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? Care.com...
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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...
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...
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...
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 a...
"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...
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....
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 of restrictions...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Yippee! Your son made the pee-wee football team. Woo hoo! Your daughter is the basketball captain. But along with the fun of sports camaraderie and important physical exercise comes the fear of injuries....
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...
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...
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...
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....
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...
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...
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...
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? Care.com...
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...
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.
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....
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.
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...
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...
The Care.com Editorial Team has compiled a list of our favorite books and movies with a child care theme...
Playdate Tips
It can be exhausting to keep searching for activities to do with kids. Luckily for parents, nannies and babysitters who live in the San Francisco Bay Area, this region is chock-full of family-friendly...
"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...
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...
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...
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 by Age
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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