CreativeChild RSS Feed http://creativechild.com/ Three Creative Ways to Stop Misbehavior <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Have you ever been stuck in a parenting rut? One where you&rsquo;re using the same worn out tricks and punishments to try to get your kids to cooperate or behave and they&rsquo;re just not working, but you don&rsquo;t know what else to try?&nbsp;</span></p> <p>##ad##</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A little creativity can break you free and help you switch things up, and no, I&rsquo;m not talking about creative new ways to punish your kids as I don&rsquo;t believe that punishment is particularly helpful in creating lasting and positive change. (</span><span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://www.creativechild.com/articles/view/three-reasons-to-stop-punishing-kids-and-three-ways-to-help-them-behave-better">See Three Reasons to Stop Punishing Your Kids</a></strong></span><span style="font-weight: 400;">.) Rather, I&rsquo;m talking about creative ways to discover and approach the real problem behind that behavior so you can truly reach your child&rsquo;s heart and find a solution.</span></p> <p>##adbig##</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Creative Solution #1 - Problem solve WITH your child.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The trouble is that we often see poor or unwanted behavior, jump to a conclusion as to why it&rsquo;s happening, and impose some punishment to make it stop, and when we do that, we may miss some critical information. </span><strong><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://www.creativechild.com/articles/view/behavior-is-communication-are-you-listening">Behavior is communication,</a></span></strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> and we need to take the time to stop and listen to our children and what they are trying to tell us through their words as well as their actions. By sitting down with our kids for a heart to heart to discuss the issue and really hear them out, we offer them a great gift - understanding. Of course, this will be difficult to do if your relationship is already guarded, so you may have to work to soften the heart first by spending quality time playing or laughing with him/her.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The goal is to help your child feel safe enough to open up, and this won&rsquo;t happen if you&rsquo;re threatening some sort of punishment. You want to help your child turn the behavior around rather than to just simply pay for wrongdoing. The bonus when you involve your child in finding a solution is that they&rsquo;re also building their creativity muscles. This is much more beneficial to them long-term than spending time in a corner or having a phone taken away for a few days.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Some questions that might help the dialogue along are:</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /></span></p> <ol> <li><span style="font-weight: 400;">What are you feeling right now?</span></li> <li>What caused you to do what you did?</li> <li><span style="font-weight: 400;"> What are you feeling right now?</span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: 400;"> What happened because of your actions?</span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: 400;"> What did you intend to happen?</span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: 400;"> How can you fix this?</span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: 400;"> What can you the next time you feel that way?</span></li> </ol> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Creative Solution #2 - Offer a pen and pad.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If there is a long history of heated verbal exchanges, punishments, or if you have a sensitive child, offering a pen and pad can feel much less threatening than a face-to-face discussion. You may even consider starting a private journal for the two of you to discuss thoughts, feelings, and problems. Some kids who shut down in the face of confrontation will open up when left alone with a pen.&nbsp;</span></p> https://www.creativechild.com/article/1819 Tue, 11 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 The Twins, Ash & Joy from Maru and Friends <p class="p1"><span class="s1">13-inch collectible siblings! Magnificently crafted dolls with childlike facial features, stunning blue glass eyes, candy red hair &amp; smooth vinyl bodies. Dolls sculpted by Dianna Effner and designed by Maru.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Maru and Friends is an award winning doll company based in Florida since 2008. Company dedicated to creating ethnic childlike, kid dolls.&nbsp; </span></p> <p class="p1"><span style="color: #0000ff; font-size: 12pt;"><strong><span class="s1"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="http://maruandfriends.com/"><span class="s2">maruandfriends.com</span></a></span></strong></span></p> <p class="p1">&nbsp;</p> https://www.creativechild.com/article/1817 Mon, 10 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 12 Cute Valentine’s Day Classmate Gifts <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">I have always loved Valentine&rsquo;s Day. There are so many sweet and creative ways to show our family and friends how much we care! Of course, with Valentine&rsquo;s Day also comes classroom parties, and sometimes getting those classmate gifts together can be a pretty big hassle, particularly if you&rsquo;re making treats for multiple kids! So, to keep you from having to scour Pinterest for hours, I&rsquo;ve done the searching for you and found 15 simple but creative ideas for classmate gifts.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>##ad##</p> <ol> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">I don&rsquo;t know if I&rsquo;ve ever seen anything cuter than these </span><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://www.birthdayinabox.com/pages/airplane-party-ideas-games-candy-airplane-craft"><span style="font-weight: 400;">candy airplanes</span></a></span><span style="font-weight: 400;">. You&rsquo;ll need a roll of Smarties candy, a thin rubber band, 2 Lifesaver candies, and two stick of gum. See the instructions for </span><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://www.birthdayinabox.com/pages/airplane-party-ideas-games-candy-airplane-craft"><span style="font-weight: 400;">how to assemble the airplane here.