Holiday Guide

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…

Make It: Shave Ice Cupcakes

Photos: Karen DB Photography Materials Cake mix Cupcake liners Frosting Sanding sugar in pink, yellow and blue; or go red and green for the Mele Kalikimaka effect Scissors Shave ice cones; we found these snowflake-adorned options at Target Colorful straws…

Our Guide: Hosting a Socially Distant Cookie Swap

Photo: Laura Dornbush Christmas cookies are my favorite holiday tradition. I love reading recipes, stocking up on ingredients weeks in advance, baking them and sharing with neighbors, friends, and family. As my 4-year-old son, Duke, has gotten older, he has…

Keiki Treat: Snowmen Marshmallows

Snowmen marshmallows Ingredients: Marshmallows Rainbow chip crunch sprinkles Pumpkin mix sprinkles  Instructions: Cut a marshmallow in half. This will allow it to float on the cocoa without flipping over. Dip the cut end in powdered sugar so it won't stick…

Make It: Shave Ice Pom Pom Ornament

Photo: David Croxford Supplies: pom pom maker (we used the 2.5-inch size, available at hobby stores) scissors mini wooden spoon yarn in multiple colors white felt thread or twine hot glue gun and glue sticks ruler or measuring tape Instructions:…

Make It: Holiday Fluffy Slime

Photos: Karen DB Photography Here's a spin on slime for your Winter Break or for fun gifts for your keiki to mix and give away. This recipe uses contact lens solution instead of Borax. Materials for jars Mason jars; one recipe…

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: Balsa Wood Tabletop Trees

Photo: David Croxford Create your own tabletop decorations for the holidays. Let the kids get creative with paint, glue and all the decorations you can handle! Supplies: balsa wood sheets (found at hobby stores) pencil ruler scissors Instructions: Use your…

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: Fern-Printed Wrapping Paper

Photos: Karen DB Photography Materials Ferns; we used kupukupu and palapalai Acrylic paint Roll of craft paper or white paper Car-wash sponge, cut into smaller pieces A plate for the paint Paper towels Instructions Wash and dry ferns thoroughly. Squeeze…

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…

8 Local DIY Holiday Activity Kits

Photo: Courtesy Ice Cubed Hawai'i Make a Snowman Kit-Updated  Most of the highly-anticipated snow play days are canceled this year, but this kit gives our Hawai‘i keiki a chance to build their own Frosty with ‘real’ snow and then enjoy…

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: Shaka Wreath

Photo: Karen DB Photography Materials Green and bright pink construction paper Scissors Pencils Glue 1 ½-inch-wide ribbon Instructions Make a shaka and trace your hand on the green paper. Repeat the first step multiple times, using hands of all family…