Homemade Scratch Art

Homemade Scratch Art

Homemade Scratch ArtThis will keep them busy for a good while on a long too hot or rainy summer afternoon. All you need are the crayons, black tempera paint, a few drops of dish liquid (why – I’m not sure) and toothpicks or other object for ‘scratching’. Cardstock is helpful as the toothpicks won’t penetrate as easily as on regular paper.

Scratch Art | Skip To My Lou

Have your birthday child (and siblings) make up the underlying color palettes painted black and this can double as a party craft. Just provide construction paper frames (as in the picture) for them to take home their creations.

Father And Son Baseball

10 Sports a Dad Should Teach his Children

Father And Son BaseballAn interesting take on the ‘other’ takeaways from sharing sports with our children. It’s not all about athletic prowess or even about learning a game that can be enjoyed for years or a lifetime and shared with others. There’s way more to be gained from learning a sport than just learning the sport. You’ll be surprised how much there is to be gained- check it out:

Bellyitch: 10 Sports a dad should teach his son (or daughter).

If nothing else, and there IS a lot more, Dads sharing a sport with their child or children opens up a whole realm of possible interactions and communications between them that shouldn’t be missed.

Jack In The Box

Toy Tasting Video Channel – Parental Resource

Jack In The BoxGet some help choosing toys and playthings from the overabundance of choices- not ALL of which are actually good or worthwhile or durable.

ToyTasting – Toy Tasting | Video Channel. About Toys.

By moms for moms– check them out before your next trip to the toy store or when you’re specifically asked to get a certain toy.

This is a new site, and evolving, but it’s already got over 200 toy reveiws to help you out. Happy Hunting.

Alphabet Scavenger Hunt

Alphabet Scavenger Hunt

Alphabet Scavenger HuntThis is the PERFECT answer to this summer’s “I’m Bored” complaint. They’ll be off hunting for a good long time, and the young ones will be reinforcing their alphabet skills in the process. Older kids will just enjoy the hunt. I particularly like this for outdoors- it’s harder.

Alphabet Scavenger Hunt | Best Activities for Kids.

Do be sure to set some rules– i.e. no picking the neighbors flowers, no crossing the street, etc.

Having a birthday party in the park or some other outside venue? This would be a good party activity PROVIDED you set limits on where they can go. Send them off in teams to keep them together. Give them a time limit, tell them they WON’T be able to get every letter but the team that gets the most will be the winner.

Teenage Boy

Promoting Positive Transition During Adolescence

Teenage Boy

These factors help to predict positive outcomes for teens. Most are within our parental control, and all serve as good reminders that our teens still need parenting, boundaries, encouragement and support.

Promoting positive transition during adolescence – Ridvan FoxhallRidvan Foxhall.

Perhaps the surprise here is the importance of structured activities for teens. Things like a hobby they share and do with a parent increases their connectedness and that impacts their feelings of support.


5 Innovative Ways to Prevent Summer Slide

Tablet5 reading apps your kids will enjoy doing– so no arguments about doing ‘work’ over the summer. Combining reading with a game challenge works like a charm to get them into it.

5 MORE Innovative Ways to Prevent Summer Slide

These apps cover a range of ages and ability levels, so you’ll find something here for your reader.

Montessori Triangles

Triangles for Geometry

Montessori TrianglesJust making a ‘toy’ like these triangles available to your young child builds creativity, to say nothing of the math concepts it actually teaches through the playing. That’s what I admire so much about the Montessori approach.

Intro to Math for Kids {Triangle Stars} – Carrots Are Orange.

There’s a good suggestion to use the printable triangle templates with craft foam for durability, but even poster board will do.

This is an activity you will at least start by doing together- see the suggestions in the post. I’m betting your child, if old enough, will then take it further without your assistance.

Cloud Dough Sandcastles

Cloud Dough Sandcastles

Cloud Dough SandcastlesIf you can’t get to the beach, bring the beach to your house with this recipe for cloud dough that your kids can use to make sandcastles, or anything else they want.

Sandcastle messy play :: homemade cloud dough recipe – NurtureStore.

Really cool stuff– baby oil and flour that looks all crumbly, like sand, until you squeeze and mold it and then it holds it’s shape. Perfect for sand building or sand sculpture. On the patio or deck, under a big shady umbrella or tree. Then the sprinkler or the hose to keep the ‘sand’ outside and just for more fun.

TP Tube Favor Boxes

Recycled Pillow Box Party Favors

TP Tube Favor BoxesYour birthday child can pitch in on their party prep by making these TP tube favor boxes– and have fun doing it too!

Recycled Pillow Box Favors | Skip To My Lou

All these take are the TP tubes, paint and decorations such as stickers or more paint, and spray gloss once the decorations are done. Fill with your party favor hand-outs. The kids will be wanting to know how to make these nifty little containers.