Indoor Activities

A rainy day or snow day can be fun, with these indoor activities for your school-aged child! These games, puzzles, and activities are perfect rainy-day distractions.

"Painting Word Pictures" Writing Activity

"Painting Word Pictures" Writing Activity Descriptive writing plays a big part in writing stories, but it stands on its own as a specific type of writing. It is, in fact, a lot like painting a picture with words. A good piece of descriptive writing uses detailed, vivid words to describe all the facets of a person, place, thing, or idea. Painting Word Pictures is a quick activity to help your child practice the power of using detailed description. read more

"Story Stone Soup" Storytelling Activity

"Story Stone Soup" Storytelling Activity This activity combines a nature walk, a craft activity, and the concept of the classic tale Stone Soup to give your child a creative way to practice his storytelling skills. Since you'll need to gather and create your story stones before using them, when you first try this activity it may spread out over a couple of days. Once the stones are collected and made, though, you'll be able to pick them up anytime you're looking for something fun to do. Skills Being Practiced read more

10 Simple Ways to Involve Your Kids in the Kitchen

Is your child an aspiring chef? Most kids love to help out in the kitchen, but it isn't always easy to find age-appropriate tasks for them to do. We've got some fun, simple, and safe ways to let your little one help with the cooking, without wreaking havoc on your kitchen. read more

11 Best Videos for Kids

From classics to newer releases, the best videos for kids often turn out to be favorites for parents, too. Check out our top picks for kids of all ages, and settle in for a great family-friendly flick! read more

12 Simple Traditions for Your Child's Birthday

Planning a picture-perfect, creatively-themed, out-of-a-magazine birthday for your child is so last year! The most meaningful and lasting birthday memories can come from simple gestures you repeat each year to make your child feel special. So resist the urge to go overboard and try one or two of these easy birthday traditions for your child. We promise she'll be thrilled! read more

12 Toddler Playtime Activities Using Common Household Items

Looking for some easy imagination playtime activities for your busybody toddler or preschooler? Just check your cabinets, toy box, or recycling bin for some new "toys" and supplies for playtime. All of these activities use basic household items to stimulate and entertain your tot for hours! read more

2015's Top Summer Movies for Families

Summer is primetime for block-buster movies for people of all ages. Beat the heat and check out our picks for the best family movies coming your way this summer. read more

5 Fun Ways For Kids To Learn To Write Their Name

Kids can get really frustrated trying to learn to write their name. It’s a difficult skill to learn at a young age but something that is very important to learn before starting kindergarten. read more

8 Epic Emoji-Themed Crafts, Activities & Recipes

8 Epic Emoji-Themed Crafts, Activities & Recipes Are your kids obsessed with emoji? We've rounded up the best emoji crafts, activities, and treats found on Pinterest. Whether you're throwing an emoji-themed birthday party or simply want to have some (shhh... screen-free!) fun with kids, tweens, and teens, these DIY activities should bring big smiles — with heart eyes. read more

8 Great Cookbooks for Kids

Do you have an aspiring chef on your hands? Cooking together is a great opportunity for family fun and learning. Give your little one a head start in the kitchen with these great cooking-with-kids cookbooks. Your child will learn all about cooking basics while creating delicious, kid-friendly recipes your whole family can enjoy. read more

A Spring Storybook

A Spring StorybookTime: An hour or more Type of activity: Reading and writing, arts and crafts Celebrate the coming of spring by telling a story about the season! read more

A Step-By-Step Guide to Your Genealogical Treasure Hunt

Are you curious about your ancestors? Exploring your family history can take some work, but with a little digging, you can uncover a goldmine of information. Try these tips to help uncover information and interesting facts about your family tree. Brought to you in association with The Ellis Island Foundation. read more

Act It Out Game

Act It Out GameAges:4 to 10 Materials:Index cards, markers, large piece construction paper, erasers. On the back of 3x5 index cards, write various activities for people to do: Organize the actions by categories, such as Animals ("Make a cow sound"); Physical Things ("Jump up and down on one foot three times"); Silly Songs ("Make up a dinosaur version of Old McDonald"); or Tongue Twisters ("Say 'she sells sea shells by the sea shore' five times"). read more

