Whether you're planning a get-together, teaching a new skill, or simply looking for something fun to do with your children, it's important to keep the activity on their level.
By incorporating age-appropriate games, small tools, and simple lessons, your kids will be so busy having fun that they won’t realize they’re learning at the same time.
Host a back-to-school party to give your little ones a chance to meet new classmates or catch up with old friends. With colorful tableware, buckets of games and toys, and an edible centerpiece, you're sure to be the coolest parent on the block.
As party favors or just an easy project for a rainy day, let kids get creative by painting terra-cotta flowerpots. Acrylic paints work well for younger children, and chalkboard paint (available at home improvement stores) is fun for the big kids. Once the pots are dry, send the children on their way with seed packets to plant when they get home.
This time, it's okay to get dirty! Planting edible herbs is an easy way to teach your children about gardening -- plus they'll love touching, smelling, and tasting the plants.
After a day in the garden, take them inside and bake a pizza using the fresh herbs.
Children will be much more interested in helping you with outdoor weekend projects if they have tools and gear that fit their little hands and feet.
Find kid-sized tools such as shovels, trowels, and wheelbarrows, at local hardware or variety stores.