Unique January Holidays and Fun Ways to Celebrate Them

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January can usher in cabin fever with its often cold and monotonous days. Fight winter boredom by celebrating these little-known, quirky January holidays.

Show and Tell Day at Work (January 8) – Since our homeschools are our workplaces, why not have fun with a show and tell day? Asking your kids to put together a presentation of what they’ve learned this year can be an excellent way to review.

You can also encourage your kids to show and tell something that showcases their creativity – such as an art project, photographs, or LEGO creation – or something they’re excited about, such as a favorite Christmas gift.

Hosting a show and tell is a practical, low-key opportunity to practice public speaking skills in a relaxed setting.

National Static Electricity Day (January 9) – Static electricity is a static charge usually produced by friction. It’s what makes your socks cling together when you take them out of the dryer or, in extreme instances, what cause that blue flash when your sheets rub together in the winter. It’s also a fun science topic for kids.

Why not celebrate National Static Electricity Day by learning more about the phenomenon or doing some simple experiments, such as rubbing a balloon on your head or arm to make your hair stand on end? You can also learn how to:

International Kite Day (January 14) – For most of us, the weather in January won’t be conducive to flying a kite, but you can have fun learning about the history of kites, reading books about kites, or building a kite to save for better kite-flying weather.

You can also investigate the role kites played in Benjamin Franklin’s discoveries about electricity, which may tie in nicely with what you learned on National Static Electricity Day.

Organize Your Home Day (January 14) – January tends to be a month when people want to organize and clear out clutter. Take a day off from regular schoolwork to teach the life skills of cleaning and organizing by getting the kids involved in tidying up your homeschool room.

Clean up your work areas by tossing or recycling old, unnecessary papers and broken, unusable art supplies.

Organize bookshelves. Make a pile of library books and other borrowed items to return to their rightful owners.

Soup Swap Day (January 16) – Soup is my lunch of choice in the winter. Celebrate Soup Swap Day with a home ec course in the kitchen as you teach your kids to make a variety of soups. You can deliver the finished products to friends and neighbors or freeze in individual servings for a quick meal.

You might also want to organize a midday gathering with your local homeschool group in which each family brings a pot of soup to share. Everyone can try a variety of soups and enjoy some much-needed socialization time to combat the onset of cabin fever.

Kid Inventors’ Day (January 17) – Celebrate this unique January holiday by learning about your favorite inventors or discovering some popular kid inventors. Learn what it means to be an inventor and brainstorm inventions that your kids might like to make. Discuss the supplies necessary to create your invention. If it’s feasible, try building a model of your child’s proposed invention.

Opposite Day (January 25) – What a fun January holiday!

Celebrate this one by doing things like:

  • Wearing your clothes backwards
  • Having dessert for breakfast and breakfast for dinner
  • Letting your kids play teacher for the day while you take on the role of student (which is also an effective way to assess how much they’re learning)

Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day (January 25) – Who doesn’t love bubble wrap? Tie a fun day of bubble wrap art into your study of inventors from Kid Inventors’ Day by learning about the history of bubble wrap, which was originally intended to be a plastic wallpaper with paper backing. This packing (and popping) staple’s beginnings will be a great reminder for young inventors that failure isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

National Puzzle Day (January 29) – Finally, wrap up January with some puzzle-assembling fun on National Puzzle Day.

Complete puzzles with your kids or invite them to create their own by gluing an art creation to a pieces of cardboard and cutting it out into puzzle shapes.

Puzzles are a great way to promote family bonding. We used to leave a puzzle out on an unused table in our basement. Sometimes several of us would spend time working on it together. Other times, someone might work a small section alone as he or she had a few minutes. Once it was assembled, the entire family enjoyed the finished product to which we’d all contributed.

Have some fun family time this January as you and your family find unique ways to celebrate these little-known January holidays.