Creative Child Magazinehttp://www.creativechild.comHelping parents nurture their child's creativity.enCopyright 2019 Scooterbay Publishing, Inc.Tue, 17 Sep 2019 16:22:58 -07:000KohanaPHPGhostly Bananas and Pumpkin Cuties<p><img src="/template/userfiles/ghostbananas180.jpg" alt="" width="180" height="144" /></p> <p><a style="height: 20px; width: 40px; position: absolute; opacity: 0.85; z-index: 8675309; display: none; cursor: pointer; border: medium none; background-color: transparent; background-image: url(;" href=""></a></p> <p><a style="height: 20px; width: 40px; position: absolute; opacity: 0.85; z-index: 8675309; display: none; cursor: pointer; border: medium none;…Middle LeftThu, 16 Oct 2014 10:31:13 -07:00Apple Pie Tortillas<p><img src="/template/userfiles/posts/ApplePieTortilla180.jpg" alt="" width="180" height="138" /></p>Kids' KitchenThu, 16 Oct 2014 9:17:05 -07:00Ghost Hunting in the Dark<p><img src="/template/userfiles/posts/GhostHunting200.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="138" /> A non-scary, fun Halloween activity.</p>Music & ActivitiesWed, 15 Oct 2014 11:46:06 -07:00Halloween Spider Web Cupcakes<p><img src="/template/userfiles/posts/SpiderwebCupcakesFinal180.jpg" alt="" width="180" height="138" /></p>Kids' KitchenTue, 14 Oct 2014 16:26:05 -07:00Halloween Peg Dolls: Witch and Ghost<p><img src="/template/userfiles/posts/HalloweenPegGhost200.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="138" />Peg dolls are wonderful toys! As simple as a bare peg looks, with a bit of painting or sewing, they can turn into charming companions for children.</p>Arts & CraftsTue, 14 Oct 2014 10:28:06 -07:00Family Fall Bucket List<p><img src="/template/userfiles/posts/AutumnKidsBubbles200.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="138" />Fall has arrived! I've compiled a list of 40 of my favorite fall family activities.</p>Music & ActivitiesMon, 13 Oct 2014 13:06:51 -07:00Sparkly Glitter Skull<p><img src="/template/userfiles/posts/GlitterSkullHappy200.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="138" />Looking to put a little sparkle into your Halloween décor? This fun activity requires just a little glue and LOTS of glitter + a plastic skull or bones you can find at any craft (or even dollar) store.</p>Arts & CraftsMon, 13 Oct 2014 11:08:18 -07:00Halloween Safety Tips<p>It's almost the spookiest night of the year! These safety tips and precautions will help to keep you and your kids safe this Halloween!</p> <p><img src="/template/userfiles/Witch-Crashed-220.jpg" alt="" width="220" height="184" /></p> <p><a style="height: 20px; width: 40px; position: absolute; opacity: 0.85; z-index: 8675309; display: none; cursor: pointer; border: medium none; background-color: transparent; background-image: url(;" href=""></a></p>…Health & SafetyFri, 10 Oct 2014 15:10:11 -07:00Pumpkin Beaded Pipe Cleaners<p><img src="/template/userfiles/posts/BeadPumpkin200.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="138" />We are seeing so many different shapes and sizes of pumpkins all around our neighborhood. So we thought we’d bring some of the pumpkin fun indoors with a super simple craft for kids.</p>Arts & CraftsThu, 9 Oct 2014 11:52:51 -07:0010 Ways to Drop Off Your Preschooler on Good Footing<p><img src="/template/userfiles/posts/happyPreschooler200.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="150" />As a  mom of two preschoolers with separation anxiety, I was first inspired to write an article titled “How to Execute a Tear-Free Drop Off.”  Then realized the goal shouldn’t be about how your child reacts to saying goodbye to you, which he may have very little control over, but about how to leave him on solid footing in a peaceful state of mind.</p>Music & ActivitiesThu, 9 Oct 2014 9:52:58 -07:00Learning to Embrace my Highly Sensitive Child<p><img src="/template/userfiles/posts/SensitiveChild200.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="150" />I noticed the signs early on.  When my daughter was 18 months old, she once cried watching an episode of Mickey Mouse because a hungry baby Goofy burst into tears. Even as a young child, she never took a toy from another kid.</p>ParentingThu, 9 Oct 2014 8:45:16 -07:00Great Wolf Lodge<p><img src="/template/userfiles/posts/GreatWolfTubeSlide178.jpg" alt="" width="178" height="138" /></p>TravelWed, 8 Oct 2014 16:33:04 -07:00Healthy Halloween Witch's Broom Snacks<p><img src="/template/userfiles/WitchBroom-180_136.jpg" alt="" width="180" height="136" /></p> <p><a style="height: 20px; width: 40px; position: absolute; opacity: 0.85; z-index: 8675309; display: none; cursor: pointer; border: medium none; background-color: transparent; background-image: url(;" href=""></a></p> <p><a style="height: 20px; width: 40px; position: absolute; opacity: 0.85; z-index: 8675309; display: none; cursor: pointer; border: medium…Kids' KitchenWed, 8 Oct 2014 12:04:39 -07:00Gooey Monster Cookies<p><img src="/template/userfiles/Gooeyeyeballcookies180.jpg" alt="" width="180" height="136" /></p> <p><a style="height: 20px; width: 40px; position: absolute; opacity: 0.85; z-index: 8675309; display: none; cursor: pointer; border: medium none; background-color: transparent; background-image: url(;" href=""></a></p> <p><a style="height: 20px; width: 40px; position: absolute; opacity: 0.85; z-index: 8675309; display: none; cursor: pointer; border: medium…Bottom LeftTue, 7 Oct 2014 15:55:33 -07:00Halloween Pudding Cups<p><img src="/template/userfiles/halloweenpudding-cups-turtles180by136.jpg" alt="" width="180" height="136" /></p> <p><a style="height: 20px; width: 40px; position: absolute; opacity: 0.85; z-index: 8675309; display: none; cursor: pointer; border: medium none; background-color: transparent; background-image: url(;" href=""></a></p> <p><a style="height: 20px; width: 40px; position: absolute; opacity: 0.85; z-index: 8675309; display: none; cursor: pointer;…Middle LeftTue, 7 Oct 2014 15:03:32 -07:00How to Create a Peaceful Home<p><img src="/template/userfiles/posts/FireplaceFeet200.