5 Easy Ways to Reduce Plastic at Home

Have you ever stopped to think about how much plastic you use every day? From the time you wake up to the time you go to bed, there are probably dozens of plastic items that you encounter — sandwiches covered in plastic wrap, plastic bags from the errands we do over our lunch hour, straws from our favourite fast food restaurant, and plastic water bottles. Most of these things are used once and then tossed away. Read more…

Sweet Dreams Bears Torn Paper Craft

Here is a simple craft inspired by the bears in Sweet Dreams! Torn paper crafts are a great way to encourage kids to practice their fine motor skills and have fun, at the same time. With just a little imagination, we can turn almost anything into a cool craft, even tiny pieces of paper.

Today we will create two adorable sleeping bears from a handful of ripped up brown paper. These two bears are none others than our sweet mama bear and baby bear, who go to sleep side by side after a long day of great adventures. Read more…

Start the Music!

“Life is one grand sweet song, so start the music.”
– Ronald Reagan

Music is important for and to children for many reasons. Music, in fact, is with them even before they are born—beginning in utero with the beat and rhythm of Mom’s heart and then, once they are born, they are exposed to the music of living, the syncopations, harmonies—the sounds all around. In fact, being aware and relating to music seems to be something that’s hardwired into humans. Parents can use music as a way for their child to learn and enjoy Life!

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Snowman Craft

There is something about building a snowman: rolling big snowballs, piling them up one on top of the other and choosing just the right accessories! Don’t let the cold prevent you from building a snowman. Even if it’s from paper, it can still have all the classic attributes – while keeping its snowman charms.Read more…

Rocking Paper Shark Family

It’s time for an adorable wobbling craft – let’s make Baby Shark’s family, as seen on Caitie’s Classroom! Baby Shark, Mama Shark and Papa Shark, Grandma Shark and Grandpa Shark aren’t only easy to create but they are even more fun to play with. Give them a gentle push and they will rock right and left and make kids giggle and smile. Read more…

Vegetarian Sloppy Joes featuring Tobee!

Did you know today is
National Sloppy Joe Day?

Sloppy Joes aren’t just for the meat eaters. It’s such a versatile meal that can be replaced with chickpeas, grains, or even lentils to make a hearty, vegetarian-friendly dinner that you and your kids will love. Turn them into Tobee, and now you have a home run meal of Lentil Sloppy Joes!  Read more…

How to Handle a Picky Eater: Where to Start When You Already Feel Stuck

In all of the areas of parenting that we are able to prepare ourselves pre-kids, one that we often find ourselves at a loss about is how to handle picky eating.

We hear, read, and see so much out there about introducing solids and how to transition our children to table food. The challenges often become most apparent however when our child goes from “eating everything” (often in the first year or two) to soon being apprehensive towards even old favorites. This can make us feel unsure about what the best approach is moving  forward.  Read more…

Tip the Balance towards Readers

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”
 – Benjamin Franklin

This quote is all parents really need to know to encourage their young children to become readers. Parenting is a hands-on endeavor so involve them in the learning-to-read-process, by engaging with them, verbally and through play!

When you engage verbally, in other words by talking with your child, you’re developing their language skills, which is vital preparation for future reading skills. Play gives context and meaning to new vocabulary words plus provides an acceptable environment to be silly—to create new sounds, new words…to have FUN! When you’ve helped your child become a reader, you’ve open a world of possibilities to them! Read more…