Ways to Celebrate International Harry Potter Day

Are you a Potterhead? Did you know today, May 2nd is International Harry Potter Day? According to the Wizarding World timeline, the Battle of Hogwarts occurred on this day in 1998. The history of the day is the reason to celebrate Harry Potter. If you are looking for ways to celebrate International Harry Potter Day, check out the following ideas.

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  • Movie Marathon: Gather your friends or family to have a movie night. Make popcorn, order pizza, or bake some goodies.  Pick your favorite Harry Potter movie or two to watch. Yes, you can binge-watch the entire series.
  • Read: Cozy up with your favorite Harry Potter book and revisit the magic of the Wizarding World. Use today to start the series over by reading the first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
  • Listen to the Books: If your schedule is too busy to sit and read. Listen to the audio version of the books.
  • Harry PotterThemed Food: In J.K. Rowling’s, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Remus Lupin stated, “Eat, you’ll feel better.” Of course, this was after an encounter with a Dementor. Make Harry Potter-related snacks, chocolate frogs, a cake, licorice wands, or bake an entire feast to go with movie night.
  • Host a Harry Potter Craft Day: Create your own wand. Use clay to make a chocolate frog or Wizarding World coins. The possibilities are endless.
  • Play Games: Host a Harry Potter board game night. Or play video games.
  • Listen to a Podcast: Revisit old favorites or find a new podcast focusing on Harry Potter.
  • Play Soundtracks: Listen to the soundtracks from the movies.
  • Lego: Pick up a new Harry Potter-themed Lego set for an impromptu family night creating a piece from the Wizarding World. From the Hogwarts Castle to Hagrid’s Hut, you can find all types of projects to piece together. For added fun, watch the movies while putting the new Lego set together.
  • Online: Find and chat with other fans in your favorite Harry Potter group.

Remember to have fun! Happy International Harry Potter Day!

Drawing Prompts for May

Welcome, May! Who is ready for a new set of drawing prompts? Whether you draw for yourself or host a family night, creating art is a fun activity for everyone. If you need inspiration, check out the following drawing prompts for May.

  1. Self-portrait
  2. Magic
  3. Castle
  4. Villain
  5. Hero
  6. Wild Animals
  7. Out a Window
  8. Happy Mother’s Day! (USA) Draw a picture of a mom.
  9. Planets
  10. Sunrise or Sunset
  11. Flamingo
  12. Flowers
  13. Friends
  14. Favorite Movie Scene
  15. Bright Colors
  16. Shapes
  17. Trees
  18. Patterns
  19. Comic Book Hero
  20. Time
  21. Water
  22. Skyline
  23. Ship
  24. Lighthouse
  25. Eyes
  26. Food
  27. Bugs
  28. Hot Air Balloon
  29. Adventure
  30. Favorite Cartoon Character
  31. Artist’s Choice

Have a great month!  Happy Drawing!

20 Easter Drawing Prompt Ideas

Are you celebrating Easter? Do you want to incorporate the holiday into your daily drawings? Or are you looking for a family-friendly Easter activity for your children? Drawing is an easy way to bring your imagination to life. If you need inspiration, check out the following Easter drawing prompts.

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  1. Easter-themed self-portrait
  2. Happy Easter!
  3. Easter scene
  4. Easter Bunny
  5. Easter eggs
  6. Easter basket filled with goodies
  7. Jellybeans
  8. Peeps
  9. Chocolate bunny
  10. Easter bonnets
  11. Easter flowers
  12. Tomb
  13. Cross
  14. Church
  15. Baby animals
  16. Chickens hatching
  17. Lamb
  18. Bunnies
  19. Cottontails
  20. Artist’s choice

Happy Easter!

25 Ideas for Your Easter Bucket List

Easter is a great holiday to spend time with your family or friends. Are you looking for new activities to incorporate into your holiday this year? If you need inspiration for your Easter bucket list, check out the following activities.

