Holiday Activities

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 St. Patrick's Day

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 batch of green play dough. Play dough is really quite a treasure for play. Kids can roll, squish, smoosh, pat, twist, stretch, shape, and even cut. It’s highly sensory, appealing to touch, sight, and if you add a few drops of something like peppermint, to the sense of smell.math activities with play dough

At snack time, make a dish of green treats. Kids can help wash celery, cucumber, and broccoli and stir up a tasty dip. Leprechauns love to play tricks. Mix up some green jello and when it’s ready try the trick of eating jello with a fork. What other yummy green things are there to eat?

In the book, Harold and Purple Crayon, everything is purple. For this day, let kids draw and color with green crayons and markers. They might want to paint with green too.harold and the purple crayon

Where do we find treasure? At the end of a rainbow, of course. Give kids a box of chalk and let them color a rainbow on the sidewalk or deck. Don’t forget the pot of gold. Hopefully, there will be a warm, golden sun to brighten the day. Maybe there will be rainbows in the sky as well as on the ground.

Treasures need to be counted. Bright, shiny buttons are fun to count, so are cheerios or rainbow fruit loops. What else might you have for counting?Dragon Math Fun: One-to-one Matching

Read some stories about leprechauns and Ireland. One of our favorites is Clever Tom and the Leprechaun by Linda Shute. Does Tom get some leprechaun treasure?

If the weather isn’t playing a terrible trick and covering the ground with white, kids can go outside and gather some nature treasures for making a pot of fairy soup. Bits of grass, small twigs, pine cones, early flower petals, and some tiny rocks for seasoning could attract leprechauns, fairies, and other wee creatures out to play.

kids St. Patrick's Day activitiesHope your St. Patrick’s Day is full of treasure with these kids St. Patrick’s Day fun activities. Are you keeping your eyes wide open for spotting a leprechaun?

For Kids the Best Valentine is Together Play Time

To a child, love is spelled T.I.M. E. For kids, the best valentine is together play time. Today’s play-of-the-day is suggestions for doing just that.

best valentine is together play time

At the very start of the day, even before breakfast, how about a pajama snuggle. If the day isn’t too rushed, instead of a bedtime story, find a favorite book for a wake-up story. Once in the kitchen, is there a way to do some cooking together? Kids can sprinkle a few red berries on cereal for everyone, or make a yogurt and granola surprise to put on the breakfast table.

best valentine is together play time

Find all the red tools to draw with. These can be crayons, markers, ballpoint pens, pencil crayons, and whatever else you may have. Set out a big piece of paper and let each person draw and color. Even if everybody is doing something different, the various red colors will show up all over the paper and it will look connected.

drawing fun for kids

Dress for the weather and spend some time outside. This could be as simple as a walk, or some time in a neighborhood playground or kicking a ball in the yard. A local park is another possibility for some outside together play time.

family walk around the block

Got any puzzles with lots of pieces? Putting a puzzle together is another together activity. If there isn’t enough room for everybody around the table, spread the pieces and the bodies out on the floor for more space.

puzzle fun

Speaking of the floor, can you push some of the furniture out of the way and clear a space for dancing? Maybe each person could choose a favorite song to dance to. Try a dance moves video for more movin’ and groovin’ play. Add voices to the fun by singing too.

dancing&learningThese are only a few suggestions for ways to play. Hopefully, they will inspire some ideas for your family. The best valentine is together play time. Do you know some other activities?
Happy Valentine’s Day!


Kids Easy Valentine Cards – Simple and Fun To Do

There are countless valentines kids can buy but somehow making their own is special. Just use torn paper and glue for these kids easy valentine cards.

kids easy valentine cards

Valentine cards often include a play on words or catchy saying. A quick search on Google and Pinterest finds more than a hundred clever ones. For this project, kids can choose, “I go to pieces for you,” or, “I love you to pieces,” or even, “I love you to bits.” All of these use pieces of paper.

What could be easier than tearing paper into little pieces? Round up left-over wrapping paper, tissue paper, and pages from newspapers and magazines. Any kind of paper will do, as long as little hands can rip it. Putting the bits of paper into a small container will keep them from altogether. Little Sister is keen on cutting so tried that, but it was hard to go through all the wrinkles. Ripping still exercises small easy valentine cards

There are many options for creating the cards. You can trace a heart on a large piece of paper and kids can glue within the outline or cut it out and glue the bits on that. The easiest way to spread glue is with a glue stick or paint brush dipped in glue. Kids then stick the pieces on the glue part wherever they want . Some kids will only do a few bits of paper while others will want to cover the whole area and more. The bits can be flat or sticking up. Once dry, adults can print the saying on the card. Leave a space for kids to print their name. Some might need adults to make the lines for them to trace.

Making valentines is a meaningful activity on more than one level. It’s obvious to grown-ups that print tells a message but it isn’t for kids. Valentine cards both say and show the message. In addition to that, giving a valentine to someone is a way to celebrate our connection to each other. Now, that’s a lot of pieces. Do you have other ideas for kids easy valentine cards?


Kids Valentine Movement Activities – Kids Love to Move!

Q. What do kids love? A. They love to move. It’s needed to grow both bodies and minds. Here are some ideas for kids valentine movement activities. Kids seem to have more energy than grownups and directing it can be a challenge. This is a sort of question and answer game using all the different … Continue reading Kids Valentine Movement Activities – Kids Love to Move!

Kids Chinese New Year Painting Craft – (X Marks the Spot)

Did you know this is the most celebrated holiday in the world? Here’s a kids Chinese New Year painting craft that breathes fire. Well, not fire, but fun. We adapted this from a thumbprint painting activity at Fun Handprint Art. At this time of year, you may be fortunate enough to get up close to … Continue reading Kids Chinese New Year Painting Craft – (X Marks the Spot)

New Year’s Eve Jar Filled with Happy Joy – A Fun Tradition for Families

Did your family make a happy joy jar for the year? These are jars filled with ticket stubs, bits of paper from events, photos printed from activities, etc. Then, on New Year’s Eve, the family takes some time to look at all the fun that happened in the year. We’re still not really good about … Continue reading New Year’s Eve Jar Filled with Happy Joy – A Fun Tradition for Families

Kids Need Different Kinds of Play: What kind does your child need?

Children follow a similar path of developmental milestones; just like adults have different jobs, kids need different kinds of play. What does yours need? Being sensitive to children’s needs means recognizing some kids need vigorous outside play, some miss the social aspect of daycare or preschool and would like a friend to play with, and … Continue reading Kids Need Different Kinds of Play: What kind does your child need?

Play-of-the-Day: Holiday Outside Play Time

Some lucky kids and families get time for winter play. Did your kids get any outside toys? It might be a great day for holiday outside play time. Dress for the weather and head outdoors to try out those skis, skates, sleighs, toboggans, wagons and bikes. Holiday time plus winter usually means more time indoors, … Continue reading Play-of-the-Day: Holiday Outside Play Time