CreativeChild RSS Feed 8 Fun Fall Traditions for Families <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Fall means cooler temperatures, changing and falling leaves, and many fun activities to enjoy. Traditions create closeness in a family and make memories that last a lifetime. Fall is a perfect time to start some new traditions that your family will look forward to each year. Try some of these ideas.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">##ad##</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1"> <strong>Pumpkins</strong></span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Pumpkins are a symbol of fall. You can easily incorporate them into your family&rsquo;s fall traditions. Take the kids to the pumpkin patch and pick the perfect one as a family. While you carve it, try different pumpkin recipes like pumpkin bars, pumpkin bread, or roasted pumpkin seeds. Have each family member choose a small pumpkin or gourd and paint silly faces on them for another fun idea. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><strong>Campfire</strong></span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">As the nights get cooler, find time to sit around the campfire as a family, either in the backyard or at a local park. Start a fun tradition as you roast hot dogs, make S&rsquo;mores, and tell ghost stories.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">##adbig##</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><strong>Apple Picking</strong></span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">As fall approaches, the apples are ready to be harvested. Head to a nearby orchard as a family to pick apples and have a picnic. If available, pick up some apple cider and try some cider donuts. Back at home, try making homemade applesauce, apple pies, or apple pancakes.<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp; </span>Don&rsquo;t forget to add some fresh picked apples to the lunch boxes.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><strong>Something Spooky</strong></span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">For the older kids, try braving a haunted house together. Nothing says family bonding more than exploring a haunted house and experiencing thrills around every corner. Not ready for something so scary? Let the kids test their navigation skills as you work your way through a corn maze. </span></p> Mon, 12 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 The Pareto Principle and What It Can Teach Your Child About Time Management <p class="p1"><span class="s1">One of the biggest challenges of being a parent is time management. In any given day, there are at least twenty to-dos, from helping our child with homework, to baking cupcakes for her birthday, to doing laundry. And just like laundry, the list only seems to mount as the day progresses. </span></p> <p class="p2">##ad##</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Not only do we have our own schedules to manage, but now more than ever, it&rsquo;s becoming crucial to teach our kids smart time management as well. Without the right strategy, we can easily let our kid&rsquo;s sports&rsquo; schedules run their lives past the scrimmage line. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Turns out, there&rsquo;s actually a law called the Pareto Principle, which says that most people obtain 80 percent of their actual results from 20 percent of their efforts. It is a particularly applicable law when it comes to productivity and sales, where 80 percent of results come from 20 percent of employees, and 80 percent of revenue usually comes from 20 percent of the products. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">If this law actually applies to real life, then the busiest people aren&rsquo;t the most productive because they work more while sacrificing sleep. They just work smarter. By tackling the to-dos that yield the most results with the least amount of effort, we, too, could make big impacts where it matters most. </span></p> <p class="p2">##adbig##</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">In order to determine what that 20 percent is, it&rsquo;s important to rank to-dos with razor sharp, even mathematical precision. Here&rsquo;s an algorithm that can help. </span></p> <ol class="ol1"> <li class="li1"><span class="s1">For each to do, you will need to assign it two numbers: one for effort (a number between 1 to 10, with 1 being the least amount of effort),<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp; </span>and one for the potential for positive impact (also between 1 to 10 with 10 representing the highest impact) </span></li> <li class="li1"><span class="s1">Then, divide, effort by impact. </span></li> <li class="li1"><span class="s1">Rank tasks from lowest to highest in number.</span></li> </ol> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Here&rsquo;s an example. </span></p> <ol class="ol1"> <li class="li1"><span class="s1">Help your child with science project: Effort=7, Impact= 9, Priority=.7</span></li> <li class="li1"><span class="s1">Baking cupcakes for birthday party: Effort 6, Impact 3, Priority = 2</span></li> <li class="li1"><span class="s1">Doing laundry: Effort= 4, Impact =5, Priority = .8</span></li> </ol> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Based on this example, you would help your child with her science project first, then do laundry, then bake cupcakes. Getting this technical can help define what you should be doing versus what you want to be doing. It may even save you from over committing and over estimating your abilities, which paradoxically could enable you to do more.