As I have started a new journey into childcare I triple as a student, nanny, and a developmental therapist. The days start with ... and they NEVER end.
Playful Ways to Spend Time With the Family When the Warm Weather Hits.
Lights! Camera! Speedy Skits!
Looking for a way to spark your kids’ imaginations and keep them busy on a rainy day? With a few index cards, some household objects and a big helping of creativity you can inspire your kids to create their own improvisational theater.
- Fill a laundry basket with about 10 different items from around the house. Baseball caps, neckties, flashlights, binoculars, plastic dishes, stuffed animals, and sunglasses are all good options.
- Write some skit titles on index cards. Here are a few ideas to get you started: “The Big Race”, “Campout on the Moon”, or “Escape from the Zoo”. Place the cards face down.
- Ask the kids to select a title card. Then give them some poster board and a set of markers to create a backdrop for the skit and one of the filled laundry baskets.
- Set a timer for 10 minutes. In that time, the kids must make up a play using its skit title and any of the items from its basket. After the timer goes off, the children perform their play for you or their siblings.
Make up as many skits as you’d like. Create new title cards, mix up the objects in the basket and “play” again and again!
Experts Share Common Misconceptions Parents Have About Their Child’s Health
A sick kid is nobody’s idea of a good time. But with varying advice from family, the Internet and the school of life, finding a cure for your child can be like finding a syringe in a haystack. So The Wall Street Journal asked The Experts: What are the most common misconceptions new parents have about their child’s health? (via wsj.com)
“How Does This Even Work?!”
Kids React, a weekly series hosted on YouTube, explores how kids react to technology of the past. This week: a rotary phone! (via youtube.com)
Eight-Year-Old’s ‘Heart of Gold’ Helps Pay Off Student’s Lunch Debt
An 8-year-old has touched people all over the world with a campaign he recently launched to help pay for lunches of students from low-income families. (via abcnews.go.com)
Girl, 7, Asks Scientists for a Dragon, Gets Standing Job Offer
It’s pretty common for parents to field requests for pet puppies, kittens, hamsters, turtles and even the occasional snake or ferret. But what’s a mom and dad to do when their little girl wants a pet dragon? (via today.com)
Patriarchal notions of manhood don’t just harm women, they hurt men. Toxic definitions of masculinity lead to well-documented problems like high rates of gun violence, suicide and sexual violence. That’s why organizations like the Representation Project are committed to advancing the discussion about how gender limits the freedoms of both women and men. They recognize that society’s gender ideals aren’t only damaging for women; they’re universally harmful.
Their latest video examines how stereotypes constrain all people from the moment they are born.
NOT ENOUGH YES IN THIS GALAXY
Well at least that’s what I called it! Lol
My kiddos used q-tips and paint to make art. I remembered my lesson on this in high school and thought it would be a blast for the super cold day that presented itself this week! The children enjoyed the paint (like always) but I think the q-tips enhanced the ability to explore more than usual.
They spent about 20 + minutes just sitting and “dotting”!
We increased some much need patience, developed hand eye coordination, and explored our knowledge of colors using classic art techniques.
Power… It’s in the hands of the GLUER.
OH how wonderful glue is. At any stage in life, it is just GREAT! Rather your kid is 1,4,7, or 10… Glue is fun!
In my attempt to encourage a friend of our up coming trip I did a paper chain to count down how many days we have left (75) and the kids seen glue and went BANANAS! (Got the idea from our recent Mickey and Minnie count down).
So of course in all about the emerging curriculum and so I pulled out every pair of scissors we owned, threw paper and glue on the table and off they went!
20min… That’s how long we sat not once complaining or crying or being distracted. It was just as great as any naptime!!! PROMISE, give it a try!
Water into ICE.
As the weather warmed outside our piles and piles of snow melted. :) (I was just in time in getting my snowboard out and on the slopes). During the warm days we went a walk to splash in the puddles left by the melted snow.
On some of the days to follow we managed to get out for a short walk to see the water turn into ice. (What a slippery walk that was).
We talked about the change and what caused it to both melt and freeze.
The more you know… The better!
MY SCIENCE LAB!
Did you notice how the oil doesn’t mix with water? Lots of liquids mix with water, but oil does not! This is also why the food coloring looks like bubbles in the oil. The food coloring has water in it. It won’t mix with oil, but will mix with water!
Oil sits on top of water because it is lighter. The food coloring sinks in the oil because it is heavier. When the food coloring reaches the water, the bubbles pop and begin to mix and spread creating beautiful swirls!