All Activities for Kids

Easy Crafts
Crafts don't have to be difficult and messy.  Trust me, I practically got kicked out of art class in fifth grade, so if I can do crafts with my kids, anyone can!  I have dedicated myself to coming up with very easy projects, most of which can be done with stuff you already have around the house.  In our new book, The Happy Mommy Handbook: The Ultimate How-to Guide on Keeping Your Toddlers and Preschoolers Busy, Out of Trouble and Motivated to Learn, Susan Case, former Kindergarten teacher discusses the importance of crafts for young children,

"Although it can seem overwhelming for Moms, don’t deprive your child, or yourself, from making crafts — which can become a creative process called art.  In fact, offer your child numerous opportunities to express themselves through the process of art. It isn’t the product that is important, according to many child development specialists and art therapists. It is the child’s self-expression, which gives you a view of what is inside. All children love to make things showing their individuality and just for the pure enjoyment of creating and spending time with family members while talking, expressing and receiving praise. They feel connected, loved and happy — which results in fewer behavior problems."

Kids love singing, especially Old MacDonald Had a Farm.  Gather up some paper plates, construction paper, and cotton balls, and enjoy making these  Easy Farm Projects (Cow, Sheep, Cat)
For this, all you will need is some paper towel holders and paint.  Find out more about making an Octopus from Paper Towel Holder

    Boys need crafts too!  If your little one likes cars or Thomas the Train, he will love this Fun Racetrack Craft for Boys. Plus, it's a game that siblings can actually enjoy together!  Even girls!
    If your daughter is anything like mine, she will love this easy Strawberry Shortcake Craft.   You can make all the characters too...just use orange, blue, and purple yarn for all the different characters!
    My Little Pony Craft
     This is a project that my kids will do over and over again: Caterpillars From Egg Cartons!  
    Try reading a book about caterpillars before you begin and it's so easy because all you need is an egg carton, some paint, and some googly eyes!

    My daughter made this Glue Paint Project for her new baby cousin. She loved being able to give this as a gift at the baby shower.

    Not only is this an easy craft, but it's also a great sensory learning activity.  Kids learn about how air moves and about making bubbles when they do Painting With Straws

    If you want to combine burning energy with crafts, try  Painting Rocks.  First gather them outside, then simply paint them!

    This is a craft that you will never have to throw away because it makes a beautiful centerpiece.  Your children will love seeing their Tissue Paper Flowers 
    on display all the time!

    Activities to Burn Some Energy
    Sometimes I feel like my kids become possessed for about fifteen minutes and nothing will turn them back into my sweet children until they've had a chance to burn energy.  It's easy to do if you can go outside.  They ride bikes, go to the park, or just generally run around.  Yet sometimes it's way too hot outside or even raining.  If you ever feel like that, here are some ways we've found to burn energy indoors.

    Make an indoor is how...

    Just grab a bucket and some colorful Pom Poms and your kids will soon be running all around the house!  Find out how

    Never underestimate the power of good old-fashioned Hide and Go Seek!

    Get out some couch cushions and just jump around on them!

    Remember HopScotch but can't quite recall the rules?  Well I'll tell you!

    Draw squares or circles in with masking tape on your kitchen floor.  Then have the kids jump in the circles or even throw bean bags into them!

    Activities to Keep Them Busy
    Sometimes all you want is fifteen minutes to wash the dishes in peace or just sit and read a book by yourself for a minute.  Hey, Moms are people too!  Here is a collection of my "go-to" projects for when I need to keep the kids busy.  As you will see, not only will these projects keep the kids busy for awhile, but they can also help improve some important skills, such as fine motor, gross motor, and sensory skills.  Not only that, but my kids are almost always ready to jump down and play by themselves once they spend 30 minutes on one of these projects.  It really is an interesting thing to watch...they get done and suddenly they are playing together in the other room without fighting!  I have many more in my book The Happy Mommy Handbook: The Ultimate How-to Guide on Keeping Your Toddlers and Preschoolers Busy, Out of Trouble and Motivated to Learn, which is available on Barnes and Noble and Amazon in both soft-cover and ebooks!

    Just mix 2/3 cup water, 2/3 cup flour, 2/3 cup salt and put into squeeze bottles with some paint.  Find out more about this Squeeze Bottle Project 

    You wouldn't believe how much use we've gotten out of a $1 item with these 5 Creative Way to Keep the Kids Busy Using an Aluminum Foil Pan

    Sticker projects are my "go-to" in keeping the kids busy for 20 minutes...and it's good for them too!  See how...

    Sand might seem messy and scary, but it's an amazing way to keep them occupied for at least 30 minutes!  See how 

     This project will literally take all morning.  You will just gather up a bunch of boxes from your house and make a little town!  See how

    You want to know a great way to spend time with several family members?  Your kids and grandparents will love playing The game of Slap Jack!

    Activities to Teach Letters, Math and Science 
    There is a mistaken impression out there that two year olds should know all the letters in the alphabet and practically be able to read by age 3!  Don't be fooled.  Kids don't like flashcards and memorization.  They like to play and they can actually learn far more by playing than they can by sitting down while you drill the letters into them, but that doesn't mean they won't enjoy being exposed to letters occasionally.  As long as it's done in a way that's fun and interesting to them, you can trick your kids into learning about math, reading, and science!

    My kids spent over an hour one day using left-over Christmas sprinkles to write names onto glue and they ended up Learning Letters The Sensory Way!

    Just mix 2/3 cup flour, 2/3 cup salt, and 2/3 cup water and put in squeeze bottles and your kids will be able to Use Homemade Puff Paint to Get Excited About Letters

    Did you know that when kids sort and organize, they are actually using early math skills?  Find out more about this The Counting Jar

    Experts say that kids start sorting objects at a very early age.  It's something that is very interesting to small children and here is how you can capitalize on that love of organzing so that your kids can Learn Math Through Sorting

    Activities to Improve Fine Motor Skills
    When kids finally learn to write at age five or six, they need to have strong hand muscles and fine motor skills.  Most kids gather these skills by doing every day tasks, such as using forks, brushing their teeth, and playing with toys.  However, you can help them develop these skills too with these fun activities that will also keep them busy!

    Ideas on How to Improve Fine Motor

    Looking for Ways to Keep the Kids Busy and Working on Fine Motor?  Here are Five Great Projects Using a $.50 Foil Tin

      Squeeze Bottle Game to Build Strength

      Using a Push Pin to Cut Out Different Objects

      If you like these ideas, you will love my book!  It was released in July, 2012 and was co-written by me and Susan Case.  If you have ever tried to cook dinner while your kid clings to your leg and cries, this is the book for you! In this unique book, which was written by both a Mom and a former Kindergarten Teacher, you will find ways to keep your little kids busy, out of trouble, and motivated to learn.   Kids behave better when they are given challenging projects to work on, which will in turn give you more free time to do the things you really need to do, like washing dishes, paying bills, and relaxing so that you can be a better Mom!


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