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Easter Egg Art Alternatives

Celebrating Easter by coloring eggs is a tradition that you’ve always enjoyed. But this year you’re looking for a few fun Easter egg alternatives. Even tough you still plan on making plenty of the dip and dye eggs, the kids are also asking for other artsy ideas. Check out these options that are completely crafty — and fun for all ages! Felt Eggs Cut craft felt sheets into ovals. Make as many ovals, in as many sizes, as your child wants. Each oval is one egg. Your child has a few décor options to dress-up the eggs. They can cut...

Matzah Bark Recipe for Passover

Turn the tradition of eating matzah during Passover up a notch and turn the unleveled bread into dessert! How can you make matzah into a tasty sweet treat? This chocolate bark recipe is sweet, somewhat savory and fun for the family to make together. Create memories as you make matzah bark with the kids this year, next year and for years to come. Try the recipe as is or add your own special family flavor to it by mixing in chopped nuts, sprinkles, white chocolate morsels, peanut butter or anything else your kids want. Ingredients Dark chocolate Matzah How-To Steps...

Easter Candy Recipes for the Whole Family

You fill your child’s Easter basket with candy. But what happens when there are leftovers? While the kiddos would gladly eat all the sugary goodness, you’d prefer that they didn’t lay waste to it right away. Save some of that Easter candy and turn it into delicious desserts — that the whole family can help to make. Easter Peeps Sundae A scoop of ice cream, a circle of whipped cream and a few Easter Peeps can make for the perfect Sunday sundae. Before spooning the ice cream into a bowl, chop up a few Peeps into small-sized bits. Make sure...

Creative DIY Easter Wreath Crafts for the Family

Decorating your home for Easter doesn’t have to mean buying everything ready-made from a store. You, and your family, can DIY cute holiday crafts to display during Easter-time. These easy wreath art activities are perfect ways to accent your holiday décor. For each wreath, start with a carboard donut shape. Reuse and old box, drawing a circle on the don’t. Draw a smaller circle inside of it and cut the entire shape out. Now you have a base to build the rest of your Easter wreath on. Faux Flowers Cut or tear pieces of colorful tissue paper into square shapes....

Passover Matzah Recipes By the Meal

Matzah is a staple of the Passover Seder. Even though you might swap the unleavened bread for the yeast-raised stuff during this Jewish holiday, you don’t need to make this cracker-like snack plain. What can you do to dress up matzah? Take a look at these easy, and kid-friendly, ideas to transform matzah into something magical — by the meal. Breakfast Granola Instead of the typical granola your kiddo crunches on, try using matzah. Crunch the matzah into granola-sized pieces. Add raisins, shopped dates, shredded coconut or anything else your child enjoys eating to the mix. Serve it as is...

Passover Seder Plate Crafts for Kids

The Passover holiday is a time to celebrate. Along with the Seder meal, you can create crafts with your child to help them better understand this Jewish holiday. As you prep for Passover, try one (or all) of these Seder-themed kids’ art activities. Felt Plates Your crafty kid can construct their own felt playset with a Passover Seder theme. Cut plates for 8x10-inch pieces of craft felt (your child can cut out circles). Next, cut out different colors of felt to make the items for each plate. This includes matzah, eggs, a shankbone, charoset, karpas vegetables and bitter herbs. Your...

Easter Slime Recipe for Kids

Your creative kid has made bunny after Easter bunny. Now you’re looking for something new to try. You’ve dyed eggs, made paper chicks and now…well, now what? Try making Easter egg slime. This activity combines art, science and sensory play — all into one. Materials ¼ cup clear-drying school glue ¼ cup liquid starch ¼ cup water Pastel glitter How-To Steps Mix the glue and water together. Add the liquid starch and mix until it is slimy feeling. The mixture should gel together, but still be able to stretch. Sprinkle in the glitter. The more glitter your child adds, the...

Easter Egg Hunt Alternatives

Take the traditional Easter egg hunt up a notch this year. Get creative and go beyond simply hiding and finding painted or plastic eggs. What can you do to make this holiday activity even more fun for your kids? Take a look at these imaginative egg hunt alternatives. Dinosaur Eggs: Turn your Easter eggs into the dino version. Use paper mache to cover balloons, crafting over-sized eggs that your child can paint. Hide the dinosaur eggs around the yard for the holiday hunt. Buried Treasure: Your kiddo can play the role of a pirate, searching for buried treasure. Make a...

4 Purim Books for Your Young Child

Your child dresses up like Queen Esther for the Purim carnival. They make hamentashen with you. But they still can’t really communicate what the holiday of Purim is or means. If you’re struggling to help your child to understand this Jewish holiday, try reading one of these child-friendly books on the subject! The Queen Who Saved Her People, by Tilda Balsley and Ilene Richard: The captivating illustrations, rhymes and humor of this easy read will grab your little learner’s attention. This children’s book is perfect for kids in kindergarten and the early elementary grades. Purim is Coming, by Tracy Newman...

Tu B’Shevat Avocado Tree Growing Activity

The Jewish holiday of Tu B’Shevat is also known as the New Year for Trees. Even though it’s too cold to plant a tree outside. You can start the growing season indoors. An indoor planting activity can help your child to learn about basic science concepts and teach them a lesson in reasonability — when they care for their ‘tree’. While it’s not always practical to start a sapling off right now, you can adapt the idea and try an avocado growing activity. Materials Avocado pit Toothpicks Clear cup or glass How-to Steps Eat the avocado! There’s no reason to...