The month of March can be an exciting time of year. "Old Man Winter" is starting to go into hibernation and spring is just around the corner, though the weather can be hit or miss. In some places, the temperatures are creeping toward summer levels, while other locales are still getting hit with snow. Figure out what's going on during the month and then use those celebrations as the basis for a fun family activity.
Music in Our Schools Month
The National Association for Music Education raises awareness of the importance of music in our schools. Every March is Music in Our Schools Month. Use this time to share music with your children at home, too.
- Attend a musical at a local children's theatre and/or introduce your kids to the world of musical theatre by listening to a soundtrack or watching a musical movie.
- Put on music from different genres and hold a dance party at home.
- Attend a family music class that introduces young ones to harmonicas, tambourines, maracas, and drums. If your kids are older, a family drumming circle can be fun.
Youth Art Month
The National Art Education Association began Youth Art Month in 1961 to encourage everyone to support all school art programs. You can also encourage creativity through artwork at home during the month of March.
- If the weather is nice, let your kids try creative outdoor painting and display their artwork when they're finished.
- Visit a local art museum or gallery and discuss what piece of artwork is each family member's favorite.
- Check out books on drawing from the library. Compare anime or classic comic strips and practice your drawing skills.
National Nutrition Month
This is the perfect time to teach your children about healthy eating habits. Use health and nutrition printables to help your kids learn about eating vegetables, taking good care of themselves, and more.
- Host a fruit and vegetable taste-test by cutting up colorful produce and trying each piece to see which is each person's favorite.
- Explore ethnic cuisine by cooking a special meal from another culture together for dinner.
- Ask your kids to draw their favorite fruit or vegetable to create a gallery of healthy foods. Hang up the art in the kitchen or use it to inspire your next grocery store trip.
Women's History Month
Both boys and girls can benefit from learning about Women's History Month. Encourage kids to understand the various roles women have played throughout history.
- Do science experiments that illustrate the principles discovered or researched by female scientists.
- Create a scrapbook that celebrates all the women in your family's lineage with photos and journaling about how they have contributed to both your family and society.
- Research how women lived 100 years ago, including how they dressed, what sort of jobs they held or roles they played in society, and what they legally were and were not able to do. Discuss how women's lives differ today.
American Red Cross Month
Help kids understand the rich history and the importance of the American Red Cross while also teaching them how to keep both themselves safe.
- Teach young children important safety tips, such as how to call 911, how to avoid dog bites, and how to get out of a house that's on fire.
- Enroll a teen in a Red Cross babysitting course to prepare for babysitting jobs.
- Learn about what the American Red Cross does in the U.S. and make a family donation to support a cause.