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 October 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, October 1st is World Smile Day and National Diversity Day. In the classroom, teachers can make smiley face name tags for each student and have them write something that makes them special or unique. Have each student share, then have a discussion about what diversity is and how it relates to their classroom and the community.
You can also use a fun smiley face puzzle to explain the importance of inclusion to students. View more diversity ideas on our blog.
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 October includes World Farm Animals Day, National Butterfly & Hummingbird Day, and World Animal Day – perfect for an Animal & Insect Theme that week.
For inspiration, visit our blog to find animal crafts and activities like the ones 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.
On pages 2 & 3, you will find an activity suggestion for each holiday and observance under the Activity Ideas section. For example, World Egg Day is a great observance for a PE class or rec program – have kids practice their balance and coordination with an Egg Transfer Challenge! Or, a science teacher can plan an Egg Drop Challenge where students must design a way to keep a raw egg from cracking when dropped from a height. Be sure to share it on social media with the hashtag #WorldEggDay!
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.
Weekly & Monthly Holidays/Observances
Our printable calendar also includes weekly and monthly holidays for the month of October on page 3. Many programs will focus on the observances that occur all month long, so we have shared helpful links below to get you started.
- National Bullying Prevention Month
- Breast Cancer Awareness Month
- Computer Learning Month
- National Pizza Month
- Church Library Month
- Global Diversity Awareness Month
- National Bake and Decorate Month
- National Book Month
- National Go On A Field Trip Month
- National Sensory Awareness Month
- Positive Attitude Month
We would love your feedback on how you plan to use the calendar for your program!