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Screen-Free Christmas Eve Activities for Families

You've hung the stockings with care, left cookies out for Santa and...now what? It's Christmas Eve, the shopping is done, you've eaten your meal and the family is gathered around the TV watching the same old holiday shows they've watched for years. Turn the the television off and try some of these screen-free holiday activities for families! Christmas Play Forget about the ready-made shows on TV. Your family can put on their own Christmas-themed production. Pick a favorite holiday tale or create your own. If you're not sure where to start, pick a few beloved Christmas characters (such as Santa,...

Homemade Christmas Tree Crafts

Decorating the Christmas tree doesn't have to include buying pricey ornaments. This year, try something new. Instead of ready-made decor, have the family help you to craft a tree-full of artsy awesomeness. That's right. Each family member (including the adults) will help to make the holiday decor and dress the tree. Check out these easy-to-make Christmas tree ornament crafts! Paper Shape Ornaments Use card stock paper or cardboard to create shapes. Cut out circles, stars, triangles or any other shape. Punch a hole at the top of each one (using a hole punch). Thread a piece of yarn through the...

Christmas S’Mores for Kids

The Christmas cookies are baking. Or are they? The holidays are a busy time of year. And that means you may not have a few hours free to bake holiday cookies. Don't stress about giving your family sweet treats. If you need desserts for a holiday party or something special at the end of a family meal, these Christmas s'mores are no-bake goodies that won't disappoint. Red and Green Even though traditional s'mores are made from brown chocolate bars, these use colors to create a holiday theme. Melt white chocolate on the stove or in the microwave (an adult should...

Kids’ Hanukkah Shape & Pattern Craft

Celebrate Hanukkah and create cute holiday decor with this easy-to-make kids' dreidel craft. This paper art activity also gives your young child the chance to build math skills, including shape and pattern. Combine art-making and education, with this one holiday-themed activity! Read on to learn how to make this preschool art project. Materials You'll Need Card stock paper (choose at least two colors) Clear-drying school glue Markers or crayons Scissors Cardboard How-To Steps Cut the cardboard into three pieces — a square, a triangle and a small rectangle. If your child can't cute through the board, you can do this...

Fun Holiday Kids’ Recipes for Hanukkah

Cooking activities for kids provide an easy way for your little learner to develop new skills, explore kitchen science and celebrate special days. You have eight nights of Hanukkah to get into the kitchen with your kiddos, create sweet and savory treats, snacks and meals for the whole family. If you're not sure where to start, check out these easy children's Hanukkah recipes. Keep in mind, you always need to supervise your child in the kitchen. Never allow a child to use a stove, oven, sharp cooking tool or anything that could pose a safety risk. Hanukkah Cereal Mix Mix...

Kids’ Hanukkah Menorah Puzzle

You're looking for a fun-filled way to celebrate Hanukkah with the kids. Combine art and problem-solving with this menorah puzzle project. And bonus, you can reuse everyday items to make this a recycled kids' craft! Gather together popsicle sticks (making sure to thoroughly clean and dry them first) to use for this Hanukkah activity. If you don't have enough on hand, you can buy craft sticks at an arts and crafts supply store. Materials You'll Need Craft sticks (you'll need enough to make the menorah's base and one for each night of the holiday) Water color or tempera paints Paintbrushes...

Hanukkah Finger Paint Menorah Craft for Kids

Celebrate Hanukkah with a finger print paint kids' craft. Your child can create their own artsy menorah using temperas and their own hands. This is an easy way to count the eight nights of the holiday, adding to the art activity daily. If you're looking for a cute craft that your preschooler or kindergarten-aged child can create for Hanukkah, check out the simple how-to directions! Materials You'll Need Tempera or finger paints (and color/colors plus yellow) Card stock or other heavy paper Paper plates How-To Instructions Pour the paint onto the paper plates in pools. Your child can use one...

Easy Ways to Break the Yom Kippur Fast

Breaking the Yom Kippur fast is an important part of the holiday. Instead of cooking all day, it's likely that you'll need to plan and prep this meal ahead of time. That means choosing recipes that easily reheat or don't require heating at all. You'll also need recipe ideas that easy on the stomach. Feasting on heavy foods after not eating won't make you feel your best. When in doubt, go for lighter fare and gradually build back up to your typical diet. Before the holiday is here, check out these easy break-the-fast options. Sandwich Buffet This couldn't be easier...

Rosh Hashanah Apple Sorting for Kids

The apple is a sweet symbol of the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashanah. If you have kids, helping them to prepare for the holiday means making the symbols and stories accessible to a young learner. Encourage your child to learn about this holiday while developing valuable problem-solving and reasoning skills. How can a holiday kids' activity also help your little learner with their cognitive skill development? Check out this easy apple sorting idea! Materials Needed Card stock paper Red, yellow and green tempera paint A paintbrush Markers Scissors How-To Steps Draw apple-shaped circles onto the card stock paper with a marker....

Kids’ Tzedakah Box Art By Age

Celebrate Yom Kippur with a kids' tzedakah box craft. What's a tzedakah box? these boxes are used to collect and make charitable donations. Teach your kiddo about giving to others, with these awesomely artsy ideas for all ages! Toddlers Your tot isn't exactly ready to craft at the same level as your older child, and that's okay. This holiday craft is easy enough for your little artists to try, with your help of course. You'll need to cut a coin-sized slit in the top of a shoe box. Hand the box over to your kiddo and let them finger paint...

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