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When I found out my brother and sister-in-law were having a baby I was so excited to become an aunt again AND I was super excited to help my mom plan a baby shower! I love party planning, and I have really wanted to plan a baby shower (we can blame that part on Pinterest!). My sister-in-law has a great love of books and purchases the most thoughtful ones for my children, nieces and nephews. I knew I wanted the party to reflect this love by creating a Children's Books Baby Shower.
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I'll admit it, prior to becoming a parent I criticized other parents. Looked at them with a critical judging eye. Made mental notes of how I would do things differently, and of course better. Ha, and then I became a parent. The parenting books lay in a stack on my coffee table and I sat exhausted holding this tiny being while the faint smell of puke wafted through the air. The "Mommy Wars" were quite popular when my son Quinn was born. Every magazine, blogs and parents wanted to have their moment to weigh in on what was best and who was doing a really bad job at this parenting gig.
Here is what I quickly came to realize. While the Mommy Wars were being fought we were all losing a more important battle. We were losing the battle of supporting each other as parents. If we are really all about what is best for children then we need to be looking out for each other. Here are 25 Ways to Support Moms and Dads.
I am so excited to debut the second round of Preschool Books Club Series. We are kicking off Round 2 with The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn. This book is often read during the first days of school as it tells the story of a young raccoon preparing to say goodbye to his mother for his first school adventure. Like many children (and parents) the young raccoon is nervous. His mother gives him the gift of The Kissing Hand to ease his fears and help him carry his mother's love with him wherever he goes. With my son beginning Kindergarten and my twin daughters starting their first year of preschool decided to make a portable version of The Hug Jar creating Felt Love Hearts that they could take with them to school so that my love would always be with them.
The Kissing Hand is a wonderful book for the beginning of the school year or anytime you want to explore the topic of coping with saying goodbye to someone you love. Audrey Penn's beautiful illustrations and insight into the mind of a young preschooler make this the perfect book to explore through play. Check out the 5 The Kissing Hand Activities from 5 creative bloggers!
The Kissing Hand DIY Salt Dough Charm from Sugar Aunts
The Kissing Hand Book Craft and Activity from Frogs Snails and Puppy Dog Tails
The Kissing Hand Pop-Up Card from Buggy and Buddy
Felt Love Hearts Inspired by The Kissing Hand by Homegrown Friends
The Kissing Hand Temporary Tattoos from Meri Cherry Blog
Looking for more ways to explore books through play? Click here to check out the rest of the Preschool Book Club Series!
Our Homemade Glitter Puffy Paint is one of my favorite DIY art materials. They are super simple to make and are the perfect sensory experience. We used them last year to create fun ice cream cones. This time around we added glitter and made three fun bright colors! The thick paint allows you to create three dimensional artwork and dries to an interesting spongy texture. I'm in love with the results!
One of the questions I am frequently asked is what supplies parents should have in their homes. I know how frustrating it can be to read about an activity and then realize you have none of the supplies. Or you start go to a store to try to replicate a creative idea and realize how expensive all those fancy supplies can be. It can be overwhelming. This post takes the guess work out. With a click of your mouse from the comfort of your own home you can purchase the best materials for creating art with kids! Let's have some fun together!
Anyone who has ever had a chance to walk through my classroom or home knows that I am an advocate of weaving art into all areas of early childhood education. This week we are learning all about ants. To study the body part of ants we are Exploring Insect Anatomy Through Painting.
Lately "smelly markers" are the number one choice in our house for creating drawings. Our mornings are filled will the smells of raspberry, mint, cherry and cinnamon. I thought it would be fun to transform our favorite scented markers into homemade scented watercolors. Such a fun way to add a new sensory experience to our painting explorations!
This week's Preschool Book Club is all about that confident patchwork elephant Elmer. I knew the amazing colorful squares would be a fun jumping off point for such a creative group of bloggers. Click on the images below to check out the details of these 6 Elmer Activities.
David McKee's Elmer is one of those children's books that makes me instantly happy. From the colorful illustrations to the inclusive message this is one of my favorite books to read to preschoolers. A perfect selection for the Preschool Book Club Series! I decided to focus on Elmer's famous colorful body and create Patchwork People Inspired by Elmer.