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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...

Thanksgiving Scented Pinecone Craft

The sweet scent of cinnamon, a pinch of allspice and the fragrant scent of cloves. These are the smells of Thanksgiving! That said, you don’t have to spend all day baking in the kitchen just to make your home smell like you did. Store-bought ‘autumn’ or Thanksgiving themed air fresheners don’t exactly smell real – and a plastic-covered container isn’t festive to look at. Instead of going with a chemical scent, make your own using natural materials and real spices. Thanksgiving scented pinecones bring the smell of fall into your home, while giving you a decoratively crafty display. Materials: Pinecones...

Thanksgiving Marshmallow Rice Cereal Treats

Rice cereal treats are much more than a childhood favorite! You can dress these cute little squares up for a holiday (or two). If you’re looking for an easy Thanksgiving dessert to make for your turkey-day dinner, whip up a batch of these themed cereal treats. This recipe is simple enough for the kids to help you make, while being completely versatile. Serve them at home, take them to a friend’s for dinner or bring them to your child’s Thanksgiving party at school. Ingredients: 6 cups rice cereal 4 cups mini marshmallows 3 tablespoons butter 2 cups butterscotch chips 1...

Pilgrim Hat Thanksgiving Kids’ Craft

Kid-created Thanksgiving décor brightens the family holiday table. If you’re looking for a simple craft that kids from preschool and up can create, the Pilgrim hat art activity is for you! Instead of the typical dark Pilgrim hat, this craft switches things up and adds an autumn flare to the dinner table. Use fall-themed colors to make these Thanksgiving table toppers. When the crafting is done, set the hats out as decorations, add labels to them and make place cards or use them as mini vases to hold dried flowers. Materials: Card stock paper in fall hues (yellow, orange, red...

Thanksgiving Cookie Ball Truffle Recipe

Between the turkey, sweet potatoes and stuffing you barely have enough time to think about the Thanksgiving desserts. If you don’t want to go the store-bought sweets route, but need something quick and easy, a holiday cookie ball truffle is the perfect option. Combine a sweet potato casserole and pumpkin pie into one dessert creation. Not only are these super-simple to make, but the kids can get in on the action and help you to whip them up! Ingredients: Crème-filled golden (or vanilla) sandwich cookies 6 oz. softened cream cheese Cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice White chocolate (or butterscotch chips)...