Fourth of July Kids’ Party Game Ideas

Keep the kids busy during your July 4th party with a day of fun-filled, family-friendly games. If you're looking for a few options that will wow at your next backyard bash, check out these perfect party picks! Red, White and Blue-loons Fill red, white and blue balloons with water. Split the kids into two teams, giving each their own stash of balloons. You'll need plenty of space for them to run around, as they duck, hide and throw the balloons at each other. This is an ideal way to cool down on a hot July day. Ice Race Freeze red,...

American Flag July 4th Party Invitations

Are you having July 4th party? Instead of sending email announcements or store-bought invitations, get crafty and create your own! Not only will your guests appreciate your family's artful efforts, but the activity also gives your child something to do during their school break. Craft Materials You'll Need 8x10-inch white card stock paper Red and blue craft felt or foam Clear-drying school glue Silver star stickers A pencil A ruler A marker How-To Steps Cut the paper into 4x6-inch cards. Each card will become one invitation. Use the ruler and the pencil to make a rectangle star area and stripes....

Father’s Day Tie Cookies

Celebrate dad on his special day with these cute, and easy to make, Father's Day cookies. Even though your child is too young to bake on their own, they can help mix, measure and decorate the sweet treats for their proud papa. This children's baking idea also doubles as a STEM activity! Turn your kitchen into a science lab, letting your little learner explore the ingredients or ask them to add and subtract quantities of each item. After the science and math fun is done, it's time start making dad his Father's Day surprise! Ingredients You'll Need Dad's favorite cookie...

Fourth of July Fireworks: Art for Kids

Create fireworks of your own this Fourth of July! Your crafty kiddo can get artsy, making their own shimmering display—on a piece of paper. This easy art activity is the perfect party activity. Keep your pint-sized guests busy during a holiday backyard bash and set up a crafting table. After the artwork dries, hang the July 4th firework designs up as part décor! Materials You'll Need Black or dark blue poster board Clear-drying school glue Glitter How-to Art Activity Steps Dot the glue onto the poster board, creating a fireworks design. If squeezing glue directly from the bottle is tricky...

Flag Day Treats to Make with Your Child

Your child can get creative in the kitchen, helping you to whip up a few Flag Day themed treats. Celebrate the red, white and blue with these easy to make desserts! Red, White and Blue Layer Cake With a little food coloring and a lot of imagination, your child can help you to create this multi-layer (and multi-hued) treat. Choose your favorite vanilla cake recipe or use a boxed mix. You'll need enough batter to make three full circle-shaped cakes. Add a few drops of blue food coloring to one batch of batter and red to another. Keep the third...

Father’s Day Crown Card

Celebrate dad with this Father's Day king crown card! Instead of buying a ready-made card, your child can hand-craft dad this artsy option. Not only does the greeting share a special message, but the special guy in your life can also wear the 'crown card' on his big day. Materials You'll Need Construction paper Crayons Scissors Clear tape Clear-drying school glue Sequins How-to Crafting Steps Position two 8x10-inch pieces of construction paper horizontally next to each other. Draw the top of crown design (pointy edges) across the middle of the paper—again horizontally. Cut the paper at the lines. Tape the...

Kids’ Activities for World Environment Day

June 5th marks World Environment Day. This holiday provides the perfect opportunity to help your young child learn about the planet and what their role is in helping it. How can you teach your child about being green? Check out these easy environmental activity ideas for kids! Upcycle and Reuse for Art Your crafty kiddo enjoys making art 24-7. But the amount of paper they use on a daily basis makes you feel uncomfortable—in an eco-conscious way. Instead of buying new packages of paper, use what you already have at home. Search the house for older worksheets, flyers or other...

Flag Day Clay Craft for Kids of All Ages

June 14 is Flag Day! Celebrate with a special kids' craft—in red, white and blue. Create a textured flag, using clay. Instead of making a full 3D sculpture, your child will use a method similar to finger painting (but with clay). The result is a flag that pops off the paper. This easy art activity option is ideal for kids of all ages. You can adapt the craft to fit your preschooler's needs or extend it for your older elementary school-aged child. Materials You'll Need Cardboard (reuse the side of an old box) Red, white and blue modeling clay Scissors...

Father’s Day Activity Ideas with a Newborn

Now that baby is here it's time for dad to celebrate his first Father's Day. Even though your infant is far from active, that doesn't mean dad and his newborn can't have an adventure-packed day. If you just had a baby, and Father's Day is approaching, check out these fun family ideas. The proud papa will appreciate the effort! Park Picnic Pack a picnic lunch, filling a basket with fresh fruit, cut veggies, dad's favorite sandwiches and (of course) a sweet treat. Take baby for a stroll to the local park, cover the grass with a blanket and spend some...

Fun Father’s Day Breakfast Recipes for Kids to Make

Give the special guy in your life a true treat with breakfast in bed! Celebrate Father's Day with these easy-to-make kid-created recipes. These super-simple ideas are perfect for preschoolers, but still fun for older kids and teens to try too. Breakfast Bowl Whip up a healthy treat for dad on his day. Smoothie bowls are growing in popularity. Instead of simply blending a smoothie, pour the delish drink into a bowl, add fruit, oats or another topping. Pick dad's favorite fresh fruits to start. Mix these with yogurt in the blender. Top with shredded coconut, sliced bananas or anything else...