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="150" />I truly believe that peace on earth starts at home, and that's why my website and my books have one focus, to promote peace in families. Peace must begin inward – we must first find peace in ourselves.</p>ParentingTue, 7 Oct 2014 14:56:58 -07:00No Bake Ghost Cookies<p><img src="/template/userfiles/posts/GhostCookies180.jpg" alt="" width="180" height="138" /></p>Kids' KitchenTue, 7 Oct 2014 10:23:34 -07:00Crafty Family Halloween Costume Ideas<p><img src="/template/userfiles/Family-Costumes-200.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="139" />We have compiled some great DIY costumes that will be sure to be a hit at the neighborhood Halloween bash or for your fun trick-or-treating outing! Be inspired and have a blast creating these fun family-friendly costumes!</p>Arts & CraftsFri, 3 Oct 2014 10:57:24 -07:00Awesome Ideas for Homemade Halloween Costumes<p><img src="/template/userfiles/posts/CCHalloween200.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="139" />Halloween is approaching fast but you still have time to make a costume (or a few). Here is a fun roundup of some fabulous DIY costumes!</p>Arts & CraftsThu, 2 Oct 2014 10:28:27 -07:0010 Ways to Connect With Your Child<p><img src="/template/userfiles/posts/HuggingChild200.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="150" />Being deeply connected to our children is the key to emotional health, cooperation, influence, and peaceful homes, but staying connected in the hustle and bustle of daily life can be challenging. We have to be intentional about our relationships with them now if want these relationships to flourish for years to come.</p>ParentingWed, 1 Oct 2014 16:23:57 -07:004 Ways to Start a Nature Collection<p><img src="/template/userfiles/posts/StartNature178.jpg" alt="" width="178" height="138" /></p>Other StuffMon, 29 Sep 2014 15:49:47 -07:00Rice Krispies Pumpkin Treats<p><img src="/template/userfiles/posts/PumpkinCrispies180.jpg" alt="" width="180" height="136" /></p>Bottom LeftFri, 26 Sep 2014 9:53:41 -07:00A Solution to Redshirting: Break Up Classrooms<p><img src="/template/userfiles/posts/Children-at-laptop-640.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="150" />Research shows that older children in a given classroom outperform younger ones.  With some older children as much as a year ahead in age of their younger counterparts, older students have a leg up by simple laws of biology.</p>ParentingThu, 25 Sep 2014 10:17:17 -07:00Autumn Leaf Art<p><img src="/template/userfiles/posts/Leaf-Art-in-the-Fall-3.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="139" />Inspiration struck me as I was looking through the pages of book <em>Leaf Man</em> by Lois Ehlert. I generally enjoy book illustrations, but I found the ones in this book particularly unique – all of them are beautiful leaf collages.</p>Arts & CraftsTue, 23 Sep 2014 15:12:06 -07:00To Redshirt or Not: 10 Things to Consider<p><img src="/template/userfiles/posts/Redshirting200.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="133" />Do you have a child born close to the kindergarten cut-off date?  You may be one of many parents in the throes of deciding whether or not to hold your child back from kindergarten until he reaches 6 years of age.  Rest assured, you’re not alone.</p>ParentingMon, 22 Sep 2014 14:33:43 -07:00Solutions for Sibling Rivalry<p><img src="/template/userfiles/posts/HappySiblings200.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="133" />If you're like me, you dreamed that your children would be best friends from the start. It's both heartbreaking and frustrating when your children fight and squabble with each other, but there are things you can do (and not do) to help build their relationships with each other.</p>ParentingFri, 19 Sep 2014 12:03:42 -07:00Apple-Shaped Straw Buddies<p><img src="/template/userfiles/posts/Apple-Straw-Buddies-thumbnail.jpg" alt="" width="178" height="119" />With the fall season upon us, it’s time to craft up some apple projects. Today I’m happy to be sharing a fun craft for sipping on your apple cider. These apple-shaped straw buddies are great for kids to make and use every time they sip on apple juice or apple cider!</p>Arts & CraftsThu, 18 Sep 2014 10:51:24 -07:0012 Picture Books to Read This Fall<p><img src="/template/userfiles/posts/AutumnPictureBooks400.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="122" />Does it feel like fall where you live? It certainly does around the Great Lakes. In our family, we like celebrating the change of seasons with new books. Out come the seasonal books from the previous years, and if they are not enough, we take a trip to the library. Here is the list of our favourites to read in the fall.</p>Music & ActivitiesWed, 17 Sep 2014 14:26:26 -07:00Missed Connections?<p><img src="/template/userfiles/posts/BoyCellPhone-200x133.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="133" />Much has been made of the social consequences of children growing up with phones attached to their ears, but should parents worry about physical risks, too?</p>ParentingTue, 16 Sep 2014 11:05:54 -07:00Top 5 Behaviors That Cause Parents to Lose Their Cool: #1 Aggression<p><img src="/template/userfiles/posts/FightingBoys640.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="133" />At last we have made it to the number one most frustrating behavior that causes parents to lose their cool. Aggressive behavior.</p>ParentingMon, 15 Sep 2014 10:13:57 -07:00It's Your Call<p><img src="/template/userfiles/posts/CellPhoneKids-640.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="133" />It’s a founding precept of childhood: younger kids race constantly to catch up with older siblings. This means wearing the same clothes, watching the same shows, and clamoring for the same freedoms that their more seasoned counterparts enjoy.