June 15th, 2023

Magna Carta Day

Magna Carta is Latin for Great Charter, and is one of the most important documents in political history. Drawn up in Britain and signed on 15th June 1215, it outlines the rights of the common people and limits the powers of the monarchy. Since then it has been used as the basis for civil liberties around the World, advancing the cause of liberty, constitutionalism and parliamentarianism.

Why not celebrate Magna Carta Day by making your own parchment declaration. Take a sheet of white paper and crumple it into a ball, then open it out and wipe with strong black coffee, using some cotton wool. Dry this with a hairdryer and your parchment will look old and stained. Write out your declaration using a fountain pen, or quill pen made from a feather. Make a seal by dripping candle wax on the corner and making an impression with a coin.

Magna Carta Day is an important day for everyone because it celebrates the signing of the Magna Carta, which protects the rights and freedoms of all people. This holiday is a reminder that we are all entitled to certain rights and protections, regardless of our social status or wealth. On Magna Carta Day, let's celebrate our democracy and reflect on how lucky we are to live in a country that upholds these values. Let's also remember that we need to work together to protect these rights for future generations.

Fly A Kite Day

June 15th is the anniversary of Ben Franklin's kite experiment in 1752. Find ideas for crafts, games, and other activities.

Crafts to Make:

  • Cut a diamond kite shape out of paper. Drop a few drops of food coloring or watered down paint onto the kite shape. Now, blow the paint into 'splatter' shapes using a straw, just like the wind blows a kite. (This is not a good craft for construction paper or any other kind of paper that will absorb the paint.)
  • Start out with a diamond shape and fold it in half lengthwise. Unfold the kite shape and paint some designs on half of it. When you are done painting, fold the kite in half again so you get a mirror image of the design you painted onto the unpainted side.


Nature Photography Day

Nature Photography Day was created by The North American Nature Photography Association in 2006 to promote the beauty of nature photography and to promote the conservation and protection of plants, wildlife, and landscapes locally and worldwide. Since then, people throughout the world have discovered numerous ways to observe and enjoy the day.

The North American Nature Photography Association encourages people everywhere to enjoy the day by using a camera to explore the natural world around you. Why not head out into your backyard, local park, or favourite scenic spot.



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