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Valentine’s Day Classes and Camps for Kids

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at home with art, yoga, baking, and more! These are some of our favorite Valentine-themed online classes and camps for kids.

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SATURDAY SCIENCE: Valentine’s Science

Join this online workshop and experiment with candy chemistry! Create a sugar density gradient and make a Skittles liquid rainbow, and of course, make Valentine’s oobleck. Registration includes a Valentine’s Science Kit with all the materials to follow along in this live, hands-on class.

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Valentine Painting Art Lesson

Sketch and paint a Valentine’s Day masterpiece in this online class! Learn how to draw with step by step instructions from a live teacher. The class will begin with basic shape recognition during the sketching phase and will then move on to coloring and basic shading techniques.

Science Workshop for Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day Science Workshop

Join this FREE workshop for crafts, science projects, games, and guest speakers. At Hypothesis Haven Science Club’s 2nd Annual HeART of Science event,  kids will learn about the hardest-working muscle in the body (the heart) and how to keep it healthy and strong! They will also learn about new treatments and discoveries that doctors and scientists are working on to help people with heart disease.

Valentine's Day Cooking Classes for Kids

Valentine’s Day Cookie Class

Join this Valentine’s Day cookie-baking class and spread some love in the kitchen! The price includes a shipment of gourmet cookie mix, a new silicon mat, sprinkles, and some surprises. You will learn how to make hand-cut sugar cookies, roll out the dough, bake, decorate with chocolate, royal icing, and sprinkles. 

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Valentines Day Pop-Up Cards!

Make your very own Valentine’s Day pop-up card in this interactive online class!  Pick a special person to make your card for and design something unique and fun just for them. Learn about sign language and how to say “I love you” with your hand as you engage in fun arts and crafts.

Valentine's Clay Sculpting Art Lesson for Kids

Valentine Clay Sculpting Art Lesson

Learn how to sculpt with step-by-step guidance from a live art instructor! The class will begin with ball shapes during the preparation phase and will then move on to color and basic sculpting techniques. Kids of all skill levels can use clay or playdough to sculpt cute Valentine’s Day animals.

Valentine Family Craft Workshop

Pop up card – Family Workshop

This Valentine’s Workshop is a sweet activity for the whole family! The Materials Kit has supplies for 4 guests in the same household. You’ll learn how to make these amazing Pop Up Valentine Cards that you can personalize. A heartfelt gift for friends, grandparents, and teachers. The kids-only workshop is also an option here.

Valentine's Day Yoga for Kids - Practicing Self Love

Valentine’s Day Family Yoga

Focus on self-love with this gentle and relaxing yoga! Follow along in this accessible, live class to center your body and mind. The gentle flow will end with a guided meditation, focusing on love.

Valentine's Day Celebration with Curious Mind Academy

Valentine’s Day Celebration

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Curious Mind Academy! Join this virtual party for 90 minutes of fun. Play themed games, enjoy some Valentine’s Day trivia, and top it all off by making a special treat, chocolate brownie mug cake. 

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Kids Activities for Presidents Day

Searching for kids activities to do during Presidents Day break? Try these on-demand kids activities, which are great for any downtime during the break. Here are some of our favorite DIY activities and printables for school holidays.

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Art History – Hiawatha

In this 60-minute video, learn about an important historical leader, Hiawatha. Follow along in drawing this colorful portrait while learning historical information, color pencil technique, and shading.

Specifically designed for K to 6th-grade students, every lesson is designed to give you an hour break and engage your child’s mind with fun, educational and creative activities. 

On-Demand Yoga for kids

Beginners Yoga Class

In this video, Ms. Priscilla presents this fun class for kids of all ages which is designed as an introduction to the practice of yoga.  Class is slower paced and focused on developing clear and safe alignment in foundational poses. Come to learn, play, and maybe even break a sweat in a supportive environment.  

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Pottery Kit

Explore the history of clay art and become a clay artist yourself!

The Ship & Make Kit includes air dry clay, a ceramic tile, tools, acrylic paints, and a pottery badge! This 30-minute YouTube instructional video will allow children/tweens to follow along and pause when they need more time. This video was recorded to meet the requirements for the Girl Scout Pottery Badge, but fun for all to participate! 

