Category: kids

Too Loud! Helping Kids Tolerate Loud Noises & Learn Volume Control #Sensory4All

Helping Kids Tolerate Loud Noises and Learn Volume ControlToo loud! Too loud, Mommy! This phrase is often heard in our home and accompanied by yelling, crying, and hands held over ears. The same child often loves to create a noise level much higher than the one that bothered him by yelling, banging, and testing the range of his voice. What I’ve learned recently is this behavior is linked to his auditory sensory needs, and I can help him adjust and get those needs met. If your child has behaviors you long to understand, I urge to join in during Sensory Awareness Month as the #ProjectSensory team of bloggers shares posts about Decoding Everyday Kid Behaviors. Every child has sensory needs, and you can help them meet those needs with simple solutions.

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Preschool Fun: Have a Costume Dance Party with Curious George

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As a diehard bookworm, reading is a part of daily life. My kids share my love for books and we are always trying to find new ways to incorporate our favorite stories in to our play time. We recently found a fun book called “Curious George Goes to a Costume Party” at the library and have read it daily for the past few weeks. We decided to create our own costume party like George, and had a blast doing it. Read on to find out what we did and get lots of fun Halloween Read + Play ideas from other mamas in the Kid Blogger Network.

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Preschool Pumpkin Fun ~ 20 Easy Ideas for Your Toddlers & Preschool Kids

20 Easy Ideas for Toddler and Preschool Pumpkin Fun

Pumpkins are one of my favorite things about fall. I love to have them around the house, eat them in everything, and create pumpkin fun for my kids. Today I’m sharing 20 easy ideas for pumpkin fun for preschool and toddler age kids. Pour yourself a DIY pumpkin spice latte and pin these ideas to do with your favorite little ones. Did I mention I’m partnering with some other fabulous bloggers to give away $2000 at the end of this post? {It’s true!}

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Create a DIY Outdoor Play Table for Kids from Reclaimed Wood

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We took back our yard last spring, fighting for control of the space against a formidible foe of Asian jasmine and ivy. Once we had established our dominance and set up an enjoyable outdoor room, it was time to bring in a table for the kids and some play structures. I’ve shared with you our DIY water table already, and today I’m showing our DIY wood table, stools, and play structure. We created them all from wood found in the neighborhood after a storm, for free, and will share how you can make them for your own family.

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Simple & Healthy Pumpkin Spice Cranberry Cookies {Make Them with Your Kids!}

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With fall around the corner my thoughts turn to all things pumpkin. These healthy pumpkin spice cranberry cookies are perfect for snacks and quick breakfasts on the go. As part of our home preschool I have the Bear help me in the kitchen, and he is so proud whenever we make these cookies. Best of all, they are super easy to make and only contain healthy ingredients.

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Read Around the World ~ Reading Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock #ReadAroundtheWorldMKB

 

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As a part of the Multicultural Kid Blogs Read Around the World Summer Series, I’m sharing one of our recent favorite stories with you. Anansi and the Moss-covered Rock is a traditional trickster story featuring Anansi, the beloved trickster character from Ghana in West Africa, as well as the Caribbean. I studied trickster stories from around the world in a literature class in college, and have loved them ever since. Trickster stories teach a moral lesson through the mishaps and trickery of a rogue character who isn’t afraid to break the rules. Here are some free printable activities to go with Anansi and the Moss Covered Rock. If you are looking to introduce your children to stories from other cultures, Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock is a great place to start. The illustrations are delightful and the story captures the imagination of kids from ages 2 and up. You can find this book and other Anansi stories on Amazon or at your local library.

Find all the other recommendations for reading around the world by clicking the button below or checking out the Pinterest board here.

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Make a DIY Water Table for Less than $15

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One of our sweet toddler friends received a water table at his birthday party this past spring, and every kid from 10 months to 6 years old was instantly obsessed. The Bear talked about it endlessly after we left, so we looked into buying one. The plastic ones we found online ran anywhere from $30-50, and sturdier wooden ones were much more expensive. Jed knew he could build one, so we headed out to pick out materials. Below you’ll find a tutorial for our simple and sturdy DIY water table, perfect for water play and sensory play. You can make it at home for less than $15, and is sturdy enough to put up with the abuse preschoolers can dish out. We still plan to paint it with outdoor paint, but haven’t gotten around to it yet because the kids use it almost every day.

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Getting Ready for Preschool and Winning Lunch Battles #DelMonteBTS

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Del Monte, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #DelMonteBTS  http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV” 

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Summer has been so good to us, but I have to admit I’m ready for school to start. I love getting in to the fall routine, even though we sorely miss having my teacher husband at home with us once school starts. This fall the Bear (age 3) and I will be starting home preschool, and we are both crazy excited. I’ll be sharing more as we get the details figured out, but for now I’ll tell you a little about our game plan. Today I’m also sharing one of my strategies for winning lunch time battles as well as a coupon and offer for a free 5×7 photo print perfect for those back to school prints.

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20 of the Best Beach Activities for Kids and Families #BareFeetontheBeach

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Welcome to the #BareFeetontheBeach series here on Bare Feet on the Dashboard. We’ve been taking family beach vacations for over 30 years (since I was a toddler) and are now taking the third generation on beach trips. I’ve compiled a list of 20 of the best beach activities for kids and families for your vacation or staycation this year (some are perfect to do at home). Read more below and don’t forget to pin this post to find it later.

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Easy Firework Finger Painting for Toddlers and Preschool Kids

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Finger painting with toddlers and little kids may sound like a total disaster waiting to happen, but I promise it can be fun and painless. All you need is construction paper and washable paint. For this project, I offered the kids a red, white, and blue palette and asked them to create fireworks. Pearl girl obviously had no idea what I was talking about, but Bear knows what they are and went for it immediately. You can read more about stress free finger painting with toddlers here, and read on to learn how we made this project flow with minimal chaos and only a minor mess. 🙂

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This was the Pearl Girl’s first foray in to finger painting, and she did well for about 10 minutes. I feel pretty great about that for a 14 month old. She really liked the feel of the paint on her fingers and patting it down on the paper. I set out four color options on a disposible paper plate. Only put out as much paint as you think they’ll need for one painting at a time. I gave each child a piece of paper and had Bear show PG how to do it. I guided her first few strokes and then she got the hang of it quickly. The Bear will paint happily for about 20 minutes now at age 3.

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Let go of any image of Pinterest perfection and let your kids have a blast being creative. We’ve been reading a book about Franklin the Turtle being an artist, so the Bear believes he is one. I think every kid does until someone tells them different. Artistic expression is important for development and doesn’t have to be difficult for parents and caregivers to execute.

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Clean up is so easy during the summer. I turn on the hose and let the kids splash the paint away, then turn the hose on our mini picnic table to wash it down. Leave the paintings out to dry and head in for a snack. You can find one of the ways we preserve kid art at no cost here. Happy Independence Day America!