DIY and Family Activities

All Ages

Bookish Ways to Keep Your Kids Entertained

No matter the reason, when the kids are home they’re going to need to be entertained. Which means it’s helpful to have an arsenal of activities at the ready that can engage kids both physically and mentally.

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All Ages

Listen Up! Podcasts for the Whole Family

Not only can podcasts improve critical thinking, listening comprehension, and the art of storytelling skills, but they’re sheer fun. Here are a few of our family favorites.

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All Ages

Science You Can Eat: How to Make Instant Ice Cream

Need ice cream fast? Feeling lazy? Have some frozen strawberries? This super-quick recipe from Science You Can Eat by Stefan Gates is so simple it’s almost unbelievable.

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Pre-K

Picture Books to Inspire Kids’ Artwork

Because it’s made for kids, imitating picture book artwork is a great way to urge kids to expand their artistic repertoires. There are countless museum-worthy picture books out there, but here are eight illustrated books particularly perfect for nudging kids to experiment and create.

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Tips & Advice

Simple Ways to Build a Reading Routine Your Busy Family Can Enjoy

Fostering a love of reading in your child can be extremely helpful as they grow and learn — but it can be challenging to find time in overcrowded schedules. Here are some easy steps you can take to encourage yourself and your kids to make time for reading.

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Pre-K

Growing Reader

My Go-To Picture Books for Reading as a Family

Elyssa Friedland shares the five books that successfully entertain her three children, who span the ages of four to ten.

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Pre-K

Growing Reader

Tween

Teen

10 Classic Audiobooks for Families

Classics are a sure bet for any family looking to enjoy a book together, and audiobooks provide a great way to introduce young readers to these stories.

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Baby & Toddler

3 Things You Can Do to Help Fuel Your Toddler’s Language Development

Research clearly shows that interactions with parents and caregivers play a crucial role in children’s language development. Here's how you can help grow your toddler's communication skills.

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Growing Reader

Tween

How to Make a Zine: A Kid-Friendly DIY Guide

Follow along with these simple instructions and you'll be creating a zine in no time — the perfect craft project for children looking to express their creativity!

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Pre-K

Growing Reader

Tween

The Funniest Audiobooks for Families

We’ve selected some of our favorite funny audiobooks narrated by stellar readers who bring these stories to life in a way that’s appealing to the whole family.

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Tips & Advice

How to Make Reading Fun: 25 Ideas Kids Will Love

Bestselling author, mom, and one-time struggling reader Jean Reagan shares some great ideas for how to make reading fun for kids.

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Pre-K

Growing Reader

20 Sight Word Games, Activities, and Reading Ideas

Knowing sight words at a glance makes reading easier. Here you’ll find sight word games, apps, multi-sensory activities, and reading ideas.

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All Ages

11 Library Card Perks You've Never Heard Of

A library card makes so much available to people of all ages. Check out these little-known library card perks that go way beyond checking out books.

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Pre-K

Growing Reader

Birthday Party Time! Printables and Activities

Blow out the candles and wish away. We’ve got printables for your kid’s special day.

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