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Learn Soccer At Home

Players will be able to access 6 different videos through your account once registration is complete, covering age-appropriate sessions designed to work on ball mastery, skills, tricks and moves. This is balanced with a fun and educational approach which implements our Champions of Characters philosophy.

The wider world of soccer is important to us too, and we profile a different country every time- this bundle is focused on the USA.

Kids Activities for Presidents Day or any school breaks

Create Flappy Bird Using Scratch

In this video, Hannah from Codemoji.com will show you how to create a flappy bird-like game using Scratch. Code your own game, learn Scratch functions, and build a foundation in programming skills and critical thinking.

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Build a Star Finder

Follow this video and printout tutorial to build your own Starfinder, a version of an ancient model of the sky.

Build your own Starfinder, and it will show you how the sky looks at any hour of any night of the year! All you have to do is “program” the Starfinder with the date and time you want.

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Make Flat Bread Pizza with a Celebrity Chef

Grab your ingredients and join Chef Michelle Minori as she leads your family through the process of making flatbread pizza in this fun-filled cooking adventure! Together, you will learn how to make the flatbread dough, chop toppings, make a dressing and more. Chef Michelle will teach you new techniques and share a little bit about how to make this recipe your own. 

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Anime Manga Workshop

Follow along with these videos of an Anime Manga workshop and your student will learn to draw our favorite Japanese style art. This five day workshop includes ten on-demand videos with over 10 hours of drawing and coloring direction taught by Young Rembrandts founder and CEO, Bette Fetter. Draw at your own pace! Students can pause and rewind each lesson as needed.

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Rainbow Cake Baking

Follow this on-demand video to bake a delicious and eye-catching rainbow cake. Fun for the whole family, all on your own time! Join Active Art and Science for more hands-on activities you can do on your own.

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Kids On-Demand Activities for Holiday Break

On-demand classes and activities for your child are great for any downtime during the holiday break. Whether traveling or staying at home, these activities will keep your kids busy and having fun. Here are some of our favorite on-demand activities for the holidays.

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On-Demand Music for holiday break

Jingle Bells Piano Lesson

In this fun-filled lesson, your child will learn how to play Jingle Bells on the piano with KidzKeys, just in time for the holidays! The KidzKeys On-Demand Lessons give students in K through 3rd Grade an opportunity to explore and express their own creativity. Your child will love Ms. Emily’s fun and encouraging teaching style.

On-Demand Crafts for Holiday break

Polar Bear Crafts

Create a cute polar bear with cotton balls and complete a fun polar bear research project with Lakeshore Learning’s on-demand crafts for kids. Check out more of their winter themed crafts here.

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Free Winter Coloring and Sudoku Sheets

Choose from a collection of free Winter and Holiday themed coloring sheets and Sudoku printables! These are great for long car rides or for the whole family to enjoy.

On-Demand Art Class for Holiday break

Holiday Wreath Art Lesson

Ms. Kristin from AB Fine Art Studio takes you step-by-step in a video that shows you how to draw and paint this beautiful holiday wreath!  You can purchase their December Art Box that has absolutely everything you need to create this holiday painting at home.

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How to Draw a Holiday Puppy

This 60 minute video by Young Rembrandts walks you through drawing an adorable holiday puppy. Specifically designed for K to 6th-grade students, every lesson is designed to give you an hour break and engage your child’s mind with fun, educational and creative activities.

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Making the Perfect Pie Shell

In this free video you’ll learn how to make the perfect pie shell.  You’ll learn how to create pie dough and then how best to roll out out and form it into a pie pan.  Have fun in the kitchen while making a delicious dessert for the holidays!

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Learn Inkscape By Making a Winter Holiday Card

In this on-demand class you will learn the basics of Inkscape while creating your very own winter theme card.  We’ll learn how to create a basic winter scene, including how to make some basic evergreen trees, snow flakes, and form a snow man. You can print and use the card you create as a holiday card, or a card to bring in some winter time cheer.

