Kids love to role-play and act out stories and, the truth is, they don't need fancy toys or puppets to do it. The beauty of kids' imaginations is that they can be sparked by anything and the stories just seem to flow from inside of them. These simple puppets facilitate that because they put the focus on your child's imagination, not store bought puppets that are confined to preconceived roles.
This upcycled clothespin puppet craft is a perfect rainy day activity or summertime activity and can be whipped up with whatever you have lying around the house. searching for the images or drawing your own is half the fun. The whole family can even get involved in making sweet puppets for storytelling fun.
Summer is a great time to catch up on reading, and not just because the local library gives out prizes (though we are big fans of prizes). Whether your kids are nose-in-book types or the sort that require a little literary nudge, our SUMMER OF PLAY has plenty of room for playing your way through some great kids' books. Check out my time-tested list of vintage classics, modern classics, and recent best sellers that inspire fun activities beyond their pages—and at very little cost. And if you snap any photos along the way, remember to share them as entries in our weekly SUMMER OF PLAY prize drawing!
Everyone loves sparklers on the 4th of July, but they aren't safe for all little hands. This 4th of July we have a safe sparkler magic wand craft for all the littles in your life. This is a super easy craft to do and one of the best parts is that the kids can go on a scavenger hunt to find the perfect wand before sparkling it up.
It couldn't be easier to make this pom-pom garland; great for decorating a child's room or a party. It's so adorable you'll want to keep making it longer and longer. We used ready made pom poms, but you can make your own pom poms too!
MAIL CALL! Everyone loves to receive mail, whether at camp or not. Summer is a great time to hone those letter writing skills. Make it more fun with some home made stationery. Send a letter to granny. Or put your address and stamps on some envelopes before sending them off to camp to increase your odds of actually getting a letter home this summer.
Painting is fun, but puffy painting is so much more so! Not only do you get to bring your ideas to life on paper (or in this case, cardboard), you also get to turn your art into a puffy masterpiece! This DIY is a cheap alternative to buying expensive paints at a craft store, plus you can find find all the ingredients in your own kitchen. Get painting!
Your kids will love turning the husks from the corn at your next summer BBQ into pretty paper that they can paint on or even make into a sketch book cover. There's no messy blender involved like regular papermaking. Corn paper turns out a little bit like papyrus, so it would be perfect for a project for Ancient Egypt in school too.
Children are born scientists. They're always experimenting with something, whether they're throwing a plate of spaghetti on the wall, blowing bubbles in the bath water or stacking blocks into an intricate tower only to destroy it in one big swipe. As they get older, you may decide to enroll them in one of NYC's enriching science program to continue their studies. But you can actually do some pretty mind-blowing science experiments at home using stuff you probably have lying around the house.
Don't worry if you never made it past biology: These 50 science activities are super-easy and a lot of fun to boot, as kids are exposed to a wide variety of scientific concepts. It's a great way to spend quality time together as a family and who knows, mom and dad may end up learning a new thing or two, too.
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