Kids' Activities

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Ideas for entertaining kids of all ages with crafts, sports, games, books and more!
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It's no surprise to hear that kids need daily doses of exercise in their lives. Regular physical activity helps children build healthy bodies and prevent chronic disease like Type 2 Diabetes and Hypertension....
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Don't just recycle, upcycle! As parents and nannies, we are always on the lookout for awesome craft ideas to do with the kids, but wouldn't it be great if they were earth-friendly too? We found...
boy and girl putting on puppet show
You just put the baby down for a nap and smile at the thought of peace and quiet. One problem: your older child (or children) is still up and about, wanting to be entertained. Television isn't the...
Everyday Activities for Kids
School's out for the day. But what should you do with the kids? Time to come up with some fun, creative ways to keep the kids entertained until dinnertime.Of course, homework is waiting, but is it...
Ready, set, go! You might think racing games for kids are just running from one place to another, inevitably leading to one winner and several losers. And the fastest runner always wins. One child brags,...
Children love water, and they love to get wet. Water balloon games are the perfect way to indulge their love of water and encourage physical activity, too. Introduce several games, suggests Katie Winterhof,...
It's easy for parents, nannies and kids to get cabin fever when stuck inside all day. Plan some indoor games and activities to help make the time fly by when you're cooped up.Education specialist...
Finding movies for kids that are appropriate and enjoyable for the whole family to watch can be tough. Use these 5 tips for choosing: Do Your Homework"Read reviews on Common Sense Media for how...
It's important for kids to get outside and play. Len Saunders, a children's health, fitness and wellness specialist and author of Keeping Kids Fit, explains that children have become sedentary...
Printables for kids like coloring pages and activity sheets are perfect for keeping busy kids busy. Plus, they save your sanity while you're traveling, out to eat or just need a break. Printables are...
"I'm bored!" If you’re raising or acting as a nanny or babysitter for kids, chances are you're all too familiar with this phrase. But what do you do?For the best chance of hooking...
Kids love to play, but sometimes it's hard to get them out of the house. Need new outdoor games to get them inspired?Here's a list of activities your kids will love to play in the backyard. Water...
Puzzle games for kids have come a long way since the days of Hangman and Connect the Dots. Today's games teach little ones concepts like strategy and reaching for goals. "Board games are making...
The game aisle at the toy store can be overwhelming. If you're not careful, you'll end up spending your hard-earned cash on board games for kids that are easily mastered or quickly tossed aside....
When your child's main interaction with nature consists of playing Angry Birds, you know you have a problem!"Spending time outside is kids' one chance to be kids and explore, without any kind...
When you think of a fun family activity, do you see the money literally flying out of your wallet? Many things to do with kids are expensive, but there are lots of ways your family can have a good time...
You know what it's like when you've planned a day at the pool and wake up to a chilly, cloudy morning and canceled plans. The kids get bored, and you go a little crazy. Let's face it, busy...
Your child wants some iPad time, but do you want her spending that time racing motorcycles or sharpening her virtual makeover skills? You'd feel better about her online time if you bookmark some great...
Looking for fun games for kids? Look no further! "Kids like games for a variety of reasons," says Nicole Brady of SAHM Reviews. "Some enjoy the social nature of games because they...
Cooking dinner can be one of the most stressful parts of your day. Just as you take out pots and pans, your kids start to get cranky and hungry, and they want your attention. But you've got a time-consuming...
The opportunity to play treasured games from your childhood with your own child is one of the fun experiences you may look forward to as a parent. Although technology has created a whole new level of gaming...
Finding family-friendly movies your whole family can enjoy watching together isn't hard. Just do your homework, grab some popcorn and cozy-up for family movie night.How can you find the right movie?...
You're standing in the family room, surrounded by the countless games your little one has accumulated. Those pricey building blocks and fire trucks haven't been touched in months! What's more, your happy-go-lucky...
Looking for some fun kids games to spice up a family reunion, birthday party or backyard barbecue? A three-legged race is a great outdoor activity that is just as much fun to watch as it is to participate...
You'll score big when you add some running games for kids into the mix at your child's next party or play date. Running games are a great way for kids to burn off steam, share some laughs and learn...
Your kids love to toss their soccer ball down the stairs, watching as it ricochets off the walls. That is, until it smashes right through your china cabinet. Swap out that soccer ball for a balloon, and...
When the sun is out and the kids are home, why sit inside eating lunch when you can enjoy a leisurely picnic in the great outdoors? In addition to sunscreen and a blanket, youll want to make sure youve...
You've seen the colorful sticks, shakers and music-makers lining the aisles of your local educational toy store -- and the price tags on them. Ditch the boxed activities and get ready for some free music...
Your child might be crazed about Batman and Spider-Man, but wouldn't it be more fun for him think creatively and invent his own superhero? "Superhero play is a way for children to develop a deeper understanding...
Zombies are scary and gross.That's exactly why zombie games for kids are popular, says Taylor Rios, entertainment blogger at TV by Tay who's a fan of "The Walking Dead." "I...
Fun family activities are the backbone of building memories with your kids. Time flies by quickly -- your kids will think they're too cool for family fun soon enough. Before your little one hits the double...
"Are we there yet?""Are we there yet now?""Are you sure we're not there yet?"Getting into the car with kids in tow can be a lesson in patience. How do you keep kids occupied...
Remember your carefree elementary-school days of playing with friends at recess, running around outside and just enjoying life? Did you favor jumping rope, or were you always looking for a good game of...
Some kids might be a bit leery of spending time with a babysitter, especially if it's the first time they've met the sitter. One way parents and sitters can leap over this hurdle is to come prepared...
Do your kids love swimming but become bored after countless hours spent diving for pennies and practicing underwater handstands? Whether you have your own backyard swimming pool or frequent your city or...
