CreativeChild RSS Feed http://creativechild.com/ 10 Simple Ways to Teach STEM at Home <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Introducing STEM at an early age is critical for developing long-term interest in STEM subjects. And yet many studies show that the current K-12 education system is inadequate to address STEM educational outcomes. So it&rsquo;s important to supplement the STEM learning at home.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">&nbsp;##ad##&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But you don&rsquo;t need fossils or even fancy coding toys to get your child on the right STEM trajectory. All you need is a little creativity and ingenuity to utilize things already lying around the house. Nor do you need to cram one more activity into an already busy schedule. Instead, incorporate STEM into your everyday routine. Here are 10 simple ways to teach STEM right out of your home.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;##adbig##</p> <p>1.<strong> Talk about water during bath</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;">. When your child is taking a bath, you can talk about buoyancy with his bath toys, at what temperature water freezes, and other cool elements of water like how the frozen state of water is actually lighter than its liquid state.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>2.<strong> Play with toys.</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> LEGOs, other building blocks and kinetic sand are all great ways to explore engineering and science.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>3.<strong> Cook with your child.</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> Baking, at its core, is chemistry. Discussions about how leavening agents can turn into a discussion about acids and bases. And recipe amounts and measuring spoons are great ways to teach math.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>4.<strong> Build a dollhouse.</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> If your child is into dolls and houses turn her into an architect for a day by designing and making one with your child.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>5.<strong> Go on walks</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;">. It&rsquo;s hard to appreciate nature when you&rsquo;re in the car or not in close proximity to it. But taking a stroll in your neighborhood is a great way to observe the leaves, look at rocks, and various trees and plants.&nbsp;It&rsquo;s also a great way to get a little exercise into your day.</span></p> <p>6.<strong> Let them organize and rearrange their rooms.</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> Your environment is very important. A messy space, for instance, makes it difficult to concentrate in. The color of the walls, type of furniture, the amount of light and the arrangement of furniture all influence your child&rsquo;s mood and propensity to do things. Let them design their room in a way that optimizes space, utility and aesthetic.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> https://www.creativechild.com/article/1661 Thu, 18 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 Handling Clingy, Needy, Attention-Seeking Behaviors <p class="p1">Is your child clingy? Do you worry that she&rsquo;s &ldquo;too attached?&rdquo; Is his behavior attention-seeking? These are common behaviors that parents often find themselves grappling with. These parents are often told to ignore children when they appear to be seeking attention because it is a popular opinion that giving children the attention they seek will reward or reinforce negative behaviors. Relating to this advice,<strong><span style="color: #0000ff;"> <a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUHnMfa_aKE" target="_blank">Dr. Gordon Neufeld </a></span></strong>of the Neufeld Institute says this: &ldquo;What else is there to want? And if we see a child who wants attention, why wouldn&rsquo;t we give it to them? Why wouldn&rsquo;t we meet these basic needs of affection, attention, of mattering and significance?&rdquo;</p> <p class="p2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">From a Positive Parenting standpoint, <a href="http://www.creativechild.com/articles/view/behavior-is-communication-are-you-listening" target="_blank"><strong><span style="color: #0000ff;">behavior is always communication</span></strong></a>. When children seek attention in negative ways, this is a cry for help. By ignoring the child, we are ignoring their plea. When children are clingy and needy and we ignore this need, we are rejecting them. If children are seeking attention and attachment, they are <strong><em>in need of</em></strong> attention and attachment, so we can at least begin to understand their behavior and formulate a response from this place rather than from an idea that they are needlessly seeking attention and should be ignored. Why does our thought pattern matter here? When we see a child as behaving badly to get attention, we feel justified in ignoring them. We harden. When we see a child as crying out for help, we feel moved to assist. We soften. The need is real no matter how they go about trying to get the need met.