How to Get Your Kids Away from the TV and Active

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The last school bell has rung and summer is here.  Kids could spend the entire summer watching TV or on a mobile device. However, watchful parents ensure kids are getting outside, exercising, and staying away from digital screens. Here’s to an active summer and the joys of movement.  Check out our tips on getting kids active:  

Get a Job

Depending on their age, help kids get a full or part-time job for the summer. Does working at a local pool, taking breaks to swim and being in the sun, sound so bad?  Fortunately, younger kids can work limited hours at bagel shops, lemonade stands, etc.

 Read That Book Series

Some kids are assigned books to read for summer. I ’s usually long, something the child does not want to read and is reserved for the last week of summer. As a result, take the pressure away.  As a result, add a few exciting and fun selections. Take your child to the bookstore and have them select the first book out of a series.  If they like it, they’re likely to continue reading the series.

Volunteer Your Time

Kids have a lot of time on their hands in the summer. So much that they can hold a part-time job and still have a lot of free time. It would be altruistic and look great on college applications if they devoted time toward volunteering at a local YMCA, food shelter, local business, etc. Ask around town or do a Google search to find volunteer opportunities in your area.

Get in Shape

Exercise is healthy, and with child obesity a serious issue, it’s encouraged that kids find an athletic hobby such as biking, skating, jogging, etc. The mild temperature and the sunshine make it easy to engage in an activity or sport. Inquire about sports their friends play or take kids to the sporting goods store and see if any equipment piques their interest. Getting kids active is a parental responsibility.  

See the State

Some kids attend great schools and live in peaceful and safe neighborhoods.  But, some kids don’t even know what it’s like in other parts of their state. Schedule time to take your child on some road trips. While having a destination in mind like a museum is enriching, the experience of seeing other places and people can be enough. Use this weather app to choose the best days to take road trips.

Help at the House

Kids grow to be adults and later moms and dads. So as adults , take care of things around the house such as laundry, cutting the grass, making minor repairs, taking care of the pets and so on. The summer is a good time to increase a number of things a child does around the home so they can lend a hand. Perhaps a minor money incentive or reward could inspire them to do even more!

We hope you enjoyed the tips on getting kids active. Get creative, and demonstrate that being active is not boring and most importantly it’s healthy.

Get Your Kids Involved in Creating Clean Air

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Kids usually don’t want much to do with cleaning the house. They’d rather be outside playing, and who can blame them? But the lessons they learn in childhood last a lifetime.  So, teaching children lessons in house cleaning can include the importance of creating clean air in the home.  You can teach them this lesson through different tasks.

For example, turning a chore into a fun activity can help eliminate the perceived boredom that comes with cleaning. Here are a few activities to teach kids about creating clean air in the home and keeping it clean:

Changing the Air Filters

Air filters are easy to change. Most are located in a safe and accessible spot.  This makes it safe in getting teens involved in removing and replacing them. They’re also a perfect teaching tool to show just how dirty the air filters can get.  Dirt caught in the filters is dirt that doesn’t make it into the rest of the home.  Change filters regularly.

While you may not want your children actually doing the task on their own, you can write the date of installation on the filter.  Additionally, mark the replacement date on the calendar. When the due date arrives, the kids can remind you to change the filter.  Furthermore, they can accompany you to see how much dirt was collected. It’s a simple, yet important task that gets everyone in on the action.

Turn off the Lights

Lights by themselves don’t do much in the way of generating pollution. It’s at the power generation level where the pollution occurs. The act of turning on a light bulb creates a power demand from the power plant. That demand requires fuel to generate the electricity. Encourage the kids to turn off the light when they leave a room for any length of time. It’s a great way to instill the idea of keeping the air clean without nagging. When kids are shown that their lack of action has a greater consequence to their world, they’re more likely to turn out the lights.

Energy producers are turning more and more to renewable sources instead of burning coal and wood. But this doesn’t change the need to turn out the lights. The less energy needed from any source, the better.

