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Activities for kids

These how-to guides, recipes, crafts, and project ideas
make learning new skills exciting


Helping kids understand the midterm elections

The Week Junior will be covering the midterm elections as they unfold. Watch this space for our news stories, written in a calm, factual, and age-appropriate way to help kids make sense of what’s going on.

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Use a smartphone wisely

It's important to learn how to safely use a phone, including texting with others and being on the internet. These tips can help kids prepare to navigate the digital world, whether they already have a smartphone or not.

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Create your own family tree

Family members become leaves on a beautiful family tree in this craft project, which uses natural and recycled materials. It's a great opportunity to learn more about family history while creating art.

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Give graphic design a try

This creative art form uses images, text, and other design elements to inform, inspire, and communicate with others. These tips will help kids begin to understand and practice graphic design.

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Make sweet cups of berry fool

A fool is a dessert made of mashed fruit. This one uses fresh (or frozen) berries and cream. It is delicious on its own, or with cookies to scoop it up.

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Get set for returning to school

Many children are about to head back to school or have already started a new academic year. The return to school can bring up lots of different feelings and challenges, so we have some suggestions for preparing for the year ahead.

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Decorate notebooks with tape

A rice paper-based crafting material is perfect for covering notebooks in fun shapes and decorations. We describe how to make stripes, flowers, dogs, and burger designs.

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Bake breakfast frittatas

There's nothing like starting the day with a hearty egg breakfast. Baking frittatas in muffin tins makes individual portions that are easy to eat—even on the go.

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Try being a disc jockey

A disc jockey (DJ) chooses what songs to play on the radio or at events, such as parties and dances. This fun hobby is a way to share favorite songs and artists with others. We have tips for getting started.

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Make blotting art with watercolors

Liquid watercolor paint or food dye can be used to decorate paper towels with bright, bold designs. A muffin tray makes it easy to dip the towels in lots of different colors.

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Go on a scavenger hunt

In this friendly game, players compete to find items on a list in a backyard, park, or other place before time is up. Here’s how to plan one.

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Bake up berry hand pies

Fun-shaped cookie cutters and sparkling sugar add a stylish flair to these scrumptious baked snacks. Using refrigerated pie crust makes the process a breeze.

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Host a used book sale

Families that like reading might have books at home that they no longer need. Holding a book sale can ensure that these books will continue to be enjoyed by others, while benefiting a cause with the money raised.

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Make watermelon panzanella

Cubed bread soaks up all the flavors from fresh fruits and vegetables, feta cheese, and a white balsamic dressing in this colorful, chunky salad. Fresh basil garnishes the top.

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Go camping outdoors

Camping is a great way to take an affordable vacation, appreciate nature, and spend time with family and friends. Here are some suggestions for getting started.

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Make a painted paper bookmark

These custom bookmarks will make summer reading even more fun. They are also an excellent gift for people who like to read.

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Start a kids' book club

Reading can be even more fun and entertaining when it's done with a book club, a group of people who get together to discuss what they thought of a book. Here’s how to get started.

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Blend up a sweet slushie

There's no need for a gas-station slushie when these frosty refreshers are on the menu. Fresh fruit is the star, blended with ice and just enough sugar to make it a treat.

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Have fun with Ping-Pong

More than 16 million people in the US play table tennis, a sport that is enjoyable to play and easy to learn. Here are some tips for getting started.

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Make berry ricotta toast

This sweet toast is so delicious, it's hard to believe it's made up of healthy ingredients like fresh berries, sliced almonds, and whole-wheat bread. Other fruits can be substituted for the berries.

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Explore photography

There are many ways to be an artist, and photography is one that allows people to express their creativity with a camera. Here are the basics on how to get started, along with instructions for entering our photo contest..

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Pick your own fruit

Biting into a fresh, juicy peach or a sweet strawberry is a refreshing treat, especially when these fruits are in season. Here are some tips for going fruit picking at a local farm.

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Make old sunglasses new

With just a little imagination, an old pair of sunglasses can turn into a fun, stylish accessory. We have instructions for creating color-splashed, painted, or bedazzled shades.

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Train to run in a race

Running and jogging are great ways to be active and enjoy the outdoors, and a competition can add a goal to aim for. Here's how to get started.

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Make a fun marble maze

This craft turns a recycled pizza box or shipping box into an amusing, customizable maze game. An online maze generator can help inspire the design.

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Looking for more fun things to do?

We’ve collected all of our activities in one place.

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