|

Crafts for Every Holiday

April Fool's Day: April 1

April Fool's Day is a good time to talk about practical jokes and about what kind of humor is appropriate. Whatever events you plan for the day, be sure to put the emphasis on comic surprises, not hurtful jokes at another's expense.

Here are other ways to add laughter to April Fool's:

  • Collect riddles and jokes and make them into a book.

  • Play role-switching games with your children. You be the child, while your children play at being the parents. Kids adore doing this and you may get some surprise insights into how you really sound to your kids (oops!).

  • Make an April Fool's supper and let your child help plan it. Get creative and funny with food: Try mock-turtle soup or French-fried string potatoes made into birds' nests (with tiny potato "eggs"). Make foods into shapes that disguise what they are.

  • Make a list of rainy day activities. Check your crafts box and make sure you've got plenty of materials for the rainy weather ahead.

Arbor Day: April 22

Crafty Clues

If your child will help you garden, make sure she has scaled-down tools that really work, not toys.

Arbor Day originated in 1872 by J. Sterling Morton, a pioneer who moved into the Nebraska territory and became concerned with the lack of trees. He began planting immediately upon arriving and, in his role as a journalist and newspaper editor, spread his enthusiasm and agricultural knowledge. Visiting Nebraska today, you'd be hard-pressed to see how it could have once been a treeless plain.

Make this a gardening day:

  • Clean your tools and take an inventory.

  • Plant a tree for each family member and give each a garden patch. Let your child decide what he wants to grow in his plot. (It helps to start small and try different things each year.)

  • Take care of your trees on Arbor Day. Clean up around them. Decorate one with a bow and put out treats for the animals. Make a birdhouse.

  • Plan your first picnic on Arbor Day, if weather permits. If not, pack for a picnic anyway and have it on a blanket on the living room floor. You can even make fake ants out of clay or paper.

Contact the National Arbor Day Foundation for more ways to celebrate: 100 Arbor Avenue, Nebraska City, NE 68410; phone (402) 474-5655 or visit them at www.arborday.org to learn more.



|

Excerpted from The Complete Idiot's Guide to Crafts with Kids © 1998 by Georgene Lockwood. All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. Used by arrangement with Alpha Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

To order this book visit the Idiot's Guide web site or call 1-800-253-6476.


stay connected

Sign up for our free email newsletters and receive the latest advice and information on all things parenting.

Enter your email address to sign up or manage your account.

Facebook icon Twitter icon Follow Us on Pinterest

editor’s picks

highlights

3 Fun Thanksgiving Games for Kids
Looking for some great Thanksgiving games to play with your kids? Print our free Pin the Feathers on the Turkey game, Pin the Hat on the Pilgrim game, and Thanksgiving Parade Bingo game for loads of laughs this Turkey Day!

Kindergarten Readiness App Wins Gold
Our Kindergarten Readiness app won the Gold Award of Excellence in the educational category at the 2014 Communicator Awards. This valuable checklist comes with games and activities to help your child practice the essential skills she needs for kindergarten. Download the Kindergarten Readiness app today!

Top Family Movies in Theaters for the Holidays
Taking the kids to the movies is a special family treat for the holidays! Don't miss 2014's best family films in theaters from Thanksgiving through Christmas.

Find Today's Newest & Best Children's Books!
Looking for newly released books for your child? Try our new Book Finder tool to search for new books by age, type, and theme, and create reading lists for kids!