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Last-Minute Labor Day Activities for the Whole Family

Are you planning a family holiday weekend? If you're not sure what to do this Labor Day, check out these fun-filled ideas that your whole gang will enjoy! Create a Backyard Beach Labor Day weekend is the perfect time for a beach vacation. But this doesn't necessarily mean your family can take an impromptu ocean-side trip. If you can't go to the beach, bring this type of holiday getaway to your backyard! Fill a children's inflatable or paddling pool with sand. Use a second pool to create a mini ocean. Add shells and sea-life-like toys to both pools, place a...

Labor Day Pop-Up Painted Portrait Project for Kids

Are you looking for a creative way to celebrate Labor Day with your family? If your kiddo is a pint-sized Picasso who adores art, check out this crafty paint project to mark a special American holiday! Bonus--your child can display these pop-up paint portraits during a holiday party or picnic. Arts and Crafts Materials You'll Need Cardboard- Reuse the side of a large box, such as a moving, appliance or electronics box.Tempera paintsScissorsMarkersPaperPacking tape How-To Art-Making Steps Choose a few types of professions that your child wants to learn more about. Look for pictures of people working and ask your...

Labor Day Card Game Craft for Kids

Help your preschooler to learn about different jobs and community helpers with this fun-filled Labor Day matching card activity! Instead of a store-bought game, your creative kiddo can celebrate the holiday by making a craft. Not only can they get artsy, this imaginative activity will also your child to build memory skills and explore the great wide world of employment. Arts and Crafts Materials You'll Need Card stock paperCardboard-Reuse the side of an old box.ScissorsMarkers, crayons or colored pencilsPictures of people working- Cut these out from family-friendly magazines or print them from websites.A glue stickA ruler How-To Steps Choose at...

Kids’ Labor Day Crafts

Your child can learn more about different professions with these fun-filled Labor Day art activities These kids' crafts are perfect for preschoolers and young elementary school-aged children. Start with a discussion about different types of jobs. Talk to your child about what you do for a living and read non-fiction picture books or search online for information about other careers. Your child can also talk to their aunts, uncles, grandparents or family friends about their jobs. After your child learns more about different types of jobs, they're ready to take the next step and start making art. These activities include:...

July 4th Tablecloth Craft for Kids

Dress up your July 4th barbecue or family picnic party table with a kid-created cloth. This tablecloth craft is easy, artsy and fun for children in preschool and up. Gather together the materials your kiddos need and start the holiday fun right now! Arts and Crafts Materials You’ll Need A plain white table cloth or twin-sized white bed sheetCardboard- Reuse a cardboard boxRed and blue craft paintPaintbrushesRed and blue fabric markers How-To Art-Making Steps Flatten the cardboard. Use the board to protect your work surface. If possible, let the kids paint outside in the yard. This can help to minimize...

July Fourth S’mores Dip Recipe

Celebrate July 4th with a sweet s’mores treat! Instead of the traditional chocolate, graham and marshmallow stacker, you’ll bake this special holiday dessert dip. S’mores dip is easy to make and the perfect pairing for your Fourth of July family barbecue or backyard bash. What You’ll Need MarshmallowsGrahams crackersWhite chocolate squares or barsA square or rectangle shaped baking or casserole dishRed, white and blue sprinkles How-To S’mores Dip Steps Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.Line the bottom of the dish with a layer of graham crackers.Add a layer of marshmallows.Cover the marshmallows with a layer of white chocolate squares.Place...

July Fourth T-Shirt Craft for Kids

Create your own holiday t-shirts to celebrate the Fourth of July. This easy art activity is perfect for preschoolers and old children. Make this year’s Independence Day celebration a family event with matching shirts that you create together. Arts and Crafts Materials You’ll Need Red, white and blue fabric paintPaintbrushesPlain, washed and dried t-shirtsLetter stencilsCardboard- Reuse an old boxScissorsMasking tape How-To Shirt Art-Making Steps Cover the work surface with flatten cardboard.Cut smaller pieces of cardboard. Place the board inside each shirt. This will prevent the paint from seeping through from one side to the other.Use the stencils to spell each...

Red, White and Blue July 4th Sundae Bar

How can you make your family’s July 4th celebration even more exciting? Add an ice cream sundae bat to your family’s BBQ! Instead of the same chocolate chip and rainbow sprinkle sundaes your kids usually eat, make patriotic ice cream treats instead. To create your own red, white, and blue sundae bar for the Fourth of July: Start with Red, White and Blue Ice Cream Fill holiday-themed bowls with red cherry, white vanilla and blue blueberry or blue raspberry ice cream. Use a coordinating color-coded scoop for each flavor, creating a patriotic accent for the ice cream buffet. Provide Patriotic...

July 4th Crafts for Kids

Celebrate the Fourth of July with plenty of fun-filled family-friendly crafts! Your creative kiddo can mark the holiday and get artsy with these easy ideas. Glitter and Glue Fireworks Re-create July 4th fireworks in glitter. Your child can design their own holiday display, drawing a firework design with clear-drying school glue. Pour the glue onto a paper plate or a piece of scrap cardboard. Your child can use a toothpick or a thin paintbrush to draw the firework lines onto a piece of black card stock paper. Sprinkle different colors of glitter onto the glue and shake off the excess....

Flag Day Red, White and Blue Berry Cake

Your kids have crafted Flag Day art already. But what about a holiday snack? Celebrate the American flag with this red, white and blue dessert idea! Your children can help you to make a berry-filled flag-themed cake that’s perfect for a family picnic or backyard barbecue. Ingredients You’ll Need: Vanilla or white cake mix—Use your favorite recipe or a boxed mix.White frostingStrawberriesRaspberriesBlueberriesA popsicle stick How-To Cake-Making Steps: Bake a rectangle-shaped cake. Use your family’s own recipe or mix a ready-to-use boxed version. This is the perfect opportunity to involve your kids in the baking process. Not only will your kids...