CreativeChild RSS Feed http://creativechild.com/ Eco-friendly Reusable Cloth Napkins for Kids <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Funkins are cheerful cloth napkins made especially for kids, and are perfect for lunchboxes, picnics and mealtime at home or on-the-go!</span></p> <p><strong>Why you will love these napkins:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Made of 100% pure cotton fabrics that are soft to touch and fun to use.</li> <li>Bright and cheerful patterns your child will love.</li> <li>Durable and sturdy, Funkins wash beautifully and are long-lasting.</li> <li>Eco-friendly, Funkins are ideal for school waste-free lunch programs and have a sewn-in label to write your child's name, ensuring the napkins find their way home each day.</li> <li>Safe for&nbsp;your family, Funkins are CPSIA compliant, non-toxic, lead and phthalate free.</li> <li>Award-winning, trusted family-owned brand,&nbsp;Funkins were created by a Mom on a mission to reduce lunchtime waste. Funkins are a Parent Tested Parent Approved award winning product.</li> </ul> <p class="p1"><span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://www.myfunkins.com/" target="_blank">SHOP NOW!</a></strong></span></p> <p class="p1"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://d3mw6k1m1fi1qr.cloudfront.net/5cbe156c0fd25Tmccs6pS8T_MBrKFcqbeaSZYNgHBsfFrN6fOc_400.jpg" alt="Award" width="255" height="256" />&nbsp;</p> http://www.creativechild.com/article/1714 Mon, 22 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 6 YouTube Safeguards to Help Protect Your Child <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Technology has become a double-edged sword for many parents. On the one hand, it&rsquo;s one of the most convenient babysitters around. Yet, with Internet platforms unable to police and reign in disturbing content popping up on our children&rsquo;s tablets, parents who know exactly how to navigate this relatively new frontier are few and far between. Even TV, ever prevalent in American households, seemed easy to manage by comparison. </span></p> <p class="p2">##ad##</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">According to the latest research from Dubit Worldwide, three-and four-year-olds can select their own apps, and many children know how to make videos and take photos by the time they are five. The number of kids who can produce as well as consume content has risen dramatically. Enhancing tech IQ will be of dramatic importance for this generation of kids.</span></p> <p class="p2">##adbig##</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">But until your child is old enough to make judgment calls, there are certain safeguards worth putting in place. </span></p> <ol class="ol1"> <li class="li1"><span class="s1">Install YouTube Kids. While not completely foolproof, YouTube Kids censors much of the inappropriate content for kids.</span></li> <li class="li1">Set up a family account. Setting up a shared Google account lets you keep an eye on the videos your kids watch and upload, as well as the information they share.</li> <li class="li1"><span class="s2">Turn on safety mode. Turning on safety mode will return results or no results based on the user&rsquo;s keywords. Other searches will return filtered results. In safety mode, all comments are hidden by default. You can still view comments but objectionable words will be replaced by asterisk.</span></li> <li class="li1">Be in the same room with your child. By being in the same room with your child when he watches, you&rsquo;ll have better awareness about what he&rsquo;s being exposed to. Even if the content isn&rsquo;t violent or destructive doesn&rsquo;t mean it&rsquo;s conducive either. The use of headphones should also be discouraged for the same reasons.&nbsp;</li> <li class="li1"><span class="s2">Set a time limit on YouTube. It&rsquo;s not always easy to measure how much you&rsquo;re your child is spending watching YouTube. By setting up a time limit, you can take better control of how your child is spending large chunks of precious childhood. </span></li> <li class="li1"><span class="s2">Warn them. Ignorance isn&rsquo;t bliss in this situation. Make plainly aware to your child that there is &ldquo;bad stuff&rdquo; on YouTube. Even young kids understand that hitting is bad. Encourage them to talk to you about it if they do see something wrong. </span></li> </ol> http://www.creativechild.com/article/1713 Fri, 19 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 Award winning reversible set offers enchanted fun! <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Dragon &amp; Knight Reversible Cape Set...</span><span class="s1">Brave knight&nbsp;or mythical dragon? Award winning&nbsp;<em>reversible&nbsp;</em>set from <span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://www.fairyfinery.com/" target="_blank">Fairy Finery</a></span>, offers enchanted fun! Kid's love the&nbsp;transformation, parents love the high-quality deluxe fabrics!</span></p> <p class="p1">&nbsp;<img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://d3mw6k1m1fi1qr.cloudfront.net/5cb6414c455a0yy3zL-jnGmQjxWnpQyB_167tQXQFfm6ncHgxR_400.jpg" alt="FairyFinery" width="400" height="276" /></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s1">There's magic in every stitch! Welcome to our Magical World where we bring the wonder of "Once Upon A Time" to life. Fairy Finery is studio-made dress up clothing and accessories made in the USA. We have been dedicated to creating beautiful heirloom quality clothing and gifts that will delight since 1997! Discover the world of imaginative play in dresses, fairy wings, capes, and adventure costumes.</span></p> <p class="p3"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://www.fairyfinery.com/" target="_blank">SHOP NOW!