Now this is my kind of holiday. Don’t clean or luck will run away. It’s a Chinese custom not to clean the house during the first few days of the Chinese New Year. It is believed that cleaning wipes away all the good luck, fortune and money. They throw away all the brushes, brooms and dust collectors. Who else could handle this custom? Okay, I know what some of you in our office are thinking, “we should be very very lucky in this year of the rooster”.
We’ve got what you need when you are ready get back to cleaning again. Start the little ones off with this life like child size cleaning set.
While we are on the subject, The Clean and Organized Family Home has 11 Rules for teaching kids household chores that you might find helpful. Like doing chores together, limiting chores to 30 minutes, don’t nit pick and focus on big picture goals.
You know what they say: “many hands make light work.” Even eager little hands.
Happy Chinese New Year 2017! The Year of the Rooster.
It’s a good day to melt some heat away.
There are many versions of ice cube painting. We’re going to try the Kool-Aid one but definitely outside today where it is very hot, not to mention MESSY. We’ll let you know how it goes and if it turns into semi-permanent body painting with colorful little fingers.
Share & Remember freezes liquid water colors by filling the trays with water first, then added watercolors & stirred which are left to freeze overnight.
Keep the painting project less messy by freezing Popsicle sticks in the ice cubes.
Our approach will be to let the little Van Goghs cool off their hands as much as possible while creating their masterpieces hopefully on large sheets of paper.
Ice painted gift wrap!
Minieco put her 3 year old to work which resulted in brilliant and most amazing gift wrap.
Our recipe was mixing 5 flavors of kool-aid with about 1/4 cup of water for each color, then freezing the colors into a few ice cubes. The less water you use, the more vibrant your colors will be.
We know that this will be super messy and must caution all that it will stain clothes and hands.
Give this Very Cool Recipe for Fun a try.
How will you be celebrating National Tea Day today?
Did you have pretend play tea parties as a child? I have fond memories of playing tea party with my sisters, our stuffed animals and dolls. We would put on fancy hats and white gloves as we sat at our child size table and chairs with our backs properly straight. Then, taking turns, we would carefully pour our pretend cups of tea. Some just had to have a dash of warmed milk. (little Becky’s tea cup) Best of all, was always passing the real biscuits.
Tea parties are excellent learning opportunities offering a way to practice introductions, social talk, and general etiquette.
Other benefits of a tea party is that pretend play is strongly linked to language, narrative language and abstract thinking. Examples of pretend play are: playing dress up, playing store, playing house, pushing trucks and cars .
You can encourage children’s love of pretending by supplying story ideas and raw materials. Their rich imaginations are one of children’s greatest learning tools. The more you incorporate pretend play, the more they’ll learn.
Now wouldn’t this be an ideal day for setting up a pretend tea party?
One of our favorites is this wicker basket with the essentials for a tea party at home or on the go.
Not too long ago we were thinking of the winter birds and seeds. Now, with Valentine’s Day fast approaching, seeds blended into heart shapes for friends and family will be a Science Saturday project for the kiddos. We will see if ours turn out as pretty as the inspirational hearts from Hill City Bride. She used them for wedding favors and has a beautiful tutorial.
Jamie from Dabbles and Babbles makes these Valentine Seed Bombs that we will attempt making one of these days. Our friends in southern states will be able to plant them weeks before the snow melts here in Minnesota. We will be forced to wait until May for our plantings. But until then, they will provide decoration in a glass vase reminding of future springtime days filled sunshine and summer flowers. Hop on over to Dabbles and Babbles and learn how to create your own Heart Shaped Seed Bombs.
Hope that you give these a try!
If you’re looking for a cute memory game, Mr. Printables has a colorful, you guessed it, “printable” game for you.
Children will need to recognize different colors, shapes and details while trying to concentrate on the 8 brightly colored Easter Eggs, like a spotty one, stripy one or checked one.
Remember how much fun memory games can be?
Playing memory games with your child teaches nonverbal skills such as attention to detail and concentration. They also stimulate children’s ability to notice, then think about the visual physical differences. Young children can learn the similarities between objects using their visual memory or attention to their environment. Best of all, they offer great social interaction by allowing a positive no-tech time to spend with your children.
Thank you Mr. Printables!
This week’s Recipe for Fun features a dog in a dog. The idea is simple and is a fun cook together with young children. You simply bake a hot dog inside a dog shaped portion of dough.
If you’re kinda feeling the Dog Days of Summer, give this a try. Watch the instructions on video that walks you through the recipe.
And…please do not forget your pooch. Kids will have a grand time preparing these biscuits for their favorite dogs. Gather round and watch this how to do it video put on by kids having fun at Highlights.
Woof, woof! Higgins, the Totally Kids Shop Dog approved.