Must-have kids’ styles
We’re pumped for spring at Kid to Kid! Our stores have been collecting the best of spring dresses, outfits, and accessories all year long for the lowest prices. Stop in at your local Kid to Kid to gear up for spring and summer just as the seasons are changing.
Patterns, especially floral, are a spring style stand-by. Don’t forget plaid in pastels and light colors. A simple pattern can be used as a neutral and matched with a variety of colors. Using a subtle pattern adds interest to your kids’ wardrobe while meaning it can last and match with their other clothes.
Blazers and vests
The classic blazers, vests, and jackets are now kid-sized! These little touches dress up your kids’ wardrobe more than a regular hoodie or jacket would. More often, adult styles are being made into kids’ styles for a chic look. Don’t forget blazers for girls too!
Colored shoes, shorts, and jeans
Adding bright colors in unexpected places is all the rage for kids and adults for spring and summer. You’ll see more options for colored jeans and shorts. Add a colored ballet flat to your daughter’s dress for a fun pop of color. The must-have colors for jeans and shoes include yellow, pastel blue, and salmon. Grab some great outfit ideas from Parenting.com.
We’ve also got the hot color combinations for the upcoming season.
Olive and tan/brown Navy and brown Green and purple Aqua and green Neon color combinations
Let’s get started on spring and summer early! It’s still too cold for regular outdoor activities, especially camping, so why not bring the camping inside! We’ve got your indoor camping party already planned for you. Just follow the simple steps for a super fun sleepover with your kids and their friends!
Build your tents or forts
If your kids are old enough, have them lend a hand in building your tent. Small store-bought tents can be inexpensive, however you can also throw sheets over a clothesline or even build other forts out of pillows and blankets. Don’t forget that boxes and markers can make for great tent-building materials! Make sure everyone gets comfy and unloads their pillows and sleeping bags in and around your tents or forts! Now you’re off to a great start!
Make a (fake) fire
There are tons of ways to create a safe, fake fire for fun! Place your campfire outside of your tent. You can use sticks, paper towel tubes, tissue paper, and LED candles to create your fires and give a nice glow to your campsite. The campfire is a perfect place to huddle and share stories, sing songs, and read books!
Eat some camp food snacks
A camping party wouldn’t be complete without camp food! Traditional campfire food includes s’mores – of course – plus hotdogs, chips, and even chili. S’mores can be toasted in the oven for a fresh-from-the-campfire taste.
Watch some drive-in movies
Follow the outdoors theme by making your own “Drive-In” theater. Turn boxes into cars by using markers. Have all the kids pull up to the theater. Pick and outdoor adventure or camping movie just to fit the theme. Don’t forget the popcorn!
Stargaze inside before bed
Decorate your ceiling with twinkling holiday lights for a starry-night experience. You could even tape your lights into patterns to create your own constellations. You can also create constellations with glow-in-the-dark plastic stars! Have your kids draw and create their own constellations with white crayons on black or dark blue paper. What do their constellations represent? What do they think the galaxy looks like?
The last step to a successful indoor camping sleepover is to snuggle up in your sleeping bags for the night. An indoor camping party is a great way to get excited for summer and bring a fresh idea to a regular sleepover. Get more inspiration from HowDoesShe.com and Evite.com.
It’s Valentine’s Day! We hope you have an amazing day planned with your family. How about some last-minute treats? We’re bringing you some yummy Valentine’s Day snacks that you can make with food you probably already have around the house.
Hotdog Cupid Hearts
These easy snacks are amazingly quick and are sure to impress! Just grab three simple ingredients, hot dogs, linguini or spaghetti, and cheese! This treat is made in just a few easy steps. Cook your hot dogs and cut them diagonally. Place your hotdogs together as shown in the photo. Spear your heart with a small piece of uncooked linguini or thick spaghetti. Next slice the cheese into arrow sections and add them to the ends!
Easy Heart Yogurt and Apple Sauce
Red and pink hearts make any snack more fun! Try this cute treat using apple sauce or yogurt. Set aside a small section of your yogurt or apple sauce. Use red food dye to color what you’ve set aside. Next add the apple sauce or yogurt into a squeeze bottle and decorate each with a big heart! This is a healthier alternative to candy or baked goods, but is still sweet and fun!
Dress up breakfast (or even breakfast-for-dinner) with these heart-shaped pancakes. The steps couldn’t be easier! In fact you kids may be able to help. Mix up a batch of pancake mix. Next add it to a squeeze bottle. A cleaned out ketchup or mustard bottle can work well for this! Make sure your pan or griddle is warmed up. Now use the squeeze bottle to draw your design. Once the edges are browned you can flip your pancake drawing to fully cook it. You can add extra flair with food coloring too!
