Parent’s Corner : Car Seat Safety

Drive Safe!


I am off on a field trip today and thought this would be a great time to share something I think all parents are concerned about- our children’s safety.

Below you will find links that will hopefully provide you all with information to keep your precious little ones safe and sound !

  • All about infant car seats, why they should ONLY be used rear facing and why you might want to think twice before using an old seat.
  • 1 year old and 20 pounds is the earliest you can turn your child around in a toddler seat but click here to find out why it is safer to keep your toddler rear facing as long as possible.
  • Click here to check to see if any seat your child may be using has been recalled.
  • A Parent’s Guide to Booster Seats!
  • This video is not easy to watch BUT will have you considering keeping your child in a 5 point harness as long as possible.
  • Click Here to find a car seat technician near you to check your seat- research suggests that as many as 90% of all car seats are incorrectly installed!
I hope these links are helpful !


Reduce Reuse Recycle !

Greeting Card Collage


I have old greeting cards in almost every drawer in my house, this craft is fun, easy and helps you get rid of the clutter!
  1. Gather your materials. You will need those old cards you have hanging around, some glue, some scissors and a piece of construction paper.
  2. Start by cutting out pictures from the images on the cards. Older kids can and should do this step, they will love it too!
  3. Grab the glue and go for it! Today was my son’s first day gluing himself and there were some spills but I was surprised how well he did, so fear not if they want to try themselves why not?
  4. Ask them about the colors, shapes and pictures as they keep going!
  5. Now you can open all those clutter free drawers!

Octopus O – Letter Of The Week Craft

letter crafts

Have fun exploring the letter O for letter of the week and the subject of octopuses with this simple craft.

 

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some construction paper, some paint , crayons or markers, scissors, glue and some tissue paper, or ribbon for the tentacles.octopus letter recognition craft
  2. Draw a big FAT O, it needs to be fat so when you cut it out it is strong enough .octopus o crfat for preschool
  3. Have your child paint / color the O. Ask them about the letter while they do this or if they are younger you can name it a few times and see if they will mimic you. We are using paint dobbers, they dry fast and are not very messy. octopus o letter of the week
  4. While your child is painting cut our 8-10 ( some may rip) tentacles, we are using tissue paper but ribbon or regular construction paper would do in a pinch.octopus crafts for kids
  5. Cut out the O.
  6. Put 8 dots of glue on the back side of the O.octopus letter o
  7. Glue on the tentacles.octopus O Letter craft
  8. Let dry! octopus letter of the week craft for kids

Backyard Car Wash !

car wash for toddlers

This is a fun activity for a nice day! Kids love to do things they see grown ups do and the clean toys are a nice side effect!

  • Gather your materials. What you need for this is a bowl or bucket of water, some dish or hand soap, some wash clothes or sponges, a dish towel and the toys you are going to wash. I like to use sponges because they are easy to cut small enough for toddler hands.backyard toy wash
  • Put the soap in the water, and get some bubbles going.backyard car wash soap
  • Grab a sponge and clean those cars!backyard car wash
  • After sponging them down make sure you dry them well and I let them sit upside down so no water gets stuck in any crevasses.backyard car washing game

Need Truck themed books to go along with your car wash? We have a bunch of fun ones to suggest!

 

Shine On ! Summer’s Here !


Disco Daisy Bouquet!

Sequins are a fun addition to any craft just make sure your child is able to resist the urge to pop them in their mouths! I am happy to report my son seems to be ready!
  1. Gather your materials. You will need A piece of construction paper, some paint, some muffin cups ( shiny ones are a bonus!) some mini muffin cups , sequins ( or sparkles) , some glue , tape and a small piece of ribbon.
  2. Flatten out a muffin cup and place a small amount of paint in the center.
  3. Let your child finger paint the cup.
  4. Put some glue in the center of a mini muffin cup, if you do not have a mini muffin cip you can use a small circle of any paper.
  5. Drop sequins onto the glue.
  6. My son LOVED this part, we did 4 mini muffin cups. This is great fine motor skills practice, you can even ask them to pick out specific colors of sequins if they are really digging this part of the craft! Just go with their flow!
  7. Glue the mini muffin cup into the center of the larger one.
  8. Tape two ( or however many flowers you have) pipe cleaners onto your construction paper for stems, then glue the flowers onto the paper.
  9. Gather the stems and tie together with a ribbon.


Song!

For a cute song about seasons click HERE


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