15 Ways to Help Kids Stay Connected With Their Grandparents (Near or Far)

Do your kids see their grandparents regularly?

Want to help them develop a special relationship with their grandparents?

There are many things you and your kids can do to encourage that connection, whether your kids’ grandparents live down the block or across the country.

In this article I’ll share ways you can help your kids stay connected with their grandparents.

Want to help kids stay connected with their grandparents? Near or far, make the most of precious time together with easy ideas to help them relate and bond.

Why Stay Connected With Grandparents?

Whether near or far, grandparents glue the generations together. Grandparents are a way to connect your kids to their family’s history. They’re also lots of fun!

Sam Levenson famously said, “The simplest toy, one which even the youngest child can operate, is called a grandparent.” How true that is.

As life gets ever faster, grandparents are often the perfect, though sometimes taken for granted, support system for families in these changing times.



Trash to Toy: 6 Creative Projects to Make With Recyclables

Are you constantly looking for creative projects for your kids?

Do you want activities that ignite their imaginations?

Make things with recyclables.

When you use items found in your recycling bin or around the house to create toys and treasures kids love, it inspires them to tap into their creativity and use what’s available.

In this article I’ll show you six things you can make with found items in your home.

Are you constantly looking for creative projects for your kids? Discover 6 creative projects you can make with recyclables found in your home.

Why Create Things With Recyclables?

When you create things using items from the recycling box, it’s good for the environment and also helps develop your child’s imagination and creativity.

It teaches kids that once something has been used for its initial purpose, it doesn’t mean that we have to throw it away.

And it’s an excellent family project, because you’re working on something together.

Most importantly, it’s just plain fun to turn trash into treasures. There’s no limit to what you can make when you take random items and turn them into something else.



20 Back-to-School Teacher Gifts to Make With Your Kids

Are your kids nervous about meeting their new teachers?

Want to find a way to ease the transition?

Work with your kids to make a teacher back-to-school present.

When you make a gift for your child’s teacher, you create a connection from the get-go.

The team at My Kids’ Adventures scoured the web for the best teacher gift ideas.

In this article I’ll share five fun things you can make to welcome your child’s teacher back to school and start the year off with a smile.

Kids going back to school? Make teacher gifts together to ease kids into their new schedule, show teachers you care and get the year off to a great start.

Why Make Teacher Gifts?

No matter how big your kids get, the transition from summer vacation to the start of a new school year can be a challenge. This can be especially difficult for young kids.

When you work together to make something for your kids’ teachers, it will help your kids get prepared for and even a little excited about the new school year.

Teacher gifts are also a great way to introduce your family to your kids’ new teachers and let them know they’re appreciated from the very start.



How to Have a Water Gun Target Practice With Your Kids

Do your kids need to burn off some energy?

Want a fun activity that’s both cool and crafty?

Have a water gun adventure with your family.

Make targets, practice shooting and then stage a water fight as a family. It’s good creative and physical play and it’s lots of fun.

In this article I’ll share how to have a have a water gun adventure that’ll keep everyone cool all summer long.

Want a summer activity that's cool and crafty? Have a water gun adventure with your kids. Make targets, practice shooting, have a water fight. It's a blast!

Why Have a Water Gun Adventure?

Kids love playing in and with water. It’s one of the staples of summertime. Whether they run through the sprinklers, play water balloon games or take part in a good old-fashioned water fight, they’re bound to have a good time, no pool or beach required.

Join your kids in the fun with a water gun adventure. This activity combines crafts and target practice while you prepare for the ultimate water fight.

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10 Fun Shoebox Projects to Do With Your Kids

Are your kids’ eyes glued to some sort of electronic box?

Want to ignite their imaginations and help them create their own fun?

Give them another kind of box—an empty shoebox. It’s (almost) all you’ll need to keep everyone entertained.

In this article I’ll share 10 quick and inexpensive ways to have fun with a shoebox.

With ideas for games and creative play, sensory stimulation and memory challenges, even organization and writing practice, you’re sure to find something your kids will enjoy, right in your recycling bin.

Are your kids' eyes glued to an electronic box? Give them an empty shoebox instead. These 10 shoebox ideas are all you'll need to keep everyone entertained.

Why Try Shoebox Projects?

Shoeboxes are the perfect size. They’re big enough to inspire imagination, but small enough to be a manageable project and easily stored at the end of the day. You can even use a shoebox to store a project. Play games, construct objects—the sky’s the limit.

A shoebox adventure is multi-dimensional, whether you make a mini-theater, a zoo, a fish tank or something your kids haven’t imagined yet. You and your kids can create characters and a backstory, make a shoebox “home” where they can come to life and then enter into your imaginary world again and again for hours of fun, creative play.

So go find a shoebox!



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.



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.



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.



How to Make a Soda Bottle Rocket Launcher With Your Kids

Are your kids fascinated by things that fly?

Want an outdoor adventure that’s part mechanics, part crafts and all fun?

Build a rocket launcher with your kids and every time you finish a 2-liter bottle of soda pop, you can send it soaring.

In this article I’ll show you how to launch a bottle rocket adventure with your family. Start with a root beer float, add some arts and crafts, bring on a few building tools and create some high-flying fun.

Build a rocket launcher with your kids and send your soda bottles soaring. This project is part drink, part craft, part building activity, all high-flying fun.

Why Build a Pop Bottle Rocket Launcher?

Pop bottle rockets provide hours of fun for kids of all ages and all personalities. Got a future engineer? She’ll love to build the rocket launcher. An artsy-craftsy kid? Watch him create the coolest rocket ever to grace a soda bottle. Are you a little competitive? Launch your rocket again and again to see just how high you can make it go.

A rocket launch is great fun for everyone. And it starts with a delicious root beer float. (Or, your budding environmentalists can search through the recycling bin for a bottle to repurpose into a rocket.)

The best part is that once you build the rocket launcher, you can use it over and over again. Just add a new pop bottle rocket for another day of fun with your kids.



How to Build a Fort For Your Kids

Do you love to build things with your kids?

Want a fun way to teach them important life skills?

Build a fort with your kids and have the ultimate kids’ adventure!

In this article I’ll show you how to plan and build an awesome outdoor playhouse with your family.

There will be wood. There will be tools. And there will be hands-on opportunities to teach your kids life skills and values while having loads of fun.

Plan and build an outdoor playhouse with your kids. There will be hands-on opportunities to build life skills and values and have loads of fun.

Why Build a Fort?

The question really is, “Why not build a fort?”

Every kid wants a playhouse, fort, clubhouse, treehouse or whatever you prefer to call it. And every grownup who had one as a kid remembers it forever.

Whether it’s covered in camouflage, pretty pink polka dots or a bright, vibrant color, your kids will love to have a fort as a place to play and call their own.

What makes the project even more special: You’ll build it as a family!


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