</p> <p class="p2">##ad##</p> <p class="p1">This doesn&rsquo;t mean, of course, that you necessarily give in to demands or rearrange your plans. It simply means that you first seek to understand what is driving the behavior and secondly that you keep in mind that you aren&rsquo;t trying to manage an inconvenience, in the words of Kittie Frantz, but you are raising a human being. This helps you focus on the person, not on the behavior. When you are focused on the person, you are now in a mindset to be able to effectively deal with the situation.</p> <p class="p2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">For example, if your child is clingy and doesn&rsquo;t want you to go to dinner with your partner while she stays with a trusted caregiver, I&rsquo;m not suggesting you cancel your plans. Rather, I&rsquo;m suggesting that you empathize with her feelings as you set your boundary. So, instead of ignoring her cries or sneaking off when she&rsquo;s occupied, you&rsquo;d say, &ldquo;I know you don&rsquo;t want me to go. I see that you&rsquo;re upset. I&rsquo;ll be back soon and we&rsquo;ll have lots of cuddles then.&rdquo; Make sure to follow through with the extra cuddles! Surrounding the time you must be away from her, you can help &ldquo;fill her cup&rdquo; by giving her extra attention and affection. This could be setting aside time for a &ldquo;date&rdquo; for the two of you, reading together, or playing. When you provide more than she is asking for, she will begin to feel at ease emotionally. She will feel assured that she matters to you, and this will allow <a href="http://www.creativechild.com/articles/view/providing-children-with-emotional-rest" target="_blank"><strong><span style="color: #0000ff;">emotional rest</span></strong></a>.</p> <p class="p2">##adbig##</p> <p class="p1">When children are exhibiting troubling behavior that appears to be attention-seeking, you can set a limit on that behavior while still providing the attention and love needed by following the 3 steps to positive discipline discussed in full detail <strong><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="http://www.creativechild.com/articles/view/3-steps-to-positive-discipline" target="_blank">here</a></span></strong>.</p> https://www.creativechild.com/article/1660 Thu, 11 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 5 Ways to Explore Space with Your Little Ones <p class="p1">Space is captivating, and there is so much to explore. Stars, planets, galaxies, meteors, comets, moons, and more all await to be discovered! There are many ways we can teach our children about our tiny blue planet and the vastness that surrounds it. Below are five activities that will help you explore space with your little one.</p> <p class="p2">##ad##</p> <p class="p1">1. Just peering through a simple <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B078XBP349/ref=as_li_qf_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=posiparetodda-20&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B078XBP349&amp;linkId=46ac8b0a6518aadeafb54d17894e41cd" target="_blank">telescope</a></strong></span> opens your child&rsquo;s eyes to the wonders of the universe. Your child can view our amazing moon, twinkling stars, and even see other planets, depending on the quality of the telescope. If a telescope isn&rsquo;t in the budget right now, you can use a pair of 10 x 50 binoculars to see deep into the night sky. The naked eye can, of course, also see the beauty of the stars. Constellations are a great place to start with little kids. <strong><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://stardate.org/nightsky/constellations" target="_blank">Here is a guide to constellations</a></span></strong> to help get you started.</p> <p class="p2">##adbig##</p> <p class="p1">2. In our digital age, it&rsquo;s easier than ever before to explore space. You can watch <strong><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="http://www.ustream.tv/channel/iss-hdev-payload" target="_blank">live streaming of Earth</a></span></strong> from space and <strong><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="http://www.ustream.tv/channel/iss-hdev-payload" target="_blank">live views from the space station</a></span></strong>.<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp; </span>You can follow NASA on <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://twitter.com/NASA" target="_blank">Twitter</a></strong></span> and <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://www.instagram.com/nasa/" target="_blank">Instagram</a></strong></span> for breathtaking photos as well as the International Space Station on <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://twitter.com/Space_Station" target="_blank">Twitter</a> </strong></span>and <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://www.instagram.com/iss/" target="_blank">Instagram</a></strong></span> for even more amazing footage. Online, you and your child can watch live launches, see real astronauts at work, and much more. There are also an abundance of YouTube videos and other resources to help you explore space with your little one.