Is April the cruelest month? It's certainly rough on calendar makers. There are many special April holidays and commemorations. And if you have children, you can use these days as a great learning opportunity. Here are some reasons people celebrate throughout the month of April, as well as activities for kids to go with the themes.
Celebrations for the Month of April
As a month, April has several special observances. They include:
- Autism Awareness Month
- Child Abuse Prevention Month
- Frog Month
- Humor Month
- International Guitar Month
- Keep America Beautiful Month
- Kite Month
- Lawn and Garden Month
- Math Education Month
- Stress Awareness Month
There are many ways to celebrate these observances with kids. For instance, consider marking International Guitar Month by learning to play the guitar with your child. For Child Abuse Prevention Month, discuss potentially dangerous situations with your child, and teach them how they can get help. Likewise, for Stress Awareness Month, make sure your child knows some healthy ways to cope with stressors. For Humor Month, share a joke each day with your child. And to commemorate Lawn and Garden Month, have your child help you set up a container garden.
April Holidays to Celebrate With Kids
In addition to celebrations throughout the whole month, April also has several daily holidays.
April 1: April Fool’s Day
- Learn about the origin of April Fool’s Day with your child, and giggle over April Fool’s Day pranks and shenanigans.
April 2: International Children’s Book Day
- Have your child select a new book to read.
April 3: Find a Rainbow Day and Get Outside Day
- Learn about how rainbows form.
- Play a game or take a walk outdoors.
April 4: Tell a Lie Day
- Take the opportunity to talk about lying with your child, and teach them some consequences of not being truthful.
April 5: National Dandelion Day
- Learn how dandelions can benefit the landscape, and try dandelion greens for a meal.
April 6: Sorry Charlie Day
- Discuss the importance of apologizing when you've wronged someone.
April 7: No Housework Day and World Health Day
- Take a break from housework for the day to show your child the importance of self-care and relaxing.
- Discuss what a healthy lifestyle entails with your child.
April 8: Draw a Picture of a Bird Day
- Go birdwatching outdoors or through a window, and have your child sketch their favorite bird. Then, look up information about that bird.
April 9: Name Yourself Day
- Look up the origin and meaning of everyone's name in your family.
April 10: Young Writer’s Day
- Play Mad Libs or another writing game with your child.
April 11: Barbershop Quartet Day and National Submarine Day
- Sing along to barbershop quartet music.
- Look up facts about submarines, such as how deep they can descend underwater.
April 12: Children’s Author Beverly Cleary’s Birthday
- Have your child select a Beverly Cleary book to read.
April 13: Scrabble Day
- Explore the words that can help you use that Q without the pesky U.
April 14: International Moment of Laughter Day and Look Up at the Sky Day
- Learn what happens inside your body when you laugh.
- Find shapes in clouds during the day or constellations at night with your child.
April 15: Titanic Remembrance Day
- Discover some facts about the Titanic.
April 16: National Librarian Day
- Visit the library, and thank your librarian while asking about the different services the library offers.
April 17: International Haiku Poetry Day
- Learn how to write a haiku, and then write one with your child.
April 18: International Juggler's Day
- Explore the ups and downs of juggling.
April 19: National Garlic Day
- Cook a dish together that highlights garlic.
April 20: Look Alike Day
- Invite your child to dress alike with a friend or family member. Also, take the opportunity to learn about the different forms of twins.
April 21: Kindergarten Day
- If you have a preschooler, learn what is taught in kindergarten, and go through a kindergarten readiness checklist. For older children, show them their kindergarten photos.
April 22: Earth Day
- Teach your child ways they can help protect the environment, such as recycling and conserving resources.
April 23: National Zucchini Bread Day
- Make zucchini bread or another baked good with your child that incorporates a vegetable or another healthy element.
April 24: Pig in a Blanket Day
- Make your own version of this culinary treat.
April 25: World Penguin Day
- Watch an educational penguin movie as a family, and see whether you can adopt a penguin to help with conservation efforts.
April 26: Richter Scale Day
- Learn about Charles Richter, the inventor of this important measure of earthquake magnitude. If you live in an earthquake-prone area, go through your safety protocol.
April 27: Tell a Story Day
- Play a goofy storytelling game.
April 28: Poetry Reading Day
- Select an age-appropriate poetry book to read with your child, and have them pick a poem to read out loud.
April 29: National Zipper Day
- Learn about the invention of the zipper.
April 30: National Honesty Day
- Share funny or serious secrets with your child.