In today's technology driven world, it can feel like an uphill battle to keep kids active and limit screen time. In fact, sometimes it can be a challenge in itself simply to get the kids playing outside...
Got a budding soccer star at home? Try some soccer games for kids to help your child expand his skills. Kati Milam, an NSCAA soccer coach and a former collegiate and professional soccer player and...
Gadgets can be so exciting. But imaginative play is where the real fun happens. Plus, the land of make-believe is brain-boosting and can help children with social and emotional development. It's...
Blowing bubbles is an enjoyable activity for children of all ages, but cheap, store-bought bubble solution can be difficult to work with or create bubbles that pop too quickly. Why not try making your...
Family movie night is supposed to be fun, but doing the same old things can get a bit stale. Bring the magic back to your family movie night with a few creative ideas you'll all enjoy. Take turns choosing...
"Are we there yet?" You'll hear it more than once on your next road trip. It might be tempting to hand over your tablet or a video game to keep your kids happily entertained. Instead of relying...
Admit it: When the weather isn't suitable for outdoor play, you've at the very least thought about letting the kids veg out in front of the TV all day. While screen time is fine in moderation,...
Traditions can be born from an accident that turns into an annual joke (think: the teacher who wore the same outfit for his school picture 40 years in a row) or are intentional and value-led (like reading...
Freeze tag is a classic game that will never go out of style. It's easy to play, doesn't require equipment and expends a lot of energy. Those are three criteria any mom can get behind when thinking...
Over the last 30 years, childhood obesity has been steadily on the rise, and one of the best ways to prevent and reverse it is to keep children active on a daily basis. As a result, the Let's Move...
You've got shelves full of books. A toy room full of toys. But still, your kids want something to do. Here's the trick. These easy games for kids to play with their hands will keep them busy...
Kids love crafts. Kids love to laugh. Combine the two and you've got fun art projects for kids guaranteed to get the whole family giggling -- and engaged. "Kids love things that are silly, and if parents...
Looking for games to play in the dark? Look no further. Whether the power is out or you're just looking to shake up your nighttime routine, playing in the dark can be fun for kids and adults alike.When...
Is Mother Nature keeping you indoors? Being stuck inside with the kids all day sounds like the plot of a horror movie, but with some planning, you'll all enjoy your day together.For parents or nannies looking...
If you're in need of some serious family time (and who isn't?) playing games with your little one is one of the best ways to connect. "Playing games as a family builds camaraderie and provides...
Whether you have white walls or a beige couch, there's always a threat that art activities for kids will be messy. But not all crafts require paint smocks and newspaper-covered tables. "While we're not...
Warm or cold weather, there's nothing more entertaining for kids than taking part in a scavenger hunt. And they're great activities for babysitters to do with kids and can be fun for birthday parties.“Scave...
Water activities for kids are one of the best ways to beat the heat and have fun outside. Throwing water balloons or running through the sprinkler can make for an afternoon of endless fun. But there are...
Is family game night at your house fun -- or do the games feel like work? Do the kids find your choice of board games boring? Holly Homer, co-founder of Kids Activities Blog and co-author of...
Your kids love bubbles -- and face it, you probably do too -- but even the most devoted bubble enthusiast sometimes get bored with aimlessly blowing bubbles with a wand or chasing the bubbles you blow....
You just put the baby down for a nap and smile at the thought of peace and quiet. One problem: your older child (or children) is still up and about, wanting to be entertained. Television isn't the...
If there was a top 10 list of clichéd Mom quotes, "stop playing with your food" would definitely be on it! After years of being told not to play with food, imagine your...
With her face furrowed in concentration and her fingers flying over the keyboard, your daughter peers at the computer screen. She's not doing a school project -- rather, she's immersed in her favorite...
You probably remember playing the Hot Potato game at birthday parties when you were growing up. Easy to learn and fun to play, Hot Potato is a great game whether you have a few kids over for a playdate...
Yes, you can get out of your house with imaginative art ideas for kids! If you're thinking, "But my kitchen table is my child's art studio," think again. Your child can create art anywhere,...
"We're bored!" They're two words you hear often. Whether you're running errands or waiting for a table at a restaurant, you'll hear this from your kids at some point. Card games for kids are a low-tech...
Hopscotch rules are simple, but variations can add fun twists and new challenges to the game. It's easy to learn, involves some level of physical challenge and can be played by everyone. "I often...
Your child's first dental visit can be intimidating, but the more he knows about what to expect, the better he will feel about the dentist. Parents can help make that first visit easier by introducing...
Don't have a dog, but your child desperately wants one? Dog games for kids may be the next best thing. At least they'll provide a good temporary measure so you can curb the nagging!Dog games give...
Childhood obesity is a national epidemic and one that has received national attention. Cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol are attacking children at a young age, largely due to...
It's no surprise to hear that kids need daily doses of exercise in their lives. Regular physical activity helps children build healthy bodies and prevent chronic disease like Type 2 Diabetes and Hypertension....
Mazes do more than just stimulate the minds of young children. In fact, the complex thought processes that take place when kids work through mazes can improve learning across multiple areas, according...
If you're in the city with kids -- or if you can bring them to a city nearby -- there are a million different places to find fun on any given afternoon or weekend of the year.
You're finally at the checkout when your toddler starts shouting at the top of her lungs. You quickly hand her your phone before anyone starts to stare. Sound familiar? Using your smartphone to occupy your...
Craving a new play time activity? Think beyond the toy chest. Though their intended use is in floral arrangements, water beads can provide hours of entertainment for kids. The small squishy balls provoke...