</p> <p class="p1">3. Books are another great way for children to learn about space. Your child can learn about space with Dr. Seuss or National Geographic and read about Neil Armstrong or fascinating rockets! What better way to inspire a love of reading early in your child&rsquo;s life than by diving straight into fascinating books that captivate your child&rsquo;s imagination? Here are 5 great books to get you started.</p> <p class="p1">a. <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1426310145/ref=as_li_qf_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=posiparetodda-20&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=1426310145&amp;linkId=98429dd571a766e790d3c1df8a551b35">Little Kids First Big Book of Space</a></strong></span></p> <p class="p1">b. <strong><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0679891153/ref=as_li_qf_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=posiparetodda-20&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=0679891153&amp;linkId=5bea2211f82e7acd0b786eb394f72b56" target="_blank">There&rsquo;s No Place Like Space</a></span></strong></p> <p class="p1">c. <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1454914181/ref=as_li_qf_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=posiparetodda-20&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=1454914181&amp;linkId=c73d25a965d94e8dc4167406216ebc57" target="_blank">Our Solar System (Science for Toddlers)</a></strong></span></p> <p class="p1">d. <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1426320744/ref=as_li_qf_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=posiparetodda-20&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=1426320744&amp;linkId=61412187893ac241b699346aacc31127" target="_blank">Everything Space</a></strong></span></p> <p class="p1">e. <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0448405172/ref=as_li_qf_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=posiparetodda-20&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=0448405172&amp;linkId=e9817e3b0694e0e6b163a54fa8ab6105" target="_blank">What&rsquo;s Out There? A Book about Space</a></strong></span></p> https://www.creativechild.com/article/1658 Wed, 10 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 Three Things You Never Knew About Your Strong-Willed Child That Will Change Your Relationship <p class="p1">Parents with strong-willed children receive some of the worst advice around. I should know. As a mom to a strong-willed child myself, I&rsquo;ve heard my fair share of them. Well-intentioned family members and friends have all suggested that I need to come down stronger and harder on my strong-willed child. Basically, she was the way she was because I let her walk all over me. And that the way to &ldquo;fix&rdquo; her was to be stricter. Show her who&rsquo;s boss.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">##ad##</p> <p class="p1">But this piece of advice, if applied without proper empathy and finesse can have detrimental effects on your relationship with your strong-willed child. As a mom who knew my child better than anyone, I had the maternal instinct that coming down harder on my child wouldn&rsquo;t have the effect I had hoped for. But out of pure frustration, I tried it anyway. It only seemed to make things worse. I&rsquo;m not alone in this.</p> <p class="p1">According to Cynthia Tobias, author of &ldquo;You Can't Make Me (but I Can be Persuaded): Strategies for Bringing Out the Best in Your Strong-willed Child,&rdquo; countless parents have severed relationships with their strong-willed child or lost them to rebellion because they have chosen to engage in a lose-lose power struggle.</p> <p class="p1">Instead of throwing down harsh rules and reprimands from your parenting perch, the first place to start if you have a strong-willed child is to deign to understand who they are and what makes them tick. That&rsquo;s not to say they shouldn&rsquo;t be disciplined. They absolutely need to be. But they need to be understood first.</p> <p class="p1">Strong-willed children are strong-willed because they are guided by a strong moral compass. They don&rsquo;t do things simply because they&rsquo;re supposed to. It has to matter to them personally. At 18 months of age, this sense of integrity for a particular way socks need to be put on or how cereal needs to be eaten out of a certain bowl might seem ridiculous, defiant and downright disrespectful.</p> <p class="p1">##adbig##</p> <p class="p1">But a short history lesson will remind us that we need these strong-willed children to grow up to be people who stand up to authority when it contradicts their own moral code, even when it goes against social mores or authority. We don&rsquo;t want our kids to grow up to be the kind of people who accept authority for the sake of authority. So why do we reject this trait in our children?</p> <p class="p1">It&rsquo;s inconvenient for one. What parent wants to deal with a child who turns a mountain out of a molehill, or who seems to argue a point into the ground just to see how far into the ground the point will go? But strong-willed children are also the ones who go to great lengths to rectify wrongs, who create inventions and solve problems when everyone tells them it can&rsquo;t be one. Some of the most resourceful, creative, successful, entrepreneurial, kind and compassionate people were once strong-willed children who&rsquo;s fire to see it through never burned out. This seeming liability as a child will be their best asset when they grow up.