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Making Chores Fun

18 May

  • Work together.
  • Fill a squirt gun with water and a drop of dish soap. Have them shoot at the baseboards.
  • Clean or pick up items by color.
  • Play basketball with the laundry. Set up three baskets; lights, whites, and darks. Have the children shoot the clothes into the correct basket. This works for toys too.
  • Give them the tools. Little kids like kid-sized tools and can use them easier. Older kids can use adult size cleaning tools. What kid doesn’t love a Swiffer?
  • Blast the dance music.
  • Create a special name for your cleaning crew.
  • Allow your child to be the “inspector”. They can look at your work and give you a pointer or two.
  • Put socks on little hands for dusting and wiping windows. You can even decorate them to be “dust monsters”.
  • 10 minute clean ups are great for the end of the day. Set a timer for 10 minutes and see how much you can get done before it rings.
  • Take a “coffee” break after completing some chores.
  • Use pretend play. If you want your child to help with dishes, play restaurant. If you want your child to deliver things to different rooms, play post office.

Don’t forget to have a special treat for a job well done!

Materials for April 23-27: Baby Week

21 Apr

Try out some simple ideas for babies and toddlers with Brenda. Here’s a list of what you’ll need this week.


  • 18″ x 18″ piece of heavy cardboard
  • 9 Things that have different textures (Home Depot has several, small samples of flooring, carpet and paint that work well for this activity.)
  • Tacky glue
  • Colored duct tape (optional)


  • Cornstarch
  • Water
  • Food coloring or Kool Aid packets
  • Sauce pan
  • Bowls
  • Glitter (optional)


  • Apple
  • Sweet Potato


  • Nothing needed


  • Nothing needed

Musical Instrument: Rainstick

23 Mar

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Musical Instruments: Sand Blocks

22 Mar

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Musical Instruments: Guitar

21 Mar

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Thanks for your patience!

Musical Instruments: Shakers

20 Mar

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Musical Instruments: Drums

19 Mar

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Music can build your child’s literacy and build pre-reading skills. You can get information about music and literacy for children of different ages by clicking here.

P.S. Sorry about the static. ­čśŽ

Materials for March 19-23: Musical Instruments

17 Mar

Not only is music fun, music also develops many educational skills for kids. This week we’ll make some homemade instruments to create your own rock band!

These are the materials you’ll need this week. Recycle what you have around the house.

Monday: Drums

  • Can or oatmeal container (any size)
  • Scrapbook or construction paper
  • Scotch tape
  • Foil, plastic wrap or waxed paper
  • Rubber band
  • Two new unsharpened pencils

Tuesday: Shakers

  • Plastic Easter eggs
  • Rice, dried beans, beads, etc.
  • Hot glue gun and glue

Wednesday: Guitar

  • Empty Kleenex box
  • Paper towel tube
  • Six rubber bands
  • Masking tape
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Paint

Thursday: Sand Blocks

  • 2 1″ x 4″ pieces of wood
  • Medium grit sandpaper
  • Scissors
  • Tacky Glue

Friday: Rainstick

  • Paper towel or wrapping paper tube
  • Packing peanuts
  • Rice
  • Paper
  • Masking tape

Music to My Ears

11 Oct

Hopefully I’m not dating myself but I’m guessing you’ve heard the song, It’s My Party. I’d sing it for you but, trust me, you’d rather click here and listen to it than have me sing for you.

Today is, It’s My Party Day, and what’s a party without music. We sing song’s like Happy Birthday, For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow, and Auld Lang Syne, to celebrate events and achievements. But music is around us every day even when it’s not a holiday.

Research has told us that music is important for a child’s brain development, but music provides so much more. Music provides a closeness between parent and child; when you sing your newborn to sleep or dance together at your child’s wedding. Music teaches us history; wartime struggles, social changes, joyful experiences. We Didn’t Start the Fire, by Billy Joel packs 40 years of historical events into less than five minutes. And, introducing your child to music you love teaches them about your history.

Music encourages creativity; The Blue Man Group and The Voca People have uniquely creative musical styles. ┬áMusic helps define emotions. What teenage girl hasn’t found a song to help her through her latest heartache? Music builds reading and math skills, helps with concentration, coordination and relaxation. What more could you want?

Exposing your child to music doesn’t have to be formal. Listen to a bird’s song, the rustling of the leaves in the wind or the bang on some pots and pans. Listen for it. Music isn’t just for celebrations, it’s for every day.

For simple music you can make from foil, visit our site, Smart Mom University.

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