CreativeChild RSS Feed http://creativechild.com/ Remy from Disney/Pixar’s Ratatouille is now a Folkmanis® Puppet <p><span class="s1">French foodie-phile with a keen sense of smell and culinary dreams, Remy from Disney/Pixar&rsquo;s Ratatouille is now a Folkmanis&reg; Puppet. This aspiring rat-chef wears his toque proudly and is a recipe for fun with movable mouth and arms.</span></p> <p><span class="s1">Folkmanis believes imagination is the key to a healthy childhood, encouraging play and discovery to develop the skills necessary in life.&nbsp; Innovating specialty puppets since 1976, Folkmanis&reg; Puppets are clearly the best loved, low-tech, classic toys in the global marketplace.&nbsp; </span><span class="s1">Lauded by industry experts as well as child development and kid-approved toy tests, the company consistently earns high marks for superior play value and design excellence. </span></p> <p><span class="s1">Most Folkmanis&reg; Puppets are recommended for ages 3 and up and are available at specialty toy and gift stores, nationwide and in more than 15 countries around the world.&nbsp; </span></p> <p><span class="s1">Find Folkmanis&reg; Puppets here:</span></p> <p><span class="s1">&nbsp;<span style="color: #0000ff; font-size: 12pt;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="http://www.folkmanis.com/"><span class="s3">www.folkmanis.com</span></a></strong></span>.</span></p> https://www.creativechild.com/article/1799 Mon, 09 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 The Best Presence Money Can’t Buy <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Ask yourself just one question as this holiday season gets underway &ndash; are you operating from a place of joy of a place of stress? Whatever your answer is, your children are feeling it, too. A parent&rsquo;s emotions have a strong impact on the emotions of their children and the environment they dwell in, so if you&rsquo;re feeling stressed, it&rsquo;s likely permeating throughout your home, negatively affecting the experience of the holiday season for your kids. You&rsquo;re not alone. It&rsquo;s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season! You want to decorate beautifully, choose the perfect presents, bake all the goods, hit the hottest sales, and make an amazing holiday meal. Your heart is in the right place. You want to provide a grand and memorable holiday for your family, so you kick it into high gear to make it all happen. However, the result often is that you end up tired, frazzled, and overwhelmed, and that negativity swirls throughout your home even if it&rsquo;s decorated beautifully and smells of vanilla spice cookies.</span></p> <p class="p2">##ad##</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">It&rsquo;s a bit ironic that we run ourselves ragged and spend way too much money to make our children happy when research shows that it&rsquo;s experiences and connection that make children happy, not material things. Dr. Thomas Gilovich, a psychology professor at Cornell University, has been studying the question of money and happiness for over twenty years. He says &ldquo;Our experiences are a bigger part of ourselves than our material goods. You can really like your material stuff. You can even think that part of your identity is connected to those things, but nonetheless they remain separate from you. In contrast, your experiences really are a part of you. We are the sum total of our experiences.&rdquo; So, although our children may love the new toys for a little while, the experience of the season is going to stick with them much longer. This is why it&rsquo;s important that we give them calmness, connection, and presence. </span></p> <p class="p2">##adbig##</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Here are three solutions for lowering your stress, being present and purposeful, and providing a holiday experience that will fill your child&rsquo;s heart with joy.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">1. Create new family connecting rituals this season. Holiday traditions are meaningful to children. They create a sense of belonging and stability that kids need, and they carry those traditions with them throughout their lives, often passing them to their children. This season, be intentional about creating a couple of rituals or traditions that build it time together. This will provide time for you to slow down and be present with one another. Some ideas are watching Christmas movies, driving around town to look at lights and decorations together, reading a holiday-themed book each night before bed, building gingerbread houses, or baking and decorating cookies. Do these regularly throughout the season to keep your child&rsquo;s cup filled.