Open Windows at Night in Warm Weather

Air conditioning during the warmer months helps keep the home comfortable, but it also traps dust and other air pollutants inside.  Open windows at night and use fans to circulate the air. Air is cooler at night and helps the home exhaust the heat. If the AC gets turned on during the day, it won’t work as hard to cool down the home because the internal temperature is already low.

These are some of the ways you can get your family to participate in tasks that keep the air clean in the home and atmosphere. Teaching kids to become energy and pollutant aware when they’re young helps them turn into responsible adults.

We hope that you found our tips on creating clean air beneficial, and you will implement a few ideas.

 

 

Preschool Valentines Day Activities

 

Preschool Valentines Activities

 

Valentines Day is next week.  There will be more candy, roses, teddy bears, lingerie, and cards received than you can count. Valentines Day has become big business.  Don’t get me wrong, I love receiving roses, teddy bears and all the other gifts received on February 14.  However, a quiet day/evening at home with a glass of wine is the perfect gift for me.

Whatever your plans, lets not forget the kids.  Because Valentines Day isn’t just for adults.  So, spread your love around.  We suggest that you plan a party, play games, watch movies and just have fun with them too.  These activities are perfect for homeschooling moms or moms who want to give kids additional homework or just occupy their kids.

I developed these Preschool Valentines Activities sheets for your little one.  They’re bright, fun and educational.  My little Muffin is in Kindergarten, so these activities are perfect for her.  We’ve come a long way from her 2 lb. 10 oz. entrance into the world.  She’s become a sassy, computer savvy diva, who has mastered the Kindle, her Samsung tablet, the iPad and any other game on the market.

Amazingly, she understands loading, buffering, loss of internet connection, Bing, Youtube and the list goes on.  She is truly amazing.

Finally, I’m sure your preschooler or Kindergartener would love these activities.  We have a coloring page, match, spot the difference and a draw a line activities.  Download the activities here

 

 

16 Mom Approved Kid’s Beach Crafts

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Summer is in full swing and families are heading to the beach. When we go to the beach there are days that we don’t head out, we stay inside and enjoy a day or 2 of crafts and movies with the children. I decided to do a roundup of mom approved kid’s beach crafts that will be easy and fun to make.   

Here’s my roundup selections. Click on the link to check out the blog and instructions on how to make these adorable crafts or use the images as inspiration and create your version: 


1.  Dr. Seuss Crafts (Mrs. Thompson’s Treasures) 


2.  Fish Hands (Mom To Two Plush Lil Divas) 


3.  Grandma’s Sea of Love (Flickr Photo) 


4.  Shells and Shimmer (A List Maker’s Life)


5.  Fish Bowl (Walking By The Way)


6.  Construction Paper Fish (Buggy and Buddy)


7.  Celery Stamping Fish (Crafty Morning)


8.  Bucket & Shovel (Learn Create Love)


9.  Cupcake Liner Fish (I Heart Crafty Things)


10. Paper Lemonade (Pitter Patter Art)


11.  Paper Plate Whale (In The Play Room)


12. Egg Carton Ocean (The Imagination Tree)  


13. Paper Plate Shark (Almost Unschoolers)


14. Beach In A Bottle (Country Chic Cottage) 


15. Bears At The Beach Snack (The Chickabug Blog)


16. Under The Sea (Daisy Cottage Designs) 


These crafts are mom approved and have been shared so you can enjoy them with your little ones too.  Pick out a few for your beach trip or have a little summer fun at home. I had a hard time selecting a favorite, but I do love number 15 – Bears At the Beach Snack. What a great idea.   What’s your favorite?  Leave us a comment.  


  

18 Mother’s Day Crafts

18 Mother’s Day Craft Ideas For Kids

It is hard to believe that Mother’s Day is around the corner.  First, I’ve been searching for a few projects to make with my grandchildren for their mother and their other grandmother.   Fortunately, I found quite a few adorable Mother’s Day crafts that would be perfect gifts for this special occasion.