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  1. Go on an Easter Egg Hunt.
  2. Have a family portrait with the Easter Bunny.
  3. Attend Easter Sunrise Services.
  4. Wear an Easter Bonnet. (Consider making a homemade Easter Bonnet)
  5. Read Easter-themed books.
  6. Make handmade Easter cards to pass out to family and friends.
  7. Watch Easter shows. (Here Comes Peter Cottontail & It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown are always classic favorites.)
  8. Do a formal Easter photoshoot.
  9. Do a silly Easter photo shoot. (Use bunny ears and other Easter-themed props.)
  10. Decorate Easter Eggs.
  11. Do Easter crafts. Easter wreaths are a simple craft project.
  12. Eat Jellybeans, an Eater time favorite.
  13. Make a diorama with Bunny or Chick Peeps. (Yes, you can eat them too.)
  14. Host a traditional Easter dinner.
  15. Give out Easter Baskets.
  16. Wear bunny ears.
  17. Learn Easter songs.
  18. Buy an Easter Lily. (Or buy two, one to keep and one to give away.)
  19. Attend an Easter parade or other community events.
  20. Make Easter cookies.
  21. Make Jell-o Eggs.
  22. Decorate for Easter. (Make placemats for dinner.)
  23. Volunteer
  24. Host an Easter brunch or afternoon tea.
  25. Start a new Easter tradition for your family. (Go hiking, walk a nature trail, or pack a picnic lunch and go for a drive.)

Happy Easter!

31 Drawing Prompts for January

Are you searching for a creative outlet? Drawing is one of the simplest forms of art to begin. Purchase pencils, crayons colored pencils, markers, sketching paper, and other basic supplies at a local dollar store. If you looking for daily inspiration, consider the following 31 drawing prompts for January.

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  1. Happy New Year’s Day!
  2. Self-Portrait
  3. Snowflakes
  4. Snowman
  5. Sledding
  6. Skiing
  7. Ice Skating
  8. Nature Scene
  9. Animal
  10. City Scene
  11. Clouds
  12. Sunset
  13. Family
  14. Friends
  15. Favorite Movie Scene
  16. Favorite Food
  17. Out Your Window
  18. Birds
  19. Path
  20. Tunnel
  21. Mountains
  22. Volcanoes
  23. Trees
  24. Love
  25. Unicorn
  26. Castle
  27. Time
  28. Gnomes
  29. Fairies
  30. Snail
  31. Artist’s Choice

New Year’s Eve Family Night Ideas

Who is ready for 2022? Let’s hope 2022 brings good health and happiness to all. Are skipping the parties this year to stay home with your family? Don’t worry. You are not alone.

Many people are ditching fancy parties to stay home with family. But staying home does not mean a boring evening. With some last-minute planning, you and your family can turn New Year’s Eve into a lasting memory.

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Family-Friendly Ideas to Enjoy New Year’s Eve

Your New Year’s Eve celebration does not need to be elaborate, just fun. Check out the following for New Year’s Eve family night ideas.

Food: Everyone Loves to Eat

Food for your New Year’s Eve should be your family’s favorites. The holiday only comes once a year. So, time to have some fun. Do you need some food ideas? Check out the following 5 ideas to help you plan for your New Year’s Eve family night.

  1. Pizza: Who doesn’t love pizza at parties? Pizza is alway a go-to take out item. Order from your favorite local pizza place. Remember to place orders early to ensure timely delivery. Or make homemade pizzas together to fit everyone’s exact tastes.
  2. Favorite Meal: What is your family’s favorite meal? Make the dinner together as a family to enjoy on New Year’s Eve.
  3. Finger Food: Make finger sandwiches. Even peanut butter and jelly sandwiches cut into fours are an excellent treat for New Year’s Eve. Spread different types of sandwiches out on a tray for everyone to enjoy. Create a picnic indoors as part of your holiday fun.
  4. Sweets: Serve special treats for your New Year’s Eve family night. Bake cookies, brownies, or other family favorites to rind in the new year.
  5. Celebration Cake: Buy or make a 2022 cake. The cake does not need to be fancy. A simple cake with white frosting and 2022 written in bright-colored frosting is perfect.
  6. Ice Cream: Buy your favorite gallon of ice cream or two. Create a sundae bar with different topping choices, including whipped cream, syrups, nuts, candy sprinkles, marshmallows, and cherries. Allow everyone to create their own sundae masterpiece.

Drinks

Serve different family-friendly drinks for your festive evening activities. Of course, water should always be on the menu. But consider sparkling cider or punch for a midnight toast. Homemade hot cocoa is another delicious idea to add to the celebration.

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Activities

Plan various family fun activities to keep everyone busy until midnight. If you have younger children, they may fall asleep before the clock strikes twelve.

