Thanksgiving day is full of fun, food and football, but for a toddler that may not be her idea of fun. To keep your toddlers and other small children from getting bored while the bird is baking, here are some fun things to do with them.Read More
Election Day can be a confusing day for children, but with this fun, easy activity you can teach your child a little about our Presidential elections and why it is such a privilege for us to be able to vote.
What you need:
- Poster Board
- Non-toxic markers
- Favorite toy
- Paper for Ballots
- Big spoon
- Tupperware or a box for the secret ballot box. You can decorate the box to make it more fun and festive.
- Optional – Balloons, tissue paper or newspaper cut up in squares (scissors for adult use only) for the party.
Owls may be a Halloween icon, but they aren’t just for Halloween or Harry Potter fans! This fun activity and craft can help your kids learn more about owls & nature while having fun.
What you need:
- Non-toxic paint, markers or crayons
- 2 Paper plates (the cheap ones, not the nice “china” ones)
- Non-toxic glue
- Scissors (adult use only)
- Orange construction paper
- Book on owls (we love Owl Babies by Martin Waddell)
Halloween’s tomorrow and Candy Corn is a huge part of Halloween. It is only appropriate that the day before Halloween is National Candy Corn Day! To celebrate National Candy Corn Day and to prepare for Halloween, here are a few Candy Corn activities to do with your kids.
Help Your Kids Learn to Count & Learn Spatial Recognition – Fill a small jar up with candy corn and count them, but don’t tell your kids how much is in there. Let them guess and whoever is closest gets the candy inside!
Helps Your Kids Learn Shapes and Sizes – Using white, orange and yellow (the candy corn colors) paper, cut out the three layers of the candy corn. (Yellow on bottom, then orange, then white at the top). Spread them out for your child on a surface and scramble them up. Let your child try and recreate each candy corn! This is a great hands on activity for toddlers. Tip: use construction paper and not computer paper so that each piece is durable for your child to fiddle with.
It’s that spooky time of year, but don’t be afraid, for Kolcraft’s website brings treats not tricks. Join us for our virtual Halloween scavenger hunt to win baby products.
When – Now through midnight CST on October 31, 2012
Where – Throughout the Kolcraft.com site
How – Read the clues below and scavenger through Kolcraft’s site to find the images. Don’t forget to look at alternate images. When you find the images, email firstname.lastname@example.org with where the images are. A winner will be pulled via Random.org on November 1, 2012.Read More
In our digital age it is rare that we receive any mail outside of bills and “junk” mail. You can brighten a grandparent or special someone’s day by making Love Postcards with your toddler.
What you need:
- 4 x 6 index cards
- Non-Toxic paint, markers, crayons, or any art medium of your choice
We love the crisp weather of Fall, apple picking, pumpkin patches and hot apple cider. We love all that autumn brings especially the opportunity to bring the Fall colors inside with beautiful table decorations. This easy table decoration was made for $20! Well, it was $18.97 to be exact.Read More
Today is National Angel Food Cake Day. We think the perfect way to celebrate is by teaching your toddler colors while making a rainbow angel food cake. Cooking and eating can be fun opportunities for learning!
What yummy angel food cake recipes do you have to share?
They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but how about a giggle a day? Laughing truly is the best medicine since it relaxes the whole body, boosts the immune system and triggers the release of endorphins. All these help your baby’s development. Nothing is better than watching a child howl when something tickles his funny bone and it also is an indicator that your child knows how structures and patterns are supposed to work and that it’s funny when they don’t.
A supportive environment helps nurture your child’s sense of humor so it’s important to laugh at his early attempts at humor. Your laughter will in turn boost his confidence. A few tried and true tips on how to get your child giggling.
- Use an object in a way it was not intended - Put your child’s pants on your head, wear a bowl for a hat, etc. Your child knows this isn’t the norm and it will set her off in a fit of laughter.
- Be silly – Do an over exaggerated dance, use a banana for a telephone, make a funny face. Your child will start belly laughing at your silliness and won’t be able to stop.
- Peek-a-boo – This age-old game takes on a new meaning when you make a big deal that you can’t see your child and then laugh along with him when he moves the blanket.
- I’m Going To Get You – Come up behind your toddler and exclaim “I’m going to get you!” She will try to get away, but will be laughing so hard she will end up in your arms instead.
What funny things do you do to help your child laugh? Share your laugh “medicine” with us and be sure to have a giggle-fest with your little one tonight!
Ahoy, me hearties! Today be Talk Like a Pirate Day, so grab your lads and lassies and teach them a few phrases that pirates be saying these days!
We have a little joke for ye lassies:
How could the pirate acquire the ship so cheaply?
Because it was on sail!!
Yo ho ho! So, there be so much to do with your lads and lassies, but we favorite activity involving pirates or privateers is making pirate hats.
How to make a wee little pirate hat with your lads and lassies:
- Take out a piece of paper.
- Fold the sheet of paper in half.
- Fold the top corners down towards the center of the page. Your paper should be in a rough triangle shape.
- Lift the front bottom flap and fold that up.
- Flip the paper over, then lift the bottom flap and fold it up; your pirate hat should be complete!
And remember, talk like a pirate today! Arggh.
To help ye out on this fine day, we will share some great pirate phrases with ye:
Ye – you
Me – my
Ahoy, me hearties! – Hello, my friends!
Thar she blows! – Whale sighting
Seadog – old pirate or sailor
Savvy? – do you understand and do you agree?
Privateer – government-sponsored pirates
Jolly Roger – a pirate’s flag including the white skull and crossbones of a black field
Avast ye – stop and pay attention
Doubloons – coins, or coins found in pirate stashes
Complete your day reading a kid’s pirate book!