International Literacy Day Activities for the Family

How can your child celebrate International Literacy Day? If you're not sure how to mark this book-filled holiday, check out the fun-filled family activities your kiddo will want to try! Family Read-a-Thon Who can read the most books? Kick off a family read-a-thon on International Literacy Day. Keep a log of each family member's books or make a poster for everyone to see. Set a time-table, such as a week or a month, and count the books to determine who wins. The winner gets a special prize—a new book! Book Themed Treats Whip up a few book themed treats to...

Airplane Games for National Aviation Day

August 19th marks National Aviation Day. If you're looking for a way to celebrate with your child, check out these air travel themed games, activities and other ideas. Airplane Movement Game Your kiddo can fly like a plane. Challenge your child to turn their arms into wings and fly through the air. Even though your child's feet will stay firmly planted on the ground, they can run through the yard making airplane noises and moving like they're in mid-flight. Airplane Pretend Play Magically transform a plain cardboard box into an airplane! Open the top of the box and fold the...

Labor Day Treats Kids Can Help to Create

Get ready for your Labor Day picnic with a few patriotic red, white and blue treats! These easy ideas aren't just kid-friendly menu picks. Your kiddos can also help you to whip up the delish delights. Labor Day Ice Cream Cake Cover a round cake pan in wax paper and add a thick layer of blueberry or blue raspberry ice cream. But the cake pan and the ice cream in the freezer for 30 minutes to an hour. Crumble vanilla wafers and spread the cookies across the hardened ice cream. But the half-cake back in the freezer for an hour...

International Literacy Day Puppets, Collages and Other Crafts for Kids

How can you celebrate International Literacy Day with your child? Help your kiddo to start a life-long love of reading with this special worldwide day. Along with reading plenty of books, your crafty kid can get artsy and create a literacy-themed project. Check out these easy ideas for preschoolers and young children. Build a Book Use construction paper or card stock to create your own storybook. Your child can draw pictures on each page. If they can't write words by themselves, sketch the letters lightly with a pencil and let your child trace over them. Punch two to three holes...

Patriotic Worker Collage Craft for Labor Day

Celebrate Labor Day with a crafty kids' art activity! Your little artist can get patriotic and create a red, white and blue themed craft. Discuss the history of the American worker before you begin the art-making. Your child can research different types of jobs, American employee unions and how the workforce helps the country. Choose a few jobs (such as community helpers or healthcare workers) to focus on for this country community collage project. Arts and Crafts Materials You'll Need Poster board paper Scissors Clear-drying school glue Markers or crayons Magazines with child-friendly pictures of people working Tempera paint-in red,...

National Aviation Day Mural Art Activity for Kids

Celebrate National Aviation Day with a flight-themed art activity! Your child can learn about planes, get creative and explore the reasons why the country marks this very special aviation day with a mega mural. After the crafting is complete, hang the artwork in your home for the entire family to see. Arts and Crafts Materials You'll Need Plain gift wrap in a light color or rolled butcher paper Scissors Construction paper Clear-drying school glue Markers or crayons Tempera paint Paint brushes How-To Art-Making Steps Unroll the paper. The larger your child wants to make the mural, the more paper they'll...

Labor Day Picnic Brunch Ideas for the Family

Are you planning a Labor Day picnic? With the day off from work, you have plenty of time to spend with your family. Enjoy the late-summer warm weather with a morning brunch picnic outdoors! If you're not sure what to prep and pack, check out these easy, kid-friendly ideas. Fun Fruit Salad Does your little one snub fresh fruit? Create a Labor Day brunch picnic salad with fun shapes. Use star, heart and other cookie cutters to slice melon, apples, pears and other fruit into shapes. Choose a rainbow of colorful fruit options (such as blueberries, raspberries, mangoes, watermelon, cantaloupe,...

World Friendship Day Cake for Kids

Celebrate World Friendship Day with a tasty treat to share! Your child can bake a cake for their best friend, decorating it with a very special message. Don't worry if you aren't an expert baker. This friendship themed activity is easy for everyone. What You'll Need 1 box of cake mix and everything it requires (such as eggs or oil)- use your favorite recipe if you prefer Vanilla frosting Food coloring Sprinkles-choose your child's friend's favorite color or colors How-To Steps Bake the cake with your child. While you need to do the actual baking, your child can measure and...

Labor Day Activities for Kids

Are you already planning a Labor Day celebration? If you need a few fun activities for the kiddos, check out these ideas! Whether your child is a preschooler, in grade school or older, you can adapt each activity to fit your child's developmental level and needs. Try Out a Job What does your child want to do when they grow up? Do they want to decorate cakes, teach, work in a lab, build bridges, help sick people to heal? Ask your child what type of job they see themselves in. After they choose, try a modified version of the job....

International Youth Day Activity for Children

August 12th marks International Youth Day. How can your child celebrate? Even though they're a youth themselves, your child can use this day to learn more about other young people. Help your child to pick a notable contemporary young person or someone from history. After they've selected someone to research, your child can create an International Youth Day multimedia project. Materials Needed A computer, tablet or other device to conduct research on Poster board paper School glue or a glue stick Markers, crayons or colored pencils Construction paper Scissors Note cards How To Project Steps Choose a child or teen...