CreativeChild RSS Feed http://creativechild.com/ Keeping Kids Safe in Crowded Places <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Taking young children to crowded public places can be very stressful, especially if you are outnumbered or you have kids who tend to wander off. I will never forget the feeling of realizing my child was gone while we were on a fun family outing. She was standing next to me one moment and I looked away,looked back and she was gone. I was torn between staying with my remaining children and running off to search for her. Luckily, my older son spotted her and was able to quickly bring her back to our group. She was safe but that feeling of my heart dropping will never be forgotten. After that experience, I knew we needed to come up with a plan to keep the kids safe when we venture out to public places.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">##ad##</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> Prepare</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> The best way to prevent your child getting lost in a public place is to prepare for the possibility like it will definitely happen in the future. In an age-appropriate way, start by talking to your kids about the dangers of strangers and getting lost. While you don&rsquo;t want to scare your child, you do want them to have a healthy fear of getting separated from those they trust and give them the tools to help them if it does happen. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> Role play</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> After you have discussed the dangers of getting separated, role play some of the possible scenarios. What would they do if they were lost, who would they ask for help, what would they do if a stranger asked them to come with them? Acting out these scenarios will help your child respond quicker and more confidently if the time arrives.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> Memorize contact info</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> If your child is four or older you can start to teach them important contact information such as their parents names and phone numbers. If your child is too young to memorize this information consider writing it on their wrist or using a bracelet or necklace that has your contact information so they can contact you in an emergency.</span></p> https://www.creativechild.com/article/1843 Wed, 08 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 The best natural teething remedy for soothing and calming children <p class="p1"><span class="s1">As a new mother, founder and creator, Audrey Zuber, wanted the best and most natural for her first child. When teething pain kicked in, concerns about the dangers of Benzocaine and Tylenol made the remedy choices limited. After talking to her pediatrician, she bought some clove oil and put it on her daughter&rsquo;s gums. To her horror, she burned her daughter&rsquo;s gums and lips with the undiluted oil. This started a mission to create a safe, effective and natural remedy for teething pain.</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">After countless hours researching and working with experts in aromatherapy, pediatrics and naturopathy to create a safe, gentle and effective teething remedy. An oil formulated with organic ingredients that was already fully diluted to be safe even if a child drank the entire bottle. Yet, still strong enough to help when the gumline is swelling and teeth are cutting through. On the market for 14 years without a single injury due to formulation, this best loved and shared teething remedy is here to stay.</span></p> <p class="p3"><span style="color: #0000ff; font-size: 12pt;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://punkinbutt.com/" target="_blank">BUY NOW!</a></strong></span></p> https://www.creativechild.com/article/1844 Wed, 08 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 Mindfulness for Families Amidst a Pandemic <p class="p1"><span class="s1">With the emergence of COVID-19, mindfulness is now more important than ever in our daily lives. As our families are practicing social distancing and many children are home from schools, normal routines have been thrown off and we are all scrambling to adapt to this new normal. Add to that the anxiety and uncertainty that parents and children are feeling during this pandemic as we are bombarded with news of coronavirus cases rising and everything around us shutting down, and you see that stress levels must be addressed. Practicing mindfulness can help us and our children cope with these changes and the stress and fear that we are feeling. </span></p> <p class="p2">##ad##</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">We hear the word mindfulness thrown around a lot, but what does it mean exactly? According to mindful.org, <strong><em>&ldquo;Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we&rsquo;re doing, not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what&rsquo;s going on around us.&rdquo; </em></strong>So, as our minds try to run away with <em>what ifs</em> and fears for the future, mindfulness helps bring us back to the present, which decreases stress and fearfulness. When we focus on this day, this moment, we aren&rsquo;t gripped in anxiety about tomorrow. We are living <em>now</em> and trying to find joy and connectedness <em>now</em>. Mindfulness prevents us from becoming so lost in our fears about the future that we miss today. </span></p> <p class="p2">##adbig##</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">In order for us to teach mindfulness to our children, we should first practice it for ourselves. To begin this practice, I recommend downloading one of the many meditation apps available. If you prefer not to use an app, you can go to YouTube to find free guided meditations, or just choose to do this simple beginner meditation. </span></p> <ol class="ol1"> <li class="li1"><span class="s1">Sit in a comfortable position, straighten your spine, drop your chin, and close your eyes. </span></li> <li class="li1"><span class="s1">Relax and focus on the sensations of your breathing. Feel your breath entering through your nose, filling up your lungs. Feel how your chest expands with the breath, and notice the sensations of blowing the breath out through your mouth. Feel your chest contract as the breath leaves you.