April - An Idea for Every Day - Week Five

The final week of April is upon us.   In this week's edition of, "An Idea for Every Day," we'll feature ideas for Sunday, April 26th to Saturday, May 2nd.  If you'd like to look at previous weeks in April, check out the posts below:

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If you want even more ideas for every day, check out our boards on Pinterest (April or May).

If you're starting your May planning, here's the link to the May Idea for Every Day Calendar.  

And now, for your planning pleasure, let's look through these ideas for every day from Sunday, April 26th to Saturday, May 2nd.

Sunday, April 26th - National Pretzel Day

April 26, 2020 is a day to delight in pretzel joy.
Pretzels.  Yum.  I don't know if it's because it's right before lunch and my stomach is rumbling, or it's because of this picture, but I could really go for a warm, soft pretzel right now.  What's your pretzel preference?  Do you prefer soft or hard pretzels?  

Pretzels are very popular at our house, mostly the warm, soft variety.  The Mr. prefers them dipped in cheese, our nephew likes them extra salty, and our brother and the Mrs. will eat them any way you hand them to us.  We also like the hard pretzels filled with peanut butter, or broken up in chocolate.  Perhaps writing about pretzels right now was not the best idea.  I really want one!  

Maybe I'll have to try out this recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction.  Most ingredients you'll likely have on hand; the only one I'd question is the yeast.  Here's what you'll need: water, yeast, salt, brown sugar, unsalted butter, all-purpose flour, coarse sea salt and baking soda.  And if it's your first time making pretzels, not only does Sally provide you with detailed step-by-step pictures and instructions (including a shaping guide) but also there's a video!  So, whether you prefer reading instructions or watching them, she has you covered so that you can focus on what you'll cover your pretzel with: salt or cinnamon sugar.  Yum!  Either one for me.  Maybe one of each...  

Okay, I'm going to go eat lunch now.  

If you do decide to try out this recipe, won't you come back and let us know!  We'd love to compare notes.

Monday, April 27th - National Tell a Story Day

April 27, 2020, provides us with opportunity to share and develop our storytelling skills.

Now that I'm not thinking about pretzels anymore, I am now free to focus on Tell a Story Day.  We have a child in our house who is a natural storyteller.  Perhaps you have one too.  Sometimes he weaves a story so detailed its hard to tell were the truth ends and the tale begins.  Regardless, with any skill, refinement opportunities always exist.  To refine the storytelling in your house (or class) visit Happy Hooligans, Khan Academy or Mensa for Kids.  We'll describe each now so you can choose the one that's right for you and your learner.

With Happy Hooligans you'll craft story stones then learn the process of using the stones to tell stories.  It ends up working kind of like a popcorn story, but using the pictures on the story stones as your guide.

Khan Academy enlisted the help of Pixar animators to teach us how to be storytellers.  Through a series of videos, starting with an introduction and ending in advice, your storytellers are sure to benefit from gurus who story tell for a living.

A third option is to head over to Mensa for Kids where you'll learn the art of storytelling.  These lessons prepare your learners to do more than just read words off a page.  You'll practice reading with various emotions, as different people, and in diverse environments while moving to animate.  Mensa will even have your learners mapping out their storytelling plans and gathering props to add to the event.  Before they perform though, they'll need to practice (at least three times).

We're envisioning YouTube stories told by your learners in the near future and we cannot wait to see them!  Please, drop us a link when they do!!

Tuesday, April 28th - National Superhero Day

April 28, 2020 - the day your learner discovers personal superpowers!
We already know you see your learners as superheroes - but do they?  Today's the day to inspire them to see the superhero you already see inside.

Creative Kindergarten engages your learners in precisely this activity - naming their unique superpowers.  To begin you'll showcase yourself as a superhero, next you'll work together to create one, and finally they will have the opportunity to portray themselves as a superhero showcasing their unique set of superpowers.

Creative Educator takes you a step farther with I.D. badge creation.  I mean, come on, how else will your superhero get access to the secret superhero lair?  Before they create their badge, they need to carefully consider superhero powers, weaknesses, physical descriptions and hometown origin.  They'll get peer feedback before their final copy and then are free to share their superhero with the world.

Perhaps your learner's superhero is ready for a book of it's own.  If so, then you need to walk down the halls of Doodle Academy.  Doodle Academy walks you through the process of superhero image creation and comic book design while mindfully crafting a superhero backstory.

They're ready, you're ready, it's time your superhero soars!

