6 Not So Great Things My Kids Have That I Did Not…

I was thinking the other day about how much childhood has changed since I was growing up.  I find myself more and more saying it just isn’t as good as it used to be.  Perhaps I sound like a grandmother, maybe it just comes with age but here are 6 not so great things that my kids have that I…

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Nail Polish Rocks and Leaves

I know my blog posts have been very inconsistent lately.  I think I am finally catching up on things around here so maybe, just maybe, I can start blogging again.  Today we enjoyed an outdoor nature craft using rocks, leaves and nail polish.  My little girl loves nail polish – the sparkles and the shine.  We decided to use the…

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Kitchen Puzzle

Here is a quick way to make a homemade puzzle for little ones.  This is a great activity because you can vary it so easily based on your child’s ability but tracing a few shapes or more shapes. Grab a file folder or large paper.  Trace around some objects from your kitchen i.e. cookie cutters, measuring cup, spoon or magnets.…

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Toddler Time: Rides

Need to entertain your toddler for a few minutes?  Bring them on a toddler ride in the laundry basket.  Stop and start the laundry basket slowly which will challenge the little ones balance skills and strengthen the trunk muscles.  You can encourage language by waiting to start the toddler ride until the little one using baby sign language or says…

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What Are Your Child’s Strengths?

Children are so overscheduled and busy these days that I think sometimes it results in a lack of children reaching their potential in different areas.  I don’t mean being the next professional athlete or singing superstar.  I just mean slowing down and taking the time to develop a well rounded child.  As a basketball coach of young children, I am…

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Small Hands Creating Hope

  Small Hands Creating Hope is a project started by MaryAnne at MamaSmiles.com.  As a survivor herself she reached out to many bloggers to submit children’s projects that symbolize hope in the face of cancer.  When I read her blogpost I knew I wanted to participate. As a 10 year survivor myself, courage, hope and love is crucial to beating…

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Pretend Play Makes Better Thinkers

Recent research from the University of California Berkeley indicated that children who were better at pretend play were better at thinking about different possibilities.  By imagining the way things will work, children try to predict if what they are doing will work.  Then when done pretending they can compare their results to real life experiences.  The researchers speculate that pretend…

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