Quick, what are some of your best childhood memories? Ask any adult, and it won't be long before someone mentions forts. Making a fort is one of the best experiences a kid can have, but a great fort can't...
Teaching your child how to fly a kite is right up there with tossing a baseball around -- it's a classic activity that's perfect for bonding and spending time together. But getting this contraption...
Sometimes you just need to play in the dirt! Don't worry, you'll get more out of it than dirty laundry. When you grow a family garden, kids learn where food comes from while enjoying fresh air...
When it comes to outdoor fun, slip and slides are a great way to beat the heat. Don't have one on hand? It's easy to make your own homemade slip and slide that will be the envy of the neighborhood.Before...
Do you find your little ones drumming on pots and pans with a wooden spoon? Maybe it's time to teach them a real musical instrument. But how do you know when they're ready? And if they are, how...
The sun's shining, the weather's right and you just can't handle one more cry of, "Mommy, I'm bored!" Why not try a nature scavenger hunt?Not only does this outdoor activity get the kids off the couch...
Even when kids have all the toys you think they need, there are still days when boredom strikes. With the right accessories, you can turn those boring afternoons into hours of inventive fun with dress-up...
Survival. It's such a powerful word, but some days it's the only way to describe shopping with your kids in tow. There's something about Target (The toys! The snacks! The video game demos!) that can turn...
You may be a sports fanatic, but that doesn't mean your kid is. Even if your child is hesitant to start playing soccer or hockey, there are all kinds of sports for kids that will get them off the couch,...
Whether your kids are cruising with friends or racing past trees, biking can be a real rush. Most kids have the coordination and strength to ride a bike without training wheels around age 5, but your child...
No matter the device, kids seem to be drawn to apps. With kids often swiping before they are coloring, parents might find it a little overwhelming to navigate the world of apps for kids. Whether you want...
From "Looney Tunes" to "SpongeBob SquarePants," kids' cartoons have been entertaining children for decades. Today, there is more cartoon programming than ever before to choose from, including shows that...
There are hundreds of kids' TV shows to choose from, but how do you weed through the selections and choose the right shows for your children? You may not necessarily be seeking top-of-the-line educational...
Kids need to move -- it's good for their health and your sanity. Organized sports -- like baseball or volleyball -- help kids channel all their energy while getting healthy and learning teamwork skills....
If your tot can't stand the thought of another finger painting session -- and you can't stand the cleanup -- maybe it's time to try something new. Painting is a great learning experience for kids and gives...
Water games for kids are way more than simple solutions to a hot day. Even though pulling out the kiddie pool takes a humid mid-August afternoon from toasty to chill, going beyond the run-of-the-mill water...
Everyday Crafts for Kids
Sick of buying endless craft supplies that barely get touched? Save your money and try some simple crafts for kids! "The best arts and crafts supplies are the materials around your home," says...
As a parent, you always want to find inexpensive craft ideas that'll keep your children creatively occupied without requiring hefty investments on your part. The good news? You can make many cool paper...
Arts and crafts projects are a great way to spend time with your kids, but did you know those hours spent with glitter and glue builds their brain power, too? In fact, providing crafts for kids to make...
Deep in the jungle, a roar shakes the trees. Is it a lion, a tiger or something far more ferocious? When you're working on wild animal crafts with your child, imagination is key to a fun crafting session.Don't...
Whether it's a snow day or a too-hot-to-play-outside kind of day, easy crafts for kids are always in season -- and for good reason."Crafts are a great way to build kids' confidence -- they...
Scissors, paper, glue and markers: these are the essentials of any craft room, and your child is sure to be an expert at using them. However, these simple products can inspire creations that are beyond...
Blow your child's mind with these 20 dinosaur crafts and activities that will keep even the most curious of amateur paleontologists entertained. But, be warned -- dinosaurs are a messy bunch!"Crafting...
Duct tape has been recognized for decades for its versatility, but now that rolls come in all kinds of sizes and styles you can really have a lot of fun with it -- especially when it comes to duct tape...
Even though you might love making all of those tissue paper crafts with your children, they usually end up in the trash because they become torn or damaged or (let's face it) simply don't make...
The colorful results of your kids' fun art projects definitely brighten up the refrigerator and bring a smile to your face. But are you running out of spaces to hang their masterpieces? Don't worry...
DIY crafts for kids don't have to fit into the crayon box! Your child's been there and done that when it comes to temperas, glue sticks and markers. So now what? Check out these not-so-usual art activities...
Do you feel like you're constantly changing out empty toilet paper rolls? Seriously, how does it get used so quickly, and why can no one else remember to change it? Next time the task comes...
Mason jars are not just for canning. Sure, you can use them for decoration, storage or even as glassware, but take them beyond functional and make Mason jar crafts with your kids.Linda Braden, the creator...
You don't have to be a knitter or know how to crochet to make fun yarn crafts with the kids. Some crafts focus on yarn as the main supply, whereas others use it as a nice embellishment."Unlike...
You're looking for new art activities for kids, but you're just finding more of the usual coloring books -- which aren't going to cut it for your creative kiddo. If your child is an uber art enthusiast...
Fun easy crafts may just be the quick fix to your "Mommy, I'm sooooo bored!" problem. It's a gloomy Sunday afternoon, you've got the Mt. Everest of laundry piles to get through and...
Learning to play an instrument is often touted as good for your kid's brain. But don't think you have to enroll your child in classical piano classes to gain beneficial musical experiences. While formal...
If you need easy art projects for kids that are out of the ordinary, visually exciting and useful, all you need are some everyday objects, glue and lots of glitter. Crafting with kids engages their creativity,...
Looking for some cool crafts for kids? You've come to the right place! When crayons and glue sticks aren't bringing the fab factor, these artsy activities will impress the toughest of customers. If your...
