We have gathered the best Winter and Indoor Activities and Crafts for Kids and put them all in one post! These ideas are perfect for Winter snow days! So many fun gross motor games, activities and craft ideas to get your toddlers, preschoolers and kids up to and moving. Great to blow off steam and beat that cabin fever!
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Are your kids young enough to still believe in the magic of Christmas? We have only one at the moment. But we all love spirit and the magic of Christmas! When the kids are old enough, and we share with them the secrets, they are then old enough to help bring the magic of Christmas to others! It has almost been as fun as when they were young kids! One of our favorite Christmas Traditions is sending out these Printable Santa Letter for Kids to the North Pole! It’s a great Christmas activity!
Thanksgiving is about a month away….I know, where has the time gone?! If you are a teacher or just need some ideas to keep the kids busy while you are cooking Thanksgiving dinner, these Thanksgiving Treats, Crafts and Games for Kids are sure to help.Do you have any Thanksgiving traditions?
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Summer is so much fun! I LOVE having a relaxed schedule with more down time at home. But sometimes, it can be hard to continue with a structural routine for the kids. I crave structure and feel so much better about summer when we can maintain an easier household routine. I also think that my kids do better when they have a few responsibilities every day that they are still required to complete. So I created a simple Printable Daily Chore List for the kids to complete daily.
Summer is in full swing here in Utah. Whether you are going on vacation or staying at home, you can still ensure your kids will have the best summer ever with this Summer Bucket List for Kids Ideas.
Can our kids be involved in too many activities, and do too much? Should they specialize and spend all their time in one activity?
Although this is a tricky subject and every family is different, activity overload is real and can affect our children and our family relationships.
Heather here from FamilyVolley.com and today we are talking about managing the activity overload and ask yourself…are your kids over scheduled?
Here are EIGHT tips to get your family on track.
Evaluate motives. The first thing we have to do is genuinely evaluate why we have our children involved in so many activities or why we feel it is so important for them to specialize so young. Why is it that we feel they must choose their “final” sport or activity when they are 5 and give it all their attention. What we tend to find is that often times it is more for us than them. Maybe it is to fulfill dreams we didn’t accomplish. Maybe we think the more they do, the better our family is or the better we are as a mom. Maybe we feel pressure from society, or the neighbors or our spouse. Maybe we are worried that if they don’t do everything, they will fall behind the other kids. Time to make sure our intentions are pure and figure out why we are so set on our children being involved in so many things.
Establish and honor values. We have to decide what our value system is and what we stand for/believe in. If we profess to believe in family time together, yet our kids are so involved in individual activities that we are never together, then we are going against our value system. If my husband and I believe that family dinner is VERY important, yet we are so busy in the evenings that we aren’t home to eat together, then we aren’t honoring our values. Either that or we REALLY DON’T believe family dinner is that important. We must decide what is most important and then make sure the way we spend our time, energy and resources, supports those values. When we go against what we believe, there is always internal struggle and stress.
Be mindful of the entire family. Often times the activity overload will focus on one family member. This usually isolates one child and one parent and takes them away from the rest of the family. This can make the siblings left behind feel left out. It also limits the time that siblings have to build relationships through play and time together. Providing opportunities for our children to build strong relationships with their siblings when they are young carries over into adulthood and helps relationships stay strong when spouses and distance come into play.
Be open minded. Don’t think that kids have to choose only one activity forever. Or that the activity they choose must be the same thing you or your spouse did growing up. Have an open mind. Let kids explore different options. Expose them to lots of things. Just remember to have them explore only ONE activity a SEASON.
Let go of the 10,000 hours rule. For so long there has been this belief that the only way to become a professional, or great at something was to put in 10,000 hours. To reach that, kids must start very young. This is no longer the case. Let go of this rule.
They can learn the principles at home. So often the argument is that if our children don’t start young and do it all, they will fall behind the other kids who have been playing since they were 4. Remember that so many of the skills that they need to learn can be learned at home. Can be learned through play. Can be learned with their families.
Age is key. Let age be your guide. It is suggested that kids should be involved in activities the same number of hours as their age. So, a 4 year old needs to only be involved in 4 hours of structured activity a week. Prior to age 12, 70-80% of their lives should be free play with only 20-30% spent in structured activity. Ages 13-15 should spend 50% of their time in structured activities and 50% in unstructured activities. Age 16+, 80% of their time can be spent in structured activities with 20% spent in unstructured play. It is at these later ages that kids should start to specialize if they are interested in one activity and spending more and more of their time developing their skills.
Focus on what contributes to successful children. We think that activity overload is the only way to have a successful child. That isn’t true. Successful children have things in common, and specialization (and/or activity overload) is not one of them. Instead, they have the following in common.
Eat dinner together with their families.
Work together with their families.
Have been taught social/emotional skills.
Have personal relationships with each of their parents.
Every family is different. Take the time to figure out what is best for your family and don’t hesitate to cut back on the activity overload at your house.
With Spring Break and Summer Break right around the corner these Science Experiments for Kids are great for sparking your child’s imagination. Whichever Science Experiments for Kids you choose first, you’re sure to have a fabulous time and learn a few things along the way!
Are you hosting a Halloween party for your kids this year? Are you in charge of Halloween Party Games for your child’s classroom party? Are you in need of some fresh and new Halloween ideas?We have got you covered with these Halloween Party Games for Kids!
Fall is here! The leaves are turning beautiful shades of red, orange, yellow, and gold. Living here in Utah is truly one of the most beautiful places to enjoy this season! As the air turns crisp and the season begins to change, it puts me in the mood to start crafting with my kids with all of these amazing Fall colors. I’ve put together a roundup of Fall Leaf Crafts for Kids that is sure to get you into the Fall mood as well.
It’s an election year and our lives are inundated with political messages from all sides. Often this coverage is filled with negative messages, exaggerations, innuendos, and untruths.
As adults, we are much better at processing and understanding our political system and elections. What about our children? How are they hearing these messages, what do they think about all of it?
Are your kids constantly drawing, painting and creating? Is your refrigerator covered in art? These DIY Kids Art Displays may be a great way to clear the clutter and show your kids how much you love their creativity. Today I am going to share some great ideas for DIY Kids Art Displays in your home.
Cats are so popular right now. I have seen them on clothing, accessories and so much more. If you a child that is obsessed with cats or kittens right now, you have come to the right place. These ideas would also be “Purrfect” for a cat themed party. So check out these Cat Craft and Treat Ideas for Kids….you are sure to find something to your kids will love.
What’s your idea of an awesome Creative Space for your kids? Would you want to create a reading nook, art station, indoor treehouse or jungle gym for them? Whatever it may be, I am sure that they will absolutely love it! Sharing some amazing and imaginative Creative Spaces for Kids below that will leave you wishing you could go back to the simple days of playing and dreaming….now wouldn’t that be nice?!
We recently were able to spend a fun weekend at Daniel’s Summit Lodge with some of my extended family. Daniel’s Summit’s Lodge is located just about an hour outside of the Salt Lake City, located in the Heber Valley (near Park City, Utah). Daniel’s Summit Lodge sits in the Uinta Mountains and has some of the most gorgeous scenery you can imagine.
We were invited to come and enjoy some of the scenery, mountain air and play in the beautiful country surrounding the lodge. This was a real treat for us and we thoroughly enjoyed every second of our stay. If you are looking for a great way to have some outdoor fun in an unplugged environment (yay!) with your family, this is it! There are activities that you can do with all ages so that everyone can have fun!