Posts Tagged "christmas"

Last-Minute Kids’ Christmas Crafts

Are you looking for a few last-minute Christmas crafts for the kiddos? These easy-to-make art projects are perfect for the pint-sized Picasso who is looking for a holiday activity. Try these artsy activities with your preschooler, kindergartner or young grade school-aged child. You can easily adapt each idea to fit your child's age, stage and developmental needs. Red and Green Ice Freeze two batches of colorful ice cubes — one red and one green. Drip a drop of food coloring into each compartment of an ice cube tray, add water and freeze. Give your child the frozen cubes to "paint"...

Christmas Holiday Mocktails

Celebrate Christmas with a few fun, fruit-filled and fabulous drinks that the whole family can enjoy! Non-alcoholic holiday mocktails provide everyone from tots to teens (and adults too) with a tasty treat that has a Christmas-time theme. If you're planning a holiday party, or just have an evening of together-time with the family, these winter mocktails are easy alternatives. Cranberry Punch The Christmas red of cranberry juice brings a holiday theme to your dinner table. Mix three-fourths cranberry juice with one-fourth fizzy seltzer water to a bubbly look. If you want to mix things up, skip the seltzer and use...

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...

Christmas Themed Children’s Books

Twas the night before Christmas and…well, the kids are tired of hearing the same old story. If you’re looking for a new holiday tale to tell the kids, you’ll find plenty of children’s books with Christmas themes available for little ones of all ages. So, cuddle up together as you wait for Santa and check out these holiday books! How to Catch an Elf, by Adam Wallace and Andy Elkerton. With rhymes that will grab your child’s attention, and a cute story too, your kiddo will enjoy this funny Christmas story. Bear Stays Up for Christmas, by Karma Wilson and...

Kids’ Painted Christmas Tree Craft

You’ve already decorated your Christmas tree. But that doesn’t mean the kids can’t make a second. Or third. Or even fifteenth. If you’re looking for a way to keep the kiddo’s busy on the days leading up to the winter holidays, or you need a Christmas craft on the big day, check out this kid-made tree art activity. Materials Tempera paint- green, brown and any other colors your child wants Glitter Card stock paper Cotton balls Sequins Clear-drying school glue Ribbon Scissors How-To Steps Pour the green and brown tempera paint into small pools on a paper plate, sheet of...

4 Festive Christmas Eve Hot Cocoa Ideas

Your kids leave milk and cookies out for Santa on Christmas Eve. But what about a special treat for them? Christmas Reve night is the perfect time to curl up with a cup of hot cocoa. Instead of the regular ol’ version that the kids have on every other winter afternoon, try something more festive. How can you perk up a cup of hot chocolate? Check out these holiday cocoa ideas! Candy Cane Cocoa Melt a candy cane completely into warmed milk, mix in cocoa powder and you have a minty, chocolatey holiday drink. Top the cocoa with whipped cream,...

5 Ways for the Family to Decorate Christmas Cookies

Ah, Christmas cookies. They’re a major part of your holiday celebration. They’re also an easy way to bring the whole family together. How can you use cookies to gather the gang and spend some quality family-time together? Bake a batch (or a few) of Christmas themed cookies and get everyone in on the décor. How can you turn cookie decorating from a time-consuming task to family fun? Check out these Christmas cookie design ideas! Winter Snow It’s a blizzard in the kitchen with this idea. Go for a winter white theme and give the kids an array of snowy options....

Christmas Dinner: Ways for Your Child to Help You Prep

With the Christmas holiday quickly approaching, chances are you’re spending plenty of time shopping, wrapping gifts and coming up with recipes for the family meal. Instead of staying in the kitchen by yourself, invite the kids to help out and lend a hand with the cooking. Of course, your children can’t use the stove, oven or other heat source. But they can help with plenty of the Christmas dinner prep. What can your kids do to help with the holiday meal preparation? Take a look at some easy ways to involve the kids and get Christmas dinner on the table....

Easy DIY Christmas Ornament Crafts for Kids

With Christmas coming you’re getting ready by putting up your tree and decorating it. Before you rush out to stand in long lines and pay hefty prices for ornaments, try a DIY version. These kids’ craft ornaments are easy for children of all ages to make. And bonus, you’ll get a cute keepsake to put on the tree for years to come. Paper Poinsettias Kids can craft paper flower ornaments, adding a special holiday sparkle to the tree. Cut a bumpy circle from a piece of red or green paper. Start spiraling in with the scissors, creating a snail shell-like...