Kids Fun File © Paul & Wendy Potton 1995.
St David is the patron saint of Wales and this Welsh national day is on 1 March. The national emblems for Wales are the daffodil and the leek. The daffodil was possibly chosen because it’s name sounds like the Welsh for David (Dafydd).
I’m sure it was also because daffodils bloom in March and they’re such cheerful, flowers, they’re just the thing to gladden your heart after a cold, wet winter!
ST DAVID’S DAY
WORLD BOOK DAY
Schoolchildren all over the UK should be receiving their £1 World Book Day vouchers on 7 March. These need to be redeemed by 24 March, so don’t put them away and forget about them!
There are 8 amazing £1 books that have been published for World Book Day that you can buy outright with your token. They’re written by people like Shirley Hughes, Lauren Child, Anthony Horowitz, Tony Robinson and Cathy Cassidy, with a Horrid Henry book in there too, so there’s something for absolutely everyone.
The World Book Day website is packed with resources, author interviews, competitions, recommended books and games featuring well loved characters such as Winnie the Witch and the Gruffalo.
This year there will also be a World Book Day’s online festival, where famous authors will be explaining how to write and illustrate books. It’s not just for schools, mums can register to listen in at home, too.
Mothers’ Day is on 10 March this year and it’s your chance to show your mum how much you appreciate everything she does for you. You don't have to spend money to get a present, you could just do something kind for her today, pick her some flowers or make something special for her to keep. You could:
Make your own Mother’s Day card by drawing a picture of yourself and your mum together or sticking a photo of you both (with an adult’s permission) onto the front of a piece of folded card.
If you’d like something more professional looking,
has some nice clip art images like this one
that you can download for free and print on your card.
There are rhymes to give you
inspiration for the inside of your
This is one:
Sometimes you get discouraged
Because I am so small
And always leave dirty marks
On furniture and walls.
But every day I'm growing
I'll be grown up some day
And all those little dirty marks
Will all have gone away.
As I grow, I'll change a lot,
The years will fly right by.
You'll wonder how I grew so quick
When and where and why?
I may be still very small
But this I'd like to say
I love you very, very BIG
Happy Mother's Day!
There’s an unusual Mothers’ Day idea over at Martha Stewart’s
You can print off the template for this newspaper and personalise it by filling in the blanks with your own words, photos and drawings of your mum.
This is something that most mums would treasure!
March is when the flowers and buds open up again and when all the cute baby animals start appearing in the countryside. The photos above are of one of the baby lambs born at Seven Sisters Sheep Centre at East Dean and some baby bunnies that were also born there.
Spring Barn Farm near Lewes also has baby chicks, ducklings and baby lambs to see and feed:
These farm favourites can be found at Sharnfold Farm too, so March is a wonderful time to pay them all a visit. Sharnfold Farm even have cute baby piglets at various times of the year.
RED NOSE DAY
It’s time to “Do Something Funny for Money” again on 15 March .
You’ll find all the news and resources you could wish for on the Red Nose Day website. The ‘Fundraise ‘ page has masses of ideas, such as: hold a bake sale, do a challenge, dress up, sell stuff, hold a quiz or organise a talent show. There are so many helpful tools (including customisable posters, sponsorship forms, money box templates and stickers) - there is no excuse for not joining in!
There’s also a Fun & Games section for the kids with simple dinosaur games, an Ideas Generator and a Super Nose Creator.
ST PATRICK’S DAY
St Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland and Ireland’s national day is on 17 March.
St Patrick was captured by pirates when he was a boy and he was a slave for six years before he was able to escape. He trained as a missionary and went to Ireland to convert the Irish to Christianity. Ireland is famous for not having any snakes on the island and the Irish believe that it was St Patrick who drove them all away.
Irish fairy stories are full of leprechauns who are mischievous little green men who make shoes for the fairies, but who also love gold and bury pots of it at the end of rainbows.
