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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Father’s Day Recipes Your Kids Can Make With Dad

Does Dad like to grill?

Tired of plain hamburgers and hot dogs every time you barbeque?

Try these great grilling recipes with your kids for Father’s Day and make his day extra-special.

The editors of My Kids’ Adventures searched the Internet for simple, delicious dishes to make for your Father’s Day cookout.

In this article I’ll share our favorite Father’s Day recipes: BBQ that goes way beyond ordinary, special sides and cute, tasty treats to make for Dad.

Choose one of each for a cookout menu that’s sure to please the whole family.

Tired of plain hamburgers and hot dogs when you BBQ? Try these Father's Day recipes with your kids and make his day extra special.

What does Dad really want for Father’s Day? We asked and dads answered: They want to take a day off from chores and responsibilities to focus on having fun with their kids. And one of the activities that ranked highest was to have a cookout.

So fire up the grill, grab aprons for the kids and prepare some delicious BBQ recipes for Dad together.

Give him a Father’s Day filled with good food, family and fun.

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How to Make a Personalized Coupon Book With Your Kids

Do your kids like to make personalized presents?

Want a great gift for a birthday, holiday or any day?

Make a personalized coupon book filled with treats for someone you love.

In this article I’ll show you how to make a custom coupon book with your kids to give to someone special.

Fill it full of promises for treats like a special meal, a backrub, a car wash or an afternoon out with their favorite kid and you’ll have a thoughtful and easy present anyone will appreciate.

Looking for a special gift for a special person? Make a personalized coupon book with your kids. It's a thoughtful, easy present anyone will appreciate.

Why Make a Coupon Book?

A custom coupon book is as fun to make as it is to receive. The key is to make it personalized so the recipient knows it was created especially for him or her.

People love coupons. They get 2 for 1 deals, discounted items and free stuff. Coupons you make yourself are even better because the recipient can redeem them anytime for great things like time spent together, handpicked activities, special favors or chores and personalized presents from some pretty cool kids.

This coupon book gift project will encourage your kids to show how much they care for another person and give them a fun, creative project to make.

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How to Create Family Book Adventures With Fictional Characters

Do your kids ever dress up like their favorite characters?

Want to take that a step further and introduce more ways to bring books to life?

Have a family book adventure and help the stories live on.

Teach your kids to make friends with fictional characters from books and they won’t be bored at all this summer.

In this article I’ll show you six fun ways to create book adventures with fictional characters for lots of family fun. They’ll encourage your kids to read more, stretch their imaginations and play.

Want kids to turn off TV and tune into reading? Bring books to life! Take kids on a book adventure that goes beyond the pages. They won't be bored all summer.

Why Explore Fictional Characters?

Summer is a time to relax and have fun with your kids. You may be tempted (and they may be begging) to turn on the TV, video games and other electronic devices to cure your kids’ boredom. But it’s healthier to encourage your kids to connect with fictional characters that don’t require an “on” switch.

Books introduce you to an endless range of incredible fictional characters and give you a peek into places and times you may have never imagined—even whole new imaginary worlds. (Dr. Seuss, anyone?)

You and your kids can enjoy your favorite books and the characters you meet in them long after you’ve reached “The End.”

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7 Father’s Day Gift Baskets to Make With Your Kids

Looking for a unique Father’s Day gift idea?

Want to help your kids create something that’s handcrafted, personalized and practical?

Try a Father’s Day gift basket, custom-made just for Dad!

The editors at My Kids’ Adventures scoured the Internet to find the coolest themes and best items to include in a gift basket for Dad.

In this article I’ll show you how to make a Father’s Day gift basket full of items Dad will love.

Fill a Father's Day gift basket with Dad's favorite things and create a gift that's hand-crafted, heartfelt, personalized and practical.

Why Make a Father’s Day Gift Basket?

From sports and tech to barbecue and building things, dads like a lot of different things. So why not combine your dad’s favorite stuff into a fabulous gift from the heart?

You can make a hodgepodge of everything Dad loves or pick a specific theme and create a gift basket around it.

The best part about this type of gift is you can combine homemade, heartfelt items to show Dad how much you love him with some purchased presents to add a little pizzazz.

Whether Dad’s the strict disciplinarian or the fun best-friend father (or a little bit of both), you know you’re at the forefront of his mind. Show him why you think he’s the best dad ever with a thoughtful gallery of gifts, wrapped in the perfect basket and sealed with a kiss.

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How Your Kids Can Make Impressionist Art: Monet Photo Project

Do you enjoy observing nature with your kids?

Have you noticed how the light at different times of day changes the way we see colors?

Make your kids’ “impressions” of the outdoors come to life with a fun and easy art project.

In this article I’ll show you how to transform nature photos into Impressionistic works of art with a simple photo transfer technique. Head outside with your kids and take some pictures, Monet-style.

Want a simple art project that shows beauty, nature and light? Get a camera. The Monet photo project is a fun way to turn outdoor photos into impressionist art.

Why Make Impressionistic Photo Transfers?

Impressionism is a movement in painting that originated in France in the late 1800s. Most Impressionist painters focused on capturing the “impressions” of light and color outdoors.

This project includes the essence of what an Impressionist observes so you can create a fun and easy photo project with your kids, Monet-style.

To make your own Impressionistic art, you and your kids get to spend time outdoors at different times of day to observe nature in the light and take pictures of it.

It’s a great way to nurture their creativity, look at the world in a whole new way and bring out their inner artists (and yours, too!).

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