Fun things to do in April:
- Play in the rain, jump in puddles, or look for rainbows! (April 3 – Rainbow Day, April 4 – Walk Around Things Day)
- Go fishing / learn about migratory fish (April 21 – World Fish Migration Day)
- Enjoy nature – take a walk in the woods, have a picnic in the park (April 22 – Earth Day)
- Try a new food! (April 16 – Eggs Benedict, April 27 – Prime Rib, April 29 – Shrimp Scampi)
- Spring crafts
- Clear clutter … spring cleaning!
The Month of April:
- Calendar – April is the fourth month of the year in the Gregorian calendar, the fifth in the early Julian, the first of four months to have a length of 30 days, and the second of five months to have a length of less than 31 days.
- History – April was the second month of the earliest Roman calendar, before Ianuarius and Februarius were added by King Numa Pompilius about 700 BC. It became the fourth month of the calendar year (the year when twelve months are displayed in order) during the time of the decemvirs about 450 BC, when it also was given 29 days. The 30th day was added during the reform of the calendar undertaken by Julius Caesar in the mid-40s BC, which produced the Julian calendar.The Romans gave this month the Latin name Aprilis but the derivation of this name is uncertain. The traditional etymology is from the verb aperire, “to open”, in allusion to its being the season when trees and flowers begin to “open”, which is supported by comparison with the modern Greek use of άνοιξη (ánixi) (opening) for spring. Since some of the Roman months were named in honor of divinities, and as April was sacred to the goddess Venus, her Veneralia being held on the first day, it has been suggested that Aprilis was originally her month Aphrilis, from her equivalent Greek goddess name Aphrodite (Aphros), or from the Etruscan name Apru. Jacob Grimm suggests the name of a hypothetical god or hero, Aper or Aprus.
- Season – April is commonly associated with the season of autumn in parts of the Southern Hemisphere, and spring in parts of the Northern Hemisphere , where it is the seasonal equivalent to October in the Southern Hemisphere and vice versa.
- Moon – Worm Moon: At the time of this spring Moon, the ground begins to soften and earthworm casts reappear, inviting the return of robins. This is also known as the Sap Moon, as it marks the time when maple sap begins to flow and the annual tapping of maple trees begins.
- Birthstone – April’s birthstone is the diamond.
- Flowers – The birth flower is typically listed as either the Daisy (Bellis perennis) or the Sweet Pea
- Zodiac – The zodiac signs for the month of April are Aries (until April 19) and Taurus (April 20 onwards).
April Days For Kids:
1 – April Fool’s Day
2 – Hans Christian Anderson Day
3 – Rainbow Day
4 – Walk Around Things Day
10 – Sibling Day
12 – Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day
12 – Licorice Day
13 – Thomas Jefferson Day
13 – Friday the 13th
14 – Dolphin Day
15 – Leonardo Da Vinci Day
16 – Eggs Benedict Day
17 – Bat Appreciation Day
20 – Pineapple Upside Down Cake Day
21 – Fish Migration Day
22 – Earth Day
23 – Talk Like Shakespeare Day
24 – Pigs-in-a-Blanket Day
25 – Golf Day
26 – Pretzel Day
27 – Prime Rib Day
28 – Save the Frogs Day
29 – Shrimp Scampi Day
30 – Oatmeal Cookie Day