It’s really nice when your child is in school all day long. You get a break while they get to have fun and open their minds to new ideas. And when a day comes along where your child is not in school, it means so much to make the day special. Whether it’s a professional day for teachers or a school holiday, here are a few ideas for when your child has a day off school. Go for lunch Your child is probably a bit tired of having the same ham and cheese sandwich for lunch five times a week. [...]
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If you have kids, you’ll know that when they’re active they’re happy and healthy. Being active means their bodies can better regulate themselves and they’re also being given the chance to learn so much around them. Here are a few simple ways to keep your kids active. Walk to school Depending on how far away from school you live, walking is the easiest way to keep your kids active. If you’re not sure about how you or your kids will handle the walk to school, it’s best to just give it a try. Map out your path, give yourself plenty [...]
The nights are cooler. The mornings a bit longer. It’s time to get kids back on a bedtime routine and ready for school. Transitions can always be tricky for kids, especially younger ones. How you react to the coming school year can greatly affect how your children perceive this change. If you’re wondering how to celebrate going back to school with kids, we’ve got a few ideas to highlight this important milestone. One final hurrah Summer means endless opportunities for adventure. Why not celebrate going back to school with kids by giving them one last adventurous day. Plan a day [...]
Birthday parties need a bit of planning to succeed. They only come around once a year, but they can still take parents by surprise. If you need to put together a party but want as little hassle as possible, here are four of the best places for kids birthday parties. Playground and Park Need a place where the kids can burn off all that cake energy? A playground is the perfect place for a kid’s birthday party. Sometimes birthday parties can have a pretty big guest list, and if you have kids of different ages or abilities, or even if [...]
The time between the end of school and the start of school is a long time. And while these months should be full of fun and excitement, they can also be full of learning. In fact, whoever said learning can’t be fun? Chances are you already providing loads of learning opportunities with your kids, without even being aware of it. If you’re not sure, here are five tips for summer learning for kids. Keep it natural If all of a sudden you stop your kids when they are in the middle of fun, creative play, to do worksheets, then chances [...]
Summer is wonderful! The sun is shining, the days are long, and there are endless possibilities. But as any parent knows, once that mid-afternoon sun hits, it can be hard to find the right activities. To help you keep your kids cool in the summer heat, we put together four simple ideas everyone will love. Get wet You don’t need a backyard pool, or even a lake, to get wet in the summer. Even a plain old garden hose will suffice. Set up your sprinkler on the lawn and have a jumping contest. For younger kids, a water table is [...]
You’ve probably heard the phrase STEM by now, as it is the current buzzword when it comes to children’s education. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math. Basically, while arts are still vitally important, it was recognized that the more scientific aspects of life weren’t always being incorporated in the educational curriculum, especially when it came to girls’ learning. The areas in STEM can seem a bit overwhelming to parents, but we’ve put together this handy guide to help you incorporate STEM into your child’s summer. You can still learn while having fun! Science Who doesn’t love a good [...]
With the end of school and the beginning of summer, you might be wondering what to do with your kids. The good news is that kids are really creative and with just a few basic tools, there’s no limit to what they can come up with. The bad news is that summer can be long and the constant refrain or, “I’m bored,” is every parent’s worst nightmare. Here are three essential summer experiences for children to help make summer a bit more interesting. Build a tree fort While most people lack a decent tree in their backyard to make a [...]
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day for kids for a reason. After a (hopefully) long night of sleep, their bodies need more fuel to start the day. And, when you add in school, they need to have enough energy to focus and learn in the morning. These recipes to start the day healthy will keep your kids happy and focused. Jazzed up granola Granola may be a tasty treat for adults, but for kids it looks more like squirrel food. Create a make-your-own granola station in the morning. Have little bowls of oats, various seeds, and sliced [...]
The end of school is an exciting time. It means warm weather, plenty of outdoor time, and most importantly, freedom. But don’t get too excited as school isn’t over yet. If your child can’t wait for summer but still needs to finish their school first, here are some simple ways to keep kids focused until the end of school. Create a calendar No matter how old your kids are, teaching them the basics of a calendar is a smart idea. Instead of having them constantly asking how long until school ends, they can have a nice visual to remind them. [...]