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Shavuot Activities for Kids: Bread, Books and More

The Jewish holiday Shavuot combines the early summer grain harvest and the giving of the Torah at Mt. Sinai. While there might not be eight nights of presents (like you’d find during Hanukkah), there are plenty of ways to involve the kids in the holiday celebration. What can you do to help your young child learn about Shavuot? Check out these easy kid-friendly activity ideas! Bake Bread As a festival dedicated, in part, to the grain harvest, take this time to bake a few loaves of bread. Make a challah or another type of bread — as you discuss grain,...

23 Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day

How are you celebrating Mother’s Day? If you’re still looking for ways to honor mom, check out these popular ideas. Try one, two or combine more than a few into a day filled with family fun. Help the kids make breakfast, lunch or brunch. Play a game of backyard baseball. Plant flowers together. Paint portraits of each other. Bake cupcakes. Create an at-home spa. Make your own fruit and veggie face masks for your at-home spa. Have a dance party in your living room. Go for a walk around the neighborhood. Design a family mural on a large sheet of...

Arbor Day Planting Ideas

What better activity to do on Arbor Day than to plant a tree? Even though this holiday is all about trees, you can’t just stop, dig a hole and plant a tree wherever you want. If your family wants to celebrate this special day, take a loo at some of these imaginative tree planting places and spaces. Container Forest Create your own indoor Arbor Day experience by planting a small-sized tree indoors. If you’re short on space, don’t have a yard or have nowhere else to plant a tree, create your own container forest. Trees that grow well indoors include...

Earth Day Diorama Art for Kids

Get ready to celebrate Earth Day with an upcycled art activity. Your child can cerate their own outdoorsy diorama, using recycled materials. Start by discussing the Earth and your child’s favorite outdoor areas. Take a paper pad and markers outside and have your child raw what they see. If you don’t live near a ‘natural setting’, visit a park or a wooded area. Materials Shoe box Newspapers or child-friendly magazines Clear-drying school glue Washed and dried yogurt (or similarly sized) containers Naturals items: Grass clippings, twigs, flower petals Fabric scraps (you can cut apart old clothes or towels instead of...

Passover Art for Kids with Matzah

You make a gingerbread house during Christmas. So why not make a matzah house for Passover? Celebrate the Jewish holiday with this fun kids’ food craft. Along with an actual mini house, the kiddos can also try some of these other artsy matzah ideas. Oh, and the best part is — the family can eat the finished product! Matzah House Use sheets of matzah in the same way that you’d use gingerbread to construct a house with four walls and a sloped roof. Instead of frosting, smooth on jelly or peanut butter as the mortar that holds the construction together....

Easter Slime Recipe for Kids

Your creative kid has made bunny after Easter bunny. Now you’re looking for something new to try. You’ve dyed eggs, made paper chicks and now…well, now what? Try making Easter egg slime. This activity combines art, science and sensory play — all into one. Materials ¼ cup clear-drying school glue ¼ cup liquid starch ¼ cup water Pastel glitter How-To Steps Mix the glue and water together. Add the liquid starch and mix until it is slimy feeling. The mixture should gel together, but still be able to stretch. Sprinkle in the glitter. The more glitter your child adds, the...

Easter Egg Hunt Alternatives

Take the traditional Easter egg hunt up a notch this year. Get creative and go beyond simply hiding and finding painted or plastic eggs. What can you do to make this holiday activity even more fun for your kids? Take a look at these imaginative egg hunt alternatives. Dinosaur Eggs: Turn your Easter eggs into the dino version. Use paper mache to cover balloons, crafting over-sized eggs that your child can paint. Hide the dinosaur eggs around the yard for the holiday hunt. Buried Treasure: Your kiddo can play the role of a pirate, searching for buried treasure. Make a...

St. Patrick’s Day Party Games for Kids

Are you looking for a few fun games to try out at your child’s next St. Patrick’s Day party? Whether you’re in charge of the school’s holiday party or you’re throwing a kid-friendly get-together at home, these easy game ideas will keep everyone entertained! Shamrock Memory Cut out shamrocks from green card stock paper. Group the shapes together into pairs. Write matching numbers on each set. Turn them over and spread them out on a desk or a table. Have the kids try to match each pair. Find the Pot of Gold Create a scavenger hunt around the school, the...

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...

Valentine’s Day Math and Science Activities for Kids

The kids have crafted Valentine’s Day cards and they’ve made plenty of holiday treats. Now what? Explore math and science concepts, using Valentine’s Day as an inspiration. Not only are you celebrating the holiday, but your children are getting the chance to learn, make discoveries and develop new skills. What types of activities can you try for the most loving of all holidays? Take a look at these easy ideas that are perfect for kids in pre-k and up. Heart Symmetry Your child can learn about basic math concepts, such as shape and symmetry, using hearts. Hold a piece of...