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6Sep

What You Needfun food for kids

• 3 slices deli smoked turkey breast (30 g)
• 5 Ritz Crackers
• 30 g Mild Cheddar Cheese, cut into 3 pieces
• 5 each: cucumber slices, carrot slices and cherry tomatoes

Make It

• CUT each turkey slice into quarters.
• Wrap crackers in plastic wrap.
• PLACE all ingredients inairtight container.
• Refrigerate until ready to serve.
• ASSEMBLE “stackers” just before serving.

4Sep

What you’ll needflower sandwiches

• Bread
• Peanut butter or cream cheese
• Jelly or jam
• Water bottle cap

How to make it

1. For each sandwich, cut two slices of bread into flower shapes with a cookie cutter.
2. Cut a hole in one of the slices by pressing a water bottle cap into the center.
3. Spread the peanut butter and jelly on the whole piece and place the slice with the hole on top.

11Aug

Tip of the Week:

Don’t forget to keep your kids’ brains sharp by reading! Keep your kids' brains sharp

Use your library to research a new topic. Most libraries also run summer reading programs or special activities.

4Aug

Cookies & Crème Pudding Pops Recipepudding pops

What You Need

6 Oreo Cookies
1 pkg. (4-serving size) Instant Chocolate Pudding
2 cups cold milk
1/2 cup thawed Cool Whip Whipped Topping

How to Make

1. BEAT pudding mix and milk in medium bowl with whisk 2 min.
2. PLACE cookies in resealable plastic bag; seal bag. Crush with rolling pin.
3. ADD cookie crumbs and Cool Whip; stir just until blended.
4. SPOON into 9 paper or plastic cups. Insert wooden pop stick or plastic spoon into each for handle. Freeze 5 hours or until firm.

3Aug

Sometimes, the greatest gift of all is the gift of memories—keepstake boxthey last forever and its fun having them all in one special place! Preserve your most treasured family moments by creating a keepsake box. From baby things to Thanksgiving recipes, to rocks gather on the most favorite family vacation….. seal your legacy with love.

Find a box that you feel a special connection with.

• The box can be made of cardboard, wood, plastic or just about any kind of material that will stand the test of time, including many days in a grandmother attic! The box should be large enough to accommodate lots of different sized artifacts.
• Decorate your box together with paints, ribbons, fabric, buttons and beads.*
• Have everyone involved in adding something new to the box that’s meaningful to them and make it a ritual every year!

Be creative with your family keepsake box—it will hold special artifacts from your past.

29Jul

Families who subscribe to cable or satellite television serviceappointment television know that you can look ahead to see what shows are on TV that night, and even in to the next day and week. Many families practice a media theory called “appointment television”, which is just that: you look ahead in the channel menu or TV guide, and determine which shows that you are going to watch. The TV is only on during those specific shows. This practice is good for families, for many reasons.

Being selective in which shows you do or do not watch will cut down on your screen time significantly. Much time spent in front of the television involves flipping through channel after channel, and you become idle. In fact, many pediatricians recommend that children under two should not be watching television at all, and that it is a good idea to limit your children (two and up) to two hours per day of screen time.

Cutting down on your screen time will give your family more freedom to spend time with each other. With the time you spend not watching television, you can fill with a nice walk or bike ride. You can crack open the seals on the board games that slumber in your front closet.

Appointment television also enables you to screen TV content for its palatability for your children, no matter how young.

If you are not convinced, just try practicing appointment television, and you will notice a difference in the closeness and level of communication that you share as a family.

28Jul

Hula Hooping was popular in the 1950s but can still bring lots of laughs!  Hula HoopingThere are so many games you can play with a hula hoop such as:

  • who can do the maximum rotations
  • who can push their hoop the furthest down the street
  • if you really up for a challenge have the family all join hands while holding the hoop and then try to move the hula hoop from person to person without letting go

Now it’s time to turn off the computer and get outside with your family!

21Jul

Summer would not be summer without blowing bubbles. kids blowing bubblesBubbles are a great to enjoy your time together, especially if you make your own solutions and then go around the house and find things to use as wands.

Check out this easy bubble recipe.

To make your bubble wand just find a slotted spoon, 6-pack rings, cookie cutters, mason jar rings or even a fly swatter.

Oh, the things you can do with an imagination!

20Jul

IngredientsMe in a Tree

• 1 watermelon
• toothpicks
• fruit: cantaloupe, honeydew, green and red grapes

Directions

• Cut a hole in the watermelon and remove the insides.
• Cut ears/nose/legs/tail out of the piece of watermelon that was removed and attach with toothpicks.
• Using a melon ball scope, scope the insides of all the melons and along with the grapes place inside the hollow watermelon.

 

9Jul

Nearly every parent has heard complaints of boredom from their childMommy I'm Bored, and that can spell trouble – with a “T ”. Luckily, there are plenty of things that you can do to help your child alleviate boredom.

Set up camp. If you can’t get out to a campground for a few days, pitch a tent in your backyard. Fill a cooler with drinks, and set up a picnic area. Set out sleeping bags and pillows. Then, grab a flashlight and some snacks and tell spooky stories. You can do this either outside in your backyard or in your living room.
Create a treasure hunt. Chocolate, candy, toys – the list is endless. Find anything in your house that can be hidden, and send your children on a mission to find all the objects.
Go cloud-watching. Lay on the grass and find as many shapes or images as you can. This activity is simple and purely fun.
Play games outside: freeze tag, soccer, baseball, catch, football, jump rope, hide-and-seek (or its backwards twin, Sardines), etc.
Visit the library, pick out a couple of books, and teach your children the simple joy of reading.
Whip up some batter for brownies or cookies, and get the kids involved. Let them mix the ingredients or place cookies on the backing sheet. Don’t worry too much about your messy kitchen, but focus on creating the memory with your children.

Add these activities to your To Do List, and if you need any more ideas to keep your children occupied, check out this website.