Fun activities for holiday travel

Fun activities for holiday travel

Are we there yet? Are we there yet? You may hear that question many, many times while traveling to over the holidays, so we have some fun activities for holiday travel to help! While travelling with your little one may seem daunting and at times feel endless, with a little preparation you can make the time in a car (or plane) go by more smoothly. These ideas can be used again and again. Also think about keeping a travel kit in your car for unexpected traffic jams, or longer than planned doctor appointments. One of my favorite activities is to make a doctor kit for your child to take care of her sick doll or stuffed animal. Fill a bag or container with Band-Aids, gauze, Q-tips, washcloth, empty plastic bottle, small flashlight, and so on. Show them how to care for their “baby”. Your child will take care of many common illnesses as well as a few you have never heard of! Teach your child a few tried and true games. For children 4+, the Memory game can be made by putting pairs of stickers to two sets of index cards. Start with a few (perhaps 3) pairs until he catches on, then add more cards to make it more interesting, not to mention time consuming. You can also start with younger children – they may not “get” the game, but can enjoy the cards with stickers! Was this a hit? Once they get into Memory, it is time to teach some simple card games like Go Fish or Crazy Eights. A small container with stickers, paper, and crayons...
Spring has sprung – fun activities to do with your kids!

Spring has sprung – fun activities to do with your kids!

This winter was certainly one for the books!  It’s time to put that behind us and enjoy spring!  An entirely new world is ready to explore, and we have some fun spring activities for kids and parents that will help! For those little ones under 6 months old: Help strengthen communication with your child by making buzzy bee sounds.  With the baby on your lap, move your fingers in front of his eyes like a bee is flying.  Make a buzzing sound.  You can move it fast and buzz faster, making a zooming sound as it swishes by.  Slow it down and make a softer voice.  Your baby is learning with all of these variations.  Of course, when the bee is tired, it could land on your baby’s stomach and end with a tickle! Hide behind a blanket and peek out, using playful tones and expressions.  This can be played indoors or out and about in the stroller.  Play for as long as your child enjoys it.  Your baby is processing many things including interaction, social cues, expressions and emotions. When outside, place him on his stomach on a blanket.  Lay around some of her favorite toys and encourage her to move around.  This will help physically develop muscles needed for crawling and walking.  Outside also gives your baby the chance to try new terrain.  Lay the blanket on a gentle slope, or on top of a pile of leaves for different experiences. For slightly older babies: How about some spring shakers for your baby?  Use plastic Easter eggs and loosely fill them with birdseed, bells, or dried peas. ...
Fun holiday activities for the family!

Fun holiday activities for the family!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Families are gathering, decorations are up, and the smells of holiday recipes are filling the air. This is also a wonderful opportunity to make the most of family time. Here are some suggestions for fun holiday activities for the family! First, don’t stress!  Remember the goal…have fun with your child and make memories! With infants (under 1), you can: In a darkened room, turn on/off holiday lights, saying “Look at the beautiful lights! They make the room so bright!” Have festive tummy time! Put short ribbons and bows within reach, or just out of reach if your baby is beginning to crawl. Tinsel is an eye catcher, as is brightly colored wrapping paper to rustle. (Be sure to supervise your baby closely and make certain things don’t go into the mouth!) Make noise shakers – take small clear containers (toddler baby food containers would work well) and loosely fill them with brightly colored bells, bits of tinsel, or beads. Secure the lids with a few drops of glue. Shake, shake, shake, and then let them have a go. (Even with secure lids, don’t leave your baby unattended with these toys). Toddlers are up for a little more messy fun: Wrap up cookie sheets (with your child watching, so they don’t think it’s a present and rip it off!). Attach small magnets to the back of little bows and place them near the cookie sheet. Show your child how to “decorate” the gift by placing bows on the cookie sheet. Then pretend to give each other gifts (“For me? Thank you so much. I really needed a...
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