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 12 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 Thanksgiving – The Holiday We Shouldn’t Overlook <p class="p1"><span class="s1">I bought a Christmas tree a few days ago. In the middle of October, I strolled into the decked halls of the Christmas section and picked up a new tree. I passed through the Halloween section on my way there. Thanksgiving was nowhere in sight. Where has Thanksgiving gone, and why are we so eager to skip the season of Thanksgiving?</span></p> <p class="p2">##ad##</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Don&rsquo;t worry. I won&rsquo;t berate you for putting your tree up in November. I, too, enjoy the Christmas cheer! I&rsquo;m only suggesting that we take a beat to observe the season of Thanksgiving &ndash; to nestle into all it has to offer our children and ourselves &ndash; before we head straight into the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season. Here are a few reasons we shouldn&rsquo;t overlook Thanksgiving.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><strong>Nature</strong></span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">The world is beautiful this time of year. Before we wish for enough snow to build a snowman, let&rsquo;s pause with our children to admire the beauty of autumn. I believe one of the best gifts we can give our children is to teach them to pause and savor the season they are in. Each season has a purpose, both in nature and in our lives. I think we are all guilty of wishing too much away, of looking ahead to the next season without fully embracing the one we&rsquo;re in. Take time to walk with your kids through the forest, to jump in puddles before they ice over, to talk about the colorful trees before they are bare once again. It isn&rsquo;t just the falling leaves that we can observe with children, but the nature of cycles and rhythms and the value of embracing the present. By slowing down to observe Thanksgiving, you are, at least in some small way, teaching your kids how to pause and enjoy the moment while giving this gift to yourself as well. </span></p> <p class="p2">##adbig##</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><strong>Delayed Gratification</strong></span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Of course children are eager for the Christmas season. Toys and gifts, early dismissals and school closings, snowmen and sledding! It&rsquo;s definitely more exciting than the often dreary end of November, but children who can delay gratification do better in school, have fewer behavioral problems, and end up with higher SAT scores. As adults, they complete college at higher rates and go on to earn higher incomes whereas children who have the most trouble delaying gratification are more likely to struggle with drug and alcohol addiction. These were the results of the infamous marshmallow study in the 1960&rsquo;s. While a more recent study challenges those findings to a degree, a strong correlation was still found between the ability to delay gratification and future success. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">What does Thanksgiving have to do with delayed gratification? Rather than moving instantly from the excitement of Trick or Treating (getting) and the fun of Christmas (getting), taking time to focus on Thanksgiving (giving) helps children build their patience skills &ndash; to not only wait for the next time they get something but to spend time dwelling in the place of giving thanks for what they already have. It&rsquo;s a valuable skill and another often unseen benefit of Thanksgiving.</span></p> Mon, 12 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 5 Thanksgiving Themed Activity Bags for Toddlers <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Thanksgiving holiday is just around the corner, and it&rsquo;s usually a busy time for families. One of my favorite ways to entertain and engage toddlers is with activity bags, so, of course, this calls for a few Thanksgiving-themed bags to break out when you need get that turkey in the oven or sit down with your child for quality play time.</span></p> <p>##ad##</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Activity bags are simple. They are large Ziploc bags filled with fun and engaging activities for your little one to explore. Each of my activity bag ideas listed below include a sensory component, book, coloring sheet, and a couple of crafts. Have fun, and Happy Holidays!</span></p> <p><strong>Pumpkin Bag</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Pumpkins are a big part of the holiday season, so a pumpkin-themed activity bag is the perfect way to occupy your toddler. Here are a few ideas to fill your pumpkin bag!</span></p> <ol> <li><span style="font-weight: 400;"> Fill a smaller Ziploc bags with pumpkin guts for a messy but fun sensory experience. Too messy? Fill it with seeds and include a spoon and small cup for scooping and pouring!</span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: 400;"> Print </span><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href=""><span style="font-weight: 400;">this pumpkin coloring sheet</span></a></span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> and toss in a few crayons.