We love creating things with paper. This holiday season, we've made a big batch of these super-easy and beautiful paper ornaments. Not only are they fun to make, they're easy on the budget and very kid-friendly, too (because it's paper, there's no danger of broken glass or chipped porcelain here).
This is one Christmas craft that's perfect for the whole family, and kids will love creating their own ornaments for the tree. Beautiful!
Here is a fun and super-easy Christmas craft to do with kids: a colorful and festive pom-pom garland. All you need is some yarn and baker's twine or embroidery floss and voila! You'll have a pretty garland in no time. You can make several and hang them all around the house to decorate the house for the holidays.
Read my instructions for how to create these cute pom-poms and make some fun garlands with your kids!
As Christmas approaches, many parents of school-age kids wrestle with the question of when and how to tell their child the truth about Santa. On the one hand, many parents want to make the magic last as long as possible. On the other, you don't want your child to come home from school after being told that Santa is and has always been mom and dad and that they have been duped for years.
So what's a parent to do? First and foremost, it's important to keep in mind that there is no magic age when a child should learn the truth. It can vary depending on the child, what the parents want to share, and how much the child really wants to know. (I can still vividly recall backtracking in panic after my son became teary a few years ago when I hinted that Santa may not be real--AFTER he demanded the truth.) It's also worth noting that the magic of Santa and love and sharing is very real, and not something that kids have to give up, just because they know their toy came from a store and not the North Pole.
Read my tips on how to tell kids the truth about Santa and the Tooth Fairy. And whatever you decide to share with your kids about Santa, here's to hoping you have a magical holiday with your kids.
Here's a cute Christmas craft you can make with kids: felt trees! You can decorate them with colorful beads or sequins or buttons, and can even add some trim or ribbons for the garland. On top, you can add some pom-poms or a paper star. Easy and adorable!
Follow my simple step-by-step instructions and make several trees to place on the holiday table or around the house for a festive look.
Here is a pretty snowflake charm you can make on a Rainbow Loom or a similar rubber band linking kit. This pretty charm, which was created by Sarah, my crafting partner at MakingFunCrafts.com, can be worn on a necklace or bracelet.
Make several and wear them and give them out as gifts to friends. It's a cute way to celebrate winter, and it's fun to make, too!
Here's a cute snowman garland that's as easy to make as it is adorable. All you need is some paper, circle paper punches (or a small glass and bottle to trace around to make circles), glue dots, and voila! A paper snowman garland that will melt your kids' hearts. (For instructions on how to make this snowman garland, click here.)
Being a minimalist, I made these fairly simple, using cut out paper to decorate the snowmen. But kids can also draw on them and decorate them with marker or crayon to give each snowman his own personality. It's so much fun, you'll make a bunch of garland to put all around the house for a festive wintry mood!
If I think about how many (or shall I say how few) weeks are left till Christmas, I may have a panic attack. This has been an unusually busy month, and I haven't even been able to plan much for Thanksgiving much less the end of the year. If you, like me, haven't made a dent in your holiday shopping list yet, this might help: Here is a list of the hot toys for kids in 2013.
I love all these toys for their educational value, their awesome cool factor, and their ingenuity. Plus, they're fun!! They are designed for kids, but really, like all great toys, they're fun for the whole family.
The new commercial for GoldieBlox, a toy company specializing in building toys for girls that inspire the engineers within, is all kinds of awesome. First, there's the fact that they took a Beastie Boys song about a guy's love of girls and turned it into an anthem about the power of girl ingenuity and inventiveness. Then there are the Rube Goldberg-inspired contraptions that celebrate the potential engineers out there who want more than to be bound into a pink tutu. And the lyrics about not underestimating girls had me cheering.
If you have a daughter or know a little girl, or have a son whom you want to teach to regard girls as fellow master builders, this one's a must-see.
Now that the holiday season is close at hand, it's worth giving some thought to what will come after all the turkey, tinsel and glitter are packed away and we go back to our normal routines. Inevitably, kids (and grownups) will experience some holiday letdown, which really isn't surprising when you consider that the holidays are filled with yummy food, time with family and friends, and of course, toys and a break from school.
Read my tips on 7 ways to prevent and fix post-holiday letdown, not only to ease kids' transitions back to normal routines after Thanksgiving, Christmas or Hanukkah, and New Year's, but also to make sure they don't overindulge in sweets and too many late nights. (These tips are good ones for grownups, too!).
Lately, I've read a few headlines asking this very question. In recent years, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the the National Association of School Nurses both recommended that schools stop following "no-nit" policies, which require that kids be free of nits (the eggs that hatch and then become lice) before they can return to school. And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also stated that kids diagnosed with lice can stay in school, go home at the end of the day, and then return once appropriate treatment has begun.
My son has had a number of classmates over the years who were diagnosed with head lice, and his school sometimes sent home a note stating that a child (never identified, of course) was diagnosed and is being treated. It was somewhat helpful to know that head lice had been detected, but the truth is that the best means of preventing head lice is to take precautions like reminding your child constantly to never share a comb, brush, or hat, and always checking your child after a sleepover.
Head lice is very common, especially among school-age kids. It has nothing to do with good hygiene, and kids who are diagnosed can still go to school once they begin treatment. Fact is, my son has never gotten head lice, and he has certainly spent time in classrooms with kids who had been diagnosed. Before asking questions like "should kids with lice go to school," it's worth reading about the myths and facts about head lice.