I always try to find a variety of crafts to offer the kids, because I never know what will inspire them.  One day they love markers and crayons, the next day it could be finger paints.  So, I look for projects that require materials that I have on hand or that I can purchase from the Dollar store.  You how much I love that store.

Anyway, I wanted to share my roundup of Mother’s Day crafts with you.  I hope that you will be inspired to make a few gifts with your children or grandchildren:

1.  Picture Flower Pot – The Daily CrazinessSo creative!  First, who would think to add pictures to a flower pot.  I love the thought of creating the flower pot as shown, and than placing a pot of tulips inside of it.  Also, the pot of tulips can be planted in the yard on or after Mother’s Day.  Furthermore, the pot can be used in the summer for herbs.  Mom and/or grandma can place it in the kitchen window.

2.  Button Bouquet –  PinterestSorry,  but I was unable to locate the craft on the site referenced. It seems pretty simple to make, so bring out that jar of buttons, make a pretty bow and a few stem.  Finally, start gluing. I think the kids will have fun placing the buttons to make the bouquet.

3.  Heart House  –  Crafty Morning Great way to show mom how much you appreciate the home she has made for you.   A few craft sticks, buttons, cut out heart, some glue and you’re good to go.

4.  Hand Print Flower – Nifty MomSimple enough to make with a toddler, finger paints and some card stock.

5.  Teacup –  Mr. Printables.  It’s actually an invitation for to a tea party.  But it was so adorable I thought it could be adapted as a Mother’s Day gift.  What’s better than a tea party invitation from your son or daughter.

6.  Hand Print Vase –  Love Bugs and Post Cards.  Also, this could be a fun project.  Coming up with reasons why the kids love mom or grandma and tracing little hands can be a great way to start a Saturday.

7.  Watering Can Mother’s Day Card –  Crafty Morning.  This project is at the top of my list. I will be changing the blue hearts with water drops. This blogger has several other Mother’s Day projects on her site, so be sure to check them out.

8.   Mother’s Day Coupons –  Penny Pinching Mom. I love this idea. You print the coupons, color them, and than give them to mom. The coupons are for 1 breakfast in bed and 2 loads of folded laundry. How cute is that.

9.   Mom Deserves A Hand – Happy Home Fairy The card is a free printable. Head to Bath & Body and let the kids pick out their favorite scent for mom. Clever idea.

10.  Bottle Cap Flower –   Crafty Morning This is an easy craft to make in little time.  You will need to collect beer bottle caps, stock card, glue and a Sharpie. I saw this card on another site with a twist, the word MOM had been added to the top 3 caps for a personal touch.

11.  Love You Bunches   – Crafty Morning Next, this craft is perfect for toddlers. It requires finger paints, stock card, and the joy of sticking your thumb in the paint. I would suggest making dots on the stock card and using the dots as a guide for the shape.

12.  Folding Craft Stick Flowers –  Danielle’s Place  I loved the idea of the gift folding and being wrapped with a simple ribbon. My initial thought was to put a magnet on the back and stick it on the refrigerator after grandma or mom opens it or hang it with a pretty ribbon. Be creative.

13.  Fingerprint Flowers – Crafty Morning  Fortunately, we found a few crafts for adorable for little fingers,  And you don’t need a lot of materials to complete the project.  If you don’t have scrapbook paper, stock card or construction paper should work.

14.  Picture Monogram –  BHG   Mother’s Day crafts allow us to get creative.  So, creativity will help make this a great gift.  You can use either M for mom, G for Grandma or Gigi, or N for Nana.

15.  Lion Card –  Crafty Morning  This little card will be easy to make with a fork, marker, a piece of stock card.  And you can get the eyes from your local craft store.  I actually found a bag of eyes at the Dollar Tree for a buck.

16.  Love You To Pieces –  Clip Zine.   If you’re like me, there’s always a puzzle laying around with missing pieces?  Recycle it and make this adorable gift for mom or grandma.