</span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: 400;"> Include a board book such as </span><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href=""><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Where is Baby&rsquo;s Pumpkin</span></em></a></span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> by Little Simon. It&rsquo;s a lift-the-flap book perfect for toddlers!</span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: 400;"> Cut out a foam sheet (like the ones you get from the Dollar Tree) into a pumpkin shape and glue a magnet to the back. Include a sticker sheet or glue and gems. Your toddler can decorate the pumpkin and stick it on the fridge!</span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: 400;"> Try </span><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href=""><span style="font-weight: 400;">this mess-free pumpkin painting from Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds</span></a></span><span style="font-weight: 400;">. It even has a free printable, and I love that there&rsquo;s no clean-up required!</span></li> </ol> <p><strong>Turkey Bag</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Let your little one explore a turkey-themed bag while you prep and bake your Thanksgiving turkey! </span></p> <ol> <li><span style="font-weight: 400;"> Print </span><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href=""><span style="font-weight: 400;">this turkey coloring sheet</span></a></span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> and include a few crayons in the bag. </span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: 400;"> The sensory component for this bag is </span><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href=""><span style="font-weight: 400;">this super cute turkey squishy bag I found over at Life Over C&rsquo;s</span></a></span><span style="font-weight: 400;">. If you can&rsquo;t find the turkey she used, I think a laminated and cut up turkey picture will work just fine. </span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: 400;"> Add the </span><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href=""><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Little Turkey: Finger Puppet Book</span></em></a></span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> by Chronicle books to your activity bag. This sweet story offers a special Thanksgiving message, and the puppet is just adorable! Of course, any turkey-themed book works just fine. </span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: 400;"> Throw in the materials for </span><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href=""><span style="font-weight: 400;">this turkey paper bag craft</span></a></span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> from </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Best Ideas for Kids</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> with a stick of glue. Your toddler can assemble the turkey and use it as a paper bag puppet.</span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: 400;"> Paper plate turkeys are another simple craft that your toddler can put together with little to no help. You&rsquo;ll just need a paper plate, pre-cut feathers, eyes, a beak, and some glue. Toss it all into your turkey activity bag and watch them go!</span></li> </ol> Mon, 12 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 Building Your Baby Boutique With Customer-Based Strategies <p>The baby and maternity market is rife with a diverse array of products. Just to name a few, there&rsquo;s maternity wear for expecting mothers, not to mention all of the quickly outgrown clothing for newborns; there are toys and soothing tools for babies at every stage of their growth and nutrition products. While innovation and uniqueness is a great asset for any product or business, building a baby boutique isn&rsquo;t necessarily about selling a one-of-a-kind product. It&rsquo;s about building on the strengths of the products you want to sell by engaging your customers.&nbsp;</p> <p>Whether your baby boutique is still in its nascent stages or you&rsquo;re looking to give your boutique a boost in sales, consider some of these customer-focused options.</p> <p>&nbsp;<img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="" alt="Baby Boutique" width="400" height="400" /></p> <ol> <li>Make your Boutique Locally Relevant <ol style="list-style-type: lower-alpha;"> <li>If you are opening a baby boutique, aim for an area where there will likely be a need for baby products. Some place near a hospital, maternity center, or in a residential area with a significant number of young couples is more likely to draw in baby boutique customers than a shopping plaza near a retirement community.</li> </ol> </li> <li>Combine Shopping and Entertainment for Shoppertainment <ol style="list-style-type: lower-alpha;"> <li>Shoppers enjoy interactive events, where they can walk away with a product <em>and </em>knowledge of how to use it or where the product comes from. To engage customers, consider holding events in your boutique if the space allows for it.</li> <li>An event could be as simple as&nbsp;an arts and crafts evening where you invite parents to bring their children. Whatever your product is, find a way to integrate it into a fun, informative, or interactive experience.</li> <li>At the beginning, consider holding one major event a month where you draw in large amounts of people. As you get the hang of it, you can add more major or minor events to your boutiques calendar to keep people coming back for more.