These how-to guides, recipes, crafts, and project ideas
make learning new skills exciting
Fill out our grandparents form
We want to hear why grandparents are important to kids! They can write and draw their answers on this form and then an adult can email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Some submissions will be printed in future issues of the magazine.
Host a cooking competition
Inspired by TV cooking shows like Chopped and Top Chef, these at-home parties have become a popular alternative to activities like a game night or movie night. It’s easy and fun to host one, but it does take some advanced planning.
Make spooky bats for straws
Made from black ribbon, these bats can add spooky flair to straws, cupcakes, or any decor. They make a great costume accessory, too.
Make a music video
A child can channel their inner rock star by creating a music video for a favorite song. This can be a solo activity or a fun time with friends or siblings.
Bake up pumpkin blondies
These spiced pumpkin bars can be filled with chocolate chips, or swap in nuts or other mix-ins.
Host a costume party
Halloween is almost here! One way to celebrate is to have a costume party with friends. Use these tips to plan the event.
Decorate a batch of zombie cupcakes
Green frosting and decorations turn cupcakes into zombies. They can be scary or silly, and no two cupcakes have to be the same.
Make spooky spider bark
White and milk chocolate form a stunning web, and candy spiders sit on top for a creepy-crawly treat.
Scrapbooks are a great way to document special memories while also letting creativity shine. Here’s how to get started.
Pack a healthy school lunch
Lunch is a great time to catch up with friends, but it’s also important to fill up on nutrient-rich foods. Here’s how to pack a healthy, balanced lunch and stay energized through the afternoon.
Be a citizen scientist
Professional scientists ask regular people to help them collect observations of nature, animals, and even outer space. We have a guide to getting involved.
Bake delicious apple dumplings
These dumplings include a whole apple, stuffed with an oat and walnut mixture, wrapped in dough, and baked to perfection.
Make animal charms for a backpack
Cute bears, pigs, and dogs made from wooden beads will add character to any backpack. A thick string makes adorable “legs” for the animals.
Find out about 9/11
Our age-appropriate explainer and list of middle-grade books can help kids understand what happened on that day 20 years ago.
Mark the start of school
As much as most kids love summer, back to school is also a really fun and exciting time. Here are a few ways to start off on the right foot for a successful year.
Craft a colorful supply organizer
This organizer, made from recycled cardboard, is great for storing pencils and markers. Children can follow our suggestions for colors and designs, or customize it with their own.
Draw a comic strip
A comic strip tells a story through a series of illustrated pictures and words. Making one is a creative way to bring ideas to life, and it’s also fun and easy.
Stamp a colorful T-shirt
Tie-dye is not the only way to jazz up a shirt with color. Potatoes, carrots, or apples make great stamps to create cool patterns and designs.
Looking for more fun things to do?
We’ve collected all of our earlier games, workouts, and activities in one place.