How to Add Instant Music Fun to Any Family Activity

Do your kids like to listen to music?

Want to get your family dancing on a regular basis?

Gather up your family’s favorite songs for different occasions. It’s a simple way to serve up a big helping of instant music fun and energy.

Turn on the music. You and your family will have a blast!

In this article I’ll show you how to make a playlist of songs that are special to your family and I’ll share several fun, active ways to enjoy the music with your kids.

Create a custom playlist (or several) with your kids to amp up any event and make musical memories with special songs your family loves.

Why Set the Mood With Music?

There’s no better way to shake off the day and switch gears into family time than to blast your family’s favorite tunes.

When you make a playlist, you put all of your favorite songs together in one place and can combine songs to fit a mood, activity or person. Adding music you love to any activity is a great way to make family time even more fun or to make the most of the mundane.

Use music to have fun with your kids. You’ll be surprised by the instant burst of energy you get from it!

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6 Family Traditions You Can Start With Your Kids

Are you a tradition-loving parent?

Wondering how to celebrate everyday life, and not just the big moments?

Create some new family traditions.

In this article I’ll share how you can start traditions, based on ‘The Book of New Family Traditions,’ by Meg Cox.

The book shows that traditions aren’t just about celebrating big occasions like Christmas and Thanksgiving, but also about everyday life and the daily rituals that make life fun, meaningful, and rich!

Start new family traditions that can create lasting memories to celebrate the everyday with rituals that make life fun, meaningful, and rich.

Why Practice Family Traditions?

Family traditions are things that families do together. In a busy society where everyone is bombarded with all sorts of activities and distractions, traditions offer a sense of belonging and identity to every member of the family.

Children raised with family traditions—especially those who have watched their parents invent new ones—learn that they can respond to life in active, creative and extremely personal ways. They grow to be resilient, confident that they are loved, and knowing how to express love to others.

In The Book of New Family Traditions, Cox highlights several non-traditional, everyday opportunities to create new traditions with your family. I’ll share my favorites, below.

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10 Boredom-Buster Activities for Kids

Do your kids get bored in no time flat?

Want to make the most of the time you spend with them, even when it’s just a few minutes?

Bring on the boredom-buster activities for kids!

We’ll help you find something fun to do together before they turn on the TV or electronics and tune you out.

The editors of My Kids’ Adventures have searched the web for fun things you can do with your kids in 10 minutes or less.

In this article I’ll share our 10 favorite ways to connect with kids and beat the boredom blues—fast!

Do your kids get bored in no time flat? Discover 10 boredom buster and fun activities you can do with your kids in 10 minutes or less.

Why Make Time for Quick Adventures?

Any time you spend with your kids can be quality time; you just have to find it and fill it with something fun.

Think of those little 10-minute chunks of time in between other things: while you’re driving to and from school, waiting for activities to start or end, having a snack, getting ready for dinner or bed… Often these short slots of time are filled with TV or video games, but you can fill them with fun family activities instead.

There are plenty of mini-adventures you can have with your kids in those short slices of time between other things, so make the most of those little moments. Fill them with something fun before the kids have a chance to check out and get bored.

These boredom-buster activities for kids will make it easy.

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How to Make a Garden Collage With Your Kids: Matisse-Inspired

Want your kids to spend more time outside?

Do the shapes and colors in nature inspire you to be creative?

Bring your outdoor inspirations inside and create an imaginative paper garden collage with your kids.

In this article I’ll introduce you to Henri Matisse and show you how to use his “painting with scissors” technique to create a garden collage made from paper cutouts that’s inspired by the real gardens you see outdoors.

Bring your outdoor inspirations inside and use Henri Matisse

Why Paint With Scissors?

When creating art, it’s important to use all of the tools and materials available to you and explore your creativity in as many ways as possible.

Like scissors.

To “paint with scissors,” a phrase coined by artist Henri Matisse, you cut out shapes, place them into a unique design and then glue them on paper. It may sound simple, but it’s a lot of fun. And the possibilities of what you can create are endless.

Try painting with scissors with your kids and see what you can create!

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14 Easy Breakfast in Bed Ideas for Mother’s Day

Want some creative breakfast in bed ideas for Mother’s Day?

Looking for something so easy that your kids can prepare it for Mom?

Grab some aprons and get ready to create a kid-friendly culinary masterpiece.

The editors of My Kids’ Adventures searched the Internet for quick, simple morning meals you and your kids can make together to surprise Mom on her special day.

In this article I’ll share our 14 favorite easy breakfast-in-bed recipes that kids will love to create and moms will enjoy eating. (Because those two things aren’t always the same!)

14 easy breakfast in bed recipes you and your kids can make together to surprise Mom on Mother's Day, recipes kids love to create and moms enjoy eating.

Why Make Breakfast in Bed for Mother’s Day?

Breakfast in bed is a time-honored tradition on Mom’s designated day of rest and relaxation. What could be better than sleeping in a little late and having breakfast served to you by your favorite people?

Kids love to prepare something special for Mom, and moms love the thoughtful gesture—although sometimes the meal kids choose is a bit too sweet for her taste or too complicated for their kitchen skills, no matter how much help they get from Dad!