</li> </ol> </li> <li>Give People a Reason to Go to Your Store <ol style="list-style-type: lower-alpha;"> <li>Hold exclusive events, limited and only available items in stores and use online coupons to use 'in-store only' to promote your boutique.</li> </ol> </li> <li>Cultivate an Online Presence <ol style="list-style-type: lower-alpha;"> <li>If your boutique is an online-only shop, this may be a given, but it&rsquo;s just as important for brick and mortar stores to have a presence on social media. &ldquo;Likes,&rdquo; &ldquo;shares,&rdquo; &ldquo;check-ins,&rdquo; and online reviews are the new word of mouth, so make sure your presence is known both on and offline.</li> </ol> </li> </ol> <p>These ideas are focused on locale and customer engagement, but there are many other ways to build your boutique such as shopper-friendly decor and online advertising. The most important thing to remember when trying to build your boutique is to continue searching for and developing ways to keep your costumers engaged in what you have to offer.</p> <p>Business tips courtesy of <a href="" target="_blank"></a> and <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p> Fri, 09 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 Holiday Marketing Tips for Your Baby Boutique <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="" alt="Holiday Marketing Tips for Your Baby Boutique" width="400" height="400" /></p> <p>Between the talk of Halloween costumes and the scent of pumpkin spice in the air, it&rsquo;s hard to miss it. The fall season is upon us! And with the season comes the holiday shopping. Unlike tech aficionados or parents of school age kids, new and expectant parents aren&rsquo;t the usual target demographic for the season. For small business owners in the baby and maternity industry, there are some ways to take advantage of the season with unique promotional sales and techniques, though. Here are a few to consider.</p> <h3>Getting Them In the Door:</h3> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Get connected.</strong></span></p> <p>Social media is one of the most effective marketing tools around these days. Engage your customers on social media by asking them to check in on Facebook when they visit the store. As their friends scroll through their newsfeeds, you&rsquo;ll gain greater visibility.</p> <p>You can also offer incentives like small discounts in exchange for leaving a Yelp review. According to the popular source for customer reviews, 4 out of 5 of Yelp&rsquo;s millions of monthly users visit the site or app when preparing to spend money.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Find influencers.</strong></span></p> <p>One of the other great ways to spread the word about your company or boutique is through influencers like bloggers or local news outlets. Reach out to local or regional mommy bloggers or magazines by sending a sample or special promotion their way. Try to get listed in a gift guide if you&rsquo;re a manufacturer or highlighted in a holiday shopping section if you run a brick and mortar store.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Get the community involved.</strong></span></p> <p>Know of a daycare or a yoga studio for fit mamas nearby? Cross-promote your shop by putting cards, brochures, and flyers in complementary business locations. You can return the favor by carrying coupons and flyers for other businesses in your store, as well.&nbsp;</p> <h3>In the Store:</h3> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Make it unique.</strong></span></p> <p>Display one-of-a-kind holiday-themed art by local artists in your store and offer it for sale. There&rsquo;s a good chance that the young family shopping in your boutique just upgraded to a bigger home and are looking for some unique holiday accents to fill it. Consider partnering with a local artist to sell a few of their pieces for the season. You&rsquo;ll make a name for your store as a unique destination for holiday shopping.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Let your customers make themselves at home.</strong></span></p> <p>Shopping for family and friends is fun, but it&rsquo;s also exhausting. If your customers also happen to be pregnant, they&rsquo;re probably dealing with aching feet, nagging back pain, or an insatiable appetite for snacks. It might be a good idea to have a comfy place to sit or an offering of free cookies or beverages to ensure that customers don&rsquo;t actually shop until they drop.</p> <p>As we head into fall and the year winds down, everyone will be reminiscing about the year that&rsquo;s passed while also looking forward to new beginnings. This is especially true for new and expectant parents. Offer them products and services or put a spin on the offerings you already to have to match the demand for new beginnings.</p> Wed, 31 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 CappyBug, LLC's Romp & Roost LUXE Play Yard is changing the playpen game! 