</span></a></span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Wait, I just found something cuter. </span><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://thenymelrosefamily.com/love-bug-fruit-cups/#_a5y_p=3267462"><span style="font-weight: 400;">These lovebug fruit cups</span></a></span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> are adorable and simple to make! You&rsquo;ll need fruit cups, pipe cleaners, pom poms, googly eyes, and little foam hearts. Turn the fruit cup upside down and place the foam hearts for feet. Add two pipe cleaners for antennae and glue small pom poms to the top. Add a couple of googly eyes and a tiny pom pom nose and you&rsquo;re done!</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">&nbsp;If you&rsquo;re looking for something really unique and creative, check out </span><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://www.foodcraftsandfamily.com/valentine-hogs/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">these &ldquo;hogs and kisses&rdquo; valentines from Food, Crafts, and Family</span></a></span><span style="font-weight: 400;">. To make these, you need pink envelopes, boxes of Dots or other small candy boxes, googly eyes, and buttons. Follow the instructions </span><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://www.foodcraftsandfamily.com/valentine-hogs/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">here</span></a></span><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">For a fun &ldquo;no candy&rdquo; gift, just add socks! You can find cute Valentine&rsquo;s Day themed socks at the Target dollar spot or your local dollar store. </span><a href="https://thecraftingchicks.com/you-knock-my-socks-off-valentine-free-printable/"><span style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="color: #0000ff;">Click here</span> </span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">for a &ldquo;You knock my socks off&rdquo; printable!</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">There are a lot of different ways to make Valentine&rsquo;s pencil gifts, but </span><a href="https://www.passionforsavings.com/diy-pencil-arrows-perfect-classroom-gift-idea-valentines/"><span style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="color: #0000ff;">this one</span> </span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">is super simple for busy moms. They&rsquo;re also inexpensive, so you can make a lot without breaking the bank. You just need pencils, foam heart stickers, and washi tape. Head to </span><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://www.passionforsavings.com/diy-pencil-arrows-perfect-classroom-gift-idea-valentines/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Passion for Savings</span></a></span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> for the full tutorial.&nbsp;</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Another cute pencil gift (because kids do go through lots of pencils!) is <span style="color: #0000ff;">t</span></span><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://necolumbus.macaronikid.com/articles/58264f0f24d8f4da3aaee986/caterpillar-pencil-valentine-cards"><span style="font-weight: 400;">his adorable caterpillar pencil I found at Macaroni Kid</span></a></span><span style="font-weight: 400;">. These may be a little more time consuming, but it would be a fun project to do with your child. They are so creative and fun!</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Just about everyone loves Hersey Kisses, and they&rsquo;re a very popular Valentine&rsquo;s Day treat. Get creative with them by making </span><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://thehappierhomemaker.com/hershey-kiss-mice/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">these Hersey Kisses mice</span></a></span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> from The Happier Homemaker. They&rsquo;re crazy simple and sure to make all your child&rsquo;s classmates say, &ldquo;aww!&rdquo;</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Here&rsquo;s a creative way to give tasty gumballs! I love these &ldquo;You blow up my heart&rdquo; valentines made with craft foam hearts and a plastic baggie. So simple yet so unique; I think these will be a hit in any classroom. </span><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://www.smartschoolhouse.com/diy-crafts/valentine-craft-ideas#_a5y_p=1279492"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Head over to Smart Schoolhouse for the tutorial here.&nbsp;</span></a></span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">My kids always love to open the fortune cookies when we eat at a Chinese restaurant. </span><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://happyhooligans.ca/valentine-paper-fortune-cookies/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Happy Hooligans made some fantastic fortune cookie valentines</span></a></span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> that kids will go nuts over. They&rsquo;re actually pretty simple to make and your child can customize the messages to his/her classmates. Find out how to make them </span><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://happyhooligans.ca/valentine-paper-fortune-cookies/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">here</span></a></span><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">I know we&rsquo;re told not to play with our food, but this Tic Tac Toe valentine is made for it! </span><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://jenwoodhouse.com/tic-tac-toe-valentines/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Head over to Jen Woodhouse and check out this terrific idea.</span></a></span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Bookmarks make great gifts for classmates. You can make some cheap, simple bookmarks with craft sticks and paint. What I love about these is that your child can be really creative with decorating each bookmark using erasers, stamps, pom poms, googly eyes, or even clay! </span><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://www.amylattacreations.com/2015/01/valentine-bookmarks-free-printables.html"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Here&rsquo;s a tutorial from Amy Latta Creations.