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 April 2021 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, April 6th is National Student Athlete Day and April 5th is National Fun Day. Have students play a fun game of tag (try a Star Wars theme!) or tug of war to get them moving and increase their heart rate. You can also add a game of Dodge-It Tag and other activities to encourage your group to get active and understand the importance of an active lifestyle and how to make it fun. Many programs also run a Field Day in April, which is a great time to get the energy level up for your group! This is also an opportunity to honor the athletes in your program. Consider printing a Certificate for their accomplishments.
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 second week in April includes National Zoo Lovers Day, Draw a Picture of a Bird Day, National Unicorn Day, National Farm Animals Day (and National Pet Day on the 11th). This is a great opportunity to plan an animal theme for your program – dub the whole week Animal Week! Have your younger kids make finger puppets into unicorns, horses, zebras, rabbits, and more, and put on a puppet show! Find resources for birds, pets, unicorns, and zoo animals below.
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, for National Fun Day on April 5th, although there are so many options for this observance, our favorite idea is to plan a day with these fun Jumbo Games! PE teacher Lindsay Dillon shares her ideas for her Jumbo Games unit including Jenga and Kerplunk.
Weekly & Monthly Observances
Our printable calendars also include weekly and monthly observances. For the month of March, there are several weekly and monthly observances. We have shared several links in the calendar download. Be sure to view the printable calendar for the entire list of weekly and monthly holidays.
These can also be combined together – for example, you can create a diverse selection for your classroom library in honor of both Library Week and Diversity Month.
- National Poetry Month
- Keep America Beautiful Month
- Celebrate Diversity Month
- Community Service Month
- National Autism Awareness Month
- National Volunteer Month
- National Robotics Week
- Library Week
- National Student Leadership Week
- National Environmental Education Week
- National Dance Week
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!