</p>ParentingFri, 12 Sep 2014 15:19:42 -07:00Top 5 Behaviors That Cause Parents to Lose Their Cool: #2 Whining<p><img src="/template/userfiles/posts/Whining-640.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="133" />The countdown continues to the top behavior that makes parents want to scream. So far, I've covered numbers 5 through 3 on the list: <a href="/parenting/top-5-behaviors-that-cause-parents-to-lose-their-cool" target="_blank">Back talk</a>, <a href="/parenting/top-5-behaviors-that-cause-parents-to-lose-their-cool-4-tantrums" target="_blank">tantrums</a>, and <a href="/parenting/top-5-behaviors-that-cause-parents-to-lose-their-cool-3-not-listening"…ParentingThu, 11 Sep 2014 12:39:32 -07:00Guacamole Boats with Baked Tortilla Chips<p><img src="/template/userfiles/posts/Guacamole-180.jpg" alt="" width="180" height="138" /></p>Kids' KitchenThu, 11 Sep 2014 12:29:07 -07:008 Ways to Get Ready for Kindergarten<p><img src="/template/userfiles/posts/KindergardenPrep-640.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="160" />Is your child ready to take the first step on his academic ladder?  While it’s true that many kindergartens have become more academically rigorous than previous generations, the good news is that the skills he will need to acclimate and thrive haven’t changed much.</p>ParentingMon, 8 Sep 2014 10:02:38 -07:00Top 5 Behaviors That Cause Parents to Lose Their Cool: #3 Not Listening<p><img src="/template/userfiles/girl-not-listen-200.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="133" />I have been counting down the top 5 behaviors that cause parents to lose it. In case you missed it, I have already written about <a href="/parenting/top-5-behaviors-that-cause-parents-to-lose-their-cool" target="_blank">back talk</a> and <a href="/parenting/top-5-behaviors-that-cause-parents-to-lose-their-cool-4-tantrums" target="_blank">tantrums.</a> Today, I am addressing number 3 on the list – not listening.</p>ParentingFri, 5 Sep 2014 15:03:44 -07:00Better Sleep, Smarter Kids?<p><img src="/template/userfiles/images/SLeepingBoyBooks-640.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="152" /></p> <p>No doubt about it: sleep does a growing body good. Teachers have long noted that well-rested children seem more energetic and are better able to pay attention. And any mom or dad knows that skipping just one nap can throw a kid off-kilter for days.</p>ParentingThu, 4 Sep 2014 16:37:09 -07:00Homemade Soft Pretzels<p><img src="/template/userfiles/posts/PreztelFace180.jpg" alt="" width="180" height="138" /></p>Kids' KitchenWed, 3 Sep 2014 15:12:27 -07:00Top 5 Behaviors That Cause Parents to Lose Their Cool: #4 Tantrums<p><img src="/template/userfiles/posts/TantrumBoy-640.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="133" />This is part 2 in my 5-part series of the most troublesome behaviors parents lose their cool over. Last time,<a href="/parenting/top-5-behaviors-that-cause-parents-to-lose-their-cool" target="_blank"> I discussed the fifth behavior on the list, back talk</a>. Today, I will cover the fourth most bothersome behavior, tantrums.</p>ParentingWed, 3 Sep 2014 11:22:26 -07:00Retooling Summertime Sleep Routines<p><img src="/template/userfiles/posts/BoyGlassesSleeping-640.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="161" />Ah, summertime: it’s a season tailor-made for casting off strict schedules and relaxing the rules, just a bit. Chasing fireflies, telling stories around a campfire, loading up on sugary sweets at a slumber party...</p>ParentingTue, 2 Sep 2014 10:07:10 -07:00Reggio Emilia Approach with Play-dough<p><img src="/template/userfiles/posts/reggioemilia4.jpg" alt="" width="178" height="119" />We are finishing our play-dough-themed exploration of alternative educational approaches by taking a glance at the Reggio Emilia approach. While it may be less well-known than the previously discussed Montessori and Waldorf practices, many of its ideas and techniques have been integrated into other educational philosophies.</p>Arts & CraftsFri, 29 Aug 2014 10:39:35 -07:00Top 5 Behaviors That Cause Parents to Lose Their Cool: #5 Back Talk<p><img src="/template/userfiles/posts/BackTalk-200.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="161" />I recently surveyed a group of over 7,000 parents and asked which of their children's behaviors grated on their nerves the most. In this 5-part series, I will discuss these 5 troublesome behaviors individually and offer positive parenting tips to manage them. I will begin at number 5 and work my way up to the behavior most parents deem the worst.</p>ParentingWed, 27 Aug 2014 14:32:43 -07:00Making the Decision to Homeschool<p><img src="/template/userfiles/posts/Homeschool-640.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="138" />Are you thinking about homeschooling your child? If so, I know that making the decision to homeschool can feel overwhelming and even alarming.</p>ParentingTue, 26 Aug 2014 11:34:56 -07:00Slow-Cooker Marinara Sauce Recipe<p><img src="/template/userfiles/posts/PizzaMarinara-180.jpg" alt="" width="180" height="138" /></p>Kids' KitchenTue, 26 Aug 2014 11:05:12 -07:00Preschool Must-Haves<p><img src="/template/userfiles/headline-for-prek640.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="107" />Are you ready for Preschool? Here is a list of Must-Haves for every Pre-K student.</p>ParentingMon, 25 Aug 2014 15:02:54 -07:00All Natural Edible Play-Dough<p><img src="/template/userfiles/posts/PlayDough-Play.jpg" alt="" width="178" height="73" /> All natural edible play-dough recipe.</p>Arts & CraftsMon, 25 Aug 2014 13:36:26 -07:00Exploring Waldorf with Play-Dough<p><img src="/template/userfiles/posts/WaldorfDough2.jpg" alt="" width="178" height="122" />We set up an activity to illustrate a few basic principles of the <strong>Montessori approach</strong>. Today we are continuing the series, exploring what some alternative education systems are like.