12 Classic Easter Books & Movies for Kids

12 Classic Easter Books & Movies for Kids

Enjoy these classic children's Easter books and movies with your family this year!

One of my favorite things about reading with my kids is sharing books that I loved as a child. 

I especially enjoy reminiscing with Easter books - they always bring back memories of dressing up in our new Easter outfits (the ones Mom wouldn't let us wear until that day), large family gatherings and egg hunts around the house.

Plus, Easter books also make great basket stuffers to balance out all that candy (I hear the Bunny is a big reading fan too ;)

So today's list features some of our favorite vintage reads for the holiday (and a few wonderful movies too!)

 

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Easter Egg Hunt Clues {with free printable!}

Easter Egg Hunt Clues {with free printable!}

Set up your own DIY Easter Egg Hunt with free printable clues that can be used in any home!

When I was younger, Easter was a big family holiday for us -- lots of people over to the house, a HUGE family dinner and new Easter outfits.

But my favorite part of the whole day was the Easter egg hunt!  I looked forward to it more than the cool stuff in my Easter basket!

My mom would round up a handful of pennies, nickels and dimes (+ one quarter) from my father and distribute the money into a dozen or so plastic eggs. 

Then she would hide them around the house and let my sister, brother & I know they were hidden.

That was all it took -- we would hunt and search like crazy! 

Oh, to find the egg with the quarter (that was a lot of money for a kid way back when ;) 

Now we live far away from our family so Easter is more of a quiet holiday -- no big meal and it's  just our immediate family but every year, I do an egg hunt for our kids.  

 

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St Patrick's Day Scavenger Hunt {printable list!}

St Patrick's Day Scavenger Hunt {printable list!}

Grab a copy of this printable St. Patrick's Day Scavenger Hunt list and challenge your kids to find their 'pot o' gold'!

Almost anyone will tell you that you don't have to be Irish to celebrate St. Patrick's Day ;)

While we have our favorite books and movies about the holiday, and love a good parade as much as anyone, there's also another fun way to enjoy this holiday --

hunting for a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow!

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33 FREE Non-Candy Valentine Cards for Kids

Fun ideas for creative no-candy Valentine's Day cards for kids!

Valentine's Day is right around the corner!

For kids, there's always excitment about giving sentimental (or funny) cards to their friends & family. 

We've always loved the creative valentines that double as a fun activity -- a coloring page, game to play or have some adorable non-candy item attached that my kids then treasure and use for the rest of the school year.

So today we've rounded-up some of the BEST free printable Valentine card ideas for YOU!

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14 Easy Valentine Box and Card Holder Ideas

14 Easy Valentine Box and Card Holder Ideas

Fun ideas for unique and easy Valentine Boxes that are the perfect way to hold cards & candy from class parties!

Sometimes I think it's the minor holidays that might put me under as a Mom!

Take February for example, either I'm trying to find 100 items for the kids to bring for the 100th day of school or I'm wondering how it is that EVERY set of boxed valentines includes 24 cards when my kids ALWAYS have 26 kids in their class.

I solved that last challenge by finding a great selection of Free Valentine Cards for Kids that you can print yourself -- as many as you'll need :)

Now for the next challenge -- coming up with a great idea for the Valentine Box! 

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Valentine's Day Scavenger Hunt & Activities {free printable!}

Valentine's Day Scavenger Hunt & Activities {free printable!}

Enjoy time together with this free printable Valentine's Day Scavenger Hunt and more fun activities to do with your kids!

Most people think of flowers and candy on Valentine's Day - but what kids would really love is spending some time together! 

Here are some fun activities to do together on Valentine's Day or any time during the month of February.

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New Year's Eve Countdown Ideas for Kids

New Year's Eve Countdown Ideas for Kids

One of our fun winter traditions is an hour by hour New Year's Eve Countdown for kids & families to enjoy home!

Kids love a celebration (although most won't stay awake long enough to see the ball drop in Times Square) so we've pulled together a list of countdown ideas to enjoy throughout the day!

With these super fun activities, you can start your New Year's Eve countdown anytime during the day -- make it an all-day activity or just an after dinner countdown until your kids are ready for bed.

And many of these fun ideas will introduce your kids to how other countries bring in the New Year around the world.

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Indoor Winter Games for Kids: Holiday Charades or Pictionary {w/free printable}

Enjoy some time inside with these fun holiday & winter themed charade or pictionary games for kids and families!

This week, I've realized that winter is coming. 

Scratch that – winter is here (at least in most of the country). 

The temperatures have dipped so low that getting outside is sometimes difficult even for a nature loving girl like myself.

So it’s always good to have some fun indoor activities ready & waiting – great for rainy days or frigid temps! 

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Christmas Science Experiment for Kids

Christmas Science Experiment for Kids

Try this easy Christmas science experiment as a fun winter break or holiday-themed classroom activity!

There's nothing like the holidays to get you in the mood to do some science experiments, right?! 

