It’s that time of year again! This is actually my favorite time of year, and judging by all the fall related memes I am seeing in social media, I am not alone. The crisp air, the backyard bon fires, the beautiful colors and the lack of bugs all make this time of year pretty magical. Our family likes to make October just a little bit more special by celebrating a few of the fun National Holidays – especially when they are also educational. Of course there is Halloween, but that holiday seems a bit over done. Instead, we look forward to the holidays listed below. You will also find some fun ways to celebrate each one!
World Teacher’s Day – October 5th
Teachers are the lifeblood of our youth. They work long hours for less than glamorous pay. And, they do this with the desire to pour into our next generations. While we typically think of teachers in brick-and-mortar settings, this is not the only place you will find an educator. Today more than ever our teachers can be found in the home. Like me, there are countless other moms and dads who wear the hat of teacher for their own kids.
On Sunday morning you will find Sunday School teachers, after school you will find music teachers, and on Wednesday nights you will find youth leaders and teachers. It truly amazes me the amount of adults who work hard to provide our kids with the best futures possible.
So on World Teacher’s Day let’s make sure to celebrate all teachers! Here are a few ideas to get you started…
For the home educator:
- Have a family play day
- Teachers love apples, so make a Build-Your-Own-Carmel-Apple Bar
- Turn the tables and have the kids be the teachers for the day!
For the educators outside the home:
- Make a card
- Bake some goodies
- Give a small gift card
- Don’t forget to say a heartfelt “Thank you!”
National Fossil Day – Oct 11th
With five boys, fossils were always a big thing in our house. We had tons of dinosaurs lurking in every corner of our house. That wasn’t the extent of our fossil/ dinosaur collection either. In fact, we had books, movies, costumes, bedding, and stuffed animals all devoted to the long ago creatures that walked this planet. If your family is like ours and loves all things fossil, National Fossil Day is a must celebrate this October! Here are a few ways to celebrate.
YouTube Videos About Fossils
Fossils You Can Eat
What better way to celebrate this prehistoric holiday than with yummy treats! Fossil Cookies are easy to make and fun to eat. Simply take your family’s favorite sugar cookie recipe and before baking the cookies, make imprints with various clean plastic toys.
Another way to create edible fossils is to make Prehistoric Candies. These make great standalone treats, but can also be used to decorate Jurassic themed cakes and cupcakes. To make them, follow the steps listed below:
- In a 9×13 cake pan, spread and pack brown sugar until it is about 2 inches deep.
- Press small fossil-type toys such as dinosaurs into the brown sugar, but not so far that they cannot be removed. Then chill in the freezer for about 15 minutes.
- Once the brown sugar has had time to harden some, remove the cake pan from the freezer and carefully remove the toys without disturbing the brown sugar. You now have molds to form your candies.
- In a medium-sized bowl, melt white chocolate candy melts per the package directions. Then add any color food coloring for added fun.
- Pour melted candy into a zip lock bag and cut a small hole into one end.
- Begin pouring melted candy into each imprint mold created in the brown sugar. Then chill for about an hour or until the candy fossils are hard to the touch.
- Remove the candies and brush off any brown sugar that gets stuck on the candies. Enjoy them by themselves or use them as decorations for other sweet treats.
Dinosaur Footprints are an easy thing to make. Simply bring out various colors of paint and paper. Have your child dip toy dinosaur feet into the paint and make tracks onto the piece of paper. Using various sizes of dinosaur with lots of different colors will make the picture much more interesting.
Salt dough fossils are another fun craft to make. These are made the same way Fossil Cookies are made, but use a different recipe. Instead of using your favorite sugar cookie recipe, you will need a good salt dough recipe. With this craft, you can use plastic toys you have around the house. Or, what we like to do is collect things from our nature walks. Afterall, nature is what created the real fossils, right?
Books About Fossils
Here are some of our favorite books about Fossils:
- Discovery: Rumble with the Dinosaurs
- Dinosaurs A to Z
- Smithsonian Handbook: Fossils
Count Your Buttons Day – Oct 21st
A History of Buttons
Did you know that buttons didn’t always exist? Well, I suppose you might have guessed that cave men didn’t use buttons. I mean Fred and Wilma did rock that no button look. But, do you know when buttons were invented and by whom? If the answer is “no,” then you are in luck, because we have compiled a list of interesting history and facts about buttons for your educational enjoyment!
- Button History: A Visual Tour Of Button Design Through The Ages
- What There Is In A Button by Charles Dickens
- Encyclopeadia Britanica: Buttons
Design Your Own Campaign Button
With the impending elections, it might be fun to design your own campaign button. You could celebrate your particular candidate, create your ideal candidate, or even make yourself the candidate.
You can really use just about any medium for your buttons too, which makes this a great project for everyone. For those who like to be modern, a digitial campaign button that can be shared on social media might be fun. Since this holiday is all about buttons, using buttons or making a campaign button devoted to, well, buttons might be in order.
Button Bingo Math Game
This game is easy to put together using things you may already have around the house. You will need Bingo cards with numbers, math fact flashcards, and of course, buttons. To play, follow the directions listed below:
- First, give each player a bingo card and 24 buttons (to be used as Bingo markers)
- Then, place a deck of math fact flashcards face down.
- On each turn, the player will turn over the card, read the math fact, and see if he or she has a matching answer on the Bingo card. If so, a button should be placed on that space. If not, the play continues with the next player.
- Play continues until one player has a Bingo. This is when the player has five buttons in a row on the Bingo card. This can be horizontal, diagonal, or vertical.
Can You Count The Buttons Game
Have you ever been at a family reunion or a small fundraiser event where they had a jar full of something and you had to guess the amount? Wouldn’t it be fun to play this game with your kids using buttons? Ahead of the day, fill a jar full of buttons and have everyone guess. The winner can get a small prize or even just bragging rights. Then the buttons can be used in the fun activities listed above.
Dia De Los Muertos – Oct 31st
Since Disney first released the movie “Coco,” our family has been celebrating Dia De Los Muertos with a family movie night. We really like this holiday as it represents family and remembering those family and friends that we have lost over the years. Unlike its counterpart, Halloween, The Day of the Dead seems much more family friendly.
If your famly would like to celebrate this day with a family movie night, you can check out an earlier blog post that has all the details.
October is filled with fun National Holidays! The best ones, we think, are the ones that can teach us something. Hopefully you find these holidays both fun and educational.
Blogging Through The Alphabet – Letter B
Now is your chance to join the fun. Simply write a post that fits with this week’s letter, and link it up!
- Each post must be family friendly. If it is not, we have the right to remove it.
- When linking up to this post, you give us permission to share your post and/or a photo from your post in future posts and social media shares.
- Place the Blog Button from the site onto the post you are linking up.
- Use the hashtag #abcblogging when promoting your post. This will help us find you and help us promote you as well.
- If you have time,check out a few of the other posts and share the love.
- The most important rule is to make sure you are having fun! This is not something we want you to be stressed out over. We want to see all the fun ideas that everyone comes up with for the letters!
Make sure to check out my fellow hosts too!
- Amanda @ HOPKINS HOMESCHOOL
- Chareen @ EVERY BED OF ROSES
- Christine @ LIFE’S SPECIAL NECESSITIES
- Dawn @ SCHOOLIN’ SWAG
- Jennifer @ A PEACE OF MIND
- Kimberly @ VINTAGE BLUE SUITCASE
- Kristen @ A MOM’S QUEST TO TEACH
- Lori @ AT HOME: WHERE LIFE HAPPENS
- Wendy @ LIFE ON CHICKADEE LANE
- Yvonne @ THE LIFE WE BUILD