</span></li> <li class="li1"><span class="s1">If you notice that your mind has wandered away from your breath, simply return your focus. Don&rsquo;t obsess over your thoughts or judge yourself. </span></li> <li class="li1"><span class="s1">Remain this way until you feel the anxiety draining away and you feel more centered. </span></li> <li class="li1"><span class="s1">Repeat as often as necessary!</span></li> </ol> https://www.creativechild.com/article/1839 Tue, 07 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 Creative Things to do with Plastic Easter Eggs <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Everyone enjoys participating in an Easter egg hunt in the community or with family but if your family is anything like mine, we have an abundance of plastic Easter eggs leftover after our yearly egg hunts. Here are some fun ideas how you can repurpose the eggs that are fun for kids as well.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">##ad##</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> Memory game</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> Open the plastic egg and set each half on the table. Hide small items like paper clips, coins, or erasers under each egg. (You will need two of each item.) Play memory and have your child pick two eggs to lift and they can collect them if they match. If they do not match, place the egg back on the table and allow the next person to try. Continue until all items have been matched. With young children, start with just three eggs and increase the numbers as they get the hang of it.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> Egg toss</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> Glue or tape the eggs shut and set up Easter baskets or buckets and have your kids take turns tossing them, trying to get them into the baskets. Whoever can get the most eggs to land in the bucket or basket wins. </span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">Letter and Word games</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">For pre-readers, you can work on matching upper and lowercase letters by writing one of each on a half of the egg and then having them match them up. For older kids write common word endings on one half of the egg such as &ldquo;at&rdquo;, &ldquo;ot&rdquo;, &ldquo;all&rdquo;, &ldquo;ag&rdquo;, etc. and common word beginnings on the other half of the eggs such as &ldquo;h&rdquo;, &ldquo;b&rdquo;, &ldquo;c&rdquo;, etc. Have your kids put the eggs together to make as many words as possible.<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp; &nbsp;</span></span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">Shake it up</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">Use the plastic eggs to make homemade instruments. Fill the plastic egg with dried beans, rice, or popcorn seeds and glue the egg shut. Have your kids shake the egg along to music. To make a maraca, glue plastic spoons, one on each side for a handle. Make sure to do this with your children watching otherwise their natural curiosity can cause them to get creative and break open the egg to see what is inside. </span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">Become an artist</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> Put a small amount of paint on a paper for your child and allow them to roll the egg through the paint. They can also open the egg and use it as a stamp. Change the colors for variety.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> Sensory bin</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> Fill a large plastic bin or water table with beans, rice, or water and add some plastic easter eggs and small containers. Some of the eggs may have holes so they will enjoy watching the water slowly pour out from the bottom.<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp; </span>If using rice and beans, they love to use them as scoops to fill up larger containers with the rice and beans.<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp; </span>They may crack them open and try to serve you dinner as well.. Let the kids play with the sensory bin as they would a sandbox providing appropriate supervision.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> Plastic Easter eggs are an affordable, and sometimes free item, that you can repurpose in many creative ways. Get the kids involved and see what new ideas you can come up with to reuse your eggs.</span></p> https://www.creativechild.com/article/1840 Tue, 07 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 We Can Raise Happier Kids. They Just Need to Stop Thinking About Themselves. <p class="p1"><span class="s1">There is a growing concern that today&rsquo;s kids focus too much on themselves and not enough on others. Many young people prioritize money because they think it will make them happy and fulfilled<em>.</em> Even young children, research shows, care more about accomplishment than being kind, in part because they believe it&rsquo;s what their parents care about most. Meanwhile, there is a growing trend of substance abuse addiction, depression and sedentary lifestyles. Is it a stretch to think the two are connected? Not according to research. </span></p> <p class="p2">##ad##</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Through fMRI technology, we now know that giving activates the same parts of the brain that are stimulated by other pleasurable activities. Self-centered pursuits can also lead to happiness, as we&rsquo;ve all experienced, but investing in our own happiness induces fluctuating happiness, while authentic-durable happiness results from selflessness, <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5429736/"><span class="s2">research shows</span></a>. </strong></span></span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Not only does selflessness lead to more happiness, but many industry experts now believe that selflessness actually leads to more success as well. </span></p> <p class="p2">##adbig##</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Esther Wojcicki is a rather famous parent. She is an educator who is renown mostly for raising three successful kids. Her daughter Susan is the CEO of YouTube, Janet is a professor of pediatrics, and Anne is the co-founder and CEO of 23andMe. &ldquo;They rose to the top of ultra-competitive, male-dominated professions,&rdquo; said Wojcicki. