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Fun Winter Bird Feeder Craft For Kids

Winter weather can lead to cooped up preschoolers in need of something fun to do. The next time your little gets a case of cabin fever, try this easy and fun project– it’s for the birds!

Better yet, you probably already have everything you’ll need to help your child create and cute and fully functional bird feeder.

Supplies Needed:
Pine cones
Yarn or twine
Creamy peanut butter
Bird seed
Knife
Plate
*Note: If pine cones aren’t readily available in your yard, try a walk through a local park. If you still don’t come across any, craft stores will usually carry a supply.

Put a big dollop of peanut butter on a plate and give your child a butter knife to spread the peanut butter all over the pine cone. For safety, make sure they stay seated while working. Repeat for however many pine cone bird feeders you wish to make.

Do this next step outside if possible– it can get messy! Pour some wild bird seed into a bowl, plate, or small bucket. Have your child roll the pine cones in the bird seed until completely covered.

Help your child tie a piece of yarn or twine around one end of each pine cone.

If you need to, sprinkle some more bird seed on the pine cones to make sure they are completely covered. It’s the fun part anyway!

Let your child choose where he or she wants to hang the completed pine cone bird feeders and then tie the bird feeders in place. If you can pick a spot where you can watch the bird traffic from inside– even better!
Sit with your child and watch for visiting birds. Keep a bird book and some binoculars nearby so that you can try to spot and name the different birds that frequent your neck of the woods.

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Indoor Fun For Preschoolers (Part 1 of 2)

Parents of preschoolers know the benefits of keeping the little ones entertained. Luckily, it’s not that difficult. Here are some types and examples of fun, inside activities that will keep your babes busy for hours…

Board Games

These types of games can help children learn new information, improve motor skills, develop strategic planning abilities, and get better at following instructions.

A few I recommend:

Chutes and Ladders- A classic that helps kids learn their numbers (and the inherent danger of trying to steal from the cookie jar) while having fun. If your child is a fan of Spongebob Squarepants, you might want to pick up the newer version of the game called Eels and Escalators.

Sorry- This game helps little guy and girls learn to be better sports– even if the game is not going their way. Because players are prompted to say “sorry” after moves that set other players back, this game is full of extra polite fun.

Hullabaloo– This high-energy electronic board game mixes music, sounds and movement to create one of the most exciting games in recent years that really gets kids moving. Just start the machine and it will play music while telling you how to move from one shape to the other. For example, “Tip toe to a musical instrument.” At some point the voice will say, “freeze!”, and announce, “whoever is standing on ___, you win!”

Stay tuned! Tomorrow we’ll look at some games that only require a few household items and a healthy dose of imagination.

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Kids in the Kitchen = Better Nutrition

One of the best ways to encourage your children to make responsible food choices now, while setting good habits for the future, is by getting them involved in the family’s food selection and meal planning process. Spending time talking to your kids about different types of ingredients, food preparation, and nutrition will not only serve to convey importance, it will also give them valuable information they will continue to use throughout their lives.
Start with the basics and keep it simple. Print out or bring home an up-to-date food pyramid in order to help your child understand what the different food groups are and how many servings of each are healthy to have during the course of a day. When your next grocery store trip rolls around, you and the small fry will have the chance to get in some field work. Before leaving the house, decide together what meals the family will have during the week and what ingredients you’ll need to pick up at the store; your mini-helper can participate by checking through cabinets and the refrigerator for supplies you may already have in the house.
For your child’s first kitchen assist, think: quick and easy. After you have a few positive experiences under your collective belts, you’ll be able to try increasingly more complicated and time-consuming recipes together. Don’t forget to use the opportunity to teach your child about kitchen safety and make sure to keep in mind that a successful parent and child cooking venture isn’t judged by a taste-test, but by how much fun you had while learning together.

Here’s a kid-friendly recipe to get you and your tiny chef off to a tasty start!

Ingredients:
• pizza dough (boxed, canned, pre-made, whatever you prefer)
• shredded cheese
• eggs
• breakfast meat and/or vegetable toppings

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Beat eggs in a bowl with a little water, milk, or sour cream. Chop up toppings and add to eggs. Mix in shredded cheese.
3. Spread dough out on a cookie sheet or pizza pan/stone. Make a small lip around the edge of the dough so the mix doesn’t run off.
4. Gently pour the eggs, cheese, and topping mixture onto the pizza dough. Place in pre-heated oven. Cook for approximately 25 minutes or until the eggs are thoroughly cooked.
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Fun, Safe Winter Projects for Kids

Winter survival is something that humans have long had to contend with. Earlier in our history, the major concerns revolved around food availability and warmth. Nowadays we find ourselves with these needs neatly met, allowing us to turn our attention to other basic needs such as finding fun projects with which to keep the kids busy during the long, cold months that loom ahead. To save you some searching, here’s a safe, simple, and fun craft to get you started.
Build a snowman! Don’t worry, there are no coat or mittens required to make this guy, just a little help from Elmer (glue, that is) and a few supplies you probably already have lying around the house.
To begin, you or your mini crafting partner will need to gather: white glue, one small paper clip, a piece of waxed paper, a few scraps of black and orange paper, a hole punch, child-safe scissors, two tiny twigs, and a scrap of string or yarn long enough for hanging purposes.
Start the project by laying down a large enough piece of waxed paper to accommodate your snowman.
Next, show your child how to squeeze out or spread the white glue onto the paper into the shape of a snowman (Tip: It always helps if you make you own, it will prevent you from accidentally hogging all the fun in the noble name of instruction).
The next step is to unfold the paper clip for your little artist and shape it into a thin V before showing him or her how to put the ends of the paper clip into the glue at the top of the snowman to make a hook to hang it from later on.
Use the twigs to fashion arms and the hole punch to make black circles for use as buttons and eyes and arrange them however you and your child see fit (if they start to sink, wait until the glue dries a bit to try again).
It may take a few days, depending on how crazy you get with the glue, but make sure to let your finished snowman dry thoroughly before trying to remove it from the waxed paper.
Once the glue is dry and transparent, put the finishing touch on by threading the bit of yarn or string through the paper clip hook in Mr. or Mrs. Snowman’s head. Depending on the length of string, your little one can turn their snowman into a festive necklace, a charming window decoration, or an ornament cute enough to give as a gift. Be creative- the possibilities are almost endless!
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