😘The Kiss Box ðŸ˜˜


Many parents work long hours through the week.  And as much as we don’t want to believe it–it’s just hard on our little critters.  They miss us. Constantly.  At least in our household McKinley misses her father day in and day out.

The book, The Kiss Box by Bonnie Verburg and Henry Cole is a great story that illustrates to children how as parents our love is just as strong even when we’re away.   And nowadays so many parents have to work outside the home.

The story helps initiate conversations about feelings, and in this case feelings of “missing.”   And, it  provides wonderful ways to send each other love, or in the book “kisses,” when being a part from one another.  In the story Mama Bear and Little Bear create “kiss boxes” as a way to send each other kisses when they were a part from each other.

McKinley and I decided we wanted to create our own kiss boxes, as a way to send each other love when we needed it.  This turned out to be a truly meaningful, engaging, and fun project– Naturally, I had to share.


Inside the boxes we put random things.  McKinley cut up fabrics and different textured paper as little sheets to represent love and kisses. I cut tiny hearts out of tissue paper.  When it comes to love the possibilities are endless.

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Fall Trees Craft

Everyone knows I’m all about getting crafty and letting McKinley get messy.  

Here is a quick & simple activity to put together. I’ve laid out different materials for her to create her own “Fall Tree.” 

Materials:

  • Apple stamps & paint
  • Stickers
  • Sparkle ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Leaves 
  • Glue stick 
  • Paper roll 

  
 

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A Coloring Book Adventure

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My efforts to distract yet another tantrum led to the making of a coloring book.

Backstory
My toddler begs to watch Peppa Pig. So much that one time I made the mistake of making it a reward for taking a nap. And now, sleep = Peppa.

Television was actually something I did not tolerate for over the first year of her life. “No screen time what-so-ever,” I would tell people. But, then life happened.

Taking care of my dad in the end of his life was way more important than being a screen time drill Sargent. And so, she became familiar with Curious George and Peppa Pig.

Birth of a Coloring Book
McKinley starts begging to watch Peppa pig and it’s 10am.

“No Peppa right now,” I say.
“Mama I want Peppa!”
“Later today.” The tantrum slowly begins. “How about we color Peppa instead?” I ask. Diversion complete.
“Yeahhh!!”

Supplies:
•Computer
•Printer paper
•Construction paper
•Stapler
•Marker

Directions:
1. Look on Google images and let them pick out and point to the photos they want to color.
2. Print photos out 5X7 on printer
paper (2 pictures per page).

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4. Fold all pages in half together. When you do this, you’ll have a blank page and a coloring page. You can then create stories. (I asked McKinley what she saw and wrote down her words.)

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20131212-002508.jpgThe great thing about doing this project is it’s quick, easy, and fun! Also, you can make different coloring books as their interests change.

Happy 21 months to McKinley today!

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A “To Do” Craft

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I was looking for a cute way for McKinley to have a visual aid of her chores, and be excited about doing them. (Yes, my 21-month-old helps with chores). Best little helper ever!! Teaching responsibility and allowing toddlers and kids to do things on their own can actually reduce the amount they “act out”, or throw tantrums. They simply enjoy the independence! This also acts as a great craft activity for the kiddos!

Supplies:
*Door knob hangers (you can probably *get from Michaels or JoAnne Fabrics)
*Clothespins
*Paint
*Paintbrush
*Water cup
*Letter stickers

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Directions:
1. Paint 2 door handles (different colors)
2. Paint close pins
3. Let everything dry

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4. Add letter stickers to close pins

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5. Choose different chores for your kids and toddlers. Here is our chore List:
*Dressing (getting dressed)
*Cleaning up (putting toys away)
*Making the bed
*Brushing (hair and teeth)
*Feeding the dogs
*Loading and unloading dishwasher

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6. Let one door hanger be the “To Do” and the other one “Done.”

McKinley had a blast finger painting the clothespins! Since then, everyday she has been excited to do chores (so she can move a clothespin!) I’ve realized too, that the moving of the clothespin is an awesome activity for gross motor skills.

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Wordless Wednesday…kinda not really

My slacking on posting is due to holiday preparation. This year is a year of “Firsts” without dad, and a year of “Firsts” with McKinley.

1. McKinley and I made Santa letters!

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2. We did get around to putting up and decorating the trees. McKinley was very helpful. She likes the lights 🙂

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3. And we put our stockings up.

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4. Thanksgiving was hard, but we were blessed to have two wonderful meals spent with our loving family.

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5. I had my first Black friday
shopping experience. Damage was done.

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6. AND…drum roll please…History was made. The Detroit Lions kicked some major ass. “Go Lions!!!”

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