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Pets and children can become stressed during moving. If moving locally, you may want to leave these special family members with a friend during moving day.
When I was younger, we had a strict “no food in the car” rule. This was after my sister and I completely trashed our old car with french fries and soda. It’s messy, sloppy, and really difficult to eat (even for adults). But, sometimes it’s unavoidable: especially when going on long road trips with no time to stop for food. Well, this genius post by Missy at Lookie What I Did has solved most of those problems. She took a dollar store shower caddy and converted it into a food container! It fits a sandwich, fries (or other snack) and drink neatly, and your child can hold it all on his or her lap. So smart!
I have a pretty weird confession to make…I LOVE the smell of playdough. I was always trying to eat it as a kid, and even as an adult, I want to nibble on it even though I know better. (Trust me, it does NOT taste as good as it smells). Well, now I can! And so can you and your kids. Check out this recipe for edible playdough by Danya at Danya Banya! It’s made with honey, peanut butter, and milk powder. You can add food coloring to different batches as well since the end color is kind of oatmeal-y.
I also included small amounts of sprinkles, pearls, choc chips, stars for decorations. We also had novelty toothpicks and cookie cutters to play with!
And the best bit is that the kids can make it from scratch themselves. Measuring out quantities is excellent early maths practice and mixing it all together is all part of the sensory experience.
This is the first time that my toddler Bee (then 16 months old) has been involved in making play dough in the kitchen. She loved it! She spent a long time just touching, mixing, poking, squishing and tasting.
When I was a kid, I was happy with a box of Barbies, a beanbag chair, and a few good books. But times are changing and kids rooms are definitely getting snazzier! There are so many cool ideas out there (just check Pinterest) to make your child’s room magical. Check out this post by Jamie Reimer at Hands On As We Grow for the ultimate modern kids room wishlist:
-A reading nook
-Creative walls- go crazy with pattern, color, and design!
-Lego storage- or other toy storage
-Name or initial décor
-A homemade quilt from grandma- (my grandma crochets every kid in our family an afghan. I still have mine!)
Tomorrow is April Fool’s Day! You can help get your kids in on the spirit of the holiday by playing a few fun pranks on them (or they can help you prank other people)! It’s important to know how your kid will react to them, and to not do anything mean-spirited (like telling them you’re getting a divorce or some other joke in poor taste). Use your best judgment! However, these playful prank ideas by Laura at PlayDrHutch are fun for the whole family:
-When you wake up your child have a concerned look on your face and ask them why their face is blue/green/purple-with-polka dots (you choose, have fun!). Tell them to hurry and go look in the mirror. Then say, “April Fools”!
-If April 1 happens to fall on a weekend or spring break, tell them they have school that day, and wake them up. Be sure to tell them you’re joking and take them somewhere fun instead!
Frozen cereal (just pour the cereal and milk the night before and put it in the freezer!) The look on the kids face when they try to put the spoon in is priceless!
-Tell them that someone “Poohed” in their bed. When they go to look, they will find a giant Winnie the Pooh plushie on the covers!
It’s extremely easy to stick your kid in front of the TV all day while you tend to chores and other things that need to get done. Sometimes, you might even throw them outside! Anything to get them out of your hair for a little bit, am I right? But, there are plenty of things for kids to do around the house (without screentime!) that enrich their minds and nurture their creativity– all while letting them have fun. Check out this slideshow by Parents.com on things to place around your home for your kids to interact with:
-Stick sheets of poster board (add a tape boarder to minimize spillover) around the house. Let everyone draw and paint on them to create a communal art project.
-Randomly stick self-adhesive googly eyes of various sizes on objects around the house: fruits, veggies, toothbrushes, phones, mugs. It’s hilarious and kids will love to help!
-Cut out strips of craft paper, and write a poetic line on one. Stick it on the wall. Allow family members to add their own lines to create a beautiful (or silly) poem.
-Use soap or dry erase markers to leave messages on mirrors
Leaving the house with kids can be an ordeal. Whether you’re going on a long trip, or just out to eat, it can always seem like you need something from home that you don’t have. The key is to be prepared! There are some items that you should always store in your car in case of emergency (or just if you forgot). This post by Becky at Your Modern Family has a great list:
-Coats and sweaters- in case they get cold
-Extra flip flops and shoes
-Bandaids- and a mini first aid kit for cuts and booboos
-Animal crackers or other dry snacks
-A “fun” tote- coloring books, crayons, paper, small toys.
I know what you’re thinking- of course not! Babies can’t even talk- how could they possibly have accents? However, this post by the Dictionary.com blog may surprise you. Babies begin learning the sounds that make up their parents’ language long before they start learning individual words. Language acquisition occurs extremely quickly, and is still trying to be understood by researchers. Check out the results from the experiment from the article:
In her experiments, Kuhl observed that the infants were more responsive to the sounds of their own language than to the sounds of other foreign languages—even before they were able to speak themselves. She discovered that babies as young as one year acquire the specific accented sounds of their parents and that the first year of listening makes a lasting impact on the way we speak for our entire lives
Where I live, this week has been BEAUTIFUL. Like, in the 60s and 70s for the past few days. All I can think about is going outside and enjoying the weather. I know, I know, it’s still February, so I shouldn’t get too excited, but this winter has been so long and cold already. So, if you’re planning on getting out of the house this weekend with the kids, or going camping anytime soon, you should try out this super cool activity by Arianne at Still Parenting: DIY animal track flip flops! Fun, active, AND educational! Here’s how:
We transformed three pairs of flipflops into animal track shoes using our hot glue gun and sheets of colored craft foam. I let each child choose an animal–cougar, porcupine, and deer.
A great animal track guide is found here.
Once you’ve made your own tracks, be sure to take time to find tracks left by the real thing.
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