Valentine’s Day is a week away and we’re so excited! We’re sharing a few simple crafts that your family can create to show that they care. Did you create amazing Valentine’s crafts? Show us on our Facebook page or tell us in the comments.
Martha Stewart shares a simple and lovely craft for creating crayon hearts! Adults are required as this craft includes an iron, but kids can create beautiful color combinations and cut out hearts and other shapes.
Supplies include crayons, wax paper, pencil sharpener, craft paper, iron, scissors, and thread or ribbon. Start with a larger section of wax paper, about 12” by 16” is recommended. Fold this wax paper in half, and then open it back up so you can spread out your colorful crayon shavings. Place your crayon shavings in a thin layer on one side of the wax paper. Next, fold over your wax paper. Fold the three open edges of wax paper over so the crayon wax doesn’t leak out.
Once your crayon wax is sandwiched in your wax paper, place craft paper below and above the wax paper to protect your iron and ironing board. Now, iron lightly on medium heat. Check the progress of the melting crayons every few passes. Stop ironing when all of the crayon shavings have melted and let the piece cool.
Finally, cut out all the shapes you want like hearts! String the shapes up by a ribbon or thread and hang them in a window for easy and beautiful sun catchers. Experiment with different colors of crayons for different looks.
Message in a bottle
This adorable craft of a message in a bottle is great for kids of any age to create. This craft uses invisible ink and heart confetti to create a secret note for your valentine.
To create invisible ink, simple squeeze a lemon into a container and use a dip pen or cotton swab to write onto white paper. You can use crayons or markers instead of invisible ink, too! Next, roll up your message and place it into a bottle.
Dress up your bottled message with confetti, candy, ribbons, glitter, or other treats. To reveal the invisible ink, hold the paper by a heat source like a candle, iron, or light bulb. If you use invisible ink, be sure an adult handles a heart source to reveal the text.
Shaving Cream Marbled Hearts
These amazing marbled paper hearts are extremely easy, fun, messy, and great for kids of all ages. You’ll need to gather shaving cream or foam, a tray, water colors or food coloring, brushes or droppers, sticks or combs, paper, and a sturdy piece of [...]
It’s always fun to have family adventures and vacations, but what do you do after the vacation to store all the memories? We’re sharing ways you can continue the family fun while recording the memories you just made together.
Scrapbooks and journaling
Scrapbooking and journaling as a family is the perfect way to keep track of all the fun you had together while being creative. Assign different pages to each family member for them to create using photos, stickers, and drawings. Head to your local craft store and check Kid to Kid for scrapbook supplies. Print your photos at home or have them printed for you for this project. Gather all your photos and craft supplies and start scrapbooking as a family. Creating a family scrapbook is an amazing way to spend more time as a family reflecting on your vacation or reunion. Not only will this save your memories and photos, but it will also create an amazing keepsake that the entire family made together.
Memory cabinet or shelf
Gather all your favorite trinkets, photos, and souvenirs from your latest trip and collect them all in a memory cabinet or on a memory shelf. Add and change the items as you make more family memories. A small memory shelf can be added to each child’s room so they can add their favorite items that hold amazing family memories. A shelf or cabinet is a more tangible reflection of memories.
Family websites or social media pages
If your kids are a little older, they may be able to participate in a family website or blog. Share your photos, videos, and stories online in a space where other family members can access and add to them. You can also take photos of your scrapbooks and memory cabinets and add these to your family website or social media page.
Discuss with your family what they loved the most about your time together. Build a bond even after the vacation is over with these activities. Get more memory ideas and crafts from Spoonful. We hope you have the best family time and be sure to take plenty of pictures! Did you go on a fun vacation? Tell us about how you recorded your memories on our Facebook page.
When your kids are stuck home from school, it can be hard to come up with good low-key activities. Your first goal with a sick child is to keep them hydrated, fed, and rested. However often times kids are too sick to go to school but too restless to stay in bed.
Color, write, and read together
Instead of just having your child color, read, or write on their own, participate in these activities and create goals. Read a certain number of books together and each write down what you thought of the story. You could even each write a continuation of the story you just read to really take advantage of your creativity and storytelling. Make a whole book complete with colored illustrations!
Go for a walk
As long as it’s not too cold outside, taking a brief walk in fresh air and sunshine can help with boredom and restlessness. Even a short walk around the block will calm cabin fever. If your kids aren’t well enough for a walk, simply sitting outside will reduce feeling cooped up.
Snuggle up for a movie or T.V. marathon
One of the most low-key activities is to watch a movie or T.V. together. Try to add in some educational programming or nature channels in addition to cartoons or other movies. Bring all the blankets out onto the couch, put on some comfy pj’s and snuggle in for a movie and maybe even a nap!
