• Entertainment and Activities
    Drawing and Painting
    Corn Rolling
    Corn Rolling Activity for an individual child Age group: 18-40 months Duration of activity: 15 minutes Materials: 1 dried ear of corn Tempera paint Shallow pie tin Light-colored construction paper This simple painting activity produces a unique ...
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Paper Crafts
    Cornucopia
    Cornucopia Activity for an individual child Age group: 30-40 months Duration of activity: 20 minutes Materials: 1 sheet brown construction paper Masking tape Magazines Scissors What is a more popular symbol of harvest than the cornucopia (horn o...
  • 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
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Activities With Food
    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 fr...
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Beaches
    Beach Obstacle Course
    Beach Obstacle Course Activity for an individual child or group Age group: 18-40 months Duration of activity: 15 minutes Materials: Small plastic beach shovel A stick All you need is a shovel and a stick to create a fun beach activity for your c...
  • Winter Reading Log Activity
    Reading Activities
    Winter Reading Log
    Winter Reading LogMaterials Small notebook Pen or pencil Directions There is nothing better to do on a cold winter day than curl up somewhere warm with a good book. At the first day of winter, start your Winter Reading Log. Enter the date and th...
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Outdoor Activities
    Ice Candles
    Ice CandlesAge: Preschool and upTime: About 20 minutesType of Activity: Back yard fun Materials needed: Small plastic tub or bucket (a summer beach pail is the ideal size). Tin can or small plastic cup. A few strategically placed ice candles can...
    Dennis Randall
  • Toy Finder
    Toy Finder
    Toy Finder
    Find our top picks for the best toys of the year!
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  • Kids
    Earning Money
    Snow or Leaf Removal
    Snow or Leaf RemovalMaterials Snow shovel Whisk broom Leaf rake Yard broom Large bags Directions A snow-shoveling service is in great demand in those areas of the country where winter snowfalls are the rule rather than the exception. Be availabl...
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Gardening
    Bedding Plants
    Bedding PlantsMaterials Potting soil mix Milk cartons Used pony packs or small containers Plastic wrap Assorted seeds—parsley, tomatoes, cabbage, chives, marigolds, zinnias, asters, sunflowers, squash, poppies Directions During the winter, buy...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Activities for Toddlers
    Apple Candlesticks
    Apple CandlesticksTime 20 to 30 minutes Materials Paring knifePlastic wrapPotato peelerLemon juice2 Rome Beauty apples2 candles Directions You will probably want an extra apple to cut up and eat as you make these attractive table decorations. Cor...
  • 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
  • Entertainment and Activities
    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
  • 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
  • Entertainment and Activities
    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
  • Book Finder
    Book Finder
    Book Finder
    Find our top picks for the best books of the year!
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  • 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