July, when the “Dog Days” start, is a month full of celebrations in the US. Here’s a short list of the month-long celebrations:
- National Picnic Month
- National Hot Dog Month
- National Baked Bean Month
- National Blueberry Month
- National Ice Cream Month
- National Recreation Month
- Anti-Boredom Month
All of these celebrations are meant to help bring you and your family out of the air conditioning and away from the electronics to have fun and relieve the boredom that afflicts kids after only a few short weeks of summer vacation.
A great idea for breaking up the “dog days” doldrums: pack your picnic basket and go out to a local park. If it’s within easy reach, visit one of your state or national parks. If they’ve got grills available (be sure to check ahead), bring along some hot dogs for grilling. Don’t forget plenty of liquids.
Some holidays seem a bit silly so we’re celebrating this one in a toast to silliness.
From theultimateholidaysite.com: Socks are the trickiest part of any laundry day’ aside from folding fitted sheets. Socks have a tendency to lose their mates, resulting in a whole drawer full of sad singles. And it doesn’t matter how hard you try to keep track of them, one will always get sucked into the vortex that opens up at some point during the spin cycle. So today, as you look over all the solo socks you’ve been hanging on to for all these years, pay your respects to the ones you’ve loved and lost.
Things to do to celebrate and find a use for the single socks
Make sock puppets. We found some videos to get you started:
Do you have a dog? Lost Sock Memorial Day is a great day to take all of those mismatched socks in everyone’s drawers and create great new toys for your family dog.
Here’s a great idea for your child’s birthday party. Pick a movie, say the Lorax, buy light colored t-shirts at Walmart or somewhere similar (we got yellow ones for $3.49 ea). Get permanent markers for fabric (in the crafts section at Walmart–they have great colors each package is ~$8 and you get 4-5 markers), glitter glue, reads, and plastic gems are good too and cheap.
For my daughter’s birthday everyone wore the shirts to the movies so I could find all the girls in a crowd. Then afterwards we decorated them (a good 1 hour activity). And we made bracelets from beads and elastic cord too. The girls loved it and it is much better than sending home a load of trinkets and sugary foods as a goodie bag.
If you have an artist in the family you can draw some of the characters in the film (I drew the Lorax–I printed off a page from a website and used it as a guide and drew it freehand).
Here are some of the results.
A finished t-shirt with with beads and a drawing