There are so many great things about paper crafts for kids: the primary material is readily available, it's easy to work with and it's even recyclable!"Paper is such a great medium for kids to experiment...
Hunting around for some creative things for your kids to do? Save yourself a trip to the art store and use some of those leftover egg cartons to make some fun egg carton crafts with your kids."Egg cartons...
Handprint art can be so much more than that yearly turkey project your child brings home from school every November. "Art, in general, is a great way to support children in developing fine motor skills...
Are you itching to do a fun new craft with your kids but lacking inspiration? Look no further than the handy popsicle stick! This cheap, multi-use craft supply is surprisingly versatile."Finding creative...
You remember those knotted DIY friendship bracelets that you and your BFF made together at summer camp -- but you can't quite remember the intricate braids that went into them. Now that your child...
Pipe cleaner crafts have been around since you first struggled to hold a crayon! Instead of doing the same old activities, put a twist on this classic craft component and try something totally new. So,...
With these 13 fun crafts for girls to choose from -- and perhaps a bit of help from Mom -- your daughter can create an entire collection of hair, jewelry and fashion accessories she'll be proud to...
Don't just recycle, upcycle! As parents and nannies, we are always on the lookout for awesome craft ideas to do with the kids, but wouldn't it be great if they were earth-friendly too? We found...
Do-it-yourself, fun projects for kids provide hours of entertainment for children, and are just as much fun for you, too. "Children love to make things. They learn that way and crave the experience," says...
Looking for fun ways to connect with your kids that don't involve electronics? Some kids' craft ideas and little guidance might be all you need to get your kids to abandon their screens and put on their...
Looking for new ways to add some creativity to your child's life? Consider incorporating craft ideas for kids into your weekly routine. Help your little ones use their imaginations and create some artsy...
Far beyond a simple place to play, a DIY sandbox can be an opportunity for your children to learn through exploration and discovery. A sandbox in your backyard can provide your children with physical exercise...
Are you wondering how to make puffy paint? Perhaps you've seen the stuff in the stores, but making your own sounds like too much fun to pass up. Plus, a DIY option allows your little artist to create...
Your kiddos love playing outside but they're too young to play in the yard unsupervised. You're considering building a playhouse to keep them safely occupied while you put dinner in the oven. But...
A DIY lava lamp offers crafty fun that packs a punch by throwing a science lesson into the mix! OK, these aren't technically lamps, but they do have the key element of the '70s staple -- the globs...
I don’t know about you, but I like to be able to pronounce the ingredients in my hand lotions.Think about it: your hands touch your face and (inadvertently) your mouth, all the time. And if you’re...
Paper airplanes for kids are a timeless classic. Even in this day of video games and 3-D printers, there's something about taking a flat piece of paper and turning it into a flying machine that's...
Special Day Activities and Crafts
No power? No problem. Wait a second, that means no Wii, no Xbox, no iPad, no DVD player? And you have two cranky kids? Run for it!Parenting young children is difficult on any day. When boredom sets in...
Road trip games keep everyone engaged and on the same page. And when everyone is involved, you're less likely to hear moans of "are we there yet?" Playing road trip games passes the time,...
A day at the beach can be awesome. But let's be honest, it's a lot of work and sometimes kids lose interest fast -- unless you have some awesome beach activities lined up to keep them happy. By...
Summer may be a time to relax, but tell that to kids who are bouncing off the walls or shrieking "I'm bored" every five minutes. How can parents and nannies keep kids entertained, active...
You have as much holiday spirit as the next person, but this time of year can feel overwhelming. With celebrations like Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Year's Eve all crammed into...
It’s raining, it’s pouring…but that doesn’t mean playtime has to be boring! You and the kiddos can still have a great time.“Rainy days don't have to mean just staying...
After a heavy snowfall hits, it can be tempting to stay snuggled indoors. But no one likes cabin fever. Staying inside all day brings down your energy and can leave you feeling restless. So play some snow...
It's tough to come up with creative family photo ideas that will stand the test of time. What looks good in the moment may lead to cringe-worthy photos and "what were we thinking?" laments...
Airplane games for kids help keep your little one occupied -- and you sane -- during the flight. Pick up travel games from the dollar bins at many stores, use classic car games or create your own portable...
The Olympics are an exciting time! You get to cheer on your country and watch athletes showcase their incredible skills.Make the games even more fun for kids by doing these 22 fun Olympic craft ideas to...
Summer is winding down and the kids are gearing up for school. Teachers are preparing classrooms and parents are searching for first-day outfits. Add a little fun to your to-do list with some crafts.Here's...
Sure, you could announce your child's lemonade stand by setting out a card table topped with red Solo cups, a plastic pitcher and a paper towel roll. But if you really want to spruce up that stand,...
Your kids like this holiday because they're off from school. But do they really know what it celebrates? Do you? Here are Labor Day activities for kids that can help them learn about the importance...
Veterans Day offers one of the best opportunities to teach kids about the concepts of hope, sacrifice and courage. Originating in 1919 as Armistice Day -- a day to celebrate the end of World War I -- the...
The upcoming weeks will be filled with competition, excitement and suspense for anyone following the Winter Olympics. Instead of sitting in front of the TV for two weeks, get the kids involved in this...
Summer is usually kids' favorite time of year -- but not so for parents and nannies. It can be tricky finding activities to keep your little ones occupied during this time off from school. Other than...
Your venue is booked, the cake is ordered and the invites are sent -- you're a pro at planning your kid's party. But you're not done yet. For the party to be true success, you'll need to prep a few interesting...
No matter what ages your children are, they all have on thing in common unending amounts of energy. They have far more than you, so what are you to do when you feel like the house is busting at the seams?...
