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Kids’ boxes are more than packaging

There are millions of boxes being delivered to front doors this winter. Sometimes what is in the box is not as fun as the container itself. Children can spend an amazing amount of entertainment time … more

Difficult conversations important

Are parent and child conversations getting harder and more important than ever? Every stage of growth requires important conversations. Along the way your family has surrounded children with what … more

Fall beautiful time for finger painting

Fingers make the best painting tools. Bright colored commercial finger paint works just fine and washes out easily from clothes. It is even more fun to finger paint with products you have around the … more

Children learn good fridge raiding

There are many more “R’s” kids need to learn besides the basic reading, writing and arithmetic. There is also how to raid the refrigerator. Nutritionists hope they will learn to whip up … more

Marketing fruits and veggies to kids

“Yum. Here are some fruits and vegetables,” says adult to child. Young child’s mouth is sealed shut. “Let’s eat some salsa you helped chop up! Yummy!” Magically the mouth may open up with … more

Using weather apps and forecasts with kids

Weather observation helps children be alert for changes in their environment and  their need to prepare. Sometimes we underestimate what we can teach young children. Checking the weather forecast … more

Creating paper glass Chihuly art

Whenever it is too a cold, too wet to play outside or children are sick, grandparents can take out a few art supplies and try a new easy craft. It’s always good to be prepared. This craft is based … more

Kids have quite a bit of fun with puzzles

Children of all ages need lots of exercise and fun outdoor play but there are times when quieter indoor play is on the schedule. Reading with your children is always a very enjoyable and important … more

Playing and moving with drums helps relieve stress in kids, boosts mood

Young children are drawn to drumming sounds and love to move with the beats found in every culture. Just observe young children at powwows, band concerts, weddings, and parades. They are jumping and … more

Guessing games are great way to help young kids learn

Children love guessing games. A favorite activity to do with young children is called “What’s in the Box?” It’s something that parents and grandparents can do anytime, anywhere to get young … more

Learning skills with vehicles and figures

A great way to spend time with preschool children is playing with them on the floor. If it is difficult to get on the floor and get up again (common), sit at a table or snack bar that is set up for … more

Kids enjoy paper core projects

Families are often looking for ways to recycle and reuse materials instead of throwing them in the trash. Think of how many paper towel and bathroom tissue cores we throw each month. They can be used … more

STE(A)M activities: Children solve problems

STE(A)M teaching is a way of helping children think like scientists, technologists, engineers, artists (architects) and mathematicians as they solve meaningful and interesting real-world problems. … more

Tips on keeping children safe this summer

Summer has arrived, which means many new opportunities for kids to enjoy outdoor play. In your backyard, at the playground or on walks in the woods, there are things to explore and challenges to … more

Teaching children to be good observers

Weather observation helps children be alert for changes in their environment and to be prepared. Checking the weather forecast every day on media plus learning weather clues for their own forecast … more

Gifting picture books to children is a good idea

Great books with no or few words and beautiful illustrations are fantastic for building vocabulary, love of books, writing and drawing skills. This is not too much praise, especially if they are … more

Tips for playing store and learning economics with children

Playing store with preschoolers teaches personal finance lessons of saving, spending, wait until later, and opportunity cost. These are lifelong lessons that go beyond shopping. Turn a shoe box … more

How to make countertop backup bubbles

Whenever it is too hot, too cold, too rainy or too dark for outdoor bubbles, this indoor science activity helps young children learn to ask questions, make predictions and blow huge indoor bubbles … more

Straw bale garden fun for kids

The purposes of growing plants with young children are to give children some undivided attention each day by adding gardening and nutrition knowledge, fun, and quiet conversation. They need to hear 20,000 words before kindergarten to become good … more
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