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Free Printable Doctor Pretend Play Set

Keep Your Kids Entertained And Help Build Their Cognitive And Emotional Empathy With These Adorable Doctor-Themed Printables

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Some of my favorite memories from childhood involve pretend play (also known as dramatic play). And one of my favorite pretend play games involved playing doctor with my stuffed animals.

Both of my kids have carried on that tradition and my youngest continues to do so to this day. But, although she has the pretend play instruments, it is a struggle to find pretend play paperwork—and most kids love filling out paperwork!

So I made my own! And sharing with all of you!

What Are The Benefits Of Pretend Doctor Play?

There are so many benefits of pretend doctor play! For one, it teaches both cognitive as well as emotional empathy, and second, it helps kids overcome a fear of going to the doctor.

There are also other important benefits to pretend play such as learning, thinking and problem solving abilities—in other words, all of the important skills that will be needed once your little one starts attending school!

How To Download The Free Doctor Pretend Play Printables

To download the free doctor pretend play printables, simply right click the image, and save it to your desktop. You can also click on the image to open it on another tab and print from there.

The printables below are in PNG format and suited for the standard 8.5 x 11 paper.

You’ll find fun worksheets such as a patient chart, RX prescriptions, eye charts and more!)

You can either print these numerous times, or laminate them and use a dry erase marker to save on ink!

Free Printable Doctor Pretend Play Worksheets

DOCTOR PRETEND PLAY PATIENT FORM

PRETEND PLAY DOCTOR PRESCRIPTION SET

PRETEND PLAY DOCTOR EYE EXAM POSTER

PRETEND PLAY HEALTH INSURANCE CARD

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Rainy Day Indoor Scavenger Hunt For Preschoolers: Free Printables

Don’t Let A Rainy Day Ruin Your Fun! Your Preschooler Will Have A Blast With This Indoor Scavenger Hunt!

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Rainy days can be a lot of fun if you have some fun indoor activities planned—like board games, arts and crafts, and my personal favorite: an indoor scavenger hunt!

Indoor scavenger hunts have always kept my kids busy during days when playing outside wasn’t an option.

How To Do A Rainy Day Indoor Scavenger Hunt

To do the rainy day scavenger hunt, the participants will need a scavenger hunt worksheet that lists all of the items they’ll need to find in and around your home.

We’ve created four (4) types of printable worksheets for four different rooms within your home (living room, kitchen, bathroom and your child’s bedroom).

The images are simple and age appropriate for 3-6 year olds.

As each item is located, you can help your child circle the item on the worksheet.

Optional Rules

To make this scavenger hunt a little more challenging, set a time limit.

You can also choose to give a participation prize regardless of the number of players involved.

How To Download The Free Printable Rainy Day Indoor Scavenger Hunt Worksheets

To download the free rainy day scavenger hunt worksheets, simply right click the image, and save it to your desktop. You can also click on the image to open it on another tab and print from there.

Have fun, and remember to stay safe!

Free Printable Rainy Day Indoor Scavenger Hunt Worksheets

KITCHEN SCAVENGER HUNT

LIVING ROOM SCAVENGER HUNT

BATHROOM SCAVENGER HUNT

BEDROOM SCAVENGER HUNT

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How To Do A Selfie Scavenger Hunt For Birthday Parties: Free Printables Included

Give Your Teen’s Next Birthday Party An Upgrade With This Fun Selfie Scavenger Hunt!

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Tweens and teens are constantly taking photos of themselves, so why not put this talent to good use by hosting a selfie scavenger hunt at their next birthday party!

How To Do A selfie Scavenger Hunt

To do a selfie scavenger hunt, the participants will need their smart phones or cameras (either digital or polaroid cameras are perfectly fine because we here at Eco Mom Diaries, realize that not all kids are allowed to own a smart phone).

Each participant will also need a scavenger hunt worksheet that lists all of the items they’ll need to find in and around your home.

We’ve created two types of printable worksheets (one for indoor use and one for the backyard), so feel free to use either one—or both!