Each winter, the same scenario plays out: parents go to bed with their driveways clear only to wake up the next morning to find it completely covered in snow and ice. Mother Nature's great surprise!...
How does your family celebrate Earth Day? From recycling to setting up a composting system, raising an earth-friendly family doesn't have to be as complicated as you might think. With April being Earth...
The same old evening routine can get boring, especially for kids. If you want to get some great "together time," ditch movie and game night. Instead, try one of these nine fun family night ideas...
Scavenger hunts are a surefire way to find fun. The best part? You can do them anywhere at anytime, tailor them to any age and make scavenger hunt clues for kids as imaginative or as simple as you want....
Have you always wanted to know how to build a treehouse? Imagine summer nights spent camping out with your kids in their very own treehouse ... telling ghost stories ... looking out at the stars. Kids...
When you think spring, the first thing that pops into your head is probably flowers. Once the snow melts and nature comes back to life in your backyard, it's time to plant your spring blooms. Planting...
Remember what a day off from school meant when you were little? Whether there was a foot of snow outside, or you had a temperature of 102, unexpected days off might have meant playing in pajamas all day...
Sprinklers are old news -- the kids have been there, done that. Water balloon fights are awesome, but guess who ends up cleaning up after the kids blow through 500 balloons in 10 minutes flat? Here's...
You've been there before: It's a rainy afternoon, and you're somewhere between hearing the thousandth "I'm bored" and the terror that someone will find that dreaded board game...
The best cruises for kids don't always translate into a good time for Mom and Dad. If the thought of endless photo ops with Cinderella, Belle and Jasmine makes you queasier than the rolling ocean waves...
You already know the best kids attractions where you live, but when you take a day trip or move somewhere new, it's more challenging. Not sure where to start your search?If you're staying at a...
Is anything more blissful than a sun-drenched family beach vacation? Well, kinda, if you don't pack the right stuff. Lugging along too-heavy gear you won't use or forgetting the one indispensable item...
Learning Games for Kids
Your child is online already, so why not choose kids' websites that make entertainment educational? There are plenty of sites out there that are great for kids -- you just have to point them in the right...
If you want to get your children excited about improving their typing skills, introduce them to some fun kids' typing games. There are many kids' typing games online that can help strengthen keyboarding...
As a parent, you know the most expensive games aren't necessarily the best. Toddlers will walk away from a kitchen set to be found playing with the box it came in -- and the same goes for those expensive...
You know reading is one of the most important childhood skills your little one will master. When a child can read, she's able to learn a wealth of other information. Reading doesn't come easy for everyone,...
If you want your children to embrace learning, make learning more fun! Kids know sitting in a chair staring at flash cards doesn't really fit the "fun" bill, but a game that combines a little learning...
It's a rainy Saturday night, and your kids utter those dreaded words: "We're bored." Instead of just pointing to the TV or your iPhone, sharpen their skills and keep them entertained...
You've heard that too much screen time can be bad for your child, but you know first hand that your kid loves his iPad. How do you compromise? Luckily, there are some great online games that give your...
Of all the school subjects, math seems to be the great divider. Kids either love it or hate it, and their feelings often reflect how easy it is for them to learn. If your kid struggles with math, try showing...
You may see farm games for kids, such as FarmVille, popping up all over your Facebook page. With good reason, says Dr. Stevanne Auerbach, a toy author, speaker and blogger who goes by the name...
If you have squirmy children on your hands, playing movement games for little kids can help get out their wiggles and provide the entertainment they're looking for.Movement games aren't just fun activities,...
Sure, art for kids gets the creativity flowing. But, did you know it can also teach your child a skill or two? Amy Miller, an educator and creator of the site Learning By Design says, "Whatever...
Learning fractions can be tough, and it's hard to watch your kids struggle through their homework. Instead of working through long lists of math problems, fraction games for kids offer unexpected and...
Games play a major role in day-to-day life in kindergarten, and your kids are learning from everything they see. Take advantage of their enthusiasm and curiosity at this age to play kindergarten games...
Word games for kids are a great learning tool. Playing word games is a powerful and effective (and not to mention fun) way to boost reading skills. The games don't have to be elaborate or cost...
Making a successful treasure hunt for kids can make any parent feel like a superhero. Any time you can gather a group of kids and create an activity that gets them working together and having fun is definitely...
You're playing with your kids, chasing them through the house, and then whack! Someone's run into the coffee table or tripped over her own feet. It can be scary to see your child in harm's...
Can you encourage your child's brain development and help him reach language milestones? You betcha, says Dr. Jean Feldman (who goes by "Dr. Jean"), the author of over a dozen...
There are plenty of things you can do with your child that are fun. Go to the playground. Have a pillow fight. Eat ice cream. One thing that probably isn't on that list is trying to teach your...
Looking to add spark to a play date with brain games for kids? Minute-to-win-it games can bring order to chaos and get everyone engaged. Kids love to challenge themselves to do things better and faster...
They bubble, they ooze, they change forms! They're science experiments for kids. Even if your kids get plenty of science during the school day, you can still educate and entertain them at home with a few...
There are so many Spanish games for kids, it's hard to choose which are the best for your children. Start with considering your child's needs and your family dynamic. Are you fluent in Spanish?...
If you're the mom of a 4-year-old, you've probably noticed how much she loves telling stories and playing games. Combine the two by playing great storytelling games for 4-year-olds and thrill her...
Your budding brainiac is picking up skills fast, but she's no math scholar -- yet. Turn your home into your child's first classroom: There's plenty of math opportunities waiting for you. You can use fun...
Toys for Kids
You just dropped a chunk of change on the hottest toddler toy of the year, only to have your 2-year-old toss it aside in favor of the cardboard box it came in. Please your picky toddler with gifts that...