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Galileoscope Telescope Kit for the Holidays

This on-demand activity includes a telescope kit and video instruction, where an expert astronomer and telescope builder will walk you through the process of assembling the telescope. Then, begin exploring the universe like Galileo did over 400 years ago and see the wonders of the winter sky!

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Best Free On-Demand Activities: Printables and DIY for Kids

On-demand classes and activities for your child are a great option when you need an activity at any time of day. ActivityHero provides a wide variety of on-demand content that can be used at any time, free of any cost! Here are our favorite free, on-demand options.

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On-Demand Art - Learn to draw funny llamas!

Pixar in a Box: The Computer Science Behind Movies

What’s your favorite movie – Cars, Frozen, or maybe The Avengers? Did you know that computer technology is behind the making of all of your favorite movies? This video shows children exciting state-of-the-art technologies and how they are applied in the real world!

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Nutrition: Let’s Make a Stir Fry

This class will focus on (1) a review of the basics of nutrition, and (2) how to use the five food groups to create a healthy, well rounded, delicious meal. Some of the student activities will include (1) preparing their own individual menu for a stir-fry (2) watching Dr. Mary cook a nutritious stir-fry, and (3) several choices of posters to create.

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How to Make a Solar Oven

Have fun baking a dessert with your kids and learn some science at the same time with this DIY Solar Oven by Beau Coffron, in partnership with Home Depot. All you need is an old pizza box and a handful of tools and materials. In just a few easy steps, you’ll have created an innovative solar oven!

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Hour of Code – Learn JavaScript

Learn how to code with Javascript in Classroom Antics’ easy-to-use web interface and self-guided lessons. Progress through fun online coding activities at your own pace. Complete up to 9 lessons (one hour each). Lessons feature fun projects such as creating an facetracker, eclipse simulation, greeting card, snapchat filter, community map and more!

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Free French Class for Kids!

Join Madame Barbara from Springs French Music Lingua for a fun introductory class and learn the Itsy Bitsy Spider in French.  This is a 22-minute previously recorded live online class.  Download the coloring page for additional reinforcement of the French vocabulary.

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Music Reading Tutorial with KidzKeys!

Ms. Emily will show students how to read the musical staff and place colorful stickers on your piano or keyboard (Printable Download Included!).

Peter Max Art with Young Rembrandts

Making the Perfect Pie Shell

In this FREE video you’ll learn how to make the perfect pie shell.  You’ll learn how to create pie dough and then how best to roll out out and form it into a pie pan.  This lesson is for a pie shell for sweet pies.  The method can be used for quiche and tart shells by changing just a few ingredients.

Learn Inkscape By Making a Winter Holiday Card

In this on-demand class you will learn the basics of Inkscape while creating your very own winter theme card.  We’ll learn how to create a basic winter scene, including how to make some basic evergreen trees, snow flakes, and form a snow man. You can print and use the card you create as a holiday card, or a card to bring in some winter time cheer.

Draw your own home alone battle plan. Free on-demand from Stanford Library Map Collections

Free Winter Coloring and Sudoku Sheets

Choose from a collection of free Winter and Holiday themed coloring sheets and Sudoku printables! These are great for long car rides or for the whole family to enjoy.

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Thanksgiving kids’ activities inspired by pumpkin spice






Get ready for Thanksgiving Week with these hands-on kids’ activities inspired by Pumpkin Spice and Thanksgiving turkeys.

Enjoy the smell of Pumpkin Spice and try one of these Thanksgiving project ideas with your kids. For a longer activity, find a 1/2 day or full day Thanksgiving camp or workshop.

What makes pumpkin spice smell so good? Betty Crocker‘s homemade recipe is combination of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice and cloves. Mix the spices together in a small bowl and let your senses take it all in.

Pumpkin slime

Kids love making and playing with slime and this recipe for pumpkin slime adds a Thanksgiving spin to it. Growing a Jeweled Rose has a simple recipe to make pumpkin slime that adds pumpkin spice to the glue and borax slime concoction.

Pumpkin slime from Growing a Jeweled Rose

Pumpkin pie spice play dough

Younger kids will enjoy this simple, homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice Play Dough from Left Brain Craft Brain. With just a few ingredients from your kitchen, you can make this pumpkin spice scented play dough with your kids.