As each item is located, the participants will take a photo with the item and check it off of the list.

Optional Rules

To make this scavenger hunt a little more challenging, set a time limit. The typical tween will take forever trying to get that “perfect angle” (LOL), so setting a timer will speed things up!

You can also choose to give a prize to the winning participant (like a set of kawaii scrunchies or a cute reusable water bottle)—something that’s trending amongst teen girls these days.

You can tell participants that certain items require a silly face.

How To Download The Free Printable Scavenger Hunt Worksheets

To download the free scavenger hunt worksheets, simply right click the image, and save it to your desktop. You can also click on the image to open it on another tab and print from there.

Have fun, and remember to stay safe if you are doing a scavenger hunt outdoors!

Free Printable Selfie Scavenger Hunt Worksheets

INDOOR EDITION

BACKYARD EDITION

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50 Summer Bucket List Ideas For Kids

50 Fun Screen-Free Summer Activities For Kids

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Your kids have worked super hard all school year, and now it’s time for them to unwind and have some well deserved fun!

For many kids, summer break means spending hours upon hours on an iPad or gaming system, and while a healthy amount of screen time is perfectly ok (hey, I binged on Super Nintendo during summers in the early 90s), it’s equally important to encourage healthy outdoor play, arts and crafts, board games, reading and other activities that help with cognitive development.

With that said, below are 50 fun summer bucket list ideas for kids that encourage connecting with the outdoors, creativity, and family bonding.

I’ve even included a printable worksheet at the very bottom of this article in which your kids can list their top 10 favorite bucket list activities to try each week!

Download And Print the list below!

Fun And Simple Summer Bucket List Ideas For Kids

  • Build a bird house or bird feeder
  • Spend the day at a splash pad
  • Start a YouTube channel
  • Go on a nature scavenger hunt
  • Donate old clothing and toys to a someone in need
  • Redecorate your room
  • Fly a kite
  • Visit your local zoo and pretend you’re on a safari
  • Go on a picnic
  • Do some star gazing in your backyard (use a telescope for extra fun)
  • Plan a trip to the aquarium
  • Go geo-caching
  • Go on a date with mom
  • Build a fort
  • Go see a movie in the movie theater
  • Spend the day at the beach and collect seashells
  • Learn how to make slime
  • Ride a bike
  • Write a story
  • Spend a day at the community swimming pool (or your own)
  • Visit a farm and pick some fruit or vegetables
  • Learn to play an instrument
  • Go camping with friends or family
  • Read a chapter book
  • Camp in the backyard
  • Have a family game night
  • Start a rock collection
  • Visit a National Park
  • Watch fireworks
  • Start a journal or diary
  • Go bowling with your friends or family
  • Have a sidewalk chalk art show
  • Go on a nature walk
  • Plant a vegetable garden
  • Make a lemonade stand
  • Help wash the car
  • Learn Origami
  • Play Mini Golf
  • Build a backyard obstacle course
  • Camp in the living room
  • Go rollerblading
  • Create your own comic book
  • Volunteer at an animal shelter
  • Start a book club

Your child can also create their own bucket list by choosing their top 10 favorite activities from our list above! Feel free to download and print the bucket list worksheet below!

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Free Father’s Day Activity Worksheets For Kids

Free Printable Father’s Day Activity Pages For Kids

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If you’re looking for some last minute activities that your kids can do on Father’s Day, then check out these simple Father’s Day activity worksheets that your kids can do for fun!

These printable Father’s Day themed worksheets can even make wonderful gifts for dad! They can be framed, hung on the fridge, or stapled together and turned into a keepsake!

These worksheets are fun yet simple—perfect for kids around age 7 and up. If you’d like something less challenging for a younger child, check out my free printable Father’s Day coloring pages for the little ones.

How To Print The Free Father’s Day Printables

If you’d like to print these free Father’s Day activity pages, simply click on an image and it will open in another browser. From there, just save it to your computer and print!

