Movember was created as an annual event to raise awareness of men’s serious health issues, including prostate cancer. The overall goal of Movember is to “change the face of men’s health,” hence the idea behind growing a mustache during the month of November.
In 2003, the Movember movement was created by two friends in Australia and has since become a worldwide event with several countries participating. In 2009, the U.S. Movember Foundation was recognized as an official charity and the LIVESTRONG Foundation joined the efforts to help further fund research efforts. In 2014, it’s reported that the Movember Foundation had raised $649 million since 2003. Through social media the foundation has grown their following beyond their original beliefs.
It’s important to educate our youth on important health issues because that generation will be responsible for taking these efforts to the next level. One way to teach our children and students is to make learning fun. We’ve created these mustache printables that you can use this month to introduce kids to Movember.
Print these fun printables and allow your children to pick their favorite ‘stache. On the first sheet, you’ll find famous presidential mustaches worn by William Howard Taft and Theodore Roosevelt. On the second sheet, you’ll find well-known ‘staches worn by Albert Einstein, Captain Hook, Mario, and of course Luigi. And we couldn’t forget Mr. Potato Head and Yosemite Sam, they’re on the third sheet. And don’t worry, all of these can be used without the need of applying any beard balm.
While you and your child have fun with these great printables. Here are some fun and education facts about their favorite staches and the people/characters that sport them.
- Albert Einstein said, “If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music… I do know that I get most joy in life out of my violin.”
- Captain Hook has two fears. He hated the sight of the crocodile which pursued him after Pan cut off his hand and the crocodile ate it. He also had the fear of seeing his own blood.
- Want to know a fun gamer fact about Mario? As long as Mario is descending when he hits an enemy from “below,” he will bounce off the enemy rather than taking a hit.
- In 1952, George Lerner invented and patented Mr. Potato Head. The idea behind the spud toy is based on an earlier toy called “make a face” that used a real potato. Lerner originally designed his all-plastic toy as a prize for cereal premiums. Mr. Potato Head was the first toy to be advertised on network television.
- Did you know that President Howard Taft was the heaviest president – weighing in at over 330 pounds. Once, he got stuck in the White House bath tub and required the assistance of six aides to pull him free. After that, the tub was replaced with a new one, large enough to hold four grown adult men. Also, William Taft was the first president to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
- Yosemite Sam is a man of many aliases, including Chilkoot Sam, Square-deal Sam, Riff Raff Sam, Sam Schulz, Seagoin’ Sam, Shanghai Sam, and Sam Von Schamm the Hessian.
- The Lorax was Dr. Seuss’ absolute favorite of his authored books. He was able to create a story addressing economic and environmental issues without it being seen as overly political or preachy. “The Lorax,” he once explained, “came out of me being angry. In The Lorax I was out to attack what I think are evil things and let the chips fall where they might.”
Have fun! Take pictures of you and your children/students with their new mustaches. Glue or tape a Popsicle stick onto the printable to make it easy for children to have fun with all of the mustaches. For extra durability, consider printing the mustaches onto card-stock paper. If you’re feeling creative, punch a hole in the middle of the mustache printable and insert a straw or you can tape the mustache onto a paper cup.