</p>Arts & CraftsFri, 22 Aug 2014 10:38:56 -07:00Can’t Get Your Kid To Eat? Make Mealtime a Fun Activity<p><img src="/template/userfiles/picking-berries-girl178.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="143" />Make mealtime a fun activity! Get your child involved with stories, activities and simple recipes that will whet their appetite.</p>ParentingThu, 21 Aug 2014 10:07:41 -07:0010 Play Invitations to Inspire Creativity<p><img src="/template/userfiles/play-invite-178.jpg" alt="" width="178" height="119" />Play invitations can be simple or complex and are designed to spark curiosity and invite play. Inspire your child's creativity to blossom with these 10 Play Invitations.</p>Arts & CraftsWed, 20 Aug 2014 9:48:31 -07:00Washi Tape Backpack Tags<p><img src="/template/userfiles/posts/WashiTapeBackpackTags.jpg" alt="" width="178" height="119" />We’re making backpack tags to personalize our school backpacks. These are made from a recycled cereal box, covering a square piece with the fun craft supply washi tape. It’s a no-mess craft you’re sure to love!</p>Arts & CraftsTue, 19 Aug 2014 9:26:53 -07:00Mean Girls: How to Handle Them<p><img src="/template/userfiles/posts/Mean-Girls-640.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="133" />Cynthia is a 9-year-old brunette with wide eyes and a nose that crinkles when she smiles.  She likes to wear headbands and enjoys soccer. There are no marks on her as far as I can see that would make her a target for bullying.</p>ParentingFri, 15 Aug 2014 14:24:12 -07:00Sweet Grilled Cheese Sandwich<p><img src="/template/userfiles/posts/CJ-Sandwich.jpg" alt="" width="180" height="135" /></p>Kids' KitchenThu, 14 Aug 2014 9:49:04 -07:00High Five Card for Teacher<p><img src="/template/userfiles/posts/High-Five-to-a-Great-Year-Card.jpg" alt="" width="140" height="184" />It’s that time of year… back to school! Let’s cheer on our teachers for this new school year by paint stamping a High Five to a Great Year card!</p>Arts & CraftsWed, 13 Aug 2014 11:54:11 -07:007 Ways to Inspire a Child to Practice an Instrument (Without Tears)<p><img src="/template/userfiles/posts/Girl-band-640.jpg" alt="" width="202" height="135" />Playing the piano wasn’t always fun for me.  In fact, it was dreadful at times.  But starting from age 4, I remained a dedicated pupil for almost two decades, thanks in large part to my parents.  There are things about my training that worked well to inspire me and things I wish I could’ve changed.</p>Music & ActivitiesTue, 12 Aug 2014 11:05:49 -07:00Exploring Montessori with Play-dough<p><img src="/template/userfiles/posts/Exploring-Mont-with-Play-dough-3-640.jpg" alt="" width="178" height="121" />Why not try out the techniques of the famous Italian educators right at home, without spending a fortune on supplies? All you will need is play-dough to explore and compare the different practices.</p>Arts & CraftsMon, 11 Aug 2014 11:25:38 -07:00Everyone Has a Story to Tell<p><img src="/template/userfiles/posts/Everyone-Has-Story-To-Tell-420.jpg" alt="" width="213" height="172" />In the book <em>Gooney Bird Greene,</em> briefly reviewed in the article <em>Back to School Books</em>, the second-graders were learning about telling stories. Their teacher thought that they might want to tell stories about Christopher Columbus, but the students insisted on stories about their intriguing new classmate – the bright and strong-willed girl Gooney Bird Greene.</p>Music & ActivitiesFri, 8 Aug 2014 16:03:56 -07:004 Inspiring Back to School Books<p><img src="/template/userfiles/posts/Best-Schools-178.jpg" alt="" width="178" height="138" /></p>Middle CenterThu, 7 Aug 2014 11:36:26 -07:00Goodie Gift Bag for Teacher<p><img src="/template/userfiles/posts/Felt-Gift-Bags-for-Teacher-178.jpg" alt="" width="178" height="146" /></p>Arts & CraftsWed, 6 Aug 2014 12:19:48 -07:007 Creative Summer Projects for Kids<p><img src="/template/userfiles/headline/Summer-Projects-420.jpg" alt="" width="178" height="144" /></p>Music & ActivitiesWed, 6 Aug 2014 10:43:28 -07:00Peach Pie in a Cup<p><img src="/template/userfiles/posts/Peach-Pie-Cups-180.jpg" alt="" width="180" height="138" /></p>Kids' KitchenTue, 5 Aug 2014 16:44:10 -07:00A Different Kind of Classroom<p><img src="/template/userfiles/posts/Montessori-Kids-Plant-640.jpg" alt="" width="180" height="126" />Julia Child. Chelsea Clinton. Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin. What do these successful folks share in common? A Montessori education.</p>Music & ActivitiesMon, 4 Aug 2014 15:35:15 -07:00Is Your Child an Actor?<p><img src="/template/userfiles/headline/girl-on-camera.jpg" alt="" width="500" height="374" /></p>Middle RightFri, 1 Aug 2014 1:05:01 -07:00ALL-IN-ONE PATTY<p><img src="/template/userfiles/posts/All-In-One_Patty_178.jpg" alt="" width="178" height="138" /></p> <p> </p>Kids' KitchenThu, 31 Jul 2014 15:25:24 -07:00Ice Sculptures: Inspiring Creativity in Summer<p><img src="/template/userfiles/posts/Ice-sculpture-640.jpg" alt="" width="178" height="133" /></p>Music & ActivitiesThu, 31 Jul 2014 11:40:02 -07:00Three Simple Steps to Healthy Eating<p><img src="/template/userfiles/posts/Mom-2-kids-healthy-eating-640.jpg" alt="" width="220" height="146" />Figuring out what to feed kids can be complicated and stressful.  We are bombarded with advertisements and a plethora of food choices, not to mention the long and esoteric list of ingredients in packaged foods. It seems impossible to decipher the good from the bad.</p>Health & SafetyWed, 30 Jul 2014 10:42:39 -07:005 Ways to Encourage Creativity Through Play<p><img src="/template/userfiles/posts/Kids-Potato-Sack-Race.jpg" alt="" width="192" height="131" />Creativity is on the decline, and the reduction of free play is at least partly to blame. According to American psychologist, Peter Gray, free play has declined sharply over the last century, and with it the mental health of children and adolescents has also declined.