Child Care Blog
It seems sooo difficult to dream up creative placements for Elf on the Shelf, doesn't it? If you are stuck on what to do with the little guy night after night after night, you just need to cheat a little bit—no, no, no, not cheat in the sense that Santa will deem you naughty and shred your wish list. Borrow is more like it—borrow from Buzzfeed, where 33 super-great Elf ideas are yours for the taking. They are clever and crafty and really quite grand. You will see.
If you have real snow, then building a snowman is great for your kids' motor skills—it is also great exercise and a perfect excuse to get outdoors. Not everyone has the gift of that pretty white powdery stuff, though. No worries—indoor snowman-building is a fantastic activity for itty-bitty fingers and fine motor skills. All you need is creamer bottles, sharpies, cotton balls, a tray, and ribbon, and you've got the makings of a creative and developmental activity.
TV and gaming be gone! There is a new addiction in town, and it is called the Rainbow Loom. For less than $20 at Michael's (and you can probably buy elsewhere), you can invest in an activity that is sure to "hook" (ha!) your kids. The Rainbow Loom allows kiddos to create with little colored rubber bands (starter kit included) all sorts of fancy bracelets, necklaces, belts, hair bands, and more. YouTube videos are plentiful, and it is really amazing how little fingers become so skilled at this art is such a short amount of time. The Rainbow Loom is not only a super-great gift idea; it can also produce a whole lot of gifts!
Helping others is such good medicine. Seriously—when you find yourself down in the dumps, just reach out to someone in need. Or just surprise someone—anyone—with a random act of kindness. Check out these 18 pictures that will give you some good ideas for extending a hand; these pics will also restore your faith in humanity. Promise!
Homemade cards have kinda faded from existence. Darn technology! Time to revive the tried and true thank-you card, the "love"ly Valentine's Day card, the crafty and clever creations that warm hearts. Tinkerlab points to FORTY cards your kids can make, and they are pretty darn cute. Ooooo, Lego print cards. A party hat birthday card. Simple little happy notes. And so much more!
Do you love the skin you're in? Like really, really, really love it? Chances are you don't because so many of us find flaws with our features. Glennon Doyle Menton writes in a Family Circle article, "I want to make peace with my body. I want to love it. I don't mean that I want to improve my body and then love it. I don't want to weight train it into submission or lotion away my cellulite or train for a triathlon. I know these efforts are healthy for some people, but to me, too much improvement just feels like more war." Raise your hand if you can relate! (Are hands flying in the air right now?) She also writes, "I will do my best to avoid talking behind my body's back. No more put-downs about height, no more jokes about leftover baby belly. There will just be gentleness and appreciation for all we've been through together." Let's all try to do the same. Let's love the skin we're in!