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.



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!



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.



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.



How to Create a Cooking Challenge for Kids

Is there a budding chef in your family?

Are you looking for an entertaining way to get kids to try new foods?

If your family enjoys competitive cooking shows on television, they’ll love having their own Black Box cooking challenge.

Who knows what creative dishes they’ll come up with?

In this article, I’ll show you how to set up a fun family cooking competition using items you already have in your kitchen in 5 quick and easy steps.

Black box cooking challenge for kids: a fun family cooking competition using items you already have in your kitchen in 5 quick and easy steps.

Why Black Box Cooking?

Black Box cooking competitions are real and can be very challenging, even for the best professional chefs. You may have seen them on television shows such as Iron Chef.

My husband is an executive chef who works long hours and competes all over the world. We started playing Black Box cooking because my daughter was interested in what her daddy did when he was not home.

You may not have a chef in your family, but a Black Box cooking adventure is still a great way to teach kids about the trade, develop their cooking skills and creativity, introduce them to new foods in a fun way and have lots of fun together, just like on TV.


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