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Pumpkin Pie Spiced Dough from Left Brain Craft Brain

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Pumpkin spice latte for kids (coffee-free)

With this simple recipe from Chelsea’s Messy Apron, pumpkin spice lattes aren’t just for grownups or coffee drinkers.

Kids Pumpkin Spice Latte from Chelseas Messy Apron

Turkey arts and crafts

A simple paper plate is the center of this Turkey art from Lakeshore Learning.

Turkey art from Lakeshore Learning

Thanksgiving camp

Full day or half day camps can keep your kids engaged and busy over Thanksgiving week. Many camps have special themes for Thanksgiving Camp.

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5 Fun Fall Activities






Get ready for falling leaves, cooler weather, and spooky surprises with these hands-on activities for kids.

Leaf piles and pumpkins and candy, oh my! Try one (or all) of these fall ideas with your kids. For a longer activity to keep kids engaged during school holidays, find online or in-person Fall Break camps and classes.

1. Glow-in-the-Dark Water

Nothing says “spooky” like things that glow in the dark. Take your Halloween party to the next level with this recipe from The Science Buddies on how to make glow in the dark water from two very basic items.

Glow in the dark water from Science Buddies
Glow in the dark water from Science Buddies

2. Design Your Halloween Costume

It’s not too early to start thinking about Fright Night! Skip the expensive, pre-made costumes this year and get creative. Try putting together your entire costume using household items and stuff you already own. Need some help or inspiration? Try a DIY Halloween costume design class or a face painting workshop!

Halloween Face Painting Workshop

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3. Play a Game!

With minimal setup and simple rules, this version of a Native American stick game by My Creative Life can be played by even the youngest members of your family.

Native American Stick Game from My Creative Life
Native American Stick Game from My Creative Life

4. Halloween Countdown Calendar

This countdown calendar project from Lakeshore Learning makes the wait a little easier and you can make it at home! Or download a Fall on-demand activity like pumpkin crafting to earn a Girl Scouts badge online, DIY Fall decorations, Halloween art, and more!

countdown calendar from Lakeshore Learning
Countdown calendar from Lakeshore Learning

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5. Take a break, go to camp!

Thanksgiving Art Camp at Achievers
Thanksgiving Art Camp @ Achievers

Full day and half day camps can keep your kids engaged and busy over school holidays. Many even have special themes for their Fall Break Camps.

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St. Patrick’s Day Crafts For Kids

Charm your kids with these festive St. Patrick’s Day crafts and activities. With a little luck, your kids will be busy for hours!

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Upcyling Crafts

One of our favorite St. Patrick’s Day crafts are these adorable binoculars made out of simple household products. All you need is a couple empty toilet paper holders, colorful craft paper, kid-friendly scissors and tape. Your kids will be off searching for leprechauns in no time!

Turn Art Projects into an Annual Tradition

Another fun and easy St. Patrick’s Day tradition is to build a leprechaun trap. The best part is that there is no wrong way to create your magical contraption. An old shoe box, an empty jar or even an empty paper towel roll can be upcyled and reused. Don’t forget to add some lucky charms or gold coins as bait for your elusive leprechaun!

Color Crafts for Kids

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This colorful art project by CraftyMorning is perfect for all ages. Create a St. Patrick’s Day themed twirling rainbow out of a paper plate. Younger children can use crayons, markers or paint and be assisted with the cutting by a parent or sibling. Don’t stop with just one – create a whole collection for home or porch decorations.

Easy Crafts with Household Items

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Reuse an old cereal box to create a fun leprechaun hat with just a few other easy crafting supplies like glue, craft paper and paint. St. Patrick’s a colorful holiday, so make it your own with glitter, stickers or ribbon.

How to make St. Patrick’s Day Slime

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Slime can be a fun craft and science project to make at home with your kids. For St. Patrick’s Day slime, add green or gold and glitter for a festive look.

According to Little Bins for Little Hands, “Mixtures, substances, polymers, cross-linking, states of matter, elasticity, and viscosity are just a few of the science concepts that can be explored with homemade slime!”

