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Category Archives: Fun activities for kids

Ready, set, go….the holidays are here!


The holidays are HERE, and for parents of young children this season can be wonderful, but also full of challenges.  If you are looking for perfect holiday experiences, you are destined to be disappointed.  You can have a wonderful season with family, friends, AND sanity if you begin with realistic expectations.  Reality is that families …

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How do you play with a toddler?


“I think of play as a toddler’s number one essential vitamin.  He needs large doses of it every day.  Play:  Thrills the senses.  Helps toddlers master movement.  Stretches the mind.  Stimulates language use.  Boosts friend-making skills.  Stimulates the immune system.  Builds self-confidence.  Improves nighttime sleeping.” Dr. Harvey Karp, MD  The Happiest Toddler on the Block                                                    …

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Infants need play time too!


You are your baby’s first toy!  Play time is important for infants too!  Infants play by moving, by looking (especially you and that funny face), by exploring with hands, feet, and mouth, and by interacting physically (a little tickle), emotionally, and verbally.  The time your baby spends playing with you is invaluable.  You don’t have …

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Celebrate the 4th safely…be careful with sparklers!


The 4th of July is this week!  It is the epitome of summer to me.  Cook outs, parades, watermelon, homemade ice cream, family time, and of course fireworks.  I know there will be many children who will be celebrating the day with sparklers.  Many parents feel that sparklers are a harmless “fire work” that the youngest …

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Swim Season is here…keep your child safe!


We have spent many summer days at the pool or beach!  It is a part of summer and kids! Memorial Day Weekend is fast approaching.  That means the beaches and pools will be open!  Summer water fun can be wonderful for children; most of us have great memories of the lazy days of summer spent …

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Get a little dirty…it is time to garden!


  It is that time of year when I am doing a bit of grumbling about all the work, but also looking forward to getting my perennial beds cleared and blooming, my cut flower bed planted and preparing my vegetable garden for this summer’s crop of tomatoes, beans and of course sunflowers.  I definitely am …

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Easter egg hunts and the importance of family tradition


Easter always brought out the hats, gloves, and even with my husband’s protest….plaid shorts and sweaters for Connor!  The dress will be a little different this weekend, I am sure!  🙂 I am so very blessed to have all four of our children home this coming weekend to celebrate Easter.  It is easy to plan …

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Will preschool help your child be academically successful?


Preparing your child for school success includes outings like this!  School readiness is not just about letters and numbers! It is that time of year when parents are beginning to look at preschools for next year.  Sometimes I feel that there is more pressure on parents to find “just the right preschool” than deciding on …

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What I think every child should have in their play room…


How many toys does your child need?  Your child does not need lots of toys…just toys that will be used a lot! We have talked a lot about play and its importance.  Now take a look around, what toys do you have in your home that encourage play and all the benefits that come with …

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The Holidays are Approaching….Need Tips on Coping?


Tis the season of great joy, happiness, perfect family togetherness,…..not always!  The holidays are quickly approaching and for parents of young children this season can be wonderful, but also full of challenges.  If you are looking for the perfect holiday experiences, you are destined to be disappointed.  You can have a wonderful season with family …

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