There are so many fun days that happen in April, which is why these April stories for kids will quickly become your family’s favorite. From Peanut Butter and Jelly Day to International Jazz Day, you’ll see a variety of days that you can use to teach your kids math, reading, and more.
April Kids Activity Calendar
Each day below follows a April special day or topic. If you scroll to the bottom of the post you can download and print the free printable April stories for kids activity calendar. Then check out these April book recommendations from the library and take a peak at this post for fun, clever activities for families to do together! You’ll love this LOW PREP activity calendar!
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April Stories for Kids
What would you do to celebrate No Housework Day? What about National Cheeseball Day? These are just a few of the fun celebrations you’ll find in these April stories for kids. No matter what the celebration, you’ll find educational and hands-on crafts and activities to go with each book recommendations, as well as books and stories that will support their learning and fun.
April 1 – One Cent Day
Plan on having a ton of fun for One Cent Day! Get kids excited about cents by reading the Dr. Suess book, One Cent, Two Cents, Old Cent, New Cent. Since you’re learning about counting cents, break out this coin sorting mat and let your kids have fun sorting the different coins. After sorting cents, it’s time to make your very own one cent penny spinner! Challenge your kids to see how long their spinners can go without stopping. Then try this shiny penny science activity to get your coins all spruced up.
April 2 – Peanut Butter and Jelly Day
What better way to celebrate Peanut Butter and Jelly Day than with all things PB&J! Start by reading Peanut Butter and Jelly: A Play Rhyme to get in the PB&J mood. You can also get crafty with this puff paint peanut butter and jelly activity that kids will love. After all that PB&J work, your kids will most likely be hungry. Save this peanut butter and jelly edible slime recipe for last as your kids enjoy finishing with a tasty treat.
April 3 – Find a Rainbow Day
A rainbow is a beautiful thing that can happen on a rainy day. On Find a Rainbow Day, your kids will enjoy Chasing Rainbows with Dr. Seuss. After reading this book, head outside and see if you can spot a rainbow. If you can’t, don’t worry! You can make your own rainbow with this rainbow craft. You can also build your own with rainbow with fruit loops and this Free printable Rainbow Color Matching Activity or grow your own rainbow crystals for a little science fun on Find a Rainbow Day!
April 4 – Money Smart Week
April 4 falls in Money Smart Week, so get ready for some money fun! First, help your kids recognize the different coins with these color the coins money worksheets or money mini book. You can also give them a handful of coins for hands-on money learning with these free coin sorting and matching printables or play this Free Hungry Caterpillars Money Game. The Kids’ Money Book is a great way to finish learning about Money Smart Week. It teaches kids about important money topics such as investing, saving, donating and more.
April 5 – Deep Dish Pizza Day
What a tasty day! On Deep Dish Pizza Day, the only thing to do is to celebrate with all things PIZZA! Take a lunch trip to a local pizza place for lunch and fill up on some tasty deep dish pizza. Once your back home, start learning about pizza with the book The Deep Dish on Pizza. Keep the pizza fun going with this roll a pizza game or this fun pizza counting activity.
April 6 – DIY Day
Anything goes on DIY Day! If you’re looking for some great DIY ideas, the book Karina Garcia’s Must-Try DIYs is a great place to start. Some other great DIY projects include this DIY hot wheel car track. Your kids will be proud of this project as they play with their hot wheels on it! You can even make an instrument on DIY Day with this how to make a rainstick tutorial. There’s so much you can do on DIY Day.
April 7 – No Housework Day
I’m sure your kids will cheer once they hear what you’re celebrating today! Start No Housework Day by reading The Berenstain Bears and the Trouble with Chores. If you don’t do so already, this is the perfect time to introduce housework and how kids can do chores to earn money. This list of ways to earn money will get them excited to start housework the next day. You can use this Frozen reward chart to help keep track of the rewards your kids earn with each chore!
April 8 – Zoo Lovers Day
The View at the Zoo is the perfect book to kick off Zoo Lovers Day. Next, you’ll want to take a field trip to your local zoo. While there, you can challenge your kids to find everything on this zoo scavenger hunt! After you get home, you can continue your zoo fun by trying one of these 100 Amazing Zoo Craft Ideas, wearing these adorable Free Printable Animal Masks, or creating an edible zoo small world with all of your kids’ favorite zoo animals. What a “zootastic” day!
