Posts Tagged "kids’ activities"

Valentine’s Day Craft: Making Roses

Roses. They’re the perfect Valentine’s Day gift. Right? Your child can craft her own flowers, giving them to a friend or family member for this loving holiday. Instead of making 3-D flowers, this rose art activity uses felt to create flat (but textured) versions. Your child can create her own artwork to frame or make a cute card to send! Materials: Craft felt (in red, pink and green) Scissors Card stock paper (in white or light pink) Clear-drying school glue Instructions: Cut the red and pink craft felt into ovals. These will become the rose petals. Your child can size...

Groundhog Day Activities for Kids

Winter’s almost over! Or, is it? Groundhog Day is coming up. That means Punxsutawney Phil is about to let us all know if it’s an early spring, or not. In celebration of Phil, try these Groundhog Day kids’ activities! Act It Out Create a pretend play scene where your child plays the role of Phil. Have him stand outside or near a light, and look to see if he can find his shadow. Ask your child to move like he thinks a groundhog would or make groundhog noises. Shadow Science What makes a shadow? Help your little learner to better...

Inauguration Day Activities for Kids

January 20th is Inauguration Day. Whether you voted for the president-elect or not, this day provides you with the chance to help your child understand the American political system. Along with watching the televised ceremony (if your child is at school can’t watch it, you can always take a look at it online later on), you can spend some time trying out a few president themed activities! White House Model Start with a shoe box and some card stock paper. Cut the paper, paint the box white and have your child model the president’s home. Younger children can make a...

Chanukah Games, Recipes and Crafts for Kids

With eight nights, you’ll find plenty of time for Chanukah activities with your child. From cooking to games, your child can have all kinds of holiday fun (each and every night). If you’re looking for a few family-friendly ideas, check these out! Dreidel The traditional holiday spinning top game is hours of fun for kids of all age. The kids can spin the dreidel (each side has a different Hebrew letter on it), after adding to the collective ‘pot’. Give the kids something simple to add, such as raisins, small pieces of chocolate or gummi candies. If the dreidel lands...

New Year’s Day Kids’ Kitchen Science

It’s New Year’s Day and you’ve volunteered to whip up a special holiday brunch – for the entire family! Get the kids in on the act and turn some of your meal prep into super science activities. How? Check out these kitchen science ideas that also help you to prep for your holiday meal. Grand Glittering Gelatin Help your child to learn about states of matter, while transforming liquid into wiggly gelatin. Start by asking your child what she thinks will happen when you add the water to the powder. Then ask her to predict what will happen when you...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Black Friday Family Fun Shopping Games

The turkey is cooking and the Thanksgiving table is set. But, you’re done dreaming about pumpkin pies and mashed sweet potatoes. What’s on your mind? Shopping! The day after Thanksgiving is Black Friday, and it’s all about getting the good deals (and a jump on your Christmas and Hanukkah gift list). But, you have to bring the kids along with you. And, while you adore spending time with them, they aren’t feeling the same thrill when it comes to shopping as you do. What can you do to keep the kids happy during the Black Friday sales shopping spree? Check...