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Earth Day Recycled Art Activities for Kids

Forget about buying pricey art supplies. Celebrate Earth Day by upcycling what you already have at home. Take the kids for a scavenger hunt around the house, looking for cardboard, fabric and anything else to reuse. After you've stocked your crafting cabinet with recycled items, check out these kids' holiday crafts. Collage Portrait Your kiddo can create a self-portrait or an artistic version of a friend, family member or important person who affects environmental change with recycled magazine or newspaper scraps. Start with side of an old cardboard box. If it has lettering on it, your child can paint over...

Celebrate Administrative Professionals Day with These Activities

What can you do to celebrate Administrative Professionals Day? This special day falls on April 24, making it a spring holiday to mark on your calendar now. Before the day gets here, check out these easy options to show your total appreciation for everything these professionals do. Office Coffee Bar Forget about sending an employee out for coffee. Set up your own in-office coffee bar. Either make a variety of flavored coffees or buy at least two picks and bring them in. Add flavored creamers and other similar toppings to the bar. For an extra-special touch, celebrate each administrative professional...

Earth Day Upcycled Collage Craft for Kids

Help your little learner to better understand the importance of Earth Day with this creative kids' craft. Instead of throwing everything away, explore the possibilities of upcycling! Go on a whole home scavenger hunt with the kiddos, searching for items to collage into a giant planet project. Look for paper/paper scraps, old fabric/clothes or anything else that your child can glue onto cardboard. Before the art-making starts, talk to your child about why reusing and recycling is important. Ask them what they think happens to everything they throw into the trash and discuss where these items could end up (such...

World Autism Awareness Day Puzzle Piece Art for Kids

April 2nd marks World Autism Awareness Day. The puzzle piece ribbon symbol that you see on this day (and other days) represents the complexity of autism along with hope for the future. Help your child to learn more about autism with a puzzle piece-themed art activity. This puzzle craft is perfect for kids in preschool and up. Here's What You'll Need: Puzzle pieces-upcycle old pieces from puzzles that your child no longer uses Poster board or cardboard Tempera paint A paintbrush Clear-drying school glue A  marker Here's What to Do: Sort the pieces into piles. Paint each pile a different...

St. Patrick’s Day Green Mocktails

Go green on St. Patrick's Day with a holiday-themed mocktail. Whether you're planning a child-friendly party, want to celebrate with your kids or are just looking for fun, non-alcoholic St. Patty's Day beverage picks, these delicious drinks are easy, tasty treats for the whole family. Lemon Lime Delight Share the luck o' the Irish with this green citrus drink. Mix your favorite clear lemon-lime soda with a few drops of green food coloring. That's it! Add a lime wedge to the edge of the glass as a festive garnish. Green Drink Green drinks (veggie smoothies) are popular picks for energizing...

Kids’ Leprechaun Trap Activity for St. Patrick’s Day

Are you looking for a way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with your kids? A leprechaun trap is an easy art activity that engages the young child's imagination, builds fine motor skills and encourages creativity. Before you get started, take a look at these simple step-by-step directions! Materials You'll Need Shoe box Markers Scissors Clear-drying school glue Green construction paper Green glitter Green pipe cleaners How-To Steps Draw a door on the side of the shoe box. Remember, the leprechaun is little—meaning your child needs to size the door accordingly. Cut the door out. Cover the box with the green...

St. Patrick’s Day Activities for Kids

If you're looking for a few fun-filled family activities to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, check out these easy ideas. Whether you're in charge of your child's school party, you're having a few friends over or you just need at-home options to keep the kiddos busy, these ideas are low-prep, low-mess and budget friendly! St. Patrick's Day Play Ask your child to pick their favorite St. Patrick's Day-themed book. Read the book together, noting the names of the characters, the sequence of events and the setting. Turn the book into a play to perform for family and friends. Make your own...

Read Across America Day Book Cover Art Activity

March 2nd marks Read Across America Day. It's also Dr. Seuess's birthday. Celebrate this day with a Seuss-inspired art activity! Your creative kiddo can craft book covers for each of their favorite reads—by the beloved author of course. They can make a multi-media collage, using everything from felt and paper to paint and crayons. Materials You'll Need Cardboard (reuse the front and back of an old cereal or cracker box) Scissors Markers Clear-drying school glue Craft felt Construction paper Crayons Tempera paint Paintbrushes How-To Steps Cut a book cover-shaped piece of cardboard (rectangle). Create the design. Your child can re-create...

Easy Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Treat Ideas

It's almost Valentine's Day and you're in charge of bringing the treats for your child's school party. But you don't exactly have the time to spend an entire day in the kitchen baking. And buying ready-made goodies isn't an option either. What can you do? Try an in-between alternative, adding your own homemade touch to a store-bought Valentine's Day sweet! Heart Cookies The local bakery is sold out of heart-shaped cookies. Instead of baking your own, buy your child's favorite flavor of cookie. Don't worry about the fact that the cookies are round. Make sure to choose semi-soft to soft baked...

National Freedom Day Kids’ Activity

February 1 marks National Freedom Day. This very special day commemorates the signing of the 13th Amendment by Abraham Lincoln. If you're looking for a way to help your child better understand why this day is important, and what having freedom means, check out this educational activity for kids. Materials You'll Need Poster board paper Crayons or markers Scissors Child-friendly magazines or print-outs from websites Clear-drying school glue or a glue stick Scissors How-To Instruction Steps Discuss what freedom means to your child. If they're not sure, talk about what you think freedom means or read children's books on the...