The holidays are over and now we're just stuck with the cold, grey skies. We no longer have our tree or menorah to bring some cheer to the home, so it's time to add a little wintry sparkle of our own. We actually made these before the holidays but keep them around all winter. The glittered pinecones are a little bit rustic and a little bit glam, and add a touch of kid-crafted panache to your home. Adding your favorite scent can infuse your home with so much coziness that you won't mind if you're stuck inside all day.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day -- Monday, January 19 -- is a day off from school, when families can explore the life, legacy and lessons of the iconic civil rights leader. Boston offers families numerous ways to commemorate Dr. King’s legacy throughout the weekend.
Getting holiday cards from friends and family is so much fun, but at the end of the season, I find myself at a loss for what to do with this year's collection. Not wanting to throw them away, kids can do this easy craft to upcycle old holiday cards by making them into bookmarks. The warm greetings can keep you cozy throughout the wintry evenings, curled up with your favorite books.
The presents are put away. The New Year's ball has dropped. But before we go back to normal life, we can make something that will bring a little holiday cheer with us into the long winter. This delicious smelling craft will keep you and your little one busy on a cold winter's night and keep the season alive long after you have taken down the tree. So, before you turn your tree into mulch, recycle a little bit of it into a sweet smelling sachet.
Crackers are decorated tubes that can be filled with candy, confetti, trinkets, toys, or games. Recipients of the cracker pull at the ends to reveal the surprise. Traditionally a part of the Christmas celebration in the UK, crackers are perfect for adding some pop to New Year's parties, especially if you are celebrating at 8pm. And they couldn't be easier to make. These have a special New Year's twist, and you probably have everything you need right in your home already.
So, you’ve made some family resolutions for the New Year. Perhaps this year you want to get outdoors and be more active with your kids. Or you want your children to get excited about science and technology. Maybe you want to eat healthier foods, be more creative, or encourage intellectual curiosity. Those aspirations sound great, but where to start?
We have some ideas! Read on for activities you can do with your kids on New Year’s Day to jumpstart your family's resolutions. Even if you don’t believe in making resolutions, keep reading for 15 things to do with your family on January 1, 2015.
Deck the halls with boughs of holly, and paint your wrapping paper with boughs of spruce. With a little creativity this handmade wrapping paper will add a big bang to even the smallest of gifts. You can use packing paper from the post office, craft paper, or rolled up easel paper. Even a paper grocery bag will work - just remove the handles and split it open. Never run out of wrapping paper again. The scotch tape is another matter.
Everyone loves handmade gifts, but let's get real: there are only so many kid made crafts you can fit on your tchotchke shelf. These kid-designed handkerchiefs are one simple, homemade gift that the recipient will actually love and use. They're easy enough to whip together last minute, but sure to be a keeper.
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