Fun Ways to Celebrate Earth Day with the Kids

Fun Earth Day Activities for the FamilyEarth Day is tomorrow and there are so many fun ways to celebrate with the family. From simple tips to help your family go green, to baking Earth Day treats, to starting your own garden, to recycling crafts, here are the best ideas and activities I’ve seen to celebrate Earth Day this year.

 

Tips to Help the Family Go Green

 

 

Earth Day Treats

 

 

Earth Day Fun and Games

 

 

Earth Day Art

 

    Living Locurto shares this free printable Earth Day Bookmark with tips for the kids on how to protect the earth.

     

    Nothing but Country shares a beautiful free Earth Day Art printable that’s perfect for framing.

     

    These fun free printables from Modern Parents Messy Kids help you and your kids set up recycling stations around your house or classroom.

 

What are you going to do with the family to celebrate Earth Day?

 

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3 Themes for a Kid Friendly New Years Eve Party


Sometimes I think kids like New Years Eve more than adults. At least that’s what it seems like in our house. The kids get excited about staying up late, making noise, and watching the ball drop on New Years Eve. I usually want to go to bed early to recover from post-Holiday stress. However, if they are excited about it then let’s jump on their enthusiasm and celebrate.

It’s easier to plan a kid-friendly New Years Eve Party if you have a theme. Whether you celebrate with just your family or you invite some neighbors over, here are 3 easy themes and activities to keep the family occupied and laughing while you wait for midnight.

    Game Night
    Get out those new board games you got for Christmas or Hanukkah, find your old favorites in the closet or fire up the Wii for a little family competition. Definitely grab prizes like big boxes of movie theater candy, large chocolate bars, or my favorite, win coupons to get out of household chores. Click here for more ideas on planning a Family Game Night. Here are a few of my family’s favorite games that you can get from our affiliate Amazon:

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    Family Pizza Party

    Pajama Pizza Party

    Why not have fun cooking together and sharing some laughs in the kitchen by making homemade pizza? If you have a great pizza recipe and a pizza stone, you are good to go. If not, here’s my family’s killer homemade pizza recipe. To make the evening more unique, have everyone wear their pajamas all night. Invite another family over and make it a kids/adult slumber party. Or set up a tent in the living room and the kids can watch the ball drop from inside the tent in their sleeping bags. Here are some more ideas on how to host a fun Pizza Party.


    Fancy Schmancy New Years Eve Dance Party

    Half the fun of New Year’s Eve is getting dressed up. Who loves dress up more than kids? It’s also fun to dance so why not combine these two into a Fancy Schmancy New Year’s Eve Party? Kids love watching their parents get dressed up for New Year’s Eve Parties, so let them share in the spotlight this year by dressing up in their fancy duds or their kooky dress-up clothes.

    If you are dressing up nice, think of it as a prom and decorate the room like your old high school dances with balloons and streamers on the ceiling. Or, for my daughter’s birthday party last year we had a Michael Jackson dance party. You can see how we decorated here.

    Turn the New Year’s countdown on the TV and let the kids dance along to the featured bands. Or set up an area in the house as a dance floor and spin the tunes. Create a playlist of the top dance hits of the previous year and groove those holiday feeding-frenzy calories away. Play Freeze Dance where every time you turn off the music the dancers have to freeze in their position. Get your video camera out because the video of your kids dressed up and dancing will be worth it!

Have a fun New Years Eve Party!

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10 Fun Ways to Celebrate Groundhog Day with the Kids

Groundhog Day is coming soon and with the extreme cold and snow we’ve been having so far this year, I’m sure you’re on the edge of your seat waiting to hear if we have 6 more weeks of winter. Well, even if you’re not, it’s still fun to watch Punxatawney Phil and dream about Spring. To help celebrate the Groundhog’s big day and have some fun with your family or the kids in your classroom, I’ve rounded-up 10 easy, cute craft ideas, recipes, and activities.


