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Kite Collage

It’s a brand new year and we are all trying to simplify this 2015! In an effort to organize our own craft drawer, we decided to find a use for all the scrap paper odds & ends we’ve somehow collected over the past 12 months. Clean up and follow along to create your very own KITE COLLAGE too!

1. Make the old new! Gather all the scrap paper bits you have lying around. Encourage young toddlers to rip them into smaller pieces, they’ll love this! Older kiddos will love to practice their scissor skills to make new shapes out of the old ones.

2. Prep & collage! Cut the 4 ends off a rectangular piece of cardstock to create a kite shape. Open glue stick tops for littles and let the collaging begin! Call out shapes and colors as your little one attaches each to the kite. Let kiddos play with layering pieces on top of one another for an even cooler, modern art appeal.

3. Add some finishing touches! Use crepe paper or string and attach it to the back of your kite as a tail. Stickers will also help your Kite Collage stand out as it flies high in the sky!

Little People & Their Pets

Very quickly, an innocent baby can become a toddler terror to your pet! A once adoring dog may not know what to make of this mini person teetering around the house. So here are a few of our best tips to help you keep a peaceful household between LITTLE PEOPLE & THEIR PETS! 

Create a positive interaction for your pup! Give your pet a treat every time he obeys your toddler’s “Sit!” or lets your little brush his fur. Even more so, give him a treat as payment if he patiently puts up with ear tugs and the like!

Avoid rough housing. Chasing, wrestling, and tug of war can all escalate too quickly for a toddler or pet to keep calm. Stay safe by steering clear of these rough games so no one gets confused or hurt. A friendly game of fetch is the way to go!

Exercise elsewhere. If you have a particularly energetic pet or kiddo, let them exercise and expel excess energy before interacting with one another!

Lead by example. Teach your little to never pull something out of a dog’s mouth, to approach from the side, and to use gentle actions.

Designate safety zones! Keep pets out of kids’ bedrooms so there are less issues when it comes to missing toys or sleepless nights. And make one elevated spot in the house off limits to your tot for your pet’s sanity!

KID-MADE GIFTS

Need a last minute gift for someone special? Homemade presents are the most memorable! So instead of shlepping out to the mall, let your kiddos be a part of the gift making process. Here are some quick ideas to get you crafting and inspired!

 

Use what you’ve got! Take one of your little’s art pieces from the past few months and turn it into a heartfelt token!

1. Make a one-of-a-kind calendar to brighten up a loved one’s desk. Simply remove a set of calendar pages from it’s original backing and adhere it to a large piece of your child’s art. Every day will be a reminder of how much they are loved!

2. Cut a larger piece of art into bookmark size strips for the avid reader in your life. Laminate and then use a hole puncher and ribbon to give your bookmark a colorful tail.

3. Personalize the clear sleeve of a checkbook or passport holder. Just trim down a piece of kiddo artwork to the correct size, then insert it into the sleeve. Voila, a completely unique gift!

4. Construct a kid-made magnet. Cut artwork into small shapes, laminate, and adhere a magnet strip to the back. An artsy yet practical present that will turn any fridge into a work of art.

 

Put a new skill to work! Whatever your kiddo is learning right now can be what creates your perfect holiday present.

1. Make handmade garland if your toddler has just mastered the fine motor skill of threading. Encourage them to string beads, glittered cereal Os, or pieces of colorful straws onto a long line of thick string.

2. Bake homemade cookies if your little has just become a precision pourer. Measuring cups are a fun way to practice steady hands and start to understand basic math concepts. Add a handmade decal to your cookie tin as a finishing touch.

3. Design a custom journal if your tot has just learned proper pencil grasp. Give them some colored pencils or a few crayons in a specific color scheme and let them go to town decorating the inside and back covers.

4. Create a personalized picture frame with your tiny painting savant. Once paint dries, add glitter and stickers for festive flair! Finally, fill the frame with a photo of both the bitty gift giver and the recipient!

Take the TIF Toy Challenge With Us!

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Hanukkah Star Painting

Our Hanukkah Paintings were such a hit in our Toddler Time class, we had to share the How To here! They’re a festive toddler activity and an even more perfect holiday gift. All you’ll need to make your own is: card stock or a mini canvas, thin painters tape, and paint!

Simply cut painters tape into 6 strips, getting ready to make two triangles. Stick one triangle down on the paper and then stick the second triangle upside down. Now get your paint ready! Littles can use finger paints, and bigger kids can use brushes with watercolors.

Use a holiday color scheme or let the rainbow be your palette. Kiddos should paint inside and outside the star, they can even paint right on top of it. Just make sure they cover the entire canvas. After your piece starts to dry, carefully remove the painters tape one strip at a time. Watch as your Star of David magically appears!

Traveling With A Toddler!

“Traveling” and “Toddler” are two T words you don’t often want to use in the same sentence. Little wigglers need a lot to stay entertained on a long flight. But with a little planning and a small bag of props, you can work some Mom magic to keep those tiny hands busy for longer than you think!

Let your snack do double duty. Snacks like Cherrios are a great way to practice threading and build fine motor skills. So bring a couple pipecleaners along with your food and encourage your bitty to thread one through each O. When you’re done, twist the ends of the pipecleaner together to make a cereal bracelet. Bonus points for challenging your little one to eat their Os right off of their wrist!

Create some multi-purpose art! Pack some surprise coloring pages to decorate on the plane ride. After crayons, add reusable stickers to your art work. Let littles practice peeling the backs of each sticker off themselves, even if you have to start it. Then bust out some post-its to cover up different parts of the page. See if your kiddo can remember what’s hiding beneath each post-it square. Can they even draw their own version of what’s missing on top?

Make it sculpture time! PlayDoh is fantastic for flights. Use different items from your purse to make unique imprints in the dough. Use the pipecleaners mentioned above to give your PlayDoh creature arms and legs, or your PlayDoh train some tracks. You can even use the dough to cover a few of your smaller purse items (like coins, lip balm, pen) then have your child guess which is which!

Use what you already have! Got an iphone? Hand it over with your headphones and a great children’s audio book playing. Got a magazine? It’s now a Scavenger Hunt tool. Challenge your tot to find specific colors, shapes, or items in the pictures. Got a camera? Let your child tell you a story about each photo you scroll past. You’ll be making brand new memories as you go!

Happy Flying!

Megan