Children’s Activities

26
Feb
2015

25 Fun Dr. Seuss Treats and Crafts {Perfect for Birthday or Class Parties}

02/26/2015. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

Dr Seuss Crafts & Treats



I always look forward to March because it is Dr Seuss’ birthday!  There are always great deals on the books and movies and so many fun little things to buy in the stores- plus tons of inspiration from clever bloggers.

If your child loves Dr Seuss or if you are considering a birthday party or maybe your child’s class is going to celebrate next week– well I have a bunch of ideas for you!

I am actually in charge of taking snacks to my 2nd graders class for a day long party they are planning and I am hoping to have the details of what I came up with posted for you very soon :)

In the meantime, here are some creative and fun ideas I found that you might enjoy:

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23
Feb
2015

Free Children’s Activities: Week of February 23 – March 1

02/23/2015. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

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Here are some free or cheap children’s activities available this week to keep the kiddos busy.  I thought posting these now will help you plan your week.

These are all the things that are free to do this week with just a few that are very inexpensive.

As always, it’s best to confirm with your local store before you make a special trip.

Pottery Barn Kids: Every Tuesday from 11AM-11:30AM, kids of all ages are invited to story time. Times can vary slightly from store to store so you might want to call ahead to verify.  

Williams-Sonoma: Learn all about Cake Baking from start to frosting on February 28th at 10am. Suitable for ages 5-13.

Lakeshore Learning:  Kids will create a Hats off Pencil Holder on February 28th. Stop by from 11am-3pm.

Barnes and Noble: There is a free storytime Tuesday and Thursday as well as Saturday of each week with books, a cookie and usually coloring pages and activities. Check your local store to confirm and verify time.

Some stores will feature the books, I am Rosa Park and I am Jackie Robinson.

Bass Pro Shop: Your kids can participate in the Free Kid’s Adventures Activities- treasure hunts, crafts and more.  These are weekly activities and vary greatly by location.  You can head over here to find your local store to confirm activities and times. And just a heads up from personal experience, it is best to get in line early. These events tend to be very popular.

REI: They offer the Family Adventure Program with various classes for children and adults.  I saw hiking and camping classes plus fun Geocaching adventures. I also saw outdoor photography lessons.

The selection and dates/times vary by location but you can check to see what your store is offering here. 

Lowes:  The next Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinic is February 28th. Children can make a Monster Jam truck at 10 am.

You must register before you attend. The kids should get an apron, all the supplies for the clinic and a few other goodies.

  

If you live near an American Girl Store, you might check out their events.  Times and dates vary.

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20
Feb
2015

Free National Park Admission for 4th Graders {2015-2016 School Year}

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Here is a really nice offer.  If you have a child that will be in 4th grade next year, they can get free admission to National Parks.  This is for the 2015-2016 school year and includes the child’s family.

The pass is for National parks, National Forests, National Wildlife Refuges and more. The regular price for family admission to National Parks is about $80- so a great deal!

The Every Kid in a Park pass will be available for the 2015-2016 school year.

Click here for more information.  This offer has just been released so I’m sure as it gets closer more specifics will be announced regarding obtaining the pass. 

thanks, Kelly

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19
Feb
2015

Easy Milk Paint Craft for Kids

02/19/2015. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

Milk Painting for Kids - so easy and so fun!



Have you ever tried milk painting with the kids? This is so simple and I wanted to post this idea for those of you that might be snowed in this week and looking for ways to keep the kids busy for at least a few minutes.

The beauty of this project is that you probably already have what you need on hand and it takes just seconds to prepare.

Your children can swirl around and “paint” beautiful color combinations using the milk as a canvas. This is a great way to talk about primary colors and how to create secondary and tertiary colors or they can just explore the color combinations on their own.

My Kindergartner actually did this at school one day and we have done this a few times since and each time she has so much fun swirling the colors around.  “Mom I made purple!  Mom look!”

Here are the supplies you need:

  • Food Coloring
  • Milk (the higher the fat content the better but any variety will work)
  • Dish Soap (optional)
  • Watercolor paper (optional)
  • Q-tips or toothpicks

Now since you are working with food coloring it is a good idea to protect your surfaces and clothing but overall this is not a really messy project.  Just be sure Mommy (or Daddy) is in charge of the food coloring and little fingers are in charge of Qtips and dish soap.

Start by adding milk to a dish of some sort- I used a Pyrex pie plate but a casserole dish or tray would be perfect. Anything with a lip to hold the milk but also a wide surface area for painting.

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18
Feb
2015

Lowe’s: Free Build and Grow Clinic February 28th

02/18/2015. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

monster-jam

Registration is open for the next Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinic on February 28th. Children can make a  Monster Jam truck at 10 am.