Actually, it's those long winter break days when the kids need some creative things to do that usually spur some of these ideas.  And although today's science experiment is Christmas-themed, it can be done year round and was a very popular one during our science series a few years ago.

So have the kids gather up these common holiday items, print off the free worksheet and experiment with a litte physics over their winter break!

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25 Free Online Read Aloud Books for Christmas & Holidays

A wonderful list of FREE read aloud books online for Christmas and winter holidays is sure to inspire holiday reading! 

One of our most loved and read posts is Finding Free Kids Books Online -- so I thought we should create a special Holiday Edition as our gift to each of you! 

So many families are traveling at this time of the year but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy a story with your kids or 'bring along' some seasonal favorites.  These are especially great to take on family road trips during holiday travel!

The following links will take you to FREE online editions of great kids holiday books for reading on your iPad, Kindle, computer or smartphone!  Then you won't have to worry if you didn't get to pack some books (or if you get stuck in line at Target and need something to keep the kids happy ;)

Plus, we've included a few holiday 'treats' that feature audio books & music too!

UPDATED:  This is always such a popular post during the holidays and some of the online sites have changed their book selections. 

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25 Christmas Countdown & Advent Calendar Ideas

25 Christmas Countdown & Advent Calendar Ideas

Ideas for a Christmas Countdown or Advent Calendar that inspires family togetherness!

I don't know about you but once December 1st rolls around, my kids turn into math wizards -- they are able to let you know at a moments notice how many days are left until Christmas.

It's amazing considering that the rest of the year they always need to ask me how many days are left in the week ;)

But I'll be honest -- having a countdown to Christmas (which usually includes some of these Advent calendar activities) is just as much fun for me as it is for them.

Because let's just admit it, no matter how much we TRY to keep the month calm and relaxing, the world just doesn't seem to cooperate.

The days begin to fly by faster -- the items on our 'to do' list pile up -- and then WHAM!, it's Christmas Eve and I can't fathom where the last 24 days went.

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Where to Send Your Letter to Santa (& how to get a letter back!)

Where to Send Your Letter to Santa (& how to get a letter back!)

It's that time of the year when I'm sure someone in your house wants to mail a letter to Santa!

Maybe it's your 4-year-old who wants to ask Santa about his favorite cookies.

Or the somewhat doubting 9-year-old who wants to confirm the big guy's existance.

And maybe -- just maybe -- it's Mom or Dad who need to get a letter to Santa to let him know that bringing a pet monkey is probably not such a good idea this year ;)

No matter who wants to send Santa a letter, we've got all the details you'll need (along with some FREE ways you can get a reply back too)!  PLUS, we also have a free printable Letter to Santa paper for the kids to print & use too.  We're also sharing links to some of our affiliate partners for books,

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100+ Printable Advent Calendar Ideas & Christmas Countdown Activities

100+ Printable Advent Calendar Ideas & Christmas Countdown Activities

TONS of Advent calendar ideas and activities for your Christmas countdown that help you focus on making memories this year!
 
Every year, I promise myself that I won't get overwhelmed with the busyness of the season.
 

The week before Thanksgiving, I start intentionally thinking about what I want for our family  -- peaceful evenings, time each week to connect and enjoy traditions together -- not to appear to be a frazzled, hurried Mom who's trying to buzz through story time because there are gifts to wrap or cookies to bake.

There's always SO much more on our plates during the holidays which is why I LOVE our Advent Calendar Activities -- they keep me grounded and help me to enjoy what we love most about the holidays -- spending time with my family!

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100 Activities for Your Advent Calendar {free printables!}

100 Activities for Your Advent Calendar {free printables!}

Use this free printable set of Advent Calendar ideas & activities to inspire time together for a Christmas Countdown with your kids!

One of my favorite memories from childhood is our Advent Calendar

It was a Christmas tradition -- a simple felt calendar with 24 small red pockets and some jingle bells on the top. 

Each day, my brother, sister or myself placed a candy cane in one of the pockets -- boy, did we fight over that honor :) 

Good thing that 24 is easily divided by 3 so my Mom could quickly swoop in on any disagreement (along with a fast reminder that "Santa's watching").

And now we have a similar calendar in our house -- 24 small pockets with a stocking of candy canes hanging nearby (and even a few arguments about whose turn it is will still occur :) 

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20 Alternatives to Candy for Halloween Treats

Ideas for non candy & alternative Halloween treats!

Let me tell you about the year I handed out pretzels -- It's a HUGE family joke so I'm sure I've mentioned it before.

To my defense, they were pumpkin & bat shaped pretzels in these cute little Halloween-themed bags ....

BUT that did not seem to impress MY kids at all. 

All I heard was "What if my friends stop by?  They'll think you don't like Halloween?" 

Well that's totally not true given some of the fun ways we hand out candy and the cool Halloween decorations we have at our house!

But I wasn't going to waiver -- I was going with pretzels that year! 

Every other house would hand out candy so there would be more than enough of that to go around, right?

Then came Halloween night ...

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