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All Saints Day
Honor family members who have passed away
This is a day to remember and honor your family members
who have passed away. Take time to gather as a family, perhaps in the
evening, and do something to recall special family members. Look at
photographs if you have some. Talk about
the good things they did in their lives and the ways in which they
showed their love for family and for others. Light a candle and pray in
whatever way your family chooses.
All Souls Day
Dia de los Muertos
(Mexican Day of the Dead)
Dia de los Muertos
The Mexican heritage contains many activities for Dia de los Muertos.
Unlike the common culture in the United States, which often pretends
death does not exist, Mexican traditions have an entirely different
perspective. They make dead men's bread, which is shaped like skulls.
Children are given candies shaped like skulls and coffins. Toys and cake
are left out in memory of children who have died. Death is embraced
instead of denied. It is a time to honor all those who have died. Learn
about these traditions by going to the library or searching on-line.
Together, do something that you have learned to celebrate this day.
Celebrate Family Heroes
Talk with your children about family heroes. Look at
photos of them if you have some available. Watch a parade together and
salute the veterans as they march by or pass by on a float or in a
vehicle. Send a letter or a package with useful items to someone who is serving in the military.
Attend a High School Football Game
Enjoy a local high
school football game as a family. Encourage your team by joining the
cheerleaders and making a good noise. Enjoy the
halftime show by the
marching band. Have a snack and an evening of fun. (We hope your team wins!)
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Hug a Bear
Bear-y Good Story
Read a story
together or just make one up about a bear. Of course, there are classic
fairy tales and stories such as Goldilocks and the Three Bears,
Snow White and Rose Red, or Little Brown Bear, but you can
also look for others. The best part is hugging a teddy bear while you
listen to the stories.
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Have a Bike and Wagon Parade
couple of friends together and decorate your bikes, trikes,
wagons or other vehicles and march down the sidewalk together.
You can jazz it up by wearing costumes, playing marching band
music on a CD, or even playing music of your own on
anything from a real instrument to wooden spoon drumsticks.
Take some photos so that you will remember how much fun you
had, and even how silly you might have looked.
Harvest Seed Art
Collect seeds from outdoors or get
a package of dried 9 bean soup or a package of seeds for
planting. Glue the seeds to a terra cotta pot to decorate it
or use them to make a collage picture by gluing them onto a
piece of posterboard.
Discuss the Issues and Candidates as a Family
Vote for those candidates you believe will do the best job in office.
Spend time talking politics with your child or children. They hear so
much during political campaigns, and much of it can be confusing to
them, especially in situations where there is mudslinging. Talk about
values, talk about your choices or about how or why you make your
choices. For older children, acquire or make a sample ballot and let them
fill it out after reading and getting information on-line and in the
news about candidates. Let them track the winners and compare the list
of winning candidates with the choices they made.
in Animal Shapes.
If you have the
luxury of time together, bake you own bread, from scratch. It's really
an awesome experience and something everyone should try at least once.
However, if you are on a busy schedule, juggling work and children with
home and other obligations, you can have fun by purchasing frozen bread
dough and following the directions on the package. When you get to the
section in the directions where you shape the loaf of bread, let your
child or children shape in into an animal shape on a flat cookie sheet.
it could be a
bear, a dog, cat, mouse, pig or even an imaginary critter. Place raisins
for eyes, nose and mouth. Bake the bread and enjoy eating it together.
the Birthday of Mickey
about Walt Disney, the imaginative creator of the famous mouse
know plenty about Disney characters, Disneyland, and the Disney channel
on television. Do a little research and find out about the man who
started it all, include Mickey. Children might be surprised to learn
that Walt was not permitted to play with toys when he was young, that he
had many financial struggles along the way as he tried to make his
dreams into reality. Put a real side to what it takes to succeed.
Stamp Print with Apples
Cut an apple in half and press it into some red,
green, or yellow paint that has been spread onto a plate or other smooth
surface. Press the paint-covered apple surface onto a piece of fabric or a
sheet of paper. Repeat with different colors and even different sizes or
shapes of apples. Make a design. Use
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