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3 Delightful After-School Snacks

18 Aug

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The hustle and bustle of school starting can be overwhelming. With mile long shopping lists to check off, lunches to pack, and fresh, new outfits to pick out, providing healthy snacks is often low on the priority list. No worries, we gathered 3 easy after-school snack ideas to provide your little ones with yummy refuel after their long day of learning. Perhaps enlist their help in the kitchen for some special weekday bonding.

Peanut Butter Playdough

Fun to play with and good to eat!

You will need:

1 cup of peanut butter

1 cup honey or corn syrup

1 cup of powdered milk

1 cup of oatmeal

Coconut or powdered sugar (optional)

Large bowl

Measuring cup

Mixing spoon

Step 1. Help your child measure 1 cup of peanut butter, 1 cup of honey, 1 cup powdered milk, and 1 cup of oatmeal.

Step 2. Once the ingredients are measured, help your child combine them in a large bowl. As they work with the ingredients, talk about how they are changing as they mix them. This is hard work!

Step 3. Once the mixture is dough-like, they can spoon out some of the play dough and mix it using their hands and fingers. Ask them if it is sticky. If the answer is yes, add small amounts of oatmeal and powdered milk.

Step 4. Encourage your child to explore this edible play dough. If desired, your child can make “snowballs” by rolling a rounded ball of dough in coconut or powered sugar.

Step 5. As they play with the play dough, remind them that it is okay to eat it as well!

Source: The Budding Chef – Paperback 

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Yogurt Grape Treats

A refreshing snack for hot afternoons!

You will need:

Grapes

Yogurt of Choice

Toothpicks

Bowl

Baking sheet

Step 1. Destem and wash your grapes then stick toothpicks inside each one. Spread them out evenly on a baking sheet. Place in the freezer until fully frozen (should take a couple of hours).

Step 2. Once your grapes are fully frozen, dip the grapes in your favorite yogurt. Then place them back on the baking sheet.

Step 3. To add toppings, do it soon after you have dipped the grapes in the yogurt.  The yogurt will freeze pretty fast because the grapes are frozen. Some toppings we suggest are coconut, honey, dark chocolate, and caramel. Place them in a container in the freezer to store, or serve them to your little ones.

Source: Natalie Monson- Super Healthy Kids

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Rainbow Fish Fruit Snack

Read The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister with your child, and then share in making this delicious snack.

You will need:

Banana Slices

Blueberries

Dessert Shells (Found near the fruit in the produce section of most grocery stores)

Green grapes

Orange sections

Pieces of cantaloupe

Strawberries

Toothpicks (3)

Step 1. Invite your child to put three to five pieces of fruit on each toothpick. Arrange the toothpicks in a triangle shape to create the fish tail.

Step 2. Place the dessert shell near one triangle point to create a fish body.

Step 3. Use the rest of the fruit to fill up the dessert shell, and you’ve got a rainbow fish that’s tasty enough to eat.

Source: The Budding Chef – Paperback

Whether you choose to prepare these delicious snacks before they arrive home or have them help you whip up the recipe, these snacks are sure to please little one’s tummies!

4 Pretend Play Ideas for Rainy Days

11 Aug

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Rainy days can be boring for children, and keeping them occupied when it’s raining can be a challenge. However, indoor pretend play is a great way to keep your child engaged on gloomy days. Pretend play is important to a child’s development because it promotes social and emotional, language, and thinking skills, while also encouraging imaginative thinking. Since pretend play is so influential, we have come up with four pretend play ideas for rainy days.

1.Vet Clinic

Encourage your child to open a pretend vet clinic on rainy days. Your youngster can get into character by putting on our veterinarian dress-up outfit, and he or she can help Minilina nurse her animals back to health with the Nici® Wonderland Doll: Veterinarian Set. Pretending to be a vet will keep your child busy and engaged on rainy days.

