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5 Family-Friendly Valentine’s Day Activities

Now that you have kids, Valentine's Day takes on a whole new meaning. While you might have a romantic evening with your S.O. planned (after the sitter comes over), you may also want to have a fun-filled family holiday celebration too. Spend time with your loved ones on this loving holiday and check out these Valentine's Day family activity ideas. Get Crafty Create kid-friendly Valentine's themed crafts together. Paint a family mural, draw portraits of each other, make paint print handprints or decorate heart cut-outs. Cook Together Make a family Valentine's Day lunch or snack, working together in the kitchen....

Valentine’s Day Candy Heart Experiment

Combine science and holiday-themed fun with this Valentine's Day kids' candy heart experiment. Chances are you have plenty of candy conversation hearts around the house right now. It's the time of year to hand them out, making them overly abundant. Instead of eating all the hearts, use a few for a sweet science exploration. This experiment gives your young child the chance to make predictions, observe and test different theories. Materials You'll Need Candy conversation hearts Clear plastic cups Different liquids- water, vegetable oil, juice, soda, tea A notepad A pencil How-To Steps Pour each liquid into its own cup....

Chocolate-Covered Valentine’s Day Strawberries

Nothing says "Happy Valentine's Day!" like chocolate. Instead of the traditional box of chocolates you can create your own holiday sweet treats. Chocolate-covered strawberries are easy to make, fun to decorate and delicious to eat. And bonus, your kiddos can help you to whip up these tasty Valentine's treats. What You'll Need Strawberries Chocolate (try a variety of types, such as milk, dark and white) Sprinkles, colorful crustal sugar or another favorite candy decor Wax paper How-To Steps Wash and dry the strawberries thoroughly. Any remaining moisture may make it tricky for the chocolate to stick to the surface. Leave...

Martin Luther King Jr. Visual Timeline Activity for Kids

Help your child to better understand the contributions of one of the most historical significant Americans on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Make a timeline of Dr. King's life, adding pictures to create a visual biography. This activity is perfect for kids in kindergarten through grade school. Conduct Background Research Start with some research, reading books about Dr. King or finding fact-based articles on the internet. Take note of points in time that are memorable, historical or in some other way significant. Have your child write the dates and something special about them. Younger children may only have the writing...

Glitter New Year’s Crafts for Kids

New Year's and glitter go hand-in-hand. Whether you're tossing glitter-coated confetti at midnight or decking out the house sparkling decor, New Year's Eve is the perfect time to add an extra shine! How can you use sparkles in a crafty way during the holiday season? Check out these glitter-filled kids' activities for New Year's. Glitter Balloons Decorate your home with sparkling balloons. Blow up a few balloons. To add an extra shine, use metallic silver or gold hues. Paint the inflated balloons with a wash of clear-drying school glue. Don't worry about covering the entire balloon — that is, unless...

New Year’s Eve Kids’ Math Activities

The countdown is on! It's almost New Year's Eve and you're looking for a few fun-filled activities to entertain the kids. Whether you're having a family party for the holiday or are just looking for a themed way to spend the day, New Year's is the perfect time to play a math game. Use the countdown theme as a starting point for these New Year's Eve ideas. Backwards Hop Countdown to midnight (or try your countdown at an earlier, kid-friendly time) with this movement-based children's activity. Mark a start line on the floor with a piece of tape or a...

New Year’s Eve Noisemaker Craft

It's New Year's Eve! And that means it's time to celebrate. Get crafty with the kiddos and create these child-friendly noise makers. Not only can the kids ring in the New Year with their DIY noisemakers, but this also doubles as an easy art activity that keeps the little ones busy at a holiday party. Check out the how-to steps for instructions on how to craft your own noisemakers. Materials You'll Need Cardboard tubes- reuse old paper towel roll tubes Scissors Wax paper Elastics/rubber bands Dried beans or rice Markers Glitter Clear-drying school glue A paintbrush How-To Steps Cut each...

Thanksgiving Gratitude Collage Craft for Kids

What is your child thankful for? Celebrating Thanksgiving is the perfect time to discuss gratitude with your little learner. If your child hasn't thought much about what they're truly thankful for, now is the time to ask. After discussing thankfulness, and the holiday at hand, it's time to get crafty. Your creative kiddo can make a gratitude collage to display on Thanksgiving. Materials You'll Need Card stock paper or poster board Child-friendly magazines Scissors Clear-drying glue or a glue stick Markers or crayons How-to Instructions Page through child-friendly magazines, looking for pictures of what your child is thankful for. Cut...

Cooking with Kids on Thanksgiving: Easy Ideas

Thanksgiving meal prep doesn't have to mean that you're stuck in the kitchen alone. This year, let the kiddos help you to create a pint-sized Thanksgiving menu. Check out these easy, no-bake turkey day recipes that your guests will enjoy! Deconstructed Pumpkin Pie Instead of baking, this kid-friendly recipes gives your child the chance to create a delicious dessert that doesn't require the use of a stove. Mix a batch of pumpkin-flavored pudding — let your child do the measuring to add in a math activity. Crumble graham crackers into a small-sized bowl or cup. Spoon the pudding on top....

How-To Keep the Kids Busy While You Prep Thanksgiving Dinner

Keeping the kids busy while you prep the house for Thanksgiving isn't always easy. Instead of turning on the TV or setting up a video game marathon, try one of these easy options. Not only will the kids have fun, but you might even get a little help too! Kitchen Helpers Put your kiddo to work. The holiday meal prep isn't just for adults. Even though your young child needs to stay away from anything sharp (such as kitchen knives) or hot (such as the stove), they can still do some of the Thanksgiving dinner preparation with you. Younger kids...