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:


Pirates’ sunken treasure sensory tub:

Clay sea rocks with lesson plan:

Paint the sea on a seaside pebble:


22nd March

1894 first playoff for the Stanley Cup – so play hockey

1906 the first England v France rugby union match

World Water Day – so do some water play:

Other events today that might inspire your play:

  • Day of the People’s Party (Laos celebrates the Communist party that has ruled the country since 1975) – see 2nd December
  • Puerto Rico Emancipation of the Slaves – see 27th July.

20th March

Spring Equinox (2018) celebrated in all different ways:

Chungfen: The Chinese spring equinox celebrates the swallows flying back from Southern China. They stand eggs up, eat spring vegetable soup, eat Tang Yuan and hang tang yuan on bamboo sticks in the fields to keep the sparrows away. They sweep their ancestors’ tombs and worship them with offerings, etc.

Ostara: The olde worlde Germanic Pagan Easter, so decorate eggs:


First Day of Spring: So plant some seeds:


Make a nest out of whatever, yarn, cut grass, cotton wool, etc.

Get rid of that one lone glove left over from winter:

Go on a spring walk and bring a colour-sorting egg box:

Look out for a walking stick to paint:

Make flower cupcakes:



Make mud pies:



Other events today that might inspire your play:

  • 43 B.C. Ovid born
  • World Storytelling Day
  • International Day of Happiness
  • International Francophone Day
  • World Sparrow Day
  • Tunisia Independence Day – see 25th June
  • Novruz Bairam (Turkmen New Year)

17th March

St Patrick’s Day:

We made a treasure hunt hiding gold foil-wrapped sweets at the bottom of paper rainbows blue-tacked around the house.

We built a leprechaun trap and eat green pea soup  with fruit rainbows and ice cream for pudding. Learn about the order of colours in a rainbow, where Ireland is, about the folklore of leprechauns and a bit of Irish dancing for good measure.

Or make a density rainbow:

16th March

Latvian Legion Day (a controversial celebration as the Legion, although it claims to have only fought against Soviet occupation, is associated with the Nazis’ side) – see 18th November.

St Urho’s Day (Finnish Americans) – this figure seems to have appeared in 1950s Minnesota, and chased the grasshoppers away from Finland’s grape crop. See http://www.sainturho.com/

Book Smugglers Day (Lithuania) – the book smugglers sneaked in Latin-alphabet books after Soviet Russia had banned them, allowing only Cyrillic alphabet books.