Want a fun, creative activity with a bonus art history lesson to go along with it?
In this article I’ll share the fascinating history of the illuminated manuscript. Then you and your kids can create a personalized illuminated manuscript of your own.
Why Illuminated Manuscripts?
Before the days of printing presses and mass-produced, full-color books—before the e-reader was even imagined—books were written, decorated and painted by hand, one page at a time, often by monks quietly working for hours upon hours in their monasteries.
They wrote on parchment (a stiff, flat, thin material made from animal skin that was used in ancient and medieval times as a durable writing surface) and included beautifully decorated letters, borders and important scenes, making each book a one-of-a-kind piece of ancient art.
These decorations often included radiant colors accented with gold and silver, creating a glowing, “illuminating” effect that gave these special books their name: illuminated manuscripts.
You and your kids probably don’t have the time (or the quietness) to copy entire books like the monks did, but I’ll show you a simple way to recreate the colorful, glowing, illustrated letters that fill the pages of old.
Hoping to bring some luck o’ the Irish to your family (or at least some good old green fun)?
Look no further. The editors of My Kids’ Adventures searched the Internet for St. Patrick’s Day crafts that are easy and fun to make with your kids.
In this article I’ll share our favorite lucky seven St. Patrick’s Day crafts to do with your kids.
Why St. Patrick’s Day Activities?
You don’t have to be Irish to join in the spirited fun of St. Patrick’s Day on March 17. The holiday celebrates the Irish and Irish-at-heart with food, fun and lots of green for shamrocks (the leaf of the clover plant) and leprechauns (little green “fairies”).
Looking for a fun and active way to commemorate St. Patrick’s Day?
Head outside for a colorful springtime adventure with a St. Patrick’s Day twist.
In this article, I’ll show you how to create a rainbow treasure hunt that kids of all ages will enjoy for St. Patrick’s Day or any day.
After all, who wouldn’t want to find a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow?
Why a Rainbow Treasure Hunt?
The leprechaun is a primary symbol of the March 17th holiday. Tradition tells us that these fairies, dressed all in green, hide their pots of gold at the end of the rainbow.
Leprechauns enjoy mischief and are difficult to catch because they’re always one step ahead. And if you catch a leprechaun, he will give you his pot of gold or grant you three wishes in exchange for his release.
Want an exciting way to help your kids meet goals?
Hold your own family Mardi Gras celebration! It’s a fun and festive way to kick off the start of a new goal.
In this article I’ll show you how to create a kid-friendly Mardi Gras celebration with costumes, games and cake.
Use the decorations as a Carnival countdown calendar that will help your kids meet a goal.
Why Mardi Gras and Kids?
Whether your family practices Lent or not, you can enjoy the colorful party atmosphere of Mardi Gras and all of its accoutrements—the masks, the beads, the parades, the music and the food—from your own home.
Since you’ll be mimicking the party, why not mimic the hard work that follows Mardi Gras, too? It’s tough to start new habits (or stop doing the not-so-good ones) no matter how old you are. This project can help.
Use the celebration with your kids to set them on a path of self-improvement and recycle that sparkly party gear into a colorful tracking chart that keeps the spirit of Carnival alive and helps you and your kids to stay dedicated.
Do you want an easy way to turn snow into a delicious winter treat?
Make your own flavored snowballs at home!
Many people think of snow cones or shaved ice as summer fare, but they’re even better when you can make them out of real snow in the wintertime.
In this article I’ll show you and your kids how to make backyard snow cones, a flavored snowball snack that’s totally chillicious.
Why Make Flavored Snowballs?
Snow is fun… and there’s so much you can do with it. You can make snow forts, have snowball fights and build snowmen. Snow can also be a unique yummy treat you can make as a family. Besides, why wait until summer to indulge in a delicious, icy delight when it’s right outside your door!
Do your kids love sweet treats?
Does your family like music, dancing, good food and great company?
Wherever you live, you can have a sugar shack adventure and bring the traditions of the sugaring off season to your table.
Sugaring off, which usually happens in March, is the time of year when sugar maple trees are tapped for their slightly sweet sap. This sap is then boiled down and transformed into maple syrup. This is the good stuff—none of that corn syrup and water!
And in maple country, it’s much more than that. In this article I’ll show you how to bring to life the best of the sugaring off season, whether you live in Quebec (where 75% of the world’s maple syrup is produced) or amid palm trees in southern California or anywhere in between!