April 9 – Unicorn Day
Unicorn Day should be a day filled with all things fun and magical, just like a unicorn. A great book to use on this day is Where’s the Unicorn?, a unicorn version of books like Where’s Waldo? and I Spy. Next, get started on the unicorn activities by making this DIY unicorn horn soap, something your kids will enjoy using each time they’re in the bathroom! You can also make this unicorn puffy slime for even more unicorn fun.
April 10 – Day of Pink
The Day of Pink should be filled with … you guessed it … PINK! Get started by reading The Pink Umbrella, a wonderful book on friendship that also includes the color pink. After reading this book, your kids will love making their very own pink lemonade playdough in celebration of this day. You can also make this pink slime with two ingredients, making it a quick and easy way to celebrate Day of Pink.
April 11 – Pet Day
What makes the perfect pet? Find out by reading, The Perfect Pet! After reading about what makes the perfect pet, have your kids design their very own pet … pet rock, that is! Let them have fun playing with their pet rocks before you finish the day with a learning activity. This pet shop count to 20 printable book is perfect for beginning readers.
April 12 – International Day of Human Space Flight
On International Day of Human Space Flight, learn all about space with National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Space. This book has fantastic images that will get your kids excited about outer space. Next, use this outer space ABC seek and find as a hands-on way for your kids to continue learning about space. Don’t forget to add the “flight” into International Day of Human Space Flight by launching your very own straw rockets!
April 13 – Scrabble Day
Scrabble is a fun game that will challenge your kids’ spelling skills. In order to celebrate Scrabble Day, warm up those spelling muscles by using foam letters in this foam spelling words activity. Next, this SCRABBLE Word Search book will prepare them even more as they work to become Scrabble masters for the day! Once they’re prepared, bring out the Scrabble board and get started on a fun game of Scrabble. After playing, you can use a few of the Scrabble letters to make letter slime!
April 14 – Dolphin Day
If you have a kid who loves dolphins, then they’ll absolutely love celebrating Dolphin Day! Learn all about dolphins and their habitat by reading National Geographic Kids: Everything Dolphin. After learning about dolphins, you can work on this craft spinner that includes fun facts about dolphins. Next, celebrate the habitat that dolphins live in by making some ocean slime!
April 15 – Jackie Robinson Day
Jackie Robinson is an iconic figure in baseball. Celebrate Jackie Robinson Day by learning all about his life and history in Who Was Jackie Robinson? Since he was famous as a baseball player, you can also do some baseball division in honor of him! Finish up with a baseball shirt craft for kids, another great way to celebrate Jackie Robinson.
April Book Recommendations
April 16 – Save the Elephant Day
A great way to celebrate Save the Elephant Day is with elephant crafts and activities. You can get started with this E is for elephant handprint art, using either paper or a canvas to make it. Next, bring out your old newspapers and get started on this adorable elephant craft made with crumpled newspapers. Finish Save the Elephant Day by reading Saving Lilly, a chapter book about saving a mistreated elephant.
April 17 – National Cheeseball Day
Since it’s a cheesy kind of celebration, the book Who Moved My Cheese is a great way to kick off National Cheeseball Day. Next, make your very own cheeseball with this amazing pineapple cheeseball recipe. After this tasty snack, more cheese fun is on the way with a cheese corner bookmark activity. Every time your kids read a book, they’ll be reminded of the fun they had on National Cheeseball Day.
April 18 – High Five Day
On High Five Day, it’s all about the hand! Reading the book, High Five, is a fantastic way to start celebrating. You’ll read about high fives, exercises and stretches to improve your ability and fun challenges that the whole family will enjoy. Next, make that hand useful with this spring flower hand craft, perfect for both High Five Day and spring! You can also get crafty by making versions of this “give me a high five” cards and handing them out to friends and family.
April 19 – Bicycle Day
Buddy Pegs: Taking the Lead is a children’s book that is perfect for celebrating Bicycle Day. This book will inspire your family to head outside and get on your bikes, which makes this Outdoor Fun: Bicycle Games a great way to get active! You can finish your bicycle fun day with making this adorable bicycle craft or, for some learning, using these transportation worksheets. Your kids will learn both reading and math using transportation-themed worksheets, which includes bicycles!