 <p class="p1"><span class="s1">The Romp &amp; Roost LUXE Play Yard, designed by our mom founder, Ashley Whitman, is the perfect playpen solution for one or two littles! &nbsp;Do you have a large toddler that has outgrown a standard playpen? &nbsp;Do you have twins or two little chicks close in age and are tired of carrying around two of everything? &nbsp;Our oversized play yard and travel bag with wheels with the option of a waterproof sheet with or without the removable patented divider is your solution whether at home or on the go! &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> The Romp &amp; Roost LUXE is twice the size of a standard play yard, has the ability to sleep one or two children, and is the only one on the market with a travel bag with wheels! Let the R &amp; R LUXE make your life easier and grow with your family!<br /> <br /><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="" target="_blank"></a></span><br /><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="" target="_blank"></a></span><br /> 904-631-4578</span></p> Wed, 31 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 Crayon Rocks Limited Edition 2018 Holiday Gift Bags <p class="p1"><span class="s1">We are offering a two-pack of red gingham 8 color bags with gift tag and tissue at $9.99. &nbsp;(colors are: &nbsp;Black, Brown, Orange, Purple, Green, Blue, Red and Egg Yolk Yellow)<br /> <br /> Also, we are offering a blue gingham bag with a special selection of 16 holiday colors with gift tag and tissue for $9.99 &nbsp;(colors are: &nbsp;Black, Orange, Purple, Lime Green, Blue, Egg Yolk Yellow, Sunshine Yellow, Rose Red, Turquoise, White, Periwinkle, Coffee, Pumpkin Spice, Hazel, Cranberry and Spruce)<br /> <br /> Crayon Rocks is a small company located in Kentucky. &nbsp;Our company started in 2006. &nbsp;<br /> <br /> The idea behind our particular type and shape of crayon came from years of experience with handwriting in the educational system. &nbsp;There was a need for a tool to teach children the correct tripod grip and to train young people and their developing muscle memory in a skill that will boost their handwriting ability for the rest of their lives.<br /> <br /> Due to the shape and size of our crayons, the only easy way to pick up, draw, write and color with them is by using the correct tripod grip. &nbsp;<br /> <br /> It is important for us to do well for our community, our customers and the world as a whole. &nbsp;We use USA grown soy wax and other natural waxes. &nbsp;Our products are compostable and biodegradable, green and eco-friendly. &nbsp;Our employees are all local folks who mix the ingredients, make the crayons, package and ship our products worldwide&hellip; all from our tiny facility in Kentucky. &nbsp;<br /> <br /> Crayon Rocks is simply the best coloring tool for young children and we are proud to have a product that will actually help children build a skill for success while they are having fun.<br /> Draw.Write.Smile &nbsp; Create.Train.Sustain <br /> <br /><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="" target="_blank"></a></span><br /><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="" target="_blank"></a></span><br /> (270) 255-0048</span></p> Wed, 31 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 Could Your Child’s Reading Difficulty be Dyslexia? <p class="p1">Children learn to read at their own pace but if your child is struggling to make significant progress as compared to their peers, it may be possible they have a reading disability called dyslexia. According to Mayo Clinic, &ldquo;Dyslexia is a learning disorder that involves difficulty reading due to problems identifying speech sounds and learning how to relate to letters and words. Dyslexia affects areas of the brain that process language.&rdquo; (<span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="" target="_blank"></a></strong></span>)</p> <p class="p1">##ad##</p> <p class="p1">Symptoms of dyslexia may include:</p> <ul class="ul1"> <li class="li1">Speech delay, trouble learning words, problems forming words correctly or reversing sounds or words that sound alike</li> <li class="li1">Reading well below the expected level for age, difficulty with spelling, difficulty reading aloud</li> <li class="li1">Trouble remembering sequences or identifying rhyming words, reversing letters or numbers</li> <li class="li1">Spending an unusually long time completing tasks that invoice reading and writing or avoiding these activities.</li> </ul> <p class="p1">People who struggle with dyslexia have normal intelligence and can succeed in school and careers with proper tutoring and support. So how do you go about helping your child succeed?</p> <p class="p1">##adbig##</p> <p class="p1">At school:</p> <ul class="ul1"> <li class="li1">Ask for an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or 504 plan. In most states, schools are required to provide specialized support for kids diagnosed with dyslexia. Talk to your child&rsquo;s teachers about setting up a meeting with educators to help your child be successful at school.</li> <li class="li1">Keep in contact with your child&rsquo;s teacher. If parents and teachers work together, it is easier to support your child through the challenges they may be facing when it comes to homework and school. Check in often with your child&rsquo;s teacher regularly and encourage them to reach out if the interventions put in place don&rsquo;t seem to be helping your child make adequate growth.</li> </ul> <p class="p1">At home:</p> <ul class="ul1"> <li class="li1">Consider tutoring. Individual help from a tutor can really give your child a boost in their reading skills because it can be tailored to your child&rsquo;s needs and learning style.</li> <li class="li1">Early intervention has been proven to help kids struggling with dyslexia. As soon as you notice a problem, talk to your child&rsquo;s doctor.</li> <li class="li1">Encourage reading. Take turns reading aloud to your child, model good reading habits, and add reading to everyday activities (cooking, games, or instructions). Turn off electronics and add reading time of your day.