International Youth Day Award Art Activity

August 12th marks International Youth Day. Celebrate the day by honoring a special young person in your household, school, or community. And how can you honor this person? Start with a youth award. If you're not sure where to start, check out these easy how-to directions for making your own individualized award. Materials You'll Need Cardboard Card stock paper Scissors Markers or pens Clear-drying school glue Gold glitter A photo of the person who is honored How-To Steps Glue a piece of white or light-colored card stock paper onto the cardboard. Make sure the cardboard is at least two inches...

4 Bracelet Ideas for World Friendship Day

What better way to celebrate World Friendship Day than with a friendship bracelet! The holiday, which falls on July 30th, is a global way to recognize friends everywhere. Help your child to show appreciation for their BFFs with one of these crafty creations! Popsicle Stick Bracelets Place wide craft sticks into a shallow pan of water. Let the water boil. Do not allow your child to do this part. Leave the sticks in the hot water (turn the heat off) for 15 minutes. Use tongs to remove the sticks. Allow the sticks to cool slightly and bend them around mason...

Family Activities for Parents’ Day

You've already celebrated Mother's Day and Father's Day. But what about Parents' Day? This special day happens annually in July and gives children across the globe the chance to show their parents or caregivers just how important they are. What can you do to mark Parents' Day? Cook Together Make a Parents' Day meal as a family or with multiple generations (grandparents, parents and children). Pick a favorite family recipe that's been handed down from parent to child for decades—or longer! Work in the kitchen together, asking younger kids to mix and measure. After the meal prep is done, sit...

World Friendship Day Activity Ideas for the Whole Family

Celebrate World Friendship Day on July 30th! What can you do to mark this special day? Check out the fun family activities that perfect for your Friendship Day festivities. Make New Friends Are you friends with the members of your immediate community? If you don't really know your neighbors, hold a block party to make new friends and celebrate this notable day. Make sure to hand out name tags—so that everyone can meet new friends during the party. Have a block-wide ice breaker session too, facilitating new friendships! Read a Book If your young child doesn't spend much time thinking...

Last-Minute July 4th Art Activity Ideas for Kids

Are you looking for a last-minute July 4th activity idea for your child? If party planning has taken over the pre-holiday days, you can still help your little artist to create a cute craft. Don't worry if you haven't had time to shop for a mountain of materials. These art activities are easy to do with items you probably already have at home. And bonus, they all feature a patriotic red, white and blue theme for the Fourth of July! Flag Collage If you have old worksheets, child-friendly magazines or other loose scraps of paper, you have the materials to...

4 Marshmallow Treats for July Fourth

Nothing says summer like toasting marshmallows over an open campfire. But if you don't have a way to roast the sweet little gems during your Fourth of July party, you can still include the sugary treats in your family's backyard bash. Check out these easy to make, and patriotic marshmallow recipes for your Fourth fete! Marshmallow Dip Mix eight ounces of cream cheese, one package of completely thawed frozen whipped topping and one jar of marshmallow fluff until smooth. Spread the dip out across a deep square baking pan. Add blueberries, raspberries and mini marshmallows to create a red, white...

Summer Solstice Activities for Kids

June 21 marks the summer solstice. How can your kids celebrate the transition from season to season? If you're looking for fun-filled ideas for celebrating the summer through play, check out these easy activities. Sun and Shadow Drawing Where is the sun on this very special day? Throughout the day go outside and place a large sheet of butcher paper or plain gift wrap on the ground. Have your child stand near it, casting a shadow onto the paper. Draw the shadow's outline. Keep the paper where it is and repeat with new pieces throughout the day. If you have...

Fourth of July Backyard Buffet Ideas

What should your July 4th party menu include? Along with the usual suspects, such as burgers and dogs, you can add a festive touch with a red, white and blue bar. Set up the buffet in the backyard, ask the kids to help prep the awesome items and give your guests a patriotic treat! Check out these different 'bar' ideas for your big holiday bash. Sandwich Bar Give your party guests the chance to make their own sandwiches, using red, white and blue ingredients. Include bread (white bread and other light-colored choices), raspberry jelly, strawberry jam and blueberry preserves. Another...

6 Fourth of July Party Activities for Kids

Whether you're planning a neighborhood party, a smaller backyard bash or are just having the family over, you need July Fourth activities for the kids. Before you go all out and rent a bouncy house or spend days planning elaborate carnival style games, check out these easy activity options for your July 4th party! Build a balloon flag. Give the kids red, white and blue balloons to tape onto a large-sized piece of cardboard. Hang the flag as part of the party décor. Red, white and blue beanbag toss. Use sidewalk chalk to draw a grid onto the ground. Add...

Fourth of July Kids’ Party Game Ideas

Keep the kids busy during your July 4th party with a day of fun-filled, family-friendly games. If you're looking for a few options that will wow at your next backyard bash, check out these perfect party picks! Red, White and Blue-loons Fill red, white and blue balloons with water. Split the kids into two teams, giving each their own stash of balloons. You'll need plenty of space for them to run around, as they duck, hide and throw the balloons at each other. This is an ideal way to cool down on a hot July day. Ice Race Freeze red,...