Having PLAY-DOH handy has always saved the day for Liz Weirshousky, mom of three in Bethesda, Md. When she hosts mixed-gender playdates at her house, her daughter uses it to create flowers while the boys...
When did buying toys get so complicated? Toy store field trips can leave you shaking your head in confusion, especially when you're trying to find just the right age-appropriate toys for a child's particular...
You spend hours researching the top toys and excitedly present your find to your little one -- who quickly tosses it aside and goes after the box it came in. Why not skip the store-bought items and whip...
Are you trying to find just the right gift to mark the meaningful first birthday? Whether you're shopping for a friend's baby or looking for an amazing gift for your own little one, the best gifts for...
A few years ago, Jeff Haynes was at a video game store and witnessed a young boy begging his mom to buy him "Grand Theft Auto." Haynes quickly approached the woman and advised her that the game -- which...
Stories and Books for Kids
Whether you were an original girlboss like Kristy, a trendsetter like Claudia, shy and strong like Mary Anne, boy-crazy like Stacey or laid-back like Dawn, if you were a tween in the late '80s or early...
Books can be a magical part of any childhood and help young imaginations grow. As your child begins to transition from picture books into longer chapter books, you'll want to select age-appropriate...
By the time kids reach 3rd grade, they're ready to take on the reading world and explore more complex stories than 2nd graders. In fact, these children have typically developed more stamina for reading...
What's hot in the world of preschool books? You check the fashion-forward blogs for this minute's style, are up-to-date on the latest in baby gear and have tech trends mastered. But, what about...
You're excited that your kids like to read. But they seem to read only fantasies and not much else! If so, introduce them to some more realistic fiction books for kids and give them a more well-rounded...
Your 7-year-old has outgrown nursery rhymes and board books. Now what? Often, 2nd grade is the time when kids begin to move up to more advanced stories and start reading chapter books, but it can be difficult...
Your kids have read every picture book and easy reader at home and in the school library. Now seems like the time to make your transition to chapter books for kids. "When you feel that your child...
There are so many books for kids and -- let's be honest -- a lot of them aren't worth reading. How do you decide what are the best kids' books to add to your family library?Choosing quality literature...
A picture's worth a thousand words, and wordless picture books are a great way to inspire your child's imagination and work on vocabulary and comprehension. Though these books are great for all...
If you want to introduce your child to poetry but aren't sure where to start, classic poems for kids are a fun, thoughtful way to engage your child in literature.A poem is "classic" because of its timelessness,...
You want to ensure that your kid has Spanish in his life -- books can help. If you're unfamiliar with the language, Spanish books for kids can help you both master basic vocabulary. If you're already...
Many parents might feel as if their son doesn't like to read. They struggle to find the right books for boys and, in turn, their child might not be developing a love for reading. But when you find the...
You've exhausted your home library and both you and your little one are getting bored with your book selection. Available in major bookstores, these 17 fun stories for kids will breathe new life into...
Do you have a little girl who loves to read, or one who's just starting to learn to read? There are so many books out there today that appeal to girls of all ages, about all different topics. School...
Reading to your kids encourages their vocabulary, imagination and overall love of books. To start your own bedtime story tradition, build your library with a diverse collection of age-appropriate books.Here...
Give your child a head start in life -- and have fun while you do it -- by picking up some of the best books for toddlers. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, reading regularly to very young...
Though you might start your child's path to literacy off with simple board books and picture books, there is an important stepping stone to chapter books that is often overlooked: the short story.Short...
Does your 1st grader love to read? If so, you may worry about finding the perfect 1st-grade books for your child. "Parents looking for books for 1st graders should look for books that will allow their...
Kindergarten marks the magical age when some children are ready to read, but reading aloud to your child never gets old. When searching for the perfect kindergarten books to add to your home library, what...
Reading to a young child at bedtime is one of the oldest rituals in, well, the book. While this practice is beyond valuable, it's also important to read with your kids every day -- long before they're...
Encyclopedia Brown, the 10-year-old boy detective, is more than just a crime-solving character in a book series. Many adults remember him as the first character they could relate to as kids, and kids today...
Everyone needs a laugh sometimes -- even children. Funny poems for kids can make adults giggle, too! Getting silly together puts you on the same page and can help you connect with your kids on a whole...
With so many electronic games, sports and other activities competing for your kids' attention, fostering a love of reading can be a challenge. Finding great books for kids is important at any age, and...
Too often, books are divided into fun reads and those that foster learning. But that dichotomy doesn't have to exist, as there are many wonderful historical fiction books for kids that combine historical...
The Care.com Editorial Team has compiled a list of our favorite books and movies with a child care theme...
How do you make reading so fun for kids that they'll always want to do it? The short version: Take them to the library or bookstore and allow them to pick out their own books. Then read to them every...
So you have a 4th-grader! With so many 4th-grade books out there, from classics to new releases, it's hard to know which books are worth investing in.Here, some experts have narrowed down the choices...
Can't keep up with your voracious reader, who is always looking for something to read? Look for free books for kids to fill your at-home library without breaking the bank. Of course you can visit the...
Playdate Tips
Walking the aisles of your local toy store, you may notice the great gender divide -- all the toys for boys are on the right, all the toys for girls on the left. Is the line between games for girls and...
Playdates have a pivotal role in your children's social and physical development. They give kids (and parents) the opportunity to open up, try different things and meet new people. But like any...
Playdates are supposed to be fun, but if the activities and circumstances aren't age appropriate, the event can result in more stress than play. Here are some tips for enjoying fun, age-appropriate playdates with your kids.
Activities and Games for Girls
Does your girly-girl sparkle as she swirls in her princess dress? Or does she prefer her jeans because they're easier to run in? Whether your daughter is all-pink-all-the-time, a total tomboy or somewhere...