</p> <p class="p1">So how do you cultivate and refine the strong will in your child? Here are three imperative things parents with strong-willed children need to know.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>1. You can&rsquo;t force them</strong>. Understanding that we can&rsquo;t force our kids to do much of anything with long-term consequences is a humbling pill to swallow for many parents. We are the authority figure after all. Isn&rsquo;t it our job to make our kids listen and obey? No, it&rsquo;s not. And this is where many parents miss the way: we put undue pressure on ourselves.</p> https://www.creativechild.com/article/1659 Wed, 10 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 Exercise with Mommy and Me <p class="p1">A new baby brings a lot of joy and changes to a household. Parents often feel like their schedule and priorities are planned around their child and it can be difficult to get to the gym. This doesn&rsquo;t mean that mom has to give up her workouts altogether. It&rsquo;s simple to add exercise time to the time you already spend playing with your baby or toddler.</p> <p class="p1">##ad##</p> <p class="p1">Get rolling</p> <p class="p1">Use your stroller to go for a walk or jog in your neighborhood or at a park. You and baby are sure to enjoy the fresh air while you get some exercise. Consider having a mom friend meet you to walk and talk, the time is sure to pass quickly while you socialize.</p> <p class="p1">##adbig##</p> <p class="p1">Tummy time</p> <p class="p1">Stretch out on the floor with baby while you both work on your tummy muscles. Baby is sure to enjoy having mommy at eye level while you work on your abs. Lay on your back, bend your knees and lift your feet off the floor. You can lay baby on your shins and slowly move your knees from your chest back to starting position. You can also do crutches and planks while baby lays next to you.</p> <p class="p1">Baby press</p> <p class="p1">Who needs the free weights when you can simply play with your baby and get the same type of workout? Lay on the floor with baby on your chest or stomach. Lift baby under arms into air and move up and down. You can also try standing and lifting baby from chest height, over your head and repeat.</p> https://www.creativechild.com/article/1656 Fri, 05 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 Why Nice is an Overlooked Trait and How to Raise the Kind of Nice Kids that Finish First <p class="p1">In this culture where prestige and accomplishment are praised, traditional qualities that were once valued, like how nice someone is, have taken a back seat. If anything, &ldquo;nice&rdquo; is often seen as a deterrent to winning or getting what you want.</p> <p class="p2">##ad##</p> <p class="p1">We have come to value instead qualities like assertiveness, without realizing that the two qualities don&rsquo;t have to be mutually exclusive. In fact, it&rsquo;s hard to be a good leader, employee, spouse or citizen if you haven&rsquo;t developed the patience, manners, empathy, and humility to help others. Here&rsquo;s how to raise the kind of nice children that finish first.&nbsp;</p> <ul class="ul1"> <li class="li1"><strong>Have a win-win mentality</strong>. Seeing life as a cooperative arena and not a competitive one requires believing there is plenty of success out there. It requires focusing on the long-term goals of who you want your child to become versus on the more short term goals, like winning a single game. When you teach your child to share recognition and be happy for others, he will gain the respect and mutual support of another peer, teammate and friend.</li> <li class="li1"><strong>Invest in others.</strong> There is a thrill and sense of empowerment that comes from knowing you have the ability to help someone. When you&rsquo;re little, you might not be able to make grand gestures. But even a kind encouraging word, donating a birthday gifts you&rsquo;ve received, or passing a ball to a teammate, is a great place to start in experiencing the kind of fulfillment that comes from helping someone. Those who have taken the time to invest in others naturally learn to feel good about themselves and their ability to help others, instead of finding their worth through accomplishments, which is a pressure that produces anxiety.&nbsp;</li> <li class="li1"><strong>Develop good manners.</strong> Manners are nothing more than making it a habit to be considerate and polite. Learning to say thank you or excuse me, giving good eye contact when speaking to someone or waiting your turn to get in the elevator will go a long way.</li> <li class="li1"><strong>Become good listeners.</strong> Good listeners are never without a plethora of friends because most people want to be heard before they listen. Good listeners also make some of the best leaders. The best way to teach this is to our kids is to role model this in our own relationships and when we talk to our children.</li> <li class="li1"><strong>Practice gratitude.