2. Café

Your child can also set up a pretend café in your home on rainy days. From cooking to serving, your little one will have a blast! Encourage your child to make pasta with the Prepare & Serve Pasta Set. Next, he or she will definitely need to make a pretend salad to go with the pasta. Then, once the food is ready, have your little one put on the Server Dress Up Set and serve the play food to his or her customers.

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3. Puppet Show

Another pretend play idea that is perfect for a rainy day is a puppet show. Encourage your child to set up our Tabletop Puppet Theatre and put on a magnificent show with the Playful Pets Hand Puppets. Either watch your little one’s production in amazement or participate in the show on the next rainy day.

4. Indoor Campout

If the rain is getting in the way of camping outside, just have an indoor campout with your youngster! Set up an indoor tent and let the indoor camping adventures begin. The Pretend & Play™ Camp Set is a must-have for indoor camping. Your child will love pretending to light a path, cook food, follow directions, and more. Camping indoors is the perfect way to spend a rainy day.

What pretend play activities do you and your child like to do on rainy days? Let us know by commenting below!

5 Ways to Make Back to School Cool

4 Aug

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We are nearing the end of summer, and the start of a new school year is just around the corner. Back-to-school thoughts can be filled with anxiety for many children, so we have come up with a list of ways to combat back-to-school jitters. Here are five ways to make back to school cool at your home.

  1. Allow your child to pick out his or her new backpack for the school year.

 Picking out a new backpack is often an exciting time for children. Choosing a backpack with a cool design or their favorite character, such as this Pete the Cat® Backpack & Lunchbag set, is sure to get the school year off to a great start. Additional fun backpack sets include the hedgehog backpack set and the Backyard Friends™ Backpack Set. Your little one will love picking out a new backpack for the upcoming school year!

  1. Make school supply shopping fun!

Get your child in the school spirit by making school shopping enjoyable. Allowing your child to pick supplies that he or she is excited about using this year is a must. LEGO® school supplies, for example, will definitely make back to school cool. Your child will love writing in the LEGO® Journal with LEGO® Markers and measuring with the LEGO® Buildable Ruler!

  1. Host a back-to-school party!

Hosting a back-to-school party for your child and his or her friends is sure to make back to school cool! Order pizza, and let the kids play together. You can even set up a faux dessert table with school supplies (instead of cakes and pies) for each child to take a use this school year. Getting your child excited about school with fun festivities is a must this year!

Source: http://www.allkindsofthingsblog.com/2014/08/back-to-school-parties.html

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  1. Plan family time in the midst of back-to-school madness.

When school starts back, things around the house can get chaotic. From homework to extracurricular activities, everyone is kept busy during the school year. Unfortunately, oftentimes family time can get lost in the mix. Make sure to plan much-needed family time during the madness this school year. We suggest playing games as a family such as classic board games, Scrabble® Boggle® Game, and 5 Second Rule®. Enjoy making memories with your family this school year!

  1. Switch up packed lunches for your children.

 Make lunchtime interesting by changing up the daily sandwich to something more fun. Check out these Sandwichless Lunch Ideas for inspiration on what to pack in your youngster’s lunch box. Your child will love the surprise of finding out what he or she has to eat for lunch! Additionally, consider including a note in your child’s lunch to brighten his or her day.

Getting your child excited about back-to-school activities and routines is a must for kicking off a successful school year. We hope these five fun ideas will make back to school cool for you and yours!

How do you plan to make back to school cool for your kids this year? Share your ideas by commenting below!

6 Activities to Help You End Summer with a Bang

28 Jul

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Summer is winding down and the school year will soon start, which means there will be less time for adventurous activities. Keep the energy up and make the last few weeks of summer with your little one the best yet! Here are six activities that will end your summer with a bang.

1. Mini Golf Tournament

Bring mini golf right to your home with the Noochie Golf™ Mini-Golf Set. Encourage your child to invite friends over for a tournament and see who the ultimate mini golfer of the group is. Mini golf is perfect “fore” enjoying the last few weeks of summer with friends.

