International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day: February 23
Every day is a new day to celebrate. And each one seems to have its own dedicated celebration of something weird and wonderful. February 23 is no exception. It's International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day.
What better way to celebrate this day than an appreciation post for a little dog named Biscuit who stars in his own set of children's books?
Author Alyssa Satin Capucilli published her first book about a small, yellow puppy named Biscuit 26 years ago. Since then, Biscuit has had over 20 different adventures in the pages of his I Can Read Books.
(Also available in audiobook format)
These books are perfect for children who are progressing from getting Ready for Reading to reading on their own.
Each page has a few simple sentences along with cute pictures. Words are often repeated and there are patterns to be found throughout the writing. And books like these are also just the right size for a young child to hold and turn the pages on their own. All this adds up to a great way for children to transition from picture books to beginning readers.
Ways to celebrate International Dog Biscuit Day
If you want to celebrate with Biscuit on February 23, check out Alyssa Satin's Capucilli's website and explore the world of Biscuit. There you can find downloadable activities and the author's reflections on Biscuit's 25th Anniversary (2021).
Or why not create your own way to play by making a "Give a Dog a Biscuit" game?
- Draw a picture of a puppy on a large sheet of paper. Caregivers might have to do the drawing for little ones but they can help by using their favourite colour crayon and colouring the picture.
- Draw several bone-shaped dog biscuits on a smaller piece of paper. (You can colour them in too if you like!)
- Cut the paper dog biscuits out. This is a great opportunity for children to practice using scissors with supervision.
- Put a small piece of tape on the back of each biscuit.
- Tape the puppy picture on the wall, making sure the area is clear from any obstacles and tripping hazards.
Now you're ready to play "Give a Dog a Biscuit" using the same technique as Pin the Tail on the Donkey!
With dog biscuit in hand and something soft covering their eyes, each person gets spun around three times. Then they are encouraged to walk towards the puppy picture so they can try to "give a dog a biscuit." Whoever sticks their paper dog biscuit closest to the puppy's mouth wins!
Of course, if there is a real puppy in your family, you can also celebrate this "holiday" by making them some yummy dog treats. Remember cooking with children provides an opportunity for them to learn science and math as you partake in some food-related family fun. (Just don't do any taste testing if your recipe calls for something other than food for people.)
Here are a few canine cookbook suggestions for parents and caregivers to borrow:
Becoming a Dog Chef: Stories and Recipes to Spoil your Pup from America's Top Dog Chef by Kevyn Matthews (Adults)
So how will you show your appreciation for dog biscuits or a dog named Biscuit on February 23? Do you have a favourite Biscuit book? Does your dog have a favourite biscuit flavour? Let us know in the comments and enjoy the stories - or, if you're a dog, the snacks. WOOF!