Tag Archives: play

Glowing Bubble Bath

30 May

Fill a tub with bubbles, then add some glow sticks. Turn out the lights for a unique bath time!

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Bubble Stuff

28 May

I love this idea for a bubble refill station. There are so many cute jugs and dispensers out there now. For the bubble recipe, click on the picture.

*Once recipe calls for glycerin and the other for corn syrup. Both are added to give the bubble a stronger outside so it will last longer. We recommend the glycerin recipe, however be prepared because a small bottle costs about $5. The corn syrup recipe works but leaves a sticky film on hands. It’s much cheaper though.

DIY Sensory Box for Baby

23 Apr

This activity is also great for older kids who like to touch things as a way of learning. Special needs kids also love sensory experiences.

Musical Instruments: Shakers

20 Mar

Click here for materials you will need.

Water Play Activity Bag

6 Mar

Click here for the materials you will need.

One-to-One Time

14 Nov

Today is Universal Children’s Day. We’d like to thank our guest blogger, Dr. Keith Kanner, for reminding us how important it is to spend time with our children.

You’ve heard the old saying “quality time” versus “quantity time” haven’t you? Well, when it comes to spending time with your kids, this old adage speaks loud and clear.  Most invested parents do their best to spend time with their kids and hope that those times together will be cherished moments in the minds of their child, but how a parent spends time with a child is what it’s all about.  One characteristic of all children is that they crave the attention of their parents.  It is something I call “love fuel”.  It assures them they are important, valued, loved, respected, and liked by you.  Pretty important stuff for a kid especially if they’re young.  In fact, development teaches us that the kids who “get enough love and attention “ in the early years – the first 3 to be most specific – the better chances they have to stay mentally healthy. Such “critical” periods are from years 0-3 and then again 12 – 14.  I have always viewed the teenagers as large toddlers. Just take off the first number of a teenager and this mirrors how they act sometimes. During these time periods, the parental attention need factor is at an all time high, but between these times, the attention from the parent remains needed for kids to develop healthfully. And, once they get their “fill”, they calm down.

Once kids feel liked by their parents, they like themselves and assume that others will like them also.  This gives children the push towards socialization.  But, it still gets back to how parents celebrate their child’s personality which is necessary as children change throughout the years.
Family-time is also essential but is separate from the one to one.  I always suggest a combination of both for every child savors that moment alone with either mom or dad.  Many parents get nervous that it make take up too much time to do both, but the perception of time for a child is different than that of an adult.  For example, 15 minutes for a 5 year old feels like 2 hours for a 10 year-old.  Once again, it’s not the quantity, it’s the quality.  That 15 minutes for the 5 year old makes their day.
Finding things to do alone with your child is also not that complicated.  Ask them what they want to do with you for that slice of time.  If the request is too much, then ask them to pick something else.  If they can’t come up with something, be creative yourself.  You know your child.  Pick something fun.
If you have multiple children, then the other factor is keeping your other kids busy doing something else when you are alone-timing with another.  Take turns with your partner or consider arranging some sort of play time with one of their friends. Or, just tell your other kids that you are taking turns and their turn will be delivered shortly.  As long as it’s fair, most kids will tolerate some frustration as long as it’s not too long.
Family time sets the stage for future family relationships, but nothing replaces the one to one time a parent shares with their child.  These are the moments that kids remember more than any others.
Dr. Keith Kanner
Anchor/Host Your Family Matters
www.kanner.tv

You’re It!

8 Oct

If you haven’t noticed, there’s a real push to get kids up off the couch, away from video games and back outside to play. Oh, you’ve heard about this. So now what?

Well, today is your lucky day! It’s American Touch Tag Day and it’s time to get out and play tag with your kids, and the neighbor kids, and any other kids you can find. Ask the kids if they even know how to play tag. They may know the basic idea, but I bet they don’t know that there are lots of different ways to play tag. (By the way, if you need a refresher course on the different ways to play tag, click here.)

Tag has been played since ancient Egyptian times. Don’t let this energetic outdoor game disappear because your kids were too busy laying on the couch playing video games.

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