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Ways to Learn for Free

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.

Online resources:

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!

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Winter Survival Tips

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.

Your Modern Family has an amazing tutorial for building a mini igloo.
It’s a great activity for the whole family when you have tons of snow! They even have a window in their igloo! Read more.

Too cold outside? Under the Sycamore has a great activity!
Bring the snow inside for some awesome winter playtime without the cold weather. Read more.

Fresh vegetables and fruit can get pricey in winter. Premeditated Leftovers brings you some
ideas and tips for saving money on produce during the cold winter months. Read more.

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Family Date Night!

family date fun 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!

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Creative Frame Ideas

Show off kids’ art, family portraits, and more using creative frames! Use the great tips below to save money on expensive framing and dress up your walls!

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!

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DIY onesies ideas

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.

Classic Cardigan

To give a classy but masculine twist to your babe, try this one on for size. Source.

Classic Cardigan Onsie DIY

Pretty in Lace

Looking for a more feminine flair? Add some lace—doilies that is! Learn about how to applique doilies here.

Pretty in Lace

Age-Labels

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.

Numbered Bbay

Stencil Humor

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.

Stencil Humor

Mini Monet

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.

Mini Monet

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Yummy Warm Drinks for Kids

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.

Cinnamon Vanilla Milk. YUMMY!

 

 

“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.

"Better Than Starbucks" Cider

 

 

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.

Coconut Milk Hot Chocolate

 

 

 Butterscotch Butterbeer

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!

butterbeer

 

 

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.

Strawberry Hot Chocolate

 

 

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.

Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate

 

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DIY Nightlights

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

DIY nightlights

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

Cup garland

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

Canvas

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

Wine bottle

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Awesome ways to display kids’ art

Hang art on clips and tension wire!

Frame out the masterpieces.

Hang up a magnetic board.

Create a gallery space.

Don’t forget to get messy!

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Closet organization ideas

It’s the new year! Clean out and organize those closets for a fresh start. Don’t forget to sell that outgrown kids’ stuff to your local Kid to Kid for cash on the spot or 20% more in store credit.

Bins are your friends!
We love this bin organization. It’s perfect for small kids’ clothes.

Get the shoes off the floor.
Drawers, pockets, shelves, anything to get the shoes up off the floor!

Add more rods and a curtain.
Kids’ clothes are shorter so take advantage of vertical space.

Create a closet and shelf combo.
Don’t have a closet? Install this shelf combo with a curtain, so cute!

Upcycle a bookcase into a wardrobe.
Create your own wardrobe with a tall bookshelf or set of drawers.

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Yummy holiday treats

Happy Holidays from all of us at Kid to Kid! Get cozy this upcoming week and make some of these yummy treats for when you spend time with your family. What’s your favorite holiday treat? Tell us in the comments!

Funfetti Popcorn
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Krispie Trees!
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Pretzel Hugs
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Gingerbread Smoothie
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Don’t forget the Veggies!
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