Today’s Fun Friday craft is a Popsicle Puzzle that is sure to be fun and easy for kids of all ages!
What you need:
- Popsicle Sticks
- Non-toxic Crayons, Markers or Paint
What to do:
- Line up the Popsicle sticks in a row and tape them together. We used six Popsicle sticks, but older children can use more for a more advanced puzzle.
- Turn the Popsicle sticks over and use the crayons, markers or paint to decorate them, creating whatever image, animal, or pattern you’d like.
- Remove the tape from the back of the Popsicle sticks.
After you are done making today’s craft, mix up the Popsicle sticks and see if you can put them back together!
The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) annually sponsors September as Baby Safety Month. Kolcraft is a proud founding member of JPMA and all of our products comply with the JPMA requirements for testing. JPMA wants all parents to be confident the juvenile products they purchase are designed and built with baby safety in mind.
Kolcraft will celebrate Baby Safety Month by continuing to provide tips, resources, and information to parents. Also, Kolcraft is a sponsor at the Babies R Us “Great Trade-In” event to help parents get the updated and safest products that they need.
Do you have any tips as a parent to help promote Baby Safety Month?
The Contours Lite stroller was included in The Today Show segment “New Mom Essentials.” We are honored that Parenting and Babytalk magazines included a stroller from our Contours brand. To find out more about our Contours Lite stroller click here.
This week we are preparing our September and October posts. We have a lot of great resources, tips, and activities for the fall. On this Mom Monday, we are revisiting previous Mom Monday posts. Enjoy a trip down “momery” lane.
We hope you enjoyed these Mom Monday archives.
Yesterday we began the newest sweepstakes for the Kolcraft 65th anniversary. The Sealy New Baby, New Bed sweepstakes includes over $1500 in Sealy prizes! Enter today!
As many of you know, Kolcraft is celebrating our 65th anniversary this year. In honor of our 65th anniversary we launched a website dedicated to our celebration. We are honoring our family of brands with five sweepstakes throughout the year.
Today we are announcing the winners from our “Families on the Go with Jeep” sweepstakes. This promotion ran in June and July. Congrats to our winners.
Our second promotion, the “Summer of Sesame Street” began July 17. Enter by this Saturday, August 27th for your chance to win over $500 worth of loveable, educational Sesame Street products. The prizes include the Sesame Street DVD bundle, the Sesame Street book bundle, an Elmo 6 Volt Powered Fire Truck, the Elmo Learn with Me Potty Chair, an Elmo lunch box, and Elmo, Big Bird, and Cookie Monster plush toys. Click here to enter.
Beginning this Sunday, August 28, is the “Sealy New Baby, New Bed” promotional sweepstakes. This sweepstakes has over $1500 in prizes. Including a Sealy adult bed set, a Sealy Baby Posturepedic Crown Jewel Firm Luxury Crib & Toddler Bed Mattress, a Sealy Naturals Cotton Crib Mattress Pad, the Sealy Sweet Pea 2 in 1 Maternity & Nursing Pillow, and a Sealy Stain Protection Crib Mattress Pad. Visit us starting Sunday, August 28 through October 8 to enter.
Is there anything better than a yearlong celebration?
Nutrition impacts how your child sleeps, plays and develops so you want to give your baby the best food. But where is a mom supposed to start? How do you know what is best?
We recently met Michelle who works for the HappyFamily organic food company as one of Chicago’s local representatives. She is a mom to twin 10 month old girls and is passionate about giving children the best healthy start to life. We had a few minutes to catch up with her and get the inside scoop on raising a happy, healthy baby.
HappyFamily was started when your founder, Shazi Visram, realized there was a real need for busy parents to find a solution to giving their babies healthy food. Can you tell us more about how HappyFamily came to be?
Shazi’s vision came about as she listened to a friend’s anguish about the difficulty of finding the time to make her own baby food between caring for her baby, keeping up with her work, and all of the other demands of her very full life. When we launched our first product line called HappyBaby in 2006, there were no other homestyle options on the market. The only alternative to highly processed baby food in jars was making your own at home, which can be time consuming for busy families.
You gave your twins a healthy start. Can you tell us about your mom journey with this? Were you overwhelmed at where to begin?
The amount of information out there about what you should and should not feed your children is definitely overwhelming. I knew from the start that I wanted to stick with organic, fresh foods as much as possible. My approach when I need to use packaged foods has been to find products that are certified organic and have ingredient lists I can easily understand. The minimally processed foods will typically have a list that is relatively easy to decode. If I don’t know what an ingredient is, I look it up. So far, the process has been very manageable and I have peace of mind in knowing what I’m feeding my kids.
