3 Groundhog Day Activities for Kids

Is winter ending soon--or will the cold and snow continue? Groundhog Day may just answer this question! If you're looking for a way to celebrate this season-centered day with your kiddo, take out these fun-filled family activity ideas. Groundhog Cookies Bake up a batch of groundhog-themed cookies. Choose your favorite sugar cookie recipe or use a boxed mix. Add a coating of chocolate frosting to create the groundhog's fur. Your child can use other colors of icing, sprinkles, licorice strands and other candies to "draw" a face on the cookie! Shadow Play Will the groundhog see his shadow or not?...

Lincoln’s Birthday Penny Activity for Kids

Celebrate Lincoln's Birthday with a crafty coin activity! Start with a few pennies and discuss the presidential face the coin contains with your child. If your little learner doesn't know much about Lincoln, read an age-appropriate children's book about the famed historical figure or do some Internet research with your kiddo. After your child learns more about Lincoln, they're ready for the art-making. Materials You'll Need for the Art Activity PenniesPaper- Choose a thin paper, such as printer paper.Optional- Extra pieces of paper. Use different thicknesses of paper to explore and experiment with the coin rubbing concept. Crayons- Unwrap the...

Faux Rose Heart Kids’ Valentine’s Day Card Craft

Your child can get crafty and send a Valentine's Day greeting that's completely heart-felt! Instead of buying ready-made cards this year, help your kiddo craft their own rose-covered version. This arts and crafts activity is perfect for preschoolers and elementary school-aged children. Arts and Crafts Materials You'll Need Cardboard- Reuse the side of an old box.ScissorsMarkersRed and pink tissue paperConstruction paperClear-drying school glueA paintbrush How-To Art-Making Steps Draw a heart shape onto the cardboard. Cut the heart out. If the board is thick, you may need to cut out the shape for your young child.Cover each side of the heart...

Easy Valentine’s Day Treat Ideas for Kids

Are you looking for an easy Valentine's Day recipe? Your kiddos want to get creative in the kitchen. But you aren't exactly an expert baker. Now what? Instead of skipping a holiday baking session, check out these easy recipe ideas! Cut, Bake and Decorate Cookies Forget about complicated cookie dough recipes. If you don't have the time or energy to whip up a batch of your favorite cookies completely from scratch, you can always start with pre-made or refrigerated dough. Roll out the dough and use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to create Valentine's treats. Follow the dough's instructions for baking....

Kids’ Multi-Media Heart Collage Valentine’s Day Art Activity

Your creative kiddo can craft a heart-filled artwork to celebrate Valentine's Day! This multi-media collage project is perfect for kids in preschool and up. If you're looking for a fun-filled activity to display at your family's holiday party or give to friends as a homemade gift, read on for the how-to steps. Arts and Crafts Materials You'll Need Cardboard- Reuse an old cereal or cracker box instead of buying new board.ScissorsMarkersTissue paperTempera paintA paintbrushClear-drying school glue How-To Art-Making Steps Cut the side or front from an old cardboard box. The cardboard should have at least one plain side--without writing, print,...

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...

New Year’s Day Goal Art Activity for Kids

Help your child to set goals for the next year with this New Year's Day craft activity. Before you get to the art-making, discuss resolutions and goals. Your child may not necessarily have "resolutions," but they can create goals or objectives to accomplish in the next calendar year. Talk about what changes they want to make or what they want to do in school or another area of their life. After they create a list, they're ready to take the next step! Arts and Crafts Materials You'll Need Poster board paper- Choose a light color or white paper. This will...

New Year’s Eve Crafts for Kids

Celebrate New Year's Eve in a crafty way this year! If your artsy kiddo is looking for holiday projects, check out these themed ideas. Try a craft or two during the day or set up a full artwork buffet for a group of pint-sized Picassos at your NYE party. Fireworks Painting Splatter paint a festive fireworks design. Whether you plan to watch the fireworks IRL or on TV, your child can create their own paint and paper display. Start with a deep night sky blue or black piece of card stock paper or poster board. Pour small pools of brightly-hued...

New Year’s Buffet Ideas for Your Family

Start the year of right with a stand-out homemade New Year's Day breakfast or brunch! Your kiddos can help out in the kitchen, mixing, measuring, decorating and putting together creative treats. If you're not sure what to make or where to start, check out these easy ideas for your fam's holiday breakfast/brunch-time buffet. Pancakes with Toppings Mix up a batch of your favorite pancake recipe or buy a boxed option. Even though your littles can't actually cook the cakes, they can measure the different ingredients and mix them up in a big ol' bowl! Add a special surprise and sprinkle...

New Year’s Resolution Kids’ Book Craft

What are your New Year's Resolutions? Help your children to learn more about what resolutions are--and create a few of their own! This easy holiday activity will get your kiddos thinking about their goals, objectives and more for the next year. And bonus, this New Year's Day activity doubles as an awesome art project that your family can cherish for years to come. Arts and Crafts Materials You'll Need Cardboard- Reuse the sides of an old cardboard box instead of buying new boardScissorsA hole punchYarnCrayons, pencils or markersTempera paintPaintbrushesGlitter8x10-inch card stock paper How-To Steps Discuss resolutions. Help your child to...