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President’s Day Cherry Pie Recipe for Kids

Celebrate President’s Day with a myth surrounding George Washington. Our nation’s first president is known for many things, one of which is chopping down a cherry tree. As the story goes, the then-6-year-old George Washington took a brand new hatchet and chopped down his father’s beloved cherry tree. When asked by his father if he was the one who cut down the tree, he famously said, “I cannot tell a lie.” The historical truth of the story has never been proven. But, it’s still a fun tale to tell. After talking about the mythology of George and the cherry tree,...

Tu B’Shevat Vegetarian Recipes for the Whole Family

The Jewish holiday of Tu B’Shevat is the “New Year for the Trees.” Given that this special day celebrates things that grow, it’s only fitting that you set a table filled with fresh produce. So, put the meats aside (for the day at least) and try one of these vegetarian ideas. These are super-simple, making them easy enough for your child to help you with. Make this a family activity, working together to create a Tu B’Shevat table that the adults and the children will enjoy! Salad with Fruit No, not a fruit salad. This is a fresh green salad...

Valentine’s Day Cookies and Cream Pie Recipe

Chocolate and candy hearts. Those are the Valentine’s Day treat staples, right? Of course! But, holiday desserts don’t stop there. If you’re looking for an easy Valentine’s dessert, that the kids can help you to whip up, check out this cookie and ice cream super-sweet treat. It’s perfect for your holiday party or just to split with the ones you love the most – your family! Ingredients: Frosted animal cookies (they already come in Valentine’s colors – pink and white) Vanilla ice cream (you can also add in strawberry too) Mini graham cracker crusts (use ready-made crusts or crush the...

Valentine’s Day Candy Heart Recipes

You already celebrate Valentine’s Day by handing out those cute little candy conversation hearts to your honey. Take the hearts a step farther and use them to dress up a few fun holiday recipes. Don’t worry if you’re not a world-class cook or the beat baker on the block. These Valentine’s Day recipes are easy enough for even your child to try out (or at least, help out with). No-Bake Candy Layer Pie This “pie” is really a mini version, minus the full-on crust. Crumble graham crackers or grind them into a sand-like consistency in a food processor. Spoon a...

New Year’s Day Kids’ Kitchen Science

It’s New Year’s Day and you’ve volunteered to whip up a special holiday brunch – for the entire family! Get the kids in on the act and turn some of your meal prep into super science activities. How? Check out these kitchen science ideas that also help you to prep for your holiday meal. Grand Glittering Gelatin Help your child to learn about states of matter, while transforming liquid into wiggly gelatin. Start by asking your child what she thinks will happen when you add the water to the powder. Then ask her to predict what will happen when you...

New Year’s Eve Kids’ Mocktail Drinks

While the adults are supping on champagne for New Year’s Eve, what delicious drink are the kids getting? Celebrate the New Year’s holiday with a “mocktail” or two! These are kid-friendly drinks that are completely non-alcoholic. They’re more festive than the typical glass of water or cup of juice, but tasty enough for your child to love. Shirley Temple Ah, the old childhood favorite. You can’t get more classic than this one when it comes to mocktails. Add 1 ½ tablespoons of grenadine syrup to ¼ cup of your child’ favorite lemon-lime soda (multiple the recipe to make more). You...

Christmas Holiday Breakfast Tradition

What’s your Christmas holiday tradition? Is it a special breakfast celebration? Whether you already have an existing breakfast plan or are looking for something new, check out these Christmas Day buffet ideas! Not only are they tasty, but they also get the whole gang together. That’s right, these are completely kid-friendly. Along with enjoying the buffet, your child can also help you to prep the meal too. DIY Donuts If you’re a baker (or happen to have a donut maker on hand), go ahead and make your own donuts. If not, buy plain ready-made ones. Set out a buffet of...

Thanksgiving Sweet Potato Toast

Sweet potato casserole, sweet potato hash and mashed sweet potatoes. Oh, so many ways to prepare these tasty little treats for Thanksgiving. Along with some of the more complex recipes, you can also create a basic (and completely custom-made) sweet potato side that is perfect for the kids. What is it? Sweet potato toast! If you’re saying, “Sweet potato toast? Really?” you aren’t alone. It does sound sort of strange. But, it’s entirely easy. And, the best part is that the kiddos can top it with whatever they want. This cuts out some of the, “Mommy, I don’t like that”...

Election Day Cupcakes

Are you inviting your Republican and Democrat friends over for an Election Day party? Bring both sides together with a red, white and blue cupcake-making activity. This is a great way to keep the kids entertained during your family event. Not only will it keep the kids busy, but it also doubles as a sweet treat to eat while you’re waiting for the election results. Start your patriotic party by baking a bunch of blank cupcakes! Cupcake Baking If you have a favorite recipe, go ahead and use it. But, if not (or you don’t have time—as Election Day is...

Candy Corn Recipes for Halloween

What says, “Halloween” more than candy corn? The super-sweet fall treat is a holiday staple that kids know and love. Sure, you could serve a bowl of the white, orange and yellow treats for your next Halloween party. Or, you could use the goodies as part of a completely creative holiday recipe. Check out these easy-to-make desserts that all use candy corn! S’mores As if s’mores aren’t ooey and gooey enough on their own, imagine adding candy corn. Sandwich toasted marshmallows (you can warm them in the microwave if you don’t have a campfire handy) and white chocolate in between...