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.
Valentine’s Day is tomorrow! Here are some fun family date night ideas for you and your kids! Spend some time together before heading out on a romantic date with your significant other.
Picnic in the park (or backyard!)
What’s more fun than a picnic? Weather permitting, pack a special lunch and head out to the park or to the backyard and have a family picnic! Pack that lunch with some yummy Valentine’s treats and fizzy drinks. Make this picnic digital screen free and spend time talking and enjoying the weather. If it’s still not nice enough outside, then have an indoor picnic!
Decorate Valentine’s cookies
Make some plain sugar cookies or buy some from the store. Then load up on frosting, sprinkles, and candies to decorate your yummy cookies! It’s a great activity for the whole family and for friends too.
Make a goofy photo booth
Set up an easy backdrop with cutout hearts on a string to make your fun photo booth. Grab some props like silly costumes, hearts, wings, cupid’s arrows, and more for fun photos! These are great keepsakes and can be a fun tradition for every Valentine’s Day.
Visit a zoo, aquarium, or museum
Check your local zoo, aquarium, or museum for special holiday events! They’ll often have special events, fun tours, and sometimes discounted rates. It’s a great family date and you can sometimes avoid the crowds that show up during the busy seasons like summer.
Family movie night
Family movie night is a great tradition! Head to a daytime movie or put something on at home. Don’t forget tons of snacks! There are some great family movie night ideas in one of our other posts too!
Show off your family tree
Use a bunch of family photos and build a family tree! You can find easy-to-remove vinyl tree decals or paint one onto your wall.
Create colorful versatile clip frames
We love this switchable photo frame idea! Using a clip makes it easy to swap out a photo and you can create any look you want using scrapbook paper.
Use your Instagram photos!
Square format photos are easy to set up in a grid and switch out easily like in this clothes pin large frame.
Frames don’t have to be big
Use every day objects and add a photo like in this adorable alarm clock frame!
Layer up photo ornaments
Create an interesting layered look using ornaments and create your own photo ornaments. It’s a great holiday look but can be used all year long!
One of the funnest things about babies is dressing them up! The onesie is a wardrobe staple, but sometimes the classic solid white can grow drab.
In these DIY Onesies tutorials, we’ve found some fun onesie ideas to give your baby some style.
To give a classy but masculine twist to your babe, try this one on for size. Source.
Pretty in Lace
Looking for a more feminine flair? Add some lace—doilies that is! Learn about how to applique doilies here.
Infant-hood is one of the rare times we flaunt our age. Document your fashionista with these excellent age labels. Templates are included in the tutorial.
Does your baby have some clever things to say? Here’s a DIY to show your little one’s witty side. Side note: recommends a silhouette machine or adept cutting skills.
For the parents out there who can’t resist some good craft fun, this last one’s for you. By the end of this painting activity, your mini-me will be modeling an authentic masterpiece. Go here.
Warm up those cold little fingers with a toasty hot beverage. These recipes are good for winter time, but can be enjoyed during all temperatures!
Hot Vanilla Milk
This is is an excellent, healthier alternative to hot chocolate. The recipe is simple: heat milk over low heat in a saucepan, add a teaspoon of agave sweetener or sugar, and sprinkle with nutmeg, pumpkin and or cinnamon spice. Go to this source for more details.
“Better Than Starbucks” Caramel Apple Cider
Apple Cider is a classic that can’t be missed! Who can turn down a creamy, caramelly mug of apple deliciousness? This recipe recommends 100% pure pressed apple juice to achieve ultimate flavor. Full recipe here.
Coconut Hot Chocolate: Dairy free alternative
If you’re searching for something lactose-free, this recipe does not rely on milk as the main ingredient and provides a specifically dairy fee version. Source.
For the magically-minded, we’ve included this creative recipe inspired by J.K. Rowling’s butterbeer, a favorite beverage of Harry Potter and many other wizards. Best described, this (non-alcoholic) yummy drink is meant to taste like warm, fizzy, liquid butterscotch. Try it out!
Strawberry Sweethearts Cocoa
With Valentine’s Day around the corner, you may be on the lookout for heart-felt treats. This recipe includes strawberry ice cream and is rumored to taste like chocolate-covered strawberries. Source.
Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate
We saved the perhaps heartiest yummy drink for last. This one is for all of the peanut butter lovers out there (kids and adults alike). Stir milk chocolate bars and peanut butter into hot milk, then top with whipped cream and chocolate sauce. More details here.
Night lights are an easy way to alleviate kids’ fears of the dark, and whatever may reside within it. We collected a few of our favorite ideas for cute DIY nightlights that not only keep things bright and cheery, but add to the decor of the room. Most only require a string of white lights, which you can usually buy for around $3.
This one is not only easy, but it’s cheap too! Grab an aluminum can, a string of lights, a drill, and a can of spray and you’re DIY Firefly Lamp is good to go! Source
This gorgeous lit garland would be great in a little girl’s room. All it takes are dixie cups, a string of lights, and some colored paper. Source
This one is for those of you who are feeling a little more crafty, and who have a little more time (but really, who has that). We think it’s pretty anyway! Source
This one looks fun to try with kids. Take an old wine bottle, drill a hole (carefully) and then let your kids help glue the glass beads on the sides. Source