Holiday Activities

10 Ideas for Father’s Day Family Fun

Father’s Day and summer fun go together like…well, like kids and dads. Here are ten ideas for Father’s Day family fun. What does your family do?

  1. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? How about a plate of some of dad’s favorites like waffles or pancakes. Kids can slice soft fruits and set the table. Little hands can help both with food prep and clean-up afterwards.
  2. Strap on helmets and put feet on the pedals for a ride on bikes. Instead of Row, Row, Row Your Boat, you can sing…Ride, ride, ride your bikes,
    Gently down the route.
    Merrily, merrily, merrily,
    Life is but a hoot.Father's Day family fun
  3. Rather than helmets, grab a sun hat (hopefully not an umbrella) and head out for a hike.Walk , walk, walk your feet,
    Gently down the path.
    Merrily, merrily, merrily,
    Life is but a laugh.
  4. Any parks close to your house? Kicking a ball around the park is a game where no one has to keep score, because everybody wins.
  5. Pack some of dad’s favorite foods for a picnic. Being outside adds another level of taste and turns a meal into a celebration.adventures for kids
  6. Going thru the car wash cleans the outside of the car, but who does the inside? Although this doesn’t sound like play, when we all help it’s not work either. Fill a pail with soapy water for the outside, fill a bag with trash from the inside, and dad will get to take out a clean car on Monday morning.
  7. Weather sometimes means we need to have inside Father’s Day family fun instead of outside. Bowling is doable for wee ones and big ones.
  8. Father’s Day is just one day but a cookie in a lunch bag says, “We love you Dad!” A sort of edible hug, bake up a batch of cookies dad can take with him all week. Again, little hands can help with the dough and the dishes.
    cooking with kids
  9. Water is a sort of clean mess. Throw some towels and dry clothes in a laundry basket and put it right beside the door—inside that is. Fill up some water squirters and get ready for action. Ready, aim, and get wet.
  10. At the end of a busy, active day, how about a pizza and a movie with ice cream cones for dessert? Which one is dad’s favorite to watch?

Sometimes, families have traditions they like to do each year; sometimes, they like to try a new activity. Hope this list has an idea for some Father’s Day family fun at your house.

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!

P.S. Special thoughts to the dads who are in the military and can’t be home with their families. We are thinking of you and sending hugs!

 

Memorial Day, Children, Communities: How Will Your Child Connect?

Memorial Day is a day to remember the men and women who died in service to their country. It’s also a reminder to us that we live in community. Their sacrifice was given not for themselves, but for others. Our well-being is not possible on our efforts alone. All across the country, communities are honoring their sons and daughters who lost their lives.

Memorial Day

What events might be happening in the area where you live? Commemoration events, laying of wreaths, parades, fly-pasts, and fireworks are possibilities. There are also music and cultural events, outdoor activities, and a variety of sports and festivals. Some people are concerned the non-military events take away from the solemnity of the day. But, in a way, the activities also underscore the reason why. These celebrations are possible for us because of the sacrifice of others.

Many families will be using the time to get together. This is community on a small scale, a little up from the family and extended family, to neighborhood, and then to the area where you live. Being a part of Memorial Day activities, in whatever their form, makes community of the country and pockets around the world.

family stories for young children

We need others, and in turn, they need us. We can extend celebrations to the question: What role can we play in service to others? For children, being of service starts, again, in the community of the family. Instead of just seeing chores as work that has to be done, we can help them understand that as they do these tasks, they are helping the people around them. As with life, Memorial Day will involve work and play, and the very basis, life and death. For children to understand the meaning of Memorial Day, they need the context of being part of a community, to honor, to celebrate, to serve. How will your family honor and celebrate Memorial Day? How will you connect to community?

Build Mom Some Mother’s Day Lego Flowers and Other Ideas

Kids like to make something special for their moms and here’s a suggestion for one to build—Mother’s Day Lego flowers. Made by hand with lots of love.

Mother's Day Lego flowers
Flower Handmade Made by Izzy – Proud Photo by Mom NN

A friend’s son made this for her, which she treated like any other flower and put in a vase. Without the water, of course. This flower means more to her than a dozen of the most expensive roses. What a sweet idea that he came up with all by himself and then made. Making something himself that was so appreciated boasts his self-esteem and strengthens the bond between them. It quite likely even made up for times when his mom accidentally stepped on piece and experienced that sharp pain unique to Lego and Duplo that parents and caregivers can remember forever.