Why Have a Sugar Shack Adventure?
A sugar shack adventure, commonly known as sugaring off, is a wonderful way to say goodbye to the last days of winter and watch as the world starts gearing up for spring. Sugaring off season is the perfect time to take a walk with your family through the forest and discover various natural processes in the world around us.
It’s also a great time to discuss the seasons with your kids and share with them all of the gifts that nature has to offer. Maple syrup is one of those gifts—a natural, pure and unprocessed substitute for sugar.
In sugar maple country, this is also a time to get together with friends and family to celebrate.
Are you wondering what you can do about it?
The answer: plenty! Sometimes all it takes is a good idea and a little nudge from Mom or Dad to get kids started on a project that holds their attention for hours. And I’ve found just the place to find those good ideas.
In this article, I’ll share 10 boredom-busters from the book, Unbored: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun, by Joshua Glenn and Elizabeth Foy Larsen.
Boredom is part of growing up. Even kids with tons of books, toys and electronics feel sometimes like they have nothing to do. And that’s not always a bad thing. Getting bored once in a while promotes creativity, allowing kids’ minds to wander to interesting places.
The trouble with our society is that we, along with our kids, have become passive consumers. So when your 10-year-old son complains about being bored, you simply drive to Game Stop, pick up Super Mario Galaxy (nevermind that he has 20 other games!) and get on with your busy day.
Want to liven things up with a fun activity that can be done anytime, anywhere, for the cost of a few trinkets or treats?
Send them on a scavenger hunt! Whether you have one child or a large group, it’s an easy way to add fun to an ordinary day and beat the boredom blues. And you can turn almost anything into a scavenger hunt!
In this article you’ll find 10 scavenger hunt ideas (with printable checklists) that you can do right now with your kids. And I’ll share tips and tricks to help you create your own scavenger hunt anytime, anywhere.
Why a Scavenger Hunt?
Scavenger hunts are fun! They add something extra to ordinary events and make them memorable.
They’re easy to create and can be tailored to any theme, any age, any place. Scavenger hunts are usually thought of for parties or other large groups, but they’re just as fun for small families or even individual children.
A scavenger hunt adds an element of competition, urgency and excitement to any everyday event and makes it something special. They’re great for parties, but equally fun for rainy days, car trips, visits to new places, meeting new people or any time kids get bored. You can make almost anything—even chores—into a game by turning it into a scavenger hunt.
Looking for an indoor wintertime activity that brings out the inner artist in your kids?
Make your own snowflakes and take your family on an indoor snow adventure!
You won’t need mittens or boots to fill your house with unique snowflakes—just coffee filters and a pair of scissors.
In this article I’ll show you how to create both simple and complex snowflake designs from coffee filters. Keep reading to learn why you and your children will be eager to cut out a blizzard of snowflakes!
Why Make Coffee Filter Snowflakes?
Ah, the first snowfall. Kids can’t wait to get out in that fresh snow and make their marks. But when snow angels, snowballs, snow forts and snowmen lose their luster and the temperature is 5 below BRRRR, what’s next on the winter adventure list?
Ditch the frozen temps and wet gloves to spend an afternoon inside. Don’t worry. We’re not suggesting you settle in for an afternoon of “I’m bored!” or “What can I do?” We’ve all had quite enough of that, thank you very much.
Would you like to take them around the world without the cost?
Get ready for a scavenger hunt like no other.
Your kids discover fascinating facts about places like Antarctica, the Seven Wonders of the World or a real castle!
Looking all over the globe for unique and unusual places is as easy as a few clicks of the mouse or a few taps on the touchscreen.
In this article I’ll show you how to “visit” some of the world’s most famous and beautiful landmarks with your kids using Google Earth, keep a personal travel journal of your discoveries and make a tasty international treat to celebrate the return from your “travels.”
Why Use Google Earth to Teach Kids About the World?
The world is a wide and varied place. Media and technology are making it smaller, bringing people together like never before. It’s important for kids (and adults, too) to learn about the people, places and cultures that are now so accessible to them.
And there are so many incredible places to see!
It would take a lifetime (and a whole lot of money) to visit them all, but Internet sites like Google Earth make it possible to see real sights around the world that even the most experienced travelers may never visit.
If an around-the-world vacation isn’t in your plans or budget, the great Google Earth scavenger hunt is a fun alternative—a way to use technology to expose your family to places far and wide and have an international adventure together from your own home.