</span></a></span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">I adore this homemade playdough and cookie cutter valentine from Buggy and Buddy. </span><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://buggyandbuddy.com/play-dough-cookie-cutter-valentine/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Head over to the site</span></a></span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> to snag the free printable along with the playdough recipe!</span></li> </ol> https://www.creativechild.com/article/1818 Mon, 10 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 Help Your Child Value Diversity and Celebrate the New Year through a Different Culture <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Celebrating different customs is a great way to enhance understanding and tolerance in kids. The United Nations has gone as far as to deem cultural understanding essential to world peace and stability.</span></p> <p class="p2">##ad##</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">A fun and diverse custom occurs right around New Years, with many countries celebrating the advent of another year with traditions that speak to kids. Here are some ways children ring in the new year around the world. </span></p> <p class="p2">##adbig##</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><strong>China </strong></span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Chinese New Year is the most timely because it is right around the corner. The year of the Rat actually begins on January 25</span><span class="s2"><sup>th</sup></span><span class="s1"> this year. Red is the main celebratory color, and d&eacute;cor includes hanging red lanterns in streets and doorways, intricate red paper cutouts of animals and plants reminiscent of snowflakes, and blooming flowers. The reunion dinner, which occurs on the eve of Chinese New Year, is considered the most important meal of the year and is meant to be a special time with family. One of the most anticipated customs for kids is the exchanging of gifts that occurs during the New Year. The most common New Year gifts are red envelopes that contain money, which are given to children and retirees. </span></p> <p class="p4"><span class="s1"><strong>Armenia</strong></span></p> <p class="p4"><span class="s1">Mothers make a special bread for their family, kneading luck and good wishes into the dough before it is baked.</span></p> <p class="p4"><span class="s1"><strong>Bolivia</strong></span></p> <p class="p4"><span class="s1">Families hang little homemade straw or wooden dolls outside their homes&nbsp;</span><span class="s1">for good luck.</span></p> <p class="p4"><span class="s1"><strong>Colombia</strong></span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://worldstrides.com/explore/#/all-travelers/all-interests/south-america,colombia">Colombia</a>ns</strong></span>&nbsp;carry empty suitcases around the block in hopes of a travel-filled year. </span></p> https://www.creativechild.com/article/1813 Wed, 05 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 Creative Ways to Spread Valentine’s Day Cheer <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Kids enjoy exchanging cards and candy on Valentine&rsquo;s Day but the holiday can be an opportunity to spread love and cheer to our neighbors, friends, and those in need. Here Are some creative ways you and your kids can show others the holiday spirit.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">##ad##</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> Random act of kindness</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> Get the kids involved and show someone a random act of kindness. Pay for the person behind you in line at the coffee shop, take cookies to your neighbors, volunteer at a homeless shelter, visit with seniors at a nursing home, or collect coats and hats for those in need. Pick a cause that is near and dear to your family&rsquo;s hearts and do something that would benefit that charity.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">##adbig##</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> Show some heart</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> Consider contacting a local children's hospital and making goodie bags for kids and families who are admitted. Most hospitals will have a list of things they need but they could include books, art supplies, blankets, or stuffed animals for kids and chapstick, magazines, playing cards, and travel size toiletries for parents. Get the kids involved in gathering the items and delivering them to the hospital.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> Furry friends</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> If your child loves animals, consider volunteering at a local pet shelter. If you are unable to work there, ask what items can be donated and do a neighborhood drive to collect items to take to the pet shelter. Check Pinterest for homemade dog or cat toys you can make as a family and deliver.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> A surprise delivery</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> Do some holiday baking with your kids and do a surprise delivery to your spouse, a grandparent, or a neighbor. You could also consider taking treats to teachers, or the fire or police station. Ask your kids to make a homemade card to go along with the treats. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> Host a party</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> Invite your kids&rsquo; friends over for a Valentine&rsquo;s Day party. Offer a holiday themed snack, craft, and card making station. Ask them to make thank you cards that you can send to nurses, first responders, or people over seas in the armed forces. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> Valentine&rsquo;s Day doesn&rsquo;t have to just be about cards and candy, it can be about showing those around you that they are loved and appreciated. Get the kids involved and ask them who they would like to serve and show kindness to this year. Have them help you brainstorm creative ways that they can show love to others.