31st March

1685 Johann Sebastian Bach born, so listen to his The Art of Fugue (keyboard), Toccata and Fugue in D Minor (organ), Brandenburg Concertos, The Well-Tempered Clavier, Goldberg Variations

1732 Joseph Haydn born, so listen to the Surprise Symphony

1844 Andrew Lang born – so read his Fairy Books

 

1889 the Eiffel Tower is officially opened – so build it out of ice-cream wafers, Lego, or string! Read Madeline in Paris.

 

Transfer Day (US Virgin Islands celebrates transition from Denmark to US)

The US Virgin Islands were originally inhabited by Caribs and Arawaks when Colombus ‘discovered’ it in 1493 and named it after St Ursula and her virgin followers. The Danish West India Company began to settle it from 1672, taking over from Spain, the UK, the Netherlands and France who’d all had a turn. The Danish made sugarcane using slave labour until slaves were abolished in 1848. After that the economy wasn’t so great, so when during WWI America worried that Germany would take the islands in submarine warfare, Denmark agreed to sell them to the US for $25 million. The US took possession on 31 March 1917.

Other events today that might inspire your play:

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30th March

Good Friday (2018): This is the day Jesus died on the cross. Traditionally marbles,

bat-and-trap (a ball is balanced on a little seesaw, or trap. The batter hits the seesaw so the ball flies into the air, then hits it again to get it in the goal – over and in between two 7ft high posts – where the bowling team are waiting to catch it. If, when the bowling team bowl it back, they can knock over a little wicket in front of the trap, the bowler is out),

tipcat (tipping a little stick into the air with a big stick, then walloping it again like a bat and ball. The opponent offers points based on how many jumps one would have to do to reach the little stick. The tipper can refuse if they think it is more jumps away, but they must prove it)

and skipping are played on this day.

Baked hot cross buns were believed to have magical powers. They were broken into four and put in the four corners of the barn to ensure a good harvest, or a few crumbs were put in medicine when someone was ill.

Passover begins (2018) – ends 11 April.

1820 Anna Sewell born, author of Black Beauty

1853 Vincent Van Gogh born

National Doctors Day (US)

 

Other events that might inspire your play today:

Palestine/Israel Land Day

Spiritual Baptist Shouters’ Liberation Day (Trinidad and Tobago celebrate repeal of law prohibiting the Spiritual Baptist faith. This is the only country in the world with a holiday for Shouters.)

29th March

1806 construction begins on the first US federal highway – so make a road around the house out of tape!

Other events today that might inspire your play:

  • 1886 Dr John Pemberton brews the first batch of Coca-Cola in his back garden – so try and invent a new drink!
  • Anniversary of the Death of Bartholomew Boganda (a leader of Central African Republic’s nationalist party, he fought for equal rights for black people and for the country’s independence from France. He died in a plane crash in 1959.)
  • Madagascar Commemoration of the 1947 Rebellion (against France) – see 26 June for history of country
  • The Day Maldives Embraced Islam (1153; myth here)

25th March

Palm Sunday (2018) and the beginning of Holy Week

 

Maryland Day: so make cookies or read Edgar Allen Poe.

Tolkien Reading Day: You know what you have to do.

Waffle Day (Sweden) – Because Vårfrudagen (“Our Lady’s Day”) sounds a bit like Våffeldagen (waffle day). Nine months before Christmas, Mary fell pregnant, hence today is Our Lady’s Day or the Annunciation. So eat waffles!

Or go to the library and find out… where do babies come from?

Heck, why not get Mary out of the nativity set and throw her a baby shower!

Greek Independence Day (celebrating the symbolic outbreak of the War of Independence against the Ottoman Empire in 1821) – see 28 October for history and activities.

Belarus Freedom Day – see 3rd July

British Summer Time begins (2018) – clocks go forward, so the kids might technically give you a lie in! So learn about time:

23rd March

World Meteorological Day – see 5 February for how to build a weather station or go here for free printables to make a weather chart.

Pakistan Day: (see 14 August for history). Kids might be inspired by Pakistan’s bus and truck art.

 

Day of Hungarian-Polish Friendship

 

Bolivia Day of the Sea – mourning the loss of Bolivia’s access to the sea during the Wars of the Pacific 1879-83; Chile feels that bygones are bygones and Bolivia should give up asking. So go to the seaside! Build sandcastles, explore the rockpools, paddle in the waves and collect seashells and pretty stones.

But if that’s not a great idea for today,  here are some other sea activities:

Porthole paper plate:

Recycled bottle fish mobile:

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Pirates’ sunken treasure sensory tub:

Clay sea rocks with lesson plan:

Paint the sea on a seaside pebble: