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.
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.
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.
Are you looking for a fun and easy science project that engages your kids?
Pennies are great to collect and use for art projects. But you can also use the process of cleaning pennies for a fun science experiment.
In this article I’ll show you how to combine a few dirty pennies with ingredients found in your kitchen to do a science project that will knock your kids’ socks off.
Why Use Taco Sauce to Clean Pennies?
Because you can. It’s amazing what you can do with ingredients you find in your kitchen, and taco sauce is just one fun option. Taco sauce does a great job of cleaning pennies, and the process is quick and easy.
Whether you need a great idea for your kids’ science project or just want something fun to do with all of those grungy pennies, your family is sure to enjoy this experiment.
Do you have a few old pairs that won’t see another cold season?
Are you ready to just throw them all out?
Wait! The trash bin doesn’t have to be the final destination of errant mittens.
In this article I’ll show you how to turn those orphaned mittens into mitten dolls–an easy craft project that’s also a subtle lesson in recycling, math and geography (but we don’t need to mention that to the kids!).
Why Reuse Stray Mittens?
Left at school or a friend’s house, dropped in the snow, left in the car or on a park bench—such is the fate of many a mitten. I don’t know about you, but our family ends up with more than a few single mittens every year.
When you clean out the front closet or mudroom and get ready to shift mittens out and raincoats in, you may be tempted to just throw all those orphaned mittens in the trash.
Would they love a cool, customized container for their other treasures?
Don’t panic or get stressed about the overly complicated (or overly girly) boxes you find on Pinterest!
It’s easy to make a custom-decorated treasure box your kids will love. All you need is an empty shoebox, some duct tape and an X-acto knife.
In this article I’ll show you how to create a duct-tape treasure box with your kids that’s perfect for Valentine’s Day and beyond.
Why Make a Treasure Box?
What is it with kids and trinkets? Whether it’s pennies, Pokémon trading cards, notes passed in class, valentine cards, rocks or one of a million other kinds of small objects, kids love to collect things.
What may seem meaningless to you is priceless to them (at least at the moment).
A treasure box is a special way for children to claim “their important stuff” and it’s something fun for you to create together.
Looking for a favorite kid-friendly food with a Valentine’s twist for your festivities? Perhaps a heartfelt, heart-shaped snack to surprise your family?
The editors of My Kids’ Adventures searched the Internet for unique valentine snacks that are easy and fun to make together.
In this article I’ll share our favorite 14 no-bake valentine treats to make with your kids.
Why Make Valentine Treats?
Valentine’s Day is such a sweet holiday. What better way to celebrate the day devoted to love than to create something sweet and beautiful with your favorite kids?
Creative cooking projects are lots of fun for children of all ages. They’re a great way to share valuable life skills without it feeling like a chore. And when the end result is something cute that you can eat, everybody wins!
So tie on an apron, hand ‘em a spoon and encourage your kids to play with their food by making some of the festive valentine snacks below.
Want to share a sentiment so special it won’t fit on an ordinary card?
Show your valentine how much you “a-DOOR” him or her with a holiday surprise that starts the day with a smile–make amazing door decorations.
In this article I’ll show you how to transform an ordinary door into a doorway of love—a life-sized valentine card that makes someone feel special every time he or she passes the threshold. And I’ll share some really special doors that we found around the web.
Why Make a Doorway of Love?
Decorating a door is an easy way to make a big impact on someone’s Valentine’s Day. It’s also a great way to help your kids express their love for someone and teach them that kindness, giving and thinking of others doesn’t have to cost a lot.
Imagine arriving at work in the morning and finding your door covered in compliments, good wishes and colorful decorations—just for you. What a way to start the day and keep a smile on your face for hours!
Want to show your kids that Valentine’s Day is about caring for others—not about gifts and candy?
Spread the joy of Valentine’s Day with a colorful heart garland to decorate a special celebration.
It’s easy to make with your family, and is a great way to show your kids that you don’t have to go on a spending spree to say, “I love you.”
In this article I’ll explain how to make a 3-D valentine heart garland to decorate for a special meal to show your kids how to express their love through some crafting fun.
Why Make a Heart Garland?
Valentine’s Day is a wonderful opportunity to show appreciation for people you love—and I think as parents, celebrating Valentine’s Day with your kids is as sweet as it gets.
These days, we’re bombarded with commercial messages from dawn till dusk insisting that love is always a heart-shaped box of candy or an expensive night on the town. It’s a tough message to escape. And school celebrations are all about the sugar…