</span></p> https://www.creativechild.com/article/1814 Wed, 05 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 10 Ways for Moms to Have More Energy <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Being a mom is a rewarding job but it can have a way of using up all of your energy quickly. Errands, sleepless nights, extracurricular activities, school projects, laundry, and carpool are just some of the things that may fall on the endless to-do list for a mom. By the end of the day, feeling depleted of energy is common for many moms. It&rsquo;s a good idea for moms to know what to do when they need to recharge. While everyone will find that different things give them that added boost to get through the day, here are some ideas to get you started.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">##ad##</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> Exercise</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> It may seem that adding exercise to your daily routine would use up more energy, but the truth is exercise can actually give you more energy. As your body moves, your heart pumps more blood which delivers more oxygen to your muscles. &ldquo;As your aerobic fitness increases, your body becomes more adept at moving oxygen into the blood, which makes your muscles more efficient - and more efficiency equals less energy usage.&rdquo; (<span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="http://www.livestrong.com"><span class="s2">www.livestrong.com</span></a></strong></span>) On the other side of things, obesity has been linked to fatigue and low energy levels.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">##adbig##</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> Eat healthier</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> It&rsquo;s no surprise that eating a healthy, well balanced diet gives you more energy to get through the day. I am sure we have all made a choice to eat fast food or a piece of cake that tastes good in the moment but left us feeling sick and sluggish later. &ldquo;Different kinds of foods are converted to energy at different rates. Candy and simple sugars can give a quick lift, while others - such as whole grains and unsaturated fats supply the reserves you&rsquo;ll need to draw on throughout the day.&rdquo; While the occasional treat is fine, it&rsquo;s best to choose healthy choices to give you the most energy and keep you feeling your best. (<strong><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="http://www.health.harvard.edu"><span class="s2">www.health.harvard.edu</span></a></span></strong>)</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> Spend time with friends</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> A quick (and enjoyable) way to recharge your batteries is to spend time with friends. Set aside the worries that go along with parenting for a few hours and talk and laugh with friends. If it&rsquo;s hard to get out of the house for dinner, schedule a coffee date while the kids are at school or a play date that allows the moms to chat while the kids play happily. Another great way to make sure you get a night out is to schedule a monthly dinner, book club, or game night with friends. The effort of trying to figure out schedules will be eliminated and it is more likely to happen if it is on everyone&rsquo;s calendar each month.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> Get a good night&rsquo;s sleep</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> For some moms this is easier said than done. You may have a child that still wakes at night, be tempted to stay up late or rise early to work on your long list of to-do&rsquo;s, if you are like me, you find yourself enjoying a moment of quiet so much that you stay up late watching TV or reading a book and miss out on time you could be catching up on rest. We all know that a full night of sleep is going to give you more energy the next day. Listen to your body, if you need to go to bed early or take a nap in the afternoon, allow yourself that break so you are rested. The to-do list will be waiting for you tomorrow.</span></p> https://www.creativechild.com/article/1815 Wed, 05 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 Creativity Building Activities for Kids <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Creativity is an important component in human development. Creative people have greater mental well-being and happiness. A study out of New Zealand says that, &ldquo;engaging in creative activities contributes to an &lsquo;upward spiral&rsquo; of positive emotions, psychological well-being, and feelings of &lsquo;flourishing&rsquo; in life.&rdquo; Spending time on creative pursuits also helps us develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills, reduces stress and anxiety, increases self-awareness, and allows us to express ourselves.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>##ad##</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Fortunately, creativity is something that we can help our children develop beginning even in infancy. In the first year of life, creativity can blossom as you provide lots of love and attention, talking to, playing with, and singing to your infant. Find ways for your baby to use her senses to explore her environment. Provide foot-operated toys as the control of kicking is one of the first gross motor skills to develop, and play lots of face-to-face games like peek-a-boo and mirroring expressions.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>##adbig##</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As your child moves into toddlerhood and beyond, there are countless ways to grow their creative skills. Below is a list of 15 creativity building activities for children of all ages.</span></p> <ul> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><strong>Drawing prompts</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> are a great way to get the creative juices flowing. Try drawing a few lines on a sheet of blank paper and then asking your child to complete the picture. Will that curve become a butterfly wing or the wheel of a car?&nbsp;</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Provide the materials for </span><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://www.freekidscrafts.com/rock-monsters/"><strong>rock monsters</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></a></span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> You&rsquo;ll need various rocks and paint. You can throw in googly eyes and &ldquo;hair&rdquo; material if you&rsquo;d like to as well. Add magnets to the back and decorate your fridge!