Community Volunteering: Little Ones Can Do It, Too!

November 29, 2012 at 19:55 | Posted in General, Little Hands | Leave a comment
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With the holidays approaching, there are usually discussions at our home regarding ways to give back to our community during this time of year. We love to do special projects that help others, and show our community pride. But it’s not just something that we should only do around the holidays, but an experience we should share with our friends and family throughout the year.

Volunteering together as a family is an incredible bonding experience! It not only brings you closer as a family, it teaches your children valuable lessons about selflessness, and sacrifice. It instills community pride and thankfulness.  Now, not every volunteer project or job is appropriate for children, but there are many ways your children can help give back to those around you and to your community with your help.

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Printable: Paper Plate Animals

November 29, 2012 at 16:17 | Posted in ALEX Printables, Little Hands | Leave a comment
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It’s so easy for a child to look at an ordinary object and immediately see potential for something else. Give them a paper plate to craft with and the possibilities are endless! With this printable craft they won’t need anything more and a few basic craft supplies and their imagination to create their very own Zany Zebra and Crazy Cow.

For additional fun after you’re done crafting you can attach craft sticks to the bottom of the paper plates and turn them into puppets or masks. Use them to tell a story or put on a show.

Lets get started!

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DIY Fall Festival Ideas

November 28, 2012 at 20:47 | Posted in General, Let's Play | Leave a comment
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One of our family’s favorite fall activities are the different Fall Festivals in our community. A chance to celebrate the season, enjoy the cooler weather, and have tons of fun, a Fall Festival is also the perfect excuse to have some friends over!

You can easily host your own Fall Festival right in your own backyard just for your children, or for a group of children. Fall Festivals can include games, prizes, sweet treats, preschoolers, school-age children, take place during the day, or in the evening. You can create your own Fall Festival to suit your needs or to fit a certain theme. The possibilities are endless! Here are a few things to think about when throwing your own Fall Festival.

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Using Crafts to Teach About Different Cultures

November 26, 2012 at 16:33 | Posted in Crafting, Kid's Arts & Crafts | Leave a comment
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ALEX Toys, Native American Bead Loom, CraftsCrafts are a fun and creative way to teach your children about a variety of topics. Children are hands-on learners, and always learn best when having fun! In our homeschooling classroom, I keep plenty of craft supplies at the ready to create a variety of projects.

Recently, I’ve been using my craft supplies to teach the children about different cultures. You can create a craft from almost any country and spark a lesson or discussion about an interesting new culture! Here are a few to get you started.

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Printable: Paper Bag Owl

November 21, 2012 at 10:45 | Posted in ALEX Printables, Little Hands | Leave a comment
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It’s the day before Thanksgiving and that only means one thing…preparation.

We thought you could use a little craft entertainment for the kids while you pick up the toys, clean the house, prepare the food and turn your jungle gym into a beautifully decorated and well organized Thanksgiving feast! Sounds easy enough!

The best part is that this craft requires only a few basic supplies that you’re sure to have in the house. It’s also easy enough that they shouldn’t need much help, so you’ll be able to get things done!

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How To Make Your Own Native American Napkin Rings

November 16, 2012 at 16:41 | Posted in Crafting, Holidays | Leave a comment
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Napkin Rings Dinner TableHere’s a fun way to make decorative napkin rings that look like a Native American headdress. The items required are ones that you almost certainly have on hand in your home, so you’ll be able to set the kids up quickly!

It’s a great opportunity for them to also be involved with the Thanksgiving holiday preparations. They’ll have fun making these easy, colorful crafts, your table will look festive and your guests will be impressed with the personal touch! Smiles all around 🙂

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Printable: Ready, Set, Scarecrow!

November 15, 2012 at 15:56 | Posted in ALEX Printables, Little Hands | Leave a comment
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It’s the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving harvest!

Your child can learn to cut while creating a whole family of scarecrows to join yours for a Thanksgiving feast.  This scarecrow craft  is simple enough for preschool age children to make but allows them to create a complete  project that they can be proud of. Just cut along the dotted lines and glue the pieces together.

For even more fun, have the kids collect sticks from the backyard that they can attach the scarecrow to and put them on display.

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Easy DIY Fall Décor Craft for Little Ones

November 14, 2012 at 18:46 | Posted in General | Leave a comment
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ALEX Toys, crafts for preschoolersCan you believe fall is here already? It’s my absolute favorite time of year for the cooler weather and changing leaves that serve as vibrant inspiration for crafts to make together and then use as decorations around the house. The kids and I Iove to decorate our home for fall with various seasonal décor that we create ourselves such as painting colorful fall trees, or making scarecrow families to hang in our school room.

Here’s a fun and easy fall décor craft that we’ve enjoyed, perfect to make with your little ones at home. It only takes a few minutes, and your toddlers and preschoolers will love crafting with tissue paper!

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Printable: Thanksgiving Turkey!

November 8, 2012 at 16:18 | Posted in ALEX Printables, Little Hands | Leave a comment
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Creativity is one of the most important skills a person can have. Giving kids an early creative start will help build their self-esteem and confidence for a lifetime of increased productivity. And the holidays are a perfect time for kids crafts!

Print out several of our Thanksgiving Turkeys for your preschoolers to make then decorate the house for a festive holiday look, or better yet, they make perfect place settings for the dinner table. Your guests will be touched by the personal touch and their oohs and aaahs will go a long way to making the kiddos feel proud as well as enthusiastic for future craft projects!

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Five Games to Teach Telling Time

November 7, 2012 at 11:47 | Posted in Little Hands | 1 Comment
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When I went to my first grader’s orientation at school, I was surprised to hear that their new district-wide Ready, Set, Tell Time, ALEX Toys,math curriculum did not include life skills like telling time.  So I knew I had to bump time telling up on my list of things to teach my kids.

I was really excited to have a little help in that area when I received the Ready, Set, Tell Time! activity set in the mail. I was surprised to find that what I expected to be just a simple learning clock, was actually a bunch of time telling games in one set. I loved how versatile the set’s pieces were in making up time telling games and activities.

Here are 5 ways you can teach time telling with Ready, Set, Tell Time!

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