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Little Planter’s Fruit and Veggie Garden

fridiy-fruit-and-veggie-buttonApril showers bring May flowers and it’s time to start planting in the yard. If your kiddos have green thumbs they can start their own fruit and veggie garden with this craft. This creation will spark little ones’ imaginations and they can “grow” their garden inside their playroom or outside while you’re gardening.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

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Steps:

  1. Remove the tissue from the tissue box and cut off the top portion.
  2. Cut out the stencils.
  3. Trace the fruit and vegetable stencils onto the foam sheets.
  4. Cut out the traced fruit and vegetables and tape the greenery onto the appropriate produce.
  5. Roll either brown or black foam sheets into tubes to represent the soil. To keep them together, tape and place them into the box. You may need to cut a little off each tube in order for them to fit into the tissue box.
  6. Place the fruit and vegetables in between the foam tubes. Flowers can also be put next to the produce that’s been planted.

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Your little gardeners will have a blast planting the fruits and veggies and then harvesting their crops when they’re nice and ripe! This activity not only promotes imaginative play, but teaches kids the basics of gardening.  Plus, the colorful produce will look great outside next to your children’s playhouse.

Manufacturer’s Note: Please make sure children are the recommended age to play with the product featured in this blog post. Adult supervision is required.

 

4 Activities to Celebrate National Siblings Day

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Every year on April 10, we celebrate the bond we share with our brothers and sisters. We’ve grown up with them, fought with them, laughed with them and cried with them. Siblings share many unforgettable memories with each other. To celebrate the bond your little ones have, here are four great activities for National Siblings Day:

  • Siblings picnic: Spring is here, so your kiddos can enjoy some fresh air and hang out in the backyard. Set up a picnic for them to enjoy a snack or lunchtime in the bright sunshine.

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  • Encouraging kind words: Ask your youngsters to say three things they love about their brother(s) and/or sister(s). These kind words will make your little ones smile and enjoy this blissful day together.
  • The sharing game: Motivate your tots and preschoolers to share their favorite toys with each other on this special day. For each toy your kids share with their siblings, they’ll receive a star sticker on a score board. Let them know if they get a certain amount of stars, you’ll reward them with a special treat!
  • Get artsy: Suggest that your mini Picassos draw or paint pictures of one another to show their love. After their done with their artistic creations, they can hang their masterpieces of their brother(s) and/or sister(s) in their room or in the playroom for all to see!

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How are you and your family celebrating this special day?

5 Creative Places to Hide Your Kid’s Easter Eggs

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We’re jumping for joy that Easter is only a few days away! There are so many fun activities and treats to enjoy with your little bunnies. Does your family like to participate in an egg hunts? To kick off the celebration, we’ve come up with five creative places to hide your kiddo’s Easter eggs.  These hiding places are for indoor or outdoor hunts.

Inside corner of a playhouse

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Inside a play kitchen sink

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Floating in the water of an activity table

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Inside the mailbox

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Will you be hiding your kid’s Easter eggs in any of the toys?

*Adult supervision is recommended during this activity.