And for more fun, head on over to print some FREE Father’s Day Coloring Pages!

Printable Father’s Day Activity Pages For Kids

Father’s Day Word Search

Keep your child busy with this fun Father’s Day word search! Your child must try to find all 15 words related to dad! For an added challenge, set a timer and race against the clock! If there are multiple kids working on this word search puzzle, offer a prize to the person who finishes first!

Dad And I Bucket List

We love this activity sheet because your child can brainstorm 10 activities for a bucket list that they can do with their dad on Father’s Day! It can be things like “playing sports in the backyard” or “going out to our favorite restaurant”. Your child can check off each item that gets accomplished throughout the day!

All About Dad Activity Sheet

This cute little activity page is all about dad! Your child gets to test their knowledge about dad’s favorite things, and can even draw a photo of themselves with their dad! It’s a cute project that can be framed or hung on the fridge!

Father’s Day Maze

Help the dad get to his football in this fun and challenging maze! For added fun, mom can set a timer and your child can race against the clock! If there are multiple kids working on this word search puzzle, offer a prize to the person who finishes first!

Dad Libs

This Father’s Day worksheet is really fun if your child loves Mad Libs! This simple and easy dad version is all about dad’s favorite things and why your child loves him! plus, it’s a great way to practice those nouns, verbs and adjectives!

Father’s Day Gratitude Jar

This is one of our favorite father’s day activity pages because kids get a chance to write down everything that they are thankful for when it comes to dad! Write outside of the jar if you need more space!

Father’s Day Mad Libs: Silly SuperHero Story

Your kids can get as silly as they’d like with this dad libs superhero edition. I originally created this for my 8 year old, and he had a blast filling it out!

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Father’s Day Coloring Pages: Free Printables

Surprise Dad With These Fun DIY Coloring Pages For Father’s Day

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Father’s Day is just around the corner, and there’s no better gift than an easy DIY art project that your kids can proudly make for their favorite super hero: dad!

Coloring pages make wonderful gifts for dad! They allow toddlers and little kids to express themselves creatively, and the pages can be framed or turned into a book.

These Father’s Day coloring pages are fun yet simple—perfect for little kids as well as toddlers!

How To Print The Free Father’s Day Printables

If you’d like to print these free Father’s Day coloring pages, simply click on an image and it will open in another browser. From there, just save it to your computer and print! They are pre-formatted to print on a standard 8.5 x 11 inch paper.

I hope that your little ones enjoy these coloring pages, and make it their own! I’m sure their dads will love them too!

Printable Father’s Day Coloring Pages For Kids

Happy Father’s Day

Your little one is dad’s favorite sidekick, so this Father’s Day printable is the perfect picture to color for dad!

Nuts About Dad

Your little one is “nuts” about dad, so this Father’s Day printable of two peanuts is the perfect image to color for dad!

Best (Girl) Dad

Your little girl loves her dad, so this Father’s Day printable will make a very sweet gift for dad!

Best (Boy) Dad

Your little guy loves his dad, so this Father’s Day printable will make a very sweet gift for dad!

Coolest Pop Ever

Because there’s no cooler pop in town than dad! Your little one will love coloring this Father’s Day printable!

My Dad Can Fix Anything

It’s true! Dad can fix anything! So this Father’s Day, your little one can color this printable of the best repair man in town!

Reel Cool Dad

If dad loves to fish, then this is a ”reel-ly”fun coloring page to give dad for Father’s Day!

I Dig My Dad

For the construction lover who also loves his dad, this printable coloring page for Father’s Day will make a perfect DIY gift!

Dad, You’re Out Of This World

It’s true! Dad is out of this world! Your little one will love coloring this space astronaut for Father’s Day!

My Dad Rocks

Dad is a rockstar! That’s why this printable coloring page is the perfect gift for your rockin’ dad!

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Eco-Friendly Easter Crafts For Kids

Fun And Easy Easter Crafts To Make With Your Kids

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Every year, as Easter slowly approaches, I look for fun and easy Easter themed crafts that I can do with my children.