</span></p> https://www.creativechild.com/article/1796 Thu, 05 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 Rhythms of Rest <p class="p1"><span class="s1">The second installment in the rhythms series is addressing rest. This series is all about intentionally creating the lives we desire by building in daily rhythms that meet the needs of our families and fill us with love, peace, and joy. Of course, one need we all have is rest, and unfortunately it seems harder and harder to come by for parents and children alike in our busy culture. Fortunately, we can create a family culture within the walls of our homes that do not mirror the outside culture, one that invites space to breathe and time to think &ndash; a culture that slows life down a bit and gives a chance to savor our relationships and our minutes. </span></p> <p class="p2">##ad##</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">How can we build in times of rest when there is so much to do each day? It starts with a boundary. We must be clear about what we need and what we will allow. When you truly make rest a priority, you&rsquo;ll make time for it because it&rsquo;s important to you. Get clear about why you need rest, why your kids need rest, what value you&rsquo;ll get from it, and then begin to make changes in your daily routine that allow for it.</span></p> <p class="p2">##adbig##&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Physical rest is probably the first thing you thought of when you read the headline, and yes, physical rest is extremely important. It&rsquo;s the cultural norm to be overworked, stressed out, busy, and sleep deprived. And yet we know that rest improves cardiovascular health, lowers blood pressure and cortisol levels, decreased depression, and increases life span. We know that children who don&rsquo;t get enough rest suffer from irritability, forgetfulness, anxiety, low motivation, and forgetfulness. Research shows that children who consistently get enough sleep can solve problems, learn new information better, concentrate longer, make better decisions, have more energy, and the list goes on. The American Academy of Pediatrics supports the following guidelines:</span></p> <ul> <li class="li1"><span class="s1">Infants 4 months to 12 months should sleep 12-16 hours per 24 hours (including naps).</span></li> <li class="li1"><span class="s1">Children 1-2 years of age should sleep 11-14 hours per 24 hours (including naps).</span></li> <li class="li1"><span class="s1">Children 3-5 years of age should sleep 10-13 hours per 24 hours (including naps).</span></li> <li class="li1"><span class="s1">Children 6-12 years of age should sleep 9-12 hours.</span></li> <li class="li1"><span class="s1">Teenagers 13-18 should sleep 8-10 hours.</span></li> </ul> https://www.creativechild.com/article/1797 Thu, 05 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 Rhythms of Joy <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Rhythms are like the heartbeats of our days; the pulses that give our homes life. In this new series, we will focus on creating rhythms that fulfill our children&rsquo;s emotional needs as well as our own, rhythms that bring peace and happiness to the home environments that create.</span></p> <p class="p2">##ad##</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">I think of rhythms as routines but with more love, warmth, purpose, and connection added in. Where routines may be dry and mundane and just another thing to check off our list before day&rsquo;s end, rhythms give us life purpose, contentment, joy, and closeness. Rhythms weave together the fabric of our days, our seasons, and ultimately our lives. By intentionally creating our daily rhythms, we take control of our days and breathe life and love into home, our family members, and ourselves. </span></p> <p class="p2">##adbig##</p> <p class="p3"><span class="s1">Today&rsquo;s focus: Rhythms of joy. These are rhythms created to care for emotional needs, including self-care for you and the kind of care that fills your child&rsquo;s emotional cup as well. Knowing your own love language and each child&rsquo;s love language is a good place to start when developing rhythms of joy. We all children receive love through each language, but for each child, there is one particular that has the loudest voice. This personal love language fills their tank the fastest.</span> <span class="s1"> Let&rsquo;s begin with an overview of the love languages from <span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0802403476/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0802403476&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=creachilmaga-20&amp;linkId=APM4FCSQWRGPBFRO"><strong>The 5 Love Languages of Children</strong></a></span> by authors Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><strong>Physical Touch</strong> &ndash; Physical affection is an easy way to show our love. Most people are receptive to this language, and for some, it speaks the loudest.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><strong>Words of Affirmation</strong> &ndash; Everyone blossoms with words of encouragement and positive guidance. These kind words nurture a child&rsquo;s sense of worth and feelings of security as well as our own. For some, this is how they receive love the best. Be aware that criticism and a harsh tone of voice or negative body language are particularly hard on those whose primary love language is words of affirmation.