelebrate this silly holiday by asking your child if he or any of his friends have gotten the hiccups. Did they think it was funny or scary or annoying? How long did it take for them to go away? Did they do a special trick to get rid of the hiccups?
17St. Patrick’s Day Today, it IS easy to be green. Have your child help you pick out green clothes for him to wear. If he doesn’t have any, make a special St. Patrick’s Day pin using green construction paper, crayons or markers. Write down the word “green” for your child below something green so your child learns what the word looks like.
18Still Feeling GreenAlthough St. Patrick’s Day is over, it’s still a great time to get green. Write the word “green” on several sticky notes, and have your child go on a “green scavenger hunt” around the house, putting the notes on anything green, from plants to plates.
19Gooey Green GoodnessAs a final St. Patrick’s Day celebration, go to the grocery store and buy green food coloring and the ingredients for green eggs and ham, straight out of a Dr. Seuss book. Make the eggs and ham together, reading each line of instructions and ingredients out loud, and add the food coloring at the end.
20First Day of SpringMake a list of your favorite spring activities, like picnics or playing ball. What is your child most looking forward to this spring? Have him draw a picture of a spring day and then describe what’s happening.
21Spring ListTogether, write down all the “spring” words you and your child can think of, like “flowers,” “sunshine,” “bloom,” “garden.” Have your child draw pictures of each item next to the word. You may need to answer his questions about what something looks like, or show an example.
22Goof Off DayToday, let kids do what they do best — be goofy! Wear silly outfits, tell lots of jokes to each other, and try making a “wacky cake” (recipes found online). Make a goof-off book at the end of the day with photos and captions of your silly day.
23Water SplashShow your toddler how to use her hands and feet to move the water. Use words that describe what the water is doing like splash, flow, and roll and words that describe the water like flat, wave, and drops. Then you can make up some silly rhymes like splash mash, flow-glow, and roll-pole.
24More Bath Time FunTonight in the bath, make up a song about bath time. You can start with Ernie’s “Rubber Ducky” from “Sesame Street” (Rubber Ducky, you’re the one, You make bath time lots of fun, Rubber Ducky, I’m awfully fond of you) and make up your own rhymes and melody from there.
25Waffle DayToday is International Waffle Day, the perfect time to make a batch of waffles with your child! Ask your child which meal he’d like to have waffles for — breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and then find a recipe online or in a cookbook and make them together. You can also use frozen waffles. After the waffles are done, cut them in letters, spelling your child’s name or the word “waffle.”
26Baby TalkFeeding time is a special time for parents and babies. Close contact during feeding gives you and your baby time to communicate. As you feed your baby, talk softly, and look right at her. “Oh! You are hungry aren’t you?" Then listen to your baby and talk again. “Oh, yes, you are hungry— so hungry!” Pay attention to how your baby moves, and the noises she makes. She uses many ways to respond to you.
27Fly a Kite DayUsing twine, glue, strong paper, wooden sticks, and coloring materials, you can make your own kite, finding detailed instructions online. Go through the instructions with your child together, having your child do as many of the steps as possible. Leave the decorating to your child, and then go outside and fly it!
28License to RideChildren like to look at license plates and find ones from other states. Play a game with your child and look for the most interesting license plates. Talk about what you like on each one — the color? the design? the letters and numbers? “What state are those people from?”
29More License to RideIf possible, show a map to your child. Explain that a map is a picture or diagram of what a place looks like. People use maps to see where a place is, or to figure out how to get there. On a long ride, bring paper and crayons. Your child can create his own license plate. “What letters and numbers will you write on your license plate?”
30Can I Help You?Children love to play “restaurant” at home. At a family mealtime, let your child pretend to be a waiter or waitress. First tell your child what is on the menu for dinner. Then give her a small pad of paper and a pen to take orders from the customers. Let her serve the food and then she can leave the bill.
31More Can I Help You?To extend the play, invite your child to use paper and markers to make real menus for the next meal.
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