Autumn Poems For Kids

Leaves All join hands and circle round While we watch the leaves fall down See them twirling to the ground, See them dancing all around. See them skipping here and there, See them flipping in the air. Autumn leaves so peacefully Falling, falling from the tree. Pumpkins One day I found two pumpkin seeds. I planted one and pulled the weeds. It sprouted roots and a big, long vine. A pumpkin grew; I called it mine. The pumpkin was quite round and fat. (I really am quite proud of that.) But there is something I’ll admit That has me worried […] Read more »

A Halloween Ghost Story

With Halloween right around the corner, here’s a short ghost story to entertain your trick or treaters. 🙂 A WIRELESS MESSAGE: In the summer of 1896 Mr. William Holt, a wealthy manufacturer of Chicago, was living temporarily in a little town of central New York, the name of which the writer’s memory has not retained. Mr. Holt had had “trouble with his wife,” from whom he had parted a year before. Whether the trouble was anything more serious than “incompatibility of temper,” he is probably the only living person that knows: he is not addicted to the vice of confidences. […] Read more »

History Of Halloween

Halloween had its beginnings in an ancient, pre-Christian Celtic festival of the dead. The Celtic peoples, who were once found all over Europe, divided the year by four major holidays. According to their calendar, the year began on a day corresponding to November 1st on our present calendar. The date marked the beginning of winter. Since they were pastoral people, it was a time when cattle and sheep had to be moved to closer pastures and all livestock had to be secured for the winter months. Crops were harvested and stored. The date marked both an ending and a beginning […] Read more »

Rainy Day Crafts

Don’t let bad weather spoil your day. When a rainy day is in the forecast, pull out the craft supplies and create! Kid crafts essential materials include paper, crayons, safe scissors, and glue. Paper for kid crafts can include construction paper, plain typing paper, card stock of various colors, and many other options. Even junk mail and old magazines can make interesting art projects. Crayons are nice for younger children, but the stores are now filled with other options, such as washable dry-erase markers, watercolor pencils, and gel pens. Kid crafts supplies can run into money, but even on a […] Read more »

Springtime Picnic

Celebrate the warmth of Spring with a family picnic. 🙂 Grab a sheet to sit on, a Frisbee and a few of these tasty sandwiches and delicious picnic food and enjoy the day with your family. Cobb Salad Pitas Serves: 4 Ingredients: 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 small avocado (preferably California) 2 1/2 cups diced cooked chicken (about 2 whole breasts) 1/2 cup chopped seeded vine-ripened tomato 4 slices bacon, cooked until crisp and crumbled 1/2 cup crumbled Roquefort cheese (about 2 ounces) 2 cups shredded romaine four 7-inch pita loaves, halved […] Read more »

Outdoor Fun For Kids: Frisbee

Playing a game of Frisbee is a great way to spend time outside on a beautiful spring day. Just grab your Frisbee and your family and you’ve got yourself a game! One of the best parts about Frisbee is that you probably know more than you think about how to play! Like how to throw a backhand: Just stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, point yourself sideways, place your index finger on the outside rim with your middle finger extended along the top of the Frisbee and your thumb underneath and flick your wrist toward your throwing partner. A forehanded […] Read more »

Card Games For Kids: War

Card games for kids are a great indoor winter activity. My youngest daughter really enjoys playing cards with my husband or I, and War is one of her favorite games. Use a standard 52-card pack. Rank of Cards: Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2. The deck is divided evenly, with each player receiving 26 cards, dealt one at a time, face down. Both players turns up a card at the same time and the player with the higher card takes both cards.They put them, face down, on the bottom of his stack. If […] Read more »

Hot Apple Cider

Perfect for a nippy autumn day! 🙂 Hot Apple Cider: 8 cups apple cider 1/4 cup brown sugar 2 cinnamon sticks 1 teaspoon whole cloves some orange rind Mix apple cider and brown sugar together in a pot. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Put cinnamon sticks, cloves, and orange rind in a spice bag (or wrap in cheese cloth and tie with string). Put the bag in the pot. Simmer on low heat for 15 minutes. Serves 6. Read more »