Tired of washing that same puffy princess dress your daughter can't get enough of? Dressing up is a fun activity with many educational benefits, but it can get a little repetitive when you use the same...
Every girl is wired differently. Some girls like sports, and other girls like dolls. Still other girls are smitten with the shiny wheels and humming engines of cars.Fortunately, there are all kinds of...
Finding free games for girls can leave you scratching your head. While many boys will spontaneously make a competition out of almost anything, getting girls to compete can be more difficult. Bringing out...
If your girl loves feeding her baby doll, there are many apps and online baby games for girls that she'll enjoy. When it comes to choosing the right one, Scott Steinberg, the author of "The Modern...
Do you have a budding fashionista on your hands? Filled with fantasy and pretend play, fashion games for girls provide a great outlet for self-expression and creativity. Many little girls love to play...
Looking for some fun games for girls? Go for games that are "collaborative" and "focused on rules," suggests Katie Winterhof, a physical education teacher and USustainable blogger. "The feminine brain...
Do you have a little girl who's obsessed with your makeup? If you've ever caught your daughter with your lipstick all over her face, makeover games for girls are just what you need.Makeover games...
Picture an imaginary world, filled with magical powers, twirling teacups, beautiful dresses and fairy dust. Your little princess might dream up that world all on her own, but princess games for girls let...
Online games can be a great tool to help your little one practice skills like math, strategy and problem solving. But if your daughter turns her nose up at everything pink and princessy, you might have...
Activities and Games for Boys
It's a Saturday afternoon, and your little boy is bouncing off the walls. Channel his excess energy with a few age-appropriate games. Whether your son likes racing cars, drawing or playing dress-up, entertain...
Jodie Rodriguez's sons, 4 and 3, are wild about all things cars. She embraces their obsession by making up educational car games for boys on an almost daily basis."I'm very much a proponent of play-based...
Dress-up games for boys? If you think dressing up is just for your pretty little princess who spends her days modeling a fashion show of ball gowns and tiaras, think again. Pretend play (including dress-up)...
Finding free games for boys to play isn't always as easy as handing them a ball and sending them outside. "When they have the opportunity to go out and just play these days, kids often don't...
You're looking for something for the boy in your life, but all the cool games for boys seem pretty pricey! While finding games and activities that challenge a 5- to 10-year-old's creativity, imagination,...
Are you looking for some fun games for boys? If so, go for physical or strategy games, says Andrew Miller, a faculty member for the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and...
Games and Crafts for Toddlers
Some days, getting outside with your toddler is the easiest option. And, other days? Not so much. Let these outdoor activities for toddlers inspire your next adventure -- they range from the super-simple...
Running errands with little ones can be challenging, but sometimes you can't avoid a trip to the supermarket. To prevent in-store meltdowns, try loading a few free toddler apps on your phone. The games...
Toddlers have the attention span of ... well, toddlers! To keep them entertained you'll need an arsenal of games at your disposal. Jennifer England of The Relaxed Homeschool, a guide to homeschooling,...
We've all been there. Trapped inside on a cold day, navigating the empty space between naptime and bedtime, or simply looking for a fun activity to entertain your little one on your day off. Coming up...
Watching your little one learn new concepts and develop new skills can be some of the most cherished and exciting parts of being a parent. And one of the most fun and effective activities is learning colors...
If your toddler is like most other toddlers, she's exploring, walking, climbing and getting into things -- including things she's probably not supposed to get into! She makes you laugh and smile,...
Toddlers love getting messy while making arts and crafts, so why not set up an activity that actually encourages your little ones to have a full sensory experience? Promoting sensory experiences with your...
When it comes to sharing, you lead by example. You make it a point to pass the salt and pepper at dinner, and you cheerfully lend a friend a favorite book. Yet sharing tends not to lead the list of top...
You're in the kitchen cooking dinner and suddenly notice the house is quiet -- too quiet. You check on your tot to find she has emptied the entire contents of her closet and toy bin onto the floor....
When your child turns 1, they become a walking, talking little adventurer -- and it’s up to you to encourage them. Your 1-year-olds will be looking to explore the new, exciting world around them,...
Some parents have described the age as the terrible twos, but by understanding your childs development, you can find ways to work with their newfound independence. At age 2, children want to take some...
Your tot can name the colors of the rainbow, she knows her nose from her toes and she's tackled her ABCs. But if your tot is struggling with learning her shapes, there are ways you can help. Sure, you...
Your little one is naturally interested in color. Those bright hues of blocks, balls and even snacks are a great opportunity to turn playtime (and snack time!) into a valuable learning experience. Playing...
Toddlers are some of the busiest people on the planet, actively exploring their worlds -- and keeping parents and caregivers on their toes. Instead of investing in toys and games that your tot will quickly...
Once you've survived the terrible twos, you can expand the types of games and activities that you can do with your 3-year-old. At this stage, children are like sponges, absorbing everything around...
Have you witnessed your toddler exploring her world in an unusual way -- say, by licking the bottom of her shoe? You might worry that something's gone terribly wrong, but this is actually normal behavior:...
You know how much you love reading to your kids, but did you know your daily story time can actually help them in school later on? Studies have shown that the sooner you can get your kids reading, the...
All that jumping, bouncing, running and climbing your toddler does are not only fun moves but are also great activities to fine tune important gross motor skills. According to Amy Baez, a pediatric occupational...
Though video games have been around for nearly half a century, the explosion of mobile games has opened up a whole new world -- particularly for preschoolers and young children. The App Store and Google...
Playing with blocks and dolls might not be your idea of a good time, but if you're caring for a toddler, you're going to have to learn to enjoy the simple things.
