New Year’s Eve Kids’ Crown Craft

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with a festive kids’ craft! Your child may not make it until midnight, but she can get festive earlier on in the evening with a sparkling glitter crown. New Year’s is a holiday that’s all about excitement. There are fireworks, party poppers and confetti everywhere. Help your little one get into the celebratory mood with her very own crown – that is coated in glitter! Add the year to make it a crafty keepsake. Materials: Construction paper Scissors Clear-drying school glue Glitter A pencil Clear tape Instructions: Turn the paper horizontally. Draw the spikes of the...

Holiday DIY Felt Board Travel Craft

With the Christmas countdown in full swing you’re running all over the place getting last-minute gifts and prepping for the holiday meal. With all of your errands, the kids are getting stuck in the car more often than not. It seems like every car ride gets longer and your child’s whines (which are completely understandable) get louder. Instead of expecting your young child to sit patiently in that long line of mall traffic, keep her busy with this totally non-messy DIY car-ready felt board holiday craft. Materials: Colorful craft felt sheets A piece of cardboard (reuse the front of a...

Kids’ Christmas Ornament Crafts

You’ve got your Christmas tree, and now it’s time to decorate it! Instead of buying all of your ornaments, try some DIY kids-created ones too. These Christmas crafts for kids are easy ornaments to make. So, get creative and help your kiddo to dress the tree with her own artsy inventions. Paper Poinsettias Start with a piece of red paper (letter-sized). Your child can draw a wavy circle on the paper. The bigger the circle, the bigger the flower. Starting at the outer edge, cut a spiral shape. Roll the paper into a flower shape. Beginning at the center, wind...

Kids’ Christmas Slime Science Activity

Celebrate Christmas—with slime? That’s right! Your child can create her own batch of holiday-themed slime, with your help of course. This science-centered activity helps your child to make discovery and explore states of matter. Along with the science focus, it’s also a fun-filled way to celebrate at holiday time. As your child makes and plays with the slime, ask her a few open-ended questions. This might include, “What do you think will happen to the ingredients when we mix them?” or, “How do you think the ingredients changed as you put them together?” Ingredients: Water Clear Elmer’s glue (look for...

5 Books to Read for Wright Brothers Day

With the holidays coming up you might be getting ready to fly off to see your family or friends. Before taking your trip, consider the way that you’re getting there. That’s exactly what Wright Brothers Day does! December 17th marks the day that celebrates Orville and Wilbur Wright, and aviation. How can you observe this special day with your child? Read a book! Check out these easy reads (that are completely kid-friendly). When you’re done, get artsy and have your child draw a portrait of the Wright brothers or paint a picture of an aircraft. The Wright Brothers: How They...

Holiday Party Games for Kids

Christmas is coming and you need something to entertain the kids during your holiday parties. Crafts are cute, but difficult to do with a broad age range during a major family get-together. So, you’re looking for a few games. These holiday arty kids’ activity options are easy to adapt for children of all ages, and will keep everyone busy during your next Christmas party. Snowball Relay Okay, so you can’t bring real snowballs inside. Or, at least, doing so might get messy. Instead, blow up snowball-sized white balloons. Split the kids into two equal teams. Line them up and give...

Menorah Kids’ Crafts for Hanukkah

You light the menorah on each of the eight nights of Hanukkah. As you add a flame to each candle, your young child sits back and watches. Obviously, your preschooler is too little to handle to real candles (with flames). Instead of feeling left out, include your child with her own handmade menorah. When you light each candle on the real deal, she can add a tissue paper or construction paper flame to hers. Check out these crafty Hanukkah menorah ideas. Cardboard Tubes Recycle and reuse those paper towel tubes, and turn them into a faux menorah. Cut the tubes...

Kids’ Activities for International Day of Persons with Disabilities

December 3rd marks the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Each year this day focuses on one specific theme. In 2016 the theme is “Achieving 17 Goals for the Future We Want.” Mark this special day with a few themed activities that will help to teach your children about disabilities and being inclusive. Goal List Grab a marker, a crayon or a set of pencils and help the kids to create their own “17 Goals.” Talk about different disabilities and how your children (or their school, their community, society) can be more inclusive. Ask the kids to list out 17...

Christmas Holiday Breakfast Tradition

What’s your Christmas holiday tradition? Is it a special breakfast celebration? Whether you already have an existing breakfast plan or are looking for something new, check out these Christmas Day buffet ideas! Not only are they tasty, but they also get the whole gang together. That’s right, these are completely kid-friendly. Along with enjoying the buffet, your child can also help you to prep the meal too. DIY Donuts If you’re a baker (or happen to have a donut maker on hand), go ahead and make your own donuts. If not, buy plain ready-made ones. Set out a buffet of...

International Volunteer Day Ideas for Young Children

December 5th is International Volunteer Day! Celebrating this day gives you the chance to show your child how important helping others is. Obviously, not all children can volunteer. Or, at least, very young children may be restricted by their age. Volunteer opportunities such as serving homeless people at a community kitchen aren’t always options (organizations typically only allow older teens and adults to work with food prep and serving). So, what can your young child do to mark International Volunteer Day? Collect Food, warm clothes, blankets, toys. These are all items that many charitable organizations need. Whether it’s canned goods...