Rosh Hashanah Apple Activities for Kids

Dipping apples in honey is a Rosh Hashanah tradition your kids will eagerly enjoy. Instead of a simple snack, turn this edible holiday idea into a true sensory experience with these fun-filled family activities! Apple Taste Test Can your child tell the difference between a red delicious, gala, or other apples? Cut slices of several different apples and place each on its own plate. Ask your child to try a bite of each apple on its own—and then with honey. Discuss how each apple tastes. You may need to help your child use new vocabulary words (such as bitter or...

Paper Mache Shofar Art for Rosh Hashanah

Make your own shofar to celebrate Rosh Hashanah! Your crafty kiddo can learn more about this holiday with this creative art activity. Even though it won't make noise like a real shofar would, your child can use the artsy version for a day of make believe play! Arts and Crafts Materials You'll Need Construction paper Newspaper or newsprint Paper mache paste- or (if you want to make your own mix) equal parts flour, school glue and water Tempera paint Masking tape Paintbrushes How-To Art-Making Steps Crumple the newspaper into a long, thin cone shape. Twist and bunch the paper to...

Rosh Hashanah Culinary Creations for Kids to Help Cook

Your kids can help you to plan and prepare a family meal for Rosh Hashanah. The seder is an important part of the holiday celebration. While you may need to cook the main part of the meal yourself, your kids can help you with some of the no-heat-required items. If you're not sure where to start, check out these family-friendly culinary creations for the holiday! Simanim Salad  Simanim are eaten on the Rosh Hashanah to symbolize hopes for a sweet New Year. These foods traditionally include items such as honey, pomegranate, apples, leeks, dates, carrots and cabbage. Create a simanim...

National Grandparents Day Photo Portrait Collage Card Craft for Kids

Create a cute card for National Grandparents Day with your child! Instead of a store-bought greeting, your little artist can design their own photo portrait card to give to grandma and grandpa on their special day. Arts and Crafts Materials You'll Need Photos of grandma, grandpa or both grandparents Card stock paper Scissors Clear-drying school glue Crayons or markers How-To Art-Making Steps Select several photos of grandma, grandpa or both grandparents. Choose pictures that feature the grandparents' faces or were taken with your child. Fold an 8x10-inch or larger piece of card stock paper in half. Your child can choose...

International Literacy Day Book Themed Cake

Are you searching for a creative culinary way to celebrate International Literacy Day? Even though this special day is all about books, you can mark it with a fun foody-friendly treat. Before you start cooking with your kids, choose a favorite book to re-create as a themed cake. Ingredients You'll Need Cake mix- If you're an expert baker, use your own recipe. But if you don't exactly make your own Pinterest-worthy cakes, a mix is fine. Icing- Choose the colors of the book's jacket or cover (if it's a paperback) and white for the pages. Cardboard- You'll use this is...

Grandparent’s Day Sandwich Recipe Ideas for Kids

How do you plan to celebrate Grandparents' Day? If you're not sure what to do for grandma and grandpa, help the kids to create a family-friendly sandwich-themed feast for everyone to enjoy. Sandwich Bar Set up a sandwich bar buffet for the grandparents to enjoy. Your child can interview grandma and grandpa, asking them to choose their favorite sandwiches. Use the answers to create the buffet. Plate loaves of bread, rolls or flatbread square. Add deli meat, cheese, sliced veggies and spreads (such as hummus) to the sandwich bar. Complete the buffet with ketchup, mustard or other condiments. Lettuce Roll...

Labor Day Letter Writing Activity for Kids

Celebrate first responders this Labor Day—or any day! Kids can write letters to first responders, thanking them for the work they do and the help they selflessly provide. This writing activity helps children to better understand and appreciate the things doctors, nurses, paramedics, the police, fire fighters and other first responders do for the community every day. Not only can your kiddo celebrate the holiday and learn more about what first responders do, they can practice their writing skills too! Materials You'll Need Notebook or lined paper A pencil, pen or marker Construction paper or poster board A glue stick...

International Literacy Day Activities for the Family

How can your child celebrate International Literacy Day? If you're not sure how to mark this book-filled holiday, check out the fun-filled family activities your kiddo will want to try! Family Read-a-Thon Who can read the most books? Kick off a family read-a-thon on International Literacy Day. Keep a log of each family member's books or make a poster for everyone to see. Set a time-table, such as a week or a month, and count the books to determine who wins. The winner gets a special prize—a new book! Book Themed Treats Whip up a few book themed treats to...

Airplane Games for National Aviation Day

August 19th marks National Aviation Day. If you're looking for a way to celebrate with your child, check out these air travel themed games, activities and other ideas. Airplane Movement Game Your kiddo can fly like a plane. Challenge your child to turn their arms into wings and fly through the air. Even though your child's feet will stay firmly planted on the ground, they can run through the yard making airplane noises and moving like they're in mid-flight. Airplane Pretend Play Magically transform a plain cardboard box into an airplane! Open the top of the box and fold the...

Labor Day Treats Kids Can Help to Create

Get ready for your Labor Day picnic with a few patriotic red, white and blue treats! These easy ideas aren't just kid-friendly menu picks. Your kiddos can also help you to whip up the delish delights. Labor Day Ice Cream Cake Cover a round cake pan in wax paper and add a thick layer of blueberry or blue raspberry ice cream. But the cake pan and the ice cream in the freezer for 30 minutes to an hour. Crumble vanilla wafers and spread the cookies across the hardened ice cream. But the half-cake back in the freezer for an hour...