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    New Years Holiday Information

       The New Year is a time of friends and family, and parties and fun. A time of fireworks, counting down and rockin' out with good ol' Dick Clark. It's a time for resolutions, realizations, and a brand new year. Did you know that New Year's Day wasn't always celebrated on January 1st? Or that there are lots of different foods traditionally eaten to welcome in the New Year? And why are bombs bursting in air and balls dropping in New York's Times Square? Well we've got these answers and lots of other fun stuff; including holiday pictures for the kids - just print...

Tu B’Shevat Kids’ Craft

The Jewish holiday Tu B’Shevat is known as the “New Year for Trees.” Celebrate this day with a special tree planting craft. Your child can create her own bag to carry seeds in, and then go plant them. Give that it’s winter, and the weather isn’t right for planting, you can plant the seeds in an indoor container. In the spring transfer the new plants to an outdoor area. Materials: Craft felt Scissors Clear-drying school glue A hole punch Yarn Instructions: Fold a piece of 8x10-inch (paper=sized) craft felt in half from bottom to top, making a pocket. Glue the...

Valentine’s Day Candy Heart Recipes

You already celebrate Valentine’s Day by handing out those cute little candy conversation hearts to your honey. Take the hearts a step farther and use them to dress up a few fun holiday recipes. Don’t worry if you’re not a world-class cook or the beat baker on the block. These Valentine’s Day recipes are easy enough for even your child to try out (or at least, help out with). No-Bake Candy Layer Pie This “pie” is really a mini version, minus the full-on crust. Crumble graham crackers or grind them into a sand-like consistency in a food processor. Spoon a...

Inauguration Day Activities for Kids

January 20th is Inauguration Day. Whether you voted for the president-elect or not, this day provides you with the chance to help your child understand the American political system. Along with watching the televised ceremony (if your child is at school can’t watch it, you can always take a look at it online later on), you can spend some time trying out a few president themed activities! White House Model Start with a shoe box and some card stock paper. Cut the paper, paint the box white and have your child model the president’s home. Younger children can make a...

Valentine’s Day Heart Postcard

Your child can send a special holiday greeting on Valentine’s Day with a creative homemade card! Don’t worry if you’re not the craftiest parent out there. This is a super-simple project, that both you and your child can create together. The heart design is perfect as a postcard or you can pack the card up into an envelope and deliver it to a special friend or family member. Materials: Card stock paper Scissors Craft felt Clear-drying school glue Markers Instructions: Use 8x10-inch or letter-sized card stock paper as a base for the Valentine’s Day card. Go with pink or red...

Children’s Books to Read for Civil Rights Day

Celebrated on the third Monday of January, Civil Rights Day is an alternative name for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Like MLK Day, this holiday is dedicated to human rights and one of the most notable figures in modern history (Martin Luther King Jr.). Mark this very special day by helping your young child to understand what civil rights are and the humanitarians who have helped people to get them. If you’re not sure how to communicate the importance of this day (and what civil rights are) these children’s books are easy for kids to understand and fun to read!...

Orthodox Christmas Dinner Ideas

Christmas has come and gone. But, Orthodox Christmas Day is still on the horizon. Celebrated on January 7th, this date comes from the use of the Julian calendar (which pre-dates our modern day Gregorian calendar). While this is mainly a holiday celebrated in eastern European countries, you can mark the day with festivities for your entire family too! A family meal is a major way to celebrate this holiday. So, what goes on the menu? Many of the teats come from different countries where Orthodox Christmas Day is celebrated. Not only can you eat as a family, but you can...

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Biography Craft for Kids

Help your child to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a biography book-making craft. While your little learner can pick the obvious (Martin Luther King Jr.) as the subject of this bio, she can also choose another historical African American figure. Keep in mind, history is always being made. This means that your child doesn’t have to choose someone who lived well before she was born. She can choose a current person of note, such as President Obama. She can even choose a child to learn about (someone such as Little League pitching star Mo’ne Davis). Materials: Cardboard (reuse...

Chanukah Games, Recipes and Crafts for Kids

With eight nights, you’ll find plenty of time for Chanukah activities with your child. From cooking to games, your child can have all kinds of holiday fun (each and every night). If you’re looking for a few family-friendly ideas, check these out! Dreidel The traditional holiday spinning top game is hours of fun for kids of all age. The kids can spin the dreidel (each side has a different Hebrew letter on it), after adding to the collective ‘pot’. Give the kids something simple to add, such as raisins, small pieces of chocolate or gummi candies. If the dreidel lands...

New Year’s Day Kids’ Kitchen Science

It’s New Year’s Day and you’ve volunteered to whip up a special holiday brunch – for the entire family! Get the kids in on the act and turn some of your meal prep into super science activities. How? Check out these kitchen science ideas that also help you to prep for your holiday meal. Grand Glittering Gelatin Help your child to learn about states of matter, while transforming liquid into wiggly gelatin. Start by asking your child what she thinks will happen when you add the water to the powder. Then ask her to predict what will happen when you...

Last Minute New Year’s Eve Activities for Kids

Christmas is over and New Year’s Eve is almost here! You’ve planned a family-friendly party, inviting all of your friends and their kids. The menu is set, you’ve bought all the food and you’ve stocked the fridge with plenty of champagne (for the adults only, of course). But, you’re short on holiday activities for the kids. Now what? Check out these last minute New Year’s kids’ crafts. Party Poppers All you need for this one is an empty push pup (wash and dry it first), confetti, tissue paper and a glue stick. If you don’t happen to have confetti on...