</a></span></strong></span></p> http://www.creativechild.com/article/1712 Tue, 16 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 5 Ways Your Family Can Go Green This Earth Day <p class="p1"><span class="s1">As Earth Day approaches and we celebrate the earth&rsquo;s natural beauty and resources, it&rsquo;s a great time to think about going green. Small changes can make a big difference to the environment and the changes you make today can have a big impact, not just on Earth Day, but every day of the year.</span></p> <p class="p1">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">##ad##</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Switch to cloth</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Making the switch to cloth products can help reduce waste. Families can choose what works for them by changing out a little or a lot of the paper products their family consumes for cloth alternatives. Using cloth napkins, cloth cleaning rags, reusable shopping bags, and reducing the amount of paper plates and cups are small changes your family can implement to make a big impact on the environment. Some families may choose to switch to reusable snack and sandwich bags for lunches or choose cloth diapers and wipes over disposable. For others, they simply switch to using reusable water bottles instead of plastic disposable water bottles and juice boxes.<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp; </span>This will still have a big impact on the waste in our landfills. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Meatless Monday</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Becoming vegetarian may not be the right choice for every family but designating one night a week to cook a meatless meal is a small change with a big impact on the environment and your health. Choosing a meatless meal once a week doesn&rsquo;t usually a big sacrifice but once a week equals 52 times a year and helps reduce water consumption and gases that contribute to the greenhouse effect. Another little change that can make a big difference.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">##adbig##</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Recycle and reuse</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">If your family isn&rsquo;t already recycling, it&rsquo;s a great time to start and it&rsquo;s not a big adjustment. Usually it involves having a conversation with your kids about what is recyclable and designating a place for those items to go. Another great way to reduce waste is to reuse items. Glass and plastic containers can be reused for food storage, craft items, lunchbox containers, and endless other uses. Old clothes and towels can be made into cleaning rags, rugs, or dog toys. An old toothbrush can be used for scrubbing. The possibilities are endless and the internet is full of great ideas. </span></p> http://www.creativechild.com/article/1711 Wed, 10 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 Adorable, Bean Dolls With Their Own Unique Names <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Stork Babies are adorable colorful handmade bean dolls that come with their own unique names.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Each of the Stork Babies are unique. All dolls are dressed differently and come with their own unique names and sayings. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">These babies provide children with sayings that empower them and make them feel good about themselves! </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Stork Babies also donates to Plan Canada and Plan USA.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="http://www.mystorkbabies.com" target="_blank">BUY NOW!</a></strong></span></p> http://www.creativechild.com/article/1710 Tue, 09 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 It’s Just a Bunnypalooza champions the power of imagination to bring people together <div> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s Just a Bunnypalooza&rdquo; for Lizzy as she learns dance moves from her animal friends, but is embarrassed when children giggle at her over-active imagination. So she becomes a firm &ldquo;non-believer&rdquo; until the neighborhood bunnies decide to organize an intervention!</p> <p>This heartwarming story is filled with hoppin&rsquo; humor, rockin&rsquo; rhymes and wacky words, while gently reminding us to look within ourselves and be true to who we are.</p> <p>&lsquo;The mission was clear, there was magic to weave. For Lizzy to see, she would need to believe!'</p> </div> <div> <p style="font-weight: 400;"><strong>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s Just So&rdquo; book series is Award-Winning: </strong></p> <p style="font-weight: 400;">&bull; &ldquo;Children&rsquo;s Picture Book of the Year&rdquo; 2nd Place Foreword INDIES</p> <p style="font-weight: 400;">&bull; 1st Place Readers Favorite</p> <p style="font-weight: 400;">&bull; 1st Place CIPA</p> <p style="font-weight: 400;">&bull; Mom&rsquo;s Choice GOLD</p> <p style="font-weight: 400;"><strong>Check out the reviews:</strong></p> <p style="font-weight: 400;">"The flaming redhead Lizzy is back! One of the most adorable, authentic, dynamic but sometimes insecure, most impressionable main characters in contemporary children&rsquo;s literature.&rdquo;- Reader&rsquo;s Favorite&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p style="font-weight: 400;">&ldquo;Lizzy is a cute and relatable protagonist&hellip;this one breaks the mold.&rdquo; &ndash; Kirkus Reviews&nbsp;</p> <p style="font-weight: 400;">&ldquo;Infectiously enthusiastic about dance and imagination&rdquo;&nbsp;- Kirkus Reviews</p> <div><span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://www.amazon.com/Its-Just-Bunnypalooza-Brenda-Faatz/dp/0997085177/ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_1?keywords=it%27s+just+a+bunnypalooza&amp;qid=1551644028&amp;s=gateway&amp;sr=8-1-fkmrnull" target="_blank">BUY NOW!