Make snacking and hydration fancy
It can be hard to keep your child hydrated and properly fed when they don’t feel good. Try dressing up drinks and soups in fancy bowls or with drink umbrellas. Eating out of a fancy or odd-shaped bowl and drinking through a neon crazy straw could help your kids eat and drink more. Try holding a little tea party or picnic in the living room to encourage eating.
We hope you and your kids don’t have too many sick days this year! As always, wash your hands often during cold and flu season. For more activities, visit TodaysParent.com.
Kids have a lot of stuff, including clothes, toys, books, and more! As a parent, you know most of this stuff doesn’t have a place to go. Use these tips to organize your kid’s room and make a home for everything.
Organize small items and toys in jars, bins, and baskets
First, every item in your child’s room should have a place to go. Clutter accumulates quickly when there is too much stuff and not enough places to put it. Dress up your organization by placing items in corresponding jars, bins, and baskets. Jars are perfect for small items like toy parts, crayons, and doll accessories. Bins and baskets work best for larger items and toys. Add a bookshelf or book bin to keep books up off the floor.
Create more space with a loft bed
Is the room small? Does a desk or dresser take up too much floor space? A great solution is to try a loft bed. A loft bed raises the bed and allows room underneath for desks or dressers. Keep an eye out for kids’ beds at your local Kid to Kid.
Organize drawers with baskets and bins
Because kids’ clothes are often small, they can get easily messy in dresser drawers. Keep drawers organized by using bins for smaller items or to separate section. Folding and then rolling clothes can make some much needed room in a dresser.
Take advantage of unused spaces
Still looking for more space? Add shelves to the walls to use the vertical wall space. Store the out-of-season clothing in bins under the bed and in the top of the closet. Add an extra tension rod into closets to hold two or more rows of clothes. Pocket organizers on the backs of doors help keep small items and accessories off the floor.
Involve your child in organization
Have your kids help with a room organization. Helping with picking up their toys and clothes will teach them where everything moved to in their room, along with teaching them about being tidy. To keep your kids’ rooms clean, you can offer incentives for cleaning their room as a regular chore. Get more organizing tips from
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Family movie night is always fun, but sometimes it might get a little repetitive. We’re bringing you some easy ideas to make your family movie night even more fun!
Pick a theme
A quick way to add more fun on movie night is to make it a theme party. Once you have a theme in mind, you can pick a corresponding movie to watch, dress up in costumes, and get treats to match! A great example for a theme night is Under the Sea. With an Under the Sea theme you can watch a movie like “The Little Mermaid” or “Finding Nemo.” Encourage your kids to dress in ocean-related clothes or PJ’s. Next you can add tropical snacks and gummy fish, making your theme night complete. Grab some theme-related clothes at your local Kid to Kid in preparation for your family movie night.
Don’t forget lots of snacks
Snacks are a must-have for movie night. Try experimenting with new snacks or treats that the whole family can make together before you sit down for your movie. Some snacks that the whole family can help with are caramel corn, marshmallow rice treats, and chocolate dipped fruit. View our Delish Pinterest board for more snack inspiration.
Share the fun
Maximize the fun of family movie night by inviting others! Other families can help with your theme by brining treats or new movies. Extend the movie night by holding a sleepover!
Go on an adventure
Bored of sitting inside? Move your fun outside. Check your local community resources for family events. Often, cities will hold a free movie in the park, especially during warmer months. Community events like movies are a great way to meet other families. Be sure to bring snacks along! Try a drive-in movie too!
Family game night is the perfect way to spend time with your kids and relatives. Planning a game night is easy and includes fun for the entire family. We’re happy to bring you the steps on how to start and continue this tradition in your home.
The first step in starting a regular family game night is to schedule and plan your family time. Grab the calendar and pick a reoccurring time that everyone has open. Your game night can be as often as you want. We suggest a game night once every one to two weeks. Once you find a day that works, mark it on the calendar. Be sure to mark this event down for the future too! Plan when you will remind your family that game night is approaching so you can prepare.
Next, your family has to decide on a game. You can rotate who gets to pick or you can all take a vote on what game to play. Picking a game for your family can teach your children about compromise and taking turns. A good way to pick a game is to have a list of games to choose from. Don’t forget that game night isn’t just limited to board games! Additional types of games can include video games, card games, puzzles, charades, and sports games. Going out bowling or playing mini-golf counts!
Once you pick your game, be sure the whole family understands the rules. Now comes the fun part! Everyone gets to play the game! Adding snacks to the mix only makes game night more enjoyable. Playing as a group will bring your family closer and teach your kids about patience, sportsmanship, and skills like counting.
In order to keep family game night going, you have to continue on a regular schedule. Select a family member to manage the schedule. If an unexpected event comes up on family game night, we suggest that you reschedule or play a shorter game instead of skipping it entirely.
Need some fresh games? Stop in at your local Kid to Kid to see their selection of toys and games that are perfect for game night!