Crafting is a great way to celebrate and learn the meaning of certain holidays, and it’s also a fantastic way to work on fine motor skills!

How Can I Make Easter Crafts Eco-Friendly?

When it comes to arts and crafts, I always encourage myself, as well as my children, to use environmentally friendly supplies that can either be up-cycled, recycled, or composted. Some examples are:

  • Kraft + Construction Paper
  • Non-Toxic Glue
  • Glass Jars
  • Felt Paper
  • Egg Cartons
  • Toilet Paper + Paper Towel Tubes

Not all art and crafting supplies are 100% eco-friendly, and that’s ok. Some projects require the use of certain items like googly eyes; and I have no problem using them even though they are made from plastic because I can always reuse them on future projects. And if they make my child laugh and giggle, then I am all for it.

Below are some of my favorite low-waste Easter crafts for kids that we have been enjoying, and we hope you will too. They are super fun and easy to create, and look great when completed!

Easy Easter DIY Projects For Kids

Danya Banya

Paper Plate Sheep Mask For Kids

Blog | DanyaBanya

This sheep mask craft is a fantastic project for both toddlers and preschoolers. It’s easy, it’s fun, and it promotes imaginative play! Check out the full tutorial for this Easter-themed craft on Danya’s website!

Handimania

No Sew Sock Bunny

YouTube Channel | Handimania

You and your kids can make adorable sock bunnies without the need for any patterns or needles. All you need are some socks, rice, ribbons, a pair of scissors, and a marker. These can be used as Easter basket fillers, or as home decor!

CompostAndCava

Recycled Yogurt Jar Bunnies

Blog | CompostandCava

Join Reese at Compost And Cava as she teaches you how to turn Oui by Yoplait yogurt jars into festive Easter decor. They can be filled with flowers, jelly beans and other Easter goodies! This Easter craft for kids is a great way to upcycle old jars, and a fantastic way to save money on Easter home decor.

Easy Kids Craft

Bobble Head Paper Bunny

YouTube Channel | Easy Kids Craft

Learn how to make fun and easy bobble head paper bunnies! This Easter craft for kids is a fun way to get creative! So grab some scissors, paper, glue and googly eyes, and have fun with this Easter activity!

Crafty Morning

Mini Popsicle Stick Chicks

Blog | Crafty Morning

Michelle at Crafty Morning teaches you and your child how to make these super simple popsicle stick chics! This eco-friendly Easter craft for kids lets you reuse some popsicle sticks, turning them into adorable Easter icons!

Rocking Paper Plate Bunny Craft For Kids

YouTube Channel | Easy Peasy And Fun

If you and your kids love paper plate crafts, then you’ll really enjoy this easy rocking paper plate bunny craft! Give them a gentle push, and watch them sway side to side.

Iheartartsncrafts

Yarn Wrapped Handprint Carrot Craft For Kids

Blog | iheartartsncrafts

Join Jackie at iheartartsncrafts as she teaches you and your child how to make a yarn wrapped carrot craft this season! This eco-friendly Easter craft is super simple and looks great when it’s put together!

Design Mom

Salt Dough Easter Egg Ornaments

Blog | DesignMom

Who doesn’t love a natural ornament? Gabrielle from Design Mom teaches you how to create all-natural Easter egg ornaments from salt dough. These can even be hung on your rear view mirror!

Champs Crafts

Spring Chicks Egg Carton Crafts

YouTube Channel | ChampCrafts

This awesome eco-friendly Easter craft is all about reusing those egg cartons to create adorable chicks! It’s a simple and fun project that can be composted if used with plant-based paints!

Q-Tip Lamb Craft

Blog | One Little Project

Debbie from One Little Project shows you how to make this adorable Q-tip lamb! For an eco-friendly twist, you can use all-cotton or bamboo q-tips instead of the ones with the plastic handles. This is super cute for a puppet show, or glue a magnet to the back and stick it on the fridge!

