Year-end holiday celebrations may involve traditions specific to your family or town or region or country. They provide a wonderful opportunity for teaching children about their heritage – and about holiday traditions around the world.
Flip through the following images with your child for a glimpse of some holiday traditions in other parts of the globe.
This winter when you are snowed-in with a house full of kids, channel some summertime fun into this easy-to-do, indoor activity that will have their fingers and maybe toes in the sand – literally!
Here’s how to make moldable sand in three easy steps:
What You’ll Need:
- 6 cups colored play sand (available at most home and garden centers)
- 3 cups cornstarch
- 1.5 cups cold water
- Large, airtight container for mixing and storing the sand
- Plastic molds (sand buckets, cups, any other molds to form moldable sand into shapes)
There is one big thing on many children’s minds during the holiday season – presents! For a lot of kids, the excitement of the holidays centers on receiving gifts. Parents can take this opportunity to try to instill in their children that same enthusiasm toward giving gifts.
Encouraging your child to take part in gift-giving can help to demonstrate the joys of giving, as well as to teach him or her the valuable life lesson of thinking of others.
Follow these simple steps for involving kids in gift-giving this holiday season:
Nowadays, teaching children how to read can take many forms. High-quality, one-on-one education via parents, teachers or tutors can be supplemented, for example, with a wide variety of useful multimedia. Many theories exist about what works best for teaching children to read, so if you’re not sure if multimedia is right for your child, consult with his or her teacher or a local librarian for direction.
Here are a few multimedia options designed to support children’s reading instruction:
Kids seem to grow up overnight. Although you can’t stop the hands of time, no matter how much you’d like to try, you can capture a fleeting moment of your child’s formative years by creating a plaster cast of his or her hand or foot. As your child grows, it can be fun to reminisce about how small he or she used to be.
This DIY craft project – how to make a plaster cast – is easier than you might think.