Printable: Snowman Dress-Up

December 27, 2012 at 12:10 | Posted in ALEX Printables, Little Hands | Leave a comment
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TThis is not your ordinary snowman. Nope! This snowman might have button eyes and a carrot nose, but it also likes to dress up as a puppy, a scuba diver and sometimes it even like to grow a beard!

Its the perfect craft activity for kids to use their imagination. Put on a wintery fashion show! You can even print out multiple pages to dress-up more snowmen bodies.

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Top 8 Tips for Ensuring a Stress Free Road Trip with Kids!

December 21, 2012 at 13:08 | Posted in General | Leave a comment
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Secrets of success Car trips with kids

It’s that time of year! Between shopping, wrapping, prepping, and packing, it can be stressful. Getting everyone ready for the road trip, in the car and peaceful for the long drive can add to the stress. Make it easier on yourself with these tips to help ensure a great road trip and happy travel companions!

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Printable: Tic-Tac-Toe

December 20, 2012 at 12:00 | Posted in ALEX Printables, Little Hands | Leave a comment
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We’ve all played it before – Tic-tac-toe is a very common childhood game, but for good reason! The simplicity of this paper-and-pencil game makes it an ideal tool for teaching the concepts of good sportsmanship to young children. It is a great mental exercise that can also help improve their thought process.

FUN FACT: Tic-Tac-Toe was the first computer game, invented in 1952 by A.S. Douglas from Cambridge University.

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ALEX Jr. Stack Me Up is a Stack of Developmental Fun!

December 19, 2012 at 14:44 | Posted in ALEX Jr., Educational, General | Leave a comment
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ALEX Jr. Stack Me Up is a Stack of Developmental Fun!As my belly begins to expand (literally more and more every day!), I am steadily getting excited about bringing out the baby toys again.  So when I saw the Stack Me Up toy from ALEX Jr, it was love at first sight.

Not only is it adorable, but it really is a great developmental toy!  While it is geared toward kids six months to one year of age, I believe that this toy is perfect to grow with your child during the first two years of life.  Younger children love the sensory elements while older kids love to explore the more imaginative side of the toy.

Here are the areas of development that I thought this toy really targeted:

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How to Encourage Creativity

December 18, 2012 at 16:24 | Posted in Educational, Family Time, General, Kid's Arts & Crafts | Leave a comment
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Encouraging creativity is a core feature in my parenting strategy. Creativity has more benefits than I can count, but here are few:

  • Encourages self-expression – drawing and engaging in other creative pursuits gives kids a voice. I have learned a lot from and about my children by listening in as they create.
  • Builds fine motor skills – many creative pastimes help children develop the fine motor movements that are important for scholastic success.
  • Helps children discover passions – Pretend play and creative expression help children discover what truly interests them.
  • A great way to de-stress – I often set out a creative activity for my kids to do after school, as I find it soothes tired nerves and makes it easy to ease back into home life. This also motivates my first grader to get her homework finished (so we can get started on the activity), and it’s a wonderful bonding time for me and my kids.

Now that we’ve covered a few benefits, here are things I do to encourage creativity.

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Five DIY Gifts Kids Can Make

December 17, 2012 at 20:18 | Posted in Crafting, Holidays, Kid's Arts & Crafts | Leave a comment
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Paint a mug, DIY Gifts, crafts for kidsHomemade gifts are my favorite for the holidays! Our family has made all sorts of items together over the years as gifts for family and friends, from knitted winter caps to jewelry.

One year, using clay, we created an entire chess set for my husband featuring our family members! He loved it! The best part is getting the kids involved. While they may not have the funds to go purchase gifts for the important people in their lives, they will always have the energy and the love to create their own.

Homemade gifts don’t have to be perfect, in fact it’s the imperfections that make them valued in people’s hearts. Try these DIY gift ideas that your kids can make, and teach them the joy that comes with giving of yourself and your time!

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Priceless Handmade Holiday Decorations

December 14, 2012 at 08:30 | Posted in Crafting, Holidays, Kid's Arts & Crafts | 1 Comment
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One of our family’s favorites Christmas activities is decorating our home. From the lights on the outside of the house, to the Christmas tree, to the stockings on the mantle, wherever you look you’ll see a piece of Christmas.

Each decoration holds a special part of our family’s Christmas spirit, and every year, we create at least one handmade decoration to add to our collection. Sometimes our handmade décor lasts only one year, while others become valued pieces that last from year to year, priceless pieces of our family history.

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Kids love creating Christmas decorations, and there are so many quick and easy holiday décor projects that you can create with your children. Here are a few ideas to get you started on your own handmade holiday collection!

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Printable: Make A Picture Frame

December 13, 2012 at 17:06 | Posted in ALEX Printables, Little Hands | Leave a comment
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PA picture’s worth a thousand words…and so is the frame!

Get creative! The best part of a collage craft is that there is no wrong way to do it. Have the kids cut out the pieces and let them go to work, turning printable shapes into a fun frame to hold their favorite photo!

The colorful frame would be a cheerful addition to any playroom or family room! Fill it with a family photo or a picture with their BFF.

Picture frames also make great gifts when you fill them with the people you love.

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Paranoid Dad: Pretend Play, Big Media Brands and My Son’s Future

December 13, 2012 at 13:32 | Posted in Dads, General | 1 Comment
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Pretend PlayWhen I was a little older than my son, I had a hero. He carried a light saber, routinely saved the universe and road around with a guy who could hit the speed of light.

When you’re five years old, these are admirable qualities.

Though maybe debatable, I’m pretty sure I turned out fine. Now, my son has his own hero, who has wings and a spaceship, seeks to beat infinity instead of light speed and has wholesome adventures with a lanky cowboy. I have no doubt his future is a bright one, too.

But, I still get nervous.

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How To Organize Your Home For Reading Fun

December 12, 2012 at 20:33 | Posted in Educational, General | 1 Comment
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I knew I needed to get organized when a babysitter told my kids to clean up their rooms and my oldest daughter said, “Why? Just look at our house!”

Gulp.

So, the piles of books got organized and our house feels much tidier. I’ve found that organizing our children’s books (in more than piles) entice my kids, even the youngest, to read.

To make reading even more fun, we created cozy reading spaces in the kids’ rooms and in the living room.

You can do it, too. Here are our tried and true suggestions.

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