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">When providing much-heeded parenting advice about how to raise successful and happy kids, <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://www.cnbc.com/2019/05/08/i-raised-2-successful-ceos-and-a-doctor-here-is-one-if-the-biggest-mistakes-parents-make.html"><span class="s2">she had this to say</span></a></strong></span>. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">&ldquo;We&rsquo;re chasing money and possessions. Not service, not purpose,&rdquo; says the mom of three daughters.<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp; </span>&ldquo;If we have a purpose at all, it&rsquo;s to make ourselves happy. But if there&rsquo;s one thing I know, it&rsquo;s this: You&rsquo;re happiest &mdash; as well as most beneficial to society &mdash; when you&rsquo;re doing things to help others.&rdquo;</span></p> https://www.creativechild.com/article/1841 Tue, 07 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 Holistic care for adults and children <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Famous for our children&rsquo;s products including Punkin Butt Teething Oil, we also offer a wide variety of natural products for adults. Our lotion is rich and creamy, moisturizing your skin without a greasy feel. Perfect for dry hands due to over washing, weather exposure and post shower moisture retention in the skin.<br /> <br /> The Rosemary Chest Rub is an all-natural petroleum free balm, used when feeling a bit under the weather or dealing with allergies. Simply massage on your chest and let the magic of rosemary, mullein and chamomile help you feel better. <br /> <br /> Punkin Butt&rsquo;s soothing and natural ear oil is designed to gently clean and comfort the ear canal. Our formula uses organic sunflower oil infused with the goodness of organic calendula, organic mullein and organic garlic bulbs.<br /> <br /> Definitely not for children, our Tattoo Oil is the latest product to catch the attention parents that love to adorn their body with ink. The oils sooth and comfort raw skin, providing relief, moisture to prevent peeling and flaking of color due to scabbing and ease of use. <br /> <br /> Working out more these days? We have the perfect balm for you. Maximum Strength Aches and Muscle Rescue Balm. This balm is made to provide maximum relief for aches and sore muscles due to injuries, sports, inflammation or other causes. Made with Organic Sunflower Oil infused with Organic Arnica Flowers and then we added 400 mg of Organic Full Spectrum Hemp Extract and an Essential Oil Blend of Eucalyptus, Orange, Rosemary, and Peppermint. <br /> <br /><span style="font-size: 16pt;"><strong><a href="http://www.punkinbutt.com" target="_blank">BUY NOW!</a></strong></span><br /></span></p> https://www.creativechild.com/article/1838 Mon, 06 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 Natural teething relief to sooth babies and parents <p class="p1"><span class="s1">As a new mother, founder and creator, Audrey Zuber, wanted the best and most natural for her first child. When teething pain kicked in, concerns about the dangers of Benzocaine and Tylenol made the remedy choices limited. After talking to her pediatrician, she bought some clove oil and put it on her daughter&rsquo;s gums. To her horror, she burned her daughter&rsquo;s gums and lips with the undiluted oil. This started a mission to create a safe, effective and natural remedy for teething pain.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><br /> After countless hours of research and working with experts in aromatherapy, pediatricians and naturopaths, Punkin Butt Teething Oil was born. An oil formulated with organic ingredients that was already fully diluted to be safe even if a child drank the entire bottle, but still strong enough to help when the gumline is swelling and teeth are cutting through.<br /> For 13 years, Punkin Butt Teething oil has been naturally soothing babies around the world and is now sold in dozens of countries. &nbsp;Punkin Butt has also expanded their product line including ear oil, skin balms, lotions, soaps, diaper rash sprays, arnica balms, CBD products and much more!</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><br /> Punkin Butt products are manufactured in Boerne, Texas with a new manufacturing facility ready to produce in Canada next month for Canadian distribution!<br /> <br /><strong><a href="http://www.punkinbutt.com" target="_blank">www.punkinbutt.com</a></strong><br /><strong><a href="mailto:audrey@punkinbutt.com" target="_blank">audrey@punkinbutt.com</a></strong><br /><strong> (503) 926-3970</strong></span></p> https://www.creativechild.com/article/1837 Wed, 01 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 Life Dice Conversation Cubes – a family dinner game to get your conversations rolling <p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif;">Do your kids talk to you over dinner? Put the control in their hands and they will!</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif;">Some kids are motor-mouths and never stop talking. Be grateful, because with other kids - especially the older ones - getting them to talk about their day is like pulling teeth. Life Dice was designed to help these kids. By turning the conversation into a game, they become less self-conscious so they can open up and tell you what is going on in their lives.<br /></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif;">For many families, dinner time is the only time everyone sits down together. That's why Life Dice is designed to be played at the dinner table, but it can also be used at bedtime, or any time you want to have meaningful interactions with your kids.