Is it too late for leaf crafts? Nah, never too late!
This is one of those super easy crafts that I so love. The fact that it helps with fine motor skills, too, is just a happy bonus!
Okay, so here's the truth: decorating pumpkins in any way helps fine motor skills. Whether you paint them, or add stickers, or glue on some gems, it's all making those finger muscles stronger. But here are 10 ways that are especially helpful - not to mention fun...and safe for toddlers and preschoolers, too!
Sneaky mom that I am, I love when I can slip in some learning while Kay just things she's having fun (mwa-ha-ha!). And Halloween offers tons of opportunities for learning - with science, math and more! So let's add a little learning to your Halloween!
This will probably be our last of the We Love Weekends' Halloween round-ups (but I make no promises!). We've done Halloween printables and Halloween crafts - we should be all Halloween-ed out!
To everyone who linked up last week - thank you! You are all totally inspiring me - and I hope other visitors felt the same. I hoped co-hosting the Frugal Family Linky would be beneficial for my readers; I didn't know it would change my own way of thinking (in the best of ways!).
Today's guest post is from Victoria Candland, and discusses ways to raise children who care about the world around them. It's never too early to start, either - your toddler may not understand why you always put cans and newspapers in the recycle bin, but they will certainly get into the habit through your example!
Teaching your child to care about the community, the environment, and about people is difficult these days with so many technological distractions. You’re lucky to get two words out of your kid while she’s busy watching cat videos on YouTube with her older sister or while he’s playing video games with the neighbor boy.
In order to instill compassion, love, and respect for the world and for others, we need to eliminate some of these distractions in the home before taking additional steps. As you’re teaching your children, teach by example. Be the person you want your children to become and show them how to be compassionate, informed, and kind through your actions. Show them how you focus on what matters most.
I recently re-shared a photo on my Facebook page that said, "Happiness is...secretly watching your child play pretend."
I love listening to the scenarios Kay comes up with when she's pretending. I always had a great imagination when I was a kid (if I may say so...) and I love seeing her carry that on. But while it's certainly fun to play pretend, is there anything more than "just play" going on? Oh, you know it!
There are all kinds of opportunities for playing with glow sticks...and to think I used to think it was fun to just wave them around!
So when we got the chance to try out these glow sticks, Kay and I had a good time just thinking up unique ideas of things to do with them.
Lately Kay has been interested in money values. She learned a song in school that simply recites what each coin is worth, "A penny's worth 1 cent, a nickel's worth 5 cents...". It doesn't rhyme, it merely states the facts, but add a sing-song voice and she remembers it easily. Now she just needs a little help matching the value to the right coin.
This money-sorting game was inspired by Happily Ever Mom's version (which is a lot prettier, by the way - check it out!).
How adorable are these little mummies? (I bet those are two words you don't often find in the same sentence - "adorable" and "mummies"!)
Best part - they're really easy to make (and great for fine motor skills too!)