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Too hot to cook? Snack plate. Forgot to plan something for dinner? Snack plate. Time to clean out the fridge? Snack plate. And while you're at it — make it patriotic!  A red, white, and blue snack plate is easy to...
How about a red, white, and blue LAYERED punch this Fourth of July! Ingredients: Red, white, and blue beverages of your choice. This "recipe" creates a layered red, white, and blue drink, and you'll need to layer the liquids by sugar...
Jazz up your standard ice cream sandwich with fun red, white & blue sprinkles! With very little effort and just a little bit of planning, your kids will think you're a hero and you'll have a fun patriotic treat...
Star-spangled slime is easy to make and provides hours of ooey-gooey fun! Boston Moms Project Manager Deanna Greenstein and her daughter had a wonderfully sticky time making this patriotic slime! Supplies: Clear glue Liquid starch Blue and red food coloring ...
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Glow Stick Kids

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Are you looking for some "cool mom" points? Or, are you looking for a really good laugh? Look no further! GLOW STICK KIDS will put a smile on everyone's faces. Supplies needed: Necklace-length glow sticks (at least six per person), tape, a...
We're missing our typical Fourth of July celebrations this year, especially our beloved local parades! If you're missing parades, too, we encourage you to make your own! Round up the neighbors! We're having a BICYCLE PARADE! Materials: Streamers, stickers, ribbon, lights, pinwheels...
Is there anything cuter than a little kid in a paper crown? Follow these easy instructions to create your own patriotic paper crowns just in time for the Fourth of July! Materials: Red, white, and blue construction paper; scissors; pipe cleaners;...
A watermelon-eating contest is an easy and fun game to play with your kids this summer that will create memories for years to come! Boston Moms contributor Rachel Rich had a delicious, fun, and messy time with her kids during...
Obstacle courses are great fun for kids of all ages, and they can be made out of just about anything you have around the house!   Boston Moms contributor Sarah Casimiro used things she already had in her backyard to create...
The Boston Moms Neighborhood Firework Find starts NOW! Much like the “bear hunts,” “rainbow walks,” and “egg hunts” we saw earlier this spring, the Neighborhood Firework Find allows us to SEE “fireworks” — even without our typical town displays! Print...
Straw fireworks are simple, great for all ages, and only require a few supplies! Boston Moms contributor Shannon Gibson had a wonderful time creating this patriotic artwork with her little ones!  Supplies Needed: Flexible straws Tape Paper Red and blue paint Steps:   Gather six or seven straws...
This easy Fourth of July craft is perfect for little hands that aren’t quite ready for more elaborate crafting, and it's also an awesome occupational therapy activity! It’s easily modified for sensory-sensitive kiddos who don’t like to get their...
As a mother of three little ones who also works outside the home, I keep a lot of schedules in my brain. In summer, it feels like everyone is doing something new every week, and it's a challenge to keep track of it all. I have definitely had moments of panic when I forget where my oldest is and think that I've forgotten to pick her up on time. I'll be grateful to get back into the school routine and have it stay the same for the next nine months!
Before becoming a parent, I thought I understood cabin fever. And, sure, after a few days inside I might get antsy, but I still relished slow days curled up with coffee and binge watching Netflix. As a parent, cabin...
Our family loves eeking every last moment of the summer. And having a few more adventures and experiences to look forward to seems to help the transition for our little one back into the rhythms of school. Many kids can experience the September slump and become more anxious or struggle with behavior as they come to terms with the idea that summer is really over. And, to be honest, as a family of teachers, we sometimes feel the same way!
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The Pumpkin Roll :: A Pandemic-Proof Holiday Tradition

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This holiday season seems to be the latest thing we can add to the “pivot” column. When I learned that Thanksgiving was no longer...