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Call for Submissions: Crafting Hope After the Hurricane

Call for Submissions: Crafting Hope After the Hurricane

Pin It As I have shared with you, Hurricane Sandy was a disaster for much of the Tri-State area. There are people living in homes with giant holes, molding walls, and ruined furniture–or camping out next to their homes. These areas are still without power. Many of these areas are working-class neighborhoods. Places with hardworking families that were “getting by” before the storm but now have lost everything they had built. However, we will get by…with a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Charity, Me

Top 15 Educational Toys for 2012

Top 15 Educational Toys for 2012

Pin It On Naturally Educational, I do not promote a lot of products. My core philosophy is that we don’t need a lot of fancy bells and whistles to have an engaging, educational experience, especially for young children. However, we all like a few toys now and again, right? And no matter how many times you tell Grandma, Grandpa, Auntie and Uncle that the kids would really like that Aquarium membership for Christmas, they still want … Read entire article »

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25 Ways to Volunteer with Young Children for #GivingTuesday

25 Ways to Volunteer with Young Children for #GivingTuesday

Have you heard about #GivingTuesday? The idea is that we take a day after the frenzy of Black Friday (in which I do not participate) and Cyber Monday (in which I do because I can save money in my pajamas) to share our blessings with others. I know a lot of people with very charitable hearts. Once they have kids, they want to model giving. However, they do not know how to volunteer and bring their … Read entire article »

Filed under: Charity, Interpersonal, Intrapersonal

Our Thanksgiving Morning: Feeding People Who Are Homeless

Our Thanksgiving Morning: Feeding People Who Are Homeless

I just wanted to share a little with you about our Thanksgiving morning. It has become our annual tradition to join Volunteer 4 Long Island in preparing food for people who are homeless. My daughter was very excited because this was her first year to actually help prepare the meal. Pin It This year they prepared almost 300 meals to distribute to emergency housing and bring to places in our community where people who are homeless set up … Read entire article »

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Our Gratitude Tree

Our Gratitude Tree

We made a gratitude tree out of a cardboard paper towel tube, a paper bowl, and construction paper to express our thanks for all of our blessings this Thanksgiving. This was such a simple craft and it really engaged the kids’ attention. Pin It Materials: cardboard tube (either a paper towel tube, 2-3 toilet paper tubes taped together, or a wrapping paper tube cut in half) construction paper (brown, green, red, orange, yellow) glue scissors marker craft knife Directions: 1. Wrap and glue brown construction … 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), 9-11 (Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), All Ages, Featured, History and Culture, Interpersonal, Intrapersonal

Handprint Turkeys

Handprint Turkeys

With Thanksgiving so early this year and coming on the heals of the Sandy “Frankenstorm,” we’ve been focusing on helping others and keeping things simple. We did spend a little time revisiting the classic “Hand Turkey” Thanksgiving craft with our own spin–a handprint and footprint Turkey–and then added a new twist. This time, we used magazines and catalogs for our tail feathers. Pin It Materials: construction paper (blue, green, brown, red, and orange) googly eyes magazines or catalogs glue scissors pen or pencil 1. … 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), Ecology, Fall, Featured

Gratitude After the Storm

Gratitude After the Storm

Pin It I’ve started and stopped this post dozens of times. I want to tell you some contradictory things. I am grateful. I am so very grateful. And I am hurting. I am hurting so deeply. Hurricane Sandy ripped through our region, leaving much of Long Island without power–we were without power for a week and my mother-in-law lost power for two weeks.We had gas lines and gas rationing and I had to drive my husband to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured

Our Favorite Thanksgiving Crafts and Books

Our Favorite Thanksgiving Crafts and Books

While Hurricane Sandy and the power outage and projects to try to help in my region have kept posting light, we still have a lot for which to be thankful. And at the tops of my list is the time we spend together as a family. My kids love to make crafts and read together, especially preparing for a holiday. Here are some of my favorite posts about our Thanksgiving crafts and picture books from … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), Featured, History and Culture

9 Picture Books About Election Day for Kids

9 Picture Books About Election Day for Kids

At Lifetime Moms, I posted 6 Ways to Talk About the Election with Kids. Picture Books are a great way to introduce complex topics like elections. Here are 9 children’s books that examine our democracy in action:   Pin It Vote!, by Eileen Christelow: My kids really like this book that follows one woman’s local election from the perspective of her two dogs. They enjoy the real-life applications of the principles of democracy and the running canine commentary. … Read entire article »

Filed under: 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergartners), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), Fall, Featured, History and Culture

Happy (Belated) Halloween

Happy (Belated) Halloween

Pin It Sandy may have knocked out our lights but she can’t dampen our Halloween spirits! We went trick or treating with Mulan, Mushu (he’s his sister’s accessory until he can express a preference), and a “man-eating shark” (shown here in his Roman gladiator costume). Blogging will be light until I have power, heat, and hot water…but I wanted to say “Happy Halloween” and “Feliz Dia de Los Muertos!” Hope you are all safe and dry! … Read entire article »

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