It’s always fun to have something to celebrate–birthdays, the end of the school year, holidays, and so much more! But did you know that June 23rd is a day dedicated to celebrating the color pink? It’s true! June 23rd is National Pink Day, and the point of the day is to celebrate the color. Just like with any other celebration, one of the best ways to enjoy this day is with forts. Using your favorite Fort Magic fort as the center for your holiday operations gives your kids a chance to be creative and express themselves from the beginning!
But before we get into how to celebrate it, let’s take a look at National Pink Day. Here are some facts about the color pink and its history that you probably didn’t know!
Pink was first used as a color name in the 17th century. Originally, it was the name of a type of flower that is a member of the same family as carnations.
Pinking shears which are used in quilting and sewing, also get their name from the plant. They leave a zigzag design on the edge of fabric that looks like the edge of the flower’s petals.
Pink became popular during the Rococo Period, a time from 1720-1777. Why? Well, during those years, the royal courts in Europe became obsessed with pastel. The method of using pastel (the soft, crayon-like art supply,) for portraits also meant that the softer colors became popular too.
In 19th century England, pink was actually a boys’ color. Because military men wore red uniforms, and boys were seen as small men, they wore pink.
In the 1930s, the color “Shocking Pink” was introduced. This bright color lives up to its name! It also became known as “Hot Pink” in the United States, but now is back to being “Shocking Pink” to help distinguish between the different shades.
How You Can Celebrate National Pink Day
The most common way to observe is simply by wearing pink! Turn this into a game–who can find the most pink items of clothing to wear? Who can find the craziest pink accessory? Put on all your best pink and wear it while you build your fort.
– Build a pink fort! Pick any style or design, build your fort, then decorate it with construction paper, sheets, scarves–whatever your kids can imagine. The possibilities are limitless!
– Have a pink picnic in your fort. Take a trip to the grocery store and pick out a variety of pink foods, everything from strawberry ice cream to sliced ham! Visit a party supply store and buy some pink paper plates, napkins, and utensils, and maybe a pink plastic tablecloth to use as your picnic blanket. Serve pink lemonade or create a lemonade stand to sell it. Enjoy your pink feast in your fort!
– When people say they are “tickled pink,” they mean they are very happy. Settle into your fort and help your kids make lists of things that tickle them pink! Decorate the lists with doodles, stickers, or other craft supplies.
– Use coffee filters or tissue paper to make paper pinks—the flower! Experiment with cutting different designs, using a different number of filters, and coloring with markers along the edges!
Even More Ways to Celebrate Pink
– Pink is known for being the color of princesses, so if you have a princess in your life, use National Pink Day as an excuse to dress up in your finest gown and have a tea party! Buy or make pink sweet treats, and use strawberry lemonade as your beverage of choice.
– Make a pink collage to decorate the walls of your fort. Use old copies of magazines, or print pictures off from the internet of various pink things. Cut them out and glue them to a piece of heavy cardstock or construction paper, then hang it from your fort’s wall!
– How many shades of pink can you make? Buy some red and white acrylic paints and experiment with mixing your paints. When you’ve come up with a bunch of shades, try painting pictures using only your pinks. Hang them on your fort once they’ve dried.
– Pink is the color of love and compassion. Spend some time coming up with a way to show someone you love them. Help your kids write notes for family members or friends and make an extra batch of pink cupcakes and deliver them as a sweet surprise.
National Pink Day is a great opportunity to spend time with your kids, building, playing in, and enjoying their fort. Creativity and imagination are at the heart of this celebration and at the heart of their fort-building.
Find ways to customize this holiday to their interests and age, but most importantly, have fun and make something amazing! How will you celebrate National Pink Day wth fort building? Share your ideas with us below!
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