Wednesday, June 30, 2010

I Found a New Website!

This is a great site for parents and caregivers of children. Visit here and read some great information, get answers to your questions, and become more educated about the things that matter most.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

July Fourth Book and Craft

Suggested Reading:
Kids Learn America by Patricia Gordon and Reed C. Snow, published by Williamson Publishing Co, Vermont. The authors of this wonderful book says it brings geography to life with people, places and history and it surely does that. It's a terrific way for kids to learn about this wonderful country we call home. Trivia buffs will adore it too!

Patriotic Headband

Supplies you need for this project:
blue and white construction paper-1 sheet each
red crayon or marker
pipe cleaners in red, white or blue
star stickers, or star punch
glitter (optional)
tape or glue

Cut a two inch by twelve inch piece of blue construction paper. Add stars across the strip using stickers or stars punched out of white paper using a large paper punch available at craft stores.

Cut a piece of white construction paper in half lengthwise. Measure and mark the paper about every inch, three quarters of the way through, from the long side.

Cut strips three quarters of the way through the white paper from the long edge, making strips.
Color alternating strips red.
Attach the two pieces together to form one long piece.

Cut several pipe cleaners in half.
Attach the stars to the pipe cleaners.
You can decorate the stars with glitter if you would like. Make sure it is completely dry before going to the next step.
Attach the stars and stems to the inside of the headband at regular intervals

Have a grown up measure the band to fit each child's head comfortably, and secure with tape.
Let your little ones wear their patriotic headbands proudly!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Some June Cards

The Gift of Spring

Father's Day Card

Pretty In Purple

Through Stormy Seas

Friday, June 18, 2010

Fire Sprinklers

Watch this video. It is very funny but reminds us of the importance of having sprinklers in your homes.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Another Child's Plush Toy Recalled

Follow this link to read the details about this Curious George toy.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

IKEA Recalls Blinds

Follow this link to read about the types of blinds being recalled by IKEA.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

June Recommended Reading and Craft

Milo and the Mysterious Island written and illustrated by Marcus Pfister, published by North-South Books, New York. This book is a wonderful way to engage children in a discussion about making wise choices. After the setting and characters are introduced, the book spits into two stories, one with a happy ending and the other with a sad ending. Children can learn about consequences in an exciting and interesting way, while enjoying beautiful watercolor illustrations.

A Frog in the Bog, written by Karma Wilson and illustrated by Joan Rankin, published by Margaret K. McElderry Books, New York. This wonderful read aloud book incorporates, counting, rhyming, and the cutest watercolor illustrations. It's just a joy to read with a youngster.

Swim the Silver Sea, Joshie Otter, written by Nancy White Carlstrom and illustrated by Ken Kuroi, published by Philomel Books, New York. This story of a parents love is set in the Aleutian Islands. It tells of an adventure that Joshie takes that leaves him lost at sea.Thejourney home is so wonderful, it can easily become a enchanting bedtime favorite. The pencil illustrations are a treat for young and old.

Easy Cardboard Bulletin Board Craft Project for Father's Day.

1. Cut a piece of heavy cardboard the size you want to bulletin board to be.
2. Cover one side with wrapping paper, or plain paper that your child can decorate with drawings or stamping.
3. An adult should cut slits at random points along all four sides.
4.Let the children stretch colorful rubber bands between opposite slits at random.
5. It can be used on a desk, or you can attach yarn or twine through punched holes at each corner for hanging.

Slip photos, calendars or business cards under the rubber bands for a secure hold.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

May 2010 Product Safety Recalls

Follow this link to do a review of all the cildren's products that have been recalled.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Do Your Children Have Access To Button Batteries?

Follow this link to read a very informative yet disturbing article in the NY Times about the dangers of children swallowing the small round button style batteries they remove from common household items. Becoming an educated caregiver is the best prevention.