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Black Friday Deals Start Today!

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Enjoy Thanksgiving with your family and shop at your leisure during our Black Friday sale, which runs today through Wednesday, December 4th. Save BIG on the following products:

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Deluxe Art Master Desk-  Was $89.99 NOW $78.99

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Grand Walk-in Kitchen & GrillWas $259.99 NOW $233.99 with coupon code S2BFGW13 (PLUS receive a free eBook)

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Master Chef Kitchen-  Was $159.99 NOW $118.99

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Fantasy Vanity-  Was $69.99 NOW $54.99

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OSU Wagon Wagon for Two Plus-  Was $89.99 NOW $59.99

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Welcome Home Kitchen (Pink) -  Was $99.99 NOW $69.99

In addition to these seven deals for Black Friday, we have a bunch more on sale for the holidays.To be first to know about our deals, make sure you sign up to receive our emails! Check your inbox Sunday, December 1st for our Cyber Monday deals.

*Black Friday sale pricing runs through Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 11:59 PM ET or while supplies last. Black Friday deals cannot be combined with any coupon code or other offer. Not valid on previous purchases nor future exchanges. Must enter coupon code S2BFGW13 for $233.99 Grand Walk-in Kitchen & Grill with free eBook.

 

 

Sparking Fourth of July Creativity!

There is no better way to bring in the holidays than getting the kids excited by creating arts and crafts themed around the 4th of July. Better yet, it is even more fun to include them in baking some yummy treats in order to make them feel they helped plan the celebration.

July 4th Arts & Crafts

Arts and crafts projects can be messy. So when deciding a project, make sure you focus on a project that does not require a lot of materials and is not tedious. Either take the project outside or designate an area inside, such as an art desk, to complete the project. The faster it is to create the craft, the better because the children will not become bored. The same goes for making delicious food.

Here at Step2, we discovered an arts and crafts project from FamilyFun Magazine, which will be a ton of fun for the kids. The Patri-botic Centerpiece will be the perfect centerpiece at your July 4th party. You could even place it at the kids’ table. It is a cute idea because the kids can create the face they want on their robot and take pride in making a helpful centerpiece for their party guests.

Additional holiday arts & crafts:

Patriotic Pinwheel  (Kaboose.com)
Firework Favors (Spoonful.com)
Fourth of July Windsock (Bhg.com)

Holiday Recipes

Baking with the kids is always a fun activity (but keep kitchen safety in mind when including the little ones), especially when it is a sweet treat they can enjoy. Everyone loves ice cream during the hot summer days. We found a fun recipe for Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes on Grandparents.com. These cupcakes are served in an ice cream cone, but it is actually a cupcake!

 

Have your little one assist in stirring the batter or adding the sprinkles. If your little one is too young to assist you in the kitchen, bring their play kitchen into your kitchen so they can “pretend” bake alongside you.

Additional holiday treats:

Berry Bliss Rocket Pops (Familyfreshcooking.com)
Flag Cake (Recipe.com)
Crispy Cheese Stars (Familyfun.go.com)

Have a great 4th of July! If you decide to do a project or baking activity with your children or grandchildren, send some pictures to thestep2team@gmail.com and we will share them on Facebook!

Check out more craft ideas and recipes on the Step2 “Creative Crafts” Pinterest board.

 

Ways to Make Art Physically Active for Kids

Step2 Easel for TwoKeeping kids physically active is important. Instead of sitting around watching television or playing video games, encourage your children to use their imagination to create beautiful works of art using different types of materials. Once you have a designated space for your child’s art desk, tell them to go outside (or sift through the basement or old bins if it’s chilly outside) and gather up materials to begin an art project.

Art does not have to be a sedentary activity. Kids need to be inspired to create art and this can come from all different sources. If you have a large yard with lots of plant and animal life, these can be great materials for art projects. Your children or grandchildren can find leaves, sticks, or even bugs to make unique pictures or sculpture. Depending on the age of the children, you can allow them to paint, cut and glue all of these materials to make all kinds of creative projects.

Another way to encourage children to use their creativity is to provide art easels for kids. If you are planning a birthday party for boys or girls, consider setting up several easels and provide paint, chalk and other art supplies. You could ask the children to create portraits of themselves or each other to give to the birthday girl. Kids love to create and the more encouragement you give them, the more likely they are to seek out creative art projects on their own.

As a grandparent, you may not have a lot of space in your home to keep toys when the grand-kids come for a visit. You do not need a lot of room for art supplies and these activities will keep the kids entertained for hours. You can store a folding art easel in the closet and all of the art supplies in a plastic container. When the grandchildren show up and start complaining they are bored, instead of sending them into the den to watch television, watch their eyes light up when you bring out art easels for kids and all of the supplies they need. Not only will they have a great time creating beautiful pictures, you will have something to put up on the fridge or wall to remind you of the grand-kids once they return home.

If left to their own devices, children are more likely to sit in front of the t.v. or spend much of their time playing video games. It is important to encourage kids to stay physically active and explore the world around them. Not only will the children sleep better if they are able to use up their energy and breathe in the fresh air outside, art projects can be inspired from almost anything. Take a field trip and let your child’s imagination do the rest.