Recycling for the bird feeders!

Recycling for the bird feeders! We all know how much fun the little ones have when they get to make pine cone/peanut butter bird feeders, but this is a fun, easy activity that can help teach preschoolers & younger school age children how to recycle at the same time.  It was passed along to me by a fellow mama – enjoy! What you need… Mesh Bags (like the ones onions, apples, or oranges come in) Dryer Lint Bits of Thread and Yarn How you do…

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Toy of the Week – Little Einstein’s “Pat Pat Rocket”

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Why do children latch into certain toys, waking up and asking about that one or two toys immediately? Lil’ Duck asks about his Pat Pat Rocket every morning and it is never far from him throughout his day. As an adult it doesn’t look all that appealing to me, but putting the characters in their correct seats (of course they had to enter the rocket by stepping three times on the steps), closing the cover and having it make sounds is exciting each time for…

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Kindermusik Baby Activity Ideas

Lil Duck started Kindermusik this week and LOVED IT! He was so energized, in a good way :). The mental stimulation from these Kindermusik baby activity ideas is giving him yet another way to direct his enthusiasm in a very constructive manner. Being a very musical family (Mama Duck has a degree in music performance and Daddy Duck is also very musical), Lil Duck naturally has an interest in creating music. Since Mama Duck used to teach piano to young students, she is well versed…

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Toy of the Week – Whac-A-Mole game!

Yes, the child whacks the cute moles with a plastic mallet and those moles pop back up with a giggle! The moles are dressed with hard-hats if that makes you feel better :). Lil’ Duck was delighted on Christmas morning to find a toy where he could take it out and have some good ol’ fun and have the Whac-A-Mole Game light up and giggle back at him. I was pleased to discover that there are various levels of play with a flip of a…

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Tips for Getting Your Dog Baby-Ready

How to help your furry friend adjust to the new family member with these Tips for Getting Your Dog Baby-Ready: Bringing a newborn into the home is exciting, but it can also be a major upset for the family dog, especially if he’s used to free reign in the house. Fortunately, Canine behavior specialist Kelly Beasley of Camp Bow Wow can provide dog owners with easy tips and tutorials for getting Fido on his best baby-ready behavior. Tips for Getting Your Dog Baby-Ready: Bring your…

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Christian Children’s Music – Go Fish

Looking for good Christian music for your children? Tired of dumbed down lyrics and low quality music? You will enjoy the group, Go Fish. They have lyrics that teach with quality music that parents and children enjoy. We have enjoyed this trio for years and are delighted that they have children’s music for Lil’ Duck (he LOVES their songs) and we love listening to it! (I love it for workout music too.) Being a musical family, vocal and instrumental quality with the good lyrics are…

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Toy of the Week – Classic Wooden Tree House

Toy of the Week – Classic Wooden Tree House! What goes up the ladder? What goes down the trap door? All types of play cars of course! With a pre-schooler’s imagination, any toy can play in the Tree House…and you thought only little play people would want to play in on the different levels and climb the rope, how boring! The cars are the creatures of choice at the moment, they even lounge in the hammock… Thankfully this Wooden Tree House is very durable (should…

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How to Teach Children to Say Thank You

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We want to teach our children how to say thank you for the gifts they receive for the holidays, birthdays or just a special occasion. How can they say thank you, enjoy it and without it being a fight or hassle for you? Let us share some ideas we have used and please, share your suggestions as well – you are a most creative group! Ways for Children to Say Thank You… 1. Draw a picture of the toy. Have the child draw a picture…

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