Housing A Forest

Paper Plate Chick

Blog | Housing A Forest

What I love most about this Easter craft by Housing A Forest, is that you can make it into a princess or turn it into one of the Avengers. For an eco-friendly twist, you can leave out the glitter and perhaps use macaroni instead of rhinestones.

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Epic Parenting Fails Confessed By Redditors

Parents Of Reddit Confess Their Most Memorable Parenting Fails, And We Can Totally Relate

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Whether you’re a new parent, or have been around the block a few times, you know that being a parent is really hard work.

I mean, if you don’t have crippling anxiety from constant worrying on a daily basis, are you even a parent?

That’s why I’ve put together a compilation of hilarious parenting fail confessions from Reddit which prove that we’re all just trying survive this whole parenting thing.

These parenting blunders are great to read if you’re having a bad day, or feel like the worst parent in the world. They also make you realize that we’re all human, and there is no such thing as a perfect parent.

Epic Parenting Fail Confessions By Parents Of Reddit

“I had my son on my shoulders this weekend just walking around. Ran his head right in the garage door”

“Either me or my husband changed the sheets of the baby’s bassinet pad and put it back in the bassinet upside down. For almost a week, our 2 month old was sleeping on a freaking hard board.”

“When my firstborn was about 3 weeks old I decided to put him in the stroller and go for a walk to the mall. I’d been wearing flip flops for weeks, so I decided to dust off a pair of platform sandals to celebrate the fact that I actually had balance again. Or so I thought. On our way home, I tripped over something and completely lost my balance. I went over and so did my stroller. And my 3 week old newborn rolled out onto the sidewalk.”

“I managed to pour an entire 5 oz bottle of formula on my son’s face at 3 in the morning.”

“Once I pinched my daughter’s finger in the carseat buckle so badly. I was even pushing on it because I thought it was stuck. I looked up and she was doing that inhale-before-cry thing. I felt like shit all afternoon.”

“We were camping. My 4 year old was acting up so he got sent for time out on a stump near the tent. He was upset so he was crying and sniffling. He knew he had to wait four minutes, but he kept starting to talk and I’d tell him to be quiet and start the time over. Finally (about 3 minutes) I got fed up and went to talk to him. Turns out there were ants on the stump. Only one, a really really large one, crawled up him and was biting a line across his neck and he couldn’t swat it off. I took it off and smashed it in my fingers. Then started crying myself and held my little boy. I still feel like shit when I think about it and it was a year ago.”

“I forgot to feed my kids dinner once, when they were really small. Got them all ready for bed, tucked them in, and then my son says, “When’s dinner?”

“I was getting off a plane a few weeks ago with my four month old in a baby carrier and I needed to get my diaper bag from the back of the overhead bin. Stepped on the seat, pushed up, and absolutely smoked my child’s head on the overhead bin”

“I was exhausted and had been trying to get her to sleep for the longest. She finally fell asleep in my arms and as I groggily walked into her room – BAM – I hit the doorframe with her little head. ”

“When our daughter was 6ish weeks old I put her car seat on the counter to get her out of it because I didn’t want to bend over, when I took her out I smoked her lil skull on the cabinet above her”

“My hubby was leaving for work and had his satchel over his arm, went to hug our baby goodbye and right after pulling away, the bag smacked our dude in the face.

“I accidentally punched him in the face when I was trying to pull up the chest buckle to armpit level in his car seat.”

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Fun And Easy St. Patrick’s Day Crafts For Kids

Fun And Festive St. Patty’s Day Crafts And Activities For Children!

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Even if you’re not Irish, March 17th is a super fun holiday that anyone can enjoy and celebrate—especially the kiddos!

When it comes to St. Patrick’s Day, there are a ton of activities that you can do with kids, whether it’s at home or in a classroom setting, and arts and crafts are one of them.

St. Patrick’s Day is all about leprechauns, rainbows, shamrocks and pots of gold—and there are a lot of fun ways to re-create your own versions of these iconic Irish symbols!

