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With the current health crisis and cancellation of events and programming, we need to keep connected more than ever. We have created this parent blog to share ideas of how to keep our little ones entertained, keep the grown-ups sane and share support!

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Please share your ideas for things to do at home with preschoolers and toddlers. 

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  • 5 Sep 2020 10:29 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Just wanted to share this helpful list.  If you are thinking about some board games for when the weather cools and we are indoors more check out these suggestions... https://www.fatherly.com/gear/best-board-games-for-toddlers/

  • 8 May 2020 11:41 AM | Anonymous member



    Materials:

    • 2 Bottles of Elmer’s glue (5-6 oz each bottle)– Clear, Glitter Glue, or White Glue
    • ½ – 1 tsp of Borax (the tiny sized spoons)
    • 1 cup hot water, ½ cup water
    • Big, wide bowl
    • Liquid watercolor or food coloring (optional)
    • Glitter (optional)
    • Confetti (optional)
    • Vinegar (in case it gets on clothes or hair — you’ll be so glad if that happens)
    • Gloves

    See how here:

    https://preschoolinspirations.com/make-slime/

  • 25 Apr 2020 9:05 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Do what works 

    Have a three year old who won’t stop bugging you? Sometimes, we have to do what works, regardless of aesthetics. This can look different depending on the circumstances: If you have a compact toddler slide that can fit in the living room, now’s the time to move it indoors. Need to fill up the bathtub and let the kids run wild with shaving cream? Go for it. Does your kiddo love to mix and match all of the pots and pans? No judgement here. 

    Both kids and parents will need to be flexible over the next few months, and that’s ok.

    For this and other ideas check out https://www.curbed.com/2020/3/18/21181768/home-with-kids-tips-coronavirus-quarantine


  • 25 Apr 2020 8:54 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    I am guessing people have more empty toilet roll tubes at home than normal.  Wondering what to do with them?  Tired of making binoculars or shakers, check out some of these ideas.

    Toilet Paper Roll Octopus

    Toilet Paper Roll Bowling

    Toilet Paper Roll Love Bugs

    Toilet Paper Roll Snakes

    Toilet Paper Roll Fairy House

    https://www.mykidstime.com/things-to-do/8-creative-toilet-paper-roll-crafts-kids-make/

  • 11 Apr 2020 9:39 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Another gem from littlepassports.com. Did you know we share the Earth with more than one million different species of insects? In the ant world alone there are over 11,000 varieties! In fact, scientists say that nine out of every ten animals in this world is an insect. And, they can be found in nearly all habitats and environments.

    Whether large, like the South American longhorn beetle, or small – like the flea, all insects share some common characteristics.

    They each have an exoskeleton, which means their skeletons are on the outside of their bodies with the soft parts inside. Because of this, they molt or shed as they grow.

    Insects have two antennae and three pairs of jointed legs (making them arthropods). Many have wings at some stage of their lives and they all have three distinct body parts: a head (at the front), a thorax (in the middle) and an abdomen (at the end).

    A fun way to teach your kids about these three body parts is to have them craft a few insects using a variety of found objects.

    Supplies:

    Clothespins
    Googly eyes
    Scissors
    Glue (white craft glue or hot glue, with adult assistance)
    Pipe cleaner (optional)
    Scrap paper (optional)
    Some of each of the following: pompoms, buttons, beads, pebbles, craft gems, stickers, felt shapes, etc.

    Step 1: Choose some objects to serve as the three body parts. We used pebbles, pompoms, buttons, beads, and gems.

    Step 2: Children can select three items for each of their insects.

    Step 3: Kids can glue their three items onto a wooden clothespin, thus creating a head, thorax and abdomen. Googly eyes can also be added.

    Optional: For younger children, this may be enough, but for older kids, the embellishing can continue with the addition of paper wings, pipe cleaner legs and wire antennae.

    Display your creepy-crawlies proudly!


    Thanks www.littlepassports.com!   


  • 11 Apr 2020 9:26 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    If you are getting bored of your coloring books and looking to color something super cute check out the printable pictures from carrythefuture.org.  They are an amazing charity who support refuges with critical aid including clean diapers, baby beds, newborn supplies, hygiene kits, and more.

    https://carrythefuture.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/CTF-Color-Sheets.pdf

  • 11 Apr 2020 9:21 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Here’s a fun activity to do while we are all at home! I found it on www.littlepassports.com... they are brilliant! Check them out if you aren't familiar.

    So let's make gelatin bird feeders to hang outside. The kids will love to watch the birds and if old enough can take notes on the different birds in your area who come to feed on them!

    These can be made out of birdseed and peanut butter, karo syrup, or unflavored gelatin. We chose gelatin to minimize the attraction to insects in our area.

    Supplies

    ½ c. boiling water

    2 packets unflavored gelatin

    1 ½ c. birdseed

    Cookie cutters

    Straws cut into 2” segments

    Parchment paper

    Baking sheet

    String

    birdfeeder supplies

    Instructions

    Add gelatin to bowl birdfeeder craft

    Add the two gelatin packets to ½ c. boiling water, and whisk until dissolved.

    stir in birdseed for birdfeeder

    Stir in the birdseed.

    pour birdseed into molds for birdfeeder

    Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper and place cookie cutters on top. Spoon birdseed mixture into cookie cutters. Add a straw and press down. This will create an opening when the birdseed has dried for the string. Refrigerate for 2 hours.

    Carefully pop each bird seed shape out of the cookie cutters and let dry on the counter for a few more hours (or overnight).

    Attach string through hole birdfeeder

    Attach a string through the hole, and attach to a tree.  Watch and wait for a few hours, you’ll see birds come to nibble!

    hanging birdfeeder in a tree


  • 10 Apr 2020 8:49 AM | Anonymous member

    A super fun Spring craft for the little ones - Egg carton Chicks!

    What you need to make the chicks:

    • egg cartons
    • acrylic paint & brush
    • glue, scissors, marker
    • construction paper

    What you need to do:

    1. Cut apart two egg holders from the carton and trim off the excess on the edges.
    2. Glue the two pieces together.
    3. Paint and allow to dry.
    4. Add a beak and some eyes.

    And that’s it! Happy Spring!!

    You can also make little piggies and sheep (cotton wool).

  • 5 Apr 2020 11:57 PM | Anonymous member

    Dr. Rachel Kramer - Parenting in the age of Coronavirus

    Clinical Psychologist. Psychotherapy for Children, Adolescents, & Families Parent Coaching and Consultation

    Dr. Kramer provided some free webinars on parenting during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can access the information here:

    https://www.drrachelkramer.com/covid-19




  • 2 Apr 2020 8:52 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Here are a few simple tips for making the most out of your water play.

    Make an Invitation

    To get kids really engaged, we can we can make the “launch” of our water playgrounds into a moment. Share a “Hurrah!” as you and your child turn on the faucet or pour the first bucket of water into your set up. Once the water is in, plop in a tool or two, and enjoy some splash, scoop, pour and explore action. Let the water play roll!

    Keep the Play Rolling

    Introduce new materials over time, so that kids have plenty of opportunity to explore each new ingredient. Wonder about things together, either by saying them out loud or just by trying them.

    • How does the water feel on our skin?

    • What sound does the water make if we pour it on different surfaces?

    • How does a washcloth feel when it’s dry?

    • How about when it’s wet?

    • Use questions or ‘I wonder…’ statements as you introduce various extensions.


    Thank you for these ideas tinkergarten.com!

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