Hands-On St. Patrick’s Day Activities

If your child is a little older or not really into crafts, check out these 6 fun St. Patrick’s Day science experiments for kids from our friends at ScienceBuddies.org.

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6 Business Ideas for Enterprising Kids

Encouraging kids to think like entrepreneurs teaches them long-lasting lessons about the value of hard work, careful planning, and creativity.

By Melanie Hargrave

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We all remember sitting at the end of our driveways at a table, a pitcher of lemonade waiting expectantly, with a big cardboard sign announcing our 25-cent cups of refreshment. Most likely, that lemonade stand came out once or twice a year over summer break as a fun way for mom to get you out of the house and for you to make some money for candy.

But what if you wanted to make money more permanently?

Teaching kids the value of money is an important life lesson that too many parents delay. While children are often given an allowance of some kind, most kids and even young adults grow up with very little concept of business skills.

Rather than waiting until your kids are out of the house to teach them about getting a job, you can encourage them to handle money responsibly, work hard, and develop their creativity by starting their own business now. It’s an important life lesson: hard work and dedication pays off!

And although the lemonade stand is a classic fall back, here are 6 other business ideas your kid might like to try his or her hand at.

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1. Dog Walking

Starting a dog-walking business can be a very lucrative endeavor—even for adults! Since many families are out of the house all day at work or school, their pets are often left home all day in need of exercise and relief.

Help your child organize a service by contacting neighbors and friends. With Facebook and other social media outlets, it is even easier to find people who may need a dog walker. You can even set up a blog or website for local families to find the business and contact you (or your child) about hiring him/her.

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2. Selling Crafts

Does your child have a talent or passion for crafting? Show them that this talent can be more than just a hobby by selling his or her crafts. Show them how to set up an account on an e-commerce site like Etsy or help them contact local businesses and boutiques that might be interested in selling them at their shop. From homemade slime to beaded jewelry, there is a market for just about anything.

3. Doing Yard Work

Doing yard work doesn’t have to be a chore. Many homeowners are more than willing to hire a young entrepreneur to mow their lawns, pull weeds, and do other similar tasks. They can enjoy paying a lower price for good work and your child will get a pretty penny for their efforts. If you take time to send out seasonal flyers and business cards, your kid can develop a small side business into quite a lucrative empire.

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4. Babysitting

Babysitting is another classic go-to, but is no less viable an option. Depending on the age of your kid, they can work as mother’s helpers or independent nannies. Help them set prices and rates for services and sweeten the deal with CPR certification. If they set competitive rates, your son or daughter may have parents banging down your door for their services. Experienced babysitters can organize a half-day or full-day summer camp for neighborhood kids by combining activities such as arts & crafts, sports or baking.

5. Tutoring Younger Students

Professional tutors can cost parents an arm and a leg. However, if your child is particularly gifted at a subject like math or writing, he or she could easily start a tutoring business for younger students. Their rates will obviously be dramatically lower than professional prices (which can be as high as $60/hr.—yikes!) but still a great income for a kid.

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6. Blogging

Writing on a blog is a great outlet for kids to make some money. If they need some inspiration, help them find a topic they enjoy and show them how to set up a blog and optimize their posts. Once they have some regular content up, they can monetize their blog through Google and other online ad services fairly simply. This is probably a good business venture for middle school or high school kids, but any age can have fun with this side project.

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Melanie Hargrave is a wife and homemaker whose pride and joy is her family. In addition to spending time with her husband and daughters, she loves writing about a variety of topics from business to home improvement, and finds inspiration from success stories like that of Rick Schaden.

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Maker Activities to Make at Home






Need something entertain your kids when they’re not at school? These 8 easy, at-home maker activities will keep hands busy and minds sharp.

By the Editors of ActivityHero

Maker kid engaged in an activityWhat’s the solution for beating kids’ “brain drain” while on extended school closures? Maker activities! According to the education website Edutopia, “A Maker is an individual who communicates, collaborates, tinkers, fixes, breaks, rebuilds, and constructs projects for the world around him or her.” (It’s easy to see why the Maker philosophy has become so popular!)

