Posts Tagged "kids"

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....

5 Chinese New Year Children’s Books

Celebrating Chinese New Year is a festive way to help your child learn about a different culture. If you're not sure where to start, check out these holiday books that are perfect for pint-sized learners. Try reading interactively, allowing your child to ask and answer questions as you go along. Ruby's Chinese New Year, by Vickie Lee and Joey Chou: Your kiddo can learn about the animals of the Chinese zodiac with this sweet picture book. Follow the story of Ruby as she delivers a holiday gift to her grandma — with the help of a few furry friends! Emma's...

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...

Tu B’Shevat Tree Treats for Kids

Celebrate the "New Year for Trees" with a tree-themed treat! The Jewish holiday Tu B'Shevat is a time to appreciate nature. If you're looking for a way to mark the day with your child. check out these easy-to-make foodie favorites — and they're all shaped like trees! Fruit Tree Make your own fruit tree. Instead of growing one from a seed, piece together your own tree on a plate. Slice fruit into different sizes and shapes. Line up thin strawberry slices vertically to make a tree trunk and add kiwi cubes as leaves. Or make rows of blueberries (as a...

Valentine’s Day Kids’ Card Crafts

Forget about pricey store-bought Valentine's Day cards this year. Your child can craft their own loving greetings at home instead. These kid-created cards are easy to make and fun for the family to open. Hand them out to grandma, grandpa, aunts, uncles or anyone else on your Valentine's Day list! Easy-to-Make Hearts Fold a piece of red or pink card stock in half. Starting at the center, draw half a heart — extending outwards. Keeping the paper folded, cut the heart out. Open it and have your kiddo decorate the shape however they want. Use paints, crayons, markers, glitter, sequins...

Growing Trees to Celebrate Tu B’Shevat

Celebrate the Jewish holiday of Tu B'Shevat, or the "New Year for Trees" with a gardening activity. Even though it's too cold to go outside and plant, your child can still start their own sprout right now — but indoors! What types of tree should your child should your child plant? Well, that depends on several factors. These include personal preference, availability of materials needed and space. If you're not sure where to start, check out these easy growing options. Avocado Tree Remove and clean the pit from an avocado, leaving the skin (the brown part) intact. Find the top...

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...

Groundhog Day Prediction Activity for Kids

With winter in full-swing, Groundhog Day is a time to celebrate the season and find out if it will continue. Whether you're completely into the winter weather or you're hoping for an early spring, Punxsutawney Phil will make his appearance and his predictions. Help your kiddo to mark this day with a Phil prediction chart. This is a fun-filled way to celebrate the day, learn about history and build basic skills (such as making comparisons, counting and graphing). Materials You'll Need Poster board Markers or crayons How-To Steps Position the poster board vertically. Write the years, starting with the present one,...

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...