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><strong>Quality Time</strong> &ndash; Spending time with our loved ones when we are intently focused on them, pushing aside our agendas and distractions, is a beautiful gift. Quality time says &ldquo;You are important to me. I like spending time with you.&rdquo;</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><strong>Gifts</strong> &ndash; Most people like gifts, but for the person whose love language is gifts, it&rsquo;s not about just collecting objects. The gift is a symbol of the thought behind it. It says, &ldquo;I was thinking of you.&rdquo; The cost is not important.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><strong>Acts of Service</strong> &ndash; Love is a verb. Love shows action. This isn&rsquo;t about being waited on or waiting on your child hand and foot, but the little acts of service you do communicate &ldquo;You mean so much to me. I want to help you. I want to make your day.&rdquo; This motivates children to do acts of service for others and models that <em>love is doing</em>.</span></p> https://www.creativechild.com/article/1798 Thu, 05 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 7 Experience Gifts to Give Kids This Season <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Does it feel like your kids already have more toys than they could ever want? I love the holidays and the spirit of gift giving but every year I wonder what toys my kids could possibly want and where they will go in our already crowded home? Experience gifts are a great gift option that has benefits for kids, parents, and other gift givers. With an experience gift, your child will create great memories while enjoying something they may not have had the opportunity to try otherwise. An added bonus is that there is no need to store the item after the child has grown tired of playing with it. Here are some great experience gift ideas for every child on your list.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">##adbig##</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> Season pass</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> One of my family&rsquo;s favorite gifts are season family passses to local attractions. This not only saves us money but it also encourages us to get out, enjoy our city, and make memories along the way. Some attractions to consider are zoo admission, a local museum (consider a children&rsquo;s museum if your children are of the right ages), amusement park tickets, or swimming season passes to the area pool. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> Subscription box</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> A subscription box is a great gift idea for those that are especially tweens and teens that are hard to buy for. They are now available for any age, interest, and price range. If your child loves science, reading, art, games, or sports; chances are there is a subscription box that will fit their interests. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> Classes and camps</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> Consider giving the gift of prepaid classes or camps that fit your child&rsquo;s interest. Some ideas include dance, gymnastics, sports, cooking, art, or music. Classes and camps can be really expensive but are worth the money and give kids the opportunity to try something new.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> Travel</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> Consider combining your holiday and vacation budget to take a family trip. Whether it&rsquo;s an overnight to a nearby indoor water park or a cross country trip, traveling is a great way to expose your child to different places and build family memories at the same time.</span></p> https://www.creativechild.com/article/1794 Wed, 04 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 Teach the Gift of Tidying Up this Holiday Season <p class="p1"><span class="s1">When it comes to kids and cleaning, the old adage, &ldquo;Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime,&rdquo; certainly applies. If we clean up after our kids, which is annoying but relatively easy, we have a tidy house for a day. But if we can teach our kids to clean, he&rsquo;ll learn to have order for a lifetime. </span></p> <p class="p2">##ad##</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">With the holiday train sure to unload more clutter, one of the best gifts just might be empowering your child to get organized. Research shows that people with tidier homes <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://www.sleepfoundation.org/press-release/americans-bedrooms-are-key-better-sleep-according-new-national-sleep-foundation-poll"><span class="s2">sleep better</span></a></strong></span>, are <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="http://newsinfo.iu.edu/web/page/normal/14627.html"><span class="s2">healthier</span></a></strong></span>, and have <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21228167"><span class="s2">better focus</span></a></strong></span>. And as Marie Kondo cites as the motivation for her new children&rsquo;s book, <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://shop.konmari.com/collections/books/products/kiki-and-jax"><span class="s2"><em>Kiki &amp; Jax: The Life-Changing Magic of Friendship</em></span></a></strong></span>, &ldquo;When children learn how to tidy, they realize what&rsquo;s important to them.