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Tu B’Shevat Activities for Kids

You just celebrated New Year's Day--and now it's time to mark the new year for trees! Tu B'Shevat is the Jewish holiday that is known as the new year for trees. If you're searching for a fun-filled, family-friendly way to celebrate, check out these kids' activities. Plant a Tree January isn't the best time for planting outside. But this doesn't mean you can't celebrate this holiday with a real tree. Instead of an outdoor gardening activity, try an indoor version! Choose a small potted tree and place it into a decorative planter. Don't have a decorative planter, read on for...

Christmas Cupcake Decorating Ideas for the Whole Family

Are Christmas cupcakes on your baking agenda? If you're looking for a few fun-filled ways to jazz up your cupcakes, read on for ideas, inspirations and tips to create cute holiday-themed cupcakes with your kiddos! Santa Claus Hat Cupcakes You've baked a batch of your favorite chocolate, vanilla or other flavor cupcakes. Now what? Instead of a splash of frosting, turn the treats into Santa hat-themed desserts. Bake a batch of sugar cookies. Instead of traditional circle shapes, use a cookie cutter to create triangles. After the cookies cool, frost them with red icing. Frost the top of the cupcakes...

Christmas Eve Cookies for Santa Your Kids Can Make

Treat Santa to a Christmas Eve snack with this easy holiday cookie idea! Don't worry if you aren't an expert baker--Santa will appreciate the thought. As a bonus, your family can sneak a few of Santa's cookies before you put the goodies out for the man in the red suit. Here's What You'll Need Your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe or a boxed mixRed and green sprinkles or crystal sugarIcing- in white, red and green colorsWhite chocolate chips How-To Steps Bake the cookies! Follow your recipe or the directions on the box. If you don't have time to bake the...

How To Craft a Kids’ Christmas Book

Create a Christmas keepsake to cherish for years to come. Your kiddos can craft their own holiday book to chronicle this years' events. Add to the book every year, continuing on with the holiday tradition. Read on for the easy how-to steps! Arts and Crafts Materials You'll Need Cardboard- Reuse the sides of an old cardboard box.8x10-inch card stock paperMarkers or crayonsA hole punchScissorsYarn How-To Book-Making Steps Place the card stock paper on top of the cardboard. Draw an outline. Repeat with a second piece of paper.Cut out the cardboard to make a cover and back of the book.Punch two...

3 Festive Christmas Party Games for Kids

How can you add even more fun to your family, school or any other Christmas party? Holiday-themed games! If you're planning a party, check out these easy ideas that kids of all ages will enjoy. Christmas Tree Decorating Relay Create two teams. Give each team a small-sized Christmas tree to decorate and everything from tinsel to ornaments. You can use either real or faux trees. Time the teams to see which one can put the most ornaments on their tree or race to see who uses all of their decorations first. Holiday Bingo Cut card stock paper or cardboard into...

Easy Christmas Treat Ideas for the Whole Family

Whip up a batch of tasty treats for Christmas! Your kiddos can help out in the kitchen, creating colorful cookies and so much more. Don't worry if you aren't an expert baker. These holiday goodies are easy for everyone to make. Christmas Ornament Sugar Cookies Start with your favorite sugar cookie recipe or a boxed mix. If you don't have the time to whip up a batch of your own cookies, buy ready-made treats. Just make sure the cookies aren't decorated yet. Use red, green and white frosting to cover the cookies, creating ornaments. Add snowy white crystal sugar to...

Santa Claus Christmas Paper Bag Puppet Craft for Kids

Are you looking for a fun-filled way for the kiddos to celebrate the Christmas holiday? If your creative kids are into crafting, check out this Santa Claus paper bag puppet art activity! Arts and Crafts Materials You'll Need A lunch-sized paper bagScissorsMarkers or crayonsClear-drying school glueRed and white craft feltCotton balls How-To Art-Making Steps Place the bag with the flap facing out and up towards the top.Draw Santa's face onto the bag's flap using markers or crayons.Cut a triangle out of the red felt to make Santa's hat and a large rectangle to create his coat.Glue the triangle to the...

Sukkot Model Craft for Kids

Are you looking for an imaginative Sukkot art activity? Your child can build their own mini table top sukkah! Instead of a full building, this architecture craft is a pint-sized version of the real thing. This gives your creative kiddo the chance to learn about the holiday, art/architecture and basic math concepts such as size, scale and measurements. Arts and Crafts Materials You'll Need A shoe boxScissorsClear-drying school glueClear tapeCard stock paperMarkers, crayons or colored pencilsTempera paintYarnModeling clay How-To Art-Making Steps Start with a sukkah blueprint. Your child can draw a design onto a piece of card stock paper, using...

Sukkot Garland Craft for Kids

Celebrate Sukkot and decorate your family's sukkah with these easy kids' crafts. Your child can help you to deck out this outdoor area with harvest-themed garlands that they make from scratch! Not only is this an awesomely artsy way to learn more about the holiday, the garlands will also help your child to build problem-solving, spatial reasoning, and fine motor skills. Arts and Crafts Materials You'll Need Card stock paperTempera paintPaintbrushesScissorsCrayons or markersA hole bunchYarn or ribbon How-To Steps Choose one type of fruit or harvest veggie for each garland or combine the foods into one project.Draw the fruit or...

Yom Kippur Break-the-Fast Meal Ideas

How do you plan to break the Yom Kippur fast? If you're looking for family-friendly ways to create a post-holiday "break the fast" breakfast, check out these ideas. Even though your kiddos may not have fasted for the holiday, they can still help you to make this meal and enjoy the tasty treats! PB and Babka Whether your family prefers a cinnamon babka or the classic chocolate, you can dress up this beloved bread and turn it into a break-the-fast sandwich meal. Add peanut butter or another nut butter to thick slices of babka. Keep the sandwiches open-faced and dress...