Posts Tagged "kids’ activities"

Thanksgiving Activities to Keep the Kids Busy

How can you keep the kids busy during your family's Thanksgiving celebration? Even though the tasty treats and main meal will fill some of their time, your children (and other young guests) needed added activities. If you're not sure what the kids should do, check out these easy holiday activities. Thanksgiving Bingo Make basic bingo boards with cardboard or poster board paper. Add holiday-themed pictures or words on the spaces. Use stickers or have the kids draw small-sized pictures onto the boards. Play the game before the meal as a way to ease into dinner or afterwards to keep the...

Preschool Thanksgiving Math Activities

How can you help your preschooler to learn basic math skills? Put down the flash cards and worksheets, and try these Thanksgiving themed ideas instead! Pattern Play Patterns are a basic math skill preschoolers can master. Turn your child's pattern play into a holiday craft with a few turkey-inspired touches. Give your child two colors of finger paint—brown and yellow. Have your child create a thumbprint pattern, alternating the two colors. After the paint dries, turn the patterned prints into tiny turkeys. Your child can use markers or colored pencils to draw on eyes, a beak and feathers. Counting Turkey...

Interantional Volunteer Day Ideas for Children

How can you help your child to celebrate International Volunteer Day? This day falls on December 5 and marks a time to recognize the impact of volunteers. If you're looking for a way to get your kids involved and help them to help others, check out these child-friendly volunteer ideas! Donate to a Food Pantry If your child is too young to 'work' in a volunteer position, they can still help you to pick out items for a food pantry. Take a trip to the grocery store or revisit what you already have at home. Help your child to pick...

How To Help Your Child Plan a Veteran’s Day Fundriaser

How can your child celebrate Veteran's Day? Help your child to understand the importance of veterans and hold a fundraiser. Partner with a local organization or charity that supports vets. Don't worry about staging a super-sized event. Start small. The idea is to help veterans. The organization you collaborate with will appreciate any assistance you provide. After you choose an organization/charity to work with, check out the next steps to follow. Select an Event There are limitless options when it comes to the type of event you can hold. If you want to stage a small fundraiser, try a bake...

Easy Halloween Crafts for Kids

Halloween is almost here! And that means you need a few creative crafts for the kiddos. If you're not sure where to start, check out these holiday Halloween art activities that are perfect for preschoolers, kindergartners and older children. Glitter Ghosts Make a shimmering ghoul with a hint of glitter, some tempera paint and construction paper. Draw an outline of a ghost onto the paper with a crayon, marker or pencil. Paint the ghost a ghastly white with temperas. Sprinkle silver or opal-colored glitter onto the still-wet paint. After the first layer of paint dries, add eyes with black or...

World Teacher’s Day Gift Ideas

Give the educator in your family's life a special surprise on World Teacher's Day. This special day, which happens on October 5 annually, is the perfect time to recognize the hard work and dedication that your child's teacher shows every day. In celebration, try one of these easy ideas to recognize a deserving educator. Lunch Treat The mini meal your child's teacher grabs in between classes (at their desk) isn't exactly a foodie find. Instead of a brown paper bag of cut veggies or a soggy sandwich, order a real meal for the teacher. Ask the principal (or other school...

Pumpkin Games for Your Family’s Halloween Party

Are you looking for fun-filled, family-friendly games to add to your Halloween party? If you're in charge of this year's festivities, check out the awesome activities that will entertain your children and their guests! Pumpkin Bowling While bowling with real pumpkins could get messy, this kids' game is much more tame. Instead of the real deal, use an orange ball. Decorate it with a jack o'lantern face using black permanent markers. Create ghastly ghost pins by painting soda bottles white (add eyes with a marker). You can also make mummy pins instead. Simply wrap the bottles in gauze! Mini Pumpkin...

Halloween Party Activities for the Whole Family

Are you on the hunt for Halloween party activities? If you're planning a family-friendly holiday event, check out the ideas that will keep your guests busy (and entertained!) for hours. Scavenger Hunt Set up a Halloween-themed scavenger hunt that takes the kids around the house or yard, looking for clues. Create clues that focus on the holiday and your party decor, such as, "Find the spooky spider web" or, "Search for the ghoulish ghost." Divide the kids into teams and let them loose! End each team's hunt with a Halloween "treat." Ghost Race How fast can a ghost race across...

Easy Labor Day Crafts for the Family to Enjoy

Celebrate Labor Day with an afternoon of family-fun crafts! The kiddos can get in on the artsy action, while the adults help them along. These easy ideas are perfect for holiday parties, picnics or an at-home art adventure. People Puppets What do the loved ones in your child's life do for a living? Have them ask parents, grandparents, older teen siblings, aunts, uncles or other family members about their jobs. Use paper bags, crayons and markers to create people puppets, featuring your family members' jobs. Turn the bottom of the bag (with the flap) into the puppet's face and use...

Halloween Candy Corn Mosaic Art

Remember the old candy corn you have packed in a drawer from last year? It's time to get them out—but not to eat. Instead, use your old, stale candy corn for a children's art activity. Celebrate Halloween early with this crafty creation your kiddo will totally enjoy! Materials You'll Need Stale candy corn Tempera paint Clear-drying school glue Cardboard (recycle an old box and cut off one side) A pencil Wax paper A paintbrush How To Steps Separate the candy corn into groups of a dozen or more. Pour small-sized pools of paint onto paper plates, scrap cardboard or painting...