</p>ParentingMon, 28 Jul 2014 15:49:30 -07:00O-Joy Smoothie<p><img src="/template/userfiles/posts/Cheers-Smoothie.jpg" alt="" width="175" height="177" />This is a smoothie that my son loves.  It's light and refreshing, and full of vitamin C.  I especially like to make these when I feel our family needs an immunity boost.</p>Kids' KitchenThu, 24 Jul 2014 13:12:26 -07:00Monster Pom Poms<p><img src="/template/userfiles/posts/Pom-Monsters-Final.jpg" alt="" width="177" height="114" /> Fun way to entertain indoors with colorful pom poms and googly eyes!</p>Arts & CraftsThu, 24 Jul 2014 12:29:40 -07:00Taming Your Toddler with Chores?<p><img src="/template/userfiles/posts/Toddler-and-Mom-baking.jpg" alt="" width="185" height="123" />I’ve noticed whenever I’m busy running around making breakfast, lunch or dinner, my toddler seems to be increasingly needy and wants all of my attention. When I explain, “mommy will play after dinner is ready or the kitchen is cleaned up,” she just pleads harder and acts out her frustration. </p>ParentingWed, 23 Jul 2014 14:15:42 -07:00Get Prepared with the MediBag First Aid Kit<p><img src="/template/userfiles/posts/medibag_single.jpg" alt="" width="250" height="212" />Are you prepared?</p>Editor's PicksMon, 21 Jul 2014 14:50:40 -07:00Strawberry Graham Cracker Treats<p><img src="/template/userfiles/images/Strawberry-Graham-Treats.jpg" alt="" width="184" height="138" />A fun and easy treat to make with the kids!</p>Kids' KitchenThu, 17 Jul 2014 11:19:27 -07:00#nutfree Reusable Bag<p><span>This incredible reusable bag with the #nutfree logo is not just for the grocery store.<img src="/template/userfiles/posts/nutfree-Leaf.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="300" /></span></p>Editor's PicksTue, 18 Mar 2014 11:03:13 -07:00National Day Of Unplugging<p><span>Is technology a good thing or a bad thing when it comes to raising our kids?<img style="float: left;" src="/template/userfiles/posts/National_Day_Of_Unplugging.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="100" /></span></p>ParentingThu, 6 Mar 2014 10:24:39 -08:00Crock Pot Creamy Tomato Soup<p><span>Thanks to my parents, I'm real picky when it comes to soup...<img class="float-left" src="/template/userfiles/posts/Crock-Pot-Creamy-Tomato-Soup.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="112" /></span></p>Kids KitchenWed, 29 Jan 2014 11:33:34 -08:00French Onion Soup<p><span><img src="/template/userfiles/posts/french-onion-soup.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="106" />This soup is awesome! French onion soup is one of my favorite soups...</span></p>Kids' KitchenFri, 17 Jan 2014 11:38:26 -08:00How to Get Kids Excited about Reading<p><span><img src="/template/userfiles/posts/Reading_Kids_94693786.gif" alt="" width="182" height="137" />Getting Kids Excited About Reading<br /></span></p>ParentingFri, 17 Jan 2014 11:23:36 -08:00Brilliant Parenting: Encouraging Positive Behaviors in Others<p><span>Guiding your child to behave in a positive manner is as easy as 1,2,3...</span></p>ParentingTue, 31 Dec 2013 13:25:42 -08:00Portia Polar Bear's Birthday Wish<p><img src="/template/userfiles/Margie_Carroll_Press_-_Portia_Polar_Bears_Birthday_Wish.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="143" />Portia Polar Bear's Birthday Wish, a new children's book written by Margie Carroll with accompanying photography by Daniel J. Cox, is a story about a young polar bear that thinks she's much different than her other Arctic friends.</p>Music & ActivitiesMon, 23 Dec 2013 16:13:09 -08:00Alaska's Dog Heroes<p><img src="/template/userfiles/Alaskas_Dog_Heroes1.JPG" alt="" width="153" height="142" /></p> <p>Dogs really are a person’s best friend in Alaska...</p>ParentingMon, 23 Dec 2013 15:55:54 -08:00Vanilla Snowman Cupcakes with Vanilla Icing<p><img src="/template/userfiles/posts/christmas-cupcakes_1.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="130" />These adorable snowman cupcakes are low fat, easy to make and they are a hit with the kids!</p>Kids' KitchenWed, 11 Dec 2013 16:01:00 -08:00Arts, Crafts and Hobbies: A Life of Rewards<p>Arts and crafts books are the start of a new adventure for them together with the start of an essential area in your children's development...</p>Arts & CraftsWed, 11 Dec 2013 15:27:15 -08:00Skinny Apple Cobbler<p><img src="/template/userfiles/posts/skinny-apple-cobbler.jpg" alt="" width="157" height="138" /></p>Kids KitchenTue, 26 Nov 2013 14:54:12 -08:00Macaroni and Cheese<p><img style="float: left;" src="/template/userfiles/posts/Macaroni-and-Cheese.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="147" /></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p>Not just a comfort food anymore...MACARONI AND CHEESE, Volume 1, is the first in a multiple book anthology of uplifting and inspirational stories and songs for kids and their parents.</p>Music & ActivitiesTue, 5 Nov 2013 16:18:38 -08:00Chicken Pot Pie Soup<p><img src="/template/userfiles/posts/Chicken_Pot_Pie_Soup_1.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="129" />Chicken pot pie is ultimate comfort food and this creamy, chunky soup is loaded...</p>Kids' KitchenFri, 1 Nov 2013 14:54:42 -07:00Candy Corn Fruit Parfaits<p><img style="float: left;" src="/template/userfiles/posts/Candy-Corn-Fruit-Parfaits-1.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="128" /></p>Middle LeftMon, 21 Oct 2013 14:55:22 -07:00Pumpkin Cupcakes with Pumpkin Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting<p><img style="float: left;" src="/template/userfiles/posts/Pumpkin-Cupcakes.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="119" />Skinny pumpkin cupcakes, perfect for Halloween parties, Thanksgiving or anytime you want a low fat pumpkin treat...