How to Make a Treasure Box With Your Kids in 5 Easy Steps

Do your kids need a box to collect valentines at school?

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.

Create a duct tape treasure box with your kids that's perfect for collecting valentines at school on Valentine's Day and beyond for other treasures.

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.

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How to Stage a Shadow Puppet Show Your Kids Will Love

Do your kids like to tell stories?

Are they fascinated by the interaction of light and shadow?

Introduce them to the ancient Chinese art of shadow-puppet theater and put on your own family show. It’s easier than you think!

In this article, I’ll show you how to make simple shadow puppets to fit any story your kids can dream of and create your very own Chinese shadow theater to bring the silhouettes to life.

Your family will enjoy poetic evening shows and make lasting memories together.

Make simple shadow puppets to fit any story your kids can dream of and create your very own Chinese shadow theater to bring the silhouettes to life.

Why Play With Shadows?

Shadows are mysterious, intriguing and fun. My kids love to play nighttime flashlight games. They enjoy casting shadows on the walls with their bed lamps, creating different shapes and creatures. And they’ve always been puzzled by their stretched shadows in the low light of a summer evening. I bet your kids like shadows, too.

Shadows have a fleeting, poetic quality, and playing with shadows will let your kids’ imaginations soar.

A shadow-puppet play provides everything you need to have a great family experience—it’s artistic, scientific, interactive, fun and easy to put together.

And it draws from a rich cultural tradition from ancient China.

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How to Create Arctic Adventure Tubs With Your Kids

Do your kids like playing in the winter snow and ice?

Do they like polar bears and other cold-weather critters?

Ever wonder what it’s like way up north in the Arctic?

Take them on an arctic adventure that’s as close as your own kitchen!

In this article I’ll show you how to make your own simulated arctic environment from stuff you already have at home.

Discover how to make your own simulated arctic adventure tub from stuff you already have at home.

Why an Arctic Landscape?

If you’re looking for an activity that costs nothing, requires less than five minutes of hands-on prep time and makes use of all reusable materials, then you’ll love to make an arctic landscape with your kids.

It’s easy to create an open-ended scene that inspires creative sensory play. In the spirit of the cardboard box, this activity is super-simple and guaranteed to be a hit.

The Arctic is cool—downright cold, actually! It’s the great unknown, a mysterious faraway place. It’s a vast expanse of wind-swept ice and frigid water, just waiting for adventure. It’s a blank slate demanding your child delve deep into his or her imagination.

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How to Create a Puzzle Treasure Hunt for Kids

Does your family like puzzles?

How about a treasure hunts?

Combine the two into an activity that’s fun for everyone.

In this article I’ll show you, piece by piece, how to put together a puzzle treasure hunt that will send your family on a search for clues through the house or around the neighborhood.

Learn how to put together a puzzle treasure hunt that will send your family on a search for clues through the house or around the neighborhood.

Why a Puzzle Treasure Hunt?

Treasure hunts can be lots of fun. There are endless variations so you can mix things up to keep them interesting and hold your kids’ attention.

A puzzle treasure hunt adds an extra element. It requires players to work together and problem-solve to reach the end of the hunt, because the players must put together a small jigsaw puzzle to reveal each clue. What a great way to foster cooperation and communication skills among your kids—all while they’re having fun!

A recent episode of The Big Bang Theory inspired my family to add this puzzling new twist to the good-ole family treasure hunt. Even if you don’t watch the show, I’m sure you and your kids will enjoy it just as much as we did.

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How to Hide a Geocache With Your Kids

Does your family love the thrill of electronic treasure hunts known as geocaching?

Want to create an outdoor adventure that other families can enjoy too?

Take your fun to the next level and hide a geocache with your kids.

With nothing more than a smartphone and a few items from around the house, you and your kids can hide a geocache for other families to enjoy.

In this article I’ll show you how easy it is to hide a geocache and share the adventure for months to come.

Hide a geocache and introduce other families to your favorite places, show your kids the value of giving back and create an outdoor adventure.

Why Hide a Geocache?

Have you introduced your family to the adventure of geocaching?