Cook Up Some Fun

    1. While you watch Punxatawney Phil on TV Groundhog Day morning, thrill the kids with these fun and easy Groundhog and His Shadow Pancakes. My kids and I made them and had a blast.

    2. Check out these incredibly creative Groundhog Day inspired recipes from the Gourmet Mom on the Go blog. I love the Groundhog sticking up out of the hot chocolate!

    3. Here’s a Groundhog Day fruit snack idea to treat the kids after school from Jill at the Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons blog.

    4. These Groundhog Pudding Cups look so cute and tasty from the Simple Girl blog.

    5. If you really want to go all out, these Groundhog Day Cupcake Push-Pops are so cool!



Pure Fun

    6. Since the day is all about seeing a shadow, why not play shadow puppets? Set up a white sheet a few feet away from a wall. Place a lamp behind the sheet near the wall. Have your kids take turns going behind the sheet and casting shadow puppets. Here’s a post I found on making a Shadow Puppet Theater that looks easy enough.

    7. Here’s an idea for a Felt Groundhog Day Finger Puppet from Skip to My Lou.

    8. For toddlers, you’ll love this template for cutting out and coloring a Groundhog and his shadow.

    9. The official Punxatawney Phil website has plenty of Groundhog Day Activities to do with the kids. I’m all over the Groundhog ornaments to print out and hang from a chandelier or indoor tree but the Word Searches and coloring pages are cute, too.

    10. Finally, if your kids are a little older, watch the Groundhog Day movie. We saw it again last weekend and my kids think it is hilarious. “Don’t drive angry!”


Do you do anything fun with your kids at home or in your classroom for Groundhog Day?


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Happy Halloween!

Since Halloween and Dia de los Muertos are two of my favorite Holidays, I wanted to wish everyone a Happy Halloween! Have fun with your families this weekend. (Psst! This was our costume at a Halloween party last weekend. I’ll put up a post next week on how easy it was to put this couples costume together.)

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7 Fun Kids Activities for a Fourth of July Party




Are you hosting a Fourth of July party this year? If you are planning a family reunion, a neighborhood potluck gathering, or just inviting a few friends over for some fun, here are some fun games and activities to keep the kiddos (and parents) amused. Click on the links to grab the easy instructions.
















Bike Parade

When I think about the Fourth of July the first thing that comes to mind are fireworks. A close second though is a parade. So why not help the kids show off their patriotic spirit by decorating their bikes for a parade? Whether you plan to bike down to your neighborhood Fourth of July parade and want to look festive, or your kids are riding in the parade, your kids will look smashing with these printable bike decorations from MarthaStewart.com. No parade in your area? Host your own. Every summer our neighborhood used to have a block party and to kick off the party the kids would decorate their bikes and ride around in a little mock parade. It was so cute!


Flag Hunt

Notimeforflashcards.com created a great hide and seek game for the kids called Flag Hunt. Check out how easy it was to set up. You could also use coins or dollars in clear envelopes in the hunt. They do feature many of our founding fathers.


Balloon Dart Game

Roots and Wings Co came up with a great kids game for a Fourth of July Celebration – a balloon dart game! Click over to see how she made the board. You’ll definitely want some adult supervision for this game if you have little kids playing.


Rocket Toss

Parents.com had a cute idea with their Rocket Toss game. Have fun knocking down those patriotic cans. Parents, let the kids have a turn!


Cardboard tube rockets

You can’t go wrong with this cardboard tube rocket craft from AlphaMoms.com.


Star Spangled Luminarias

These Star Spangled Luminarias from Spoonful.com are easy to make and will help light up the night as the party goes into the evening.


Firecracker Tie Dye T-shirt

Your kids would need to make this the day before but I love the Firecracker Tie Dye T-shirt from the I Love to Create Blog. It looks exactly like the Bomb Pops or Firecracker Popsicles you get from the ice cream truck.

What games or activities do you have planned for your Fourth of July party this year? Which one of these ideas do you like best?

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