Archive for the "National Holidays" Category

Kids’ Thanksgiving Hand-Print Turkey Ideas

Hand-print turkeys are a staple when it comes to kids' Thanksgiving art activities. Trace your tot's hand, cut the hand-print out, use paper and glue (or markers) to add a face and that's it. Now you have a blank slate to create a terrifically cute turkey! If you're not sure how to dress the turkey (that is, the paper one), check out these easy, artsy options. Shaving Cream Instead of painting on feathers with regular temperas, make your own puffy paint. Add water colors to shaving cream, mix and spread the paint across the hand-print turkey. You can also add...

Thanksgiving Family Fall Leaf Craft

Gather around the holiday dinner table and telling everyone what or who you are thankful for is a Thanksgiving tradition in many families. Take this year's thankful talk up a notch with a fun-filled kids' craft. Start by gathering colorful fall leaves. With a few simple prep steps your kiddo can help the whole family to start a brand-new tradition that you can add to each year! Materials You'll Need Fall leaves Tempera paint Clear-drying school glue Paintbrushes Card stock paper Scissors Markers Double-sided tape How-To Steps Paint the leaves. Your child can add to the already colorful leaves by...

Labor Day Kids’ Mobile Art Activity

Celebrate Labor Day with an artsy adventure. Your child can learn about careers while making a career mobile. This easy kids’ craft is fun to make and will teach your little learner a valuable lesson about what types of jobs people do. Materials Card stock paper Pictures of people working 9from magazines or the internet) Scissors Hole punch Yarn Glue stick Wooden dowels/sticks Markers How-To Steps Find photos of people working in different jobs (such as a doctor, nurse, crossing guard, firefighter, construction worker, truck driver or lawyer). Cut the pictures out. Place each picture onto the card stock paper...

Memorial Day Picnic Recipes

Make your family’s Memorial Day picnic perfect with these holiday recipes. Not only are they tasty to eat, but they’re fun for the kids to help you make. Get the whole family in on the cooking action and check out these celebratory treats — in red, white and blue! Super Smoothies Along with a buffet of picnic food (such as burgers, hotdogs and salads), serve up a smoothie bar! Layer frozen summer smoothies to create a red, white and blue design. Blend strawberries, ice cream and ice for the red layer, Repeat this with coconut for the white later. And...

President’s Day Kids’ Stamp Craft

Get crafty on President’s Day with this kids’ stamp art activity. Your child can create their own over-sized presidential stamp, celebrating some of history’s most notable figures. Start by choosing a president. If your child isn’t sure who to pick, take some time to research past presidents. Look online for bios or read age-appropriate books that feature, Washington, Lincoln and some of American’s other leaders. Your child doesn’t have to make one stamp. They can make several, choosing multiple presidents. Arts and Craft Materials Card stock paper Markers or crayons Scissors Construction paper Clear-drying school glue How-To Steps Draw the...

President’s Day Puppet-Making for Kids

Celebrate President’s Day with a fun family puppet-making activity. Not only can your child learn about historic figures, but they can also get in some serious pretend play time. Recreate a favorite book about a president or have your child tell their own tale. Pick a president and try one of these easy kids’ holiday crafts. Paper Bag Puppets Flatten a lunch-sized paper bag, placing the flap side at the top. Your child can use crayons or markers to draw a face onto the flap. Add hair with yarn and glue and decorate the body with felt or fabric scrape....

President’s Day Book-Making Kids’ Craft

Help your child to better understand American history with a President’s Day activity. Create a portrait-filled biography of a president together, writing and drawing a historical account of the figure’s life. Start with some basic research, looking online or reading books about presidents. Review a few different presidents and ask your child to choose one for this project. Later on they can go back and create another biography book for other presidents. Materials Cardboard (reuse the front and back of a cereal, cracker or other box) Scissors Construction paper Markers or crayons A hole punch Yarn How-to Steps Create one...

Family Valentine’s Day Activity Ideas By Age

Celebrating Valentine’s Day has changed since you’ve become a parent. Instead of romance and date night, you want to spend this holiday with your family. If you’re looking for a family-fun way to spend Valentine’s Day, check out these options by your child’s age. Families with children of different ages can combine activities or adapt them to fit the children’s different interests, activity levels and stages of development. Toddlers Your curious toddler is all about exploration. Turn their love of making discoveries into a family Valentine’s Day adventure. Cut out paper hearts and ‘hide’ them around your home, creating a...

Kids’ Paper Heart Art for Valentine’s Day

Spread the love on Valentine’s Day with a few family-fun kids’ art activities. Don’t worry if you’re not a crafting queen. You can still help your little one get artsy on the holiday. All you need is a handful of paper hearts! Fold construction paper (use holiday colors, such as red and pink), draw half hearts starting at the fold and cut the shapes out. Continue until your child has more than enough hearts to use. Your crafting kiddo can cut out hearts in a variety of sizes and colors. Now what should you do with the hearts? Take a...

Valentine’s Day Math and Science Activities for Kids

The kids have crafted Valentine’s Day cards and they’ve made plenty of holiday treats. Now what? Explore math and science concepts, using Valentine’s Day as an inspiration. Not only are you celebrating the holiday, but your children are getting the chance to learn, make discoveries and develop new skills. What types of activities can you try for the most loving of all holidays? Take a look at these easy ideas that are perfect for kids in pre-k and up. Heart Symmetry Your child can learn about basic math concepts, such as shape and symmetry, using hearts. Hold a piece of...