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National Freedom Day Kids’ Activity

February 1 marks National Freedom Day. This very special day commemorates the signing of the 13th Amendment by Abraham Lincoln. If you're looking for a way to help your child better understand why this day is important, and what having freedom means, check out this educational activity for kids. Materials You'll Need Poster board paper Crayons or markers Scissors Child-friendly magazines or print-outs from websites Clear-drying school glue or a glue stick Scissors How-To Instruction Steps Discuss what freedom means to your child. If they're not sure, talk about what you think freedom means or read children's books on the...

Groundhog Day Family Fun Activities

Will there be six more weeks of winter? Even though Groundhog Day is far from a scientifically proven way to judge whether the chill and snow will stop (or stick around), it's a fun-filled family-friendly holiday to celebrate. How can you celebrate Groundhog Day with your kids? Take a look at these easy activity ideas! Groundhog Play Put on your own family play. Cast characters, make a Punxsutawney Phil costume and tell the story of the groundhog and his prediction. If you're not sure where to start, use a picture book as the basis for your play. Groundhog Art Draw...

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 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...

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...

Kids’ Christmas Thank You Cards

Holiday greeting aren't the only Christmas cards your kiddo can craft. After "Santa" is done gifting your child with presents, it's time to send heartfelt thank you's. Don't worry. If your tot still believes in the magic of Santa, you don't have to ruin the illusion by asking them to write a thank you to grandma or grandpa. Instead, have them send thank you notes to Santa! You can send these off to the North Pole — or just give them to the real gift-givers! Materials You'll Need Card stock paper Scissors Markers or crayons Finger paints or tempera paints...

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...

Last-Minute Kids’ Christmas Crafts

Are you looking for a few last-minute Christmas crafts for the kiddos? These easy-to-make art projects are perfect for the pint-sized Picasso who is looking for a holiday activity. Try these artsy activities with your preschooler, kindergartner or young grade school-aged child. You can easily adapt each idea to fit your child's age, stage and developmental needs. Red and Green Ice Freeze two batches of colorful ice cubes — one red and one green. Drip a drop of food coloring into each compartment of an ice cube tray, add water and freeze. Give your child the frozen cubes to "paint"...

Homemade Christmas Tree Crafts

Decorating the Christmas tree doesn't have to include buying pricey ornaments. This year, try something new. Instead of ready-made decor, have the family help you to craft a tree-full of artsy awesomeness. That's right. Each family member (including the adults) will help to make the holiday decor and dress the tree. Check out these easy-to-make Christmas tree ornament crafts! Paper Shape Ornaments Use card stock paper or cardboard to create shapes. Cut out circles, stars, triangles or any other shape. Punch a hole at the top of each one (using a hole punch). Thread a piece of yarn through the...