- Spring & Summer Nature Lessons for Kids: Checking Out All the Creepy Crawlies!
There are nature lessons for kids that are taught in the classroom…and then there are nature lessons for kids that are taught exactly where they should be: in the beautiful outdoors. Let’s talk a little more about the latter, shall …
- Indoor Movie Days: Roll ’Em!
Kids’ indoor movie activities can chase away the indoor blahs faster than you can say, “Ticket, please!” Movie days are fun. They’re entertaining. And they’ll help pass the time more quickly for you and your kids.
- Creative Play Resolutions: Imagine That!
The New Year is approaching fast, and I’m hearing through the grapevine that many parents are finally ready for a fresh new start regarding the way their kids play. Whatever your motivation, the simple fact is this: Creative, imaginative play is important. It stimulates the brain. It helps develop important life skills. And it creates enthusiasm. What’s not to like about it!
- O ‘Family’ Tree, O ‘Family’ Tree, How Lovely are Your Branches
Now that you have your beautiful ornaments, you need somewhere to hang them. Here are a few suggestions:
- Good Tidings We Bring to You and Your Kin
This quick and easy ornament is a beautiful way to capture everyone in your family. Whether your immediate family is big or small, everyone will enjoy the finished product. Did I forget to mention how easy this is? Trust me! You will have time to do this! It also makes a beautiful gift for those hard to buy for, like grandparents!
- Celebrating Hanukkah, The Festival of Lights
Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, is a Jewish holiday celebrated for eight days and nights. It starts on the 25th day of the Jewish month of Kislev, which usually occurs sometime in December on the secular calendar, when the days are the shortest and the nights are the darkest.
- Less Materialistic Holidays: Teaching the true meaning of the season
Teaching children generosity during the holidays is really not that hard. It does, however, have to begin with you, their strongest — and most influential — role model. Here are some helpful tips to get you started..
- Storytelling Props
On one of my recent holiday shopping sprees, I noticed a great child’s toy. It was simple in nature. In fact, it was something you and I could create on our own — a tiny pouch filled with 10 to 15 tiny trinkets. The instructions were for the child to select five trinkets out of the pouch and create a story around these items. So, if you have created an “I SPY” holiday wreath, either as a game or for your holiday card this year, consider having your children use the items from the wreath to create their own year-in-review story.
- “I SPY” Christmas!
My kids love playing “I SPY.” It never gets old in the doctor’s office or wherever we go. So, last year I thought it would be fun to turn our Christmas card into an “I SPY” game. At first glance it looks like a simple holiday wreath card, but look more closely and there is much to find!
- Gift Receiving Etiquette: How to put more ‘appreciate’ into appreciation – Part 2 of 2
Teaching children proper gift receiving etiquette and gratitude is really so incredibly important — especially in these days of self-entitlement, instant gratification, and impersonal communication. To help your own kids learn how to graciously receive and acknowledge a gift, here are a few tips to pass on to them.