</li> </ul> Thu, 25 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 10 Autumn Leaf Crafts for Kids (Plus 10 Books!) <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Autumn is such a cozy season, and what better way to spend it than by sharing quality connection time reading books and doing crafts with our kids? I&rsquo;ve compiled 10 autumn leaf crafts plus 10 books on leaves to help you cross craft time off your </span><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href=""><span style="font-weight: 400;">fall bucket list</span></a></span><span style="font-weight: 400;">. </span></p> <p>##ad##</p> <ol> <li><span style="font-weight: 400;"> These </span><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href=""><span style="font-weight: 400;">leaf luminaries</span></a></span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> from Kids&rsquo; Craftroom are so beautiful! They&rsquo;re the perfect craft + decoration this fall, and the best part? No glue and no mess! You&rsquo;ll need leaves, a plastic milk jug, contact paper, scissors, and no flame tea lights. Gather up your supplies!</span></li> </ol> <ol start="2"> <li><span style="font-weight: 400;"> Is it really fall if you don&rsquo;t make classic leaf people? Check out </span><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href=""><span style="font-weight: 400;">this tutorial at Fantastic Fun and Learning</span></a></span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> which also comes with two book recommendations: </span><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href=""><span style="font-weight: 400;">Leaf Man</span></a></span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> and </span><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href=""><span style="font-weight: 400;">Look What I Did with a Leaf.</span></a></span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> Read the books with your child before craft time!</span></li> </ol> <ol start="3"> <li><span style="font-weight: 400;"> Create a beautiful preserved leaf mobile to hang in your child&rsquo;s room. Find the </span><a href=""><span style="font-weight: 400;">instructions at Buggy and Buddy</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></li> </ol> <ol start="4"> <li><span style="font-weight: 400;"> Check out </span><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href=""><span style="font-weight: 400;">these leaf puppets from Messy Little Monster</span></a></span><span style="font-weight: 400;">! This is a simple, fun activity for toddlers and preschoolers, although your big kids might enjoy it too! These can be made with craft sticks, a laminator, chalk pens (though I assume markers would work), and of course leaves!</span></li> </ol> <ol start="5"> <li><span style="font-weight: 400;"> This paper plate hedgehog craft is happening at my house this weekend! My son adores hedgehogs. </span><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href=""><span style="font-weight: 400;">Easy Peasy and Fun has the tutorial here!</span></a></span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> Isn&rsquo;t it the cutest thing?</span></li> </ol> <p>##adbig##</p> <ol start="6"> <li><span style="font-weight: 400;"> The Artful Parent shows us how to make stunning leaf garlands with our kids </span><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href=""><span style="font-weight: 400;">here</span></a></span><span style="font-weight: 400;">. There are so many creative possibilities, and imagine how lovely it will look on your mantle or table.</span></li> </ol> <ol start="7"> <li><span style="font-weight: 400;"> Your child can roll out, bake, and paint his or her very own leaf bowl. This craft is a bit more involved, but the outcome is a beautiful bowl that makes a great decoration, keepsake, or gift for the grandparents. </span><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href=""><span style="font-weight: 400;">Visit One Project Closer for the tutorial</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></span></li> </ol> <ol start="8"> <li><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href=""><span style="font-weight: 400;">This color changing tree craft from DLTK Crafts</span></a></span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> is such a neat idea! I love how the leaves change colors as you spin the plate. Great craft for kids of all ages!<br /><br /></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: 400;"> Your kids can now save all of those collected autumn leaves in their very own fall leaf book. Find the needed supplies and instructions </span><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href=""><span style="font-weight: 400;">here at All Kids Network</span></a></span><span style="font-weight: 400;">. It&rsquo;s a wonderful way to preserve the memories of that fun family nature walk, to teach your preschooler the science of changing leaves, and to watch your creative child at work.</span></li> </ol> <ol start="10"> <li><span style="font-weight: 400;"> &nbsp;</span><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href=""><span style="font-weight: 400;">These autumn leaf sun catchers</span></a></span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> are so pretty. Once again, The Artful Parent gives you an amazing yet simple craft that your kids will love. These would look beautiful hanging in the window or from a covered porch!</span></li> </ol> Thu, 25 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700