2. Stargaze Indoors

The Galaxy 6′ Mesh Tunnel makes stargazing indoors possible! In the tunnel, your child will find stunning glow-in-the-dark galaxy patterns. Your youngster will love studying the stars for hours this summer. You can even allow your little one to stay up a little past bedtime to stargaze in complete darkness as an end-of-summer treat.

3. Spontaneous Day Trip to the Beach

Everyone loves a spontaneous beach trip! Waking your children up and telling them to get their bathing suits on and pack a beach bag is sure to get them excited. Make sure to take the Aqua Glow LED Beach Ball for the ultimate experience. With the tips from our “Backseat Road Trip Fun” blog post, even the car ride will be a blast. Have fun on your day beach trip!

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4. Try New Recipes

New recipes are always fun for little chefs! Encourage your child to get in the kitchen and learn to cook this summer. The Toddler Cookbook has easy recipes that incorporate basic math, science, and language skills. With your help, your youngster will have a ball whipping up dinner for the family.

5. Relax at the Pool

Relaxing at the pool is the perfect way to end summer with a bang. Make pool time even more fun with the B4 Adventure Party Wheel. This unique float allows your child to crawl inside the wheel and roll around the pool. Make the most of the end of summer with pool fun!

6. Chalk Bomb Fight

Have a colorful chalk fight with chalk bombs! Each ball is filled with chalk powder that explodes when the ball makes contact with a solid surface. The best part is, chalk bombs can be thrown several times before they run out of powder. Encourage your child to invite friends over and get messy with a chalk bomb fight this summer!

How do you plan to make the most of the last few weeks of summer with your child? Share your ideas by commenting below!

5 Summer Art Boredom Busters

24 Jul

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Is your child already complaining of being bored this summer? We’ve got you covered! Here is a list of boredom busters for your artistic little one to try while school is out this summer.

1. Linkt™ Craft Maille Bonding Kit

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Chainmaille is historically known as armor made of small, linked, metal rings. Your child will love exploring the ancient art of chainmaille with this jewelry kit. The kit comes with enough supplies to make five friendship bracelets and is sure to keep your little one busy.

2. Craft-tastic® Inventor’s Box

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The Craft-tastic® Inventor’s Box will bust the boredom in your household this summer. Your youngster can creatively invent based on the seven challenge cards included. Watch your little inventor grow in confidence while he or she creates many masterpieces.

3. Just Add Glue Science & Art Kit

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With this science and art kit, your child can explore the incredible things you can do if you just add glue! Creating crystal crafts and putties will keep the excitement up this summer. Your child can also engage in a valuable learning experience about different types of polymers.

4. Sand Art Activity Kit

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Encourage your child to make interesting patterns and designs with the Sand Art Activity Kit. The kit is equipped with everything needed to make sand bottle decorations, including bottles, colored sands, and funnels. Your child can keep his or her creations and/or give the handmade bottles as gifts.

5.Crayola® Dough Dino Island

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For children three years and up, the Dino Island dough kit is great for keeping your little one entertained this summer. Not only does the kit include dough, molds, a modeling tool, and a play mat, it also includes coloring pages and crayons for your child to enjoy. Encourage your youngster to take a trip to the past with the Crayola® Dough Dino Island kit.

 

How do you plan to bust boredom with your child this summer? Let us know by commenting below!

 

3 Kid-Approved Ways to Beat the Summer Heat

14 Jul

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Temperatures are high, and finding ways to beat the heat can be quite challenging. So, we put together a list of ways to cool off with your little one this summer.

Homemade Cool Sweet Treats

Enjoy sweet treats like sno cones and homemade ice cream to cool off with your child this summer.

Sno Cones 

The PAW Patrol™ Sno Cone Maker is perfect for making healthy, icy snacks with your youngster. With the help of Chase, Everest, and Marshall, you and your little one can make sno cones out of frozen fruit, juice, and yogurt. Your child will love enjoying shaved ice with you and the PAW Patrol pals.

Homemade Ice Cream

 Another chilly treat to consider making this summer is homemade ice cream. Check out the easy ice cream recipe below!

