Need activity ideas and themed products for your program each month? Download and print our daily holidays and observances calendar! See the link below for our November 2018 Calendar.
Refer to the calendar when you need inspiration, whether you are planning activities for the entire month for each holiday, or you need last minute ideas. Be sure to visit our Daily Holidays page to find related items that can help you celebrate each observance.
How to Use the Calendar For Your Program
We have listed the daily holidays or observances that fall on each day of the month. Some days have multiple holidays, so you can choose to focus on just one, plan an activity for each one, or combine them if possible. For example, November 8th is National STEM/STEAM Day and also National Parents as Teachers Day. Plan a STEAM lesson for this day and send your kids home with an activity sheet so they can share what they are learning in school with their parents, and create their own fun STEAM lesson that they can work on together with household items. Here are some great suggestions.
You may choose to use the calendar to plan your activities each month and develop themes around each of the days or a combination of days. The first week of November includes American Football Day and Basketball Day, so you can plan a Sports Week for your program with sports themed crafts and activities.
If you are just looking for some filler ideas or last minute ideas, refer to the calendar on any particular day and come up with a quick lesson or activity related to the daily holiday or observance. Some of these can even be used for brain breaks.
Activity Ideas Suggestions
On pages 2 & 3, you will find an activity suggestion for each holiday and observance under the Activity Ideas section.
If you see a URL under the Activity Ideas section, that means the observance is listed on our Daily Holidays page! Visit that link (PDF includes clickable links) to find products and items that would work great for an activity.
We’ve also shared some specific ideas as a guide. For example, November 29th is National Square Dance Day – teach your group some fun square dances! Whether you are celebrating for your PE or rec program, classroom, or senior facility, this is such a fun idea for all ages. It gets your participants active, working together as a team, and learning movements. Here is a great video example:
Weekly & Monthly Holidays/Observances
Our printable calendar also includes weekly and monthly holidays for the month of November on page 3. We have shared a few helpful links and related ideas below.
- Dear Santa Letter Week
- National Young Readers Week
- Geography Awareness Week
- World Kindness Week
- American Education Week
- National Game & Puzzle Week
- National Family Week
- National Bible Week
- National Novel Writing Month
- Aviation History Month
- National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month
- Family Stories Month
- National Family Caregivers Month
- National Family Literacy Month
- Picture Book Month
We would love your feedback on how you plan to use the calendar for your program, and if you would like to see any changes in the template. Thanks everyone!