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Children's Activities for April
Kids are naturally excited about April since the days are getting longer and the weather is getting warmer. Suggested April activities for children including Easter, April Fool's Day, Passover, April Showers, and Earth Day are described. April can be full of activities that will be fun, safe and educational too.
Some suggested activities for April are:
• April Fool's Day is a good time to encourage your children to play jokes that are appropriate and kind. Think of silly but appropriate gags with your children. Gags that their family and friends will laugh about. Stress the importance of not making fun of anyone or hurting anyone's feelings when playing a joke on someone.
• April Showers Bring May Flowers. Everyone seems to like this saying. Talk with your children about rain and the water cycle. Develop a bar graph with your kids to graph rainy days and sunny days. Observe and discuss the weather each day of April, and color in the appropriate bar.
• Research Easter and Passover celebrations and customs on the internet with your kids. Also, read books about the holidays. Some recommended children's books to share with your kids are The Easter Story, Easter Bunny Are You For Real, All About Passover, and Josh Discovers Passover. Check the web and local newspapers for holiday activities in your town or city.
• Your kids will enjoy participating in an Easter Egg Hunt whether or not they celebrate Easter. Fill plastic eggs with small toys or wrapped candy. Hide the eggs around the house for your children to find.
• Children enjoy a Passover Treasure Hunt. Hide the Afikomen somewhere in the house. On index cards, write a series of clues from the dining room table to where the Afikomen is hidden. The children take turns reading each clue.
• April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Discuss the importance of staying safe and stranger danger with your child. Keep open lines of communication with your child so you may be aware of any perceived threat to your child. Children may be exposed to danger from friends or relatives, drugs, bullies, or other sources. Have your child photographed periodically and fingerprinted. Local police and other agencies may provide this service.
• Plan and create a rock garden for Earth Day. Rocks can look very interesting but including a few plants with the rocks is even more attractive. Research hardy plants that are native to your geographic area and grow naturally near rocks.
We hope you have an active and adventurous April with your children. A quote by Louise Hart says it all. "The best thing to spend on your child is time."