I have the most exciting news ever to share with you. (Can you tell I'm just a teensy bit excited?)
I got to participate in a new book, 99 Fine Motor Ideas, written by some of my favorite activity bloggers and filled with fun, doable ideas for honing fine motor skills in toddlers and preschoolers. That's right - I'm an author! My very dream since I first learned how to write and made up stories in elementary school. Somebody pinch me.
They're creepy, they're crawly...and around this time of year, they become pretty popular! Yep, spiders. I'm not too thrilled with the real thing, but even I can appreciate cute spider crafts!
Welcome back to the Frugal Family Linky!
Kay has a natural inclination to sports. She loves doing active things, moving around, and she's good at it, too. (You should see her pitch a ball - what an arm this kid has!)
I have a natural inclination to keeping her safe. The two don't always mesh.
While I love seeing her so happy, the neurotic mom in me also worries about potential injuries. She's already had the run-of-the-mill bumps and bruises from playing. During soccer, she hurt her leg and had to sit out for the rest of the game (with much pouting the whole time) and she lost her tooth in hockey (though, fortunately, it was a loose baby one and before she even got on the ice - phew!).
Today's guest post from Lilly Deane is all about the benefits of nursery rhymes. Who knew those sometimes nonsense stories could be so important for development!
Do you know what makes bedtime stories interesting? You get to play as the patient kindergarten teacher to your own kids. Your kids, on the other hand, even though they have heard you read the story to them for a billion times, will be all eyes and ears as they listen to you read the nursery book. It was meant for you to bond with your kids, to make them feel cherished. But did you know that every tune or page on a nursery rhyme story or song nourishes your child in more ways than you could possibly ever imagine?
A nursery rhyme song with its repetitive nature could be annoying for an adult. But for a kid, this presents a window of opportunity to learn some more. Here’s how nursery rhymes are beneficial for small babies and children.
It's fun to go shopping for someone else's baby - all the cuteness, none of the sleepless nights! And those adorable little outfits and soft, cuddly soft animals are just begging to be bought. But what does a new mom really want? Here are 5 things that are almost guaranteed to please!
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!