If I’d known then what I know now, those juice boxes would never have made it into the house. Known that sugar was addictive. Known that the average American consumed almost 450 ‘beverage calories’ PER DAY in 2002, as per the study referenced here:
Drink Yourself Slim-Not Fat – EnergyFirst.
It becomes pretty obvious where our obesity epidemic is coming from– at least in good part.
Get the kids off the juice and onto water, sparkling water with lemon or lime, stevia sweetened drinks instead of chemically sweetened sodas. Make lemonade with stevia/Truvia. Have them eat the fruit instead of drink the juice and at least they’re getting the fiber in addition to the natural sugar.
Decoupage is a fun, easy and messy craft activity. Perfect for summer where you can do it outside and then hose everything down, kids included.
Catch a Single Thought…: Getting Crafty With ASDA
Decoupage bottles, cans, boxes and make things that can actually be used- unlike most paper macho creations. Pencil holders, vases, treasure boxes- the possibilities are many.
Have the kids make some as gifts for grandma and grandpa, aunts and uncles, and they’ll be busy for quite a while!
How about a little American History thrown into that Summer Slide prevention? This is an award nominated video series with the voice talents of practically everybody you ever heard of in Hollywood, for a very inexpensive price.
Our Village is a Little Different: Liberty’s Kids – The Complete 40 Episode Series on DVD #AmericanHistory.
Make one or two evenings a week ‘History Night’ for the whole family to watch and discuss. Ask questions.
Not that you don’t already know what’s bad to give the kids, but it’s hard to avoid these evils so here’s a reminder AND some alternatives to make it easier.
12 Worst Foods and 12 Healthier Alternatives
And the good news? Start them young on the healthy alternatives and it will be much easier to stay the course and help them build healthy eating habits. They’ll still eat those potato chips and hot dogs when they’re out of the house, but serving veggie chips and turkey dogs at home won’t even raise an eyebrow if that’s the way it’s always been.
More helpful summer slide prevention from pragmatic mom.com – a reading list for your going to be 3rd grader for books for the summer.
Rising 2nd Grade Summer Reading List : PragmaticMom.
Have you put this kids’ reading source blog on your bookmark list yet? It’s worth having a look before you head to the library with the kids so you can take good book ideas along with you.
This reminder is designed for teachers, but parents ARE teachers, just as teachers are surrogate parents, especially in elementary school. And, these reminders aren’t really only about teaching, but are instead reminders of what we parents need to be providing each and every day to our kids.
What Kids Need the Most From Teachers
Take the time to listen to the TED talk on this subject– these lectures are always worthwhile and on point.
Here are 30 ideas for toys you can make from colorful, wonderful felt– even a link to get the felt. We all remember felt boards in school, but there’s no reason felt play/learning can’t be had in the home as well.
Homemade Toys & Learning Activities from Felt – Buggy and Buddy.
Ideas from paper/felt dolls with clothes to storyboards, most with no sewing because felt doesn’t fray when cut.
I like the idea of making these for gifts– homemade always says you care.
This is a perfect craft for summer– messy enough to do outdoors on a beautiful day.
Come Together Kids: Marbleized Paper
You’ll need shaving cream, acrylic paints or food coloring, toothpicks, a shallow pan, card stock and a ruler other straight edge to scrape away the shaving cream, and kids.
Use narrow strips of scotch tape to create marvelous colorful patterns instead of a same-old manicure. Saves your money at the nail salon and keeps your teen or pre-teen girls busy having fun.
Give them this picture when they’re hanging out needing something to do, having a bunch of friends over for a sleepover, or at their spa party.
You might want to test with peelable labels instead of scotch tape, as it would be easier for them to handle the narrow strips than if cut from scotch tape.
Create a blank tableau for their creativity with contact paper and construction paper:
Rainy Day Activities for Kids: Sticky Wall Play Scape – Mama Smiles – Joyful Parenting.
Akin to the letters on the frig, show them that pieces of construction paper can be put on and then repositioned to make a story, a pattern, and let them take it from there. Have pencils and markers (washable) available so they can take it all the next step.