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Inspiration

Card Carriers

With the prospect of your child coming home with a backpack full of  Valentine’s day cards and candy, why not help them make a little mailbox to keep it all in? Plus, they will be the talk of the classroom with one of these cute carriers. This is a great way to personalize a cute holiday.

Here is a neat way to recycle an empty cereal box. Disney Family Fun shows us how! Cover it in plain paper and decorate however you like! Click on the photo for even more instructions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All Things Heart and Home shows us a neat way to decorate a store bought mailbox. Their way is a bit advanced for a little one, so replace some of the extra paper with stickers and personal drawings.


Valentine’s Day Prep

It’s almost Valentine’s Day! The classrooms are filled with hearts and sparkles in pink and red and the kids are getting their cards ready. Here are a few things that you will need to make this Valentine’s Day easy and fun!

  1. Make sure that you get a list of names for all of your child’s classmates. This way you won’t leave anyone out and you eliminate the guess work of spelling names correctly.
  2. Get bags of small chocolates or candies for your child to pass out with their cards.
  3. Also, be sure to find out if any of the kids in the class have any food allergies. If so, get a small bag of candy that they can have as well.
  4. If you’re helping your little one make their own Valentine’s cards you’ll need a few supplies, such as, markers, stickers, cardstock paper and ribbon
  5. You’ll need a package of envelopes big enough to fit the card and candy.

If you would rather skip the DIY V-Day cards, here are a some printables that you can have ready in a flash!

The Rubber Punkin, Paperboxpress, Catch My Party, Skip to my Lou


It’s Circle Time!

Story time can be the best time of day for a child. Even though I know you probably love the 6 book circle time with your little one, why not have someone else read them a story for a change? There are tons of bookstores and story houses just waiting to read stories to eager little ears! The bookstore nearest to you may have some of their own weekly story times planned. So, next time you’re close by, stop in and ask them about their scheduled story times or if they have any (you may get to start a new trend!). In the meantime, here are some upcoming story times in the Atlanta area that you can head over to!

Barnes & Noble: Buckhead
2900 Peachtree Road NE Suite 310, Atlanta, GA 30305.  404-261-7747

- Saturday February 5th, 2011 at 11:00 a.m.
Children’s Hour: Falling for Rapunzel

“Hilarious text, clever page-turns and vibrant, eclectic art makes this a non-traditional Rapunzel kids will want to read about again and again.”

- Saturday February 12, 2011 at 11:00 a.m.
Children’s Hour: Ruby Valentine Saves the Day

“Will Ruby find a way to save the day, or will everyone in Heartland have to wait until next year to celebrate? Another heartwarming tale of a girl who discovers the true meaning of Valentine’s Day.”

* This Barnes & Noble has story time every Saturday at 11:00 a.m.! Check their website to see what other stories they are planning on reading.

Little Shop of Stories
133A East Court Square, Decatur, Georgia 30030.  404-373-6300

Storytimes:
Tuesday at 11am
Thursday at 7pm
Sunday at 3pm

Border’s: Buckhead
3637 Peachtree Rd. NE, Ste. C, Atlanta, GA 30319.  404-237-0707

Storytimes:
Every Wednesday morning at 11:00 a.m. in February


Happy Reading!


Books to Inspire

Books are some of the greatest and easiest ways to inspire children. It gives them a sense of imagination, wonder and can even get them to try something new. Here are a few books that not only enhance the imagination, but can also inspire your little one to try different forms of arts and crafts, from doodling to decorating! It’s something fun and educational that you can both do together. You can find these books in most any location such as Barnes and Noble, Borders and even on Amazon. Happy reading!

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book

If your kids love the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, this an exciting way to make the books more interactive. It’s their very own journal to write down their thoughts and feelings and answer silly questions, a way for them to tell their own story. Plus there’s fun comic pages to read!

The Giving Tree

This book introduces children to the world of sharing and caring. This book is a wonderful story about growing to love, share and care. It will teach your children to grow in love.

Ed Emberley’s Complete Funprint Drawing Book

What kid does not love finger-painting? This book gives them tons of ways to turn those special fingerprints into to their favorite animals! It has colorful step-by-step instructions for your little one to follow. You can even help fill their book with yellow finger flowers and little green finger frogs!

Tear Up This Book!: The Sticker, Stencil, Stationery, Games, Crafts, doodle and Journal Book for Girls!

This book is exactly what it says, a big book of arts and crafts! As a part of the American Girl Series, this books gives little ladies and chance to get very creative with instructions on how to make everything from a cootie catcher to a gift box. The book has even more activities for her to do with you, with friends or all on her own!


