Spring is finally here and the temperature is steadily beginning to warm up. The frost begins to thaw and the patio furniture gets put out to enjoy the warm days and cool nights. It’s also that time for fun spring and summer parties, so time to break out the food. Fruits and vegetables usually get looked over on the way to the main meal, but with these fun ideas fruit and vegetables don’t have to be just another filler food at your table. Here are some fun food ideas you can try to entertain the kids or to try at your spring and summer get togethers.
Fruit kabobs are a great idea for presentation and color for your party guests or kids. You can use any fruit you wish and can use different cheeses if you want to get a little fancy with it. You can also reverse the order in which you put the fruit on the skewer, and dip the bottom of the strawberry in chocolate if you want to indulge a bit.
Fruit Parfaits are an easy setup for a healthy meal. I usually go with strawberries, bananas, blueberries, with a little granola on top, but you can go with really any fruit you have. Just add some nonfat yogurt and you got yourself a great versatile dish.
If you are feeling like an overachiever and want to go for presentation to impress the party guests. Try an Appetizer Tree. You need a Styrofoam cone, toothpicks, and fruit, vegetables, and cheese of your choice. Your guests are sure to take notice of this towering dish.
Fruit Ice Pops
Fruit Ice Pops are perfect for those sweltering hot days. Leave it to Martha Stewart for coming up with this gem. Arrange each fruit in eight 3-ounce ice-pop molds, making sure pieces fit very snugly. Pour enough juice into each mold to just cover fruit. Insert ice-pop sticks and freeze until solid, 6 hours (or up to 2 weeks). Not to mention when it’s all said and done it’s pretty cool looking.
Find the full recipe here.
It’s spring! Use this handy spring clean checklist to tackle each room. We’ll be honest, our favorite is the closets because we want to give you cash for your outgrown kids’ and maternity items. Find a store and save those like-new things to sell to Kid to Kid for cash or 20% more in store credit. It’s a great treat to get paid to clean, right?
Open and print this cleaning checklist and you’ll be well on your way to an awesomely clean house! Get the kids involved too. This is a printer-friendly file!
Easter is almost here and we can’t wait! Plus don’t forget to grab an adorable Easter outfit, accessories, or basket stuffers before this weekend’s events.
Layered Peeps Bars
So pretty and colorful! Use Peeps marshmallows to make these yummy layered treats. Get the recipe.
Easter Bunny Dirt Cake
Simple, cute, and filled with chocolate! This is a great treat to serve a larger group of family and kids. Get the recipe.
Easy Veggie Bars
Make something savory too! These veggie bars will be a hit for parents and kids. Get the recipe.
Hop to Win Sack Race
This is such a fun activity that’s great for kids of all ages! Hop to win this sack race with pillow cases or bags. Learn more.
Tie Dyed Easter Eggs
Such a fun way to dye eggs! This tie dye method creates vibrant colors and patterns and you just need vinegar, dye, and paper towels. Learn more.
Non-Candy Egg Stuffers
These are some great ideas to stuff Easter eggs that aren’t candy! Get your small toys and more at Kid to Kid! Learn more.
Roll the dice (Featured)
Make your own dice cleaning game and roll to find out what your task is. Include parents too! You can even have rewards that you get to roll for too! It’s a good way to distribute tasks by chance so everyone feels their task is picked fairly. Plus, everyone loves to see what the dice will say!
Race the clock
There are two ways to race the clock in a messy room. Set a timer and see who can pick up the most items, or designate a space and see who can clean it up the fastest. This speed cleaning technique becomes a race more than it becomes cleaning. It works best for picking up toys – you don’t want to break a dish speed cleaning the kitchen! It’s a good idea to make sure that toys have enough places to go. Bins that can rotate between rooms help with cleanup.
Shoot hoops to score
Stuffed animals and other soft toys are great to play with this cleanup game! See how many you can score by tossing into a bin or basket. This can work with dirty clothes and a hamper or washing machine too! See who can score the most baskets.
Find the colors
Have your kids find a color of toy, clothing item, or trash to put away. Once you get through all the colors of the rainbow, everything will be clean! This works best for kids who get distracted by toys while cleaning and can keep them focused on a specific task.
Count the items
Counting is a great game for younger kids. Ask them to find a certain number of items as their chore. Having your kids pick up 10 items each day can help stay on top of messy rooms and playrooms. Rewards are a great incentive for a recurring game, like a small treat or an allowance.
