Kids Halloween Party Outdoors – Fun for All Ages

My favorite kind of party: so little effort, and so much excitement that it almost feels like cheating!  The key to it?  The magic ingredient?  It is outside.  Sounds spooky?  Not in the least.  It is the best kind of Halloween party, the one kids we’ll be remembering and asking for again and again. First [...]

Cool Halloween pumpkin carving ideas

Pumpkin carving is a terrific fall activity for parents and kids to do together. You probably have seen some amazingly artistic pumpkin carvings that mortal person technically cannot do. We have, too. We tried to collect some original ideas that might be performed by amateur carvers, we mean, devoted parents. Your carved pumpkins might not [...]

Top gifts for 2 year old boy. My son’s favorites.

The new toys are flooding the floors. The old ones are washed off to the sides.  And once the wrapping paper, ribbons and other shreds of gift opening are safely picked up by the local environmental cleaning agency (another role assigned to mom on a regular basis), it is time to recoup which gifting treasures [...]

How to Encourage Kids to Read

Promote reading in your family. Encourage your children to read more. With busy schedules for both parents and kids it is easier to say that than to accomplish it. PBS Reading Rockets asked the parents and teachers to share their ideas about how to encourage kids, especially those who aren’t excited about books, to do [...]

Five Easiest Halloween Crafts for the Little Ones. Crafts for Toddlers.

My favorite crafts have two things in common: they don’t have a perfect final result and they allow maximum room for kids’ creativity to soar into the sky.  Even for the littlest crafters.  Especially for the littlest crafters.   Every single one of these crafts my kids enjoyed at some point of their yearly Halloween Party [...]

Spooky Hullabaloo: the best Halloween party game for all ages!

I like to start our party planning early.  Stage 1 – inviting the guests, determining their ages.  This year – a really big age variation… Stage 2 – party planning.  We need something especially exciting and appropriate for all of them: something for the competitive older ones’ souls; something easy for the little ones to [...]