How to Make a Stop Motion Video With Your Kids: LEGO Style

Do your kids like to watch movies?

Looking for a project that taps their vivid imaginations and tells a story?

Make a stop motion video with your kids.

It’s an educational activity that’ll cultivate your child’s creativity, reinforce valuable life skills and create long-lasting memories.

In this article I’ll show you how to make a low- to no-cost stop motion movie with your family.

Looking for a way to combine creativity, storytelling and technology? Make a stop motion video with your kids. Transform toys or clay into characters that move.

Why Make a Stop Motion Video?

Stop motion, defined by Merriam-Webster, is “a filming technique in which objects (such as clay models or LEGO bricks) are photographed in a series of slightly different positions so that the objects seem to move.”

It’s fun to make a movie with your kids! You’ll engage your creative muscles in a whole new way as you reinforce writing and storytelling skills; design sets, characters and props; and explore the craft of movie-making.

Making a movie helps strengthen life skills such as storytelling and leadership, teamwork, organization, critical thinking and communication. And kids’ confidence will get a boost when they inspire, move or entertain people with the final results.

The only obstacle to making a stop motion movie is the limit of your imagination (and maybe the size of your memory card!).

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6 Sensational Seashell Crafts to Do With Your Kids

Spending some time at the beach this summer?

Want a way to make special seaside memories last all year ’round?

Bring home some shells and make something special with your kids.

The editors of My Kids’ Adventures searched the web to find fun and creative things to do with seashells.

In this article I’ll share our favorite seashell crafts that will lead to hours of fun family time.

Want to make summer beach memories last all year? Bring home some seashells and make seashell crafts with your kids. 6 kid-friendly beach crafts included.

Why Craft With Seashells?

One of the best parts of spending time at the beach is searching for seashells. Take a walk along the shore with your kids and search for treasures that are revealed with every wave. Pick up your favorites and fill your pockets.

Then do something with your seashells. Any time you create something from your shoreline souvenirs, whether you simply display them, sand and all, in a bucket or vase or you transform them through activities or crafts to do with the kids, it’s a great way to extend your beach adventure and make your memories last long after you get home.

Read on to find lots of fun activities your family can do with seashells.

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How to Make Homemade Soda With Your Kids

Do you tell your kids “no” when they ask for conventional sodas?

Want a fun project that yields tasty results?

Make your own soda with your family. It’s the perfect project to cool off your kids.

Once you learn how, you’ll be able to make fresh, preservative-free, all-natural soda whenever you want.

In this article I’ll show you how to make and nurture your family’s very own ginger bug. This is the base from which you’ll create all of your homemade soft drinks.

Then I’ll share recipes for watermelon and lemon soda. Once you learn the basics, tap into your creative juices to make virtually any flavor you can imagine.

Want a cool drink with less sugar and no caffeine for your kids? Make your own soda. Ferment a ginger bug, add fruit juice and create delicious carbonated soda.

Why Make Your Own Soda?

First of all, homemade soda is healthier than the kind you buy in the store. It’s also a lot more fun to make your own soda and create your own custom flavors.

For added creativity, name your sodas, make labels and share with friends and neighbors. Why have a lemonade stand when you can create a soda stand?

Making soda takes time: three to eight days to create the ginger bug (don’t worry, it’s not a real bug—a ginger bug is a bit of ginger you ferment to create natural carbonation) and another 12-24 hours to ferment the soda and refrigerate it. But it’s worth the wait.

Work together with your kids to nourish the bug and create the soda. Then enjoy fizzy glasses of it, totally guilt-free and with little worry about the negative side effects of regular sodas.

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How to Create Song Parodies With Your Kids: Minecraft Style

Do your kids listen to song parodies on YouTube?

Are they into Minecraft?

Compile your family’s favorite Minecraft song parodies into a songbook and turn time online into an offline musical adventure.

It’s a great way to encourage your kids to sing more without sitting in front of the computer!

In this article I’ll show you how to find music and lyrics for your favorite YouTube Minecraft songs (or any song parodies) and turn them into a songbook you can take anywhere.

Do your kids listen to Minecraft song parodies on YouTube? Compile favorite lyrics into a family songbook and turn online time into an offline musical adventure.

Why Make a Songbook for Minecraft Songs?

Minecraft is one of those fun online games that has spiraled into loads of fun activities in other areas. Do a Minecraft treasure hunt, play Minecraft Monopoly or even throw a Minecraft birthday party.

One Minecraft offshoot that has taken the world by storm is Minecraft song parodies. Remember Weird Al Yankovic and his humorous lyrics “Eat It” to the tune of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It”? That’s a song parody.

Song parodies about Minecraft have become a YouTube phenomenon. Kids love them and may sing Minecraft songs more than they sing the original hits.

Take your kids’ love of Minecraft parodies and make a songbook so your family can sing their favorites anytime, anywhere. Prepping the book involves some computer time, but once you finish it, you’ll be able to unplug and rock out.

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9 Tips for Creating a Birthday Party Adventure for Your Child

Want to give your child a birthday party to remember?

Tired of uninspired activities and overpriced commercial venues?

Create a party that’s an adventure, right at home.

In this article I’ll show you how to choose an imaginative theme, transform your home or yard into a birthday party wonderland and transport partygoers to another time and place, all to celebrate your awesome kid.

It’s not as hard as you may think.

Want to host a birthday party adventure? Choose a theme, transform your home, and transport guests to another time and place, all to celebrate your awesome kid.

Why Plan a Birthday Party Adventure?

Every day with kids is an adventure, but their birthdays are extra-special, so give them a fun day to remember with their friends.