</a></strong></span></div> </div> http://www.creativechild.com/article/1709 Wed, 03 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 Magnetykes – An Award Winning STEM Magnet Toy <p class="p4"><span class="s1">Magnetykes are a new educational toy that will draw children into the world of magnetism. These durable plastic magnetic figures come with their own magnetic vehicle and realistic magnetic wrench, allowing kids to explore how magnetic poles react while enjoying hours of fun.</span></p> <p class="p4"><span class="s1">Tech-enhanced, electronic toys are all-the-rage, but sometimes going back to the basics can offer the most magical, awe-inspiring fun. It&rsquo;s time to step away from the batteries and plugs and power up with magnetic experimentation. Magnetykes offers an exciting way to play with the principles of magnetism, using attractive and repulsive forces to move and catch the figures and their accessories. </span></p> <p class="p4"><span class="s1">Use the included wrench to propel the Magnetykes vehicle away or grab the figure from a pile of toys with the help of magnetic attraction. There are currently three styles of Magnetyke figures available, Lodestone, Cobalt, and Magnesia, which come in various colors and their own unique vehicle. The sets also come with a full-color comic book and shiny metal display sheet for wall mounting, a fun way to display and store the toys while not in use.</span></p> <p class="p4"><span class="s1">Magnetykes are STEM Authenticated and Award Winning.</span></p> <ul class="ul1"> <li class="li1"><span class="s1">Mom&rsquo;s Choice Award</span></li> <li class="li1"><span class="s1">Family Choice Award</span></li> <li class="li1"><span class="s1">Dr. Toy Award</span></li> <li class="li1"><span class="s1">Tillywig Award</span></li> <li class="li1"><span class="s1">Creative Child Award</span></li> </ul> <p style="text-align: center;"><span class="s1"><img src="https://d3mw6k1m1fi1qr.cloudfront.net/5ca3b95195e0azd1BH-wmjT9A_e-KSXPAqARqdycaEE2CZ2WRD_200.png" alt="awards" width="200" height="49" /><img src="https://d3mw6k1m1fi1qr.cloudfront.net/5ca3b95651dc1E-zbfygrGw_N-1NPxRLq867R1Hj-s8WeqpRS8_100.png" alt="award" width="45" height="45" /><img src="https://d3mw6k1m1fi1qr.cloudfront.net/5ca3b959b106b5aTGrZrZA-rWxcF6sM3k-7kaqWHnjQjr8nOBM_100.jpg" alt="STEM" width="100" height="40" /></span></p> <p class="p6"><span class="s1">There's only 9 days left on <strong><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/687458223/magnetykes-an-award-winning-magnet-toy-with-comic?ref=ag3lqf" target="_blank">Kickstarter</a></span></strong> to get your Magnetykes!&nbsp;</span><span class="s1">We just got our first shipment in and will be shipping immediately when the campaign is over.</span></p> <p class="p10"><span class="s1">We truly appreciate your support and can&rsquo;t wait for you to play with our amazing magnetic toy.</span></p> <p class="p10"><strong><span style="color: #0000ff;"><span style="color: #000000;">LEARN MORE AT</span>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.magnetykes.com">www.magnetykes.com</a></span></strong></p> <p class="p10">&nbsp;</p> http://www.creativechild.com/article/1706 Tue, 02 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 The Value of Reading Aloud to Your Child <p class="p1"><span class="s1">It&rsquo;s a time to celebrate and spur your child&rsquo;s interest in reading and literacy. Reading aloud to your child every day is one very effective way to do just that! Unfortunately, more than half the children in this country will not hear a bedtime story tonight, according to the <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="http://www.readaloud.org"><span class="s2">Read Aloud 15 Minutes Campaign</span></a>.</strong></span> They are out to spread an important and powerful message &ndash; read aloud for at least 15 minutes to every child every day. </span></p> <p class="p2">##ad##</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Reading aloud provides key benefits that prepare children for reading and learning. The greatest amount of brain growth occurs between birth and age 5. By age 3, about 85% of the brain&rsquo;s core structure is formed. In the first three years, infants and toddlers begin acquiring the first of thousands of words they will use throughout their lives. Just as a child develops language skills long before being able to speak, she also develops literacy skills long before being able to read. Given the course of brain development, it&rsquo;s not surprising that young children who are read to become good readers later. </span></p> <p class="p2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Dominic Massaro, professor emeritus in psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, studies language acquisition and literacy. He says that, while parents can build their children&rsquo;s vocabularies by talking to them (which <strong><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://news.stanford.edu/news/2013/october/fernald-vocab-development-101513.html"><span class="s2">Stanford research</span></a></span></strong> has shown) but reading aloud to them is more effective. He asserts that reading aloud is actually the best way to children develop word mastery and grammatical understanding which is what forms the basis for learning how to read. Word mastery in adulthood is correlated with early acquisition of words, so reading aloud to your kids early is a powerful strategy to prepare them for competent literacy skills throughout life.