Add-On Stories

Add-On StoriesDirections This is a good game at the dinner table or in the car. One person starts a story and each person takes a turn continuing it. You may want to have each person add a sentence, or choose a "pointer" to conduct the story. The pointer decides who goes next and can stop a person at any time, even in midsentence. You may want to choose a topic or theme for your story, or leave it completely open and see what kind of nonsense results. read more

African Recipes

Prepare some traditional African foods with your students. read more

Alphabet Cookies

Alphabet CookiesTime 30 to 45 minutes Materials Rolling pinAlphabet cookie cuttersCookie dough Directions Work together to help prepare some homemade or purchased cookie dough, rolling it thin so you can each cut out the letters from your names. Include the names or initials of friends and family members to give as gifts. Extensions read more

Amazing Inflating Balloons

Amazing Inflating BalloonsBoth chemistry and cooking are about combining ingredients to create something completely different. In cooking, certain ingredients, such as yeast and sugar, are vital to the finished product because of the chemical reaction they produce when they're combined. This activity demonstrates how yeast works. Materials read more

Animal Dress-Up

Animal Dress-UpTime 15 to 20 minutes Materials Some of your toddler's clothesLarge stuffed animals Directions To give dolls and stuffed animals a new look, dress them up in your toddler's clothes.Talk about how nice they look, and thank your toddler for helping out. Extensions read more

Apple Prints

Apple Prints Activity for an individual child Age group: 18-40 months Duration of activity: 10 minutes Materials: 1 apple Knife Paper towel Tempera paint Shallow pie tin Light-colored construction paper Celebrate harvest time with a bounty of fresh apples. This activity will help your child have fun with this popular fruit. read more

Apple Shake-Ups

Apple Shake-UpsThese treats aren't very nutritious, but toddlers will love to help make their own colorful snack. Materials Apple Knife Sugar Cinnamon Ziploc bag Directions read more

Apple Shapes

Apple ShapesMaterials Apples Knife Metal cookie cutters Directions Peel apples and cut them into thin slices. Give your child small metal cookie cutters and let him cut shapes out of the slices. read more

Apple Smile

Apple SmileMaterials Red apple (unpeeled) Peanut butter Miniature marshmallows Directions Cut a crisp apple into wedges. When laid on its side, each wedge should look like a lip. Spread one side of an apple wedge with peanut butter. Add three or four miniature marshmallow "teeth" along the edge. Spread another apple wedge with peanut butter. Place it on top of the marshmallows for a big, toothy grin. read more

Apples Chant

Children enjoy this chant and hand jive about making an apple pie. read more

At-Home Billboards

At-Home BillboardsKids 7 to 12: indoor activityRequired:Posterboard, art supplies, magazines/junk mail read more

Backyard Magic

Backyard MagicAges: 5 to 9 Indoor activity Materials: pillow case, fabric, or skirt; bulldog clip or clothespin; colored paper/paperboard, fabric paints, glue, crayons or markers, cotton, foil, felt, ribbons, streamers Your kids can have an enchanting time with some homemade magic get-up! A pillowcase, a large piece of fabric, a scarf, or an adult-sized skirt make an excellent child's cape. Use a bulldog clip or clothespin to hold the front of the cape together. read more

Bag Skit

Bag SkitMaterials Large paper bags Various household items for props Directions This is a fun group activity, but can also be done alone and then performed for the family. read more

Barber Shop

Barber Shop Materials Brushes Combs Empty hair spray bottle filled with water Shaving cream Popsicle stick or old credit card TowelDirections read more

Bath Paints

Bath Paints This game is an all-time favorite with our children, but merits a few words of caution. If you have ceramic tile in your bathtub area, you may want to skip this one, as the food coloring may stain the grout. If your child has sensitive skin, the shaving cream (depending on the brand) can cause irritation. In any case, children will almost certainly need another bath after this activity! read more