</p>Kids' KitchenMon, 21 Oct 2013 14:32:41 -07:00Little Dance<p><img style="float: left;" src="/template/userfiles/posts/Little_Dance_-_Editors_Pick.jpg" alt="" width="165" height="165" /></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p>A delightful board book full of dance inspired riddles that make story time fun. Ten dance-related topics are presented in a rhyming riddle format with illustrated clues and answers. Tutu, tap shoes, and leotard are included in this board book</p>Music & ActivitiesWed, 25 Sep 2013 10:24:42 -07:007 Ways to Raise A Musical Baby<p><img src="/template/userfiles/posts/untitled-folder.jpg" alt="" width="171" height="116" />One of the most wonderful forms of self-expression parents can foster within their children is the ability to play music. Happily, it is possible to get started doing so while the baby is still in the womb. Raising a musical child has many advantages – more even than can be accurately calculated.</p>Music & ActivitiesMon, 23 Sep 2013 11:06:05 -07:00Squish and Splash a Family Vacation<p><img style="float: left;" src="/template/userfiles/posts/Squish-climb-splash-a-family-adventure-vacation-2a.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="118" /></p>TravelTue, 27 Aug 2013 15:34:31 -07:00Learning Toys Stimulate Different Types of Child Development<p><img class="float-left" style="float: left;" src="/template/userfiles/posts/Learning_Toys_Stimulate_Different_Types_of_Child_Development_1.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="100" />Parents might not spend a lot of time thinking about the make-believe learning toys they provide to their kids, but maybe they should start...</p>Growth & DevelopmentThu, 11 Jul 2013 16:42:01 -07:00Baby Review 2013<p>Take a look at some of the pictures from this years <em>Baby</em> Awards Review!<img style="float: left;" src="/template/userfiles/posts/Baby_2013a.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="113" /></p>FeaturesFri, 7 Jun 2013 12:03:23 -07:00Why You Should Encourage Children to Take Music Lessons<p><img class="float-left" style="float: left;" src="/template/userfiles/headline/Why_You_Should_Encourage_Children_to_Take_Music_Lessons.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="100" />Taking music lessons is one of the activities parents would want for their children. For children of all ages, it is often the parents who encourage them to study music.</p>Growth & DevelopmentTue, 21 May 2013 15:35:58 -07:00Frozen Mango, Kiwi, Raspberry Pops<p><img class="float-left" style="float: left;" src="/template/userfiles/posts/frozen-mango-kiwi-raspberry-pops.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="112" /></p>Middle LeftMon, 4 Mar 2013 11:27:47 -08:00Kids Love Their Space to Learn and Create<p><img src="/template/userfiles/posts/Kids_Love_Their_Own_Space_to_Learn_and_Create_b.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="111" /></p> <p>In our basement is a place for our kids to learn and create. It's not a fancy space, but it's practical, spacious and kid friendly. A kids' art and craft desk, a computer just for children, a piano keyboard, a bucket of instruments, an easel, and two kids' tables with kid sized chairs fill the space. The floor underneath our "Learn and Create Space" is linoleum</p>…Arts & CraftsTue, 26 Feb 2013 17:19:39 -08:00Make This Paper Poppy Wall Art With Your Child<p><img class="float-left" style="float: left;" src="/template/userfiles/posts/Paper_Poppy_Wall_Art_.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="150" /></p> <div> <p>The easiest flowers a 4 year old can make are poppies because with these particular flowers they do not need to be perfect, so if little ones cannot cut a perfect circle then this is the perfect project for them.</p> </div>Arts & CraftsTue, 26 Feb 2013 16:40:44 -08:00Family Fun at Dinnertime<p><img class="float-left" style="float: left;" src="/template/userfiles/posts/Family_Fun_at_Dinnertime.jpg" alt="" width="250" height="166" />Even as a stay at home parent it's often difficult to find time to have meals as a family...</p>Kids' KitchenTue, 26 Feb 2013 13:05:05 -08:00Shopping with Children: How to Avoid a Meltdown<p><img src="/template/userfiles/posts/Shopping_with_Children.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="128" />Sometimes you just don’t have the time to find a babysitter or you’ve got to run a few impromptu errands, which mean that your kids will be joining you on the shopping excursion...</p>ParentingTue, 26 Feb 2013 12:50:25 -08:00Best Things to Do with Your Kid this Weekend<p><img class="float-left" style="float: left;" src="/template/userfiles/headline/Best-Things-to-Do-with-Your-Kid-this-Weekend.jpg" alt="" width="197" height="120" />Days and years fly when you’re a full-time employee and parent. One day you’re going to wake up to find that your little boy or girl is all grownup about to head off to college. So you’ve got to make the time you have together count.</p>Music & ActivitiesWed, 13 Feb 2013 13:51:07 -08:00Simple Ideas for an Extraordinary Kids Vacation<p><img class="float-left" style="float: left;" src="/template/userfiles/posts/Simple-Ideas-for-an-Extraordinary-Kids-Vacation.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="115" /></p> <p> </p>Middle CenterWed, 13 Feb 2013 12:08:05 -08:00Choosing the right crafts for your kids can make or break them<p>The concept that kids crafts is, or should be beneficial for children is not a new one. Traditional educators have long touted the direction following and fine motor development skills that arts and crafts gives to children...</p>Arts & CraftsTue, 29 Jan 2013 11:49:54 -08:005 Parenting Guidelines To Help Your Kid Exercise More<p>As a mom in the new millennium, I dream about the idea of parenting in a world where streets are safe and elders can let their children run freely thru the neighborhood, their bodies naturally challenged with the exercise of play...</p>Growth & DevelopmentTue, 29 Jan 2013 11:41:27 -08:00Make Your Own Gingerbread Cupcakes<p>Enjoy this fun and easy recipe with your children! A festive treat that all will love!</p> <p><img class="float-left" style="float: left;" src="/template/userfiles/headline/gingerbreadlattesmalla.