World Teacher’s Day Gift Ideas

Give the educator in your family's life a special surprise on World Teacher's Day. This special day, which happens on October 5 annually, is the perfect time to recognize the hard work and dedication that your child's teacher shows every day. In celebration, try one of these easy ideas to recognize a deserving educator. Lunch Treat The mini meal your child's teacher grabs in between classes (at their desk) isn't exactly a foodie find. Instead of a brown paper bag of cut veggies or a soggy sandwich, order a real meal for the teacher. Ask the principal (or other school...

World Food Day Recipe Activity Ideas for Kids

October 16 marks World Food Day. This special day sheds light on food scarcity and the need to solve the world-wide hunger epidemic. Along with activities such as donating to a food pantry or helping to serve a meal at a community kitchen, you can also help your child to better understand what eating looks (and tastes) like in other countries. Celebrate this global event with an international array of foodie finds—that your kiddos can help you to make. Croque Monsieur This French fave is an upgraded grilled cheese that comes with plenty of oeey, gooey goodness. Toast crusty bread...

Pumpkin Games for Your Family’s Halloween Party

Are you looking for fun-filled, family-friendly games to add to your Halloween party? If you're in charge of this year's festivities, check out the awesome activities that will entertain your children and their guests! Pumpkin Bowling While bowling with real pumpkins could get messy, this kids' game is much more tame. Instead of the real deal, use an orange ball. Decorate it with a jack o'lantern face using black permanent markers. Create ghastly ghost pins by painting soda bottles white (add eyes with a marker). You can also make mummy pins instead. Simply wrap the bottles in gauze! Mini Pumpkin...

Easy No-Bake Halloween Treats

Your child wants to whip up a kitchen-full of Halloween treats. But you aren't exactly the world's best baker. What can you do? If you aren't a from-scratch cook, don't stress. You can still get creative in the kitchen with the kiddos. Instead of digging up your grandma's intricate cake recipe, try these easy (and quick) holiday alternatives. Candy Corn Cookies Buy a dozen (or more) of your child's favorite flavored cookies. Use sugar cookies, chocolate chip, peanut butter or any other variety your family enjoys. Coat the top of each cookie with a thin layer of orange-colored frosting. Add...

Quick and Easy Halloween Crafts for Kids

With Halloween on the horizon, you're looking for quick crafts for kids. If you don't have a whole day to commit to crafting, these art activities are it! Your child can enjoy these art-making ideas after school, when the sitter comes over, at grandma's or during a holiday party. Paper Bag Pumpkins Color a plain lunch-sized paper bag with an orange marker or crayon, leaving the top few inches blank to color green. Open the bag and fill it with crumpled newspaper. Gather the bag just under the green top and tie it with a piece of yarn. Flying Bats...

World Teacher’s Day Pencil Holder Craft for Kids

October 5th marks World Teacher's Day. Help your child to celebrate this special day with an imaginative art activity. Forget about pricey store-bought options or the same cards the teacher gets year after year. Gift the teacher a handmade pencil holder to put on their desk and display. Not only is this an easy way for your child to show off their artsy side, but it is also a way celebrate a special teacher with a present from the heart.  After the art-making is complete, your little learner can give the craft to their teacher to use for the rest...

Challah Sandwich Ideas for Rosh Hashanah

Your family baked their favorite challah bread recipe in celebration of Rosh Hashanah. Keep the Jewish New Year's fun going with a few easy-to-make challah sandwich ideas. These are perfect for your kids' lunches, an impromptu holiday gathering or an outdoor picnic adventure (provided the fall weather cooperates). Apples and Honey Apples and honey are a holiday staple for the Jewish New Year. Combine this sweet selection with your freshly-baked challah and make a completely kid-friendly sandwich. Remove the skins from the apples and slice them. If your young child doesn't enjoy the crunch of an apple slice (or you...

Halloween Party Activities for the Whole Family

Are you on the hunt for Halloween party activities? If you're planning a family-friendly holiday event, check out the ideas that will keep your guests busy (and entertained!) for hours. Scavenger Hunt Set up a Halloween-themed scavenger hunt that takes the kids around the house or yard, looking for clues. Create clues that focus on the holiday and your party decor, such as, "Find the spooky spider web" or, "Search for the ghoulish ghost." Divide the kids into teams and let them loose! End each team's hunt with a Halloween "treat." Ghost Race How fast can a ghost race across...

Halloween Chocolate-Covered Pretzel Recipe

You've stocked up on candy. But you're still looking for an easy-to-make treat to make for your Halloween party. If you don't want to spend the day slaving away over the stove, check out this simple chocolate-covered holiday pretzel recipe! Ingredients You'll Need Pretzels- Choose your favorite shape or combine rods, smaller twists and larger thick twists Chocolate Orange, yellow, and black sprinkles Wax paper Optional: Candy eyes How-To Steps Melt the chocolate. Break the chocolate into pieces. Place the pieces into a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave the chocolate in 10-second increments until it melts. Check the chocolate often to make...

Halloween Ghost and Bat Decoration Activity for Kids

Halloween gets a boo-st with this ghostly art activity! Your crafty kiddo can create a tree-full of ghouls, making their own DIY holiday décor. If you're searching for a Halloween party idea, this is perfect for your entire group of little goblins. Add a few spooky bats to your ghost craft for an extra-special treat (not trick!). Craft Materials You'll Need White and black card stock paper A hole punch Crayons (white and dark colors) Scissors Orange and black yarn How-To Art Activity Steps Draw ghost shapes onto the white card stock paper with a dark crayon. Your child can...