Geocaching is a hunt for hidden treasure using a GPS (or GPS-enabled phone). There are over 2.2 million geocaches hidden all over the world, ready for you to find. You simply log onto Geocaching.com to find the coordinates of a cache in your area, head outside and follow your phone to find the hidden treasure. Once found, you sign the logbook, trade one of the treasures found inside with something you brought to share and hide the cache container back in its place for the next treasure hunter.

It’s a lot of fun to find a geocache, but it can be even more fun to hide one.

Hiding a cache is a way to share your outdoor adventures with other families. And a cache hidden by kids for kids is extra-special—it creates more fun and adventures for everyone.

Hiding a cache will introduce other families to your favorite places, show your kids the value of giving back and create an outdoor adventure for other families with young kids.

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Top 10 Kids Activities Websites: Your Guide to Kid Fun, Offline

Are your kids bored?

Looking for some inspiration to bring offline play and fun back to your family?

The editorial team of My Kids’ Adventures has discovered just what you need.

Read on for a list of our 10 favorite sites for awesome kids’ adventures…

Kids Activities Websites: discover 10 activities we found that will help you and your kids find adventures unplugged and away from electronics.

Why Offline Play?

Kids’ adventures come in all shapes and sizes.

Children find adventure in science, food, the great outdoors and so much more.

Though we’re living in an age when many kids like to spend time with their gadgets and video games, our favorite adventures are those that happen offline, together as a family.

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How to Create Family Jingles With Your Kids

Want to create some unique family memories that don’t cost a dime?

Need a way to help your kids remember important information?

Create a family jingle. It’s fun your family will never forget, and is a great way to improve memory in minds young and old.

In this article, I’ll show you how to create simple, fun and entertaining songs with your kids to make your own family songs.

Create simple, fun and entertaining family songs with your kids and help kids remember important information with your own family soundtrack.

Why Create Original Family Music?

Is there music from your childhood that bring back special memories, emotions and experiences? Would you like to give your children similar feelings when they look back on their youth?

Creating songs together—whether they’re used as art or as information—will give your family something unique to them, something truly memorable and special.

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How to Have a Family Treasure Hunt: Geocaching With Kids

Does the thought of tracking down hidden treasures pique your kids’ interests?

Using your smart phone, you and your kids can take part in a global adventure hunt not far from your home (and with almost no prep work).

Welcome to the world of geocaching.

There are more than 2 million hidden geocaches scattered across the globe, waiting for your kids to find—wherever you are.

In this article, I’ll show you how fun and easy it is to enjoy the hunt and ensuing excitement of finding a cache wherever you may be.

Discover how to have a family treasure hunt using geocaching, the global treasure hunt where your smart phone helps you find over 2 million hidden caches.

Geocaching has been around for years. You’ve probably heard friends or family members rave about how much fun it is to go on these GPS-led treasure hunts. But what is it, exactly?

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How to Stage a Family Play With Your Kids

Do your kids love the limelight?

Do they like to dress up and impersonate other people?

Have you considered channeling all that energy into a family play?

Make your kids the writers, directors and stagehands in your own family play.

In this article, I’ll show you all you need to know to produce and perform a fun family play that’s sure to get lots of applause.

Fun family play: learn how to make your kids the stars, writers, directors and stagehands in a simple play you write, produce and perform at home.

Why Put on a Play?

A play is fun and easy to do. You can perform just about any kind of story with things you already have in your house. And you can spend as little as half an hour or as long as a whole afternoon on your theatrical adventure.

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How to Turn Your Backyard Into a Water Park

Are your kids begging for a trip to the water park?

Want a fun alternative without the crowds, money and worry?

If you have a backyard, you have the makings of a water park!

In this article, I’ll show you how to create your own fun with a wet and wild sunny-day adventure your family will enjoy right in your own backyard.

Backyard water park: use your imagination and supplies to create wet and wonderful water challenges your kids will love right in your backyard.

Why a Backyard Water Park?

Did you ever run through the sprinklers as a child?

There’s something about the combination of water and grass on a hot day that is irresistible to kids.

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