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="134" /></p>Kids' KitchenWed, 28 Nov 2012 10:51:48 -08:00Introducing Poof-Slinky<p><img src="/template/userfiles/posts/POOF-Slinky_Inc._-_Stikits.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="140" />There are over 600 products in the Poof-Slinky® product line in the foam ball, flying toy, activity set, science, magic, pull toy, tabletop game, board game, trivia, wood construction, outdoor, puzzle, wood, dice and card game categories, many of which are made right here in the USA...</p> <div></div>Other StuffThu, 15 Nov 2012 14:39:12 -08:00Introducing Lullaby Earth<p><img class="float-right" style="float: right;" src="/template/userfiles/posts/Lullaby_Earth_2.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="300" />Lullaby Earth is a revolutionary lightweight baby crib mattress that offers all the benefits you want in a crib mattress without any harmful chemicals or allergens...</p>FeaturesThu, 15 Nov 2012 14:22:24 -08:00Introducing Kanga Care<p><img class="float-left" style="float: left;" src="/template/userfiles/Kanga_Care.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="150" />Julie first started sewing the, now famous, Rumparooz One Size Cloth Diaper in 2006 for her daughter who was born with a severe allergy to the chemicals in traditional disposable diapers...</p>FeaturesThu, 15 Nov 2012 12:54:06 -08:00Have fun Tie Dyeing<p>The colorful 'sunbu<img class="float-left" style="float: left;" src="/template/userfiles/posts/iStock_000009305700XSmall.jpg" alt="" width="202" height="123" />rst' patterns kids can create are never out of style! Get psychedelic with a crafting classic - tie dyeing. The colorful 'sunburst' patterns kids can create are never out of style. This simplified version doesn't even require a washing machine!</p>Arts & CraftsMon, 8 Oct 2012 16:00:08 -07:00After school activities: a developmental psychology perspective<p><img class="float-left" style="float: left;" src="/template/userfiles/posts/iStock_000012484778XSmall_2.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="100" />As children develop and grow up, different aspects of their physical, psychological, emotional and social functioning needs development. This has been researched by cognitive psychologists, which also use the findings to develop various types of therapies for children...</p>ParentingTue, 2 Oct 2012 15:24:39 -07:00Sparking Your Child's Imagination: Ten Ideas You Can Use Today<p><img class="float-right" style="float: right;" src="/template/userfiles/posts/iStock_000004093424Large.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="225" />Some kids seem to naturally get lost in the wonder of their imaginations. Others need a little more prompting...</p>Growth & DevelopmentWed, 26 Sep 2012 10:05:20 -07:00Toys That Enhance Learning And Language<p>Most infant toys focus on stimulating your baby's visual and auditory senses...</p>Growth & DevelopmentTue, 14 Aug 2012 14:28:44 -07:00Make Your Own SunPrint<p><img src="/template/userfiles/Creative_Child_-_SunPrints_1.jpg" alt="" width="166" height="128" /></p> <p><span>The weather over the weekend was bright and sunny -perfect for getting out the Sunprint Kit my Mum had sent us recently. Sunprints use a special paper that goes through a chemical change when you expose it to light.</span></p>Arts & CraftsWed, 1 Aug 2012 15:37:44 -07:00Old-fashioned Ways to Raise Creative Children<p><img src="/template/userfiles/posts/iStock_000012716225Small.jpg" alt="" width="144" height="129" />Your imagination as a parent is what will help your child develop their own imagination. When you create an environment for exploring the world, you are giving your child an opportunity to use their mind.</p>ParentingWed, 25 Apr 2012 14:57:07 -07:00Family Fun at Dinnertime<p><img class="float-left" style="float: left;" src="/template/userfiles/posts/Chef-girl-1.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="115" /></p>Kids' KitchenTue, 31 Jan 2012 13:17:17 -08:00A Healthy Kids Breakfast- It Can Be Done!<p><img class="float-left" style="float: left;" src="/template/userfiles/posts/A-Healthy-Kids-Breakfast--It-Can-Be-Done.jpg" alt="" width="220" height="164" />Do you struggle trying to get your children fueled with a healthy breakfast?</p>Health & SafetyTue, 31 Jan 2012 12:28:19 -08:00Choosing the Right Wooden Educational Toys<p><img src="/template/userfiles/Wooden_Educational_Toys.jpg" alt="" width="160" height="133" />Wooden toys make a terrific choice for educational toys because they are durable and safe.</p>Music & ActivitiesMon, 30 Jan 2012 16:43:04 -08:00Seaworld is the Place to be During the Christmas Season<p><img class="float-left" style="float: left;" title="Kids Playing in the Snow" src="/template/userfiles/posts/Creative_Child_-_Seaworld_Holiday_2_cropped.jpg" alt="Kids Playing in the Snow" width="178" height="138" />New This Year: SnowWorld Promises a Winter Wonderland of Fun for Everyone. With special holiday-themed animal shows, real snow, reindeer, festive décor and more, SeaWorld is the place to be this Christmas season.</p>TravelFri, 18 Nov 2011 16:22:52 -08:00Christmas Tree Cookies<p><img class="float-left" style="float: left;" src="/template/userfiles/posts/Holiday-Tree-Cookie.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="120" />Kids will love decorating these holiday favorites. Come learn how to make two of our holiday favorites, Christmas Tree Cookies, and Star of David Chocolate Cookies!</p>Kids' KitchenWed, 16 Nov 2011 16:00:55 -08:00Choosing a Musical Instrument<p><img src="/template/userfiles/images/ChoosingAMusicalInstrument.jpg" alt="" width="191" height="136" /></p>Bottom CenterWed, 16 Nov 2011 15:44:52 -08:00Come Spend the Holidays at the Embassy Suites in Dallas - Frisco<p><img class="float-left" style="float: left;" src="/template/userfiles/posts/Creative_Child_-_Frisco-Embassy_Suites_1.