17.  Hand Print Towel –  This Simple HomeCute!  This is a great idea for Mother’s Day, Christmas or a birthday present.

18.  Hand Print Bouquet –  Simply Sweet Teaching  Last, but not least.  I love the idea of using hand and foot prints in children’s art.  Also, hand and foot prints can be framed.  Furthermore, the prints can created on a background other than black. I do love adding the year to the print though.

Finally, our Mother’s Day crafts will make great gifts.  They’re actually quite inspirational.  Pick out one or two and start crafting with the kids.  Please leave me a comment and let me know your favorites.

9 Paper Plate Craft Ideas For Kids

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April Showers Bring May Flowers! They also bring the children inside and along with that comes boredom, fights, and too much free time.

My grandson loves to do crafts and I love paper plate crafts.  So, I decided to do a round up of paper plate crafts that I thought he would be interesting in creating.  I focused more on crafts for boys in this roundup.  I have found that there a tons of crafts and other projects for girls, but not much for boys.

Furthermore, I think we forget that little boys need and want to work on their creativity too.  This roundup does have a few crafts that girls may be interested in.  However, they may love the Spider Man, pirate and police car too.

Also, I love the simplicity of most of the crafts.  Paper plates, paint, numbers etc.  Most of the items if not all can be purchased from the Dollar Store.   Let’s check out the roundup:

1.  Giraffe –  First, I found this giraffe on Zayit and Ziva.  I love the little spots on this guy. Looks like a fun craft to make with kids of any age.

2.  Pirates – Ships Ahoy!  I found these pirates on How Wee Learn. This would be a great craft to make at a Pirates birthday party.

3.  Clock – I found this clock idea at Storytime Kate. I loved this idea. It’s a great way to start teaching my grandson how to tell time.

4.  Owl – I found this little guy on Crafts by Amanda. This looks easy enough for a toddler to work on also with assistance.

5.  Police Car – I found this police car on Terrific Preschool Years. I love this idea. It’s a great time to have a conversation with your child about the police and their importance.

6.   Saw – Sixth, I found this saw idea on Easy Preschool Craft. This is a perfect idea for Father’s Day.

7.  Sun – I found this ray of sunshine on About.com.  I think this would be a great craft to make with my granddaughter. The little hand prints for the rays are perfect.

8.  Spider Man – I found this Spider Man plate on In the Playroom.  This is a great craft idea for all the little guys who love Superheroes.

9.  Paper Plate Goose – I found this swan on Making Learning Fun. This is a great site for craft ideas for kids of all ages.

Last, I hope you like my paper plate craft ideas, and find something to make for a rainy day. Which is your favorite?

You may also like: Kid’s Garden Crafts Roundup

 

5 Fun Summer Activities For Your Kids

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It’s about that time of the year again when the sun will shine brightly, the birds  will sing loudly, the flowers will be in full bloom.  Summer’s around the corner, and my little ones could not be happier. Also, everyone will flock to the beaches.  Along with the freedom to build sandcastles on the beaches and play long hours in the pool, they also have a long break to look forward to.
Next, the  problem’s mine.  I have to think of new ways to keep them occupied throughout the summer.  Otherwise, I’ll hear “we-are-so-bored” rants right on the third day of their vacation. Well, if your problem is similar to mine, I have a solution.  Here is a list of five summer activities that your kids are sure to enjoy:
Foil River Can’t take the little ones out boating? Fortunately you can help them build a river right in your backyard.  All you need is aluminum foil and a garden hose.  So, take a few sheets of aluminum foil and roll up the sides to make a U-shaped stretch of an artificial river.  Turn on the garden hose and let the water flow through the aluminum river. You can also build ice boats by freezing colored water in ice molds and topping it with toothpicks that can hold tiny flags. Sit back and watch the excitement unfold.  Your little ones are sure to have a blast with this activity.  Even after the ice boats have melted, your kids can sail paper boats in the artificial river.

