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June 5th Is... (Includes Printable Freebies)

By Catherine Mcdiarmid-Watt @frugalfreebies

Image: Fly a Kite (c) Photographer: Ian Britton
Photo Credit: Fly a Kite, by Ian Britton
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June 5th is... National Gingerbread Day, World Environment Day, National Attitude Day, Fly a Kite Day, Hot Air Balloon Day, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy Assassinated, World Campaign for the Biosphere Day, Festival of Popular Delusions.
PLUS - interesting books to read and free printable crafts, activities and coloring pages.
Image: The Gingerbread Man by Catherine McCafferty. Publisher: Brighter Child (January 1, 2002)National Gingerbread Day
-- When the word gingerbread came into vogue in Medieval England, it simply meant preserved ginger. English village women used to eat gingerbread husbands at fairs to ensure that they would meet and marry their true loves. Source
Read: The Gingerbread Man, by Catherine McCafferty
-- The freshly baked Gingerbread Man escapes from the oven and outruns all those who try to catch him. But will he be able to avoid the clever fox or end up as his tasty snack? Beautifully illustrated, this classic tale will capture children's interest and spark their imagination page after page, encouraging a love of reading that is vital to success in school and life.
Free Printables, Colouring Pages, Activities and Crafts:
The Gingerbread Man Preschool Lesson Plan Printable Activities
Gingerbread Train Cars
• Gingerbread Baby Printables
Gingerbread Kids Paper Craft Ornaments
• Printable Paper Gingerbread Houses
Fold and Cut Gingerbread Man (Woman) Chains
Image: Berenstain Bears Go Fly a Kite by Stan Berenstain and Jan Berenstain. Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (September 12, 1983)Fly a Kite Day
-- The first records of kite flying come from China, and many historians believe the tradition originated in that country. Today, kite flying is a significant activity in Asia, including China and Japan. Did you know that kites were used in the American Civil War to deliver letters and newspapers? Source
Read: Berenstain Bears Go Fly a Kite, by Stan Berenstain and Jan Berenstain.
-- The story depicts the cubs trying to win a kite flying contest in which they also have to make the kite that they enter. Well, Papa thinks that he's the best kite maker around so he makes the cubs a huge kite. Since it is so big, they can't get it off the ground so he has Mama get the car to launch it with his fishing pole. Well, Papa forgets to let go of the kite and is soon airborne along with the kite. They wind up missing the kite competition but instead, Papa wins the stuntman award for wind surfing.
Free Printables, Colouring Pages, Activities and Crafts:
• Celebrate Fly A Kite Day
• Make a kite out of a garbage bag
DTLK Kite Crafts for Kids
• Brown Bag Kites
• The Easiest Kite Ever
• Kite Colouring Pages
Image: Flying in a Hot Air Balloon by Cheryl Walsh Bellville. Publisher: Carolrhoda Books (September 1993)Hot Air Balloon Day
-- The first hot air balloon flight was on June 5th 1783. The first hot air balloons were essentially cloth bags (sometimes lined with paper) with a smoky fire built on a grill attached to the bottom. They were susceptible to catching fire, often upon landing, although this occurred infrequently. Source
Read: Flying in a Hot Air Balloon, by Cheryl Walsh Bellville
-- An introduction to the art and history of ballooning. Readers learn the steps necessary for a successful launch; participate in a competition at a rally in Hastings, Minnesota; experience a safe landing; and observe the dismantling process. The colorful photographs extend the text and provide an intimate glimpse of balloon enthusiasts (children included) at work and at play. Aerial shots give a fresh perspective. Integrated with the descriptive text are facts about the Montgolfier brothers, who in the 1700s designed the first hot air balloon.
Free Printables, Colouring Pages, Activities and Crafts:
Make a Hot Air Balloon craft
Hot Air Balloon Shapes Coloring Page
Hot Air Balloon Colouring Pages
DLTK Balloon Craft for Kids
• Papercraft hot air balloon tutorial

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