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This Is the Ultimate Nostalgic Summer Bucket List to Complete With Your Kids

06/14/2017 12:00:00

When I was a kid, we didn't have cell phones or tablets, and during the Summer months we would happily leave our televisions to sit unwatched for days inside our sweltering houses. With school out until September, all of the neighborhood kids would wake up every morning with the sun, slurp down a bowl of cereal, and get straight outside to ride bikes until the streetlights came on — it was the good life. If you want the same type of blissfully free outdoor Summer experience for your kids (whether you're actually a free-range parent or not), ditch the screens and instill in your little ones the benefits of a slow Summer filled with outdoor activities and lots and lots of ice cream.

Read through for the ultimate nostalgic Summer bucket list that you need to complete with your kids.

  1. Have a picnic.
  2. Watch a sunset at the beach.
  3. Fly a kite.
  4. Camp in the backyard.
  5. Stargaze.
  6. Play tag with all of the neighborhood kids.
  7. Run through sprinklers.
  8. Eat too many popsicles.
  9. Plant flowers or vegetables.
  10. Make and sell lemonade on your front lawn.
  11. Have an underwater tea party in the pool.
  12. Paint pet rocks.
  13. Ride your bike from sunrise to sunset.
  14. Watch fireworks.
  15. Go across the lawn on a Slip 'N Slide for hours.
  16. Swing at the park until you're out of breath with giggles.
  17. Have a water balloon fight.
  18. Go minigolfing.
  19. Get ice cream from the neighborhood truck (a lot).
  20. Make sidewalk chalk masterpieces.
  21. Play in the rain.
  22. Catch fireflies in a jar.
  23. Collect seashells.
  24. Make tie-dye shirts.
  25. Wash the cars by hand.
  26. Blow bubbles.
  27. Build a sand castle at the beach.
  28. Eat watermelon slices that look like smiles.
  29. Roast marshmallows over a real fire and make s'mores.
  30. Play Marco Polo in the pool.
  31. Go on a nature walk.
  32. Make ice cream in a bag.
  33. Make wishes on dandelions.

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Mother's Day Gifts Kids Can Make

05/01/2017 12:00:00

Moms love nothing more than a handmade present on Mother's Day. Help the kids make mom feel special with a creative gift from the heart!

Paper Blooms

Loved-Filled Flowers

Heart shaped petals make these blooms full of love for mom!

girl holding paper flowers


Recycled Flower Craft

Make Mom these cool flowers from magazine pages that will never wilt

Glass doily votive candle holder craft


Doily Lace Votives

Paper doilies make plain votive candle holders perfectly feminine for Mom

Box with cookies


Heart Cookie Box

This decorated cookie box is even sweeter than the sweets you can put inside. Kids can create designs using contact-paper cutouts and paint.

kid grid


Baby Photo Blocks

Think outside the frame and help the kids make this cool photo craft for mom

Fabric paperweight


Mother's Day Paperweights

Use fabric scraps to cover a stone from the backyard. Mom will love to display it on her desk as a paperweight.

Yarn Heart Cards


Heart-Stitched Card

Mom will cherish this lovely handmade greeting card this Mother's Day!

Place mats


X and O Placemats

Kids will love serving Mom breakfast on hand-crafted placemats.

Noodle Necklace


Painted Pasta Pendant

Penne and rigatoni are the best pasta shape to make a beaded necklace for mom. Bowties and wagon wheels make a lovely pendant charm.

Craft paper bouquet


Paper Flowers

Kids will love making these paper flowers for Mom and Grandma

Felt square coasters


Coaster Craft

Make these modern coasters from adhesive-backed felt for Mom to use for her morning coffee

 Button jewelry craft


Jewelry for Mom

String buttons, felt, and paper flowers onto yarn and chenille stems to make sweet necklaces and rings for mom

Boy with flowers


Beautiful Bouquet

Kids will love using bubble wrap to print their own wrapping paper! It's perfect for a flower bouquet or to wrap a gift box

Jewelry bowl


Clay Catch-All

Make pinch pots with air dry clay and stamps to make a little bowl for Mom's jewelr

finished paper bouquet craft


Coupon Flower Bouquet

Write love notes and coupons on each petal for mom to pull off and redeem

Edible fruit arrangement


Fruity Flower Bouquets

What mother wouldn't love a flower bouquet that she could eat? Use cookie cutters to cut flower shapes in pineapple and melon slices

Wrap Artist


Hearts and Crafts Wrapping Paper

Turn plain tissue paper into a work of art by decorating it with two thumbprints joined together to form a heart.

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11 Creative Easter Egg Activities

04/13/2017 12:00:00

From time capsule Easter eggs to glow-in-the-dark egg hunts, we have fun. Doable ways to entertain kids on Easter day. 

The Secret Easter Bunny
Why should Christmas have the monopoly on secret gift-giving? Kids can make a small present for a friend or family member, hide it inside the shell and secretly swap eggs.

Time Machine
What will she remember from this year’s Easter? Have your kid write a letter to herself that she can place inside the egg and open up next year.

Ray of Light
Glow sticks add a twist to your typical Easter egg hunt. Get your kids in on the action by having them fold their favorite colored sticks inside plastic eggs with some candy. Now all you have to do is hide them and wait until it gets dark!

What’s Inside Egg Number 3?
Good things come in mysterious packages. Kids hide a surprise inside an egg and write three clues so that others can crack the mystery.

Scrambled Up
The usual lunch staples become much more egg-citing (sorry!) when packaged in egg containers for an Easter egg lunch hunt.

Pin the Cottontail on the Bunny
Pin the tail isn’t just for donkeys or birthday parties. Keep your kids entertained on Easter by playing this classic game with a fluffy twist.

Balancing Act
Get kids moving on Easter day by racing back and forth with an egg in a spoon. First one to the finish line wins!

End Easter day with a bang by having them swing at a rabbit piñata filled with chocolate and candy.

The Kool-est Eggs Around
Got a few packets of Kool-Aid in your pantry? Mix with water and you’re all set for some egg-dyeing fun.

Do the Math
In addition to stuffing plastic eggs with candy, slip in pieces of paper with numbers on them. Once kids find the eggs, have them add up their numbers—the highest total gets a prize.

This One’s a Puzzler
Looking for a non-candy Easter egg stuffer? Cut up a picture and hide the pieces inside plastic eggs. Once kids find all the eggs they can put the picture together.

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