Category Archives: Hints and Tips

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7 Reasons to Grin during National Smile Week

Reasons to grin

Put on your happy face and grin from ear-to-ear because it’s National Smile Week! This cheerful holiday is celebrated during the second week of August each year. National Smile Week was originally created to promote dental health, but over the years it has turned into a time to encourage healthy habits and share the positive effects of smiling! In honor of this joyous week, here are seven reasons to grin:

  1. It’s easy to smile
  2. Smiling is good for your health
  3. It’s fun to smile
  4. When you smile, you get to show off those pearly whites!
  5. Smiling makes you feel better when you’re sad
  6. When you smile, it makes other people happy
  7. Smiling leads to laughing

Why do you and your little ones enjoy smiling?

4 Ways to Beat Summertime Boredom

4 ways to beat summertime boredom

“I’m bored, there’s nothing to do!” It’s a phrase that parents hate to hear, especially during those long summer days. As nice as it is to spend time with your kids during the summer, sometimes it’s hard to find activities to keep them occupied. Luckily, we have 4 ways you and your little ones can beat summertime boredom:

  • Car wash: Toddlers can wash their push buggies or ride-ons as their parents wash their own cars! This activity beats boredom and is a great way to cool down. We also have a craft that allows your children to put their toy cars through their very own car wash.

push car buggy

  • Grill masters: While you are grilling a meal, kids can imitate you with their own grill! Little ones can flip some burgers and hot dogs to serve alongside your yummy treats.

toddler grilling a play food hot dog

  • Scavenger hunt on wheels: Take your kids for a stroll around the neighborhood in their wagon and ask them to spot certain objects during the ride. For example, the first person to spot a red car gets a sticker!

kid's wagon ride

  • Search for buried treasure: Hide small toys in your child’s activity table or sandbox. Kids can search the backyard and the first child to find all of the buried treasure gets a prize.

kids playing in a sandbox

Do you have any hints or tips to defeat summertime boredom?

Easy Traffic Light Craft for Ride-Ons!

traffic light buttontoy truck with traffic light

Enhance your little rider’s outdoor playtime with this DIY traffic light! This craft will encourage imaginative play as toddlers and preschoolers drive their riding toys around the backyard or sidewalk. Kids can learn all about traffic safety and what it means to stop, slow down and go. It’s always a good time to talk to you kids about outdoor safety. What better way to teach them about safety than through play!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Empty tissue box
  • Wrapping paper and its cardboard tube
  • Crafting cattails (a ruler or 6” metal rod will also work)
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Markers (red, yellow and green)
  • Pencil
  • Cup (or something else circular for tracing)

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  1. Open one side of the empty tissue box and fold the loose flaps inside or cut them off.
  2. Wrap the five sides of the tissue box and keep the opened side unwrapped.
  3. Use a cup or other circular item to trace and color three circles onto one side of the tissue box. It’s optional to write, “Stop, slow and go” on the appropriate circles.
  4. Stick numerous cattails into the ground. If the cattails are not secure, you can also use a ruler or 6” metal rod.
  5. Place the remaining wrapping paper tube over the cattails.
  6. Put the traffic light on top of the wrapping paper roll.

traffic light tutorial

Now your little ones can learn how to abide by the laws of the road. We also have tutorials for a DIY gas can and car wash to maximize make believe fun. Enjoy crafting with your little ones!

ride-on with traffic light

P.S: The toy truck featured in this blog post is the 2-in-1 Ford® F-150 Raptor SVT!