Themes By the Month: October

The Activity Idea Place proudly presents "Themes by the Month". Preschool themes are coordinated with the holidays and observances. To see the curriculum available on 123child.com, click on theblue links.

Monthly Observances
Related Theme
Adopt A Dog Month
Dogs, Farm Animals
Auto Battery Safety Month
Transportation
Book Month (National)
Reading, Book themes
National Book Foundation
Reading, Book Themes
Car Care Month
Transportation
Caramel Month
Desserts, Sugar
Child Health Month
Health
Clergy Appreciation Month (Pastor Appreciation Month)
Religion
Clock Month (National, US)
Time, Schedules
Computer Learning Month
Computers
Cookie Month
Cookies, Desserts
Cosmetology Month (National US)
Beauty Salon
Country Music Month
Music
Crime Prevention Month
Police Officers
Dental Hygiene Month (National)
Dentist/Teeth
Dessert Month (National US)
Desserts
Dinosaur Month
Dinosaurs
Disability Awareness Month (National)
Diversity, Disabilities
Drum Month (International)
Drums, Music
Energy Awareness Month
Energy Conservation
Family Health Month
Health
Family History Month
Family
Fire Prevention Month (National)
Fire Fighters
Flu & Pneumonia Month
Health
Healthier Babies Month (National)
Health
Healthy Lung Month
Health
Adult Immunization Awareness Week (National)
Health
Kitchen & Bath Month
Kitchens, Baths, Homes
Learning Disability Awareness Month
Learning Disabilities, Diversity
Liver Awareness Month (National)
Health
Lupus Awareness Month (National)
Health
Magazine Month (American)
Magazines, Reading
Rollerskating Month
Rollarskating, Sports
Pasta Month
Pasta, Food
Pickled Pepper Month
Peppers, Food
(National )
Pizza
Polish-American Heritage Month
Heritage, Family
Popcorn Poppin' Month (National)
Popcorn, Food
Pregnancy & Infant Awareness
Health
Pretzel Month
Pretzels, Food
Sarcastic Awareness Month
Sarcasm, Being Silly
Seafood Month
Under the Sea, Food
SIDS Awareness Month (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)
Health
Spinal Health Month (National)
Health
Stamp Collecting Month (US National)
Stamps, Collecting, Hobbies
UNICEF Month
Helping Others
Vegetarian Month
Veggies
Youth Against Tobacco Month
We Won't Smoke, Health

Weekly Observances
Related Theme
National Breastfeeding Week (first week)
Babies, Family
Get Organized Week (first week)
Organization, Cleaning
Customer Service Week (National, US - Observed the first full week of October) (first week)
Stores, Shops, Careers
Fire Prevention Week (second week)
Fire Fighters
Fallen Firefighter Memorial Weekend (second week)
Fire Fighters
Pet Peeve Week (second week)
Feelings
School Lunch Week (National) (second week)
Lunch, Healthy Foods
Teller Appreciation Week (second week)
Banks
Wildlife Week (National US) (second week)
Animals in the Wild, Check out theactivity index for a full list of animal themes.
Business Women's Week (third week)
Careers
Health Education Week (National) (third week)
Health
Reading Week (third week)
Reading, Books, Book Themes
Wolf Awareness Week (third week)
Wolves
Peace, Friendship & Goodwill Week (fourth week)
Friendship
Pastoral Care Week (fourth week)
Religion
Rainforest Week (World) (fourth week)
Rainforest, Rainforest Animals
National Red Ribbon Celebration (Campaign to keep kids off drugs) (fourth week)
Drug Free Kids

