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  • Eileen Mayo

I don’t know about you, but with school closed down where we are, and everyone stuck inside, days seem to blur together.

It’s hard to tell what day of the week it is sometimes. So, with that in mind, I thought it would be fun to make a calendar. You can download this hand-drawn small calendar template or make your own any size.


Once you have your calendar outline, draw in the numbers on your calendar. April starts on a Wednesday so start your number in the upper right corner of your top row Wednesday. Keep numbering your squares in order until you get to 30. There are 30 days in April. You can mount your calendar on colorful paper or leave it plain – your choice.


Next comes the fun part. We get to fill in some dates. Here are some fun things to put on your calendar:


* April 1st is April Fool’s Day. (We have a fun April Fool's Day craft for that in the Spring Craft’s Section)

* Fill in any of your friends or family’s birthdays. Then when it’s their birthday, you can make them a card or call them and sing them happy birthday.

* Every Wednesday on my YouTube Channel: Kidfunideas, I will be having Story Time and reading from one of my favorites off the bookshelf. You can write that in as a reminder.

* If you celebrate Easter or Passover – you can add that date in too.

* Next fill in some housekeeping things that you can do each week. For us we wash clothes on Monday and empty the trash cans on Tuesday. It can be anything you do on a regular basis.

* If you have classes online you can fill in those times.

* Do you watch a fun show on T.V. each week? We watch Survivor and some Food Network shows. You can put those on your calendar.


You can add anything you like to your calendar. Here are some fun ideas:


· Schedule a picnic in your backyard or living room.

· Have a fancy tea party.

· Plan a date to do a virtual dance party with your buddies over Skype or Zoom.

· Have a game night with your family

· Schedule a fun food night like – Taco Tuesday, No meat Monday, Favorite Dessert Friday.

· Plan a Movie night. Make the whole room dark like a theater, pop some popcorn, maybe have some special treats and watch or rent a favorite movie.


Once you have your calendar filled in, post it somewhere you can check it every day. You can hang it in your room or tape it to your refrigerator. Once the day is past, you can put a sticker over the calendar square so you can keep track of what day it is.

Making a calendar is a fun activity. It gives you something to look forward to, and that can make all the difference!

Eileen

  • Eileen Mayo

Hi everybody!



Here’s a fun #kid #activity you can play just about anywhere, whether you are #stuckinside or on a camping trip. All you need is your imagination. This is called Story Maker.

You can play with a big group or as little as 2 players. They can be live or you can Facetime or Skype on your phone. This is a way to tell a story as a group. I think it’s fun because you have all different personalities chiming in with all different ideas.

Here is how to play:

1. Choose one person to start the story. Whatever the first letter of their name is, they will come up with a character name and, what that character is. For example, if your name is Paul, your character could be a Penguin named Penny or a Policeman named Officer Percy or a superhero named The Purple Prune.

2. Next, pass the story to the next person. That person continues the story and comes up with something the character wants that starts with the letter of the character’s name. For Example: Penny Penguin wants more than anything to be a Pirate in search of priceless jewels or, Penny Penguin has always wanted to be a princess, or Penny Penguin has always wanted to be the world’s best pizza maker.

3. The story passes to the next person, and they decide what your character will do to make their dreams come true. For example: So, Penny Penguin set off one day kissing her Mom and Dad goodbye and joins a crew of Pirate Penguins. Or, So, Penny Penguin decided to enroll in Princess school so she could become a princess.

4. The story passes on until you have made up the entire thing. Your group can make up all the parts of the story, or, can choose an idea slip from the list below. If you really like your story, you can write it down and come up with illustrations to go with it. The point is to have fun and use your imagination to create something.


Happy Writing!


Storytelling idea prompts:


1) Just then…a new character enters and wants

2) Just then…your character gets a hole in something important

3) Just then…your character discovers…

4) Just then…your character meets someone really good or really bad

5) Suddenly your character discovers…..

6) Your character arrives at…

7) Your character decides to…..

8) Secretly someone is watching your character and wants…

9) All at once, your character is covered in …

10) Suddenly, your character trips and falls into…

11) Just when things were looking good/bad, this happens…..

12) A new character throws something purple at your character

13) Your character discovers something surprising….

14) Your character is chased by a bunch of…

15) Oh no! Is this the end of our characters??

16) Your story ends. Did your character get what she hoped for?

  • Eileen Mayo @Kidfunideas

SNOT MAGIC

The Witch who lived on Potion Lane was decorating for a Halloween party.

“I hope it’s spooky enough,” she fretted to her Spider Melvin.

Melvin crouched on the bannister frowning.

He had a cold and couldn’t go out to trick or treat.

His nose felt twitchy. When he sneezed, cobwebs shot out his nose.

He sneezed in the kitchen and the hallway. He sneezed all over the house – “Achoo! Achoo! Achoo!”

He covered the whole place in green slimy spider snot.

“Great decorations. How did you get so many spiderwebs?” asked Vampire.

The Witch winked at Melvin, “It’s snot magic!”


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