Fun Activities for Kids that Help Kids in Need with CWIST

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for CWIST. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

My kids are home for Christmas break and we love all the free time ahead of us, however, I also know that I need a plan to keep them active and not in front of the TV. This is the perfect time of year to give our kids opportunities to shine, to give back, and make a difference in someone’s life. Our kids will be showered with gifts in a few days, now is the perfect time for them to think of others with CWIST.

I told you about CWIST last year. It is an educational platform that gives kids age-appropriate challenges to complete either alone or with a parent. At the end of the challenge, you can award your child with a set prize. Right now, that prize can be a toy given to a child in need. CWIST is giving $2,000 worth of toys to kids in need as a reward for your child participating in a challenge. Plus, you even get to decide the toy and child to whom it is given.

The activities are fun and each come with learning opportunities that you decide on. Projects can take as little as a half hour to a multiple setting project – it is all up to you.


We decided to take a Winter Photography Scavenger Hunt  to see what we could find. In this challenge, we had to find specific things. We found a creature out in the cold – cardinal.


Take pictures of trees. My son loves to take pictures up into the trees!


Find footprints – dog and birds here.


We had a lot of fun with this project – and it sure beat sitting inside watching TV! We explored nature, tried different camera angles, and talked about the season of Winter and how it affects the world around us from animals to plant life. Next, we looked through the photos and learned a little in Photoshop about cropping. Then, I had them upload the images to the CWIST site.

We were able to donate a marble construction toy to a child in need as the reward for our challenge. My kids were so excited to be able to “grant a wish” for another child.


Cwist is donating the first $2000 in toys earned kids that participate in challenges. Once that $2,000 is donated, you can still donate a toy and get 20% off the selling price.

This was a fun activity that my kids really enjoyed.

CWIST-Blogger-BadgeAs a CWIST Blogger Ambassador and mom, we plan to do at least one a week while they are home on Christmas break and throughout the year. They are already looking for their next challenges! I encourage you to check CWIST out for yourself while your kids are home – and all year long. This is the perfect time to try this FREE service out because you can use it as a learning opportunity for your kids to help those in need too.

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