Tuesday, February 18, 2014

25 Activities to do with Sick Kids

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It's been a tough week in our house.  Bear has been on the couch for 7 of the past 8 days due to a fever, a ragged cough, and a list of other ailments.  As active as he is, that many days in a row calls for some serious boredom on his part.  So I've been pulling out all the stops to find some quiet and calm activities to do with my sick kiddo.  Here are some activities we did, plus more from some other great sites.
 
  • A Jello sensory bin like Life Lesson Plans made allows for some calm play and a hydrating snack that's gentle on sick tummies.
  • Create a fingerprint "I Love You" book inspired by Life Lesson Plans.
  • Make listening tubes like Teach Preschool did.  What can you hear in your house?
  • Create window mosaics with contact paper and tissue paper like these ones from MamaSmiles.
  • Make paper lanterns and have some fun playing with them in the dark.  Find out how at Preschool Powol Packets.
  • Foam shapes and water can provide some quiet, therapeutic play. See how to make it work at Creative Play Central.
 

For more ideas, you can check out The Good Long Road's post on 12 ways to show your kids love when they're sick.
 
What are some ways you keep your little ones occupied when they're sick?

 
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Sunday, February 16, 2014

motherhood is a choice: free printable

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being a parent is tough work.  as the mom of a teenager and a preschooler, there are so many days when i wonder if i'll ever get it right.  our children challenge us beyond our wildest imaginations.  and not always in a bad way.  sure, there are those times when it feels like i wanna pull my hair out and cut off my ears so i can't hear one. more. complaint.  but there are also those times when my breath catches because i'm so overwhelmed at the amount of i'd-do-anything-for-you love i have for them.
 
so, when i came upon this quote about motherhood by Donna Bell i just fell in love with it and new i had to do something with it... 
 
"Motherhood is a choice you make every day, to put someone else's happiness and well-being ahead of your own.  To teach the hard lessons, to do the right thing, even when you're not sure what the right thing is, and to forgive yourself over and over again, for doing everything wrong."
 
how true is that?!  how many nights do we lay on heads on our pillows and revisit our self-perceived failures of the day?  and then beat ourselves up over the coulda shoulda wouldas of the situation.  i think that as mothers, we're often our own worst critics.  constantly comparing ourselves to our own mothers or grandmothers or that seemingly "perfect" mom in the playgroup.  but that's not how it's supposed to be.  we do what we can as best as we can for our kids.  is there room for improvement? always.  but there's a learning curve to parenting... nobody gets it totally right.  so stop beating yourselves up, sisters...  keep fighting the good fight and be loving when its hard to.
 
if you love this quote as much as i do, please grab yourself a free printable of it. 
 
it's available in 3 versions: black and white, cool colors, and warm colors.  all you have to do is click the image or the link below it to get your own copy!
 
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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Have a Ball Valentine bag topper free printable {valentine's kids can make}

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We are gearing up for Bear's first Valentine's Day party, which means a super fun valentine for all of his classmates. I had wanted to do something cute with him, but we hadn't come up with anything until the other day.  That's where this super cute ball Valentine's Day bag topper {label} comes in.

Iwanted to stay away from candy, so when I saw these bouncy balls at Target (on clearance, even!), I  ran my idea past Bear and he loved it!  All that we needed was the balls, some snack-sized Ziploc bags, and this "I hope you have a ball this Valentine's Day!" printable pictured below. (To get it for yourself, just right click and choose to "Save As".)


After I printed the bag topper and Bear signed his name on the back,  I cut it out on the lines with a paper slicer and folded it in half. Bear put the ball into the bag and zipped it shut (insert a little fine motor skill practice).  then we sandwiched the paper topper around the top of the sandwich bag and Bear stapled it on.  The result was a super cute way for him to say Happy Valentine's Day to his friends.

Find more great Valentine's Day ideas on my










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