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  1. Games: Play board or card games. Sitting together and talking is great for quality family time. Remember to turn the television on to watch the ball drop.
  2. Video Games: Multi-player games are perfect for a New Year’s Eve family fun night.
  3. Do Crafts: Make paper crowns or silly hats out of construction paper for your New Year’s Eve celebration. Create themed decorations to display.
  4. Movies: Binge-watch your favorite movie or series until midnight. Then, turn your channel over to watch the ball drop at midnight.
  5. Scavenger Hunt: Hide clues throughout your home to lead to a final treasure. Plain white envelopes work well for this activity. Place a note with enough information to lead your searchers from one clue to the next. The final treasure can be a special treat, coupons for future activities, movie tickets, gift cards, or cash.
  6. Balloon Pop: Blow up several balloons. Write different times on each balloon. As the night progresses, pop each balloon at the specific time. Make sure there’s enough balloons for everyone to pop at midnight.
  7. Light Sparklers: Check with your city’s ordinances first. But light fireworks or sparklers to ring in 2022.

Make Unforgettable Memories

The best part about spending New Year’s Eve at home is making memories.

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  1. Photo Booth: Create a photo area. Use a blanket, sheet, shower curtain, or large piece of material for a backdrop. Place different props out, including hats, crowns, beads, scarves, and cardboard cut-outs. The accessories can be homemade, or go to your local dollar store to find items. Make a point to take pictures every hour leading up to midnight. The sillier the photo, the better; remember to print your photos to place into a 2022 scrapbook.
  2. Time Capsule: Create a time capsule. Ask your family or friends questions. For example, what do you want to do when you grow up? The question is simple. But when opening the time capsule the following year or two, you may find the answer amusing or inspiring. Place photos, stories, or other memorabilia into your time capsule. Yes, a shoebox works as a time capsule.
  3. Make Memory Cards: Index cards work well for this type of activity. Ask each of your family members to write out favorite moments in 2021. You may need to help younger children. Encourage drawing. Each card is a perfect addition to a scrapbook or photo album.
  4. Create a Video: Make a YouTube or TikTok video saying good-bye to 2021 and hello to 2022. Share the video on your social media platfroms.
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Regardless of how you celebrate, enjoy your evening with your family. Remember, ringing 2022 is a once in your lifetime event. Happy New Year!

25 Days of Christmas: Drawing Prompts

December ushers in a month-long season of Christmas cheer. Are you looking to put extra merriment in the holiday season? Drawing is a superb creative outlet to add to this magical time of year.  

25 Drawing Prompts for Christmas

Christmas tree and gifts
  1. Self-Portrait with a Christmas Theme
  2. Christmas Tree
  3. Christmas Gifts, Wrapping Paper, Ribbons, & Bows
  4. Christmas Cards
  5. Santa & Mrs. Claus
  6. Elves
  7. North Pole & Santa’s Workshop
  8. Santa’s Sleigh & Reindeer (Don’t forget Rudolph)
  9. The Grinch
  10. Christmas Ornaments & Tree Topper
  11. Christmas Stockings
  12. Mistle Toe
  13. Nativity
  14. Mary, Joseph, & Baby Jesus
  15. Christmas Star
  16. Angels
  17. Letters to Santa
  18. Gingerbread House
  19. Christmas Sweater
  20. Candy Cane and Christmas Sweets
  21. Christmas Bells
  22. Christmas Wreath
  23. Nutcracker
  24. Peace On Earth
  25. Merry Christmas

Get the most out of your Christmas drawing prompts by turning your creations into ornaments. Consider using small notecards which can easily be laminated. Next, punch a hole in the top to add ribbon to hang on your Christmas tree.

20 Drawing Prompts for Thanksgiving

Do you want to keep the kids busy while preparing your Thanksgiving feast? Or perhaps you just want to be creative over the Thanksgiving weekend. Drawing is a fun and enjoyable art form. The only limit is your imagination. If you are searching for inspiration, check out the following drawing prompts for Thanksgiving.

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  1. Thanksgiving food
  2. Favorite pie or dessert
  3. Turkey
  4. Falling leaves
  5. Sunshine
  6. Thanksgiving table
  7. Cornucopia
  8. Family
  9. Friends
  10. Tradition
  11. Football
  12. Thanksgiving Day parade
  13. Acorns
  14. Trees
  15. Pumpkins and gourds
  16. Corn
  17. Wagon
  18. Lantern
  19. Pilgrim hat
  20. Autumn scene

Get creative! Happy Thanksgiving!

