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Mardi Gras Crafts for Kids

Even though Mardi Gras celebrations may seem more like adult activities, you can mark this holiday with your family too. Celebrate with a  cute craft that kids of all ages can make. Get the whole family in on the artsy action, creating together for the holiday. Mardi Gras Beads This is an easy-to-make activity, that can also help kids to work on their fine motor skills. Simply start with a piece of yarn. Tie a knot at one end, then start stringing beads. When you get to the end, loop the necklace together and tie it tight. Repeat to make...

Read Across America Day Book Cover Art Activity

March 2nd marks Read Across America Day. It's also Dr. Seuess's birthday. Celebrate this day with a Seuss-inspired art activity! Your creative kiddo can craft book covers for each of their favorite reads—by the beloved author of course. They can make a multi-media collage, using everything from felt and paper to paint and crayons. Materials You'll Need Cardboard (reuse the front and back of an old cereal or cracker box) Scissors Markers Clear-drying school glue Craft felt Construction paper Crayons Tempera paint Paintbrushes How-To Steps Cut a book cover-shaped piece of cardboard (rectangle). Create the design. Your child can re-create...

Valentine’s Day Glitter Activities for Kids

Celebrate with sparkles! If your kiddos love glitter (which they most likely do), then these Valentine's Day kids' art activities are perfect. Whether your little loves want to make heartfelt cards, decorate the house for the holiday or are just looking for a themed way to craft, check out these easy ideas. Glitter Heart Start with a plain piece of 8x10-inch card stock paper. Fold it in half. Your child can draw half a heart, starting at the center. Cut the shape out and open it completely. Paint the entire front of the heart with clear-drying school glue. Now it's...

Preschool Portrait Project for Lincoln’s Birthday

Celebrate Lincoln's Birthday with a portrait project for your preschooler. Introduce President Lincoln to your young learner with picture books, stories and child-friendly articles online. After a brief historical discussion, show your child pictures of the former president. Ask your child to describe Abraham Lincoln. Talk about what they need to create a portrait of him and how they'll start the drawing process. Materials You'll Need Card stock or construction paper Crayons or markers Cardboard Scissors How-To Instructions Start with a geometry lesson. Cut out an oval, a square and other shapes from the cardboard. Give the shapes to your...

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...