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Anyone who works with kids knows that an extra five minutes can lead in three directions: boredom, misbehavior or fun. Clearly, we all (whether we're 4 or 74) would prefer the latter. Here are 7 fool-proof ways to guarantee a fun 5 minutes. 7 activities for your 5 extra minutes Sing You don't need a performance-based voice to sing, nor do you need a perfectly poetic ballad. What you do need is lungs and a little fun. Sing out your favorite song (Let It Go, anyone?) as loud as you all can, ...READ MORE
October is National Book Month! Celebrating is as easy as going to the library and reading as many books as you want.My kids love to randomly pull books off the shelf and see what they find. It is like a treasure hunt. Lizzie, 5 years old, just learned how to use the card catalog on the computer and asks me to help her find books that way too.In honor of National Book Month, I am sharing eighteen of my children's favorite books of all time. If we go to the library, they ask to find t ...READ MORE
Oooo! It’s time for Halloween—the month when ghosts, goblins, and witches come out. You can celebrate Halloween all month long with these 13 fun-filled children’s books.By the Light of the Halloween Moon, written by Caroline Stutson and illustrated by Kevin Hawkes: It’s a Halloween treat filled with bouncy, rhythmic narration your child is sure to love.Shake Dem Halloween Bones, written by W. Nikola-Lisa and illustrated by Mike Reed: It’s a spooky story filled with artistic ill ...READ MORE
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 ...READ MORE
This is a super fun craft that engages preschoolers' motor skills, letter recognition, creativity and gives them something they can proudly show off. My daughter and her friend had a blast making their collages!And I especially loved how this was such an easy craft to clean up!Here are the tools you will need for this craft:1. Large sheet of paper (I used 11x14 sheet of scrapbook paper)2. Water colors3. Magazines4. child friendly scissors5. Markers/crayons/colored pen ...READ MORE
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