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Sparkle Holiday

Celebrate the season with Sparkle Holiday! Dive into holiday-related crafts, traditions, and festivities to make your celebrations sparkle with joy and magic.

10 Gifts We Love for the Holidays

As we eagerly anticipate the festive season, it's time to consider gifts that offer more than just momentary joy for our children. This year, let's select presents that not only delight but also inspire curiosity, creativity, and kindness.

Celebrate Jólabókaflóðið with Modern Mrs. Darcy — plus Martin & Sylvia!

When Martin & Sylvia learn about an Icelandic Christmas tradition that involves books and chocolate, their creativity kicks in. We’ve teamed up with a special guest to bring you more about Jólabókaflóðið and how you may incorporate it into your own holiday festivities.

Unhook Your Holidays

What can you do to make the holidays feel special for others AND guilt-free for you?

Project: The Junkyard Tales Audio Advent Coloring Book!

We've created twenty-five fun printables for each day of the Junkyard Tales Audio Advent calendar!

Ideas for Inspired Advent Celebrations

At the core, Advent is about creating a sense of peace and preparation, and spreading light into the darkness. Focus on a few simple preparations and anchors to help bring the celebration into your family’s days and weeks around holiday time.

Holiday Time at Sparkle! Collections & Stories for December Celebrations

It's time to cozy up under a blanket for some story time, as our holiday stories will bring on the festive feeling like nothing else. We have FIVE audio advent calendars and several wonderful holiday story collections for you to enjoy!

This Is No Norman Rockwell Holiday

Holidays can be hard. We humans are just so messy. There’s got to be a way to make this easier, right? Keep reading for advice on how best to practice self-care through the sometimes rough holiday season.

Sparkle Guide to Easter Celebrations

We've gathered our favorite kid-friendly Easter recipes, crafts, and printable projects. Each project is linked to an original Sparkle Story. Explore them all.

Ideas for Waldorf-Inspired Easter Celebrations

Simple and meaningful ways for families to celebrate Easter and Springtime. Explore Waldorf-inspired activities, recipes, crafts, and stories for kids.

Which Audio Advent Calendar Should I Choose this Year?

We have FIVE audio advent calendars to choose from this holiday season. Listen to samples from each, and take our fun new quiz to find out which one is right for your family this year!

Printable Holiday Postcards: "It's a Martian Holiday!" Advent Activities

In each of the twenty-five stories of our newest audio Advent Calendar, "It's a Martian Holiday!", Johnny Boy writes a postcard to his friend Allison. We've got all twenty-five printable holiday postcards ready for you to download and share.

Simple yet Meaningful Ways to Celebrate Michaelmas

In the old times, festival days were held to enjoy the fruits of the labor and to say thank you. Here are a few fun ideas to help you incorporate the Michaelmas Festival and this expression of gratitude into your fall plans.

Johnny Boy Takes: My Favorite Ice Cream Flavors

Hello, world! It’s me, Johnny Boy Nebraska. Today I’m here to tell you about my favorite interesting ice cream flavors you can order online (and some recipes to make your own).

Castlechanter Audio Advent Calendar Crafts and recipes: Week Four

This final week of the Fairy Advent Calendar is about slowing down, being close with loved ones, and being mindful. The end of advent is a time for introspection and going slow. Take it easy this week, make some tea and a snack, and maybe enjoy a little walk in nature.

Castlechanter Audio Advent Calendar Crafts and Recipes: Week Three

This week is filled with wonderful baked goods and lots of crafting. The adventures Oscar and Aliyah go on just keep getting richer and richer as they learn about themselves along the way. We hope you are learning alongside them — we know that we are!

Castlechanter Audio Advent Calendar Crafts and recipes: Week Two

Week Two is here and we’ve got lots of tasty treats to share and crafts to make. From rock art and latkes to shepherd’s pie and pine needle tea, get yourself ready for a very tasty Week Two!

The Castlechanter Fairy Printable Advent Calendar

Take a peek at our printable Castlechanter Fairy Advent Calendar. The fairies and elves here at Sparkle have been hard at work creating this Sparkle Audio Advent Calendar. Each day, starting from December 1 through 25, listen to a story a day and open a door to go along.

Parent Cheat Sheet: Castlechanter Fairy Advent Activities

Use this parent cheat sheet to help you navigate the stories with activities that relate to each story. In this cheat sheet, we’ve given you a timeline so you can be prepared with a recipe, craft, or fun idea in advance.

Castlechanter Audio Advent Calendar Crafts and recipes: Week One

Welcome to the first week of the Castlechanter Fairy Advent Calendar! We are so delighted you chose to join us. Every day for the next four weeks, we will be sharing crafts and recipes from our Sparkle Archives that are similar to the ones in the advent calendar.

Sparkle Holiday Extravaganza! All of Our Holiday Content in One Spot

Here in Sparkle Land, we love the holiday season. Since the very beginning of Sparkle we’ve been crafting and cooking for the holidays. That means we have A LOT of holiday content spread out through nine years’ worth of blog posts. We’ve rounded up everything right here into one master list of links.

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