Read Across America Day Recipes

March 2nd marks Read Across America Day. Along with reading, reading and more reading, you can celebrate this special day with a few book-themed treats. These easy recipe ideas are perfect for your child’s school party, a library event or an at-home post-story-time sweet. Story S’mores The two graham crackers of a traditional s’more make perfect bookends. Tell a story in sweets with a book-themed treat. Use colors from the book’s pages, a central theme or some other way to turn the s’more into a story. For example, use raspberry jelly or fresh strawberries along with white chocolate and marshmallows...

St Patrick’s Day Shamrock Crafts for Kids

Decorating for St. Patrick’s Day doesn’t have to mean going out and buying ready-made shamrock-themed items. Instead, your child can craft plenty of holiday décor — with your help! Start with shamrocks. Cut green craft felt into curved rectangles and hearts. Your child needs one rectangle and three hearts for each shamrock. Glue the shamrocks together at the points and add the rectangle to the bottom as a stem. Now your child is ready to make these awesomely artsy ideas! Shamrock Garland Punch holes in the side of the felt shamrocks. Thread green and white ribbon through the holes, stringing...

Read Across America Day Kids’ Activities

Celebrate Read Across America Day on March 2nd with a book-themed activity. Obviously, reading with your child is a first choice. But it’s not the only way to keep the literacy party going. How else can you mark this special day? Check out these reading and reading-inspired ideas! Put On a Play Take your child’s book off of the printed page and into real life. Let your kiddo choose the story, collect costumes and help you to rework the tale into play form. Craft props, invite family or friends over and put on a Read Across America Day play. Create...

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...

President’s Day Kids’ Stamp Craft

Get crafty on President’s Day with this kids’ stamp art activity. Your child can create their own over-sized presidential stamp, celebrating some of history’s most notable figures. Start by choosing a president. If your child isn’t sure who to pick, take some time to research past presidents. Look online for bios or read age-appropriate books that feature, Washington, Lincoln and some of American’s other leaders. Your child doesn’t have to make one stamp. They can make several, choosing multiple presidents. Arts and Craft Materials Card stock paper Markers or crayons Scissors Construction paper Clear-drying school glue How-To Steps Draw the...

Easy St. Patrick’s Day Desserts

Your child can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by helping you to make a sweet treat. Even though your kiddo can’t use the oven or the stove, they can mix, measure and decorate these delicious goodies for the holiday. Cookie Balls Use a food processor to grind your child’s favorite cream-filled sandwich cookies into a sand-like consistency. Mix them with two to three ounces of cream cheese and form them into balls. Freeze the spheres. When they’re firm, take them out and coat them with melted chocolate. But not just any melted chocolate. Melt white chocolate in the microwave (be careful,...

President’s Day Puppet-Making for Kids

Celebrate President’s Day with a fun family puppet-making activity. Not only can your child learn about historic figures, but they can also get in some serious pretend play time. Recreate a favorite book about a president or have your child tell their own tale. Pick a president and try one of these easy kids’ holiday crafts. Paper Bag Puppets Flatten a lunch-sized paper bag, placing the flap side at the top. Your child can use crayons or markers to draw a face onto the flap. Add hair with yarn and glue and decorate the body with felt or fabric scrape....

Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Gifts That Kids Can Craft

Valentine’s Day is almost here! And your child just asked if you bought something for them to give grandma, grandpa or their favorite sitter. You didn’t. But that doesn’t mean it’s too late to help your little one make their very own last-minute Valentine’s Day gift for someone special. If you don’t have time to spend hours shopping at the mall and it’s too late to order something online (without paying astronomical overnight shipping fees), check out these easy-to-make DIY gifts. At-Home Spa Your kiddo can treat a loved one to a day (or several days) of beauty and pampering...

Chinese New Year Dumpling Ideas

Food plays a major role in celebrations across the world. And Chinese New Year is no different. While there are several different options for you to make as you create a new year’s dinner or brunch, dumplings are a favorite. Not only are they fun to make, but you can choose from a variety of different feelings — for everyone in the family. Bring the kids in to the activity, letting them measure and mix ingredients. Before you start cooking, check out these dumpling ideas for your Chinese New Year’s holiday celebration. Vegetarian Whether you don’t eat meat or your...

President’s Day Book-Making Kids’ Craft

Help your child to better understand American history with a President’s Day activity. Create a portrait-filled biography of a president together, writing and drawing a historical account of the figure’s life. Start with some basic research, looking online or reading books about presidents. Review a few different presidents and ask your child to choose one for this project. Later on they can go back and create another biography book for other presidents. Materials Cardboard (reuse the front and back of a cereal, cracker or other box) Scissors Construction paper Markers or crayons A hole punch Yarn How-to Steps Create one...