Do you know the secret for helping you child learn the letters of the alphabet? It's pretty easy -- just keep saying it over and over. Sing the alphabet, talk about it, write the letters, make the sounds...
Games and Crafts for Preschoolers
You're constantly amazed at how fast your preschooler masters technology. As long as he isn't accidentally texting your boss, this can be a good thing. Offer him free preschool games to play and...
The preschool art project is a staple of early childhood education. Not only do art projects allow your child to explore creative expression and hone his fine motor skills, they're also incredibly...
By 3 years old, your little one has graduated from the side-by-side parallel play of younger toddlers and is ready to start really playing with others. Some games may still be beyond his abilities, but...
Kids love doing a variety of arts and crafts as a way to engage their curiosity and have some fun! It's also great for their development. "Allowing children to take the lead, explore and create...
When you’re caring for children between the ages of three and five, finding fun activities to keep them sufficiently occupied for any meaningful length of time can be challenging. Fortunately, it’s...
Does an hour searching through construction paper bunnies and tissue paper mosaics online leave you more confused than inspired? It might be time to step away from your laptop and simplify your approach."Even...
So much changes during early childhood that it can be dizzying for parents to keep up with what activities make sense at each stage. Cognitive and motor skills develop rapidly among 4-year-olds. Their...
You want to build your child's problem-solving skills, but aren't sure how. Although talking about hypothetical problems may seem like the obvious choice, consider using a game instead. "Games are fun...
She is stubborn, prone to tantrums, and easily gets antsy, but a preschooler won't turn into the devil incarnate if you can keep her occupied...
Practicing the ABC's can be repetitive and dull when the same teaching techniques are used over and over.  Add some variety to your child's letter learning by making these darling sponge stamps...
If a picture's worth a thousand words, how many numbers is it worth?  Break out some old newspapers and magazines and let your kid find out!  She'll create her very own counting book, in order...
The age-old question: What is to be done with all those broken crayon stubs?  Finally--there's a solution!  This whimsical activity magically melts all the pieces together to create giant multi-colored...
Unlike most adults, kids love to get their hands dirty. The messier, the stickier, the slimier, the better! You don't need to shell out big bucks to keep them in fingerpaint. With this recipe, you...
Your preschooler has the energy to run circles around you --- children need to hop, skip and jump daily. Believe it or not, sometimes using her body helps your preschooler learn with her mind! Play helps...
Being trapped indoors on a gloomy spring day can have even the most imaginative caregiver or parent wracking her brain for fresh ways to play.  The good news: The right activities can keep kids entertained...
Preschoolers love playing games -- especially those that spark their imagination and leave them wanting more. According to Jessica Perkins, a toy designer and the owner of Mama May i Handmade Learning...
You've got a great little preschooler in your life, and you're looking for that standout, super-stellar gift idea that wows -- but you're just not sure what will do. Take a look at this gift...
Games and Crafts for Elementary School Kids
By the time your tot hits grade school, he's a crafting connoisseur. His fine motor skills have developed enough for him to cut, glue and create, so it's the perfect time to incorporate art projects for...
As children get older, they crave more and more responsibility. It’s important to choose games that will appease their needs, but that are also suitable and safe. 8-year-olds, for instance, need...
Recognizing sight words has less to do with sounding out the letters and more to do with recognizing the word as a whole package. While drill and practice flash cards do the trick, they rate pretty low...
The big double digits… who could forget the pride they felt when they turned 10? Age 10 is a big time in your kid’s life, so prepared to help them make the most of it.When it comes to ideal...
Whether it’s a board game or fifteen minutes of hopscotch, the simplest of games can help 5-year-olds hone their language, motor and social skills.“A 5-year-old needs a balance between organized...
Games are a great way for children of all ages to release some energy and get those endorphins flowing. And they're critical for 6-year-olds as they build social, math and emotional skills. Whether...
The best way for a child to learn about his or herself is through play. Games help children try on different social skills and explore different realms of their personalities. At age 7, children are at...
Kids love to play, but not every game is a good fit for every age group. Deciding which games are right for your fast-growing child is a critical component of parenthood. How else will you know what game...
Get your child excited about Earth science by growing your own crystals at home!  Using just a few materials, your child can start his very own borax crystal garden.  As your child watches the crystals...
The two things are often synonymous with one another: summer and lemonade.  Cool down this summer by making some lemonade with your child, and set up a stand to treat neighbors and passers by to a cool...
Finally--a way to revive those old, ragged t-shirts!  If your family tends to hang onto things long after you there's a use for them, this activity is for you! Invite your child to find an old tee...
It's easy to turn old magazines into a fast-and-furious finding game that's both fun and educational.  Together, you and your kids come up with a list of things to find in the magazines.  Then......
Friendship bracelets have been around probably for as long as friends have been around!  But making one couldn't be simpler.  This is a great project for your third grader to try out on a lazy afternoon...
I scream, you scream, we all scream for...homemade spearmint ice cream!  Store-bought ice cream is good, but trust us - homemade is better.  The problem for parents is that making it yourself isn't...
Who knew it was so easy to put a new spin on a pair of old sneakers?  By dyeing her shoelaces with ordinary fabric dye, your child can add some extra charm to her feet.  She can try getting a few colors...
Do you want to enrich your child's learning at home? Keeping his mind active and engaged with fun kids' activities both promotes growth and development and shows him that learning can be fun. In fact,...
Games and Crafts for Teens
Making a family yearbook is a great way to document activities and reflect on the past in a collective and creative setting.  Games, trips, recitals, parties, milestones passed, and challenges met over...
Have you ever watched a movie in which a painting moves to reveal a secret safe or a book slides out from a shelf and causes the wall to move?  In the spirit of secret compartments, here's a fun and...
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