Archive for the "National Holidays" Category

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...

Thanksgiving Holiday Leaf Crafts for Kids

It’s fall. And those leaves are coming off the trees in piles. Instead of raking them all away, use some of your autumn leaves for a few cute kids’ Thanksgiving crafts. Take a look at the ways in which your child can transform plain fall leaves into adorable art with a Thanksgiving theme. Leaf Turkeys Grab a large leaf and glue it onto a piece of card stock paper or cardboard. The pointy parts at the top double as the turkey’s feathers. Have your child draw on a face and paint the ‘feathers’ or body with temperas. Instead of paint,...

Recycled Thanksgiving Art Activities for Kids

It doesn’t have to be Earth Day just to talk to your child about recycling and reusing. With Thanksgiving coming up, there are plenty of opportunities to get Earth-friendly, recycle and reuse your way to a cute and crafty project. Combine a lesson in environmentalism with your kiddo’s holiday art activity and try one of these easy ideas! Popcorn Project Your child got some sort of popcorn concoction for Halloween. But it’s gone uneaten for almost a month. It’s stale, chewy and not anything that you want your child to eat. That doesn’t mean you have to toss it into...

6 Thanksgiving Books for Kids

Thanksgiving is coming up soon. Along with prepping the turkey and the trimmings, you want to help your tot to understand what the holiday is and why we celebrate it. Instead of having a lengthy discussion, try reading one of these Thanksgiving children’s books. The Story of the Pilgrims by Katharine Ross and Carolyn Croll. This child-friendly account of the first voyage across the Atlantic and the Pilgrims’ Thanksgiving feast is easy for little ones to understand. Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano and Lee Harper. Okay, so this isn’t exactly a ‘historical’ pick. But it’s a fun Thanksgiving read that...

Easy Thanksgiving Placemat Crafts for Kids

You’re dressing up the Thanksgiving table. But that doesn’t mean you have to break the bank on pricey decorations. Instead, get your child to help out and craft up a few cute placemats for your family to use. If you’re looking for a holiday art activity, check out these kids’ Thanksgiving placemat projects. Felt Turkeys Start this placemat with an 8x10-inch piece of craft felt in a fall color, such as red, orange or yellow. Cut out brown craft felt circles, making one bigger (for the turkey’s body) and one smaller (for its head). Your child can press the turkey...

Thanksgiving Leftover Recipe Ideas

It’s almost time for turkey! Thanksgiving is coming up and that means you’re getting ready to prepare your family’s feast. You spend weeks pouring over recipes, days planning a menu and plenty of time shopping. And then there’s the cooking. You spend an entire day (or a few) in the kitchen, and suddenly …it’s over. In hours your family has celebrated the holiday and the meal is done. But you still have plenty of food leftover. Obviously, you don’t want to waste any of it. What can you do? Check out these post-Thanksgiving leftover ideas. Turkey Salad This is a...

4 Kids Crafts for Your Thanksgiving Table

You don’t need to spend your entire holiday budget on Thanksgiving table décor. No way. Instead, have the kids dress-up the table with these easy DIY décor crafts. Napkin Rings If you have a paper towel roll, you have napkin rings. Cut the tube apart into 2- to 3-inch sections. Paint the outsides in fall colors, such as red, yellow and orange. Your child can get creatively crafty and add felt, fabric or glitter and glue too! Place Cards Fold card stock paper into little tents to start the place card-making process. Your child can draw a holiday scene on...

Labor Day Picnic Salad Recipes

Your Labor Day picnic or family BBQ just isn’t complete without a tasty array of awesome treats. Okay, so the sweets may be favorites with the kids. But, they aren’t the only buffet items on your menu. Right? Even though it’s tempting to prepare a bevy of burgers, hotdogs, cookies, cupcakes and other not-so-healthy items, you may also need a salad (or two). The good news is, your kids can easily help you to prep these side dishes. Check out a few fun salad ideas that are also family friendly. The kids can help wash the veggies, pull some of...