As I said before, it’s not a horrendous thing to give your kids screen time. Especially if the videos they watch are educational, or get them moving. Below, you’ll find my top picks for videos on YouTube that do the latter!
Round Up: Books About Dancing
Who doesn’t love a good dance party? I know I do! Here, you’ll find a list of books to do with dancing in all it’s forms! There ARE affiliate links, but my recommendations stand.
Fun Sensory Bins to Go With Your Favorite Books!
It’s no secret that kids LOVE sensory play! While you have some extra time with your child(ren), you can read them book that goes along with some of their favorite sensory activities! here are some of my recommendations for literary sensory play!
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Independent Activities for Young Kids
Whether you’re working from home, or home is your work, sometimes you just need a couple of minutes to yourself. While your young child may not usually be willing to play nicely in the next room so you can have a moment of peace, you may be able to convince them by providing some fun quiet activities that don’t require you to play along side of them.
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Trading Screen Time for Me Time
Raising young readers is hard. It has always been hard, and as society progresses, we will continue to see new challenges erupt in trying to get our children to love reading. We’ve already posted a few pointers in getting your kids into reading, but how do we get them to trade out that screen time (tablets, phones, computers, TV) without an all out war breaking out in your home? Here, we’ll go over some awesome ways to decrease your kids time using tech and substitute for other activities (not just reading! Crafting, playing, cooking, and others are all VERY important for development!) Keep reading to find out my techniques and ideas, and make sure to add some other tips and tricks in the comments!
Making Snow Dough
It’s Winter, and even though it’s a BIT warmer than we’re used to, we’re still getting into the seasonal spirit. After reading “The Snowstorm Surprise” By Richard Scarry, we were itching to play in some snow ourselves! Since Mother Nature wasn’t really cooperating, we decided to take matters into our own hands, and make some 2 ingredient “Snow Dough” to mold and squish.
Best Gifts For Kid Booklovers!
It’s surprisingly hard to buy for kids when “books” are their favorite things. I mean, besides “books” what do you get them? (To be fair, Books are still a GREAT gift!) Well, here is a list of some great book-themed gifts that aren’t more books. (Though, they’d go great WITH a book.)
Review: Jameon’s Closet: Shauna Havlina M.S., LMFT; Leanne Richter M.A. LMFT
Feelings are a big part of growing up, and sometimes it can be hard for our kids to unpack those feelings into productive conversation. Jameon’s Closet by Shauna Havlina M.S., LMFT and Leanne Richter M.A. LMFT shows us a solid metaphor, and a great way to help our kids deal with their big feelings!
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She Persisted By Chelsea Clinton
I live in a feminist household. It is a house where everyone can and does do everything, whether it’s cooking, cleaning, math, technology, no one has a single limitation in this family. Sometimes it’s difficult to raise independent and strong willed kids, but the benefits far out weigh the laundry, broken toys, bruises, and sass when we see our kids growing up to be kind, strong, and stalwart defenders of themselves, and those around them. It is for this reason that we picked up “She Persisted” by Chelsea Clinton last year, and why we still use it as a bed time story this year.
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Cook With a Book: Strega Nona!
Every once in a while, a book resonates with you. Whether it’s full of life advice, it’s funny, the protagonist is relate-able, it’s full of magic, or something else, the book strikes you to the core. When a picture book does that, it’s easy to replace it’s profound effect with new memories and feelings as you grow. I always come back to the books I once loved. Guppy has read nearly every series I did when I was her age (And even a bit older! Over achiever…), and now I’m reading the same books I read to her to Goober. Hopefully, he loves them as much as I do.
(This post contains affiliate links, however, the books can be found in most bookstores, and any type of ingredients will work well in this simple recipe, so enjoy!)
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