A Spring Snack, Craft and Book

Welcome the change of season by spending a couple of special hours with your little one crafting, preparing and eating snacks, and reading together.You can choose any book you like; the one we chose was The Chick and the Duckling.Let's start with the craft.What you need:Yellow treat cup (or paper cup) Orange card stock Googly eyes Scissors Pencil GlueHave your child draw the feet and beak on the orange card stock and cut them out.  Glue them onto the treat cup along with the googly eyes.Next, prepare the snacks.We chose two snacks, a little chick sandwich, and a trail mix to put into the treat ...

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Go Fish with a Math Twist

Each year my son's school throws together a night to celebrate math and play games. We always come home with a new handful of games that we love to play and that encourage him to practice math. The added perk is that his little sister gets a lesson in math, too, as she tries to join us in all the games. A game we have been playing recently is a version of Go Fish with a math twist. What You Will Need:Deck of cards with numbers (UNO, Phase 10, Regular face cards - remove any cards with letters because that may get a little confusing) At least 2 players that know their numbers 1-10Directions: Go FishTo be able to play thi ...

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March is National Nutrition Month

Trade in that Valentine’s chocolate for cantaloupe! You’re inundated with media messages about eating healthier, all the overindulgence holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas and Valentine’s Day) are over… You may be feeling like me: It’s time to get the family back to healthier eating! But where do you start?THROW IT AWAY. I made a deal with my kids: by a certain date any uneaten holiday candy goes in the trash. (The two pieces of “treats” a day rule still applies.) Out of sight, out of mind.MAKE IT AT HOME. Everyone can still enjoy kid favorites like pizza and cookies – just make it at home to control the amount of s ...

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12 Ways to Nurture a Love for Reading in Your Preschooler

I grew up in love with reading books. To this day, I have at least 1-3 books I am reading at any given time. I hope that my children grow up loving to read too! I created a little list of things we do at home to help my kids love to read. Please add your ideas in the comments - I know this list is by far not exhaustive.1. Read books that are currently movies We know our kids are marketed to every day. We see the movie characters on t-shirts, shoes and toys. Take advantage of this marketing and get more excited about the books than the movie and products. Engage your preschooler in conversation about why s/he loves this movie and read the ...

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Teaching Children Manners

In these days of distractions, electronics and hectic lifestyles some of us parents might have lost the importance of teaching basic manners and etiquette. Quickly picking up after our children is often easier than waiting for them to do it. Excusing behavior because of their age is faster than explaining why some comments are better left unsaid.Below is a list of basic manners needed to stand out in a crowd and to be the child that other children and parents want to be around. Starting some of these at a young age makes them second nature and your children won’t need much reminding to practice them.When you ask for something, alwa ...

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