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Kids in the Kitchen

During peak developmental ages, children learn by using all of their senses. Through tasting, touching, smelling, feeling, and hearing, children are able to learn more about the world around them. Cooking is a great activity for children because it engages all of the senses. Cooking with your children can happen at any age. The older your children are the more involved they can be with helping you actually cook and prepare the food. Younger children can have a lot of fun measuring and weighing out ingredients!

There are a lot of different components to cooking such as reading and following directions, weighing, and measuring. This is why cooking is so beneficial for children. Activities such as weighing and measuring are great ways for your young ones to develop their fine motor skills and hand eye coordination. Your older children can use cooking as a way to understand practical applications of math and science. Adding fractions and understanding how heat affects different substances are a few of the things your children can learn at home, in the kitchen!

Learning the basics of cooking is beneficial not just in terms of sensory development, but in terms of basic life skills. Cooking with your children while they are young will help instill basic cooking skills and a love for cooking and food. These will be important qualities to have when they grow up, but are sometimes harder t­o develop as adults. So getting them involved in the kitchen at a young age will give them important building blocks for their future.

Cooking is also a great way to help your children develop confidence and creativity. Allowing a child to be creative in the kitchen and have the whole family enjoy the outcome of their hard work is a great way to help your children develop a sense of confidence and pride in their work. The benefits of getting your children involved in cooking are endless!

If your little ones love getting involved in the kitchen let us know in the comments some of their favorite recipes and what they love to help with! You can view the original article on Nourish Interactive!

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Unique Art Projects

Unique Art Prohects

Creating art is very beneficial for children of all ages. Arts and crafts help little ones develop fine motor skills and help older children develop their creativity and confidence. Creating art doesn’t just have to happen at a desk or the kitchen table. FirefliesAndMudPies.com created a list of unique indoor and outdoor art projects for you to do with your little ones! We’ve chosen four of our favorite super-fun activities, but be sure to check out the full list for more great ideas!

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Read Across America

Read Across America

Every year the National Education Association hosts Read across America Day on March 2nd to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday. Schools all across the United States participate in an effort to promote the importance of reading and the importance of providing accessible resources to young minds across the country. Creative Learning is proud to announce that we will once again be participating in Read Across America Day! If you’re interested in getting involved at home or are wondering how the NEA supports libraries across the country, we’ve got some information for you! 

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Mini Meditation

Meditation is a great tool for adults and children in finding a sense of calm and relaxing the mind and body. Meditation can often be very helpful for children that are feeling stress that they do not yet know how to process. Meditation can also be helpful when your little ones are having trouble falling asleep or sitting still. The best way to practice meditation with your children is through guided exercises. This means you will walk them through each step verbally. The Chopra Center compiled a short list of guided exercises for child-friendly meditation. We’ve listed two of them below but you can click the link to view the full article. Both of the guided practices below can be practiced with children of any age!

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Winter Boredom Busters

Winter Boredom Busters

Winter brings a lot of wonderful things when it comes like fun holidays, an excuse to drink hot cocoa in excess, and beautiful coatings of snow. But with all of these delights come shorter days, freezing cold, and ultimately, boredom. When the nipping cold doesn’t allow your children to ride their bikes or go to the playground after school, the cabin fever starts to set in. So we’ve come up with a list of five fun activities to keep kids’ of all ages boredom at bay until the warmer weather comes back!

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Snowed In

Snowed In

With snow making its first appearance of the season your kids might be getting a few snow days this year. Playing out in the snow all day just isn’t possible so we compiled a list of a few fun, inside activities to do for when your little snow bunnies are ready to come back inside. Check out the full list of activities on HerViewFromHome.

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Charity During The Holidays

Charity During the Holidays

With the holidays knocking on our door, your little ones have probably already started a list of all the exciting things they’ll be asking for this year. Before all of the excitement of gift giving begins, take the time to explain to your children the importance of giving back to those who need it. The holidays are the best time to install the values of charity and service into your little ones. Inspired by an article posted on SheKnows.com we’ve suggested a few different ways to get your children involved in giving back this holiday season.

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Teaching Kindness, Thankfulness, and Thoughtfulness

Teaching Kindness, Thankfulness, and Thoughtfulness

With the holiday season fast approaching your little ones are probably excited about all the good food and presents they will soon be getting. Now is the perfect time to teach your children the importance of kindness and giving back. Inspired by, The Home Grown Preschooler, we’ve gone through 10 great ways to teach your children about kindness and paying it forward with different ways they can get involved.

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Practicing Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween Safety Tips

With Halloween only two days away it is important to review some safety tips for Halloween night with any of the trick or treaters leaving your house. These tips are helpful to remember when getting your little ones ready, as well as, before you set your older children off on their own. KidsHealth.org posted an extensive article with tips to remember about costumes, pumpkin carving, trick or treating, and candy eating. We’ve narrowed it down to the most important tips to remember this Halloween.

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Spooky Halloween Crafts

Halloween Crafts

With Halloween right around the corner you’re probably seeing crafting and diy ideas all over the Internet. Most of these crafts are either for adults or children that have developed those fine motor skills already. So if you’re looking for some fun activities to do with your little ones in the count down to Halloween this is the perfect list for you! Happy Hooligans published a list of 21 Halloween crafts for toddlers and we’ve chosen 4 of our favorites for you!

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