101 Creative Community Service Ideas for Kids, Teens, and Adults

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From Good Housekeeping

Participating in community service is one of the most rewarding things you can do. No matter your age, giving back can help you build friendships, develop new skills, and increase life satisfaction — all while making the world a better place. It’s no wonder that in a Good Housekeeping poll of over 4,000 people, 19% of respondents said they typically volunteer once a month and another 19% said they volunteer even more than that.

Ahead, we’ve found the most impactful community service ideas for volunteers of all ages. Remember: these ideas are meant to be general. If one speaks to you, think of ways you can personalize it toward your interests and expertise. Don’t be afraid to think big either. While you could totally pick up litter at the beach by yourself, you’d cover a lot more land if you

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Opinion | For Kids at Home, ‘a Small Intervention Makes a Big Difference’

In Botswana, on March 18, the government announced it was closing schools. Over the next 72 hours, an organization called Young 1ove (that’s “love” with a numeral 1 instead of a letter “l,” as in “one love”) that works with the Ministry of Basic Education scrambled to collect phone numbers from students in third, fourth and fifth grades all over the country. Young 1ove’s staff ended up with 7,550 phone numbers — and no plan for what to do with them.

They knew that whatever they did would use phones. The vast majority of Botswanans have no access to the internet, no computer, no smartphone. But most households do have basic mobile phones.

Kids could get classes on Botswana TV and radio while at home. But many students quickly gave them up, or never started. “They think the teachers are too fast for them,” said Marea Bathuleng, whose children are

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A muffin tin deep dish pizza recipe for kids

One mom who sees it that way is Ashley Hansen, who was among parents who shared with me tales of cooking with kids.

Hansen, who owns Hansen’s Sno-Bliz snowball stand in New Orleans, admits she is a bit of a Pollyanna when it comes to cooking with her daughter Avery, 8, and son Gordon, 10.

“I always seem to go for this Mary Poppins aspect,” she said. “Let’s make this fun.”

And, snap, the job’s a game – literally.

“We have cooking contests with smoothies, small salads, grilled cheese, cookies. Everyone is encouraged to add a ‘secret ingredient,’” Hansen said, explaining that the idea for the game grew out of family members having their own ideas of how a cookie or smoothie should taste.

“So, I was like, let’s all put in our own special ingredient. They loved the idea of a secret ingredient that would not be revealed until

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11 tips for juggling kids and working from home as COVID-19 continues

  • With no end in sight for the pandemic, parents won’t be able to rely on short-term survival tactics to balance work and childcare. 
  • Splitting up your day into short segments and designating specific time slots for parenting or work can help you manage various duties without getting overwhelmed. 
  • Remember, you’re not alone — every parent is struggling right now, so focus on what you can accomplish and ask for extra help when you need it. 
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

For many families, the first six months of the COVID-19 pandemic were all about stopgap measures and short-term fixes. One day, it was business as usual, and the next, going to work and attending school or daycare in person were no longer safe. Back in the early days, simply surviving from March to the end of the school year was a feat all its own — so parents

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4 Ways to Survive Working (and Learning) From Home With Kids

Since having my first child in 2014–and almost simultaneously launching my business–I’ve read my fair share of parenting books and articles. Most of the advice centered around finding an ideal balance between work and family demands, and squeezing in a bit of “me time” in an already hectic schedule. 

Fast forward to 2020, and exactly zero of that advice feels relevant now.

Together, along with many working parents across the country, I’m just trying to keep my head above water at work and at home (the same location!) and make sure that my kids get an education through the very screens all of those parenting books once said to avoid. 

While it’s definitely been a trial by fire situation, I have learned a lot since March about ways to make the working-and-learning-from-home situation work–or least, a little more productive for everyone involved.

And while my own advice may very

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Ideas to keep the kids entertained indoors over the weekend

It can be hard to keep children occupied while they are at home – especially at the weekend in the middle of a pandemic.

There is only so much TV they can watch, and it is good to get them away from the screens for a while.

Now, thankfully, Be has put together a list of fun activities to try with your little ones to keep them entertained.

As a result, you should be able to spend some much-needed quality time with them.

And what’s more – it won’t cost you a thing.

Bake together

Most children have a sweet tooth, so why not get out the recipe books and bake with your little ones.

Toddlers love playing in the kitchen along with older kids, and it may help them want to try new foods, too, knowing that they helped to make it.

Paint

There’s no doubt kids love anything

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From kitchen gadgets to kids toys, Jill Martin’s picks for staying home

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We’ve all been spending more time at home than we’re used to over the past few months, and it can be hard to miss out on those special nights out of the house, whether it be a dinner date or a girls’ night out.

To take a look at the brighter side of things, TODAY lifestyle contributor Jill Martin is sharing a

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Best kids’ play kitchen 2020 that your little chef will love

Having children means you’re almost destined to have a toy kitchen reside in your family home at some point. 

But as toys go, there’s no denying that the humble toy kitchen has become one of the most stylish toys on the market.

Great for a child’s development, imagination and dexterity, a well put together toy kitchen can hold children’s attention for hours on end, and it’s lovely to watch children enrol in some creative roleplay.  

While you’ll struggle to find one under £50, see this as an investment, with the majority on the market made from wood, toy kitchens are designed to last the early years, and even passed on to siblings.  

Some come with accessories aplenty, while some are stark but it’s almost always necessary to purchase some additional so bear that in mind when purchasing.

However, by refreshing accessories occasionally it’ll make the play kitchen seem like a

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