4 Purim Books for Your Young Child

Your child dresses up like Queen Esther for the Purim carnival. They make hamentashen with you. But they still can’t really communicate what the holiday of Purim is or means. If you’re struggling to help your child to understand this Jewish holiday, try reading one of these child-friendly books on the subject! The Queen Who Saved Her People, by Tilda Balsley and Ilene Richard: The captivating illustrations, rhymes and humor of this easy read will grab your little learner’s attention. This children’s book is perfect for kids in kindergarten and the early elementary grades. Purim is Coming, by Tracy Newman...

President’s Day Kids’ Stamp Craft

Get crafty on President’s Day with this kids’ stamp art activity. Your child can create their own over-sized presidential stamp, celebrating some of history’s most notable figures. Start by choosing a president. If your child isn’t sure who to pick, take some time to research past presidents. Look online for bios or read age-appropriate books that feature, Washington, Lincoln and some of American’s other leaders. Your child doesn’t have to make one stamp. They can make several, choosing multiple presidents. Arts and Craft Materials Card stock paper Markers or crayons Scissors Construction paper Clear-drying school glue How-To Steps Draw the...

Easy St. Patrick’s Day Desserts

Your child can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by helping you to make a sweet treat. Even though your kiddo can’t use the oven or the stove, they can mix, measure and decorate these delicious goodies for the holiday. Cookie Balls Use a food processor to grind your child’s favorite cream-filled sandwich cookies into a sand-like consistency. Mix them with two to three ounces of cream cheese and form them into balls. Freeze the spheres. When they’re firm, take them out and coat them with melted chocolate. But not just any melted chocolate. Melt white chocolate in the microwave (be careful,...

President’s Day Puppet-Making for Kids

Celebrate President’s Day with a fun family puppet-making activity. Not only can your child learn about historic figures, but they can also get in some serious pretend play time. Recreate a favorite book about a president or have your child tell their own tale. Pick a president and try one of these easy kids’ holiday crafts. Paper Bag Puppets Flatten a lunch-sized paper bag, placing the flap side at the top. Your child can use crayons or markers to draw a face onto the flap. Add hair with yarn and glue and decorate the body with felt or fabric scrape....

Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Gifts That Kids Can Craft

Valentine’s Day is almost here! And your child just asked if you bought something for them to give grandma, grandpa or their favorite sitter. You didn’t. But that doesn’t mean it’s too late to help your little one make their very own last-minute Valentine’s Day gift for someone special. If you don’t have time to spend hours shopping at the mall and it’s too late to order something online (without paying astronomical overnight shipping fees), check out these easy-to-make DIY gifts. At-Home Spa Your kiddo can treat a loved one to a day (or several days) of beauty and pampering...

Chinese New Year Dumpling Ideas

Food plays a major role in celebrations across the world. And Chinese New Year is no different. While there are several different options for you to make as you create a new year’s dinner or brunch, dumplings are a favorite. Not only are they fun to make, but you can choose from a variety of different feelings — for everyone in the family. Bring the kids in to the activity, letting them measure and mix ingredients. Before you start cooking, check out these dumpling ideas for your Chinese New Year’s holiday celebration. Vegetarian Whether you don’t eat meat or your...

President’s Day Book-Making Kids’ Craft

Help your child to better understand American history with a President’s Day activity. Create a portrait-filled biography of a president together, writing and drawing a historical account of the figure’s life. Start with some basic research, looking online or reading books about presidents. Review a few different presidents and ask your child to choose one for this project. Later on they can go back and create another biography book for other presidents. Materials Cardboard (reuse the front and back of a cereal, cracker or other box) Scissors Construction paper Markers or crayons A hole punch Yarn How-to Steps Create one...

Family Valentine’s Day Activity Ideas By Age

Celebrating Valentine’s Day has changed since you’ve become a parent. Instead of romance and date night, you want to spend this holiday with your family. If you’re looking for a family-fun way to spend Valentine’s Day, check out these options by your child’s age. Families with children of different ages can combine activities or adapt them to fit the children’s different interests, activity levels and stages of development. Toddlers Your curious toddler is all about exploration. Turn their love of making discoveries into a family Valentine’s Day adventure. Cut out paper hearts and ‘hide’ them around your home, creating a...

Kids’ Mardi Gras Bead-Making Craft

Celebrate Mardi Gras with your very own bead-making project. Instead of buying the strands of beads that are part of the celebration tradition, your kids can create a crafty version. How can your child make their own beads? Look in your kitchen and you may just find an answer. If you have dried pasta, your kids can craft their own artsy beads. Instead of spaghetti or angel hair, you’ll need a pasta that the kids can string. This means using ziti, penne, macaroni elbows or another shape that has a hole or a tube down the center. You can even...

Valentine’s Day Conversation Heart Art for Kids

Candy conversation hearts are a staple of the Valentine’s Day celebration. Along with giving them to your loved ones or filling a bowl with them for a holiday party, you can also create cute crafts with them. That is, your child can create away with candy hearts for Valentine’s Day. Check out these easy-to-make art kids’ holiday art activities that all use conversation hearts! Candy Heart, Heart Kids can create a sweet Valentine’s Day greeting card using candy hearts — with only three things. All you need for this project are candy hearts, clear-drying school glue and card stock paper....