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  OCTOBER CRAFTS
Note: Grade levels are given as a guideline only. Many lessons are adaptable.

OCTOBER CALENDAR
A printable calendar with space for adding a photograph or drawing.


OCTOBER 1

Homemade Cookies Day
Try this: ► Cookie Recipes

World Vegetarian Day
Try this: ► Inside Outside Drawings of Vegetables
Try this: ► Fruit and Vegetable Portraits
Try this: ► Decorative Vegetables
Try this: ► Fruit and Vegetable Prints

Henry Ford introduced the Model T on this day in 1908

OCTOBER 2

Name Your Car Day

National Poetry Day
Try this: ► Poetry Pebbles
Try this: ► Magnetic Poetry

Peanuts Comic Strip First Published in 1950
Try this: ► Make Charlie Brown Inspired Recipes

World Farm Animals Day
Try this: ► Farm Coloring Pages/Printables
Try this: ► Animal Masks

OCTOBER 3

Author James Herriot's Birthday, 1916

Look at the Leaves Day
Try this: ► Build a Tree Leaf by Leaf
Try this: ► Crayon Resist Fall Leaves
Try this: ► Fall Leaf Watercolors
Try this: ► Leaf People
Try this: ► Fall Leaves T-Shirt
Try this: ► Leaves Coloring Pages

OCTOBER 4

Golf Day

Sputnik orbited the Earth on this day in 1957
Try this: ► Make a cosmic mobile
Try this: ► Buy Downloadable Coloring Pages (including an astronaut!)

Frugal Fun Day
Try this: ► Make art using recycled items!

World Cardmaking Day
Try this: ► Make Note Cards
Try this: ► Make Crackle Cards
Try this: ► Make a card for mom
Try this: ► Make a card for dad

OCTOBER 5

World Teacher Day

Ray Kroc's Birthday (Founder of McDonalds)

OCTOBER 6

American Library Association Founded in 1876

Child Health Day

OCTOBER 7

The rose became the US National flower on this day in 1986
Try this: ► Create a crafty rose!

OCTOBER 9

Moldy Cheese Day
Try this: ► Make a Cheese Ball

Lief Ericson discovered America on this day in the year 1000

OCTOBER 10

World Egg Day
Try this: ► Dinosaur Eggs
Try this: ► Egg Carton Caterpillar
Try this: ► Egg Cup Flowers
Try this: ► Find lots of egg crafts in our Easter section

OCTOBER 11

Eleanor Roosevelt's Birthday, 1884

OCTOBER 12

Farmer's Day
Try this: ► Sunflower Drawings
Try this: ► Farm Coloring Pages/Printables

OCTOBER 13

Columbus Day (US)

Thanksgiving Day (Canada)
Try this: ► Thanksgiving Day Activities

Indigenous People's Day
Try this: ► Make a Dreamcatcher
Try this: ► Inuit Soap Carving
Try this: ► Norval Morrisseau
Try this: ► Drawing Totems with Glue
Try this: ► Sand Painting

OCTOBER 14

President Dwight D. Eisenhower's birthday, 1890

Grover's (Sesame Street) Birthday

OCTOBER 15

Dessert Day
Try this: ► Yummy Recipes
Try this: ► Make a dessert out of clay!
Try this: ► Paint a dessert!

Grouch Day

Fossil Day
Try this: ► Fossil Fantastic

US Department of Transportation established on this day in 1966
Try this: ► Transportation Activities

OCTOBER 16

Dictionary Day

World Food Day
Try this: ►Make a Healthy Food Chart (preschool)
Try this: ► Make Mini Meals

OCTOBER 17

Black Poetry Day

Pasta Day
Try this: ► Pasta Picture Frames
Try this: ► Spaghetti Skeleton
Try this: ► Twig and Pasta Name Plate

OCTOBER 18

Chocolate Cupcake Day

OCTOBER 19

Star Spangled Banner Day
Try this: ► Color the US Flag

Thomas Edison demonstrated the electric light on this day in 1879.

OCTOBER 20

Monster Mash Day
Try this: ► Shoe Rubbing Monsters
Try this: ► Name Monsters
Try this: ► Monster in my Closet
Try this: ► Monster Painting

OCTOBER 21

Alfred Nobel's Birthday, 1833

Reptile Day
Try this: ► Make a Snake using recycled materials

Counting Buttons Day
Try this: ► Make a Button Banner
Try this: ► Waste Not Picture Frame

OCTOBER 22

Nut Day
Try this: ► Make Peanut Butter

OCTOBER 23

Canned Food Day
Try this: ► Make a sculpture out of a recycled food can
Try this: ► Make telephones out of recycled food cans

Soccer Player Pele's Birthday, 1940

OCTOBER 24

Bologna Day

United Nations Day
Try this: ► Visit the United Nations (external link)

