Archive for the "National Holidays" Category

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...

Labor Day Body Tracing Kids’ Craft

Labor Day may usher in the unofficial end of summer, but it’s so much more than that. Celebrated on the first Monday of September, Labor Day literally honors laborers. Help your preschooler to better understand what Labor Day means as a holiday with a portrait craft. Not only will your creative kid draw a picture of a ‘worker’, but they’ll also get in some valuable pretend play. How? Check out this artsy activity that celebrates well-known professions. Materials Butcher paper or rolled paper (you can also use plain, light-colored gift wrap) Markers How-To Steps Discuss different jobs. Ask your child...

Thanksgiving Still Life Art Activity for Kids

You’re busy in the kitchen, trying to get Thanksgiving dinner ready. You’ve got the cranberries out, the potatoes are chopped and there are piles of spices everywhere. As you’re prepping away, the kids are saying, “We’re bored!” They’re picking the cranberries out of the pile and they’re knocking over your perfectly measured cups of milk and flour. Before banning them from the kitchen, try an artsy activity that uses what you’ve already got. The kids can draw their own still life artworks, with the Thanksgiving meal as their inspiration. This doesn’t mean that they need to wait until the meal...

Thanksgiving Pumpkin Seed Mosaic

You’re all in for making a homemade pumpkin pie this Thanksgiving. From scratch. Now you have a heaping helping of pumpkin seeds just sitting around. Dry them, dye them and use them for a Thanksgiving kids’ craft! Your child can create a mock mosaic that features a turkey, cornucopia or other holiday display. Materials: Pumpkin seeds Food coloring Plastic baggies Clear-drying school glue Card stock paper A pencil A paintbrush Instructions: Clean and dry the seeds. Divide them among the bags. Use as many bags as your child wants. Each bag will be one color. If she wants five colors,...

Red, White and Blue Holiday Recipes

Memorial Day, Flag Day and July 4th! They’re all patriotic holidays that often involve a family-filled picnic or other similar celebration. Instead of spending the day in kitchen by yourself, try a few super-simple red, white and blue recipes Get the whole family involved, and ask the kids to help you out with these holiday treats! Red and blue salad. Slice a red apple and pair it with blueberries. This couldn’t be easier! Alternate the red and blue fruits or toss them into a bed of greens for a sweet and savory salad. Patriotic s’mores. Turn the summertime favorite into...

5 Memorial Day Parades for Families

Memorial Day celebrates the fallen heroes who gave their lives in the U.S. armed services. As part of the holiday, cities across the country hold parades. What and where are some of the best Memorial Day parades in the U.S.? Chicago Chicago’s parade starts with a Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Eternal Flame on Daley Plaza. The parade then moves on State Street from Lake Street to Van Buren Street. New York The Little Neck-Douglas Parade is known as the largest Memorial Day parade in the country. Not only is this a parade on a grand scale, but it has...

President’s Day Kids’ Activities

President’s Day is right around the corner. The banks are closed, there might not be garbage pick-up and the kids don’t have school. You can skip a day cashing checks or setting out cans for the trash truck, but what about your kids? Instead of spending the day stuck in front of the TV, check out these President’s Day activities that can keep your children entertained (and educated!) on their day off. Presidential play. Grab dad’s suit jacket, make a mock beard using craft felt and use those old hats from Halloween costumes to pretend play a president’s day. Go...

President’s Day Kids’ Coin Crafts

Put the commanders-in-chief on display in this artsy President’s Day activity! Celebrate historical giants such as Abraham Lincoln and George Washington with a crafty coin creation. How? If you have a penny and a quarter, you’re half way there. Start by showing your child the coins. Ask her to take a good look at them, noting the picture on the front. Talk about the pint-sized portraits on the coins (make sure that your child understands that these are our past presidents). Grab a piece of paper and a few markers or crayons. Cut the paper into a circle and invite...

Thanksgiving Hand Print Turkeys

The Thanksgiving turkey is more than the centerpiece of a festive holiday meal! It’s also the prime subject matter for fall kids’ arts and crafts. Combine color mixing with Thanksgiving art in this simple painted shape turkey craft. Your child can play with the paint and create a cute turkey. Display the art on your walls, use it as holiday dinner décor, laminate the artwork to make a placemat or make mini versions that you turn into place cards. Materials: Card stock paper Tempera paints A paintbrush Scissors Googley eyes Clear drying school glue Instructions: Paint your child’s fingers (on...

The Best Thanksgiving Day Parades

Thanksgiving isn’t just about turkey, pumpkin pie and stuffing. There’s also the entertainment aspect. What’s the best way to feel entertained during the holiday? Going to a parade! Thanksgiving brings out some of the best parades across the country. Where can you go to catch one of these magnificent marches? Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade It’s the top of the tops when it comes to Thanksgiving Day parades. Held annually on (obviously) Thanksgiving, 2015 marks its 89th season! The parade features more than 8,000 participants (including top-tier celebrities, the famous Radio City Rockettes and of course – Santa). This major New...