Groundhog Day Prediction Activity for Kids

With winter in full-swing, Groundhog Day is a time to celebrate the season and find out if it will continue. Whether you're completely into the winter weather or you're hoping for an early spring, Punxsutawney Phil will make his appearance and his predictions. Help your kiddo to mark this day with a Phil prediction chart. This is a fun-filled way to celebrate the day, learn about history and build basic skills (such as making comparisons, counting and graphing). Materials You'll Need Poster board Markers or crayons How-To Steps Position the poster board vertically. Write the years, starting with the present one,...

Glitter New Year’s Crafts for Kids

New Year's and glitter go hand-in-hand. Whether you're tossing glitter-coated confetti at midnight or decking out the house sparkling decor, New Year's Eve is the perfect time to add an extra shine! How can you use sparkles in a crafty way during the holiday season? Check out these glitter-filled kids' activities for New Year's. Glitter Balloons Decorate your home with sparkling balloons. Blow up a few balloons. To add an extra shine, use metallic silver or gold hues. Paint the inflated balloons with a wash of clear-drying school glue. Don't worry about covering the entire balloon — that is, unless...

New Year’s Eve Kids’ Math Activities

The countdown is on! It's almost New Year's Eve and you're looking for a few fun-filled activities to entertain the kids. Whether you're having a family party for the holiday or are just looking for a themed way to spend the day, New Year's is the perfect time to play a math game. Use the countdown theme as a starting point for these New Year's Eve ideas. Backwards Hop Countdown to midnight (or try your countdown at an earlier, kid-friendly time) with this movement-based children's activity. Mark a start line on the floor with a piece of tape or a...

Kids’ Christmas Thank You Cards

Holiday greeting aren't the only Christmas cards your kiddo can craft. After "Santa" is done gifting your child with presents, it's time to send heartfelt thank you's. Don't worry. If your tot still believes in the magic of Santa, you don't have to ruin the illusion by asking them to write a thank you to grandma or grandpa. Instead, have them send thank you notes to Santa! You can send these off to the North Pole — or just give them to the real gift-givers! Materials You'll Need Card stock paper Scissors Markers or crayons Finger paints or tempera paints...

New Year’s Eve Noisemaker Craft

It's New Year's Eve! And that means it's time to celebrate. Get crafty with the kiddos and create these child-friendly noise makers. Not only can the kids ring in the New Year with their DIY noisemakers, but this also doubles as an easy art activity that keeps the little ones busy at a holiday party. Check out the how-to steps for instructions on how to craft your own noisemakers. Materials You'll Need Cardboard tubes- reuse old paper towel roll tubes Scissors Wax paper Elastics/rubber bands Dried beans or rice Markers Glitter Clear-drying school glue A paintbrush How-To Steps Cut each...

Kids’ Noon Year’s Eve Party Ideas

New Year's Eve is a time to put on your fanciest outfit and celebrate until well after the clock strikes 12. That is, unless you're a child. Your kiddo wants to join in on the New Year's Eve festivities, but they're still too young to stay awake until midnight. Here's where a "Noon Year's Eve" party come in. Before the end of the year gets here, check out what you can plan for a pint-sized afternoon hour New Year's party! Cool Confetti Celebrate with a spray of confetti. While this may make a mess, the kids will completely enjoy this...

Last-Minute Kids’ Christmas Crafts

Are you looking for a few last-minute Christmas crafts for the kiddos? These easy-to-make art projects are perfect for the pint-sized Picasso who is looking for a holiday activity. Try these artsy activities with your preschooler, kindergartner or young grade school-aged child. You can easily adapt each idea to fit your child's age, stage and developmental needs. Red and Green Ice Freeze two batches of colorful ice cubes — one red and one green. Drip a drop of food coloring into each compartment of an ice cube tray, add water and freeze. Give your child the frozen cubes to "paint"...

Christmas Holiday Mocktails

Celebrate Christmas with a few fun, fruit-filled and fabulous drinks that the whole family can enjoy! Non-alcoholic holiday mocktails provide everyone from tots to teens (and adults too) with a tasty treat that has a Christmas-time theme. If you're planning a holiday party, or just have an evening of together-time with the family, these winter mocktails are easy alternatives. Cranberry Punch The Christmas red of cranberry juice brings a holiday theme to your dinner table. Mix three-fourths cranberry juice with one-fourth fizzy seltzer water to a bubbly look. If you want to mix things up, skip the seltzer and use...

Screen-Free Christmas Eve Activities for Families

You've hung the stockings with care, left cookies out for Santa and...now what? It's Christmas Eve, the shopping is done, you've eaten your meal and the family is gathered around the TV watching the same old holiday shows they've watched for years. Turn the the television off and try some of these screen-free holiday activities for families! Christmas Play Forget about the ready-made shows on TV. Your family can put on their own Christmas-themed production. Pick a favorite holiday tale or create your own. If you're not sure where to start, pick a few beloved Christmas characters (such as Santa,...

Homemade Christmas Tree Crafts

Decorating the Christmas tree doesn't have to include buying pricey ornaments. This year, try something new. Instead of ready-made decor, have the family help you to craft a tree-full of artsy awesomeness. That's right. Each family member (including the adults) will help to make the holiday decor and dress the tree. Check out these easy-to-make Christmas tree ornament crafts! Paper Shape Ornaments Use card stock paper or cardboard to create shapes. Cut out circles, stars, triangles or any other shape. Punch a hole at the top of each one (using a hole punch). Thread a piece of yarn through the...