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Interesting January Facts for Kids (2024 Updated!)

The month of January is bursting with hope and new beginnings. It’s time to get past the past and concentrate on a new beginning. In January, there are a lot of extremes. The hottest month in the northern hemisphere is January, despite the fact that it is typically the coldest and snowiest. 

See all of our interesting facts about January if you’re curious about this month in general. Some of these, we believe, will truly surprise you. They’ll also help lift your spirits and motivate you to start the New Year off right.

January Symbols:

The insignia for each month of the year is distinctive. Each month has a birthstone that goes with it. Astrological signs are based on a January birth month, along with a monthly flower. According to the month you were born, these are all based. With your children, enjoy the month of January and teach them interesting facts about holidays, flowers, and birthstones.

1. Birthstone

Garnet stone

The birthstone for January is garnet. It is viewed as a representation of love, devotion, friendship, and protection. Garnet is also said to protect the user while they are traveling.

2. Flower

Carnation Flower

The carnation is a symbol for the month of January. Because of its delicate petals and range of gorgeous colors, the carnation is recognized as one of the most understated yet endearing flowers. Carnations outlast all other flowers in a bouquet, which is ideal for the chilly, hardy, and hearty month of January.

3. Zodiac signs

Capricorn and Aquarius are the January zodiac signs in astrology.

22 December to 19 January: Capricorn

January 20 to February 18 is Aquarius.

4. Gregorian calendar

The Gregorian calendar’s month of January, which has 31 days, is the first month of the year (12-month calendar).

New Year’s  Fun Facts

1. It’s freezing outside

Snowfall in January

In the Northern Hemisphere, January is regarded as the coldest month of the year. One’s eyeballs would begin to ice after only a few seconds of being outside due to the extreme cold.

2. The Southern Hemisphere experienced its highest temperature ever.

The record-breaking southern hemisphere temperature of 50.7°C (123°F) was reached in Oodnadatta, Australia, on January 2, 1960. That is scorching hot! So, January is not only the coldest month but also the warmest!

3. The January month’s deep-red diamond

The birthstone for January babies is garnet..! There are numerous colors available for this precious jewel. Yet, rich red garnets are the most well-liked and valuable ones. This and the pomegranate, a fruit with many seeds, have similar origins.

4. The god’s name was Janus.

Janus God

The name of the month of January is derived from the Roman god Janus. Janus had two heads, one of which was bent backward and the other forward.

5. The darkest months

The Roman calendar initially only had 10 months, with January and February not included. This is due to the fact that during the coldest and darkest months, the government and military were not active.

6. For millions of immigrants, a new country

The opening of Ellis Island, the primary hub, on January 1, 1892, which allowed for the immigration of nearly 20 million people, was one of the most significant milestones in American history. In fact, it’s been calculated that 40% of all Americans have at least one ancestor who came to the country via Ellis Island. 

7. Prominent and well-known January birthdays

Elvis Presley Statue

Those born in January are dominated by the number 1 according to numerology for obvious reasons. People born in January are frequently independent, passionate, analytical, and natural leaders. Famous January birthdays included those of Elvis Presley, Muhammad Ali, Michelle Obama, Jeff Bezos, Oprah Winfrey, and Ellen Degeneres. The people on this list earn a ton of money!

8. Consider ending your relationship? Execute in January.

More marriages end in divorce or separation in January than any other month of the year, earning the title “divorce month” among attorneys. In any situation, it is safe to assume that January is also a divorce attorney’s preferred month.

9. An annual celebration in honor of a hero in America

During the era of segregation in the United States, civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. played a pivotal role in the struggle for the rights of the African-American population.

Martin Luther King Jr

Martin Luther King, Jr. tragically died in a shooting in 1968. Every third Monday in January, Americans commemorate the man and what he stood for. This is the circumstance given that Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929.

10. It’s customary to have a “dry January.

In the United Kingdom, some people take part in “Dry January.” The goal of this campaign is to improve public health by enticing people to give up alcohol for a month. 

11. Trapped beneath a snow avalanche

At the Giant Forest Weather Station in California, 60 inches of snow fell on January 19, 1933, shattering all previous records for snowfall in the Golden State. During the unanticipated blizzard, many motorists were stranded in their vehicles along the mountain roadways for several days.

January activities for Kids:

For your child, the new year marks a new beginning. Have fun with your children as you do these January activities!

  1. ​​If it snows where you live, take a water pistol or spray bottle and some food coloring, then go outdoors and paint in the snow!
    water pistol
  2. Go outside if it’s warm enough! Play catch or go for a walk with a friend. Just spend some time outdoors together, if you can, and try to get some sun!
  3. During winter, learn while having fun! Use toothpicks and marshmallows to create igloos! 
  4. To commemorate National Puzzle Day, solve a puzzle together! (January 29)
  5. You can create a paper plate snowman or a craft stick snowman whether you have snow or not!


We sincerely hope you enjoyed learning all of these interesting facts about January, which is also the ideal month to begin planning your garden for the coming season because it is the month for fresh starts, bold dreams, and reaching new goals.

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