</strong> Feeling thankful is often thought of as a dutiful thing to do. And while we certainly should teach our kids to be grateful for the good things in their lives, gratitude also services the self in the end. Learning to be thankful paves the way for optimistic thoughts, which eventually leads to confidence. When you feel good about the outlook on your own life, you can be happy for others too. But gratitude, like everything else, requires practice. One way to practice gratitude is through a gratitude journal, which has proven to improve health, quality of sleep and a person&rsquo;s overall well-being.</li> </ul> <p class="p1">One thing to remember when trying to raise the kind of nice kids who finish first is that it takes time and investment. Just as it takes time to teach a child how to be competitive and how to learn from their mistakes, it also takes time to raise well-mannered, thoughtful, empathetic, charitable future citizens of our world.</p> https://www.creativechild.com/article/1657 Fri, 05 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 Update on Unplugged Play Day, September 29, 2018 <p class="p1">Over 115 stores nationwide hosted a play day event for the inaugural National Unplugged Play Day, held on September 29, 2018 and sponsored by the <strong><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://www.wikkistix.com/" target="_blank">Wikki Stix Co.</a></span></strong><br /><br />Additionally, in-home play day kits were sent out to more than 1,500 families across the country. &ldquo;That combination means up to 6,000 kids were able to enjoy unplugged play and set aside electronics for at least a day!&rdquo; said Kem Clark, President of the Wikki Stix Co.<br /><br />Clark went on to add, &ldquo;The concept of encouraging old-fashioned, hands-on play in place of screens was well-received.<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp; </span>Participating stores ranged from toy stores, to gift stores, office supply facilities and arts &amp; crafts venues. We look forward to a bigger and better program next year.&rdquo;<br /><br />For additional information, email <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="mailto:kclark@wikkistix.com" target="_blank">kclark@wikkistix.com</a>.</strong></span></p> https://www.creativechild.com/article/1652 Wed, 03 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 Jenga® keeps growing! <p class="p1"><span class="s1">For over 30 years, the Jenga&reg; brand remains the beloved brand in stacking games!<br /></span><span class="s1"><br /> It has sold over 80 million games worldwide and is played by people of all ages. &nbsp;The Jenga&reg; brand has grown to include many new sizes, materials, and colors. &nbsp;Jenga&reg; brand games always adhere to precise manufacturing guidelines, ensuring quality play for years to come.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Jenga&reg; Throw &lsquo;n Go&trade;<br /> Now with 6 colors for enhanced play!<br /> <br /> All the fun of Classic Jenga&reg;, but with a colorful twist! &nbsp;54 precision-crafted, genuine hardwood blocks in vibrant colors and with a game die for fun new rules variations. Perfect for ages 8 to adult. &nbsp;<br /> <br /> Jenga&reg; Ocean&trade;<br /> Made from 100% recycled fishing nets! &nbsp;<br /> <br /> One of the most important Jenga&reg; games ever sold! &nbsp;100% ocean and eco-friendly! &nbsp;Each game has 54 Classic Jenga&reg; size precision-crafted blocks made from over 25 square feet of recycled fishing nets. &nbsp;For ages 6 and up. <br /> <br /> Jenga&reg; GIANT&trade;<br /> Now it&rsquo;s a SPORT! &nbsp;Fun to Play! &nbsp;Exciting to Watch! There&rsquo;ll be no sitting down! &nbsp;Get ready to stand and move around as the anticipation builds to a crashing climax. &nbsp;Jenga&reg; GIANT&trade; hardwood games are sure to add GIANT excitement to Classic Jenga&reg; play. Jenga&reg; GIANT&trade; Family is perfect for children ages 6 to 9 and their families and can safely stack to over 3 feet high.&nbsp;Jenga&reg; GIANT&trade; Genuine is one of the biggest authentic hardwood Jenga&reg; games. Designed for ages 8 to adult and can stack to over 4 feet high! &nbsp;Plus, with available Booster Pack (sold separately), it can stack to over 5 feet! &nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">To learn more about these and other Jenga&reg; brand games visit: <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="http://www.jengagiant.com/" target="_blank">www.JengaGiant.com</a></strong></span><br /> </span></p> https://www.creativechild.com/article/1653 Wed, 03 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 5 Halloween Traditions to Start with Your Kids <p class="p1">Halloween means costumes, pumpkin carving, and trick-or-treating. Traditions create lasting memories and something to look forward to each year. Halloween is a perfect time to start some new traditions with your kids. Try some of these ideas.</p> <p class="p1">##ad##</p> <p class="p1">Ready Set Decorate</p> <p class="p1">Before you can go trick-or-treating, everyone will need a costume. Have some fun and create coordinating costumes for the whole family or give your child permission to make their own costume with things around the house. Since the kids will need something to collect all that candy in, try decorating your own bucket, bag, or pillowcase to take trick-or-treating. Kids could use the same one in the future and enjoy looking back on what they created when they were younger or make a new one each year. Prepare for trick-or-treaters by setting up a spooky atmosphere. Get the kids involved in decorating both the in and outside of the house before Halloween. Make a scarecrow, change the lightbulbs to purple or orange, and hang up homemade or store bought decorations near your door.