&rdquo; Teaching your child to clean can be the gift that keeps on giving. Here are some helpful tips and ways to empower your child to tidy up. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">##adbig##</span></p> <ol> <li><span class="s1"><strong>Assign a place for everything. </strong>As parents, we need to empower our children to clean. And they can&rsquo;t really clean if they don&rsquo;t know where things belong. So it&rsquo;s important for parents to do the underlying work and create those bins and boxes. It may even help to create boxes within boxes. And if they are too young to read, you can even label the boxes with pictures. By assigning a place for their things and equipping them with the tools to clean, they&rsquo;ll feel empowered to clean even when mom or dad isn&rsquo;t around to provide instructions.</span></li> <li><span class="s1"><strong>Teach your child to be decisive. </strong>Mess is usually the result of indecisiveness. When we can&rsquo;t decide where something goes, we tell ourselves we&rsquo;ll clean it later, which begets mess. Instilling the habit of cleaning is actually a great habit that will teach your kids to be decisive. If your child isn&rsquo;t quite sure whether his new transformer plushie belongs in the transformer box or the stuffed animal bin, ask him to be the one that makes that decision.</span></li> <li><span class="s2"><strong>Expunge the KonMari way.</strong> With holiday gifts sure to create more clutter, it&rsquo;s important to part with things &ndash; and you don&rsquo;t have to feel guilty about it. As Kondo says, the true purpose of a gift is to be received. So thank the giver, in continued Kondo parlance, then thank the gift, and part with whatever doesn&rsquo;t bring you joy.</span></li> <li><span class="s2"><strong>Create boundaries. </strong>It&rsquo;s unlikely that your child will be as tidy as your Martha Stewart ambitions might be. For many parents, designating a separate space for their kid&rsquo;s things is a great way to keep harmony with their Tasmanian devils. Your child&rsquo;s space will seldom be spotless. But it is their space. And as long as they understand that there are boundaries, that their things, their toys, their crayons, and their artwork, belong in the toy room or their room, you can claim the rest of your house in orderly fashion. Having their own domain will also help create a sense of ownership.</span></li> <li><strong>Make choices for your child. </strong>When it comes to discarding things, you will likely need to make some choices on behalf of your child. Kids tend to be hoarders and they will likely say every piece of toy brings them joy if you ask them. It&rsquo;s probably safe to assume that if your child hasn&rsquo;t played with a toy in over a year, he won&rsquo;t miss it very much.</li> <li><span class="s2"><strong>Teach your child to clean in increments. </strong>Telling a child to clean up his room can feel daunting. But telling a child to clean for the next five minutes is much more manageable. And this way, you would also be teaching your child to focus on the effort, not the result. In those five minutes, your child gets to decide what to keep, what to throw away, and learn organizational skills by putting things away in their proper place. He&rsquo;ll create order. Don&rsquo;t be surprised, when after seeing the fruits of his labor, he continues to clean even after those five minutes are up. </span></li> <li><span class="s2"><strong>Inspire through reading.<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp; </span></strong>Books are a great way to initiate new perspectives. Kondo&rsquo;s new book is certainly a great place to start. <strong><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://shop.konmari.com/collections/books/products/kiki-and-jax"><span class="s4"><em>Kiki &amp; Jax: The Life-Changing Magic of Friendship</em></span></a></span></strong><em>, </em>is a simple read with a powerful message: too much clutter can get in the way of important things in life like friendship. But there are plenty of other books out there to inspire kids to clean, like <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://www.amazon.com/Lets-Clean-Up-Friends-Community/dp/1632904500"><span class="s4"><em>Let&rsquo;s Clean Up</em></span></a></strong></span><em>!</em> By Jenna Laffin, or the more tongue-in-cheek <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/books/too-many-toys-by-david-shannon/"><span class="s4"><em>Too Many Toys</em></span></a> </strong></span>by David Shannon.