Chinese New Year’s 2020 Rat Crafts for Kids

How can you celebrate the Chinese New Year with your child? 2020 is the year of the rat. If your young child doesn't fully understand the holiday or its significance, start slowly—with a rat-themed art activity. These artsy ideas are ideal for older toddlers and preschoolers. Rat Puppet Use a paper bag to create a rat puppet. Place a flattened lunch-sized bag with the flap facing up. Use crayons or markers to draw the rat's face on the flap. Draw the body onto the rest of the bag. Glue or tape a piece of yarn to the back of the...

Easy Valentine’s Day Party Decor

Do you need to decorate your home for an impromptu holiday party? Celebrate Valentine's Day with easy-to-make party décor. And bonus, your kids will get a kick out of these cute heart-themed crafts. Heart Garland Use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to trace shapes on top red, pink, purple and white card stock paper. If you don't have a cookie cutter, draw a heart onto a piece of scrap carboard, cut it out and use it as a template. Cut the hearts out and punch one hole on each side. String the heart garland together with ribbon or yarn. If you're...

Valentine’s Day Strawberry Shortcakes

Do you need a quick, easy to make Valentine's Day treat for child's school holiday party or your own at-home bash? If you don't have the time, or the baking skills, to whip up your own from-scratch goodies, check out this super-simple heart-themed strawberry shortcake. Not only is this an easy recipe (that you can complete in less time than you think), but it's also fun for the kids to help cook. What You'll Need: Ready-made small-sized shortcake cups (these are available from most major grocery retailers) Whipped topping Strawberries Optional: Ready-made chocolate dipped strawberries How-To Strawberry Shortcake Steps Chop...

Valentine’s Day Faux Flower Heart Card Craft for Kids

Before you buy boxes of Valentine's Day cards, make your own! Don't worry if you aren't exactly a Martha Stewart-level crafter. These kid-friendly craft cards are easy for anyone and everyone to make. From your preschooler to your high schooler, your kids will kids a kick out of making these holiday greetings. Craft Supplies You'll Need Card stock paper (8x11-inch sheets) Scissors Red, pink and white tissue paper Clear-drying school glue A paintbrush Red and pink glitter Markers or crayons How-To Steps Fold the card stock paper in half. Draw a heart on the front of the card. Cut or...

Preschool Groundhog Day Crafts

Celebrate Groundhog Day with a creative kids' craft! If you're not sure where your artsy kiddo should start, check out these holiday projects that are perfect for preschoolers. Shadow Drawing Will the groundhog see his shadow on his big day? Help your child to understand the concept of shadows with a science-and-art drawing exploration. Go outside and use the natural light or (if the weather won't cooperate) use the artificial light indoors. Position an object, such as a favorite stuffed animal, in the light so that it casts a shadow. Place a piece of paper on the ground and have...

New Year’s Day Family Brunch Ideas

How are you celebrating New Year's Day? If you have a family brunch planned, don't let yourself get stuck in the kitchen all morning long. Enlist the help of your kids and create a menu that they can whip up too! While young children can't use the stove or the oven, they can help with measuring, mixing, decorating and even some of the menu planning. If you're not sure what items to add to your holiday brunch menu, consider these tasty (and easy to make) picks. Egg Sandwiches You can handle making the eggs and the kiddos can out them...

New Year’s Firework Craft Cards for Kids to Create

Send a special New Year's greeting to friends and family with a homemade card. Your creative kiddo can break out the paints, crayons and more to craft this card, making a fireworks-themed work of art to celebrate 2020! Read on for the easy how-to steps your child can follow. Art Materials Needed to Make the Cards 8x10-inch card stock paper Tempera paints Paintbrushes Toothpicks Crayons or markers How-to Art-Making Steps Fold the card stock paper in half to make a card. Your child can create a book-style card or one that looks like a tent. Paint a New Year's Eve...

New Year’s Banner Art Activity for Kids

Are you looking for a New Year's Eve craft for the kids? If you need a project to keep your children busy during a holiday party or as the evening events approach, take a look at how you can get crafty, help the kids to get creative and spend a fun-filled holiday day making festive decorations! This New Year's banner art activity is perfect for kids in preschool and up. Art Materials You'll Need Card stock paper (choose a few different colors or use paper with a metallic sheen) Markers A hole punch Ribbon or yarn Scissors Clear-drying school glue...

New Year’s Foods for Good Luck

Start the New Year of right with a "good luck" meal! Some foods are symbols of good luck—especially when it comes to the New Year's Eve and New Year's Day holidays. If you're looking for a few good luck foods, check out these family-friendly options. Lentils With a shape that's believed to look like Roman coins, lentils are a symbol of wealth and prosperity for the New Year. Cook the lentils, let them cool and add them to a festive holiday day salad. Mix the lentils with greens (which are also a lucky New Year's food), add raisins or dried...

How To Make Hanukkah Dreidel Cookies

Make a dreidel—out of sugar cookies! This Hanukkah holiday treat is easy to make, even if you aren't an expert baker. Gather the family in the kitchen for a cookie-making activity that everyone can enjoy. Read on for the how-to steps and creative cookie gift ideas. What You'll Need You have a few different options when it comes to dreidel decorated cookies. If you have a favorite sugar cookie recipe, bake the treats from scratch. If not, or if you prefer something simple, start with refrigerated dough. After the dough is ready to go, you'll need two cookie cutters—a square...