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New Year’s Noisemaker

New Year’s Noisemaker

Pin It For most cultures, New Year’s is a time for new beginnings.  The traditions usually involve cleansing the home of bad energy and welcoming in luck and prosperity.  Most likely the origins of the use of noisemakers and firecrackers on New Year’s Eve is to frighten away “evil spirits”. We’ve made the “rain maker” style noisemakers using water bottles or toilet paper tubes in the past so I decided to try these simple paper plate noisemakers.  … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), Featured, History and Culture, Music, Musical, Sound, Winter

New Year’s Traditions: Gold Bracelet Craft from Chile

New Year’s Traditions: Gold Bracelet Craft from Chile

Pin It We went to the library looking for New Year’s picture books for kids and found this is definitely an unfilled niche.  We did discover, however, Happy New Year Everywhere!, by Arlene Erlbach. The book details New Year’s traditions throughout the world, including New Years celebrated at other times of the year, like Chinese New Year and Rosh Hashana. Each tradition has an accompanying craft or recipe. The book seems to be … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1-2 (Toddler), 1-2 (Toddlers), 3-5 (Preschool), 3-5 (Preschool), 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergartners), 6-8 (Early Elementary), Featured, History and Culture, Winter

The UPS Store and You (Giveaway!)

The UPS Store and You (Giveaway!)

With two small children, an educational consulting business, and lots of volunteer obligations, I appreciate one-stop solutions. One of my largest contracts requires me to write, print and ship 200+ pages of custom curriculum each month. Printing and shipping all in one place is a big time saver! So, I’m thrilled to serve as a The UPS Store Brand Ambassador and to be able to offer my readers a great giveaway. I rarely offer giveaways on … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Giveaways

Our Handmade Christmas Gifts

Our Handmade Christmas Gifts

My family reads this blog (thank you!) so I did not want to post these until after they had received their gifts.  They would still make lovely Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and other special day gifts so I wanted to share them! For the grandmothers and great-grandmother and aunt, the children made these votive candle lanterns: Pin It Materials: pressed leaves or flowers tissue paper mod podge glitter glass bowl or candle holder (we got ours for $1-2 at Michaels) Directions: Apply a layer of … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1-2 (Toddler), 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), Featured, Home Arts

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

From our family to yours, Merry Christmas! Pin It Enjoy the Holidays with your families! … Read entire article »

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8 Favorite Christmas Picture Books

8 Favorite Christmas Picture Books

Last minute trip to the library? Check out some of our favorite Christmas picture books including classics and new favorites! Pin It A Christmas Carol: The original is, of course, by Charles Dickens. This version, illustrated by Brett Helquist, is short enough for reading in a single night with my four year old and retains the fascination of the original. The illustrations are perfect for capturing a young child’s imagination. As most adult readers know, … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergartners), 6-8 (Early Elementary), Featured, Winter

Jolly Old Saint Nicholas

Jolly Old Saint Nicholas

As an early Christmas gift, here is my daughter (age 4) playing Jolly Old Saint Nicholas. She had just started learning the song so her playing is a little halting but she wanted me to record her. I think it is a sweet little record of what she is doing now and I hope you enjoy! … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), Featured, Music, Musical, Winter

3 Picture Books That Inspire Children to Give

3 Picture Books That Inspire Children to Give

‘Tis the season for thinking of others and I hope that volunteering and charitable giving become a year-round habit for my children. I’ve posted 9 Expert Tips for Teaching Children About Giving and Volunteering and shared some of the Holiday volunteering I do with my young children. Children usually learn best by doing. Reading age-appropriate stories is a great way to inspire and reflect on your activities. So, here are four picture books that inspire … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergartners), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), Featured, Volunteering

Holiday Volunteering with Young Children

Holiday Volunteering with Young Children

We try to do several volunteer service activities throughout the year. Volunteering was a big part of my life before children. Because my young children are usually with me, I’ve had to change things up a little bit. Pin It Feeding People Who Are Homeless In November, we joined Volunteer 4 Long Island in preparing meals for people who are homeless and under-housed. The adults prepare the food and distribute it at spots throughout the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Interpersonal, Volunteering

Beaded Snowflake Ornaments

Beaded Snowflake Ornaments

Pin It My children handmake gifts for friends, family, and teachers and ornaments are often part of that.  One of our favorites is these beautiful snowflakes.  My daughter loves to sit and make these and delights in knowing that, just like real snowflakes, they are all unique. There are plenty of kits available for making these but the materials are also fairly simple to find. My son has a little less patience and focus than my daughter did … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 3-5 (Preschool), 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergartners), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), Featured, Science, Weather, Winter