Check out this recipe roundup for a variety of breakfast-in-bed options that are fun, easy to make and enjoyable to eat.

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How to Make a Mother’s Day Vase That Mom Will Love

Want to help your kids make a beautiful gift for Mother’s Day?

Do your kids love creating art?

Does Mom love flowers?

Turn glass jars and containers into a beautiful Mother’s Day vase and surprise Mom with some of her favorite things from her favorite people.

In this article I’ll show you how to team up with your kids to create a lovely personalized Mother’s Day vase and fill it with flowers to show Mom your love.

Team up with your kids to create a lovely personalized Mother's Day vase with your kids and fill it with flowers to show Mom your love.

Why Make a Mother’s Day Vase?

Moms love flowers and presents from the kids (and spouses, of course), and this Mother’s Day craft combines both.

Flowers bring a smile to Mom’s face on any day, but especially on Mother’s Day. The only thing that will make flowers even nicer is a homemade vase created with love to put them in.

These inexpensive upcycled vases are easy to make. As a bonus, you can recycle craft items from around the house. Just add flowers, and you’ll be good to go.

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5 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas Moms Really Want

Are you and your kids looking for great Mother’s Day gift ideas?

Want to make a gift for Mom that she’ll really love?

The editors of My Kids’ Adventures asked moms what they really want for Mother’s Day.

The answer may surprise you. Hint: It’s not flowers or chocolate.

In this article I’ll tell you what Moms really want, share several Mother’s Day gift ideas from around the web and even provide some tips that will help you and your kids create the perfect day for Mom.

Mother's Day gift ideas that moms really want and our favorite resources from around the web to help you and your kids deliver a perfect day for Mom.

Why Celebrate Mom?

Moms work hard to make sure their kids have only the best. Mother’s Day is the chance for kids to say thank you with handmade gifts, special treatment, lots of hugs and a bonus dose of love.

Whether you’re a Dad, Grandparent, Aunt or Mom’s BFF, you’ll want to do everything you can to make the day special.

Mother’s Day is an excellent opportunity to have an adventure with your kids. Go through this article, choose your favorites and create a memorable day that Mom will love.

So, what is it that moms REALLY want?

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15 Fun Ways to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo With Your Kids

Do you want your kids to learn about the traditions of other cultures?

Are you seeking entertaining activities that are also educational?

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with fun adventures your whole family will enjoy!

In this article I’ll share 15 fun and festive activities you and your family can do to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with 15 fun and festive activities you and your family can do to experience the Mexican culture and tradition.

Why Celebrate Cinco de Mayo?

Cinco de Mayo is also called “El Día de la Batalla de Puebla” (The Day of the Battle of Puebla). Although it’s often confused as Mexico’s Independence Day, Cinco de Mayo commemorates Mexico’s unlikely victory over France on May 5, 1862, near Puebla, Mexico during the Franco-Mexican War.

Cinco de Mayo is a minor holiday in Mexico. However, cities across the United States—especially those with a large Mexican-American population—go all-out to celebrate Mexican culture and heritage on May 5.

It’s a great opportunity to learn about and experience some Mexican culture with your kids, wherever you are.

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How to Encourage Your Kids to Do Acts of Kindness

Want to help your child make a thoughtful present for someone special?

Looking for a unique gift that combines creativity with acts of kindness?

This creative project contains good deeds that can literally be tied up with a bow!

In this article I’ll show you how to create an “acts of kindness” bouquet with your kids. It’s the perfect gift for Mother’s Day, a birthday, teacher appreciation or anytime someone special needs a lift.

Look below for a few variations that are perfect for the male role model in your child’s life, too!

How to create an Acts of Kindness Bouquet with your kids, the perfect gift for Mother's Day, a birthday, Teacher Appreciation or when someone needs a lift.

Why Make a Kindness Bouquet?

As a parent, you strive to raise well-rounded kids who think of others. With busy schedules, you need to make the most of every opportunity. Wrapping acts of kindness into a special gift is certainly a way to do that.

Coming up with unique gift ideas can be a challenge, especially if you are trying to say thank you to someone who cares for you. Seriously, how do you wrap up love and appreciation?

Every woman loves a beautiful bouquet of flowers. The only thing a parent, grandparent or teacher loves more is a gift that kids make themselves.

An act of kindness bouquet is the perfect solution.

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How to Write a Poem With Your Kids

Are your kids creative?

Do they like to write?

Want to show them a fun way to express themselves?

Write poetry with your kids!

In this article I’ll show you how to inspire your kids with some fun poetry.

Learn about different kinds of poetry for kids, then write poems of your own and share them. You can present them visually or verbally as part of a family poetry slam.

Parents, you may get in touch with your inner poet, as well.

How to inspire your family with some fun poetry for kids, write a poem and share it. Present them visually or verbally as part of a family poetry slam.

Why Write Poetry?

Writing poetry allows your kids to express their thoughts and emotions in a fun and creative way. Poetry can also help your kids get in touch with their artistic, soulful side, while playing with words.

Poems can be short or long, and can take as little or as much time as you want to create them.

You can also create a book of poems as a family that you can reread over the years.

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