Summer may be winding down and back to school is on the horizon, but that is no reason to stop having fun and creating memories reading stories for kids together! So grab this months list of August bookds for kids along with the free printable august activity calendar. You are ready to read and play for special days and fun August themes throughout the month with your toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd graders.
August Stories for Kids
Each day below follows an August special day or topic. If you scroll to the bottom of the post you can print the free printable August stories for kids activity calendar. Then check out books 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!These books have been triple checked to ensure they can be easily found at most local libraries or on Amazon for your convenience!
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August 1 – World Wide Web Day
August 2 – Coloring Book Day
August 3 – Watermelon Day
August 4 – Assistance Dog Day
August 5 – Oyster Day
August 6 – Farm-worker Appreciation Day
August 7 – Lighthouse Day
August 8 – Bowling Day
August 9 – Peach Month
August 10 – Smores Day
August 11 – Play in the Sand Day
August 12 – World Elephant Day
August 13 – Fishing Month
August 14 – Inventors Month
August 15 – Water Quality Month
Help kids become aware of the importance of drinkable water today . Start out by reading Why Living Things Need Water (science book), All the Water in the World (teaching picture book), and Water (colorful, simple). Then spend some time in the water (pool, beach) or do some fun water experiments like colorful oil and water, a water xylophone, ocean zones in a jar, walking water, or skittles science.
August 16 – Roller Coaster Day
Start your day off by reading Roller Coaster or Curious George Roller Coaster. If you are close enough and have the means, I suggest heading to an amusement park to ride a roller coaster today! After all, that is a great summer activity and memory. If you can’t, either build a marble roller coaster from a marble run or engineer your own marble run out of straws!
August 17 – Vanilla Custard Day
Today is a great day to do some baking together. Baking is an important skill to learn, teaches following directions, is in fact science, and can help kids practice math. Start out reading Little Chef and then make vanilla custard together.
August 18 – World Honey Bee Day
Most kids just think of bees as the insect to avoid so they don’t get stung. But we NEED bees to have flowers, fruit and vegetables. Today, hopefully we will help your family learn the importance and beauty of bees! Start out by reading Explore Honey Bees (educational), The Honeybee Man, Flight of the Honey Bee, and In the Trees, Honey Bees! I highly suggest getting outside and observing bees pollinating flowers, buying some local honey, and eating some delicious honey today. You might alsy enjoy making this cute fingerprint bee and corn painted honeycomb craft , bubble wrap bee hive, or bee puppet crafts.
August 19 – Potato Day
Most kids love potatoes! Today will be a fun day for kids to explore how potatoes grow, what you can make with potatoes, and some fun things to make with potatoes too! Start out by reading From Eye to Potato (science reader), The Enormous Potato and Mr. Crum’s Potato Predicament. Then you can dive into making a potato battery, flower potato craft, or sprout potatoes.
August 20 – World Mosquito Day
I don’t know anyone that likes mosquitoes….but knowledge is power so let’s join in on World Mosquito Day. Start off by reading Mosquitoes: Tiny Insect Troublemakers (educational) , Mr. Mosquito Put on His Tuxedo, and Mosquitoes Can’t Bite Ninjas. Then make this cute buzzing mosquito craft.
Kids everywhere are getting ready to or have just started going back to school. Today read How Do Dinosaurs Go to School?, Splat the Cat: Back to School, Splat!, There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Books!, First Day Jitters, and Llama Llama Misses Mama. You’ve probably already gotten you back to school supplies (if not this would be a good day to do so) so let’s have some fun making keepsake crafts today! Make a yummy pencil cookie, school bus picture frame, school bus puffy paint, or pencil picture frame.
August 22 – Be an Angel Day
Today is all about helping others! Remind your kids to be kind and help others by reading The Giving Tree, The Lion and the Mouse, and Be Kind. I suggest taking time to brainstorm with your kids how you can be kind to each other and those in your community. See if each of you can do 5 acts of kindness today.
August 23 – Hamburger Day
Today you can explore What Happens to Hamburgers (digestion) or read silly books like City of Hamburgers or Hamburger Heaven. You will of course want to eat hamburgers for dinner. In the meantime you might also want to make a fun hamburger craft too.
August 24 – Pluto Demoted Day
On August 24th, 2006 Pluto was demoted from a planet to a dwarf planet. Star off by reading Pluto’s Secret, Pluto Dwarf Planet (educational), and A Place for Pluto. Then help kids remember how cold it is by making pluto ice cream in a bag, edible solar system, yarn wrapped planets, outer space playdough, or print any number of free printable solar system worksheets.
August 25 – Banana Split Day
Start out by reading Beautiful Bananas and then make homemade banana splits today – YUM!
August 26 – Dog Day
Today is a great day to spend time with your dog or visit a shelter and play with other dogs. Read Harry the Dirty National Geographic Dogs (educational), Dog, Charlie Goes to School, Dog (not available at most libraries, but super cute for young readers), Rags: Hero Dog of WWI, or The Dogs Who Had Kittens. Then have fun making hot dog puppy, puppy chow snack, adopt a puppy, puppy footprint craft, and spring dog craft.
August 27 – International Bat Day
Kids will be fascinated learning about nocturnal bats. (make sure to tell them bats eat pesky mosquitoes!). Start our reading Bats Love the Night, National Geographic: Bats (educational), and Bats. You can explore further by making these bag crafts: bat silhouette craft, handprint bat craft, cupcake liner bats, or coffee filter bat.
August 28 – Bow Tie Day
Today is a silly special day. I’d start out your day reading Mayor Sly and the Magic Bow Tie: A Kansas City Adventure. Then make your own DIY Duct Tape Bow Ties to wear all day. You can even cut your sandwich to make a bow tie lunch! Or, if you want to stretch it a little you can use bowtie pasta to make a Bowtie Pasta Craft or bowtie pasta salad.
August 29 – American Artists Appreciation Month
August is American Artist Appreciation Month. Today let’s take a peak at American Artist Jackson Pollock who had a very Unique style of painting. Read Action Jackson and create a n outdoor Pollock Style Painting or an indoor Pollock Painting.
August 30 – Slinky Day
Who knew there was a hole day devoted to slinkys!! Right? Well – that is our special day today. Start off by reading The Marvelous Thing That Came from a Spring: The Accidental Invention of the Toy That Swept the Nation . Next up, time to play with a slinky, paint with a slinky, make a paper slinky craft, and end your day watching Toy Story (look for lovable slinky dog)
August 31 – Golf Month
Start out by reading Tee Time with Daddy: My First Nine, Your First Golf Lesson, and Curious George Plays Mini Golf. Then I’d encourage you to go play mini golf as a family. Such a fun summer activity. If the weather is not cooperating, play button golf, make a golf tee hedgehog, golf foot art, or painting with golf balls.
August Activity Calendar
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