Sweep into the goal
Set up a small goalpost with two bottles or with tape on your hard surface floors. Have your kids sweep all the items into the goal post. It teaches dexterity using a broom and makes it easy to get all the dust into the dustpan to throw away. Teach those dust-bunnies a lesson!
Take a dance break
Finally, take a quick dance break between games! You’ve earned it.
- Put aside clean outgrown items to sell to Kid to Kid.
- Focus on one room or one area at a time to not get distracted.
- Take a short break if you get distracted so you can refocus easier.
- Make sure every toy and item has a place to be put away.
- Get the whole house involved in cleaning and it will go faster and be more fun.
- Choose age-appropriate cleaning tasks for each child.
- Set up a consistent chore or cleaning plan to stay on top of messes.
- Reward your kids for participating in picking up their toys and trash.
- Get kids’ involved in cooking and grocery shopping too!
- Keep harsh chemicals away from young children or try natural cleaners instead.
Make new friends with these awesome bracelet ideas! Perfect to connect with friends before the spring and summer vacations. Don’t forget to get other accessories at your local Kid to Kid!
Neon and wooden bead bracelet
Simple friendship bracelet
Lovely heart bracelet patterns
Round rope style bracelet
Grab your green, it’s almost St. Patrick’s Day! Celebrate with these yummy treats, crafts, and more!
Don’t forget to buy your green and fun toys at your local Kid to Kid.
St. Patrick’s rice treats
YUM! These look so fun! Get your kids involved by having them pick out the marshmallows from cereal-
and try not to eat them first! You can make it as green as you want! Get the recipe.
Pistachio fruit dip
A good way to get some fruit into some treats, this pistachio fruit dip is great for dunking fruit, crackers, cookies, and more.
It’s also really simple to make and perfect for kids and adults. Get the recipe.
Shamrock sherbet punch
You’ve gotta have punch at a party! This shamrock punch is perfect with it’s green color and smooth taste.
You can make it even more green by adding coloring. Get the recipe.
Rolling pin printing
This is a fun craft for kids of any age. Just use a rolling pin or other tube and foam shapes to create shamrocks,
then add paint and you’re ready to go! Get more info.
Slime coin dig
This is a fun super fun activity for kids! Just make some slime and add coins or other small items.
Have a race to see how many coins you get! Learn more.
This is a fun idea for a St. Patrick’s scavenger hunt. It’s a great way to help teach your kids problem-solving;
plus it’s fun! Learn how they did it.
Paper shamrock decoration craft
This is simple and looks amazing! It’s great for decoration too! Learn how.
Spring is full of fun events including St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, and more! Plus it’s a great time for birthday parties and baby showers. Here are some simple DIY ideas for your spring party. Planning a party? Pick up your gifts or gift cards at your local Kid to Kid. Find a store.
Amazing confetti straws
These confetti straws are as fun to make as they are to break open! They make beautiful centerpieces too, or cut them open to throw around confetti.
Plan colors to match the theme of your party. Read More.
Cupcake liner flower lights
These are adorable, easy, and can be used as decoration or as a photo backdrop.
You can even cut other shapes like shamrocks leaves. Read More.
Flower balloon decorations
These balloons don’t require helium and can be hung from the wall or ceiling.
Brighten up your spring party with this inexpensive decoration. Read More.
Simple folded butterflies
Perfect as a party craft or decoration, these simple butterflies only need two items.
Just get origami paper and cleaning wire. Read More.
101 Alphabet Activities
This Reading Mama brings tons of reading and alphabet activities.
Outdoor Math Games
The Golden Gleam brings you great math activities you can do outdoors.
Writing Full Sentences
This Reading Mama has more info about teaching kids full episodes.
PBS Kids – Free educational games and more!
Education.com – Reading and math games for young children plus activities.
Science Kids – Science lessons and educational activities for kids.
ABCya – Games and more separated by grade level.
Nick Jr. – Games with your favorite TV characters!
Fisher-Price – From ABCs to shapes and more for kids!
Is it still storming in your area? This winter has been rough for many parts of the country and your family might be cold and bored! Below are some great tips and ideas for surviving winter with your family including fun activities to prevent boredom.
Mommy Octopus has some great tips for preparing for a winter storm! Be sure you have plenty of non-perishable food, water, charged electronics, flashlights, and candles.
Then be prepared with board games and more for some good family fun when you’re snowed in. Read more.
Fireflies and Mud Pies has some amazing tips for winter play and safety while playing outside in the cold.
You’ll find tons of tips for layering clothes plus some great outdoor winter games! Read more.