An adventure birthday takes all of the party elements that kids know and love (cake, presents and fun times with friends) and adds something extra: It’s a story, a show, a custom-made extravaganza with your child in the starring role. Who wouldn’t love that for their birthday?

Thinking up the games, costumes and decorations together is part of the fun, too. Your kids will be thrilled to see their ideas come to life in front of all their friends.

Kids grow up way too fast! So now is the time to give them the gift of an unforgettable birthday adventure!

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How to Make Strawberry Jam: Canning With Your Kids

Do your kids love to eat jam?

Want to show them how their yummy toast topping arrives at the table, step by step?

Discover the traditional process of canning strawberry jam with your kids! It’s easy, fun and very rewarding.

In this article I’ll show you how to make strawberry jam from fresh fruit and then preserve it by canning.

It’s a feel-good, do-it-yourself project that you can do with your whole family, in your own kitchen and enjoy the fruits of your labor for the rest of the year.

Ever wonder how to make strawberry jam? Discover the traditional process of canning with your kids. This strawberry jam recipe is easy, fun and very rewarding.

Why Preserve Jam?

If you think of canning as an old-fashioned pursuit best enjoyed by our grandmothers and great-grandmothers, think again. Canning and preserving fruits and vegetables is no longer considered old-fashioned. Walk into any bookstore or library these days, and you’re sure to find several modern cookbooks on the practice of preserving.

Like many homesteading activities that went out of style for a generation or two, canning is back in full force. It’s a traditional pursuit that is fun for the whole family. Plus, it’s a great lesson for your kids.

When a family cooks together, you form a special kind of bond. And it’s really fun to prepare and preserve something that you would normally buy in the grocery store. Your kids will learn how jam is made. They’ll gain pride and confidence, and you’ll all have yummy jam you can eat year-round!

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How to Paint Fireworks With Your Kids

Do your kids like to watch fireworks?

Want to try out a new painting technique?

Create the explosive effects of fireworks with this fun and easy art project.

Your one-of-a-kind piece of art will capture a spectacular nighttime display.

In this article I’ll show you how to use a fun, unique technique to paint fireworks in an illuminated city sky.

Want to create the explosive effects of fireworks in paint? This unique kids' art project will blow you away. It's easy to paint fireworks in an illuminated sky.

Why Paint Fireworks?

Fireworks light up the sky with booming excitement. The fantastic display of colors can take your breath away and create quite an experience for the whole family to enjoy.

You sometimes see fireworks at a festival, a ballgame or other special event. Fireworks are a key element to holidays like Chinese New Year or the Fourth of July. If you haven’t experienced fireworks in a while, make it a point to seek them out. Or watch fireworks videos online.

As entertaining as fireworks are, they are over quickly. When the smoke clears, you’re left with an amazing experience and some nice memories. Recreate the fun with your kids and paint your own fireworks!

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How to Build a Mini-Golf Course at Home With Your Family

Do your kids love to play putt-putt golf?

Want an easy and fun activity to tee off with your family?

Make a mini-golf course at home.

Use everyday household items such as oatmeal containers, toys and stuffed animals to construct a whole course of miniature golf obstacles in your home or yard.

In this article I will show you how to design, construct and play on your own mini-golf course, which will lead to hours of golfing fun for your family! You can even print out scorecards to keep track of your golfers’ efforts.

Love to play mini-golf with your kids? Build your own mini-golf course! Use household items to create obstacles for a putt putt course in your house or yard.

Why Build a Mini-Golf Course?

A game of miniature golf is a fun way to spend time with the whole family. When you construct the course at home, you can play anytime!

Whether or not your family members are athletes, they’ll enjoy the challenge of designing and building a mini-golf course. It’s an activity that’s easy for kids, and entertaining for all ages.

Plus, everyone in your family will love the friendly competition that goes along with a rousing game of golf.

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How to Make Music With Empty Soda Pop Bottles

Want to encourage your kids to create music with stuff you have at home?

Have some extra soda pop bottles?

Discover how you can make music using soda pop bottles.

It’s amazing what beautiful music you can make just by adding water to bottles you find around the house.

In this article I will show you how to use kitchen science to create your own musical band.

Want to make an easy but accurate musical instrument with your kids? Grab a drink and make beautiful pop bottle music by adding water to the bottles you used.

Why Make Pop Bottle Music?

Music is such an important part of your kids’ development. Music encourages creativity and imagination, whether you’re playing music, singing, dancing or just listening.

It’s a fun family activity! Make pop bottle music together as a band. Or take turns “composing” songs. Then teach them to each other.

Plus, pop bottle music is an excellent science project for anyone who also has a fondness for the arts.

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How to Make a Pet Rock a Fun Part of Your Family

Have your kids been begging for a pet?

Looking for a pet without the responsibility?

Try a pet rock. It’s a pet you find and make yourself that opens the door to lots of fun (and funny) adventures.

In this article I’ll show how you and your kids can create a pet rock and do fun activities to make it feel like it’s an actual pet.

Have your kids been begging for a pet? Try a pet rock. It’s a pet you find and make yourself that opens the door to lots of fun (and funny) adventures.

Why a Pet Rock?

There are lots of fun things you can do with found rocks. Conduct experiments, make rock art, play rock bingo or make a pet rock.

If your kids want a pet, you can’t get an easier one than a pet rock! It will inspire creativity and teach responsibility. And it’s a great alternative for families with allergies. Think of a pet rock as a starter pet. When the kids master the pet rock, it may be time to trade up to Rover the dog or Kitty the cat.

Find the rock in your backyard, on a nature hike or during a walk around your neighborhood. Then bring it into your home and make it a part of your family.

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