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Get Creative with Kids’ Groundhog Day Play

Celebrate Groundhog Day with a few family-fun activities! The kids can play with shadows, make puppets and even get in a game of dress-up. These ideas are appropriate for children of all ages and can easily fill a chilly winter day with hours of indoor play. Shadow Play Will Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow or not? That is the question of the day for Groundhog Day. Use this time as a way to explore shadows with your little learner. Don’t worry about the chilly February weather. You can do this one inside too. Instead of using the sun, use a...

Celebrate Lincoln’s Birthday with These Children’s Books

Even though we may lump Abraham Lincoln in with the other American greats on President’s Day, his actual birthday is February 12th. Celebrate Lincoln’s Birthday with a book-reading party! Your young child can learn about the man, and what he did for the country, through these picture books. Don’t worry about losing your child’s attention. These books are engaging and written in a completely kid-friendly way. Abe Lincoln: The Boy Who Loved Books, by Kay Winters and Nancy Carpenter. Instead of focusing on Lincoln’s later years, this easy read shows children how books shaped the life of a young Lincoln....

Martin Luther King Dr. Day Dream Speech for Kids

Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream. And so does your child. Use this great American figure’s famed speech as the starting point for a Martin Luther King Day activity that helps your child celebrate the ideas of peace and equality. These concepts can be a challenge for kids to understand. This activity takes the abstract ideas and makes them more concrete for your young child. Read the Speech There are plenty of book options that can help your child to better understand the words of this famous speech. Books such as “I Have a Dream” by Martin Luther King...

Christmas Gift Wrap Crafts for Kids

It’s almost time for Christmas. And that means you have more than a few gifts to wrap. Before running out and buying roll after roll of wrapping paper, get crafty and have the kids create their own. From boxes and bags to sheets of artsy gift wrap, you can treat the grandparents, aunts and uncles or anyone else who is special in your child’s life to these cute creations. Paint Prints Cut a kitchen sponge into triangle shapes, dip it into green tempera paint and press it onto plain white gift wrap. What do you get? Crafty Christmas tree paper!...

Kids’ International Volunteer Day Family Activity Ideas

December 5th is International Volunteer Day. You don’t have to be an adult to volunteer for a good cause on this special day — or any day for that matter. Teach your child about the benefits of volunteering, and help them to help others, with a charitable family experience. Where can you volunteer with your child? There are several options for giving back, depending on your child’s age. Take a look at some meaningful volunteer ideas for yourself and your child. Toy and Clothes Donation Your tot is too young to volunteer at a soup kitchen or help build a...

World Philosophy Day Activities for Kids

You don’t have to be an academic scholar to celebrate World Philosophy Day. You also don’t have to be an adult. Your child can learn about philosophy basics, taking part in this global day. Get deep into thought and try out some of these children’s philosophy activities. Right vs. Wrong What makes something right, and not wrong? Or what makes it wrong, and not right? Pick a few situations that have characters that are ‘right’ or ‘wrong’. For example, read a story about a character who steals, is purposefully mean or does something else to harm another person in the...

6 Thanksgiving Books for Kids

Thanksgiving is coming up soon. Along with prepping the turkey and the trimmings, you want to help your tot to understand what the holiday is and why we celebrate it. Instead of having a lengthy discussion, try reading one of these Thanksgiving children’s books. The Story of the Pilgrims by Katharine Ross and Carolyn Croll. This child-friendly account of the first voyage across the Atlantic and the Pilgrims’ Thanksgiving feast is easy for little ones to understand. Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano and Lee Harper. Okay, so this isn’t exactly a ‘historical’ pick. But it’s a fun Thanksgiving read that...

World Diabetes Day Awareness Activities

November 14th marks World Diabetes Day. Created by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) in 1991, this days aims to promote advocacy and awareness of diabetes as a worldwide health issue. What can you do to help the cause and mark this day? Think of ways to help others learn about the disease. If you’re not exactly sure what to do, check out these easy ideas that bring awareness to the community. Host a Speaker Invite a diabetes educator, or someone who has been living with the disease, to come speak at your child’s school, a community organization or local library....

Last-Minute Halloween Costume Ideas

Halloween is almost here! It isn’t just ‘almost here’, it’s right around the corner. And your Halloween costume isn’t ready yet. Whether you have a last-minute party to go to, your child decided that they want to wear something different or someone spilled grape juice all over their outfit, sometimes you need a last-minute idea. If you’ve run out of time and can’t order your costume pick online (and the Halloween store at the mall is already closed), check out these easy night-before or day-off options. Mummy Raid your first-aid kit and create an easy Halloween costume in minutes. If...

Boss’s Day Celebration Ideas

How can you celebrate Boss’s Day? There are plenty of ways to show your employer that you appreciate everything they do for you. Instead of sending an email, texting a cute little emoji-filled note or creating a team card, try one of these imaginative ideas. Cake Baking Sure, you can buy a cake (or cupcakes) from a bakery. But baking your own shows that you’re willing to go the extra mile. Right? If you aren’t exactly a baker, you can start with a boxed mix. Add your own colorful frosting design with lettering or sprinkles. Surprise Lunch Your boss isn’t...