July Family Fun

30 days of summer fun in July pt. 1

 

Now that we are in July and the middle of summer, the sun is high in the sky, and as they say, Summertime and the living is easy…

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July 1. July 1st is a great day for calendar choices.  It is American Zoo Day and International Cherry Pit Spitting Day. If you live close to a zoo, then take the time and learn an excursion and watch the animals and learn about them and their native habitats.  The American Zoo Association lists events for the month in their calendar.  Maybe a zoo near you has a special day or activity planned.  If you need to find a zoo, you can use their zoo finder to locate one.  Discover, Learn, Connect has a Zoo Scavenger Hunt free printable available —

International Chery Pit Spitting Day

 can be done in your own backyard. For technique and tips, you can refer to the  Pit-Spit Competiton Rules. Keep it laid back or get serious–just have fun while eating delicious and healthy treat-Cherries!

July 2.  Today, choose from National Build a Scarecrow Day and World UFO DAY.  Building a scarecrow is often done in the summer to scare birds away from a garden.  They are also used to decorate for the autumn, along with straw bales and pumpkins.  If you have a garden, try it now or maybe so a practice scarecrow for the autumn.  There a lot of Youtube Videos with instructions for building a scarecrow.  The following may you some inspiration to create a unique scarecrow.  Be creative!

 

World UFO Day

World UFO DAY.  WORLD UFO DAY.com is a fun and informative site with suggestions for having a child's party: including printing out an alien mask, cupcake ideas and more.  Rent a movie! Watch aliens-good and not so good.  Write your own story about aliens going to Earth.  Some suggestions include Galaxy Quest, “To Serve Man” (1962 episode of “The Twilight Zone”), “Men in Black” 1,2, and 3, Independence Day, any or all of the Transformers Movies. the list is endless.  So tonight relax and enjoy UFO Day – do an at home dinner and a movie.

JULY 3. National Stay Out of the Sun Day

The sun is high in the sky during this time of the year ( here in the northern hemisphere) and while we enjoy the long and sunny days, it is also time to remember that we need to take care of our skin. This is National Stay Out of the Sun Day, and though we are not sure of the origins of this day, many assume that it was created to bring awareness to skin cancer which is the second most common form of cancer for adolescents and young adults (ages 15-29) according to dermatologistoncall.com.  The CDC (Center for Disease Control) has tips to remember including- stay out of the sun, seek shade, wear a hat and sunglasses.  Remember the sunglass decorating activity from July--remember to wear them now!

JULY 4.  INDEPENDENCE DAY  

 On this day in 1776, the 13 American colonies declared independence from Britain and eventually, they became the United States of America.  On this day the whole country takes time-off from work to celebrate this history-making event.  As a family shares the history, celebrate with food, fun, crafts and more.

Here are 15 Paleo Fourth of July Recipes You Need to Make this Weekend.   These recipes are so beautiful as well as being full of nutrients, everyone can enjoy them!

July 5.  This is National Graham Cracker Day.  

Graham Crackers were invented in in the 19th century and were = created for and marketed to a vegetarian group called the Grahamites.  They were called Grahamites as they followed the preaching of Sylvester Graham, who believed in a vegetarian diet. (Wikipedia.)

 

 

July 6.  National Fried Chicken Day.  

Although this is National Chicken Day in the US.  There are fried chicken recipes everywhere you look.  Treat the family with a grandma's family heirloom recipe or try some of the many out there.  Here are 17 that look unbelievably delicious. Remember Corn on the Cob Day from July?  Add some corn on the cob for wonderful, traditional summer meal. This is a good time to get the kids involved and have them such the corn.  

July 7. This is National Chocolate Day.  

 The smell of chocolate increases theta brain waves, which triggers relaxation.  Did you know that white chocolate isn't really chocolate?  Eating dark chocolate every day reduces the risk of heart disease by one-third. For these and more chocolate fun facts visit Chocolate Fact Slides.  Did you know the Chocolate Chip cookie was an accident? Here it here and some more.    If you have the time and/or energy, get the family together and create a Chocolate Trivia game.  And remember to keep chocolate away from your pets.  It's just not good for them.

This is a simple and fun way for the family to work together to make a memorable dessert. Make chocolate bowls and serve ice cream and toppings for a great summer treat.

July 8.  Math 2.0 Day

 “On July 8 we celebrate the intersection of math and technology. It’s a growing overlap that includes every device in your pocket or bag.”  Summer is a wonderful time to explore the world around us and stem activities can be so much fun.  For the little ones pick from the activities here and for those a bit older there are some interesting things to do here.  Oobleck was always a fun one on our home.

July 9.  National Sugar Cookie Day. 

Did you know that snickerdoodles are sugar cookies?  They are!  To celebrate this day, you can view a very good video on making traditional sugar cookies or try some fun and unusual variations here.  

And for our Paleo followers try these out.  Paleo gluten free sugar cookies or find the sugar cookie among 25 delicious grain free cookies here.  

 

July 10.

 Take your pick between Pick Blueberries Day and Teddy Bear Picnic Day.  If you want to pick your own Blueberries, try this site.  once picked, you can freeze them for future use them in some of these fun-looking recipes or here or eat fresh from your hand…..   

Teddy Bear Picnics are great fun for the young ones.  Gather the Teddy Bears, dress them up a bit, put a tablecloth in the backyard and serve some cookies and other treats.  Look here for crafts, games and more on Teddy Bear for your picnic.

July 11.  Free Slurpee Day at 7-11.  

The Balance says that there will again be a free Slurpee day at 7 11 stores.  To find a store near you, use this link.  Seven things about Slurpees include that it was an accidental creation and that 7-Eleven customers consume about 14 million Slurpees a month on average; 19 countries serve them. 

 

July 12.  National Eat Your Jello Day. 

What more is there to say?

 

Printable-Thoreau

Now and then, a day points to a different time and a difference in expressing thoughts.  Simplicity Day is one of these days.  It was a day to celebrate the birthday of Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) who advised us to simplify our lives.  That desire to live simply is seen in present-day blogs, books, and magazines.  Thoreau can be difficult to read and understand as writing is from a different time, and the sentences are long and sometimes meandering- but it is a beautiful read.  As a family, do some research on Thoreau and compare his desire with simple living to the movement to simplify in today's society.  What can we do to simplify our own lives?  There is a book written to introduce children to this famous author, Henry David Thoreau for Kids.  I will be picking one up for each of my children. The 21 activities look extremely good! And it helps reconnect us to nature.  

June 13.  Nationaal French Fries Day.  

There are so many ways to make french fries.  Pioneer Woman has a great technique that my daughter uses with great success. Paleo Mom has a great take on this treat.  Paleo French Fries!

If you want to use the frozen fries from the grocery store, here are 50 ideas for using those frozen fries, including some international treats.   

June 14. Shark Awareness Day.  

Today is Shark Awareness Day so you can prepare for Discovery Channel's Shark Week which begins July 23. This video is on youtube and also on the Miami Zoo site.

From the Florida Museum of Natural History, we have six educational and fun activities, including a shark mobile, shark word search, coloring pages and more.  The Shark Research Institute has quite a few printable PDFs including mazes, shark facts, amazing shark facts and more.  It is worth a look.  Enjoy and be prepared for Shark Week!

And yes, there really is a National Tape Measure Day.  Originally, the tape measure was invented in England in 1829.  In 1868, Alvin Fellows added the locking mechanism. 

See you soon for some more family fun!

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