Archive for the "National Holidays" Category

Veteran’s Day Kids’ Activities

November 11th marks Veteran’s Day. This U.S. holiday is a special time to celebrate, recognize and give thanks to the brave men and women who served in our armed forces. Whether you have a family member who is a vet or not, you can still honor those in the armed services. How can kids celebrate Veteran’s Day? Check out these child-friendly activities for this national holiday! Write a Letter Help your child to handwrite a note to an active-duty member of the military who is stationed overseas. Better yet, give your little artist a piece of paper, markers and crayons...

Thanksgiving Holiday Dinner Placemat Craft

You’re getting ready to set the holiday table for Thanksgiving dinner. You pull out the same old placemats that you’ve been using for years. Why go with the ready-made ones when the kids could handcraft new versions each year? These turkey feathered placemats (using faux craft feathers, and not the real thing) are super-simple and festively fun! The best part is that they’re easy enough to make that even young children (as young as 3-years-old) can get in on the crafting action! Materials: Craft foam sheets (either use single 8x10-inch sheets or trim down a larger size) Scissors Craft feathers...

Thanksgiving Place Card Craft

Set the Thanksgiving table with a cute craft that the kids create! Kids can make simple place cards that don’t require serious crafting knowledge. Before your holiday celebration kicks into high gear, slow things down, have the kids take a seat and get artsy with this easy project. When it’s time for the guests to arrive, the kids can set the table – adding their holiday creations to each place setting! Materials: Light-colored card stock paper (you’ll need a thick stock to stand up) Markers Scissors Tempera paint (in fall colors) Instructions: Place an 8x10-inch piece of card stock paper...

Thanksgiving Turkey Table-Topper DIY

Do you need a cute little table-topper for Thanksgiving dinner? What about a few? Have the kids get crafty and create turkey table-toppers out of regular household items (and a few artsy items)! Materials: Bathroom cups Card stock paper Clear drying school glue Googley eyes Markers Scissors Felt Instructions: Cover two paper bathroom-sized cups with brown, tan or yellow craft felt. Cut the felt to the size needed, and glue it onto the cups. Glue the cups together, end to end. If the cups won't balance (without falling over), stack one on top of the other. Make the bottom cup's...

Kids’ Thanksgiving Napkin Ring Craft

Before you dress the Thanksgiving table with pricey décor, get crafty and help the kids create holiday turkey-themed napkin rings! This easy-to-make art activity lets you repurpose those old paper towel rolls, while making a decorative place setting piece. The kids will love getting in on the holiday action, and you’ll enjoy helping them to get creative. Materials: A cardboard tube (from a paper towel roll) Craft felt Scissors Clear-drying glue Card stock paper A marker Googley eyes Instructions: Draw a bowling ball pin shape onto a piece of card stock paper. Making it roughly three to four-inches tall. If...

Halloween Candy Recipes

Along with trick-or-treating comes the obligatory mountain of Halloween candy. While letting the kids snack on some of it is part of the celebration, you can also use the sweets to make a few creative goodies! Halloween S’mores You’ve already got the chocolate covered. So, why not add in a marshmallow and two graham crackers? Pop the stack into the microwave for a few seconds or toast the marshmallow outside. If you want to go bold, add a caramel or cookie bar. Candy Surprise Brownies Bake a batch of ooey, gooey chocolate brownies filled with Halloween candy! Chop up a...

DIY Kids’ Halloween Costumes

Halloween costumes don’t have to equal pricey store-bought outfits. Before you give your credit cards a workout this fall, swap the expensive ready-made gear for the DIY kind. As a bonus, making your own kids’ Halloween costumes gives both you and your child the chance to get creative and come up with imaginative ideas. Check out these easy-to-make children’s costume ideas! Mighty Masks Whether your little one wants to be a caped crusader or a guest at a masked ball, making your own disguise is easy. Reuse the front of a cereal or cracker box (instead of buying new cardboard...

Play Pumpkin Paddle this Halloween

Are you thinking about getting crafty this Halloween? Why not have the kids create an imaginative art project that also doubles as a holiday-themed game. Help your little one build fine motor skills, coordination and balance while make a jack o’ lantern pumpkin seed catcher! The game requires your child to catch and keep the seeds (you can make craft seeds or use the real deal) on hand-made jack o’ lantern paddles. Materials: Cardboard Scissors Markers Orange and green construction paper (you can also use tissue paper) Clear-drying school glue Optional: Dried pumpkin seeds Instructions: Draw the paddle shape onto...

Bat Cake Recipe Halloween Treat

Go batty! Whether you’re planning a Halloween party or just need a few more sweets for trick-and-treat night, these easy-to-make bat cakes are fun for kids (and adults) of all ages. Stack two or make a mega-tower of bat after bat. Ingredients: Chocolate cake mix – Use your favorite recipe or pick up the boxed kind. Candy eyes – You can find these in the baking department of many grocery stores, online or even in craft stores (make sure that you are getting the candy eyes, not the wiggle craft ones). Red frosting A bat-shaped silicone cake mold How-to steps:...

Kids’ Halloween Photo Frame Craft

Along with the adorably cute costumes and trick-or-treating fun comes those holiday pics! Instead of keeping them locked-up in your cellphone, print a few out and have your child help you to craft a Halloween photo frame. These monstrous art activity is simple enough for young children (preschool and kindergarten age) to create, but still challenging for an older child. Have your child add her own special touch, writing her name, costume or the year onto the frame with a permanent pen. Materials: Eight thick craft sticks Tempera paint – Use green and black for a ‘monster’ theme or go...