Celebrate Rosh Hashanah with Kids

BY  |  Monday, Sep 15, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

At sundown on Wednesday, September 24, the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, is celebrated. For many Jewish families, it is a holiday of reflection and renewal, as well as a time to share a holiday meal with family and friends.

There are plenty of ideas online for making a festive Rosh Hashanah meal. Barista Kids contributor Anna Sandler gets inspired  by the recipes at The Shiksa in the Kitchen – particularly  her Apple Honey Challah and she’s a huge fan of her Oven Roasted Root Vegetables.

For celebrating the holiday with kids, she recommends heading over to Creative Jewish Mom and choosing a Rosh Hashanah craft from her huge selection. Most are good for mixed ages, and utilize common items you’re likely to have at home. You can make Stuffed Paper Shapes for Rosh Hashanah or Woven Paper Apples.

In addition to your local temple’s services, here are some of fun, family events to celebrate Rosh Hashanah:

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Barista Kids A to Z Birthday Party Places Round Up

BY ,  |  Tuesday, Sep 09, 2014 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Barista Kids A to Z Birthday Party Round Up

Planning your little one’s next Birthday bash?

Whether your child’s into princesses, LEGO, cooking or swimming, you’ll find a resource in our A to Z Birthday Party Places Round Up. This guide includes places to have the party, rent out or people who come to your home to make your party more special.

We hope we’re helping to make your next party one they’ll always remember:

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Tooth Fairy Pillow Craft

BY  |  Monday, Sep 08, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Tooth Fairy Pillow

A tooth fairy pillow makes a small tooth much easier for the Tooth Fairy to access rather then searching under a mountain of pillows. It’s a great craft for a loose tooth beginner sewer or to do together with child.

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Handmade Hug: Grandparents Day Card

BY  |  Thursday, Sep 04, 2014 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Grandparents Day

Sunday, September 7 is National Grandparents Day. 

According to GrandparentsDay.org, the holiday is rooted in the work of two committed and passionate pioneers: Jacob Reingold and Marian McQuade. They wanted to honor grandparents and the elderly. In 1978, President Jimmy Carter made it official and proclaimed that National Grandparents Day would be celebrated every year on the first Sunday after Labor Day.

Why not celebrate Pop-Pop with a hug? Make this card with your kids to give to that special Grandma, Grandpa, Nana, Pop-Pop, Gram and Poppy — whatever you call your grandparents:

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Kids Craft: DIY Pencil Erasers

BY  |  Tuesday, Sep 02, 2014 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

DIY Pencil Erasers

Be cool at school with DIY Pencil Erasers that you design. They are easy and fun to make, just shape it, bake it, and stick it on top of your pencil!

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Parents Spending More on Back to School Shopping Thanks to Electronics

BY  |  Thursday, Aug 21, 2014 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

back to school shoppingDriven by increased demand for electronic items combined with the yearly restocking of school supplies, parents are spending slightly more on back to school shopping than last year, according to to the National Retail Federation Back to School Survey. 

The average family with children in grades K-12 will spend $669.28 on clothing, shoes, supplies and electronics, up 5 percent from $634.78 last year. 

NRF this year broke down spending by grade, and according to the survey, families with high school students will spend the most. The survey found the average family shopping for high school students will spend $682.99, while spending on middle school/junior high comes in a close second at $682.13. Parents with elementary school-age children will spend an average of $580.94.

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Bring the Stars Inside With a DIY Constellation Lantern

BY  |  Thursday, Aug 14, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Constellation Lantern


Look at the stars, see how they shine for you…


Summer stargazing is so lovely and this DIY Constellation Lantern brings those stars inside. Children will love having these in their bedrooms and they’ll want to learn more about constellations.

Making your own is easy, here’s how:

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Back to School Printable Bookplates

BY  |  Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)


Bookplates can make a favorite book feel even more special. And these printable bookplates designed by Jen Lange and her daughter Madeline just for Barista Kids are super cute and very special.

Give your child a special Back to School gift of bookplates for all the new books (or notebooks) she’ll/he’ll get this year. You can also print out a bunch, tie them with a ribbon, and give them as a gift to your child’s teacher on the first day of school — much more practical than an apple!


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Kid Craft: Sea Glass Necklaces

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Rock and Sea Glass Necklaces

Are you going on vacation soon? Do you have a collection sea glass, or special rocks,  from your past visits to beaches? I’ve been sea glass all summer. Trying to extend the great memories I’m making, I wanted to wear my treasures. Making a sea glass necklace is a great way to do it!

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Kids Craft: Printable Paper Fortune Tellers

BY  |  Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

fortune tellers

Paper fortune tellers, what we referred to as “cootie catchers,” when I was a kid, are fun little origami tools for predicting someone’s future.

Here are two printable fortune tellers that our crafty contributor Jen Lange designed in cute animal designs (a pig an a penguin) to personalize with your own fortunes and play with your friends. 

Print them out, fold them like so:

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