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...

6 Thanksgiving Books for Kids

Thanksgiving is coming up soon. Along with prepping the turkey and the trimmings, you want to help your tot to understand what the holiday is and why we celebrate it. Instead of having a lengthy discussion, try reading one of these Thanksgiving children’s books. The Story of the Pilgrims by Katharine Ross and Carolyn Croll. This child-friendly account of the first voyage across the Atlantic and the Pilgrims’ Thanksgiving feast is easy for little ones to understand. Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano and Lee Harper. Okay, so this isn’t exactly a ‘historical’ pick. But it’s a fun Thanksgiving read that...

Easy Thanksgiving Placemat Crafts for Kids

You’re dressing up the Thanksgiving table. But that doesn’t mean you have to break the bank on pricey decorations. Instead, get your child to help out and craft up a few cute placemats for your family to use. If you’re looking for a holiday art activity, check out these kids’ Thanksgiving placemat projects. Felt Turkeys Start this placemat with an 8x10-inch piece of craft felt in a fall color, such as red, orange or yellow. Cut out brown craft felt circles, making one bigger (for the turkey’s body) and one smaller (for its head). Your child can press the turkey...

Thanksgiving Leftover Recipe Ideas

It’s almost time for turkey! Thanksgiving is coming up and that means you’re getting ready to prepare your family’s feast. You spend weeks pouring over recipes, days planning a menu and plenty of time shopping. And then there’s the cooking. You spend an entire day (or a few) in the kitchen, and suddenly …it’s over. In hours your family has celebrated the holiday and the meal is done. But you still have plenty of food leftover. Obviously, you don’t want to waste any of it. What can you do? Check out these post-Thanksgiving leftover ideas. Turkey Salad This is a...

World Diabetes Day Awareness Activities

November 14th marks World Diabetes Day. Created by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) in 1991, this days aims to promote advocacy and awareness of diabetes as a worldwide health issue. What can you do to help the cause and mark this day? Think of ways to help others learn about the disease. If you’re not exactly sure what to do, check out these easy ideas that bring awareness to the community. Host a Speaker Invite a diabetes educator, or someone who has been living with the disease, to come speak at your child’s school, a community organization or local library....

4 Kids Crafts for Your Thanksgiving Table

You don’t need to spend your entire holiday budget on Thanksgiving table décor. No way. Instead, have the kids dress-up the table with these easy DIY décor crafts. Napkin Rings If you have a paper towel roll, you have napkin rings. Cut the tube apart into 2- to 3-inch sections. Paint the outsides in fall colors, such as red, yellow and orange. Your child can get creatively crafty and add felt, fabric or glitter and glue too! Place Cards Fold card stock paper into little tents to start the place card-making process. Your child can draw a holiday scene on...

Last-Minute Halloween Costume Ideas

Halloween is almost here! It isn’t just ‘almost here’, it’s right around the corner. And your Halloween costume isn’t ready yet. Whether you have a last-minute party to go to, your child decided that they want to wear something different or someone spilled grape juice all over their outfit, sometimes you need a last-minute idea. If you’ve run out of time and can’t order your costume pick online (and the Halloween store at the mall is already closed), check out these easy night-before or day-off options. Mummy Raid your first-aid kit and create an easy Halloween costume in minutes. If...