Chinese New Year Zodiac Puppets

The Chinese New Year isn’t like the champagne-filled, fireworks-packed, countdown kind that you expect. It’s celebrated with ancient traditions and focuses on a different zodiac animal each year. With 12 different animals (rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig) each year features its own zodiac symbol. Your child can learn about the Chinese New Year and celebrate the holiday with a crafty creature puppet-making activity! Materials A lunch-sized paper bag Markers Optional: Googley eyes, school glue, fabric, craft felt, glitter How-To Steps Position that bag so that that flap is facing up and to...

Valentine’s Day Math and Science Activities for Kids

The kids have crafted Valentine’s Day cards and they’ve made plenty of holiday treats. Now what? Explore math and science concepts, using Valentine’s Day as an inspiration. Not only are you celebrating the holiday, but your children are getting the chance to learn, make discoveries and develop new skills. What types of activities can you try for the most loving of all holidays? Take a look at these easy ideas that are perfect for kids in pre-k and up. Heart Symmetry Your child can learn about basic math concepts, such as shape and symmetry, using hearts. Hold a piece of...

Tu B’Shevat Avocado Tree Growing Activity

The Jewish holiday of Tu B’Shevat is also known as the New Year for Trees. Even though it’s too cold to plant a tree outside. You can start the growing season indoors. An indoor planting activity can help your child to learn about basic science concepts and teach them a lesson in reasonability — when they care for their ‘tree’. While it’s not always practical to start a sapling off right now, you can adapt the idea and try an avocado growing activity. Materials Avocado pit Toothpicks Clear cup or glass How-to Steps Eat the avocado! There’s no reason to...

Get Creative with Kids’ Groundhog Day Play

Celebrate Groundhog Day with a few family-fun activities! The kids can play with shadows, make puppets and even get in a game of dress-up. These ideas are appropriate for children of all ages and can easily fill a chilly winter day with hours of indoor play. Shadow Play Will Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow or not? That is the question of the day for Groundhog Day. Use this time as a way to explore shadows with your little learner. Don’t worry about the chilly February weather. You can do this one inside too. Instead of using the sun, use a...

Kids’ Valentine’s Day Box Ideas

The Valentine’s Day box. It’s a staple of the elementary school classroom. When the holiday approaches and your child’s school party draws near, you get that letter (or rather, email) from the teacher. It announces the need for a creative, colorful and ultimately cool box to put all of the class’s cards in. Whether your child’s class has a Valentine’s Day box contest or your kiddo just wants to get super-creative, check out these artsy ideas. Try Textures Instead of sticking with one kind of paper, try a variety of different textures on the box. Wrap a shoe box in...

Celebrate Lincoln’s Birthday with These Children’s Books

Even though we may lump Abraham Lincoln in with the other American greats on President’s Day, his actual birthday is February 12th. Celebrate Lincoln’s Birthday with a book-reading party! Your young child can learn about the man, and what he did for the country, through these picture books. Don’t worry about losing your child’s attention. These books are engaging and written in a completely kid-friendly way. Abe Lincoln: The Boy Who Loved Books, by Kay Winters and Nancy Carpenter. Instead of focusing on Lincoln’s later years, this easy read shows children how books shaped the life of a young Lincoln....

Easy Homemade Valentine’s Day Card Crafts for Kids

There’s no need to buy pricey pre-made Valentine’s Day cards. Your child’s own artwork is the best gift that you can give a loved one. If your kiddo is getting ready to craft a few cute cards, check out these easy ideas. Don’t worry, there’s no need to qualify as an expert crafter just to make these artsy “I love you” cards. Old School Lace Doily Remember those lace doily hearts you made as a child? Well, your little one can craft a similar sort of card too. This is a throwback that’s still very much in fashion. Have your...

Easy Valentine’s Day Treat Recipes

Valentine’s Day is filled with sweet treats. And this year you can have your child help you to whip up a few. Spend some together time with your little one, making Valentine’s Day goodies to share with the entire family. Serve your treats at a holiday party or send them to family members and friends. If you need a few simple Valentine’s Day recipes for your child to help you create, check out these holiday ideas. Valentine’s Sundae Crush your Valentine’s Day chocolates into a bowl of cherry red ice cream. Mix the candy into the ice cream and top...

To B’Shevat Kids’ Crafts, Create Artsy Trees

You may have just celebrated the New Year, but now it’s time to celebrate the “New Year for Trees.” The Jewish holiday of Tu B’Shevat is a time to appreciate what nature has to offer along with celebrating new beginnings. If you’re looking for a kid-friendly way to mark this day, take a look at these creative tree-themed crafts for children. Pipe Cleaner Tree This an easy art activity for kids of all ages. If you have a younger child (preschooler and under) wrap the ends of the pipe cleaners with tape to make them smoother (instead of sharper). Wrap...

Martin Luther King Dr. Day Dream Speech for Kids

Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream. And so does your child. Use this great American figure’s famed speech as the starting point for a Martin Luther King Day activity that helps your child celebrate the ideas of peace and equality. These concepts can be a challenge for kids to understand. This activity takes the abstract ideas and makes them more concrete for your young child. Read the Speech There are plenty of book options that can help your child to better understand the words of this famous speech. Books such as “I Have a Dream” by Martin Luther King...