 Stamping Glory – Worried that your kids will create havoc stamping in your living room when bored?  With this fun activity, they can go stamping without you  having to worry about any damage. Spread out a wide sheet of white cloth in your yard.  Also, hand your kids some paints, cut potatoes and apples, along with sheets of bubble wrap, tied to their feet. Let your kids dip the potatoes, apples and their feet in the paint.  They can create  stamping impressions across the sheet. This is a great activity to help your little ones let loose and open a whole new world of fascinating pattern ideas. An interesting variation to this activity is to let your kids stamp within the outline print of their favorite cartoon characters. Doing this will improve their concentration skills and help them develop a neat hand at art.
 
Dress Up Parade – Who wants to watch fashion shows on TV when little fashionistas are sitting right in your house. Involve the entire neighborhood and their kids in a fun evening of dress up parade. Keep 2-3 themes for the evening and have the kids dress up in outfits according to the theme allotted to them. The evening is sure to be fun not just for the kids but for all you adults too. You can follow up the fashion parade by distributing delicious treats and gifts to all the teeny tiny models.
 
Outdoor Movie Screening – Movie nights are loved by all kids and adults alike. Here’s a way you can double the fun. Put up a projector and screen a movie out in your backyard. Take charge of the snack counter and make some delightful munchies for the kids to enjoy. You can involve other families in the movie carousel too!
 
Balloon Ping Pong – We all have those days when we just want to sit back and do nothing, but our kids don’t let us. I sail in the same  boat, and it’s during times like these that the balloon ping pong activity comes to my rescue. All you need is two paper plates, two ice cream sticks, and one balloon to prepare for this amazingly entertaining activity.  Next, stick the ice cream sticks on the paper plates to make the ping pong bats. Let+ your kids have fun bouncing the balloon to and fro. Ensure your kids play in a room free of any breakables so as to prevent damage.
Finally, Let your kids cherish some great moments with these amazing activities.  Also, which one of the 5 activities is your favorite? Let me know in the comments section below.  You may also like 4 Top Family Activities in Bali.
 
Author Bio – Aradhana is from India. She is a veteran writer on topics concerning parenting, child  nutrition, wellness, health and lifestyle. As a regular contributor to popular  sites like Huffington Post, Natural news, Elephant journal, Thehealthsite, Naturally  Savvy, curejoy and MomJunction.com. Aradhana writes to inspire and motivate people to adopt healthy habits and live a stress-free lifestyle.

Kid’s Garden Crafts Roundup

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I was in the process of planning my summer garden and decided to look for garden crafts to do with my grandchildren. I found some great crafts, and decided to do a roundup to share with my readers.  The posts shown are suitable for a variety of age groups.  And these crafts are a great way to keep the kids outside and involved in nature.   

It’s also a great way to spend family time together.  Here’s the roundup: 

1.  Root Viewer – Found on Zulily – Great way for children to watch vegetables grow underground establish roots and grow.  I initially found this on Zulily, but it is currently out of stock.  However, you can check out Fat Brain Toys, they have it in stock.  Furthermore, this is also great for science lovers.

2.  Hand and Foot Print Flowers – Found on Learning As We Are Growing – This is a great craft for capturing memories of adorable little fingers and toes.  Also, this craft is a wonderful gift idea for grandparents or parents for Mother’s or Father’s Day.

3.  Slinky Bird Feeder – Found on Glamumous.  However, I found a DIY version on Dust Bunnies and Dog Toys, which I will be using.  I purchased a Slinky from the Family Dollar for a few bucks.  Fortunately, I just happened to have several size embroidery rings in the closet just waiting to be used. My Blue Jays love peanuts.  Be sure to use unsalted peanuts if you make this project.

4.  Tissue Paper Flower Pots – Found on From ABCs to Acts.  Cute idea to make with children. I plan to use Marigolds with my grandchildren.  They can nurture them all summer.  And will last until they are hit with a hard frost.  You can purchase the tissue paper from the Dollar Tree.  They have a pack with bright, bold colors, which is perfect for summer.  You can find inexpensive pots at your local garden center for a few bucks.

5.  Bug Bingo – Found on About. Adorable, and this would be fun to play on those rainy, summer days. Just as important, the card and insects are free to download.  Just print and assemble.