Luckily, ActivityHero has a close relationship with hundreds of summer camp counselors and activity providers who know a thing or two about maker activities and where to find them. Here are a few of our editors’ favorites – and a handful of helpful websites where you can find enough ideas to last all year long.

Make Backyard Bubble Snakes

Here’s a quick and easy project from Come Together Kids. All you need is a few supplies you likely have around the house … and a few kids who love bubbles. Gather up an old washcloth, a plastic water bottle, a large rubber band, and some bubble solution. The instructions to assemble the bubble snake maker are on the Come Together Kids site, along with two recipes for homemade bubbles, which will come in handy on days when you run out of the store-bought stuff.

Think Inside the Box – delivered to your home!

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Here’s a clever solution for those weeks when you can’t make it to the craft store: Sign up for a monthly subscription to Kiwi Crate. This company delivers – directly to your home – everything you need to “tinker, create, and innovate.” Each Kiwi Crate is chock-full of high-quality materials, kid-friendly instructions, a maker project, and a special magazine, all designed for ages 5 to 8. For ages 9 to 16+, the site also offers Doodle Crates (for art enthusiasts) and Tinker Crates (for STEM subject fans). Preschoolers (ages 3 and 4) can enjoy playful fun with a Koala Crate, which includes a parent guide to support “inquiry-based learning,” a magazine, and plenty of creative activities.

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Create an Ivory Soap Explosion

Here’s a squeaky-clean indoor activity from Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas. All you need is a bar of Ivory soap and a microwave. Follow the instructions carefully, using just one-third or one-quarter of the bar; if you toss in the whole bar, your soap blob will grow to mammoth proportions. Also allow the “soap cloud” to cool for a bit and test the temperature yourself before letting kids touch it. Then check out the website for some fun things to do with the fluffy soap after ooh-ing and ahh-ing over its expansion. Sudsy snowballs anyone?

Build a Brushbot

You may be familiar with Science Buddies as a resource for winning science-fair project ideas, kits, and guides. It’s also a great place to find summer projects like this brushbot, which was created by a Ph.D., and includes a materials list, complete instructions, and ideas for ways to “explore more” once the project is complete. Take a look at their “Awesome Science for Summer Break!” page for more cool ideas, including how to make a paper speaker, build a mini trebuchet, and generate electricity with a lemon battery. Complete kits for projects like these are also available at the Science Buddies online store.

Cool Off with Ice Cream in a Bag

On Growing a Jeweled Rose, ideas abound for parents searching for ways to help kids play, learn, and grow. Their offerings include plenty of “play recipes,” which is delicious fun for kids who love to spend time in the kitchen. One of our favorites during warm weather is Ice Cream in a Bag! Even very little children can help make this concoction using heavy whipping cream, vanilla, and sugar. (You’ll also need salt and ice cubes, but those don’t go in the creamy mixture.) After the project is put together, it takes 5 to 10 minutes of shaking to create an ice creamy treat, which means your children will use up some of that kid energy. View their 100+ Play Recipes right here.

Create Wind-Powered Lego Contraptions

On Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls, Lego projects abound – in fact, there’s a whole section that includes activities and projects using these colorful bricks. The Lego windmill shown here requires a few special bricks and a couple of minutes to assemble, but your kids can create their own options using whatever Lego bricks they have on hand. (Be sure you supervise them when using a fan.) Click on the site’s LEGOS tab for Lego engineering ideas using pulleys, a Lego matching game, and a Lego Minifigure display.

Other tabs lead you to activities for babies and kids of all ages, family fun, homeschooling, seasonal projects, and even a special section to help you organize toys and clean up after projects … in a fun but frugal way.

Bake Some Movie Night Cupcakes

If you’d prefer to do your “making” in the kitchen, why not have some creative baking kits and mixes delivered to your home? Visit Foodstirs, a website created by Sarah Michelle Gellar and two of her closest friends. We unanimously voted two thumbs up on the Movie Night Cupcake Kit – for a fun twist to your standard movie night snacks. To learn where the delicious idea for Foodstirs originated, read the interview ActivityHero snagged with Sarah Michelle when she wasn’t busy cooking up a storm.