Wednesday, April 29th - National Zipper Day

April 29, 2020, zip up some learning by developing fine motor skills, engineering understanding or creative writing.
Zippers are fun!  They are easier to learn to use than many other closures, create secure seals and enhance the function of clothes, furniture, purses and more!  On zipper day, seize the opportunity to develop fine motor skills by making a zipper board with Learning 4 Kids, engineer understanding of pushes, pulls, wedges and inclines with Design Squad and write creatively by explaining a zipper to an extraterrestrial life form.  With these creative ideas, we're thinking this day is sure to just zip on by.

Thursday, April 30th - National Honesty Day

While every day is a good day to talk about honesty, make the extra effort on April 30, 2020.
Honesty is a trait we're working on teaching to the learners in our lives.  What about you?  Is this a trait that comes easily to your learner(s), or one you need to spend more time intentionally teaching?  If you could spend time teaching honesty, we've rounded up some promising activities for you.

First, head on over to Rockin' Resources for a robust list of honesty teaching ideas.  There's a list of ideas on how to approach the topic of honesty, an "Examples of Honesty" printout, a mentor text list, songs and activities. Of the books mentioned, we found the following YouTube read alouds for your convenience:


In Snakes and Ladders at Teacher Planet, students will design a set of 'integrity questions' to use in an honesty-driven version of Snakes and Ladders.  When players land on a 'snake' or 'ladder' square, they'll have to answer an integrity question; the answer to the question determines their next course of action in the game.  Here is a printable version of snakes and ladders (from Printable Board Games) should you require it.

Here's to honestly hoping these activities promote more honesty.

Friday, May 1st - May Day

On May 1, 2020, engage your learners in May Day traditions.
As children on May Day, my brother and I would go around the neighborhood distributing dandelions in our neighbors' mailboxes.  Never did the thought occur to us that our neighbors might negatively react to a weed in their mailbox; we thought we were spreading kindness.  Reflecting on this memory as an adult, I think I would have just brushed the dandelion out and not given it a second thought.  What might you do?

Perhaps you can teach your learner(s) more positive ways to celebrate May Day - like crafting a flower basket, for instance.  DLTK provides step-by-step instructions for crafting a flower basket using a paper plate, hand prints, your printer, crayons, scissors, glue and paint.  Gift completed projects to a neighbor or friend to pass along flowers this May Day.

If you'd like to dig deeper into May Day traditions than simply the passing along of flowers, we urge you to visit Thought Co.  With the help of Janelle Cox at Thought Co, you and your learner might find yourselves dancing around a maypole while singing the traditional song.  Or, perhaps you'll play ding-dong-ditch at a friend's house, leaving in your wake a self-crafted May Basket full of candy and flowers.  After which, you'll engage in a hula hoop decorating contest followed by testing out those hoops, of course.  You'll wind down the day with a story and writing to reflect on all of the festivities.  Find Rainbow Tulip by Pat Mora at Open Library for precisely this occasion.

A final activity, for your consideration, is creating and playing a game of Nine Men Morris.  According to How Stuff Works, Nine Men Morris is a May Day Tradition.   How Stuff Works walks you through both how to design your own game board and how to play it.  Alternatively, you could print out this game board from History is Fun by Anna's Adventures.

Whichever option you choose, I'm positive any of them would result in a more positive response than a wilted dandelion in a mailbox.

Saturday, May 2nd - National Truffle Day

On May 2, 2020, make sure to indulge in a truffle.
Unintentionally, we begin and end this week with food.  And once again, I'm finding myself longing for a truffle.  Whether you buy it, or make it, a truffle is definitely a trifle of enjoyment.  Choose your truffle of preference: the traditional chocolate (King Arthur Flour) or a unique variation (The Spruce Eats).  At least we're ending on a sweet note.

Before You Go

We'd love to know:
  1. Which of these days most intrigues you?
  2. What other activities would you pair with these days?
We'll be back next week, leaders, serving you up more activities for every day.  

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Comments

  1. My favourite day out of these would be pretzel day! It wasn't until I visited Vienna that I had those big soft pretzels, I just can't seem to find them in my own country (only the hard pretzel sticks), and I fell totally in love with them. Thanks for the recipe, maybe if I find time I can try making them myself.
    I also love this post and all the ideas for each day, so many fun ones. Thank you.

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    1. Oh how your comment warms my heart, Mehsi! While I'm sad that you can't find soft pretzels where you live, it encourages me that you might try your hand at making them. I'd love to hear how it went if you did. Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to leave your kind remarks. It means the world to us!

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