6.  Personalized Stepping Stones – Found on Skip To My Lou.  Creating a personalized stepping stone in the garden will excite any child.  Fortunately, all of the supplies can be found at your local Lowes or Home Depot.

7.  Ladybug Rocks – Found on Parenting –  Another cute idea to place in a garden or to use as paper weighs for mom or dad’s office.  Additionally, they will make great gifts for teachers or anyone else who loves ladybugs.

8. Truck Garden Planters – Found on Toby and Roo.  If you have old dump trucks that your children don’t play with anymore, this will be a great project.  Also, you may be able to purchase the trucks cheaply at your local Dollar Store, yard sales or the Goodwill.

9.  Popsicle Stick Garden Markers – Found on Instagram.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the instructions.  But the project looks easy enough to figure out by looking at the pictures.

10.  Bird Bath – Found on Dump A Day   I love the bright colors on this bird bath.

11. Rainbow Garden MarkersLiving Well Spending Less  This craft is cheap.  Most of all, it’s a great use of paint sticks.  I’m going to make these and use this idea in my garden this season.

12. Spring Tulips – Found on Let Kids Create A few sheets of paper, finger paints and fork will keep them busy for hours. This craft is definitely on my To Do List.

Finally, I hope you find a craft or two that you can make with your children/grandchildren.  Please leave a comment, we may want to adopt it. Last, be sure to subscribe to my blog before you leave and follow me on social media!

10 Tips To Get Your Child Moving


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How Do You Get Your Child Moving? Does your child enjoy playing video games or watching cartoons more than playing outside? Does he or she stomp and pout when you encourage them to get fresh air?  Times have changed.  Gone are the days that you see children riding bikes, pitching balls, climbing trees or playing hide and seek.  Through no fault of their own, the world had become a place for gaming and unhealthy eating.  The United States ranks fifth in the world for childhood obesity.    

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6 Things To Do Go In Atlanta for the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game






Heading to Atlanta to watch the West Virginia Mountaineers play the Alabama Crimson Tide game this upcoming week-end.  Kick off is Saturday, August 30, at 3:30 PM at the Georgia Dome.  While you’re there, here’s a list of Things To Do.  If you can’t fit all of them into your schedule, check out a few:




6 Things to Do in Atlanta for the Chick-fil-A Kickoff
Game

1)     
Fan Days at the World of Coca-Cola are August 26 through September
2. Buy your tickets here
and receive $3 off general admission to get a glimpse inside the world’s #1
brand and see what the fizz is all about.
2)      As a
football fan, how could you not visit the new College Football Hall of
Fame? The attraction is going all out for its Grand Opening on August 23.
Celebrate the rich history of the game and make memories of your own with
historic and contemporary artifacts, interactive multimedia displays, children’s
activities and more.
3)      For
some free fun, grab your fellow fans and hit up Tailgate Town on the West
Plaza. How can you resist food sampling, games, giveaways and a BBQ cook-off?
4)      If
you want to take your tailgating up a notch, purchase tickets for the
Mountaineer Madness Team Tailgate at the Georgia World Congress Center.
Yes, that’s an air-conditioned tailgate featuring pregame entertainment and a
delicious buffet.
5)     
Refresh yourself with an ice-cold drink and cheer on your favorite team
at its Pep Rally when you visit the FanZone presented by Coca-Cola Zero.
Don’t miss out on the dozens of interactive games and sponsor
attractions.
6)     
While walking down the Atlanta streets, it’s likely that you’ll find
yourself in the middle of a science-fiction scene. That’s because Dragon
Con
is returning to Atlanta this Labor Day weekend. For
some fantastical fun – and lots of Storm Troopers – check out the annual
parade.



This list was provided by The World of Coca-Cola.  To celebrate the Chick-fil-A Kickoff, Mother 2 Mother will be giving away 4 tickets to The World of Coca-Cola on Saturday.  Be sure to return and enter this awesome give away.