It is always best to sign up for these right away because they do fill up really fast.

You must register before you attend. The kids should get an apron, all the supplies for the clinic and a few other goodies.

 

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16
Feb
2015

Free Children’s Activities: Week of February 16-22

02/16/2015. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

bassproshop

Here are some free or cheap children’s activities available this week to keep the kiddos busy.  I thought posting these now will help you plan your week.

These are all the things that are free to do this week with just a few that are very inexpensive.

As always, it’s best to confirm with your local store before you make a special trip.

Pottery Barn Kids: Every Tuesday from 11AM-11:30AM, kids of all ages are invited to story time. Times can vary slightly from store to store so you might want to call ahead to verify.  

Junior Design Camp on 2/16 at 11am. This class will be on Textile Design 101. 

Williams-Sonoma: Learn how to make Homemade Chicken Fingers on February 21st at 10am. Suitable for ages 5-13.

Lakeshore Learning:  Kids will create a Roar A Lot Lion Puppet on February 21. Stop by from 11am-3pm.

Barnes and Noble: There is a free storytime Tuesday and Thursday as well as Saturday of each week with books, a cookie and usually coloring pages and activities. Check your local store to confirm and verify time.

Some stores will feature the book Click, Clack, Peep.  Check your location for the specifics.

Bass Pro Shop: Your kids can participate in the Free Kid’s Adventures Activities- treasure hunts, crafts and more.  These are weekly activities and vary greatly by location.  You can head over here to find your local store to confirm activities and times. And just a heads up from personal experience, it is best to get in line early. These events tend to be very popular.

REI: They offer the Family Adventure Program with various classes for children and adults.  I saw hiking and camping classes plus fun Geocaching adventures. I also saw outdoor photography lessons.

The selection and dates/times vary by location but you can check to see what your store is offering here. 

 

  

If you live near an American Girl Store, you might check out their events.  Times and dates vary.

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12
Feb
2015

21 Ideas for Awesome School Lunches

02/12/2015. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

Breakfast for a school children - ready to eat - sandwich with a green apple

For some reason in January I noticed there were a lot of searches on the blog for snack ideas and school lunch ideas. Usually I see those searches at the beginning of the school year but since people seemed to be looking for inspiration, I decided to put together a post with all sorts of lunch and snack ideas for the kiddos.

I do put some effort into lunchboxes. I usually spend 15-20 minutes per night making them for my girls and then I make something very similar for my husband and myself.  I want my girls eating good food so they have energy to get through the day and so they can concentrate and focus on schoolwork in the afternoon.  It is also important that they are excited to eat lunch- those of you with little ones know what a big deal lunch and snacks can be for children.  Mine get extremely excited to open up lunchboxes and see what waits inside.

I usually pick my battles with food for the kiddos- dinnertime is when we arm wrestle over what they will eat- for lunch I prefer to stick to things I know they like. That eliminates waste and also they haven’t reached the stage yet where they just throw things away and pretend to have eaten it :) I can see exactly what they eat and for the most part these lunchboxes come home completely empty.  Sadly my girls don’t like so many things– lunch meat (with the exception of salami or roast beef), avocados, most vegetables… the list goes on and on.

Oh and this school year the kids have been really excited for lunch– they actually open it in the car on the way to school and it is so fun to hear them chatter.  “Oh look Addy we got watermelon today!”  or whatever and I can hear them already sneaking a few bites of this or that.  So I do feel the small amount of time at night really pays off.

Some things I take into consideration- I don’t pack things that will potentially get soggy like quesadillas or things that really are better hot like English Muffin pizzas.  I also try not to pack things that will take too long to eat.  The kids like to hurry through lunch to get to recess time so nothing fussy or they miss recess.

Anyhoo– these aren’t perfect lunches (we eat cookies and crackers and chips in moderation) but they are examples of things I have packed over the last month or so.  I do wish I could have lunchboxes filled with broccoli and avocado and beets and tell you my little ones ate every bite- but sadly I tend to stick to cucumbers and carrots as I know they will for sure eat those.  One of my kids is allowed peanut butter and one is allowed peanut butter but she has to sit in a specific section of the cafeteria so I try not to use it in her lunchbox.  Otherwise, we don’t have any food allergies or other dietary concerns.

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10
Feb
2015

Free Lego Store Build (March 3rd)

02/10/2015. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

robot1

The next Lego build is scheduled for March 3rd.  Your little ones can build a Lego Robot in Lego stores.

The event starts at 5pm and is limited to kids age 6-14. You can find your local store here.

Quantities are limited so it is best to get there early!

If you haven’t registered for the free Lego magazine, you can do that here!

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