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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...

To B’Shevat Kids’ Crafts, Create Artsy Trees

You may have just celebrated the New Year, but now it’s time to celebrate the “New Year for Trees.” The Jewish holiday of Tu B’Shevat is a time to appreciate what nature has to offer along with celebrating new beginnings. If you’re looking for a kid-friendly way to mark this day, take a look at these creative tree-themed crafts for children. Pipe Cleaner Tree This an easy art activity for kids of all ages. If you have a younger child (preschooler and under) wrap the ends of the pipe cleaners with tape to make them smoother (instead of sharper). Wrap...

4 Festive Christmas Eve Hot Cocoa Ideas

Your kids leave milk and cookies out for Santa on Christmas Eve. But what about a special treat for them? Christmas Reve night is the perfect time to curl up with a cup of hot cocoa. Instead of the regular ol’ version that the kids have on every other winter afternoon, try something more festive. How can you perk up a cup of hot chocolate? Check out these holiday cocoa ideas! Candy Cane Cocoa Melt a candy cane completely into warmed milk, mix in cocoa powder and you have a minty, chocolatey holiday drink. Top the cocoa with whipped cream,...

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....

5 Hanukkah Books for Your Young Child

Your child has all kinds of questions about Hanukkah. And you have answers. At least, some answers. If you want to help your child to learn more about the holiday, these books can help you to explain the story and some of the traditions. Latke, the Lucky Dog by Ellen Fischer and Tiphanie Beeke. Animal-lovers will enjoy this sweet story. A rescue dog has to learn his new home’s rules, and the Hanukkah traditions too! Elmo’s Little Dreidel by Naomi Kleinberg and Christopher Moroney. Your kiddo’s favorite little red monster is here to teach a Hanukkah lesson. If your toddler...

Hanukkah Menorah Crafts for Kids

Lighting the menorah is one of the most well-known traditions of Hanukkah. But with young children, it can get tricky. The flames, the fire risk and the possibility of burns may make you shy away from lighting the candles. If your little ones aren’t exactly candle-ready, try these no-fire mock menorah options. You can still go ahead and light the real thing (even though you’re making a flameless menorah too) — just keep the candles far away from your child. Cardboard Tubes Reuse cardboard tubes from paper towel rolls, turning them into faux candles. Paint the outsides, line them up...