Though I love making crafts with my kids, I myself need a little help in the creativity department! And my two go-to places are either Pinterest or YouTube! You can always find the best tutorials when it comes to holiday crafts for kids!

So below, I have put together a round-up of my favorite St. Patty’s Day crafts from YouTube! These videos are fun to watch and the crafts easy to replicate. So enjoy and also give their channels a follow!

Fun Crafts To Entertain Your Kids On St. Patrick’s Day

YouTube | Happy Crafty

Paper Plate Rainbow And Pot Of Gold

YouTube Channel: Happy Crafty

Your child will love making this super easy paper plate rainbow and pot of gold by Happy Crafty! It’s a fantastic St. Patrick’s Day craft to do at home or even at school! Check out Happy Crafty’s YouTube Channel for even more fun holiday crafts!

YouTube | Sarah Johnson—EssyJae

How To Make A Leprechaun Jar

YouTube Channel | Sarah Johnson—EssyJae

Join Sarah Johnson as she teaches you and your child how to make a glowing jar with a leprechaun silhouette inside! Your child will love creating this leprechaun trap in honor of St. Patrick’s day!

DIY Shamrock Sprouts

Blog | Housingaforest.com

This is quite possibly the coolest St. Patrick’s Day activity on here; though you might need to start this STEM project ahead of time! Learn how to create this four leaf clover-themed activity at Housingaforest.com!

YouTube | Easy Kids Craft

How To Make A Paper Leprechaun

YouTube Channel | Easy Kids Craft

This super easy paper leprechaun craft by Easy Kids Craft is a fun project for St. Patrick’s Day that consists mostly of paper, card stock and a glue stick.

YouTube | JrMojo

How To Make A Saint Patrick’s Day Leprechaun Trap

YouTube Channel | JrMojo

This leprechaun trap by JrMojo is a fun St. Patrick’s Day craft to make with your children and it can probably be reused year after year!

YouTube | Red Ted Art

Leprechaun Corner Bookmark

YouTube Channel | Red Ted Art

This leprechaun bookmark is such a fun and purposeful St. Patrick’s Day craft by Red Ted Art! It consists of primary shapes and is super easy to make at home or in the classroom!

Leprechaun Hat Popsicle Craft

Blog | TheResourcefulMama.com

Learn how to make an adorable leprechaun hat made from popsicle sticks! If your little one loves to paint, then this is a great project for them!

YouTube | Awesomely Crafty

Handprint Leprechaun Craft

YouTube Channel | Awesomely Crafty

This super easy St. Patrick’s Day craft by Awesomely Crafty is so fun to make! All you need is a cut out of your child’s handprint and basic art supplies to create your very own paper leprechaun!

Leprechaun Paper Headband

YouTube Channel | CraftISH Corner

Learn how to make an adorable leprechaun paper headband by CraftISH Corner! Kids love playing dress up, so this is a great St. Patrick’s Day craft for pretend play!

YouTube | Happy Crafty

DIY St. Patrick’s Day Pasta Necklace

YouTube Channel | Happy Crafty

Learn how to make a fun St. Patrick’s Day themed pasta necklace with this easy tutorial by Happy Crafty!

YouTube | Fun Activities For Kids

Leprechaun Shamrock Craft

YouTube Channel | Fun Activities For Kids

Learn how to combine two iconic St. Patrick’s Day items to create a super cute leprechaun shamrock! This video by Fun Activities For Kids is really easy to follow and simple for younger children to replicate.

Four Leaf Clover Sun Catcher

Blog | ThreeLittleFerns.com

If you love sun catchers, then this is your go-to activity for St. Patrick’s Day! Alex, at ThreeLittleFerns.com, also has a template for you to print out to get you and your kids started!

YouTube | I Heart Crafty Things

Easy Leprechaun Craft For Kids

YouTube Channel | I Heart Crafty Things

This paper bowl leprechaun craft by I Heart Crafty Things is a fun and easy St. Patrick’s Day activity—even for the younger kids.