 Ingredients:

14.5 ounces of Sweetened Condensed Milk

1 Pint of Heavy Whipping Cream

2 Teaspoons of Vanilla

*Note: Extra ingredients (i.e., fudge, candy berries) are optional.

What to Do:

  1. Place all three main ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Whisk ingredients with an electric whisk for five minutes. (Be careful! Don’t over-whisk the mixture!)
  3. You can add optional ingredients when you see thick, whipped peaks in the mixture.
  4. Place the mixture into a baking pan and freeze for 8 hours.
  5. Enjoy!

Source: http://www.budgetsavvydiva.com/2012/07/easy-homemade-ice-cream-recipe/

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Outside Water Fun

A classic way to cool off in the summer is with water play! Encourage your little one to beat the heat by splashing in the Rain Showers Splash Pond Water Table™. This water table sounds like a real rainfall! Your child can experiment with dumping water in the top tier to create a showering effect. The Waterwheel Play Table is also perfect for staying cool, and it encourages cause and effect learning! Lastly, the PAW Patrol Bath Squirters™ Set is perfect for not only the bathtub, but also beach and pool water fun. Your little one will love playing with his or her favorite PAW Patrol pals to cool off. Encourage your child to beat the heat with water play this summer!

Relax in the AC with Books and Movies

Another great way to cool down is to relax inside and read books. You can then watch the corresponding movies with your child and compare the two! We suggest reading the following five books and watching the corresponding movies.

 1. Cat in the Hat

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Everyone loves this classic Dr. Seuss book! Read it to your youngster and watch the movie together afterwards.

2. Charlotte’s Web

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Read Charlotte’s Web, a famous story about Wilbur the pig, with your little one and enjoy the movie too!

3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid

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Enjoy this lighthearted series with your child and compare the movies to the books!

4. Madeline

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Go on adventures with Madeline and her friends by reading this book and watching the movie!

5. Where the Wild Things Are

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This classic story is sure to keep your little one engaged! Read the book and watch the movie to see how they are similar and different.

What do you plan to do to beat the heat with your child this summer? Share your ideas by commenting below!

All Aboard! Train Fun for All Ages

30 Jun

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All aboard the choo-choo train! Does your child love to play with trains? Although they may seem like basic toys to keep your child occupied, trains can actually boost your child’s development. The following are ways playing with trains can benefit your child’s developmental learning.

Teaches Traffic Safety

Playing with trains can increase your child’s traffic safety awareness. Your child will learn that cars cannot cross train tracks when the level crossing is down to indicate that a train is coming. The LEGO® DUPLO® Town Push Train Set has a level crossing as well as a car to demonstrate this traffic safety concept. Additionally, playing with trains on the Thomas & Friends™ Zipbin® Toybox Playmat™ will help your child visualize and understand traffic safety rules between trains, automobiles, and people. This play mat displays train tracks, roads, businesses, a hospital and more. Your child will love exploring traffic safety in a fun way.

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Strengthens Fine Motor Skills

Encouraging your child to play with trains will also strengthen his or her fine motor skills. Fine motor skills refer to the control of the movements children make using the small muscles in their hands and fingers. These skills are important to many of life’s everyday activities, such as eating with silverware and tying shoelaces. Building a toy train set involves working with small objects to create the set, which develops fine motor skills piece by piece.

Develops Engineering and Problem-Solving Skills

Playing with trains also helps develop engineering and problem-solving skills. Building train sets requires innovative thinking and determination. Your child will learn to use his or her engineering skills to design and build train sets. Additionally, when a problem arises with the train or track development process, your child will use problem-solving skills to fix the issue. The Smartmax® My First Animal Train Set requires engineering and problem-solving skills because not only do children build the train set, they are also faced with the challenge of magnetism. Your child will love using engineering skills to build and problem-solving skills to understand how magnets attract and repel.

The skills learned from pretend play with trains are transferable across many age groups. Accelerate the developmental growth of your child by encouraging him or her to play with trains. Your youngster will appreciate learning from these classic toys!