Monday, January 31, 2011

February Books and Art Project

Book Recommendations
Go To Sleep Groundhog by Judy Cox, illustrated by Paul Meisel, published by Scholastic, New York. This is a cute little story to help the kids understand this holiday.
Winter White written by Joanne Ryder, illustrated by Carol Lacey, published by Morrow Junior Books, New York. This lovely fable is about two friends, a fox and a lemming, and their adventure with winter in the Arctic.

Art Project-Heart Embellished Frame
Use foam hearts available in most craft stores, or use a heart shaped punch and construction paper to embellish a cardboard or chipboard frame cut to whatever size you need. Let the kids use markers to add their own decorative ideas to each heart. Glitter, stick on gems, or cut outs from paper doilies can be used as well. In additon, this is a great way to add new life to an old unused frame you might pick up at a sale or flea market.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

2011-The International Year of The Forest

Did you know that the United Nations has named 2011 the International Year of the Forest? I read some information about the world's forests and was so motivated that I wanted to share it with my readers. Here is the link. Learn about how much we might be losing if we don't act quickly.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Keeping Kid's Eyes Healthy

Follow this link to see what you need to know.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Childproofing Your Home

Follow this link to read the steps to childproof your home for the children in your life.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Deliberate Fraud

Read about the "deliberate fraud" committed by the author of the vaccines/autism study here.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Homemade Fun

Here are two quick and easy recipes to make modeling material for the kids to play with. Each takes about a half hour to make, costs very little and will keep them entertained for several days.

Goop- You will need 2 cups of liquid white glue (such as Elmers) and 1 cup of liquid starch (found in the laundry section of your supermarket-usually blue in color)

Mix the two ingredients together in a saucepan, stirring constantly, until a soft dough forms. Food coloring can be added if desired. Remove from heat and let cool until it is comfortable enough to handle. Knead in a zipper plastic bag until it is smooth and elastic, similar to puddy. Store in air tight container or zipper plastic bag.

Kid's Dough- You will need 2 cups of all purpose flour, 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar, 1/2 cup of salt, 2 cups of water, 2 tablespoons canola oil and food coloring.

Combine dry ingredients in a saucepan. Add the water and oil, cooking and stirring until a ball forms. Cool until comfortable enough to handle. Divide dough and knead in plastic bag with desired food coloring. Store in air tight container or zipper plastic bag.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Dec. 2010 Safety Recalls

Follow this link and check to see if you own any of these recalled products.