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  • How to Make a Christmas Ornament Sun Catcher
    Christmas
    How to Make a Christmas Ornament Sun Catcher
    I made a version of these sun catchers with my boys as little hostess gifts for Thanksgiving. The boys loved sticking the tissue paper to the contact sheet, and they were super-proud to give a present that they made "all by themselves." For this ...
    Laurie Mega
  • The Best Christmas Books of All Time
    Christmas Activities and Traditions
    Top 10 Christmas Books for Kids
    These old and new tales will get everybody into the holiday spirit! There's a book on the list for children (and children-at-heart) of any age. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss Ages: 4-8 The Grinch is probably the most popular of al...
  • Playdough
    6 Homemade Playdough Recipes
    Everyone seems to have a favorite playdough recipe, and many old favorites have been included here. Some require cooking and some don't; some are meant to be eaten and some are not. Choose the recipe that best suits your needs and the ingredients...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Toddler's Busy Book
  • Christmas Gifts for Girls
    Christmas
    This Year's Top Holiday Gifts for Kick-Ass Girls
    Wondering what might be at the top of your daughter's holiday wish list? Check out some of this year's award-winning and most-wanted toys and gifts for girls ages 6 and up. Choose from games, sports, hands-on kits, ride-on toys and more! Plus, do...
    Colleen Hughes
  • Christmas Activities and Traditions
    12 Days of Fun (and Cheap!) Christmas Activities for Families
    Looking to start some simple yet heartwarming Christmas traditions with your children? These kid-friendly indoor and outdoor activities for all ages will help your family bond over the holidays — without breaking the bank. Also, print our Chris...
    Erin Dower
  • How to Make a Holiday Wreath Ornament
    December Holidays
    How to Make a Holiday Wreath Ornament
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  • How to Play Charades
    Family Games
    How to Play Charades
    Directions Choose a player to start the game. The player thinks of a book title, a famous person's name, a saying, a movie title or a song title to pantomime. He should choose something with which the others will be familiar. If you like, design...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Children's Busy Book
  • Toy Finder
    Toy Finder
    Toy Finder
    Find our top picks for the best toys of the year!
    familyeducation editors
  • The 5 Worst Christmas Movies of All Time
    Christmas
    The 5 Worst Christmas Movies of All Time
    We can all rattle off the canon of classic Christmas movies, the ones you'll watch over and over. But what if you're in the mood for something absolutely awful, but wonderfully campy? We've come up with the five worst Christmas movies to enjoy wi...
    Amina Sharma
  • Christmas Albums
    Entertainment and Activities
    top 10 christmas music albums for families
    A Charlie Brown Christmas – The Vince Guaraldi Trio Visions of Peanuts characters will dance in your head as soon as you hear the first few jazzy notes of this must-have Christmas album. The album is a soundtrack to the 1965 Charlie Brown Ch...
    Erin Dower and FEN Staff
  • 10 Stocking Stuffers Your Kids Will Want
    Christmas
    10 Stocking-Stuffers Your Kids Will Actually Want
    We know how it goes. You think you've got all the Christmas shopping done...until you look up from your laptop and see the stocking hanging by the chimney with care. Shoot. So, back online you go to grab anything cute, cheap and small enough to ...
    Laurie Mega
  • age-appropriate new years eve ideas for teenagers
    Entertainment and Activities
    5 New Year's Eve Ideas for Teens Who Want to Celebrate
    3...2...1... Happy New Year! As you raise a glass and toast the start of 2018, don't worry what your kids are up to. Plan ahead! These New Year's Eve ideas for teens and tweens will help them celebrate the holiday without the lure of drugs, alcoh...
    Angela Tague
  • Top 10 Chick Flicks to Watch This Holiday Season
    Christmas Movies
    Top 10 Chick Flicks to Watch This Holiday Season
    A Bad Moms Christmas Rated RRunning time: 1h 44minBuy on Amazon (affiliate links) We're starting off the list with a movie that’s not a rom com, but definitely provides an escape. The comedy A Bad Moms Christmas is the sequel to the 2016 mov...
    Erin Dower and FEN Staff
  • Best Video Games for the Holiday Season 2017
    Christmas
    Top 10 Video Games for the 2017 Holiday Season
    Every year sees a rush of new video game releases as the holidays approach, and 2017 is no different. From reboots of classics to the latest from the hottest franchises to newbies hoping to break through the pack, it can be hard to find just the ...
    Colleen Hughes
  • Our Favorite Holiday Cookies
    December Holidays
    Staff Favorites: The Best Holiday Cookie Recipes
    With holiday parties and cookie swaps looming in the forecast, it's time to make sure your arsenal of cookie recipes is complete and up-to-date. Check out our staff's favorite cookie recipes to fill any holes in your baking line-up. Ginger Snaps...
  • Mobile Apps
    21 Free Educational Apps for Kids
    Educational apps are a great and fun way to keep your kids learning outside of the classroom, but the cost of all those apps can add up fast. Luckily, there are plenty of free apps for kids that are both educational and fun but won't break the ba...
    Colleen Hughes
  • Book Finder
    Book Finder
    Book Finder
    Find our top picks for the best books of the year!
    familyeducation editors
  • Activities and Crafts
    Top 10 Christmas Crafts Using Washi Tape
      Washi tape is one of our favorite craft supplies. It comes in dozens of different colors and patterns, it's cheap, easy for little hands to use, and makes minimal mess — win! We've rounded up our favorite Christmas-themed washi tape ideas...
    Lindsay Hutton