OCTOBER 25

Denim Day

Pablo Picasso's Birthday, 1881
Try this: ► View a painting by Picasso

International Artist Day
Try this: ► Art History and Art Appreciation

OCTOBER 26

The Erie Canal was opened on this day in 1825

Mother-in-Law's Day

OCTOBER 27

President Teddy Roosevelt's Birthday, 1858

OCTOBER 28

Statue of Liberty Day

Stuffy Animal Lovers Day
Try this: ► Do a contour drawing of a stuffy animal

OCTOBER 29

Stock Market Crash, 1929

National Cat Day
Try this: ► Make a paper plate cat
Try this: ► Dog and cat coloring page
Try this: ► Handprint Cat

OCTOBER 30

Candy Corn Day
Try this: ► Faux stained glass candy corn art lesson

Author Emily Post's Birthday, 1873

OCTOBER 31

Halloween
Halloween is a holiday celebrated on the night of October 31. Common Halloween activities include trick-or-treating, ghost tours, bonfires, costume parties, visiting "haunted houses", carving Jack-o'-lanterns, reading scary stories and watching horror movies. Irish immigrants carried versions of the tradition to North America in the nineteenth century. Other western countries embraced the holiday in the late twentieth century. Halloween is celebrated in several countries of the Western world, most commonly in Ireland (where it originated), the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and occasionally in parts of Australia. Source: wikipedia

HALLOWEEN CRAFTS
Over 135 different Halloween ideas including costumes, treats, crafts and 100 things to do with a pumpkin! Also, find out how you can download Halloween coloring pages. [read more]



CELEBRATE ALL MONTH


OCTOBER is...

Adopt a Shelter Animal Month

AIDS Awareness Month

American Cheese Month

Apple Month
Try this: ► An Apple for the Teacher
Try this: ► Make apple cinnamon dough

Bat Appreciation Month
Try this: ►Bottle Bats
Try this: ►Bat Mask

Book Month

Cookie Month

Clock Month

Computer Learning Month
Cool Products: ► , Computer Activities Across the Curriculum , Computer Activities A-Z

Dessert Month
Try this: ► Yummy Recipes
Try this: ► Make a dessert out of clay!
Try this: ► Paint a dessert!

Family History Month

Pizza Month
Try this: ► Shape Collage Pizzas
Try this: ► Pizza Garden
Try this: ► Make Piglet's Pizzazzy Pizza

Popcorn Popping Month
Try this: ► Make Popcorn Balls

Roller Skating Month

Polish American History Month

Stamp Collecting Month

The 1st MONDAY of OCTOBER Is...

Child Health Day

The 2nd MONDAY of OCTOBER Is...

Columbus Day

Thanksgiving Day in Canada
Try this: ► Thanksgiving Day Crafts, Recipes and Lessons

The 3rd SUNDAY of OCTOBER...

Mother-In-Law's Day

The 3rd WEEK of OCTOBER...

Fire Prevention Week
Try this: ► Fire Safety - Preschool
Try this: ► Stop Drop and Roll - Preschool
Try this: ► Check Smoke Detectors - Coloring Page

RECOMMENDED BOOKS

Kids Celebrate
by Maria Bonfanti Esche, Clare Bonfanti Braham
Skipping the typical green shamrocks and orange paper pumpkins, here are 100 days to remember with 200 related activities for children and grownups.

Kids Holiday Fun
by Penny Warner, Kathy Rogers
This year-round guide provides fresh new ideas, month by month, for holiday activities the whole family can enjoy together. Ideal for busy parents, the guide organizes every holiday clearly, with detailed "what-you-need" lists and time guidelines for each activity.


You Might Be Interested In:

October Daily Journal Writing Prompts

October Daily Journal Writing Prompts

Give young writers plenty of practice with Daily Journal Writing Prompts. These valuable resources include ready-to-use journal starters, along with special holiday topics for each month. Word banks are provided to help introduce seasonal vocabulary, and topical prompts give students plenty of writing practice throughout the month.
Available as a book or an e-book!


You might also be interested in:

Reading, Language & Math Activities: Fall
These quick and easy-to-implement seasonal activities provide students with fun-filled learning experiences. The activities are related to a variety of fall themes and holidays such as school, apples, Halloween, and Thanksgiving. Reading and language activities include writing prompts, letter matches, alphabetical order, sentence building, and comprehension stories. Math activities include apple fractions, reading a school tools graph, and a pumpkin sort.
Available as a book or an e-book!

Autumn Leaves Stickers
120 Self-Adhesive stickers per pack. Each sticker is approximately 1 inch square. Teacher Created Resources stickers are acid-free.

A Poem in My Pocket: Fall
Poetry + pocket charts = lively literacy lessons! Each A Poem in My Pocket book features five original seasonal poems. For each poem, the book provides an illustrated poem page, word and picture cards for use in pocket charts, mini books, a student illustration page, and other literacy activities. Fall themes include: Teddy Bears, Leaves, Pumpkins, Squirrels and Nuts, and Apples.
Available as a book or an e-book!