</p> <p class="p1">Pumpkin time</p> <p class="p1">Pumpkins are a symbol of Halloween and fall but before buy your pumpkins from the store, try visiting a local pumpkin patch. Many will have apple cider, fall treats, corn mazes, hayrack rides, a nice variety of pumpkin styles and sizes, and more. Once you have your pumpkins picked out and it is time to do the carving, make things more interesting by coming up with an original theme each year. Some ideas may include - sports, cartoon characters, animals, words, or traditional spooky faces. Many ideas and templates can be found online to get you started.</p> <p class="p1">Fun and games</p> <p class="p1">Play Halloween themed music while you carve your pumpkins, bob for apples, and create some holiday-themed treats such as mummy hot dogs, witch finger pretzels, pumpkin shaped pizza, or caramel apples. Try using squash or small pumpkins to bowl, use toilet paper to make friends and family into mummies, or play pin the hat on the witch. Whether you invite friends over for a party or add some fun to your family time, your kids are sure to remember the extra effort you added to make the holiday special.</p> <p class="p1">##adbig##</p> <p class="p1">A spooky story</p> <p class="p1">Kids love a spooky story. Parents can choose age-appropriate movies or books to get their kids in the mood for Halloween. Make up your own stories and share them by candlelight.<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp; </span>You can host a spooky movie sleepover for your family or allow kids to invite a few friends over to celebrate.</p> <p class="p1">Give back</p> <p class="p1">Parents can use the holiday as an opportunity to give back to the community. Try participating in a trunk or treat in the area. Each participant decorates the trunk of their car and hands out candy to families who attend. You could also do a &ldquo;trick-or-treat for hunger&rdquo; on or around Halloween. Go door to door and ask for non-perishable food donations to give to a local food pantry. Many families also participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project by offering allergen-free treats or small toys so that kids with food allergies can safely participate in Halloween activities. Visit <span class="s1">www.foodallergy.org</span> for more information on the Teal Pumpkin Project.</p> <p class="p1">Family traditions are easy to start and worthwhile to continue. As your children grow, they may not remember everything you hope they will, but the traditions that you return to, year after year, will create lasting memories that they will treasure for years to come.</p> https://www.creativechild.com/article/1654 Wed, 03 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 Autumn Nature Exploration with Preschoolers <p class="p1">Nature is always beautiful, but I find autumn absolutely captivating. I love the way the fallen leaves blanket the ground in an array of beautiful colors. Through a child&rsquo;s eyes, it must be simply magical. That&rsquo;s why exploring nature with young children is so much fun and very important. There are many opportunities to learn new things in the fall!</p> <p class="p1">Here are a few fun ways to explore the beauty and wonder of autumn nature with your preschoolers.</p> <p class="p2">##ad##</p> <p class="p1">1. Nature scavenger hunts are an exciting way to get kids outside and active while teaching them about local foliage and animals. There are plenty of online printables to choose from, or you could easily create your own. A few items to have your child look for on a nature walk are: pinecones, acorns, squirrels, birds, red leaves, spider webs, pumpkins, feathers, twigs, flowers, tree bark, and orange leaves. Your child can carry the scavenger hunt paper with a little bag for collecting some of the items they find, although I wouldn&rsquo;t recommend trying to stuff a squirrel in there. Ha!</p> <p class="p2">##adbig##</p> <p class="p1">2. A nature journal with a collection bag is another fun idea that helps spark interest and creativity! Stack several sheets of paper together and fold them in half to create a booklet. Punch a hole into the top and bottom of the booklet and use some string or a twig with rubber bands to bind the booklet together. Place their journal along with some crayons, colored pencils, and stickers into a small canvas tote. They can take their nature tote with them to the park, on hikes, or anytime they&rsquo;re outside playing. Show your child how to do bark and leaf rubbings in their journal, and encourage them to draw animals or insects they see. They can collect acorns, rocks, and other items in their bag, and when they come inside, you can learn together about the items they recorded and found!</p> <p class="p2">&nbsp;</p> https://www.creativechild.com/article/1655 Wed, 03 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700