July 2021 - Ideas for Every Day
July looms leaders. I imagine you’re knee-deep into summertime activities. Does anyone else feel like the summer is their busiest time of the year too?
To aid you in your summertime activities, we’ve fashioned a calendar with ideas for every day. We've paired daily holidays with learning and family activities to help you find the JOY in every day. To use it:
- Glance it over,
- Click the links that interest you,
- Let the learning begin!
- Jump to last year’s line-up (with details for every day).
- Get a BLANK July 2021 calendar with (see pictures below)
- Or keep reading to learn more about Our Top 5 Picks.
|Get your BLANK July 2021 calendar featuring this Bible verse.|
Our Favorite Five July 2021 Activities
1. U.S. Postage Stamp Day – Thursday, July 1, 2021
U.S. Postage Stamp Day is an easy choice for me because my father collects postage stamps. Furthermore, they are tiny, vibrant pictures that tell stories of our history.
With learners of all ages:
- Explore U.S. Postage Stamps on the USPS Pinterest page.
- Choose favorites and explain what makes it so.
- Discuss design ideas for individually created stamps.
- Draw and color designs using Layers of Learning’s template.
- Use stamps in learning with lesson plans from stamps.org. We’d choose the following for each grade level band:
- Preschool to Kindergarten: Soaking Stamps – A science experiment.
- First and Second Grade: Stamp Story – A fill-in-the-blank writing activity.
- Third, Fourth, and Fifth Grades: Famous Monument Report – Research skill development.
- Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grades: Wild about the Wetlands – Understanding ecosystems.
- Make a mini stamp collection book by drawing or sticking favorite stamps in this mini book (from Instructables). Caption each page with details about it.
And now, I leave you with a riddle: “What travels all over the world but never leaves the corner?” Answer in the comments.
2. Independence Day – Sunday, July 4, 2021
Each Independence Day we gather, have a barbeque, and watch fireworks. Sometimes, we travel to my parents' house and sometimes we stay at home. This year, one of my brothers crafted a timed firework launcher. I cannot wait to hear how it works out for him. As far as food is concerned, I typically try to feature at least one dish showcasing red, white, and blue. A personal favorite: strawberries and blueberries with white chocolate pretzels. What about you? If you are looking to spruce up your festivities this fourth, consider some of the following ideas:
- Play Balloon Darts with the help of Giggles Galore. A patriotic yard game with a POP.
- Make a Ribbon Wand with Alice and Lois. A great long-lasting alternative to sparklers.
- Cook All-American Food with ideas from Delish. A few we’re keeping our eye on:
Every Fourth of July reminds me what it means to be an American, fills me with pride in our country, and encourages me to endeavor to connect more with my fellow Americans. What about you? What emotions does Fourth of July bring forth for you?
3. Give Something Away Day – Thursday, July 15, 2021
We really are blessed. Look around, take in just how much you do have, and count your blessings. Now, choose something you know someone else needs but you could do without, and give it away. Encourage everyone in your house to do the same thing.
4. Gorgeous Grandma Day – Friday, July 23, 2021
I love this idea of Gorgeous Grandma Day. It seems like people in general and women specifically are rated on their outward appearance. The reality is: there is beauty in all of us, if you take the time to see it. Remind a Gorgeous Grandma in your life just how beautiful she is when you:
- Dress like her and have a fashion show. Discover costume ideas from Coolest Homemade Costumes.
- Draw her portrait. Get a simplistic and cartoonish how-to at How-to-Draw Funny Cartoons.
- Brag about her talent. Find inspiration in What Can Your Grandma Do? By Anne Sawan (review at Celebrate Picture Books – scroll to the bottom for another activity idea).
- Write her a letter. Use this Scholastic template or write it your own way.
If we were brag about our Gorgeous Grandmas’ talents, the Mr. would describe her tenacity, while the Mrs. would honor her creativity. What talent does your Gorgeous Grandma have? Give your Gorgeous Grandma a shoutout in the comments below.
5. Waterpark Day – Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Waterparks were the paradise of summer when I was a kid. What about you? Your littles? Do they love waterparks too? While waterparks are fun, the reality is, they are EXPENSIVE. So, instead of shelling out the money today, have waterpark fun in a different kind of way.
- Research waterparks.
- Design your own waterslide with Green Kid Crafts.
- Transform your backyard into a waterpark with Bob Vila.
Before You Go, We’d Love to Know:
- Using one word, describe your ideal Fourth of July.
- What’s one summertime activity you look forward to every year?
We hope your summer is off to a great start and that these ideas inspire you to find even more JOY in every day. May sunshine fill your heart as it also fills the sky.
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July 2020 - Week One
- U.S. Postage Stamp Day (7.1.2021)
- I Forgot Day (7.2.2021)
- Compliment Your Mirror Day (7.3.2021)
- Independence Day (7.4.2021)
July 2020 – Week Two
- Apple Turnover Day (7.5.2021)
- International Kissing Day (7.6.2021)
- Macaroni Day (7.7.2021)
- Freezer Pop Day (7.8.2021)
- Call of the Horizon Day (7.9.2021)
- Kitten Day (7.10.2021)
- Blueberry Muffin Day (7.11.2021)
July 2020 – Week Three
- Simplicity Day (7.12.2021)
- International Town Crier Day (7.12.2021)
- Cow Appreciation Day (7.13.2021)
- Give Something Away Day (7.15.2021)
- World Snake Day (7.16.2021)
- World Emoji Day (7.17.2021)
- World Listening Day (7.18.2021)
July 2020 – Week Four
- Ice Cream Day (7.18.2021)
- Moon Day (7.20.2021)
- Junk Food Day (7.21.2021)
- Hammock Day (7.22.2021)
- Gorgeous Grandma Day (7.23.2021)
- Amelia Earhart Day (7.24.2021)
- Merry-Go-Round Day (7.25.2021)
July 2020 – Week Five
- Aunt & Uncle’s Day (7.26.2021)
- Bagpipe Appreciation Day (7.27.2021)
- Waterpark Day (7.28.2021)
- Rain Day (7.29.2021)
- International Day of Friendship (7.30.2021)
- World Ranger Day (7.31.2021)