8 Alternatives to Trick-or-Treating

Are you going to pass on trick-or-treating this year? Do not worry, you are not alone. Many families forego trick-or-treating for numerous reasons. Chilly weather, scheduling conflicts, health and safety concerns, or the time of trick-or-treating are often big factors. Even without trick-or-treating, your Halloween can still be lots of fun.

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Trick-or-Treating Alternatives  

  1. Halloween Party: Throw your own Halloween party. Halloween costumes, treats, themed music, and games are a perfect combination for a night of fun.
  2. Bonfire Night: With or without costumes a bonfire night is a fun activity for the entire family to enjoy. Just be careful around the fire and don’t forget the S’mores.
  3. Movie Night: On a cold, rainy Halloween, cuddling under blankets, sipping hot cocoa, and watching It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is a perfect evening.
  4. Candy Scavenger Hunt: Hide the candy. No, seriously hide the candy for a scavenger hunt. Kids love to search for “hidden treasures.” A candy scavenger hunt is a superb way to celebrate Halloween.
  5. Craft Day: Spend the day doing Halloween themed crafts. Even your local dollar store has Halloween themed craft products. Make masks, draw haunted scenes, or paint fake pumpkins for a day of Halloween fun.
  6. Community Event: If you are concerned about safety, attend a community sponsored event. Trunk-or-treat, pumpkin walk, or Halloween at the zoo are great sponsored events for Halloween.
  7. Halloween-Themed Baking: Bake Halloween treats together. Deliver treats to neighbors. Or use the Halloween-themed goodies as part of your movie night.
  8. Halloween Pail:  A Halloween bucket is like an Easter basket. Grab a Halloween themed bucket and fill it with your kids’ favorite treats. Controlling the amount of candy is the best part. Add books, magazines, small toys, or other themed goodies to fill the bucket.

Yes, trick-or-treating is a fun part of childhood. When the weather or other issues get in the way, finding the best alternative to trick-or-treating is a fantastic way to celebrate Halloween

45 Ideas for Your Halloween Bucket List

Do you love Halloween? Are you looking for extra ways for you, your family, and friends to celebrate all month long? Check out the following ideas to add to your Halloween bucket list.

  1. Decorate for Halloween
  2. Make and Send Homemade Halloween Cards
  3. Give Out Boo Gifts
  4. Make Your Own Halloween Costume
  5. Visit a Pumpkin Patch
  6. Carve Pumpkins
  7. Roast Pumpkin Seeds
  8. Host-or-Attend a Halloween Party
  9. Try Bobbing for Apples
  10. Go on a Haunted Hayride
  11. Hand Out Candy on Halloween Night
  12. Participate in Trunk-or-Treat
  13. Participate or Watch a Zombie Walk
  14. Purchase a Halloween Mug
  15. Make Halloween Slime
  16. Visit a Haunted House
  17. Walk Through a Halloween Themed Corn Maze
  18. Create a Halloween Tree
  19. Listen to Halloween Themed Music
  20. Watch the Entire Series of the Adams Family or the Munsters (Or both)
  21. Host a Bonfire Night with Scary Ghost Stories
  22. Create a Halloween Themed Gingerbread House
  23. Watch Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown
  24. Take an Evening Walk with Flashlights
  25. Do a Halloween Themed Photoshoot
  26. Write Your Own Halloween Story
  27. Go look at Halloween Decorations in Your Community
  28. Host a Halloween Scavenger Hunt
  29. Create a Halloween Themed Wreath (Your local dollar store has numerous supplies for less)
  30.  Host a Halloween Crafting Session
  31. Make Soul Cakes
  32. Make Halloween Playdough
  33. Watch Hocus Pocus
  34. Read Halloween Books
  35. Paint Mini Pumpkins
  36. Plan a Costume Themed Dinner Party
  37. Host a Witches Tea
  38. Make a Halloween Themed Breakfast
  39. Plan a Fun Halloween Movie Night
  40. Dance to Thriller
  41. Watch Classic Monster Movies
  42. Go on a Pumpkin Walk
  43. Attend a Pumpkin Weigh Off Competition
  44. Attend a Murder Mystery Dinner
  45. Make a Halloween Inspired Meal

Happy Halloween!

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