Author: Michele Aucello

Make It: Shaving or Whipped Cream Eggs

Photo: Janelle Kalawe-Ching Do your kids love making a mess? If so, they are sure to love this unconventional way to color Easter eggs using shaving or whipped cream and food coloring. Materials Shaving or whipped cream Gel food coloring…

Make It: Ring In the New Year Bread

Photo: Karen DB PhotographyDon't have time to make your own dough? Pick up refrigerated doughs at the supermarket and sculpt away! Kids will cheer for fresh-baked bread when it comes with strawberry and cinnamon spreads. Ingredients: 1 package active yeast 1…

Make It: Star Tiara

Photo: Karen DB PhotographyTip: Use glitter cardstock or scrapbook paper to avoid spills. A photo finish for 2019! Every child will shine in a D.I.Y. crown. Materials: Felt star stickers in various sizes. We found ours at Ben Franklin’s Silver glitter…

Keiki Snack: Crispy Christmas Trees

Photo: Karen DB Photography What's more fun than making Rice Krispie's treats? Making Rice Krispies trees and decorating them!  Ingredients: 6 cups Rice Krispies 4 cups mini marshmallows or a 10-ounce bag of marshmallows 3 tablespoons butter Green food coloring…

Make It: Holiday Crackers

Photo: David Croxford Crackers are a traditional part of Christmas in England. But we also like saving these fun surprises for New Year's Eve. The kids can help with most of the steps as well as raid their toy chest…

Make It: Holiday Window Clings

Photos: Karen DB Photography Did you know that, using a few materials you have at home, you and your child can make your own window clings? Materials Window clings Glue Dish soap Food coloring Cookie cutters Paint brushes Large Ziploc bags…

Holiday Gift Idea: Christmas Eve Boxes

In our family, everyone was allowed to open one present on Christmas Eve. Hide this box of goodies under the tree with an "Open Me Now" tag and begin a special tradition. Use a decorative Christmas box or wrap your…

Make It: Signature Ornament

Here's a craft for the older kids. Have them use their very best handwriting to make a unique ornament. See also our roundup events and more crafts in our Holiday Corner. Materials 12-gauge wire pliers with a cutter baker's twine…

Make It: Pistachio and Cranberry Holiday Biscotti

Photo: David Croxford Pistachios and cranberries lend some Christmas cheer to tasty biscotti. We kept ours simple but you could drizzle frosting on one side and even add red and green sprinkles for a festive touch. Ingredients: 2 large eggs…

Keiki Craft: Santa Countdown Calendar

Do you have a color printer, some lined-paper and some tape? Then you and your child can make a simple Christmas Countdown Calendar. It's also a good way for little ones to practice their cutting skills! Directions 1. We Googled “Santa Face”…

4 Fun Ways to Countdown to Christmas

As keiki eagerly anticipate Christmas, make counting down the days a fun event for whole family. Photo: Michele AucelloThe elves often arrive to help with our Christmas traditions. Hang an Ornament Each Day We have a little wooden advent calendar…

Make It: Thankful Tree and Turkey

When it comes to the holidays, my family hits the ground running. As soon as Halloween is over, we start thinking about Thanksgiving. The Thankful Tree is a good way to channel creative energy and reminds us all of the…

Make It: Turkey Place Cards

Make your guests feel special at Thanksgiving with cute, keiki-created place cards. Materials Small pumpkins and gourds Googly eyes Yellow and red felt Hot glue gun Toothpicks Index cards Instructions Write each guest's name on an index card.  Attach the…

Recipe: “Pumpkin” Thankful Rolls

Every year, between Halloween and Thanksgiving, we write down what we are thankful for. We usually post our notes on a Thankful tree. This year we will try something different—we will hide our notes and try to guess who wrote…

Give Back: Create A Shoebox of Love

Photo: Samaritanspurse.orgChildren receiving shoeboxes. Editorʻs Note: This blog was updated for 2020. Operation Christmas Child is run by a humanitarian organization called Samaritan’s Purse. Participants fill a shoebox with gifts for a girl or a boy in another country, wrap it…