• Young Child Playing with a Bucket of Dried Beans
    Entertainment and Activities
    Creative Indoor Play Ideas for Your Toddler
    After getting nearly 20 inches of snow this past weekend, I have accepted the fact that winter has arrived in New England. Bundling up a toddler to play in the snow often takes more time than you actually spend outside. Rest assured, because I ha...
    Courtney Key
  • Healthy Family Taking Walk Outside
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    5 Healthy Family Activities to Try in 2019
    My little family had lots of fun ringing in 2017. There was popcorn, noise makers, and dancing. After my son went to bed, my husband and I enjoyed champagne followed by a bedtime before midnight. I guess we're officially old! Before sadly passing...
    Courtney Key
  • little girl playing on a snow day
    Winter Crafts and Activities
    9 Snow-Themed Crafts and Activities
    Does your child have the winter blues? Bust his cabin-fever by having a little fun with snow. Create some wintry crafts and make some goodies that incorporate that fluffy white stuff we all love this time of year. ...
    Lindsay Hutton
  • 15 Holiday Crafts for Kids
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    15 Holiday Crafts for Kids
    Christmas is coming up! Are you still missing a few stocking stuffers? Maybe the kids need something to do while you're prepping the house for family? Check out these 15 holiday crafts to keep your kids entertained and creative! ...
  • School and Learning
    Winter Crafts and Activities
    Making a Terrarium
    Making a Terrarium Handiwords A terrarium is a glass case with earth in it, where plants and flowers can grow. Creating a terrarium – a glass case with earth in it, where plants and flowers can grow – is a super activity to begin during the...
  • School and Learning
    Winter Crafts and Activities
    Fox and Geese
    Fox and GeeseDirections This game requires four or more players and a large, open area of unspoiled snow. Stomp a big circle in the snow and two intersecting paths through the middle of the circle. Where the paths meet, stomp out a small safe zon...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Children's Busy Book
  • School and Learning
    Winter Crafts and Activities
    Button, Button
    Button, ButtonMaterials Snow Snowballs Colored buttonDirections This game requires four or more players. Make a number of snowballs one fewer than number of players you have. Hide a brightly colored button inside one of the snowballs. Choose one ...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Children's Busy Book
  • School and Learning
    Winter Crafts and Activities
    Snow Globe
    Snow GlobeMaterials Small baby food jar with lid Glue gun Small toys or ornaments that fit into the jar Water Gold or silver glitter 1/4-inch ribbonDirections Using a hot glue gun, glue ornaments or small toys to the inside of a baby food jar lid...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book
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    Outdoor Games
    Target Practice
    Target PracticeMaterials Scissors Old sheet or blanket Clothespins Clothesline or rope Snowballs Needle and thread (optional)Directions Cut three or four holes, each about twelve inches in diameter, in an old sheet or blanket. Fasten this target ...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Children's Busy Book
  • School and Learning
    Winter Crafts and Activities
    Snow Bricks
    Snow BricksMaterials Loaf panDirections Pack snow into a loaf pan. (If the snow is powdery, sprinkle a little water on it before packing it into the pan.) Turn the pan upside down and tap the bottom lightly to release the brick. Use snow bricks t...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Children's Busy Book
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Handicrafts
    Winter Sun Catcher
    Winter Sun CatcherAge: Preschool and upTime: An hour (plus overnight to dry) Type of activity: Arts and Crafts Try using cupcake tins and shorter ribbon (6 inches) to make several small sun catchers. Materials Needed:· Ribbon or yarn (at leas...
    Christine Dvornik
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Handicrafts
    Snow Globe
    Snow GlobeAge: Kindergarten and upTime: An hour or more Type of activity: Arts and Crafts Materials Needed:· Glass jar with lid (make sure the jar is large enough to fit your hands inside.)· Floral clay · Small waterproof figures for the s...
    Christine Dvornik
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    Nature Art
    Winter Murals
    Winter MuralsAge: Preschool through elementaryTime: 30 minutes or moreType of activity: Nature arts-and-crafts No matter where you live, you'll get your child thinking about nature's gifts with this indoor-outdoor activity. For year-long fun, try...
    Amy McMahon
  • School and Learning
    Winter Crafts and Activities
    Learning About Snow
    Learning About SnowSnowflakes and kids are made for each other. You can use your children's natural curiosity about snow as a gateway into scientific exploration. Here's a primer. Where does snow come from? As a child, my grandmother used to te...
    Dennis Randall