• Independence Day

    Independence Day celebrates the birthday of the United States of America. Founded July 4th 1776, with the signing of the Declaration of Independence, America is celebrating it's 234th birthday this year (2010) The 4th of July is a time for the Red White and Blue. A time for Picnics, Parades and Marching Bands. A time for Beaches, BBQs and "Bombs Bursting in Air." So pour yourself a cold one, put another "shrimp on the barbie," and join us for a birthday celebration with fun Holiday things for you and your family We've got some history to read, Flag facts, National Parks, National Monuments & Memorials, and...

International Literacy Day Pretend Play Kids’ Activity

September 8th marks International Literacy Day! Celebrate reading with a fun-filled family book activity. What can your child do on this special day? Pick a favorite book to start with, and then turn it into a creative play. Your child doesn’t need to choose a piece of literature that’s already written out in play form for this activity to work. Instead, pick any book and transform it into one. Starts With a Story Ask your child to pick a book. Read it together before beginning the pretend play activity. After you’ve read the book at least once, start creating the...

Children’s Books for Labor Day

Celebrate Labor Day by helping your child learn about different jobs. Someday she’ll be in the workforce. But right now she’s busy being a kid. Help her to get a few ideas about what she’ll do later on with a child-friendly book about labor. Check out these easy reads that focus on workers and what they do. Whose Hat is This? By Sharon Katz Cooper and Amy Bailey Muehlenhardt. This illustrated read is an easy way to introduce young children (preschool age and older) to what workers do through their different hats. The Night Worker, by Kate Banks and Georg...

Labor Day Picnic Salad Recipes

Your Labor Day picnic or family BBQ just isn’t complete without a tasty array of awesome treats. Okay, so the sweets may be favorites with the kids. But, they aren’t the only buffet items on your menu. Right? Even though it’s tempting to prepare a bevy of burgers, hotdogs, cookies, cupcakes and other not-so-healthy items, you may also need a salad (or two). The good news is, your kids can easily help you to prep these side dishes. Check out a few fun salad ideas that are also family friendly. The kids can help wash the veggies, pull some of...

Labor Day Body Tracing Kids’ Craft

Labor Day may usher in the unofficial end of summer, but it’s so much more than that. Celebrated on the first Monday of September, Labor Day literally honors laborers. Help your preschooler to better understand what Labor Day means as a holiday with a portrait craft. Not only will your creative kid draw a picture of a ‘worker’, but they’ll also get in some valuable pretend play. How? Check out this artsy activity that celebrates well-known professions. Materials Butcher paper or rolled paper (you can also use plain, light-colored gift wrap) Markers How-To Steps Discuss different jobs. Ask your child...

Children’s Books to Celebrate World Humanitarian Day

Celebrate World Humanitarian Day on August 19th with a few child-friendly books. Introduce some of history’s most notable humanitarians to your little learner and work on literacy skills with this one book-reading activity. Check out these easy-to-understand books on humanitarians and their amazing efforts. Josephine Aspinwall Roche: Humanitarian, by Martha Biery: Introduce your young reader to Denver’s first female police officer. Not only did she help to champion the first juvenile court system in the U.S., but she also helped workers in her father’s mining company to unionize and was called a great humanitarian by President Roosevelt’s wife Eleanor. This...

Kids’ National Aviation Day Aircraft Craft

Your crafty kid can learn a thing or two (or more) about the world of flight during National Aviation Day. Celebrated annually on August 19th, this day also happens to coincide with Orville Wright’s birthday. Even though your child might not be able to take a flight or build a plane, they can spend some time focusing on all kinds of aircrafts. This easy-to-make craft also helps young children to learn about colors and shapes (obviously, along with aircrafts). Materials Craft felt- 8x10-inch sheets Scissors Markers Optional: Clear-drying school glue How-to Steps Discuss different types of aircrafts. Ask your child...

World Friendship Day Kids’ Card Craft

July 30th is World Friendship Day! Celebrate it with a special card, for a special friend. Your child can create a friendship card to give to her BFF, a classmate or anyone else she considers close. This is also a way to make new friends. Your creative kiddo can craft cards to hand out to neighborhood children who she might want to know better or to a potential friend from an after-school activity. Arts and Crafts Materials Card stock paper – 8x11-inch sheets Markers, colored pencils or crayons Construction paper Scissors Clear-drying school glue How-To Project Steps Position the paper...

National Aviation Day Recipes

August 19th marks National Aviation Day. Celebrate it with a fun family meal. What does food have to do with flight? Well, not a whole lot. But with this activity – it does. Instead of making model planes in honor of this special day, you can put the crafting materials away and break out the food. These are the perfect activities for a preschooler or older child who is looking to get creative in the kitchen with mom and dad. So, check out these food-themed airplane ideas that will take flight for National Aviation Day. Fruit That Takes Flight Make...

World Youth Day Volunteer Ideas for Teens

August 12th marks World Youth Day. This special day celebrates the achievements of youth between the ages of 15 and 24. If you’ve got a teen and are looking for some way to spend this day, try a volunteer activity. Why volunteer? Aside from it being beneficial for the child and the cause (whichever one you choose), it also helps your teen to achieve something. This isn’t to say that your teen doesn’t already have a resume filled with achievements. But, why not add one more? Check out these volunteer activity ideas for teens. Park Clean-Up When your teen was...

World Friendship Day Handprint Kids’ Art

Get artsy on World Friendship Day with a paint print craft. The kids can create this project with their BFFs, making cute keepsakes that they can look back at later on when they’re older. This kids’ holiday craft is easy enough for toddlers to try, but still fun for older kids too. Your child (and a friend, of course) will create a pair of handprints using paint. Older kids can follow this up with a simple writing exercise. They can each write one sentence about the friend, trade the sentences, read them and then glue them to the painted prints....