</span></li> </ol> https://www.creativechild.com/article/1795 Wed, 04 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 PAIRZI is all about speed! <p><span class="s4">PAIRZI is all about speed!</span><span class="s5">&nbsp;</span><span class="s1">&nbsp;Roll your pair of dice fast and then quickly find matching pairs of Critter Cards.&nbsp;&nbsp;Lots of fun twists, and lots of ways to play!</span></p> <h3>GAMEPLAY</h3> <ol> <li>Someone says &ldquo;Go!&rdquo; and everyone immediately starts rolling their two dice as fast as possible, until they roll a pair. (Two 3s, for example.)</li> <li>As soon as a player rolls a pair, they get to find and collect that many matching pairs of Critter Cards. So if a player rolls a pair of 3s, they can find and collect&nbsp;<strong>three pairs</strong>&nbsp;of Critter Cards. If they roll two 5s, they can find and collect&nbsp;<strong>five pairs</strong>&nbsp;of Critter Cards.</li> <li>As soon as a player collects their Critter Cards, they quickly pick up their dice again and must roll another pair before looking for more pairs of Critter Cards,</li> <li>So, the flow of the game is&hellip; Roll a pair, find your pairs. Roll a pair, find your pairs, etc.</li> <li>Play until all the Critter Cards are gone. Player with the most Critter Card pairs wins the game!</li> </ol> <p><span style="color: #0000ff; font-size: 12pt;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://ilovetenzi.com/" target="_blank">BUY NOW!</a></strong></span></p> https://www.creativechild.com/article/1793 Tue, 03 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 A Delightful, Whimsical, and Humorous Christmas Tale <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Reindolphins from&nbsp;</span><span class="s1">Missing Piece Press, LLC is a</span><span class="s1">&nbsp;delightful, whimsical, and humorous Christmas tale&nbsp;</span><span class="s1">with engaging art. The book is the w</span><span class="s1">inner of the Mom's Choice GOLD award, Family Choice&nbsp;</span><span class="s1">Award, Tillywig Parents' Favorite Award, Parents' Pick Award and the&nbsp;</span><span class="s1">Pinnacle Achievement Award.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Reviews:</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">"The writing, rhyming and full color illustrations in this hardcover book&nbsp;</span><span class="s1">are all top-notch, making for an unforgettable adventure and new holiday&nbsp;</span><span class="s1">tradition that kids love to read, hear and share!" --Tillywig Toy &amp; Media</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">"This is absolutely one of the most delightful children's books I've ever&nbsp;</span><span class="s1">seen." - Online Book Club</span></p> <p class="p1"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><a href="http://missingpiecepress.com/" target="_blank"><strong><span style="color: #0000ff;">BUY NOW!</span></strong></a></span></p> https://www.creativechild.com/article/1792 Tue, 26 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 Make your own placemats for Thanksgiving dinner! <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Use the soft soy wax crayons from Crayon Rocks to make your own placemats for Thanksgiving dinner.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span style="color: #0000ff; font-size: 12pt;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="http://www.crayonrocks.com" target="_blank">BUY NOW!</a></strong></span></p> <p class="p2">&nbsp;</p> https://www.creativechild.com/article/1791 Wed, 20 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 Cuddlebunny’s Comfort Coins <p><span class="s1">Deep breath; soft, comforting texture; simple repetitive motion; positive, calming affirmations &ndash; these are the four tools that Cuddlebunny teaches kids to use to calm themselves down and regulate their emotions. It is a simply amazing system that is low-cost, easy to use, portable, and makes a great stocking stuffer.</span></p> <p><span class="s1">##ad##<br /> <br /> They were developed by Justice and his wife Karen Saint Rain, whose five children and PhD in education are the inspiration for the dozens of unique items you will find at&nbsp;<span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="http://virtues101.com/"><span class="s2">virtues101.com</span></a></strong></span>.<br /> <br /> Other tools include character growth charts, crayons named after virtues, ABCs of virtue refrigerator magnets and posters, dinnertime conversation games, Character Building Blocks and much much more. Every product is designed to help children learn the vocabulary of virtues and become their best selves. We make character education easy, because teaching good character is the most important job you do.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://virtues101.com/" target="_blank">BUY NOW!</a></strong></span></p> https://www.creativechild.com/article/1790 Tue, 12 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800