Play, learn, explore in February


Written by Kara Fleck, Simple Kids editor and Rockin’ Granola mama.

It is almost February and that means loves is in the air and we”ll be celebrating Valentine”s Day.

At our house we”re also looking forward to February because the month brings with it Shrove Tuesday, or Pancake Day, and a few special birthdays as well as Chinese New Year.  Did you know that 2013 is the year of the snake?  And, let us not forget that little groundhog on February 2nd.

February in Indiana usually means that Winter has more cold days  and dark nights in store for us, and we”re spending our days by the fire, reading and doing some handwork crafts, and trying to keep the doldrums from setting in.  February may be the shortest month on the calendar, but there are times it seems very long indeed.

I”ve rounded up a few ways to play, learn, and explore this February to help keep those late Winter doldrums at bay.

Ways to play, learn, and explore in February

February”s flower is the iris, which comes from the Greek word for “rainbow” because they come in so many colors.  The birth stone for February is amethyst. If you and your kids are interested in gems, rocks, and minerals, it might be fun this month to look for a local lapidary and make a field trip.

If you”re looking for some pancake themed books to share with your kids this month, my kids and I enjoy The Runaway Pancake (a folktale with lots of versions available) and Pancakes for Breakfast, which has no words but is a charming picture book illustrated by Tomie DePaola.

Here are some February ideas for you and your kids:

We”ve got a fantastic February planned for you at Coming this month we”ll be talking about Winter, love, and literacy and some other fun topics, too.

How will you and your kids be playing, learning, and exploring this February?

About Kara

Kara Fleck is the editor of Simple Kids. She is a small town mama, writer, knitter, bookworm, and hooligan. Kara lives in Indiana with her husband Christopher and their four children Jillian, Max, Lucy, and Amelia. You can find more of her writing at

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  1. I find February always seems like a long month – even though it’s the shortest! I’m excited that we have family coming to visit to break up the monotony. And I’ll definitely be looking into these activities.
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  2. Well, here in AZ February means lots and lots of time at the park – to get our outdoors fix in before the 90-degree temps arrive in March and April. :)
    I’m glad you mentioned Groundhog Day! I remember pinning a cute snack idea last year that I’ll have to make for my 2-y-o. I hadn’t even thought of Shrove Tuesday, but I think maybe we’ll wait till next year. Don’t want to introduce too many celebratory things at once!
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  3. I’m intrigued by The Pancake That Ran Away– I’ve never heard of that one! Our February gets broken up by a birthday and with Lent starting so early this year, and Valentine’s Day, and St. Brigid and Candlemas already past, there’s lots to keep us busy.
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