Earn Patches for All Sorts of Projects

If your kids love a little extra incentive, consider joining DIY, an ad-free website designed to be “The School We Wish We Had.” This website provides thousands of activities for kids and is a safe, supportive online learning community with 99.7% kind comments in its posts. Try it free for 14 days!

On this site, kids can explore new skills or increase their proficiency in activities they love. They can take part in a challenge, receive feedback from other kids, and earn patches for their work. Many of them also share photos or videos of their accomplishments (with parental permission and using an avatar), and other kids can turn to them for inspiration. Along the way, staff mentors offer help and encouragement when needed, and parents can access reports to see what DIY activities their kids are trying.

Trending topics include a daily challenge, science, Lego, Minecraft, and stopmotion. To join the community, visit DIY.org or download the app on your iPhone or iPad.

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5-Minute Fall Crafts for Kids






Holiday dinners and cleanup leave parents tired … but kids still want something to DO! Here are quick, clever crafts to spark playful fun and learning.

By Anne Carey, from Left Brain Craft Brain

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Why Craft with Your Kids?

It’s already busy during the holidays, and it might seem like a chore to prep craft projects for your children. But it’s well worth the few minutes of simple setup. Crafting creates a break in the day that’s fun (for kids) and relaxing (for you). Also, art projects and sensory play help kids recharge their batteries and trigger creative thinking — both of which are especially helpful as the year winds down. Try these fall-and-winter-themed “5-Minute Crafts” to inspire your kids to create … and maybe even learn a little!
doh with leaves and pineconesPumpkin Pie Spice Play Dough
Relive that heavenly smell of baking with this simple, homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice Play Dough. Free play with play dough encourages children’s creative problem-solving skills while stimulating their senses. Add some pinecones, acorns, and leaves for a natural “creation station” for the kids. Plus, did you know that washable markers can turn play dough into art?

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Tree sculptures from nuts and boltsTinkering Trees
Inspire the tinkerer in your kiddo with this fun tree-building activity. (It’s also a perfect way to start making the transition from autumn decorations to winter ones!) Nuts and bolts are great supplies for developing fine motor skills, math learning, and design thinking.


pie plate paintingPumpkin Pie Painting
You just might have a few pie pans lying around after Thanksgiving, right? Turn them into a fun art project and pretend-play combo with Pumpkin Pie Painting. Kids will love this unique sensory art especially once they add the “whipped cream” paint.


use red tape to create a glitter forestTape-Resist Glitter Forest
Tape, paint & glitter … These are a few of our favorite things when crafting with the kids. Lay out the supplies for this Tape-Resist Glitter Forest, and let the kids explore the patterns that emerge when the tape is removed. Creating shapes for the trees is an opportunity for spatial learning, which has been shown to aid math-skill development in kids.


feathers and balloons to make whirly turkeysWhirly Twirly Flying Turkeys
Did you know that turkeys can fly? Up to 55 mph even! Kids can learn what makes birds fly with this easy balloon craft. It’s science made silly and fun!

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Keep Your Creative Kid Inspired All Season Long!

These crafts are a great way to feed the creative spirit in your child, while building important skills and offering a little insight into the world of science, too. To keep kids’ creative juices flowing — and find a little extra time for your own holiday preparations — consider enrolling your child in a fun and creative drop-in art class or holiday STEAM-inspired session. Check out ActivityHero for local options near you. Slots fill up fast, so don’t wait too long!

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8 Great Holiday Activities You Can Do With Your Kids






Christmas break and other holidays can leave kids bored or blue. Beat cabin fever with these low-cost family-fun activities that kids of all ages enjoy.

By Jennifer Moore

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The holidays are one of the best times of year to promote family bonding, and doing activities as a group can help strengthen those ties even more. Keeping your kids’ brains and hands busy also makes for fonder memories, since boredom and cabin fever are sure-fire triggers for sibling squabbles. The following are a few activities that cost little or nothing and can be enjoyed by children of all ages. With each one, think about your own favorite holiday activities from childhood, and use those fond memories to add your own special touch.

