Halloween Puppet Crafts for Kids

As you start prepping your kiddo's Halloween costumes keep the crafty fun going with a few holiday puppet projects. These are easy art activities that kids of all ages and stages can try. And bonus, these also double as pint-sized pretend play friends. What types of puppets can your child create? Check out these Halloween holiday ideas! Paper Bag Puppets Reuse lunch-sized or larger shopping bags, turning them into ghosts, ghouls, witches, vampires, monsters and much more. Flatten the bag, turn it so that the flap face up and to the top and bring out the markers. Your child can...

Halloween Glow In the Dark Activities

Celebrate Halloween with a few fun family-friendly glow in the dark activities. These ideas are easy for parents to help with, but still exciting for kids of all ages. Use these spooky science ideas for a Halloween party, pre-holiday activity or for an extra layer of excitement after trick-or-treat is over. Glow Slime School glue slime is all the rage. There are multiple recipes online, all featuring school glue. Instead of using regular white glue, swap out the traditional sticky stuff for a glow in the dark version. Turn off the lights and explore sensory science! Glow Ice Paint Make...

Rosh Hashanah Apple Sorting for Kids

The apple is a sweet symbol of the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashanah. If you have kids, helping them to prepare for the holiday means making the symbols and stories accessible to a young learner. Encourage your child to learn about this holiday while developing valuable problem-solving and reasoning skills. How can a holiday kids' activity also help your little learner with their cognitive skill development? Check out this easy apple sorting idea! Materials Needed Card stock paper Red, yellow and green tempera paint A paintbrush Markers Scissors How-To Steps Draw apple-shaped circles onto the card stock paper with a marker....

Collector Car Appreciation Day

Collector Car Appreciation Day (CCAD) is an annual celebration to raise awareness of the role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society. The day was first recognized on July 9, 2010 due, in part, to U.S. Senate resolution S. Res 513, sponsored by Senators Jon Tester. Hundreds of events were staged nationwide to celebrate the first CCAD. Thousands attended events ranging from car cruises and shows to small-business open houses and “drive your car to work” displays  The effort was organized by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) and its Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) and Hot Rod Industry Alliance...

Child Health Day Activities

October 1st is Child Health Day. Help your child to understand the importance of healthy practices with a few fun-filled activities. These ideas all focus on a healthy lifestyle, showing your child why it's important to eat right, get enough exercise and so much more! Body Art Trace your child's body onto a large sheet of butcher paper. Now your child has their own outline to fill in. Using books and photos that you find online, have your child draw what's inside the body on the paper. This should include interior body parts/systems, such as the skeleton, lungs, heart, brain...

World Tourism Day Ideas for the Whole Family

September 27th marks World Tourism Day. Even though this day celebrates worldwide tourism, you don't need to go on a globe-trotting adventure to honor ot. What can you do with your family to celebrate World Tourism Day? Take a look at these fun family-friendly ideas! Pretend Play Your younger child can learn about world travel through these imagination-based activities: Make a mock airplane from an old cardboard box. Act out a traveling scene. Dress up like a plane's pilot or a ship's captain. Pretend that your in another country. Daycation Staycation Support local tourism with a day-long trip around town...

Kids’ Tzedakah Box Art By Age

Celebrate Yom Kippur with a kids' tzedakah box craft. What's a tzedakah box? these boxes are used to collect and make charitable donations. Teach your kiddo about giving to others, with these awesomely artsy ideas for all ages! Toddlers Your tot isn't exactly ready to craft at the same level as your older child, and that's okay. This holiday craft is easy enough for your little artists to try, with your help of course. You'll need to cut a coin-sized slit in the top of a shoe box. Hand the box over to your kiddo and let them finger paint...

World Ozone Layer Day Activities for Preschoolers

September 16th is World Ozone Layer Day. While your preschooler may not completely understand the science behind ozone depletion, that doesn't mean you can't mark this day with a lesson (or a few!) on the subject. Starting early is an easy way to help your child develop a true understanding of the impact that people have on the planet. These activities are simple solutions if you're not sure how to share information on the ozone layer and other similar topics. In-Home Scavenger Hunt This isn't exactly the type of scavenger hunt your kiddos are used to. Instead of searching for...

Sukkot Fall Garland Craft for Kids

Celebrate Sukkot with a creative kids' craft! Instead of buying decorations for your at-home sukkah, the kids can create their own — with a seasonal fall theme. These festive fall garlands are perfect for the sukkah, but can also be used all season long. After the holiday is over, take the garlands into your home and hang them as part of your autumn decor. Materials You'll Need Red and orange yarn Clear-drying school glue Scissors Balloons Fall-colored ribbon Water A plastic bowl (for art use only) How-To Instructions Fill the bowl with equal parts water and glue. Blow up the...

Labor Day Kids’ Collage

Your young child can celebrate Labor Day by thinking about what they want to be when they grow up. Start by talking about different professions. Next, page through child-friendly magazines or look online for pictures of people engaging in the type of work that your child just talked about. After finding plenty of pictures, cut (or print, if you're choosing from an online source) them out. What should your child do next? Check out these easy Labor Day art activity and make a creatively crafty "What's My Job?" collage! Materials You'll Need Poster board Clear-drying school glue or glue sticks...