Archive for the "National Holidays" Category

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...

Kids’ New Year’s Resolution Craft

What are your New Year’s resolutions? What are your child’s? Talk to your kiddo about what a resolution is and help them to make a cute craft that features this holiday tradition. This activity is easy to adapt for children of all ages. If you have a very young child, you’ll need to do the writing (your child can trace over the letters). If your child is older, they can take over and complete the craft themselves. Materials You’ll Need Poster board Markers or crayons How-to Instructions Discuss New Year’s resolutions. Ask your child to tell you what they think...

4 Kid-Friendly New Year’s Mocktails

You celebrate New Year’s Eve with a champagne toast as the clock strikes midnight. But now that you’re a parent, you need to come up with creative ways to dial down your partying ways. That means replacing the midnight champagne toast with a noon New Year’s mocktail version. That is, for the kids. Instead of sticking with the same old bubbly grape juice, check out these non-alcoholic mocktails! Kid-Friendly Champagne This drink has absolutely no real champagne in it at all. Instead, mix ginger ale and white grape juice in equal parts. Dress the drink up by adding a splash...

6 Ways to Celebrate New Year’s from Around the World

Fireworks, champagne and a midnight toast are your favorite ways of celebrating New Year’s Eve. The next day you gather with family, have a festive brunch and relax. But this isn’t how everyone celebrates the New Year’s holiday. Check out how different groups of people around the world mark the beginning of the new year. Brazil People in Brazil mark the New Year by eating lentils. Why? Aside from the taste factor, they symbolize good financial fortune. Spain In Spain they don’t eat lentil on the New Year. Instead, they eat grapes. That is, they eat 12 grapes at midnight....

Christmas Themed Children’s Books

Twas the night before Christmas and…well, the kids are tired of hearing the same old story. If you’re looking for a new holiday tale to tell the kids, you’ll find plenty of children’s books with Christmas themes available for little ones of all ages. So, cuddle up together as you wait for Santa and check out these holiday books! How to Catch an Elf, by Adam Wallace and Andy Elkerton. With rhymes that will grab your child’s attention, and a cute story too, your kiddo will enjoy this funny Christmas story. Bear Stays Up for Christmas, by Karma Wilson and...

Kids’ Painted Christmas Tree Craft

You’ve already decorated your Christmas tree. But that doesn’t mean the kids can’t make a second. Or third. Or even fifteenth. If you’re looking for a way to keep the kiddo’s busy on the days leading up to the winter holidays, or you need a Christmas craft on the big day, check out this kid-made tree art activity. Materials Tempera paint- green, brown and any other colors your child wants Glitter Card stock paper Cotton balls Sequins Clear-drying school glue Ribbon Scissors How-To Steps Pour the green and brown tempera paint into small pools on a paper plate, sheet of...

4 Festive Christmas Eve Hot Cocoa Ideas

Your kids leave milk and cookies out for Santa on Christmas Eve. But what about a special treat for them? Christmas Reve night is the perfect time to curl up with a cup of hot cocoa. Instead of the regular ol’ version that the kids have on every other winter afternoon, try something more festive. How can you perk up a cup of hot chocolate? Check out these holiday cocoa ideas! Candy Cane Cocoa Melt a candy cane completely into warmed milk, mix in cocoa powder and you have a minty, chocolatey holiday drink. Top the cocoa with whipped cream,...

5 Ways for the Family to Decorate Christmas Cookies

Ah, Christmas cookies. They’re a major part of your holiday celebration. They’re also an easy way to bring the whole family together. How can you use cookies to gather the gang and spend some quality family-time together? Bake a batch (or a few) of Christmas themed cookies and get everyone in on the décor. How can you turn cookie decorating from a time-consuming task to family fun? Check out these Christmas cookie design ideas! Winter Snow It’s a blizzard in the kitchen with this idea. Go for a winter white theme and give the kids an array of snowy options....

Christmas Dinner: Ways for Your Child to Help You Prep

With the Christmas holiday quickly approaching, chances are you’re spending plenty of time shopping, wrapping gifts and coming up with recipes for the family meal. Instead of staying in the kitchen by yourself, invite the kids to help out and lend a hand with the cooking. Of course, your children can’t use the stove, oven or other heat source. But they can help with plenty of the Christmas dinner prep. What can your kids do to help with the holiday meal preparation? Take a look at some easy ways to involve the kids and get Christmas dinner on the table....

Easy DIY Christmas Ornament Crafts for Kids

With Christmas coming you’re getting ready by putting up your tree and decorating it. Before you rush out to stand in long lines and pay hefty prices for ornaments, try a DIY version. These kids’ craft ornaments are easy for children of all ages to make. And bonus, you’ll get a cute keepsake to put on the tree for years to come. Paper Poinsettias Kids can craft paper flower ornaments, adding a special holiday sparkle to the tree. Cut a bumpy circle from a piece of red or green paper. Start spiraling in with the scissors, creating a snail shell-like...