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World Meteorological Day Activities for Kids and Families

March 23rd marks World Meteorological Day. Celebrate this weather-related day with a few fun-filled family activities. If you're not sure where to start, check out these creative ideas for kids of all ages! Today's Weather Painting Take an easel outside and "record" the day's weather. If you don't have an easel, don't worry. Unfold an old cardboard box and place it on the ground. Put a piece of paper on the cardboard—or paint directly onto the cardboard! Ask your child to observe the weather and paint what they see. If it's actively raining, bring an umbrella outside to shield the...

World Poetry Day Family Activities

March 21st marks World Poetry Day. Help your child to celebrate this special day, and learn more about the written word, with a few fun family activity ideas. Poetry Reading Stage a poetry reading—in your living room! Ask each family member to choose their favorite poem or a series of poems written by a beloved poet. Clear a space, create a stage area and give everyone their own chance to express themselves dramatically. After the reading is over, discuss the poetry together as a family. Poetry Painting Ask your child to turn their favorite poem into a 2-D piece of...

St. Patrick’s Day Sweet Treats the Whole Family Can Make Together

Are you looking for an easy, and sweet, St. Patrick's Day recipe? If you're not an expert baker, but you want to create a buffet of goodies for your family's holiday party, check out these tasty treats! And bonus, these ideas are easy enough for the kids to help make too. Shamrock Cookies Put your leftover Valentine's Day heart-shaped cookie cutters to use again. Choose your favorite sugar cookie recipe or use a boxed mix. Roll out the dough and cut out heart shapes. You'll need three for each cookie. Arrange the hearts in three's, with the points facing in...

Artsy Ideas for Read Across America Day

Get ready to read! March 2nd marks Read Across America Day—and in celebration you can pick some of your kiddo's favorite titles to page through. Even though reading is the main event, you can also add to this special day with a few creative crafts. If you're not sure where to start, check out these book-based art ideas for kids in preschool and up. Book-Making Craft Kids can create their own books to read on this day and every day after. Simply stack a few sheets of white construction paper inside a colorful piece of card stock (make sure the...

Read Across America Activities for Toddlers

How should you celebrate Read Across America Day with your toddler? On March 2nd you can help your little learner to start a lifetime love of literature with a book-themed activity. If you're not sure where to start, read on for easy ideas that will entertain and educate your child. Make Your Own Book Use cardboard, construction paper and a few family photos to create your own picture book. Cut the board and paper to the same size, glue or tape the photos on each page and write words to accompany the pictures. tell the tale of your family's history,...

Heart-Shaped Berry Valentine’s Day Cookies Recipe

Do you need a last-minute treat for your child's Valentine's Day party? Don't worry if you aren't a Pinterest-worthy baker or only have limit experience in food design. You can create cute sweetheart treats that everyone will enjoy—even if you're a novice baker. Check out the simple how-to steps needed to make easy-to-make heart-shaped cookies. Ingredients You'll Need Boxed sugar cookie mix- if you have a homemade recipe you prefer, you can use this instead Heart-shaped cookie cutters White frosting Strawberries and/or raspberries Red sprinkles or heart-shaped sprinkles How-To Cookie-Making Steps Prepare the mix according to the manufacturer's directions. This...

Felt Heart Valentine’s Day Box Craft for Kids

Does your child need a Valentine's Day box for their school's holiday party? If you're not sure where to start, we've got answers! Before the big day arrives, check out this easy to make heart-felt (or felt hearts) box idea. Art Materials You'll Need A shoe box- reuse a cardboard shoe box Craft felt- you'll need several sheets or 8x10-inch pieces of felt in Valentine's Day colors (such as red, pink and purple) and a few extra hues Scissors Clear-drying school glue How To Steps Cut a slit at the top of the box. This is where your child's friends...

Valentine’s Day Rose Crafts

Forget about a plain bouquet. Step up your Valentine's Day rose game with an artsy activity. These holiday crafts provide the perfect opportunity to keep your kiddo on a chilly winter day and celebrate the most loving of holidays. used the finished products as holiday party decorations or give them as gifts to friends and family members. Heart Wreath Draw a large heart onto a piece of scrap cardboard. Add a smaller heart inside. Cut the outer heart out. Poke a hole through the center of the board and cut the inner heart out to make a wreath shape. Squeeze...

Valentine’s Day Hot Chocolate Recipes

Warm your heart (and your sweetie's too!) with a freshly brewed cup of Valentine's Day hot chocolate. With the winter weather still in full force, February is the perfect time for a toasty sweet treat. Instead of chocolate hearts or a box of candy, gift your kiddo, spouse, significant other or other sweetheart this marshmallow-spiked drink! Instead of the same hot chocolate everyone is used to, up your Valentine's Day game with these holiday-themed ideas. Strawberry Hot Chocolate Use the colors of the holiday to create a berry-filled hot chocolate drink. Instead of the brown chocolate color, use strawberry syrup...

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Banner Art Activity for Kids

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with an artsy activity that involves kiddos of all ages! Whether you have a preschool, a grade schooler or an older child, this holiday craft can help your young learner to delve deep into the day's meaning and think about concepts such as unity, community and change. Use Dr. King's iconic speech as a starting point to create your own family "I have a dream" banner. Art Materials You'll Need Blank butcher paper or gift wrap Markers or crayons Tempera paint Paintbrushes How To Art-Making Steps Brainstorm ideas. Read child-friendly books about Dr. King,...