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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Three books to help kids learn Empathy


Empathy is to be able to put yourself in other’s shoes. You can read more about it in my post ‘7 fun activities to teach empathy to young children’. It is also an important aspect to learn to promote emotional Intelligence in kids. Here are three books that can help kids learn empathy.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Fire safety and fun activities related to firefighters

October is Fire Safety month so I thought this would be a perfect time for this post. As far as our house is concerned, Firefighters is the theme all year long. My three and a half year old son loves fire trucks and firefighters. Most of his friends, girls and boys alike, love them too. I like to use this love for real life heroes and their shiny red trucks to instill very important lesson of fire safety.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

10 nature related activities to do this fall season


Autumn is a beautiful season full of festivities. You can do so many different things with kids during this season. I started out thinking I will be able to, may be, pick 10 of my favorite things to do in fall and make a post out of it. But I soon realized that there is so much to do especially on the natural front that I should just stick to nature related activities in this post and list all the others in a different one. Readers outside of US may not be able to do some of these things but some of the information might be equally interesting to you and your kids. So here we go, here are 10 fun nature related activities to do this fall.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

A box full of possibilities: Transforming and Modeling for kids


I am very excited to be volunteering at Caine’s Arcade for their first Anniversary on Oct 5th. Those of you who haven’t heard about Caine’s Arcade yet, it is an arcade built by a 9 year old using cardboard boxes. It is a perfect example of what kids can do with open ended creative endeavors. What a fabulous exercise in transforming and modeling. You can read more about transforming in my long string post and I will be writing about modeling soon.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

5 activities for 5 senses that kids will enjoy around 1st birthday and beyond

Lot of you have been asking me about activities for younger kids. Although lot of my posts have ideas you could use with kids as young as 15 months old, here is one especially for kids nearing their 1st birthday or who just turned one. The best part is all of these activities can be enjoyed by toddlers and preschoolers too. So it can be fun for siblings to play together as well. I will try to do one such post every month or two.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

10 fun activities to teach Estimations to young kids.


We use estimations in our daily life more often than we can estimate. How much salt should I put in this soup? How long will it take me to get to my destination? How hard should I kick for the ball to reach the goal post? How much lumber should we order for this project? What should be the ballpark answer to this math problem? How fast do I have to merge the paints on my canvas before paint will start drying out? We constantly ask such questions to ourselves and most times we get the answer by estimating. Needless to say, it is an important skill for kids to have. Little ones need to practice many different skills besides grasping the mathematical concept of estimations to be able to approximate with ease.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

5 easy and healthy lunch recipes


We all need lunch recipes that can be made easily and are healthy. Something that kids will enjoy eating while it is good for them, makes it even more challenging. So here are five easy lunch recipes that will be liked by kids and adults alike. Best part is, your kids can help making all of these recipes.
I am very excited to include a featured recipe by Chef Maura Redmond. Hope your family enjoys them as much as mine.