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="100" />The Embassy Suites Dallas - Frisco / Hotel, Convention Center & Spa is conveniently located right in the heart of great shopping and dinning for the whole family...</p>TravelTue, 15 Nov 2011 13:06:20 -08:00Welcome to the Wyndham Orlando Resort<p>Welcome to the Wyndham Orlando Resort on International Drive, an idyllic tropical paradise in the heart of the world's most popular vacation destination. Enjoy lush gardens and romantic lagoons beside a city of adventure while staying at Wyndham Orlando Resort.</p>TravelMon, 14 Nov 2011 15:09:52 -08:00Why Not Bake Cookies For Some Indoor Family Fun?<p><img class="float-left" style="float: left;" src="/template/userfiles/posts/Why_Not_Bake_Cookies_For_Some_Indoor_Family_Fun.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="100" />If you’re looking for something fun to do with the kids during those cold winter months when everyone is shut indoors, then why not bake cookies?</p>Kids' KitchenTue, 8 Nov 2011 13:02:39 -08:00Behind the Scene: Creative Child Review Event<p>Take a look at some of the pictures from this years <em>Creative</em> Child Toy Awards Review!</p> <p><img class="center" src="/template/userfiles/images/CC-Toy-Review-014.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="200" /></p> <p><img src="/template/userfiles/images/CC-Toy-Review-022.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="200" /></p> <p><img src="/template/userfiles/images/CC-Toy-Review-026.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="450" /></p> <p><img src="/template/userfiles/images/CC-Toy-Review-037.jpg" alt="" width="300"…Other StuffThu, 20 Oct 2011 12:13:03 -07:0010 Ways to Support Your Child In School<p><img class="float-left" src="/template/userfiles/posts/10-Ways-to-Support-Your-Child-In-School.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="113" />When we think about how to help children through school, the first things that come to mind are: checking their homework, having pencils, pens, and paper, and getting them to school...</p>ParentingThu, 1 Sep 2011 10:40:04 -07:00Get There Happily: Tips For Traveling With Kids<p><img class="float-left" style="float: left;" src="/template/userfiles/posts/Get_There_Happily-_Tips_For_Traveling_With_Kids.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="100" />Have you ever tried to go on an extended outing with a big group of kids? If you have, then you know that traveling with kids requires you to be flexible, prepared, and ready to have fun.</p>TravelWed, 31 Aug 2011 15:34:18 -07:00Recycle Old Crayons into New Crayons<p><img class="float-left" src="/template/userfiles/posts/Recycled_Crayons_4.jpg" alt="" width="174" height="116" /></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p>A delightfuly fun craft that uses all of those old broken crayons at the bottom of your box!</p>Arts & CraftsFri, 26 Aug 2011 15:29:28 -07:00Cheerio Treats<p><img class="left" style="float: left;" src="/template/userfiles/posts/Cheerio_Treats.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="150" />I have admitted before that I am not a morning person.  You will not find me fixing a fresh hot breakfast for my kids in the morning.</p>Kids' KitchenMon, 22 Aug 2011 16:37:44 -07:005 Educational Benefits of Stuffed Animal Toys<p><img class="float-left" src="/template/userfiles/posts/5_Educational_Benefits_of_Kids_Stuffed_Animals_Toys.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="113" />Often, a child’s first toy might be a teddy bear or another stuffed animal. Stores are full of stuffed toys, and there are even entire businesses dedicated to customizing stuffed animals.</p>Music & ActivitiesMon, 22 Aug 2011 14:07:02 -07:00Stamping with Pencils<p><img src="/template/userfiles/Pencil_Stamping_-_Crafts.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="150" /></p> <p>Try this fun easy craft with your kids! Using pencil erasers and an ink pad, create designs that are great for cards, invitations or any craft project.</p>Arts & CraftsFri, 12 Aug 2011 12:29:42 -07:005 Parenting Guidelines To Help Your Kid Exercise More<p><img src="/template/userfiles/5_Parenting_Guidelines_To_Help_Your_Kid_Exercise_More.jpg" alt="" width="182" height="117" />As a mom in the new millennium, I dream about the idea of parenting in a world where streets are safe and elders can let their children run freely thru the neighborhood, their bodies naturally challenged with the exercise of play.</p>Health & SafetyThu, 11 Aug 2011 12:39:25 -07:00Getting Your Kids to Play Outdoors<p><img src="/template/userfiles/Getting-Kids-to-Play-Outdoors-1.jpg" alt="" width="220" height="115" />It might sound really amusing to consider building a social network of kids but that’s a great solution to the problem at hand. What do I mean by a social network? Well its simple...</p>Health & SafetyThu, 11 Aug 2011 11:34:33 -07:00Encouraging Your Child's Artistic Pursuits<p><img src="/template/userfiles/Encouraging-Your-Childs-Artistic.jpg" alt="" width="181" height="134" /></p>Bottom RightWed, 10 Aug 2011 14:45:11 -07:00Holiday Issue 2010<p><img src="/template/userfiles/images/CCM_Cover_01_small.jpg" alt="Winter 2010/2011 Holiday Issue" width="194" height="261" /></p> <p><a title="See the latest holiday issue." href="/magazine">Look inside the issue ></a></p>Holiday IssueMon, 8 Aug 2011 14:53:27 -07:00Learn How to Slow Down in a Fast-Paced World<p><img src="/template/userfiles/images/FasterPlease01_thumb.jpg" alt="Faster Please!" width="165" height="123" /></p>ParentingMon, 8 Feb 2010 21:39:53 -08:00Peanut Butter Bars<p><img title="Peanut Butter Bars" src="/template/userfiles/images/PeanutButterBars_thumb.jpg" alt="" width="165" height="123" />These are the perfect bars for the peanut butter and cholocate lover on your holiday guest list.</p>Kids' KitchenMon, 8 Feb 2010 21:30:07 -08:00Fabulous French Toast<p>Easy and tasty breakfast that kids will take pride in making.</p>Kids' KitchenMon, 8 Feb 2010 21:25:29 -08:00