You can try to trick a leprechaun into telling you where he has buried his gold. But if he offers to lead you there, you must never let him out of your sight or he will vanish into thin air! If you could ever find the end of the right rainbow you could dig a hole there and find a pot of gold - so the story goes.
One of my family’s favourite books was “Paddy's Pot of Gold”by Dick King Smith, who also wrote “Babe, the Sheep Pig”. I think it's out of print, but it's well worth getting out of the library if you can still find it. (Amazon also have second hand copies for 1p plus postage).
If you can't find this book, then you can always read or print out a story about leprechauns at Highlightkids.com
You can use a shamrock (or four leaf clover) as bait for a leprechaun trap because leprechauns love them. It's very good luck to find a four leaf clover (not just on St Patrick's Day!)
So, see if you can find one when you are in the garden, garden or school field. You’ll have to look very hard in the grass under you feet, as they’re quite tiny.
You can make the cutest wee leprechaun and a place to catch him with instructions from Disney's family crafts pages at Spoonful.com
Perhaps if you do trap a leprechaun he’ll tell you where his gold is buried!
They are very rare, so if you do find one,
keep it safe and it might bring you good luck.
They look like this:
It explains very simply how all colours can be mixed from the three primary colours.
You can print out the sheet in colour - or in black and white to colour in yourself.
If you'd like to find out how to make all the colours of the rainbow take a look at this Colour Wheel from Kidzone.ws
Around the 21 March, the sun will rise from the East and set twelve hours later due West, for this is one of only two days in the year when the day and night are exactly equal (‘equi’- equal; ‘nox’ - night). In Britain, this means that Springtime is here at last.
In pagan times, people used to celebrate by dressing up a young man and woman as the Green Man and Mother Nature. Nowadays, we mostly just do lots of spring cleaning and start to venture out into the garden again!
The arrival of Spring is one of the most obvious things to celebrate as it brings with it the promise of new life. Look around your garden and you’ll will see flowers starting to blossom and bloom. If you look very carefully you may spot some birds gathering twigs to build their nests.
The very kind people at The Woodland Trust have put together “100 activities for Spring”, which you can download for free. They include a Spring Play Booklet, a Woodland Log Book and many nature spotter sheets.
You don't have to go far, though, to celebrate Spring. Why not clear out all your old toys and make room for new things, or maybe go into the garden with mum and dad to help tidy up in preparation for some new flowers and plants. Maybe this year you could have a patch of your own where you could grow some fruit and vegetables?
FIRST DAY OF SPRING
The word “Easter” comes from Saxon times, when Eastre, the goddess of Spring was worshipped. Eastre's favourite animal was a hare and, of course, Springtime is when all the baby bunnies are born. Easter is a great time to celebrate the end of the winter, flowers are blooming, baby birds are tweeting in the trees and baby lambs are skipping in the fields. This is why we give each other eggs at Easter, as an egg is a symbol of new life.
Tiny tots can decorate eggs,
play matching games, magically colour eggs, go on an Easter egg hunt and read a story about Frogwart the Naughty Witch.
There are lots of simple Easter activities for pre-schoolers at the colourful and imaginative
This Australian site, Kidspot.com.au, has more ideas for Easter activities than you could ever need.
I particularly like their ideas for making last-minute Easter bonnets for a school parade, especially as some can be cobbled together the night before!
Martha Stewart never lets you down when it comes to seasonal crafts. Her website has 34 crafts and Easter games, with the crafts ranging from easy to fairly professional standard.
These clever little Easter egg chicks look pretty easy and terribly cute. You could make a whole family of them!
We should not forget that Easter is primarily a Christian celebration. If you’d like to explain this to small children in a way that they will find fascinating and uplifting, there is a beautiful short film at the CBeebies website about Jesus coming back to life. The story is told by a child whilst an artist illustrates it using sand which is back lit through glass. It’s incredibly clever and is less than 2 minutes long, which is perfect for those with tiny attention spans.
Last of all, don’t forget that British Summer Time begins on Easter Sunday, so you should ideally move your clocks forward one hour last thing on Saturday night.