Posts Tagged "kids"

St. Patrick’s Day Mocktails for the Family

The kids have their green outfits ready for St. Patrick’s Day. They’ve crafted shamrock everything and have made green rice cereal treats, green s’mores and green cupcakes. Now what? Now it’s time to keep the holiday spirit going with a few great green mocktails. Mocktails may look like cocktails, but are far from the real thing. These completely non-alcoholic drinks are easy ways to brighten your family’s party or just treat your child to something special. And bonus — your creative kiddo can help you to mix up the holiday fun. Sparkling Soda Bubbly water with crisp, clean ice cubes...

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...

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....