Backyard Fun Ways to Entertain Toddlers
When summer rolls around, finding new and entertaining ways to keep toddlers outdoors can be a challenge. Supervision is a must for young children but finding ways to encourage children to learn to play on their own is important too. Whether you choose the right toy or just come up with the needed techniques to inspire your little one, the backyard can become their favorite spot this summer. Here are a few ideas to help get you started:
•The Bilibo. Use it at the sandbox to fill it with sand...
3 Tips For Choosing Safe Outdoor Toys For Your Toddler
When choosing any sort of toys for your children there are basic safety rules to follow, and there are even a few extras for outdoor play. The main thing to remember that selecting even the best and safest toys does not mean that your child no longer needs supervision. Any time your children are outside playing an adult needs to be close by and watching.
Some basic safety tips for outdoor toddler toys are as follows:
1. Always follow the suggested age range on the toys
Whether or not you...
Safe Swimming Tips For Kids of All Ages
There’s nothing that provides more relief from the heat of summer than spending hours in the swimming pool. For many kids, swimming is the highlight of their summer vacation. Unfortunately, there are also many dangers associated with swimming so it’s important to know how to keep kids safe while they enjoy this great summer activity.
Swimming lessons are a must for any child. Many people believe that babies should learn to swim while it is still a natural response, but some health...
How to Celebrate Passing to the Next Grade When School s Out for the Summer
There are always a few children who are sorry to see the year end, but for the majority the last day of school is the best day of the year! Depending on where you live and the way the school year is scheduled, kids are usually out for summer for two months or longer. That’s two months of sleeping in and enjoying all their favorite activities. If you want to get off to a great start, here are some ways to celebrate the end of the school year:
•For girls, a sleepover is one of the best ways to...
Summer Camps A Great Way to Provide Summer Fun For Kids
There is nothing kids enjoy more than getting out of school for the summer. No more having to get up early and no more homework until the end of summer when school starts again. Unfortunately, for parents who have to work all summer, there isn’t always an opportunity to make the most of summer vacation and kids could end up wasting their entire summer in front of the TV or playing video games.
If you always thought of summer camp as a punishment for kids who wanted to stay indoors, then you...
Making Sure Your Children s Christmas Presents Will Be Safe
Buying Christmas gifts for children of all ages can be lots of fun—but don’t forget about safety! Keep the following tips in mind as you shop:
Read and Follow Labels.
The best place you can start for buying safe toys is by reading labels. Many toys come with age recommendations, and it is a good idea to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines. If the toy says “three and up”, it isn't a good idea to get it for your two year old --something about it may be dangerous for children that young. As your...
Great Gifts For Kids Gift Baskets
Gift baskets are great way to give themed gifts to kids and teens. You can figure out a wide range of options to give them something that they will like. At the same time you have ultimate control over how much you spend. Choosing a theme allows you to purchase items related to your theme from a variety of locations, and you can even include a gift card as part of the basket if you would like. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
The perfect place to start with a gift basket...
Get a Head Start on Christmas This Year
Despite all of the fun and festivity, Christmas can be a very stressful time. One way to work against that stress is by starting early. You can begin getting ready for Christmas in a number of ways. Getting a jump start on your holiday take away a lot of stress as the season approaches and will make it easier for you to sit back and enjoy all that the holiday has to offer. Don’t forget to involve the kids in each step—there is no Christmas rule that says Mom and Dad have to do all the...
Budget Fun Summer Activities For Kids
You don’t want the kids to spend the entire summer indoors playing video games but if you don’t have a lot of money in the summer budget, you may have no idea of how to get them out of the house. If you know where to look, there are a number of low cost activities that can be lots of fun.
•Many farms offer the opportunity for visitors to learn about all the different animals and chores that take place on the farm. This is an educational and fun way to spend a day without spending a lot of...
Cheap Party Favors Make Great Gifts
Having a beach bash, birthday party, retirement party, bridal shower, graduation, wedding or some other event? Don’t forget to thank your guests for celebrating the occasion with you. What better way to say thank you than to choose inexpensive party favors for your guests to take with them when they leave the party.
Many people, when they think of party favors, think of sitting around the kitchen table stuffing party bags. How boring is that? Usually, the same old candy, mints or...