Family Rules – Getting Families to Cooperate : Video

Getting everyone in the family to get along and participate in keeping order can sometimes be a big frustration. I found in my family that the kids are at the age where they fight a lot and getting them to clean up can be more stress than just doing it myself. I heard about ‘family rules’ before so I decided to try it. We sat our kids down and talked about what rules are important in our family to allow us to all get along and for the house to run smoothly.
The kids really responded well to this. We guided them to good rules but they mainly came up with them on their own. We will see how it goes but the first week has been good. I love being able to point to the rules as a reminder.

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Make Your Own Marbled Paper – Paper Craft for Kids

What kid doesn’t love doing crafts and being artistic?Here is a great video of an activity your children will love! For this craft you need to use oil paint – if you use other paint it won’t work as well. You can use linseed oil or replace that with sunflower oil that is easier to find in the grocery store.
This is a fun and easy craft for kids. Once the paper dries you can make beautiful cards or wrapping paper out of it.

Valentines Day Craft – ‘I Love You’ Hand!

Valentine’s Day is almost here, and we just can’t help sharing this fun craft idea you can do with your toddler all while teaching them the sign for ‘I Love You’!

ASL I Love You Valentines Day Craft

What you’ll need:
-Red craft paper
-Marker
-Stickers
-Glue Stick

What do do:
-Trace your child’s hand on the craft paper, and cut out around the fingers. (Or you can cut out hand shapes as shown here).
-Have your child decorate the hand with drawings or stickers
-Glue down both the Middle and Ring fingers to form the ‘I Love You’ hand shape.
-Help them address the Valentine to whomever they’d like to give it to!

Fun Fact: Did you know, the ‘I Love You’ sign is made using the ‘I’, ‘L’ and the ‘Y’ ASL alphabet signs?

Have fun!!