Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Inexpensive Summer Activity: Giant Letters!

Summer is here! Kids are excited to have time off from school and parents are stressed about how to keep their kids engaged and learning through the summer - without lots of screen time! This idea from Constantly Lovestruck is a great activity for kids of all ages that can be used inside or outside - even adults can join in on the fun!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Tips for Parents of Picky Eaters

Every parent wants to ensure that their child eats a variety of healthy foods. However, if your child is a picky eater, food can become the subject of a daily power struggle. While it's not uncommon for children to refuse to eat certain foods or limit their choices to a handful of predictable favorites, there are several things parents can do to help encourage healthier habits.  Here are some tips and tricks that can help your child overcome picky eating! 

Friday, July 15, 2016

Guest Post: Go With The Grain: It's Not What You'd Think

In wood-working or carpentry, there's a common phrase used as a general rule-of-thumb: "Go with the grain".  This principle holds true while processing raw materials, cutting specific pieces, sanding, and even finishing a project. In all of these instances, the recommended action protects against the wood splintering, unsightly grooves and scrapes that cut garishly across the visible grain, and subtle waves and brush-marks in the finished product.  In each case, the idea is to work with the natural strengths and vulnerabilities in the wood to minimize damage and maximize the appeal and integrity of the final product.  In many pockets of modern society, fathers are often regarded as the primary disciplinarians of the family.  It seems common to hear the phrase, "Just wait until your father gets home".  Even if nowadays the phrase is used mostly in jest, the sentiment behind it remains common enough.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

"Red Hots Slime": Sensory Motor Fun!

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Looking for a cool indoor activity for a hot summer day? Try mixing up a batch of "Red Hots" Slime!  This colorful and fragrant slime is not only fun for kids to make and play with, but a great activity for developing a variety of skills.  Language skills grow as children are able to feel the meaning behind words such as "slimy" or "gooey". Cognitive and problem solving skills strengthen as children mix, measure, and help clean up. Lastly, this hands-on activity promotes fine motor skills by strengthening small muscles and hand-eye coordination. 

For this project you will need:

·         1 box of Red Hot Candy

·         1 teaspoon of Borax

·         1-2 6 oz bottles of glitter glue

·         1 large bowl

·         1 small microwavable safe bowl

·         Metal strainer

·         1 cup of water, ½ cup of cold water

Step 1: Place 1 cup of water and ½ cup of Red Hot Candy into the small bowl. Microwave this mixture for 2-3 minutes. Careful mixture will be VERY HOT! Everyone always says that it smells so good!

Step 2: Empty the 1-2 bottles of glitter glue into the large bowl. Add the cold water into the glue and mix.  The glue should be slightly thinned out.

Step 3: Strain the water from the candy. You will only be using the water for this project. It gives the slime a bright red color!

Step 4: Place the Borax into the water and mix until dissolved.

Step 5: Slowly add the Borax mixture into the glue mixture, about a ¼ teaspoon at a time. Mix continuously.  When mixture starts to come together, mix with hands until slime no longer sticks to hands.

Step 6: Let the mixture rest for 5 minutes.

Step 7: Have fun playing with your slime! Tip: Keep in Ziploc Bag to keep slime fun to play with for months!

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