</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Make a </span><strong>robot</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> out of materials lying around your home. My son had the most fun with this project! Using random materials from his craft box such as wooden dowels, wires, cardboard, felt, springs, and spray paint, he created an amazing little robot. Your child can fashion one out of just about anything!</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Who doesn&rsquo;t love </span><strong>macaroni art</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;">? If you&rsquo;re in a pinch for materials, just glue and noodles are all you need to spark a little creativity. Your child can simply glue the pasta to a paper plate or sheet of paper or create unique macaroni necklaces and bracelets! For added pizzazz, you can even let him paint the pieces.&nbsp;</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Don&rsquo;t underestimate the quality of a </span><strong>coloring book</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> and a pack of crayons! This simple activity improves motor skills, stimulates creativity, teaches color recognition, improves focus and hand to eye coordination, and improves handwriting! Tip: Don&rsquo;t criticize your child&rsquo;s art. The sky can be green and the grass purple if she wants it to!</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><strong>Sock puppets</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> are super fun to create and to play with, plus now there&rsquo;s a purpose for those lonely odd socks! </span><span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://www.instructables.com/id/10-minute-sock-puppet/">Here are instructions for making a sock puppet in 10 minutes.</a></strong></span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">If your child has an instrument, set aside time each day for practice. If you don&rsquo;t currently own an instrument, try creating a </span><strong>homemade musical instrument</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> that actually plays music! </span><strong><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://redtri.com/homemade-instruments/">Here are 19 from Red Tricycle.</a></span></strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> Of course, you can just get out the pots and wooden spoons as well!</span></li> </ul> https://www.creativechild.com/article/1816 Wed, 05 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 Fun Groundhog Day Activities and Treats <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Groundhog Day offers plenty of learning opportunities for kids. Hibernation, weather, light and shadows, seasons, and groundhogs are all fun things to explore on this holiday, and of course hands-on activities is a great way to learn!&nbsp;</span></p> <p>##ad##</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">You may want to begin the day with a lesson on how Groundhog Day came to be. I found the story at Education World (educationworld.com) which states (paraphrased):</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /></span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /></span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">When the first settlers arrived in the area known today as Punxsutawney Pennsylvania, they brought with them a centuries-old tradition known as Candlemas Day. On Candlemas Day, clergy would bless candles and distribute them to the people. The weather of the day was considered an important indicator of the weather to come. German peoples picked up on the Candlemas custom and believed that if a hedgehog cast a shadow in the sunlight, another six weeks of winter was inevitable. When the Germans arrived in the Americas, no hedgehogs were to be found, so they used a groundhog as a stand-inl. So it is that the tradition was born. Today we call each February 2nd Groundhog Day, and if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow when he comes out of his borrow, we are in for six more weeks of winter, or so the story goes.&nbsp;</span></em></p> <p>##adbig##</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Once the history of the holiday has been told, kick the day off with a delightful </span><strong>groundhog pancake</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;">. On a large, round pancake, add smaller round pancakes for cheeks, chocolate chips and marshmallows for eyes, a chocolate chip nose, marshmallow teeth, and banana ears! You can find an example at thejoysofboys.com. These are sure to bring a smile to your little one&rsquo;s face!</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">One of the easiest and cutest Groundhog Day snacks your child will love to create and eat are </span><strong>groundhog mini donuts</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;">. I saw this at Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons but there are lots of variations online. You can use Scooby-Doo graham snacks, Nutter Butters, Teddy Grahams, or anything with a groundhog-like shape. Stick them inside the hole of a mini donut and add eyes, nose, and teeth using mini marshmallow bits, sprinkles, mini chocolate chips, or candy eyes.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong>Groundhog pudding cups</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> are another sweet snack that is super simple and adorable. You&rsquo;ll need Nutter Butter cookies, chocolate pudding cups, mini chocolate chips or brown m&amp;ms, and marshmallow bits. All you&rsquo;ll do is decorate the cookie and stick into the pudding cup. For a little extra pizzazz, you can dye some coconut flakes green and sprinkle on top for grass!</span><br /><br /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Add a little science to your day with a fun activity of </span><strong>exploring shadows</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;">. Get outside if you can, and let your child explore how shadows work by moving their body in the sunlight. Have them walk upright, walk on all fours, and try to create letters or shapes with their shadows. If it&rsquo;s raining out, use a flashlight indoors for this activity. Next, have them create shadow puppets on the ground or on a wall inside using a flashlight. 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