Mommy and Me Tea

Any young child loves time with just mommy. So why not make an event out of it? Create a tea party for you and your special little guest! We personally love pretty pink princess tea parties, but feel free to change the theme in whichever way you like, to fit your unique tea guest! Take a trip with Alice to Wonderland or even have a tea fit for an English gentleman. Print out a simple invitation that you can leave as a surprise in their lunch box. Have a box of dress up clothes for them to play with when you start your time together. Also, tea parties are a great way to get in a simple manners and etiquette lesson, because you never know if your little one will be having dinner with the president one day!

Here are a few hand-picked ideas that we gathered from some of our favorite websites. The flower shaped pb&j’s are so cute and simple! Take the ideas you love the most and enjoy your private tea time with your special someone!

Sources: Flower Sandwiches, Lemon Coconut Cupcakes, Pink Tablescape, Teacups, Tea Party Invitation, Tea Pot Centerpiece, Mrs. Potts Cake Pops


Rainy Day Activities

Usually on rainy days you here the words “I’m bored!” It’s hard not to just send the kids to the TV when you hear this, but even though it’s wet outside that doesn’t mean that you and your little ones can’t have fun inside! With some ideas on hand, the next time you hear the cry of boredom you will be fully prepared.

Create Silly Creatures

You’ll need a few index cards for this rainy day activity. On the blank side of the cards, have your children draw heads, bodies and legs of different animals. When you’re all done making several different animals, mix and match the cards to create new animals! You can create enough cards to have your very own imaginary zoo (with a very low admissions fee). Store the cards with a rubber band and take them anywhere, even when it’s not raining.

Dream Boards

For this craft you will need a tri-fold project board or simply a a large sheet of construction paper, some markers, magazines and any other craft supplies that you want to use. (Btw, here is a http://frugaldad.com/crayola/coupon from Crayola to help you save on some crafting supplies). Have your little one think about all the things that they want to do, what they want to be when they grow up and all of their biggest hopes and dreams. They can use pictures they find in the magazines, draw pictures themselves and create their own dream board. Hang it up in their room for daily inspiration.

It’s a Secret Code

You will only need a pencil and paper for this simple activity. On the sheet of paper your kids can create symbols and squiggles to represent each letter in the alphabet. They can share it with their siblings, you or anyone they would like! It’s their very own secret language. If they do decide to share it with you, you can use it to write them letters and special notes.

Create Your Own Rain Dance

You can pick a special song for this activity or do it with out music. Create our very own rain dance with your kids. Keep it simple, but fun and try to remember it. Whenever the rain starts pouring you can all do it together! This is also a great way to get them moving even though they’re stuck inside.



Unique Gift Wrapping Ideas

It’s time to start putting those presents under the tree! We all know how easy it is to pick up regular wrapping paper at the grocery store and call it day, but why not add something new to your Christmas decor? Make this year even more special by adding your own twist to your presents this year. Get creative and try some of these ideas that can make your Christmas decor even more festive. And don’t forget to include the kids in all of the fun!

Create Your Own Pattern

Head to your local craft store to find some rubber stamps in interesting patterns. Use the stamp on a large sheet of paper and make repeat impressions in a uniform pattern, leaving a small space between each stamp. Or you could just leave one impression in the center of the paper. You can also get a stamp rolling pin. Hand this one over to the kids and let them roll away and create their own special pattern. Finish your gifts with ribbons of different colors and sizes.

Homemade Art

If you’re looking for something inexpensive, why not use the little artists you have at home? Give your kids a large sheet of paper and let them doodle and create their own picture. Use this to wrap your gifts for something whimsical and simple.

Recycle Crayola

You may have to ask for your child’s permission for this one. This cool new gift wrapping idea involves using the shavings of crayons in whatever colors you would like. Maybe you can offer a new set as a Christmas present! The kids can help you with your color choices and with close supervision, the shaving process. Use the shavings and place them  in between six pieces of tissue paper (3 on top, 3 on bottom). On low heat, iron the paper until the wax melts in the middle creating a colorful pattern. Adorn the gift with ribbons and flowers for a unique look.

Tag It

A gift is incomplete without some sort of tag to give the gift a home. Don’t let your tags be boring this year! Add a treat to go along with your gifts. Have your kids help you make a batch of mini cookies in any holiday shape or character. After the cookies cool, decorate them together. Use a small cellophane baggie and square piece of cardstock paper, cut to fit inside. Write the name of the gift receiver on one side of the paper and slip it into the baggie. Then on the other side, slip in your mini cookie. Fold the top of the bag, punch a whole, run a ribbon through it and tie!

Print It

A simple way to add something special to your gifts come from the simplicity of printables. You can find free name tags, place cards, wrapping paper and even thank you notes, all for you to print at your disposal. Gift Wrap It and Disney Family Fun both have lots of free printables to choose from.


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