</span></p> <p class="p2">##adbig##</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Although just talking more to your children throughout the day does increase their vocabulary, it restricts children to the words we commonly use in the family. Reading aloud exposes them to a greater variety of words. In addition, storytelling has its own benefits, such as promoting creative thinking, enhancing memory recall, improving attention span, and building a deep level of engagement which has been tied to improved literacy. Furthermore, the language in books is very rich. We tend to use &ldquo;verbal shorthand&rdquo; in conversation rather than full sentences, but in books, the language is more sophisticated and, of course, in complete sentences. </span></p> <p class="p2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Jim Trelease is the author of the respected book, <strong><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://www.amazon.com/Read-Aloud-Handbook-Seventh-Jim-Trelease/dp/014312160X/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=the+read+aloud+handbook&amp;qid=1552313105&amp;s=gateway&amp;sr=8-1"><span class="s2">The Read-Aloud Handbook</span></a></span></strong>. In an <strong><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://www.greatschools.org/gk/articles/read-aloud-to-children/"><span class="s2">interview</span></a></span></strong>, he was asked why children who come to school with a larger vocabulary do better. His answer &ndash; &ldquo;If you think about it, in the early years of school, almost all instruction is oral. The teaching is oral and the kids with the largest vocabularies have an advantage because they understand most of what the teacher is saying. The kids with small vocabularies don&rsquo;t get what is going on from the start, and they&rsquo;re likely to fall further and further behind as time goes on.&rdquo; </span></p> http://www.creativechild.com/article/1707 Tue, 02 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 Why a Family Tech Contract Will Benefit Everyone <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Technology presents challenges for today&rsquo;s kids that parents never had to deal with while they were growing up. Charting this unfamiliar territory can be bewildering for parents, especially on the heels of the Momo Challenge and other violent content that&rsquo;s being disturbingly targeted for kids. It&rsquo;s not always clear how to create boundaries when it comes to YouTube and other forms of screen time. </span></p> <p class="p2">##ad##</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Creating a tech contract for the entire family is a very effective way to establish a clear understanding of household boundaries and expectations by eliminating surprises and helping family members hold each other accountable. Clear guidelines can also alleviate anxiety for kids who may find themselves pulled into watching things they didn&rsquo;t initially want to watch or find themselves sliding down a rabbit hole of unhealthy habits. </span></p> <p class="p2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">&ldquo;iRules will allow you and your family to build healthy relationships with the technology used inside and outside your home,&rdquo; says Janell Burley Hoffman, author of <em>iRules: What Every Family Needs to Know About Selfies, Sexting, Gaming and Growing Up. </em></span></p> <p class="p2">##adbig##</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">The author advises that you think about your child before creating a tech contract or iRules, as she dubbed it. Think about your child&rsquo;s age, interests, tendencies, personality traits and struggles. It may even be a good idea to spend some tech time with your kids. See what they enjoy watching, what they dislike or even what scares them. This will help you brainstorm what needs to be addressed. She also recommends bringing everyone who parents your child on board, whether it be a nanny, babysitter or grandparents. </span></p> <p class="p2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">A good family tech contract should also go both ways.<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp; </span>If there is a no screen-time rule while eating, kids should be able to call out parents who remain glued to their phones during dinnertime. Having all members of the family observe the contract will help solidify its effectiveness. </span></p> <p class="p2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">For each type of technology, whether it&rsquo;s the iPad or phone, present guidelines by including time limits, etiquette, and other expectations. Formalizing your expectations for tech use can make tech work for your family and not be at its mercy. Moreover, keeping the tech communication open and regular is a great practice to set in place for when kids become older and begin exploring social media or for the day when they come into possession of their own phones. </span></p> http://www.creativechild.com/article/1708 Tue, 02 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 UNiPLAY Soft Building Block <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">UNIPLAY soft building blocks designing and Manufacturing SAFE products is our primary belief. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Implementing our goals and concept, we keep updating, lead the toy trend and also redefine the function and structure of Toys. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">We never stop innovate and improve our products. We will continue to work hard to develop and create new products. </span></p> <p><span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://www.uniplaytoy.com/" target="_blank">uniplaytoy.com</a></strong></span></p> <p><strong><a href="mailto:uniplay@tensquarinc.com" target="_blank">uniplay@tensquarinc.com</a></strong></p> http://www.creativechild.com/article/1704 Mon, 01 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700