Not only was this flower imaginative, it was also engineered. Kids may want to make a flower for mom out of paper, play dough, recycled or other materials. The paper one in this photo is 3 different flower shapes on various colors of paper all stacked together. Fold a pipe cleaner in half and make two tiny holes in the center. Kids can poke the pipe cleaner in the two holes in the center and twist together for a stem.Mother's Day flower craft

If kids would like to try making Duplo flowers, an easy one is a tulip, with step-by-step instructions and images. This one I might even be able to manage.

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Photo: Lego.com flower-DIYsummergarden_mainstage

A much more difficult one is a rose, like the one in the video below. This uses the smaller Lego bricks rather than the larger Duplo ones. The smaller Lego needs more motor control to manipulate than the larger Duplo. Check on the internet for more ideas but kids will have their own thoughts on how they want to make one.

Another idea is to make a vase to hold a glass for real flowers. Start with a base and kids add blocks around the edge, leaving a space in the middle. Set a plastic glass inside, add water and flowers. Make sure to pick up the holder by the bottom base for moving it because the water makes the vase heavy!

Whatever kids build, Mother’s Day Lego flowers, or some other creation, it will be a gift from the heart.

Happy Mother’s Day from Mrs. A at 1 2 3 Kindergarten.

 

Coloring Easter Egg Faces – Unplanned but Meaningful for Kids

This year instead of egg on our faces, as the expression goes, we ended up coloring Easter egg faces. It wasn’t planned but was very meaningful, for us all.Coloring Easter eggs is something we do every year in one form or another. This year, we hard-cooked the eggs, got out the cups and spoons, and … Continue reading Coloring Easter Egg Faces – Unplanned but Meaningful for Kids

Easter Egg Magnet Science Fun – Quite An Attraction

Plastic Easter eggs and some small bits from the junk drawer combined for Easter egg magnet science fun and it was quite an attraction for wee hands.Do you have a drawer in the kitchen to hold all the assorted bits and pieces that don’t go anywhere else? While often called the junk drawer, these things … Continue reading Easter Egg Magnet Science Fun – Quite An Attraction

Easter Egg Float-Sink Science Fun for a Play-of-the-Day

A good chunk of our afternoon was in the kitchen, not baking but at the sink with hands in warm water, for some Easter egg float-sink science fun. A winner! Do you have a junk drawer in the kitchen? We do and this experiment starts with hunting in the stuff for small items that will … Continue reading Easter Egg Float-Sink Science Fun for a Play-of-the-Day

Two Easter Bunny Carrot Snacks Kids Can Help Make

What do Easter bunnies eat? They eat carrots and here are two quick, easy, and nutritious Easter bunny carrot snacks kids can help make. Yummy too.  Carrots grow in a garden, in the dirt. To make a garden, open a tin of refried black beans. Using refried beans is much easier for mixing because they … Continue reading Two Easter Bunny Carrot Snacks Kids Can Help Make

Combine Kids, Nature, Easter For Spring Fun and Learning

For some spring fun and learning combine kids, nature, Easter and enjoy this treat. We’ve done this activity before and were just waiting for a day to do it again! Do your kids like to hunt for Easter eggs? Crystal, at Crystal and Co calls this Reverse Easter Eggs. Kids start with eggs and instead … Continue reading Combine Kids, Nature, Easter For Spring Fun and Learning

Easter Fun Children’s Books, Songs, Games, and Traditions

Now that it’s almost here, it’s time for some Easter fun children’s books, songs, games, and family traditions. Let’s start the Easter fun with stories. Children’s Easter books range from traditional stories to fanciful ones about eggs, chicks, bunnies, and spring. Deborah Underwood and Claudia Rueda worked together for the book, “The Easter Cat.” Usually … Continue reading Easter Fun Children’s Books, Songs, Games, and Traditions

Kids St. Patrick’s Day Fun Activities – Leprechauns and Kids Love to Play

The calendar inspires today’s play-of-the-day with some kids St. Patrick’s Day fun activities. After all, leprechauns and kids both love to play. And laugh and play tricks. First thing in the morning, find something green to wear. Green is the color of shamrocks and, of course, the Emerald Isle. Maybe kids can help make a … Continue reading Kids St. Patrick’s Day Fun Activities – Leprechauns and Kids Love to Play