Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Great Backyard Birdcount 2012

Have some fun with the kids by counting the birds you see around your home this weekend. Follow this link to download the information. Then you can enter your numbers online and see which birds have been counted in your hometown and across the country. It also help ornithologists see the species trends. It's really fun!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Valentine's Day Books and Craft 2012

Reading Suggestions:

Plant a Kiss by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Peter H. Reynolds. What happens if you plant a kiss? Read this charming book and see.

I Like You by Sandol Stoddard Warburg. This book tells the true meaning of friendship.

Hug Time by Patrick McDonnell. Is there ever a time that a hug isn't just right? I don't think so.

Never Too Little To Love by Jeanne Wells. Jules the kitten explores the world to find out if everyone regardless of age or size is too little to give love.

Snowy Valentine by David Petersen. Enjoy this story of the search for the perfect gift for Valentine's Day.

Tissue Paper Flowers

You will need:
tissue paper in different colors
chenille stems

1-Fold tissue paper so that you have a stack of at least 8 sheets. The more layers you use, the fuller your flower will be. In this picture, I used 16 sheets.
2-Cut out about a 4 inch circle through all the layers. CAREFULLY poke a small hole through the center of the stack of circles.
3-Push a stem through the back of the circles so that 4 inches extends above the circles. Slide a button onto the stem above the circles.
4-Bend the stem and go back down through the other hole in the button and back down through the circles. (the button should be snug against the tissue paper)
5- Twist the end of the stem around itself, right under the circles to hold them in place.
6- Take each layer and squeeze them up over the button. It will form petal shapes and add fullness to your flower.

Make different colored flowers or all the same. Use contrasting or matching colors for the buttons. Stems can be green to look realistic or any fun colors you wish. Place them into a vase with shredded tissue paper, Styrofoam or glass beads in the bottom. You could also tape tissue paper leaves to the stems if you wish. These easy flowers can be used to decorate a table or windowsill. Give them as a gift along with a handmade card. Happy Valentine' Day!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Healthy Meals For Picky Eaters

If you have a picky eater in your home, you know how frustrating it can be to find healthy meals for them. Here are a few ideas using the food kids love! How much better can that be?

Product Recalls for January 2012

Follow this link for the checklist of products that need to be avoided.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Recommended Immunizations for Children

Follow this link to see the schedules for children 0-6 yrs. and 7-18yrs. They even have a handy printable for you to use to keep accurate records.