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Get Crafty


From Flickr user sararuthberry

Start making holiday crafts, tree ornaments, wall ornaments, and frames. You’ll get keepsakes you can bring out every Christmas, and your kids will get a kick out of seeing their crafts on display for years to come. (Be sure to have your child add their name and date to each item.) Even if Christmas is over, creating decorations is a great way to keep kids busy during the break. Plus, you can see what areas of the house could use some extra adornment next year, then make items just for those spots. This is also a great time to do minor repairs and touch-ups on decorations from years-gone-by.

Stir Up Some Fun

Kids of all ages love to cook, and the holidays are the perfect time for parents and kids to bond while baking. Get out the cookie cutters, icing, and edible decorations (such as sprinkles and candy letters), and create unique cookies, cupcakes, and candies. If you’re not much of a baker, purchase a gingerbread house kit and have fun decorating it. Clean-up tip: If you’re not planning on nibbling on the gingerbread house later, you can adorn it with old candies that are left over from Halloween or school goodie bags.

Have a Movie Marathon


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Don’t forget family movie night! A dreary or cold day is the perfect time to pull out all of those must-see holiday classics. Or break out the new DVDs that the kids recently received as presents. This is especially great when siblings are tiring of each other or when they don’t like to play the same games. Having the “shared experience” of watching a movie will provide siblings with an enjoyable interaction. Plus, they’ll have something to discuss later, such as favorite scenes, lines, and characters from the film. If they tend to bug each other, be sure to have them be bookends, with you sandwiched between them as a buffer.

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Throw a Goodies-Be-Gone Party

The best way to get rid of extra Christmas cookies is to invite some of your kids’ friends over. This may seem like a lot of work when you’re already trying to amuse your own children all day during break, but it actually may give you time to regroup while the kids show friends their new toys and games. You and your spouse can take turns supervising the play date, while the other does chores … or relaxes with a good book.

Get Out of the House


From Flickr user Michael Allbritton

It’s easier to get rid of cabin fever if you don’t spend the whole break in your “cabin.” If you live in a place that gets winter weather, then go out and enjoy the snow. Building snowmen, making snow angels, having snowball fights, and even constructing snow forts or igloos are all classic family activities because they just never stop being fun. But if you live in sunny California or Florida, winter is also the perfect season for a family walk in the neighborhood, a sing-along with the local kids, a hike in a local wildlife refuge, or a sight-seeing trip to a local tourist spot. Check out local travel guides and newspapers to see what family-friendly events are coming up.

Boost Kids’ Brainpower

School’s out, but that doesn’t mean your children have to stop learning. For kids who love tech, sit down together and check out interactive games on websites like ABCya.com, PBSKids.com and DiscoveryKids.com. Or plan an educational family outing to a nearby planetarium, zoo, children’s museum, or state park. Many such locations offer free talks from experts, guides, or rangers. (Kids don’t need to know that they’re educational!) You can also document the visit with photos, then research fun facts on wildlife or relevant subject matter when you return home.

Beat Boredom With Board Games


From Flickr user Crazybananas

When you ask adults what they remember most from their childhood, many will place “family game nights” among the “best nights of their lives.” Though kids will love playing against you on some of their video games, they’ll also get a kick out of playing those “old-fashioned” games from your childhood. Get out the Monopoly board or play Clue. Even a game of Scrabble can be fun when you divide the family into teams — particularly if your teens are obsessed with Words with Friends.

Burn Off Some Kid Energy

Many public parks set up ice-skating rinks for the winter, complete with cheerful Christmas lights and skate rentals. Or simply grab some hot cocoa, soak up the holiday music, and sit and watch the skaters twirl by. Not a fan of ice? Hit the roller rink or ski slopes instead. Or try a physical activity that requires less athletic talent, such as bouncing at a trampoline park, or a different kind of skill, such as playing laser tag. These latter options may be less holiday-oriented, but they’re just as good at burning off holiday-cookie calories and kids’ excess energy.

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Jennifer Moore is a mother of three, juggling work, kids, and family time. Promoting family time is usually a job that falls on Mom’s shoulders, but the benefits are long-lasting, keeping a family united over generations.