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Labor Day Recipes for the Whole Family

Are you planning a Labor Day picnic? What should you put on the menu? Take some time, relax and let your family help with the prep work. These easy-to-make recipe ideas are tasty treats that will add a special something to your holiday picnic party or backyard bash. End of Summer Salad Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer. Celebrate the season that was with a salad! Include favorite summertime fruits, such as sliced strawberries, blueberries and raspberries along with whole-leaf spinach, arugula, tomatoes from your garden, corn (kernels) and anything else that reminds you of the season. Beach...

Labor Day Activities for Kids

Are you looking for a way to celebrate Labor Day with your child? Exploring professions is a fun, kid-friendly way to understand the labor market. Instead of lengthy lectures that your child may not understand, try a kid-friendly activity. If you're not sure where to start, check out these holiday ideas! Chef Cooking with kids is a fun and easy way to explore this profession. Choose a favorite recipe and assign age-appropriate tasks to your child. Younger children can measure and mix, whole tweens and teens can try more complex prep-work. Doctor Set up a pretend play waiting room at...

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...

Vegetarian Menu Picks for Your Memorial Day Picnic

Are you celebrating Memorial Day with a picnic or backyard get-together? Creating a menu of tasty holiday treats is easy—that is, until you realize your guests have different dietary needs. If your guestlist includes one or more vegetarians, you'll need at least one meat-free option. Check out these easy veggie-filled picks that the whole family will enjoy making and eating! Vegetarian Hoagie This easy-to-make option is perfect picnic fare. Simply slice a few hoagie rolls or a baguette open and added roasted veggies. Slice eggplant, green or red peppers, beets or any other fresh vegetable. Grill the veggies until they...

Preschool Portrait Project for Lincoln’s Birthday

Celebrate Lincoln's Birthday with a portrait project for your preschooler. Introduce President Lincoln to your young learner with picture books, stories and child-friendly articles online. After a brief historical discussion, show your child pictures of the former president. Ask your child to describe Abraham Lincoln. Talk about what they need to create a portrait of him and how they'll start the drawing process. Materials You'll Need Card stock or construction paper Crayons or markers Cardboard Scissors How-To Instructions Start with a geometry lesson. Cut out an oval, a square and other shapes from the cardboard. Give the shapes to your...

5 Family-Friendly Valentine’s Day Activities

Now that you have kids, Valentine's Day takes on a whole new meaning. While you might have a romantic evening with your S.O. planned (after the sitter comes over), you may also want to have a fun-filled family holiday celebration too. Spend time with your loved ones on this loving holiday and check out these Valentine's Day family activity ideas. Get Crafty Create kid-friendly Valentine's themed crafts together. Paint a family mural, draw portraits of each other, make paint print handprints or decorate heart cut-outs. Cook Together Make a family Valentine's Day lunch or snack, working together in the kitchen....

Valentine’s Day Candy Heart Experiment

Combine science and holiday-themed fun with this Valentine's Day kids' candy heart experiment. Chances are you have plenty of candy conversation hearts around the house right now. It's the time of year to hand them out, making them overly abundant. Instead of eating all the hearts, use a few for a sweet science exploration. This experiment gives your young child the chance to make predictions, observe and test different theories. Materials You'll Need Candy conversation hearts Clear plastic cups Different liquids- water, vegetable oil, juice, soda, tea A notepad A pencil How-To Steps Pour each liquid into its own cup....

Chocolate-Covered Valentine’s Day Strawberries

Nothing says "Happy Valentine's Day!" like chocolate. Instead of the traditional box of chocolates you can create your own holiday sweet treats. Chocolate-covered strawberries are easy to make, fun to decorate and delicious to eat. And bonus, your kiddos can help you to whip up these tasty Valentine's treats. What You'll Need Strawberries Chocolate (try a variety of types, such as milk, dark and white) Sprinkles, colorful crustal sugar or another favorite candy decor Wax paper How-To Steps Wash and dry the strawberries thoroughly. Any remaining moisture may make it tricky for the chocolate to stick to the surface. Leave...

Martin Luther King Jr. Visual Timeline Activity for Kids

Help your child to better understand the contributions of one of the most historical significant Americans on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Make a timeline of Dr. King's life, adding pictures to create a visual biography. This activity is perfect for kids in kindergarten through grade school. Conduct Background Research Start with some research, reading books about Dr. King or finding fact-based articles on the internet. Take note of points in time that are memorable, historical or in some other way significant. Have your child write the dates and something special about them. Younger children may only have the writing...

Glitter New Year’s Crafts for Kids

New Year's and glitter go hand-in-hand. Whether you're tossing glitter-coated confetti at midnight or decking out the house sparkling decor, New Year's Eve is the perfect time to add an extra shine! How can you use sparkles in a crafty way during the holiday season? Check out these glitter-filled kids' activities for New Year's. Glitter Balloons Decorate your home with sparkling balloons. Blow up a few balloons. To add an extra shine, use metallic silver or gold hues. Paint the inflated balloons with a wash of clear-drying school glue. Don't worry about covering the entire balloon — that is, unless...