YouTube | The Printables Fairy

Leprechaun Hand Puppet

YouTube Channel | The Printables Fairy

This adorable leprechaun hand puppet craft by The Printables Fairy is simple to make and comes with a free printable that you can get here.

Coffee Filter Rainbow Craft

Blog | DarcyandBrian.com

Get ready to make an absolutely adorable rainbow and cloud craft for St. Patrick’s Day using a coffee filter! Oh, and don’t forget the googly eyes!

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5 Valentine’s Day Tips For Dads

5 Fun Ways That Dads And Their Kids Can Celebrate Valentine’s Day

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There’s more to Valentine’s Day than just romance. It’s a day where you can appreciate all the people in your life that are special to you—and one of the most important ones are your kids.

So if you’re wondering whether or not you should get your child a Valentine’s Day gift, the answer is that, yes, you can. However, I recommend skipping the store-bought gifts and planning an experience instead—maybe even starting a Valentine’s Day tradition.

What Can I Give My Child On Valentine’s Day?

When it comes to Valentine’s Day, your kids will remember the special moments you spent together rather than what they were given.

And whatever you plan, keep it simple. Too many people are conditioned to “expect” material gifts on Valentine’s Day, instead of appreciating what they already have.

Teaching your kids about the importance of family and spending time together is a far greater gift than any plush toy or box of chocolates.

So whether you’re a single dad trying to figure out the whole parenting thing, or a seasoned dad who’s just looking for new ideas to make Valentine’s day more memorable, here are 5 ways that you can spend February 14th with your child!

Start A Breakfast Tradition

A fun tradition that dads and kids can start together is to make heart shaped pancakes every Valentine’s Day for breakfast! You can even let your kids add some of those conversation heart candies for extra fun!

Don’t like pancakes? Make some waffles! You can find a ton of heart-shaped waffle makers online. Whatever you choose to make, involve the kids, and spend the morning cooking together— it’s a fun bonding experience for all of you!

Image Credit | Selahchristeen | Instagram

Take Her To Get Her Nails Painted

Every little girl wants to be like her mom; and getting their nails done is one of those experiences that make them feel like mommy.

So if you’re up for it, take her to the nail salon and let her experience a manicure. Many salons have non-toxic, water-based nail polish in stock, so don’t worry dads! It will easily wash off the next day!

Oh, and if you have a son instead of a daughter (or one of each), you can take your son to get a fresh new haircut—that way he feels pampered too!

Image Credit | Kids Pamper Parties | Instagram

Dress Up & Go Out To Eat

Let your kiddo decide where she wants to eat, and dress up in your finest! If you have a daughter, let her get dressed up like a princess! She will be smiling all night!

If you have a son, you two can go out to eat at his favorite place, and then head over to ride some go-carts, play some old-fashioned arcade games, do some bowling or play some mini golf. Many girls enjoy these activities as well!

Take Her On A Picnic

If restaurants aren’t an option, and it’s not too cold outside, then opt for a good old fashioned picnic in your backyard, the park, or a beach. Picnics are a fun way to connect with your child while getting to eat your favorite snacks.

You can pack all of your child’s favorite foods, and have a lovely time enjoying nature and having a conversation. Picnic sets are available online, or you can pack everything into lunch boxes and just grab a throw blanket.

Image Credit | MemoryDate.Picnic | Instagram

Enjoy A Movie Night With Some Popcorn

You can end your fun Valentine’s Day at home with a movie night and some popcorn; and you can take it up a notch by using a projector instead of the television for a theater-style experience.

However, don’t just stop there! Make a fort or camp out in the living room with some sleeping bags to make movie night super cozy. Let them pick out what movie they want to watch, and just enjoy the whole experience!

Image Credit | Raisinggirls_ | Instagram

Remember, Valentine’s Day is a day to connect with those you love—so make it a great one and stay safe!