April 20 – Look Alike Day
Do you know someone who looks like you? National Look Alike Day is all about finding others that look like you! That’s why this Look Alike Day, you can celebrate by finding matches, both in people and in games! Start by trying to find “look-alike” numbers in this counting to 10 monster memory game. This children of the world matching game also gives your kids a hands-on way to find similar matches! Finish Look Alike Day by reading Look-Alikes by J.R. Poulter.
April 21 – Kindergarten Day
Celebrate your kindergartener on Kindergarten Day with some fun books and activities! You can read Kindergarten, Here I Come to help get your kindergartener (or almost kindergartener) prepared for school (if they’ll be enrolling). If you’ll be continuing to homeschool, celebrate the fact that learning is a priority and read This is My Home, This is My School. Have your kids make predictions about this kindergarten egg sink or float experiment. Finish with a butterfly windsock craft that will help kindergarteners develop their fine motor skills.
April 22 – Earth Day
It’s Earth Day!!! Help your kids learn all about Earth Day by reading The EARTH Book by Todd Parr. Keep learning about the earth and nature with a flower science experiment your kids will love. After, discuss with your kids what they’ve learned. You can make this Earth Day art activity, Layers of the Earth Playdough Project or one of these 40 Creative Earth Day Projects to help make that learning more memorable.
April 23 – Lost Dog Awareness Day
In Angus Lost, Angus is a dog that decides to go on an adventure … resulting in getting lost! Read this book with your kids and discuss how they think Angus’ owners felt in honor of Lost Dog Awareness Day. Make these paper dog hand puppets and then challenge your kids to use them to playact finding their own lost dog. Finish up the day with a fun round of Feed the Dog sight word game!
April 24 – Pig in a Blanket Day
Here’s a tasty day to celebrate! Start by making this cheesy pigs in a blanket recipe, giving your kids a yummy meal that fits perfectly with the theme. Keep the pig-themed fun going by reading Happy Pig Day! Finish your piggie fun by making an adorable shape pig craft. You can even add to this craft by having your kids make blankets to go with it!
April 25 – World Penguin Day
On World Penguin Day, learn all about penguins with the book, Penguins: 101 Fun Facts and Amazing Pictures. Your kids will have even more learning fun with this penguin beginning sounds match or this penguin color matching activity. Don’t forget to add some cute fun in after all the learning, using plastic spoons to make this adorable penguin craft!
April 26 – Pretzel Day
Pretzel is a lovable character in a book. Even though he’s a dog, his name makes him a great character to use on Pretzel Day. After reading this book, go to the store and buy a bag of pretzels so that you and your kids can make letters of the alphabet with them! After all this learning, your kids will be hungry. Make sure you have all the ingredients to make your very own pretzels with this yummy recipe.
April 27 – Save the Frogs Day
The Wide-Mouthed Frog is a popup book that will make learning about frogs fun! In order to save the frogs on this day, you’ll want to have some froggie fun with frog substitutes. You can make this construction paper frog craft first for some froggie fun that won’t hurt frogs, followed by a free frog addition game. These are all fantastic ways to celebrate Save the Frogs Day.
April 28 – Superhero Day
Superheroes are favorites for both boys and girls! On Superhero Day, get started with these super hero hand art project or some superhero-themed worksheets that will help your kids learn important math and language arts skills. This superhero computer coding game can give your kids some hands-on learning, and you don’t need a computer to play it! After some fantastic superhero learning, read the book Superheroes Are Everywhere and discuss with your kids how THEY can be superheroes too.
April 29 – International Dance Day
On International Dance Day, get your dancing moves on with the book, Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp! Next, you can learn about how chemical reactions and dancing work together to make dancing worms. You can also have your kids make their very own dancer that moves with a dancing science project.
April 30 – International Jazz Day
Jazz ABZ is a great kids book for exposing your kids to jazz music. It’s an A to Z book that uses jazz portraits to represent each letter. Once your kids are excited about learning about jazz, it’s time to make their own wind pipe instruments so that they can start their own jazz band. If you want to throw some learning in on International Jazz Day, you can use these musical instruments worksheets to do so!
Plus, don’t miss these April Crafts for Kids from our sister site! Tons of clever, unique crafts for kids to celebrate all the special days in April – from St. Patricks’s Day to rainbows, flowers, spring, and so much more!
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