4 Creative Ways for Kids to Play in their Sandbox

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Summer is almost here and we’re ready to hit the beach!  On the days that you and your family can’t make it to your local tropical getaway, backyard activities can be just as fun. When little ones play in their sandbox they can pretend they have their toes in the sand at the beach. Playing in sandboxes is not only entertaining for kiddos, but it’s also a great way to enhance their sensory skills as they feel, dig and build with it. Here are four creative ways your kids can play in a sandbox:

  1. Buried treasure: Little adventurers can search for buried treasure. Mom and dad can hide some toys or pretend jewels in the sand and youngsters can use their shovels to dig around and strike it rich!
  2. Secret messages: Toddlers and preschoolers can take a stick and write or draw secret messages and images in the sand. They can also use rocks to create shapes and letters. This is a great activity to develop their fine motor skills!
  3. Sand castle: There is nothing quite like building castles on the beach or in your sandbox. Let little builder’s imaginations go wild as they use buckets, leaves, and stick to create a home fit for a king and queen.
  4. Plant in the sand: Little green thumbs can pretend to plant in it as they gather leaves and sticks from trees. They can even create this greenery to go around the beautiful sand castle they designed!

What creative ways and games do you children play in their sandbox?

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Patriotic Decorations

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We’re gearing up for Memorial Day Weekend with this month’s FriDIY craft! Usually on this holiday, many families are outside if the weather is nice. They’re barbequing, enjoying a nice meal, playing outside and relaxing. If you’ll be enjoying some backyard festivities this weekend, why not decorate your outdoor accessories with some red, white and blue? We decided to turn our safety friend, the KidAlert & Pup V.W.B. into a patriotic pal!

Here’s what you’ll need:

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  1. Roll the red bandana up and tie it around the neck of your safety companion.
  2. Take the white bandana, roll it up and tie it around on the waist of your safety signal.
  3. Wrap the blue bandana around the neck of the pup.
  4. Remove the flag that comes with this product from the hand of the KidAlert and insert the pinwheel flag.

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Your little ones will love decorating their safety pal for this fun filled weekend! Do you decorate your KidAlert during any holidays? If so, post pictures to our Facebook page!

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*This craft was created for illustrative purpose. We do not condone or recommend using the KidAlert  & Pup V.W.B for safety purposes when it is decorated.

Selfless Friendship

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Nothing can destroy the power of true friendship and two first graders prove just how powerful it can be during a time of devastation and heartbreak. On February 21, 2015 in Normandy, Missouri, a massive fire left dozens of families displaced, including seven-year-old Ryan Branson and his family.

His best friend Kollin Clark was deeply saddened by the incident and wanted to find a way to help. He asked his mom to help him create a video to reach the users of Facebook and ask them to donate money to Ryan’s family. Within five days over $8,000 was donated to the Go-Fund-Me page that Kollin and his mom created.

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Picture from Good News Network

This Thoughtful Thursday, we admire the friendship of Kollin and Ryan. The act of kindness that Kollin did shows how selfless and genuine real friends can be.