Kids and Teen Blog
Happy Cinco De Mayo everyone! Have a kiddo that loves to craft? If so, for today's Mom Minute I have the book for you. Every Day's A Holiday : Year Round Crafting with Kids by Heidi Kenney, photographs by France Ruffenach.
I'm the mama of a 2 year old and while many of the crafts in this book are still too advanced for her she has been delighted with every single one that I have crafted and given to her. Not only are all of the big holidays covered (Christmas, Easter, Valentine's Day) b
ut lesser known holidays like National Bird Day (January 5th) and Eat Your Veggies Day (June 17th) are also covered.
So to celebrate Cinco De Mayo here is a downloadable pdf for how to make this adorable Viva La Piñata Project. Enjoy!
How do you celebrate Cinco De Mayo?
Do you do special crafts with your kids to help celebrate different holidays? We would love to hear about them!
Kids / March 09, 2010
March Break is coming up! No teachers! No homework! No school! No plans! No idea what to do.... Hey, wait a second...
If you're looking for fun stuff to do over the break, we've got a few ideas for you!
1. Doodle the Days Away
If your teacher is always telling you to stop doodling in the margins, now's your time to open your pencil case (or paintbox!) and go to town.
Here are a few fun, crazy doodle books to get you started... These are not your typical activity books. Colouring outside the lines is definitely recommended!
Looking for something wild and wooly? How about something hairy and scary? My Beastly Book of Monsters: 150 Ways To Doodle, Scribble, Color And Draw is full of scary and silly illustrations and activities: tie a monster's shoes together, draw a creature that's part monster and part ostrich, or scare a monster with a...mouse?!
Visit the Beastly Book mini-site to download and print some sample pages from the book.
If there is such a thing as a Doodle Master, Taro Gomi is it! Doodles, Scribbles and Squiggles will keep you busily drawing, colouring and laughing for hours.
Visit Chronicle Book's Taro Gomi mini-site to download some sample activities from his books.
Pocket Doodles for Boys and Pocket Doodles for Girls are a brand-new series: each is packed with over 250 pages of doodling and writing prompts to get you started. Soon you'll be designing a roller coaster, writing messages to put into bottle, turning a beauty queen into a flesh-eating zombie... and who knows what else!
2. Bake a Cake!
If you saw the Alice in Wonderland movie (or even better, read the book!) you know that tea parties are not just for little girls. So put on your apron, mess up the kicthen, then kick back and enjoy some delicious homemade treats!
3. Be Disgusting
If pink and sugary are not your style, not to worry -- we've got you covered, too.
The Big Book of Gross Stuff is basically an encyclopedia for all things revolting -- from boogers, B.O., and belches to sneezes, diseases, and demon cheeses... To sum up the book in one word: EWWWWWW!
Bart King is also sharing some slimey finds over on his Ultra Gross blog.
4. Learn Some Weird Skills
And if your parents beg you to cut out the GROSS stuff, you can always compromise by just getting WEIRD.
The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Weird Junior Edition is a handy guide to all the stuff they just don't teach you in school.
Find out how to act like a zombie, survive a Mars landing, fight a werewolf, deal with a Bigfoot sighting, outwit a leprechaun, prepare for time travel -- you know, the basics.
5. Dazzle! Amaze! Wear a Cape!
And last but not least, something really fun to over March Break: MAGIC!
Magic Up Your Sleeve: Amazing Illusions, Tricks, and Science Facts You'll Never Believe teaches you a bunch of cool tricks -- and also reveals the science behind magic.
Helaine Becker -- author of Boredom Blasters -- shows you how the world of magic is actually based on simple scientific principles of illusion and perception to leave audiences baffled. So not only can you amaze your friends and family with your magic skills -- you can wow them with your genius scientific mind, too! And they thought you wouldn't learn something in your time out of the classroom!