Easy DIY Christmas Ornament Crafts for Kids

With Christmas coming you’re getting ready by putting up your tree and decorating it. Before you rush out to stand in long lines and pay hefty prices for ornaments, try a DIY version. These kids’ craft ornaments are easy for children of all ages to make. And bonus, you’ll get a cute keepsake to put on the tree for years to come. Paper Poinsettias Kids can craft paper flower ornaments, adding a special holiday sparkle to the tree. Cut a bumpy circle from a piece of red or green paper. Start spiraling in with the scissors, creating a snail shell-like...

5 Hanukkah Books for Your Young Child

Your child has all kinds of questions about Hanukkah. And you have answers. At least, some answers. If you want to help your child to learn more about the holiday, these books can help you to explain the story and some of the traditions. Latke, the Lucky Dog by Ellen Fischer and Tiphanie Beeke. Animal-lovers will enjoy this sweet story. A rescue dog has to learn his new home’s rules, and the Hanukkah traditions too! Elmo’s Little Dreidel by Naomi Kleinberg and Christopher Moroney. Your kiddo’s favorite little red monster is here to teach a Hanukkah lesson. If your toddler...

Hanukkah Menorah Crafts for Kids

Lighting the menorah is one of the most well-known traditions of Hanukkah. But with young children, it can get tricky. The flames, the fire risk and the possibility of burns may make you shy away from lighting the candles. If your little ones aren’t exactly candle-ready, try these no-fire mock menorah options. You can still go ahead and light the real thing (even though you’re making a flameless menorah too) — just keep the candles far away from your child. Cardboard Tubes Reuse cardboard tubes from paper towel rolls, turning them into faux candles. Paint the outsides, line them up...

Easy Hanukkah Holiday Treats

Celebrate each of Hanukkah’s eight nights with a festive, and family-friendly, food. You don’t have to prep a full multi-course dinner for each night. Instead try these snacks, desserts and other holiday treats. And bonus, the kids can help you to make these super-simple recipes! Cut-Out Cookies Make a menorah — with cookies. Use cookie cutters to make rectangle and oval shapes. Whip up a batch of your favorite sugar cookies or use a mix. After baking the cookies, and letting them cool, frost them. The rectangles will be the menorah’s base and the candles, with the ovals as flames....

8 Nights of Kids’ Hanukkah Art

Get crafty this Hanukkah and help the kids create awesome holiday art. You have eight nights to get artsy and try out paint, clay, collage and other types of projects with your kids. Paint Print Menorah: Cut apart a kitchen sponge and use it to paint print a colorful menorah. Your child can dip the sponges in tempera and press them onto a piece of paper to create the holiday art. Pipe Cleaner Menorah: If paint isn’t on the artsy agenda, have your child twist pipe cleaners into a menorah shape instead. Dreidel Drawing: Are you looking for something simple?...

Christmas Gift Wrap Crafts for Kids

It’s almost time for Christmas. And that means you have more than a few gifts to wrap. Before running out and buying roll after roll of wrapping paper, get crafty and have the kids create their own. From boxes and bags to sheets of artsy gift wrap, you can treat the grandparents, aunts and uncles or anyone else who is special in your child’s life to these cute creations. Paint Prints Cut a kitchen sponge into triangle shapes, dip it into green tempera paint and press it onto plain white gift wrap. What do you get? Crafty Christmas tree paper!...

Kids’ International Volunteer Day Family Activity Ideas

December 5th is International Volunteer Day. You don’t have to be an adult to volunteer for a good cause on this special day — or any day for that matter. Teach your child about the benefits of volunteering, and help them to help others, with a charitable family experience. Where can you volunteer with your child? There are several options for giving back, depending on your child’s age. Take a look at some meaningful volunteer ideas for yourself and your child. Toy and Clothes Donation Your tot is too young to volunteer at a soup kitchen or help build a...

Thanksgiving Holiday Leaf Crafts for Kids

It’s fall. And those leaves are coming off the trees in piles. Instead of raking them all away, use some of your autumn leaves for a few cute kids’ Thanksgiving crafts. Take a look at the ways in which your child can transform plain fall leaves into adorable art with a Thanksgiving theme. Leaf Turkeys Grab a large leaf and glue it onto a piece of card stock paper or cardboard. The pointy parts at the top double as the turkey’s feathers. Have your child draw on a face and paint the ‘feathers’ or body with temperas. Instead of paint,...

Recycled Thanksgiving Art Activities for Kids

It doesn’t have to be Earth Day just to talk to your child about recycling and reusing. With Thanksgiving coming up, there are plenty of opportunities to get Earth-friendly, recycle and reuse your way to a cute and crafty project. Combine a lesson in environmentalism with your kiddo’s holiday art activity and try one of these easy ideas! Popcorn Project Your child got some sort of popcorn concoction for Halloween. But it’s gone uneaten for almost a month. It’s stale, chewy and not anything that you want your child to eat. That doesn’t mean you have to toss it into...

World Philosophy Day Activities for Kids

You don’t have to be an academic scholar to celebrate World Philosophy Day. You also don’t have to be an adult. Your child can learn about philosophy basics, taking part in this global day. Get deep into thought and try out some of these children’s philosophy activities. Right vs. Wrong What makes something right, and not wrong? Or what makes it wrong, and not right? Pick a few situations that have characters that are ‘right’ or ‘wrong’. For example, read a story about a character who steals, is purposefully mean or does something else to harm another person in the...