&nbsp; It consists of two wooden dice - one has six meaningful questions, and the other tells the player how to answer in one of six quirky ways. Because each player gets to roll for him or herself, it gives them a sense of control. It isn't Mom or Dad asking the question, it is the dice they rolled themselves! Then the funny way of answering takes the focus off of the player and puts it onto the silliness of the game.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif;">The six questions were chosen, not just to get them talking, but to encourage them, over time, to think about the choices they make every day.<br /></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif;">The six questions are:</span><br /><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif;">What is the best thing that happened to me today?</span><br /><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif;">What am I grateful for today?</span><br /><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif;">What was challenging for me today?</span><br /><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif;">Whose heart did I cheer today?</span><br /><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif;">How was I of service today?</span><br /><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif;">What did I learn today?</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif;">The six ways to answer are:</span><br /><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif;">Whisper your answer.</span><br /><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif;">Stand up to answer.</span><br /><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif;">Sing or chant your answer.</span><br /><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif;">Close your eyes to answer.</span><br /><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif;">Choose someone to answer.</span><br /><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif;">Answer graciously.<br /></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif;">Whether you play once a night or once a week, Life Dice will improve your child's communication skills, and help the whole family feel more connected.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #0000ff; font-size: 12pt;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://virtues101.com/" target="_blank">BUY NOW!</a></strong></span></p> https://www.creativechild.com/article/1836 Wed, 18 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 The world's medically endorsed, safest teething mitten! <p class="p1"><span class="s1">The world's medically endorsed, safest teething mitten that babies LOVE AT FIRST BITE&trade; <br /></span><span class="s1"><br /> MITTEEZ&reg; Stage One (0-8 months) is an award-winning, organic teething mitten and keepsake invented by a mom for the early stages of teething when babies are still fully unable to grasp a standard teether. Made of premium organic cotton, bamboo and 100% food grade safe silicone, you are giving your baby the ultimate, safest teething relief while providing stimulating developmental benefits. <br /><br />Our adjustable Pea Bear&copy; wrist wrap rattle is a removable sensory toy that can be worn on its own and kept as a treasured keepsake. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><strong><span style="font-size: 12pt; color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://mitteez.com/" target="_blank">BUY NOW!</a></span></strong><br /><br /></span></p> https://www.creativechild.com/article/1835 Tue, 17 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 12 Saint Patrick’s Day Activities for Toddlers <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">St. Patrick&rsquo;s Day is filled with endless possibilities for creative crafting and fun activities! There are many associations with this day that you can harness, including shamrocks, rainbows, leprechauns, pots of gold, the color green, and Ireland. If you&rsquo;d like more on the history of St. Patrick, see my post &ldquo;Who is St. Patrick?&rdquo; </span><strong><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="http://www.creativechild.com/articles/view/who-is-st-patrick-the-history-of-st-patricks-day#page_title">here</a></span></strong><span style="font-weight: 400;">. I&rsquo;ve gathered 12 simple and engaging crafts and activities for your toddlers to enjoy.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>##ad##<br /><br /></p> <ol> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><strong><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://www.craftymorning.com/fingerprint-rainbow-pot-gold-craft-st-patricks-day/">Fingerprint rainbow pot of gold by Crafty Morning.</a></span></strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> This fun finger painting activity will keep your toddler engaged. You&rsquo;ll need white paper, black paper, rainbow colored fingerpaints, glue, scissors, and gold glitter. You can find the full instructions </span><span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://www.craftymorning.com/fingerprint-rainbow-pot-gold-craft-st-patricks-day/">here</a></strong></span><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://www.notimeforflashcards.com/2012/03/st-patricks-day-sensory-play-craft.html">Puffy paint shamrock by No Time for Flash Cards.</a></strong></span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> This is a great craft that includes sensory play. Read why messy sensory play is important </span><span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="http://www.creativechild.com/articles/view/say-yes-to-the-mess-benefits-of-messy-play">here</a></strong></span><span style="font-weight: 400;">. Draw a shamrock on heavy cardstock. Mix about 1 cup of shaving cream with &frac14; cup of white glue. Mix in green food coloring. Let your toddler spread the cream all over the shamrock. Let dry and then cut it out!&nbsp;</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Create a </span><span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://funhandprintartblog.com/rainbow-handprint-canvas-painting.html">rainbow handprint canvas</a></strong></span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> as a beautiful keepsake. Turn your child&rsquo;s handprint into a pot of gold with this vibrant painting. Find the full instructions </span><span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://funhandprintartblog.com/rainbow-handprint-canvas-painting.html">here at Fun Handprint Art Blog.