What is the biggest challenge to raising your kids in an organic environment and eating healthy?
For me, it’s time. Shopping for the best foods and cooking wholesome, healthy meals can be very time consuming. Add to that the fact that parents and kids are constantly on the go with work, school, and countless activities, and it can seem impossible to keep up with healthy eating. I try to get around this by being diligent about planning ahead. Each week I make a list of meals we will eat, including snacks and meals that can be taken “to go” if needed. (For my girls, this means snacks I can throw in the diaper bag in case our outing runs too long.) I use that list to do all the grocery shopping for the week. The planning takes a little extra time on the weekends, but makes life so much easier during the week.
This can be more difficult if your kids are not always eating under your supervision – for instance, at daycare or school. Be sure to find out what foods are being offered and pack food from home if possible. As parents, I think our best bet is to teach our children about healthy foods and lead by example so that they will automatically make good choices when we can’t choose for them.
Can you give us 3 tips any parent can do to help their children to live a more organic & healthy lifestyle?
Make a healthy diet and regular exercise the norm for the whole family. It’s so important not to overlook our own health since our children will learn from the examples we set.
Choose organic whenever possible. When organic foods are not available, or are cost prohibitive, use the Environmental Working Group’s “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean 15” lists as a guide: http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/summary/
Make healthy eating fun by cooking together, visiting farmers’ markets, and planting a small garden. Even though my girls are only 11 months old, I already take them out in the backyard with me to pick the veggies that we grow. Their faces light up when I let them have a taste.
Now for a quick glance into Michelle’s life.
What has been your greatest joy as a mom?
Watching my daughters grow and seeing the excitement in their eyes when they learn something new.
What keeps you going through busy days?
Remembering how blessed I am to have two happy, healthy babies and a wonderful husband. It helps to keep things in perspective.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
A giant piece of chocolate cake.
If you had a “free day” with no commitments or obligations, what would you do with it?
I would “sleep in” until at least 7:00am (I can’t remember the last time that happened.) Then, I would treat myself to a morning at the spa, followed by meeting the girls and my husband for a picnic lunch or trip to the zoo and finally, dinner and a movie with my husband.
If someone was going to write a book on your life, what would the title be?
If you have a petite Picasso on your hands, you probably also have a plethora of broken crayons! Turn those scraps into a brand new, multi-colored crayon. Today’s craft will not only let your children’s imaginations soar, but it will also help teach them the importance of reusing and recycling. It is time to melt crayons!
What you will need:
How to make recycled crayons:
1. Let the kids peel the paper off of their broken crayons and break them into smaller pieces if needed.
2. Spray the muffin with vegetable oil.
3. Put the crayons in each cup of the muffin tin. The kids can help decide what fun colors they want to combine.
4. Have the adult place the muffin tin into a 275° oven for 7-8 minutes, or until the crayons are melted.
5. Once the crayons have cooled completely, pop them out of the muffin tin
The kids will love to color with their cool new recycled crayons! If you want to take recycling one step further, create a holder for their new crayons out of an old glass jar or metal can. Let the kids decorate their containers with scraps of fabric or old magazines.
Baby carriers are not only a great way to bond with your baby, but they are essential for busy moms and dads in need of two free hands. Here are some of our helpful tips for using and buying a baby carrier:
Things to consider before you buy:
The Jeep 2-in-1 Sport Carrier gives you the freedom to go anywhere with your baby close by. The forward facing option and adjustable seat and leg openings accommodate a growing baby, while the mesh window and wide padded shoulder straps offer you comfort and support.
School is back in session, or will be soon, for many youngsters. To help ensure a smooth transition from the lazy summer days to the busy school year, we have a few helpful tips:
The American Academy of Pediatrics has even more great back to school tips on everything from backpack safety to good study habits.
We are happy to announce a new member to the Kolcraft family. Michelle, our marketing communications manager, and her husband welcomed a baby girl last week. We wish their family well and we look forward to meeting the newest Kolcraft baby.
Colleen Fahey, our digital media specialist, will be leading the conversation on this blog, Facebook, and Twitter. Take a look at some of the great topics we have coming:
- Balancing work and parenting
- End of summer picnic
- Elephant appreciation day
If there is a topic or craft you want us to share on this blog, send it to email@example.com and we will do our best to get it in the schedule.
Happy Mom Monday Michelle! Congrats!