• Independence Day

    Independence Day celebrates the birthday of the United States of America. Founded July 4th 1776, with the signing of the Declaration of Independence, America is celebrating it's 234th birthday this year (2010) The 4th of July is a time for the Red White and Blue. A time for Picnics, Parades and Marching Bands. A time for Beaches, BBQs and "Bombs Bursting in Air." So pour yourself a cold one, put another "shrimp on the barbie," and join us for a birthday celebration with fun Holiday things for you and your family We've got some history to read, Flag facts, National Parks, National Monuments & Memorials, and...

Make a World Tourism Day Map

September 27th marks World Tourism Day. Celebrate this global travel holiday by helping your child to make a map. This isn’t just any map, but a map of a place where your child thinks that she would like to travel. Start by researching some top destinations. Help your child brainstorm places where she might want to visit. Ask her why she wants to visit these places and what she knows about them. Next, look in books or online for information about the places. Gather info on what the country or city looks like (if they are hills, mountains, bodies of...

Rosh Hashanah New Year’s Apple Card

The holiday Rosh Hashanah celebrates the Jewish New Year. Your child can wish family members and friends a “Happy New Year” with a cute card. This kids’ craft is easy to adapt and perfect for children in preschool and up. Apples are a popular food to eat for the Jewish New Year. Go with an apples theme, and have your child print “A” is for apple cards that she can give away! Materials Modeling clay Card stock paper Cardboard Scissors Green tissue paper Red tempera paint Clear-drying school glue Markers How-To Steps Cut a piece of white card stock paper...

Rosh Hashanah Challah Sandwiches

Celebrate Rosh Hashanah with an easy challah recipe. No, you don’t actually need to bake the challah yourself. Well, you can if you’re skilled in this area. But if you’re looking for a simple recipe that the kids will enjoy (and can even help to make), check these challah sandwich ideas out. Apples and Honey Dipping apples in honey is a popular Rosh Hashana holiday tradition. Along with dipping slices into a pool of honey, you can use this idea in a challah sandwich. Peel and thinly slice an apple. Smother sliced, toasted challah bread with a layer of honey...

International Day of Peace Kids’ Crafts

Celebrate International Day of Peace with your child! How? With a few fun-filled peace sign activities. Try these easy art activities that will help your child to get creative while learning about peace. Painted Peace Symbol Reuse a large piece of cardboard, turning it into a mega drawing pad. The side of an old appliance or electric box will work well. Your child can draw an over-sized peace sign onto the cardboard. Give your child a rainbow of tempera paints to finger paint onto the drawing. Peace Symbol Prints Draw a peace sign onto a piece of thin Styrofoam with...

International Literacy Day Art for Kids

Take reading off of the printed page on International Literacy Day. Add on to your child’s book-based experiences with a fun art activity. How can you include art into literature? Check out these crafty creations that kids can make to mark this special day. Shoe Box Diorama Your child can tell the tale of her favorite story in this mini scene box. Open an old shoe box and turn it on its side (one of the long sides). Draw the backdrop onto the interior of the box and then paint it. Your child can add accents, such as furniture or...

International Day of Democracy Activities for Kids

September 15th marks International Day of Democracy. Even though this may not exactly be a top “day” that you think about celebrating with your child, it does provide an excellent educational opportunity. The idea of a democracy has historical roots in ancient Greece. Start there and try this ancient activity that helps to teach your young child all about how democracy came to be. Research the Ancient Greeks Head to the local library and check out a few non-fiction books that feature the ancient Greeks and their democracy. Books such as “Ancient Greece: Birthplace of Democracy” by Kim Covert, “The...

Kids’ Activities for World Ozone Layer Day

Your budding environmentalist can learn a thing or two (or more) by celebrating World Ozone Layer Day. September 16th marks this Earth-friendly day. If your child shows an interest in science and helping out the environment, check out these activity ideas. Read a Book Start out your Ozone Day activities with some research. Read a book with your child that features a non-fiction account of what’s happening to the environment. Books such as “The Ozone Layer” by Rhonda Lucas Donald, “Mario and the Hole in the Sky” by David Diaz and Elizabeth Rusch or “Ozone Hole” by Sally Morgan are...

National Grandparent’s Day Keepsake Crafts by Age

Celebrate National Grandparent’s Day with a cute keepsake craft. Not only are these artsy activities fun for the kids, but they give grandma and grandpa something to treasure. If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind gift that the grandparents will adore, check out these crafty projects by age. Babies Even though your baby can’t actually make the art herself, she can help you to create a keepsake. How? Paint her feet with tempera and press them onto a piece of card stock paper. Of course, wash her feet off completely afterwards. Cut the paper out in the shape of a heart...

Make a Job Book for Labor Day

Labor Day is more than a time to have family picnics and play outdoors. Of course, you can certainly do those too! But you can also use Labor Day as a time to help your young child learn about what different people do. Help your child to do some research and then create a “Labor Day Jobs” book. This activity is easy to adapt for all different age groups. Preschoolers can draw pictures (and an adult can help with writing a few simple words), while older kids can draft paragraphs to include with each profession. Materials Cardboard – reuse the...

Multi-Media Portraits for National Grandparent’s Day

The first Sunday after Labor Day is a very special day. It’s National Grandparents Day! What can your family to do to celebrate grandma and grandpa? Try this fun-filled family portrait activity. You can adapt this artsy idea for children of all ages. Your younger kids can keep things basic, while older children can create more complex artistic representations. How can your kids get crafty and celebrate their grandparents? Check out this easy (but totally fun) idea! Materials Cardboard- reuse the front or side of an old large-sized box Markers, colored pencils or crayons Construction paper Craft felt Scissors Clear-drying...