Here are some of the activities and topics that can be found on Fran’s World of Discovery based on famous people born this month, seasonal activities, featured foods and fun learning activities…


Apple Research Project – Apples are still in season! There are a lot of interesting things you can do with apples such as make a cup of delicious apple cider, do a few apple experiments, and make a puzzle out of one. 

Bean Resources – One of the foods featured this month is beans. You will find resources for various bean experiments, crafts and information. 

Bird Eggs – Information about bird eggs, experiments to do, and recipes.

Homemade Hot Cocoa – This post gives you a recipe for homemade hot cocoa and has suggestions for some yummy ways to turn an ordinary cup of cocoa into something extra special.

Orange ResourcesGeneral and nutritional information about oranges, diseases, educational resources, things that can be done with an orange peel, and videos.

Popcorn Project – Popcorn Day is January 19th, enjoy doing some volume activities before you add your favorite toppings!

Famous People’s Birthdays

Benjamin Franklin’s Armonica – Born January 17, 1706. Benjamin Franklin is perhaps one of the most interesting people in the history of the United States. Learn about one of his inventions, the glass armonica, and about the man himself.

Edgar Allan Poe Research Project – Born January 19, 1809. Poe is one of the most famous writers who accomplished a great deal in his short life. Find out who he was, what he did and read some of his greatest works.

Suggested Activities
Words within Words – Build language skills by playing with words! Suggested words for the month of January: Wintertime, Snowy Day, Jack Frost, Benjamin Franklin or choose a word or phrase of your own.
Homemade Tic-Tac-Toe Game – Build math and strategy skills by making and playing a game of tic-tac-toe from recycled items.
Pom-Pom Shooter – Make physics and math more fun by making a pom-pom shooter! Learn how much pressure it takes to shoot a pom-pom across the room, then measure the distance of each shot.

Bird Watching Activities – Interested in attracting birds to your backyard? This article has tips you may find inspiring! Bird-related resources such as pictures, online guides, suet recipes, bird feeder instructions, and puzzles can be found on this page as well.

Snow Related Activities

Snowflake Resources – Resources and activity suggestions that cross the curriculum. Includes resources for Snowflake Bentley.

Snowshoe Hare (Rabbit) – Resource page includes: Information about snowshoe hare, how to draw them, and videos.

Snowman Activities – If you are looking for snowman related ideas for treats, crafts, information or resources, check this link out.
Seasonal Origami Activities (off site)

Pine Tree

Snowmen and Snowflakes
Want more activities related to the month of January?

Still Learning Something New offers lots of great topic suggestions that relate to famous birthdays, food themes, awareness themes, and other miscellaneous topics. There is also a day by day list of events, special days and more for the month of January.

Homefires January Learning Calendar with DVD connections to historical and important events for the month of January 

Universal Preschool January Learning Calendar has activity suggestions that young children can enjoy during the month of January.

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2 responses to “January”

  1. Betty Jo Hendrickson Avatar

    Thanks Fran, you just made my lesson planning easier! Thanks for plugging my blog, too! ❤

  2. Fran W Avatar

    Betty Jo, Thank you for inspiring the post with those wonderful lists of special days you put out each month!

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