</a></strong></span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Here&rsquo;s one more </span><span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://b-inspiredmama.com/kids-st-patricks-day-handprint-rainbow/">pot o&rsquo; gold handprint craft</a></strong></span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> because toddlers LOVE to dip their hands in paint! This one from </span><span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://b-inspiredmama.com/kids-st-patricks-day-handprint-rainbow/">B Inspired Mama</a></strong></span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> is one of my favorites because it&rsquo;s simple, creative, and super cute. You&rsquo;ll be using black and white paper, scissors, washable paint in rainbow colors, paint brush, glue, gold coins wrappers from chocolate candy, and a white paint pen. Find the full instructions </span><span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://b-inspiredmama.com/kids-st-patricks-day-handprint-rainbow/">here</a></strong></span><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><strong><span style="color: #0000ff;">R<a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://www.notimeforflashcards.com/2013/02/rainbow-play-doh-color-sorting.html">ainbow playdough color sorting</a></span></strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> is a great activity for little hands. This one comes to you from </span><strong><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://www.notimeforflashcards.com/2013/02/rainbow-play-doh-color-sorting.html">No Time for Flash Cards</a></span></strong><span style="font-weight: 400;">, and it&rsquo;s super easy. You&rsquo;ll need playdough in rainbow colors and various colored buttons, beads, and tiny objects in a bowl. The idea is simple - your child will color match the objects and stick them inside the playdough. This is a fun and engaging activity for toddlers that helps with dexterity and color recognition as well as providing important sensory play.&nbsp;</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">If you&rsquo;re up for some messy play, check out the </span><span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://www.thehouseofburkeblog.com/2014/02/st-patricks-day-gelatin-fine-motor-play_28.html?m=1">green gelatin sensory bin by House of Burke</a></strong></span><span style="font-weight: 400;">. This is a great St. Patrick&rsquo;s Day themed bin using items from the dollar store such as green jewels, foam shamrocks, and gold coins. Arrange the items in a baking dish and mix lime gelatin according to instructions. Pour over the items and allow to set. Your toddler will have a blast digging the items out of the slimy gelatin!</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Add a little science in with this </span><strong><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://littlebinsforlittlehands.com/st-patricks-day-fizzing-pots-science-experiment-color-mixing-activity/">St. Patrick&rsquo;s Day fizzing pots experiment by Little Bins for Little Hands.</a></span></strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> The little pots are a dollar store find, but if you can&rsquo;t find them, small glasses will work. Just add a few drops of green food coloring to the baking soda before adding the vinegar for a wonderful green explosion! This is your basic baking soda and vinegar science, but toddlers never tire of this experiment!&nbsp;</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">This </span><span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://www.craftymorning.com/shamrock-wand-craft-st-patricks-day/">shamrock wand from Crafty Morning</a></strong></span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> is going to make your kid&rsquo;s day! Don&rsquo;t be surprised when your little one swishes it around the house all day long. It&rsquo;s simple to make with only a few materials you likely already have, including green construction paper, gold ribbon, glue or tape, scissors, and optional gold glitter. Find the full instructions </span><span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://www.craftymorning.com/shamrock-wand-craft-st-patricks-day/">here</a></strong></span><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">This adorable </span><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://www.theresourcefulmama.com/st-patricks-day-leprechaun-craft-for-kids/"><span style="font-weight: 400;"><strong>leprechaun with a yarn beard from The Resourceful Mama</strong> </span></a></span><span style="font-weight: 400;">is great for toddlers! Find the instructions and the hat template </span><span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://www.theresourcefulmama.com/st-patricks-day-leprechaun-craft-for-kids/">here</a>.</strong></span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Turn an envelope into a </span><strong><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://iheartcraftythings.com/leprechaun-craft-puppet.html">leprechaun puppet with this craft idea from I Heart Crafty Things</a></span></strong><span style="font-weight: 400;">.&nbsp;</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sensory tubs are great fun for little ones, and there are lots of St. Patrick&rsquo;s Day tubs online. I like </span><strong><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="http://countingcoconuts.blogspot.com/2010/03/march-sensory-tub-playdough.html">this one from Counting Coconuts</a></span></strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> using split peas and a wooden spoon. My boys used to love to scoop and pour, and they&rsquo;d be occupied for an hour or more with an activity like this.&nbsp;</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Treasure hunts are always a joy for kids, and this hunt can lead to a pot of gold. Buy a tiny pot at the dollar store and fill it with pennies. Leave a trail of shamrocks twisting and turning through your home or yard leading to the pot of gold! </span></li> </ol> https://www.creativechild.com/article/1833 Mon, 16 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700