We haven't had snow here yet (NOT complaining - that wasn't a complaint!) but that doesn't mean we can't make our own!
Grieving is such a difficult experience at any age, but for kids who may be experiencing it for the first time, it can be even worse. Last year we lost my beloved grandmother, and helping Kay cope while in such mourning myself was a challenge. Today's guest post discusses how to help kids cope with one of the worst experiences - losing a loved one.
Losing a loved one is hard on anyone, but it can be especially difficult for children, who may not fully understand what has happened. They might begin to act differently or ask very difficult questions that you aren’t sure how to answer. Even though you may be grieving too, it’s important for you to be kind and understanding as you help them work through their feelings.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by #CollectiveBias and its advertiser. All opinions and thoughts are mine. #NorthpoleFun
Our elf doesn't stay on the shelf - and she isn't there to send behavior reports back to the big guy at the North Pole. Instead, she brings a small treat or activity each day. She offers suggestions on Christmas activities we can do as a family, with an emphasis on togetherness and memory-making, and even brings the supplies with her in a paper bag when necessary. (She is one cool elf!)
This month's theme for Poppin's Book Nook was To the Kitchen and our choice of a book was easy. We already had it in our bookcase and have read it countless times - (affiliate link) Curious George and the Pizza Party.
I personally think Kay has always liked the flour-y mess George makes in the kitchen. We would most certainly not be reenacting that part.
But the pizza part we could do.
I love chalk markers. There - I said it. And I don't just mean for kids. I've been making note cards lately and these things rock for that, too!
But I was delightfully surprised at how well they held Kay's attention and inspired her creativity. And in the past few days, when she's had nothing else to do, she's asked for the chalk markers. She loved that they wrote on windows (she's never been allowed to do that before!) and mirrors ("This is just like a chalkboard!" she exclaimed as she erased it off with a paper towel). I had to draw the line when she wanted to doodle on the TV screen, though it probably would have wiped off there, too. While Kay goes through the house looking for new surfaces she can write on (practicing writing and fine motor skills - but she doesn't know that!), I came up with some uses for these chalk markers too:
I love the great ideas that turn up around this time of year, creative ways to express thankfulness and encourage gratitude. And let's be honest, a lot of adults could use this reminder just as much as kids who are still learning!
ANYWAY...that's why I want to share some of the creative giving thanks posts that have been linked up lately. What are you feeling thankful for right about now? (Besides having stumbled upon this awesome post...right? Right?!)
Winter is coming, and that means a whole lot more time spent in the house. What to do with all that extra time? Well, maybe the kids will help with the cleaning. (Hehe, just kidding!) But these DIY toys and games are a creative way to pass the hours - and maybe even learn something in the process (but I won't mention that last part if you don't!)
In the US, we're celebrating Thanksgiving next week. Syncopated Mama shared an easy turkey craft that toddlers or preschoolers will like! (And will look so cute on the fridge!)
Sandpaper letters are a great multi-sensory way for kids to learn letters - but they can cost a lot to buy them. Scattered Yet Together made her out set - and shows us how to do it too!
Disclosure: I received this product in exchange for an honest review as part of the Mom Meets blogger program. All opinions are my own.
Kay gets home from kindergarten and, like kids everywhere, is looking for a snack. We try to keep healthy things around to tide her over until dinner (a whole hour and a half away...the horror!). But I recently remembered one of my old favorite snacks and decided to give it a try with her.
I like the easy crafts. Fortunately, at 4, Kay is still satisfied with this. And if they happen to also come out cute - bonus! These cardboard tube turkeys certainly fit the bill on both counts.
I went to update this post this year (to give it a rockin' title image; the original was too "meh") and discovered I had never published it. Oops. But that just gives me an excuse to show it to you this year!