I am constantly hearing the term STEM when it comes to my kids education. An acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, STEM refers to the increased focus on these subjects in school. Beginning as early as kindergarten, kids are using technology in their classrooms and learning new ways to solve problems. If your son or daughter enjoys math and science, they would probably love an extracurricular activity that incorporates STEM in fun and creative ways. Check out some of the great places in central New Jersey that offer classes on robotics, computers and science. For days when you are home with your budding engineer, check out our list of great toys that teach STEM skills through play.
Love them or hate them, party favors are still an essential part of most children’s birthday celebrations. Personally this is one of my favorite parts of party planning—I love coming up with unique ways to tie in the festivity’s theme. Read on for ten creative ideas that help you to think outside the (goody) bag. And for more great ideas, visit our NJ Kids’ Birthday Party Ideas Guide. From face painters to party facilities, we’ve got the scoop on everything you need to plan the perfect celebration!
Spring signals time to reconnect with nature. DK Publishing sent us a copy of Great Things to Do Outside: 365 Awesome Outdoor Activities and we've been inspired by all the fun activities in it. We shared one of them with you last week and we have another great one to share with you today. These mushroom prints will make kids gain new appreciation for fungi.
Nothing says weekend mornings like a big stack of fluffy pancakes. When else can you get away with chocolate and whipped cream for breakfast? Although a morning staple, pancakes can be eaten any for any time of the day. New Jersey is home to many delicious and family-friendly pancake restaurants, with varieties that range from sweet, like chocolate chips and fruit, to savory, like bacon and cheddar cheese. With portions as big as your plate, you won't leave hungry, nor empty-handed. Pancake restaurants are often a road-trip destination for my family. From diners to specialty houses, here’s how New Jersey’s best pancake joints stack up:
Earth Day isn’t just a celebration of all things green, it’s a movement. By creating awareness and demonstrating support for environmental protection, Earth Day is helping to shape a green generation. From hiking beautiful New Jersey trails to visiting local farmers markets, our little ones appreciate Mother Earth for all she has to offer. Check some of the local events celebrating this annual April holiday.
Kids generally spend their summer camp days participating in an array of structured activities; some camps, however, are switching things up and allowing children to pick and choose the activities where they'd like to place more of their focus. These customizable, "pick-your-own-program" camps give kids a sense of responsibility and accountability, because they have some say in their camp scheduling and can choose a little tennis, a lot of horseback riding, or a whole bunch of theater games. And to find a full range of summer camp options in our fair state, check out our New Jersey Summer Day Camp Guide.
We've been doing Eastereggdecorating all week in our WeeWork series. But it wasn't until I brought out a bag of jelly beans for this project that my ornery son suddenly got very interested in participating. This would be a great little activity for Easter morning, keeping kids occupied while the Easter bunny does his business. Or, if your little ones are too small to work a needle, you can make these and put them in their baskets.
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