Daily Observances
Related Theme
International Day for the Elderly (UN) a/k/a International Day of Older Persons (Oct. 1)
Elderly People, Family
Vegetarian Day (Oct. 1)
Veggies
First World Series Baseball Game was played, 1903 (Oct. 1)
Baseball, Sports
Model T was introduced by Henry Ford, 1908 (Oct. 1)
Cars, Transportation
Jimmy Carter's Birthday (Oct. 1)
Presidents, Rules
Alfred Hitchcock Presents" Premiers, 1955 (Oct. 2)
Scarey Tales
Farm Animal Day (World) (Oct. 2)
Farm Animals
German-American Day (National, US) October 2, 2004 (Oct. 2)
Diversity
Twilight Zone" premiered, 1959 (Oct. 2)
Scarey Tales
Walt Disney World Opened, 1971 (Oct. 2)
Disney
Charlie Brown's Birthday (Oct. 2)
Charlie Brown, Peanuts Cartoon
Mahatma Ghandi's Birthday (Oct. 2)
Freedom
Groucho Marx's Birthday (Oct. 2)
Silliness, Feelings
Rex Reed's Birthday (Oct. 2)
Movies
Snoopy's Birthday (Oct. 2)
Charlie Brown, Peanuts Cartoon
Captain Kangaroo" premiers, 1955 (Oct. 3)
Clowns, TV
Mickey Mouse Club" premiers, 1955 (Oct. 3)
Mickey Mouse
Chubby Checker's Birthday (Oct. 3)
Music
National Child Health Day (first Monday in October)
Health
Leave It to Beaver" premiers, 1957 (Oct. 4)
TV, Family
World Smile Day (Oct. 5)
Feelings
Techies Day (Firsth Tue. in Oct.)
Computers
Cats" opens on Broadway, 1982 (Oct. 7)
Cats
First railroad in the US was built in Massachusetts, 1826 (Oct. 7)
Trains, Transportation
Frappe Day (National) October 7 each year
Ice Cream
Poetry Day (National - UK) - Thursday, October 7, 2004
Poetry, Reading
World Egg Day (second Friday of October )
Eggs, Chickens, Farm Animals
Firefighters Day (Oct. 8)
Fire Fighters
Thanksgiving Day (Canada) (Varies)
Thanksgiving
National Children's Day 2004 (Observed the second Sunday in October)
Children, All About Me
Columbus Day 2004 - Observed (date changes each year)
Columbus, Boats, Discovery
Farmers Day (Oct. 12)
Farm Animals
U. S. Navy established, 1775 (Oct. 13)
Navy, Boats, Transportation
I Love Lucy" premiers, 1951 (Oct. 15)
TV, Family
Ramadan (Varies)
Religion
Boss's Day (National, US) (Varies)
Careers
Dictionary Day (Noah Webster's Birthday, Father of the Dictionary) (Oct. 16)
Dictionary, Books, Words
School Librarian Day (Oct. 16)
Books, Reading
Sweetest Day 2004 (observed the third Saturday in October)
Dessert, Love, Feelings
Alaska Day (Oct. 18)
Alaska, Cold Weather, Polar Animals
Thomas Edison invents the incandescent electric light bulb (Oct. 21)
Inventions, Electricity
First televised pro football game aired on TV, 1934 (Oct. 22)
Football, Sports
The first transcontinental telegraph message, 1861 (Oct. 24)
Communication
Disneyland" TV show premiers on ABC, 1954 (Oct. 27)
Disney
Navy Day - October 27th each year (Oct. 27)
Navy, Boats, Transportation
New York City's first official subway system began operation on October 27, 1904 in Manhattan. (Oct. 27)
Transportation
Chocolate Day (Oct. 28)
Dessert, Chocolate
Cotton gin was invented by Eli Whitney, 1793 (patent was applied for) (Oct. 28)
Inventions, Clothes
The Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri was completed, 1965 (Oct. 28)
Bridges, Transportation
Statue of Liberty was dedicated in New York Harbor by President Cleveland, 1886 (Oct. 28)
Freedom
Candy Corn Day (National) (Oct. 30)
Dessert
Halloween (Oct. 31)
Halloween

Source for Observance Dates From: Butlerwebs.com