Posts Tagged "kids"

Last-Minute Mother’s Day Ideas

Mother’s Day is almost here. And the kids haven’t exactly prepared a five-course meal for mom. They also haven’t found the perfect present or done anything else — that is yet. It’s okay that the kids procrastinated. Their lack of prep is more a function of their ages than what they think about mom. After all, they love mom and only want the best for her. But if your kiddos haven’t found the perfect way to celebrate Mother’s Day, check out these last-minute gift ideas. Kid-Created Spa So you forgot to pick up a gift certificate for mom to take...

International Day for Biodiversity Puppet Art for Kids

May 22nd marks the International Day for Biodiversity. Even though “biodiversity” may sound like a tough subject for young children to tackle, your little learner can still observe this special day. And bonus, they’ll get the chance to engage in ecological education activities. What can you do to help your child celebrate, and understand, biodiversity? Check out this puppet-making/pretend play idea. It’s an easy way to introduce basic concepts, while helping your child learn about the environment right around them. Materials Paper bags (lunch-sized) Clear-drying school glue Markers Craft feathers Craft felt Scissors Yarn How-To Steps Go outside and take...

Father’s Day Candy Wrapper Craft for Kids

Celebrate dad on his special day with this kid-created Father’s Day craft. If dad enjoys a sweet treat (such as a chocolate bar) every once in a while, this gift is perfect. Instead of buying a generic box of chocolates or giving dad candy straight from the store, package his present in an artsy wrapper. That’s right, your kiddo can create their own individual wrapper for dad’s Father’s Day chocolate bar or candy box. This art activity is an easy way to personalize dad’s present, while helping your child to get creative and explore their imaginative side. Materials Plain construction...

Children’s Books to Read on World Day for Cultural Diversity

May 21st marks World Day for Cultural Diversity. This special day provides the perfect opportunity to help your child learn about other cultures and why we don’t all look and act the same. It’s also an ideal day to help your child to think about how they treat others. Don’t worry if you aren’t an expert when it comes to cultures from across the globe. If you’re not sure where to start, these children’s books can spark a conversation and get your child thinking. The Judgmental Flower by Julia Cook and Anita DuFalla: If your young child is struggling with...

Mother’s Day Cupcake Bouquet Ideas

Make Mother’s Day even more special with a few kid-made treats. Even though your little chef can’t use the stove or oven yet, they can help you to measure and mix in the kitchen. A cupcake bouquet is a Mother’s Day gift that mom will enjoy, and the kids will enjoy making. Start with your favorite cake recipe or go with a boxed mix. Next comes decorating these tasty treats. If you’re not sure how to decorate mom’s cupcake bouquet, check out these artsy options. Sunny Sun Flowers Make a giant sunflower out of mini “suns.” Bake yellow cake cupcakes...

Mother’s Day Cardboard Tube Photo Craft

Make mom a memorable present this Mother’s Day! Celebrate the special lady in your family with a creative child-made gift. Start with a photo of the family (or one of mom’s favorites from a family vacation, holiday or another treasured day). Next, help your kiddo to craft a cute frame that mom will always cherish. This holiday kids’ craft also doubles as an easy way to teach your child about recycling and reuse. Instead of buying all new materials, your child will reuse cardboard boxes and tubes. Before the crafting commences, have a family scavenger hunt — searching your home...

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,...

Mother’s Day Kids’ Craft: Glitter Greeting Card

You want to help your child to honor a very special lady. It’s almost Mother’s Day and mom deserves a card that’s fit for a queen. What can your crafty kiddo create to show mom just how much they love her? Check out this easy art activity that’s perfect for kids who want to make their own holiday greeting. And what kid doesn’t want to celebrate mom in this special way? Materials Card stock paper Scissors Clear-drying school glue Markers or crayons Foam letters Glitter How-To Steps Fold an 8x10-inch piece of card stock paper in half from top to...

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...

Easy Mother’s Day Breakfast ideas for Preschoolers

Your preschooler may not be ready for a stint on Top Chef, but they can help you to make a much-deserved Mother’s Day breakfast. Keep in mind, there are plenty of ways that young children can help out in the kitchen — without actually cooking. Never allow your child to use the stove, oven or any other heated cooking appliance. Ans always supervise your child in the kitchen at all times. Granola Mix Your child can whip up their own special Mother’s Day granola mix. Combine granola, chopped nuts, dried fruit or chocolate chips to make the perfect batch. Pour...