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A free preschool activity calendar for January! Celebrate holidays and special days with books, printables, and hands-on activities for little ones.
Can you believe a brand new year is just a few days away? I can’t, either! With the beginning of January comes the start of a brand new series here on the blog. This year, I will be creating an activity calendar designed specifically for your toddlers and preschoolers.
Each month, the activities will feature seasonal activities as well as fun learning opportunities. I’ll also highlight monthly obscure (and not so obscure) holidays for you to celebrate with your little ones.
Preschool Activity Calendar: January
To start, print out the calendar. Tape it to your refrigerator, or hang it up in the playroom. Then, each day, check the calendar for a new activity. If there is no activity listed, let your child choose a fun activity to do.
Here are some links and ideas to help you complete the activities on January’s preschool activity calendar:
January 5: National Bird Day ~ This past summer, I created a bird unit study that would be perfect to explore on this day. Explore the hands-on activities, choose a book from the list, and be sure to print out the printable I created.
January 10: Snowflake Tortillas ~ Kids will have a blast turning ordinary tortillas into edible snowflakes!
January 15: National Hat Day ~ Today is the perfect day to read Caps for Sale to your preschoolers while you both wear your favorite hats!
January 16: Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday ~ Introduce your preschooler to Martin Luther King, Jr. with a beginner biography.
January 18: A. A. Milne’s Birthday ~ Celebrate A. A. Milne’s birthday by watching and reading books about Winnie the Pooh and his friends!
January 20: Penguin Awareness Day ~ There’s a lot of fun to had today as you celebrate Penguin Awareness Day. Read books about penguins. Set up some fun penguin crafts and activities. Encourage your little ones to waddle and slide like penguins.
January 21: Squirrel Appreciation Day ~ Have your tots and preschoolers gather their belongings like little squirrels. Can they munch on nuts today? Fill your book basket with books about squirrels.
January 29: Make bird seed ornaments for your backyard friends. Here are several different kinds of bird feeders you and the kids can make.
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Enhance your monthly activities with these books:
Fill your book basket with a great collection of preschool picture books. Most of these books can be found at your local library or used bookstore.
If you have a hard time finding them, you can order them through my Amazon affiliate links by clicking the images below.
• My Nest is Best – Mr. Bird thinks his nest is the best in the world—until Mrs. Bird tells him it’s all wrong.
• Caps for Sale – This tale of a peddler and a band of mischievous monkeys is filled with warmth, humor, and simplicity and also teaches children about problem and resolution.
• My First Biography: Martin Luther King, Jr. – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a great man. His words changed the way people thought, and his actions spurred them on to change the world.
Add these learning tools to your activities this month:
• Backyard Birds TOOB – This awesome TOOB contains handfuls of 7 different familiar birds, including woodpeckers, indigo buntings, robins, orioles, warblers, cardinals, and blue jays.
• Penguin TOOB – Penguins live all over the world (not just in the arctic), but all penguins are flightless birds that spend most of their life in the sea. This TOOB features some of the best known penguins in different poses and stages in life.
• Arctic Fun Penguin Chasing Fun – 3 Jolly Penguins climb the stairs and joyfully slide down the slope. Mesmerizing fun!!!
• Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game – Your forest pals are hungry and need your help. Help them find their acorns in this fun and addictive toddler board game designed to teach young children about colors. Easy to understand and play—no reading required. Easy set up and clean up; box doubles as storage.
• Melissa & Doug Penguin Stacker – This 7-piece wooden stacker is a great way to help little ones build fine motor skills as they stack the pieces to build a penguin.