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 March 2020 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, March 2nd is Dr Seuss’s birthday and also Read Across America Day. There were put on the same day to honor the books written by Theodor Seuss Geisel, an author and animator who wrote and illustrated over 60 books. These observances encourage kids across the country to read
In addition, March 30th is National Pencil Day, Take a Walk in the Park Day, and also Earth Hour. Combine these activities by taking a field trip with students to a local park and give them each a nature journal and a pencil to write about their experience. Tell students to explore, write down what they observe, and the benefits of nature. You can even plan a scavenger hunt or have them collect leaves or rocks to study. NOTE: This does fall on a Saturday – but you can celebrate the day before and make it Field Trip Friday!
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 full week in March includes Fun Facts About Names Day, Unique Names Day, Discover What Your Name Means Day, Nametag Day, and Middle Name Pride Day. These observances are all in the same week to honor of Celebrate Your Name Week! There are so many fun activities you can do with students this week. Have them research what their names mean, the history behind their name, why it is unique, and any other facts they can find. They can create a collage of photos and words, or write it in a journal.
See below for a few more ideas. Make sure you also pass out name tags!
- Spell your name backwards – Have each student read theirs out loud, or put each one in a bucket and choose a few to read to the class. This is sure to make them laugh! Ex. Jonathan (Nahtanoj)
- How many words can you create with your name? – Have students list every word they can make from the letters in their first name. Ex. Chelsea (Sea, Ace, Lease, Lace, Sale, Heal, etc.)
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 World Water Day on March 22nd, set up an outdoor station for kids to practice team work and learn the importance of saving water. They can use a Split Team Mug that comes in two halves, each with its own handle. Kids must work together to keep the liquid inside the mug and transport it to another bucket.
View this idea in our Earth Day Activities blog – plan ahead for Earth Day in April!
Also, March 12th is Plant a Flower Day. Plan a simple craft as a way to incorporate STEAM and nature into your classroom lesson. By combining the science of growing plants and the creativity and personalization of their art work, students will be excited and engaged in the learning opportunity presented for weeks to come as their flower grows.
Learn more from our Grow Your Own Morning Glories blog post.
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. The two major March observances are #NationalCraftMonth and #NationalNutritionMonth! Be sure to view the printable calendar for the entire list of weekly and monthly holidays.
- National Craft Month
- Expanding Girl’s Horizons in Science and Engineering Month
- Music in Our Schools Month
- National Frozen Food Month
- National Nutrition Month
- National Women’s History Month
- National March into Literacy Month
- National Color Therapy Month
- Teen Tech Week
- National Words Matter Week
- National School Breakfast Week
- Girl Scout Week
- National Bubble Week
- Wellderly 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!