Blarney, the luckiest and greenest day of the year is almost here and there are plenty of ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with your little ones. Take a look at these five family friendly activities you and your kids can do to embrace the luck of the Irish.
- Dress green: In honor of this festive day, you and your family can wear green hats, shirts, pants and shoes. Whatever clothing you have that is green, wear it! It’ll put you right in the spirit for the next activity.
- Parade: Now that you’re covered from head to toe in green, go to your local St. Patrick’s Day parade! At these parades you’ll see Irish flags and other people dressed in all green.
- Crafts: Draw with green markers and pencils, create rainbows out of fruit loops and make your own lucky pot of gold. With the help of some clever blogs, we created a list of crafts that are fun and easy for your kiddos to make.
- Decorate: You can decorate your home with beautiful crafts you and your tots designed and you can even dress up your children’s toys! We turned our visual safety sign into a leprechaun.
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- Eat green: Parents, St. Patrick’s Day is a great day to try to get your kids to eat some fruits and veggies. Gather up all the green food in your house, Granny Smith apples, broccoli, green beans, cucumbers, kiwi, celery; the list goes on and on! Encourage children to eat these foods because the more green food they eat, the luckier they will be, especially on this holiday.
What plans do you and your kids have for St. Patrick’s Day?
Love is in the air! Valentine’s Day is a holiday full of affection and letting those you care about know how much they mean to you. As this loving day approaches, here are five ways to celebrate this special event with your family:
Scavenger Hunt: Place hearts (they can be paper, candy, etc.) all around your house! The first person in your family to find the most hearts within 10 minutes wins a Valentine’s prize.
Sweet Treats: There are plenty of delicious treats you and your kiddos can make, from chocolate covered strawberries and pretzels to heart shaped calzones! If you need some inspiration, check out our post about sweet treats.
Crafts: Gather around the table, grab some paper, pencils and crayons and draw all the people and things you love in your life! Your mini artists can let their imaginations run wild and draw their family, friends, pets and food they enjoy.
Movie marathon: What better way to fill your family’s hearts with joy than to watch movies all about love! Parents.com has come up with a list of eight Valentine’s Day movies for families.
Party time: To get into the full swing of Valentine’s Day, why not do all of the activities above and throw a party? You’ll have treats, decorations and games that both parents and kids will fall in love with.
What are your plans for Valentine’s Day?
Brrrr it’s cold outside! For those of us that have to endure the harsh winters full of snow, as chilly as it may be, it sure is beautiful. The best part of a snow filled winter is snowball fights, building snowmen (and women) and making snow angels. Even though the snow can be fun to play in, it’s very important to stay warm and dress accordingly during these frigid temperatures. Without further ado, we’ve compiled a list of eight rules for winter safety with the help of Parents.com and KidsHealth.org:
- Layers, layers, layers: It’s essential for kiddos to wear more layers when they go to play in the snow. However, the key is to not overheat little ones with too many layers. Stick with polyester fabric shirts and pants and top it off with a wind and waterproof coat!
- Little gloves for little hands: To prevent frostbite, keep mini hands nice and toasty with mittens and gloves. If children are playing outside it’s crucial that the gloves or mittens offer insulation and waterproof protecting from wet, melting snow.
- Keep little tootsies warm too: Boot quality is just as important as wearing gloves while playing outside during these wet and polar weather conditions. When it comes to purchasing the right pair of boots for your youngsters, go up a shoe size so they can layer their socks. Also, be on the lookout for boots that are waterproof and insulated.
- It’s all about the bright colors: When your little ones are playing outside in the snow, it’s crucial that their gear can be seen so motorists are cautious when driving around the neighborhood during snowy conditions. It might also be helpful to place a KidAlert at the end of the driveway to ensure extra protection for your kiddos.
- Sunscreen all year round: Just because it’s not warm outside doesn’t mean the sun can’t cause skin damage. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, snow reflects 80% of UV rays. Sunscreen should be placed on any exposed areas such as the face, ears and back of the neck.
- Stay hydrated: Playing in the snow can be exhausting and dehydrating. Youngsters can stay hydrated with hot cocoa. It will keep them warm and wet their appetites during their snow-filled adventures.
- Stay stylish with hats and earmuffs: Keep little heads and ears warm with hats and earmuffs. The more body parts that are covered up from arctic conditions, the warmer your kids will be.
- Take breaks: It can be a blast to play in the snow, but it’s important that children take breaks in between winter explorations. When they take breaks, they can go inside, take a breather, drink some hot chocolate and warm up any parts of their body that are very cold.
What measures are you and your family taking to stay safe while playing in the snow?