The best way to spread Christmas cheer is by singing loud for all to hear. The best way to creatively play in December, is to build the North pole out of boxes with the kids. This has been one of my children’s all time favorite holiday activities yet. All you will need are a few random boxes, a role of packaging tape, a little left over wrapping paper and whatever lights and Christmas decor you have left over as well as the imagination of a kid or two. Create your very own North Pole playhouse your very own living room!
We love spending the weekend after Thanksgiving getting into the Christmas spirit. In our house, part of that means the kids putting up and decorating their very own little Christmas tree! Part of the fun is letting them get creative, crafty, and well…covered in glitter if that’s what it takes to a trim the perfect Christmas tree in their eyes. Last year we decided to make a craft project out of the decorating process. We used things that we already had around the house to make some fun glittery decorations to spruce up the holidays.
This is the most fantastic time of the year, in my humble opinion. Anything that allows us to be outside enjoying the fresh, crisp fall air is something that I don’t want to miss. With some serious life changes happening in our family this year, projects are getting fewer and far between, but they are also getting more precious, simple, and joy filled too. Here is a fun little after school fall activity that anyone can fit into their busy schedule. Cute little candy corn painted pumpkins – just right to decorate for fall in a sweet and… not so spooky way!
We are having a heat wave here in Wisconsin. Definitely the most hot and humid summer like days so far! It is hot hot hot, and being outside requires activities that include lots of playing in the water. We are almost done with our 2013 summer fun list and here is one of the activities that we did recently to beat the heat. My son called it an Ice Excavation and it was a project that they enjoyed from start to finish. The object of the activity is to learn more about solids, liquids, water and ice. Learn ways to remove things from ice, and experiment with ways to turn it into a liquid again. The perfect activity for a hot day for your school age, or preschool kids.
Remember less than a month ago, when I shared with you the 30 Random Acts of Kindness that our family had done over the last year? Well, I ended that post with # 30 which read: ” Number 30 is a surprise and I will fill you in on it very soon! We are planning something big that is so near and dear to our hearts and I cannot wait to share it with you after it is all said and done! It involves a campaign that we started to help kids who have been faced with heart related illnesses.” Well… here it is friends- time to share! Our 30th RAOK is in its final stages and we couldn’t be more proud of what we are calling the Comfort For Kids Campaign.
As the snow finally turns to rain we welcome the chance to see and hear the sights and sounds of spring again! One of the most best signs that spring has arrived is the beautiful sound of busy little birds chirping outside your windows. Here is an easy projects for the kids and well… it’s for the birds too! Get the kids in on the fun, and let them help the birds celebrate spring. A few quick supplies and some old jar lids is all you will need to create some sweet little bird treats with your kids. Not only is this a fun activity and easy project to make – The thrill of watching, waiting, and seeing the birds that enjoy the treat they created will evoke some awesome smiles from your kiddos!
I have been enjoying every second of my time with he kids while they are on spring break from school. It is so making me look forward to summer vacation, projects, and playing all day! I am also reminded that busy kids are happy kids. For that reason we have been doing all sorts of projects together to keep their little hands and minds busy so they don’t have time to cause trouble. This was a fun Easter activity that the kids had a great time with. We made candy bird houses for our Peeps, and now have some beautiful little bird houses to display through Easter! Graham crackers turned bird houses are a sweet way to make a peep house that the kids can decorate any old way they want. Of course, covering it with candy is an obvious choice. Not only would this be a great activity to do before Easter, but a great way to use up uneaten candy after the Easter holiday.
I think every mother wants to positively reinforce their children’s good behavior. If you are like me, when you see bad behavior it is something you automatically “hone in on” – to correct it instantly. Positive behaviors, on the other hand, often don’t get the same amount of attention. We expect our children to do certain things and act a certain way, and that is our job as parents to teach them. Here is a great way to make a big deal out of good, positive behaviors and kind actions that your children choose to do on their own! “Whooo’s been good” is a little surprise jar that we have in our house for when I catch the kids doing something unexpected and totally awesome!
Do you have a little one in your house that would redecorate the Christmas tree every single day until Christmas? If so, here is a great idea to let those little hands get creative with their very own little Christmas tree. Using a dollar store cone and some felt you can create them their very own Christmas Tree that they can decorate over and over again, any way they would like, all season long! Felt ornaments, lights and garland allow them to move things around and change things up without breaking the real ornaments on the tree.
We are less than a week from Thanksgiving and at our house it is all about turkeys this year. After reading a dozen books from the library and at school about turkeys, the kids are excited to celebrate Thanksgiving with our families. We spent a lot of time this month talking about the things, and people that we are thankful for and really try to help the kids see this holiday as a chance to give thanks for what they have. Here is a cute turkey craft that does just that. A paper plate and construction paper transform into a cute way to display what the kids are thankful for.