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FriDIY: Toy Boat

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Ahoy matey! We have a special DIY craft that will go great with your kid’s splash-tastic adventures this spring and summer. Thanks to Inner Child Fun, we were inspired to make a toy boat out from materials that you can find around the house.  We put this boat together with just five materials! Let’s get started:

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What you’ll need:

  • Three wine corks
  • Toothpicks
  • Rubber bands
  • Paper (card stock or multipurpose)
  • Markers and/or crayons

toy boat instructions

  1. Cut a triangle out of the corner of the paper to make the flag and have your little one color the flag
  2. Wrap a rubber band twice around the three corkscrews on one side. Repeat on other side.
  3. Cut the rubber bands and tie them together to make the rope for the boat (make it as long or as short as you  would like)
  4. Place the rope underneath the two rubber bands that are currently holding the boat base together and tie the “rope” to the rubber bands
  5. Cut the pointed top of the tooth pick so little ones do not poke themselves with the flag pole during play time
  6. Poke two holes into the flag and slide the toothpick through and place the flag on the middle corkscrew. Now your kids can begin sailing their DIY toy boat!


You and your kids will have a blast making this toy boat. Not only does making this craft encourage kids to get creative by designing their own flag, but once the final product is complete, kids can race their toy boats in their water table, bathtub or pool.

We hope you had as much fun making this FriDIY toy boat as we did!

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We’re Moms Too: The Next Alicia Keys

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By: Felicia

My daughter just turned five and all she wanted for her birthday was a piano. When she first asked for this present, all I could think of was that she has no experience with playing any musical instruments and we don’t have the space for it.

Ms. Azaria (I refer to her as “princess”) gets basically everything she asks for so I began my search to find her a piano. I found a kid-size piano for on Zulily and fell in love with it. The piano looks and all most sounds like the real thing. The morning of her birthday she was overwhelmed with excitement. After a while of playing she says, “I thought this piano should be bigger.”Didn’t I tell you that she tends to act like a princess?

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I told her once she masters this small one, we will get her some lessons so she can play the piano like a real musician. When that day comes that she has mastered the piano, we will buy her a larger one. Hearing this made her ecstatic and more motivated to play the piano.

After opening her present, we continued the celebrating at her favorite place to eat, Red Robins. To make the princess feel even more royal, the whole restaurant sang happy birthday with all claps and balloons. At the end of the day she thanked us for making her feel special on her day AND gave us kisses. Making her happy on her birthday is truly a priceless feeling.

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About Felicia
meIf you have ever ordered over the phone or had a question about a Step2 product, you may have spoken to Felicia because she is a Customer Service Representative for Step2 Direct. Felicia is a mother of three, one daughter who is 5 and two sons, 21 and 14. In her spare time, Felicia loves cooking and singing karaoke. She even has karaoke parties at her house every once in a while because she enjoys it so much!

Family Fun Snow Activities

Winter can be a beautiful yet cold time of year for those of us that get to experience the white fluffy stuff on the ground.  Even if you do not get a chance to frolic in the snow based on where you live, there are still plenty of activities you can do with your family to embrace this time of year! Check out these fun indoor and outdoor activities that incorporate the fun features of winter.

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Pine Cone Snowman: For those of you that have never had the chance to build a snowman outside, here is your chance to create one!  All you need is a pine cone (if you cannot find any outside, take a trip to your local craft store), plenty of cotton balls or batting, buttons, glue and scrap fabric. Your family can gather around the table and create their own version of Frosty the Snowman! These adorable snowmen will make for festive winter decorations around the house.

Snow Coloring: This colorific activity will amaze the minds and eyes of little artists as they make beautiful and vibrant creations in the yard! Grab an empty spray bottle (or container), food coloring and some water. Mix the food coloring and water into the spray bottle or container. Take a trip outside and begin spraying the snow! If you have the colored water in a container, use a turkey baster to spread the colorful water all over the snow.  All your neighbors will marvel at the multicolored snow!

Pipe Cleaner Snowflake: Snowflakes are so little and hard to see, so why not make them bigger by creating your own sparkly snowflakes! Gather up some different color pipe cleaners and twist and turn them to create your own unique winter-themed masterpiece. This is also another great craft that can be showcased around your house as a decoration.

Snow Dough: Whether you and your family are looking to create snowmen or snowballs, you can create dough that looks like snow with toilet paper, ivory soap and some water. This is a great sensory activity for toddlers to help inspire creativity and stimulate their minds!

We hope these family fun snow activities get you through this chilly season! Do you have any fun crafts or activities that you and your family enjoy during the winter?

 

We’re Moms Too: When our date night became family night

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Written by Ashley

Long gone are the days when my husband and I could just get up and go out to a nice dinner, play a few rounds of pool, kick back at the bowling alley, or even go see a movie (I haven’t stepped foot in a movie theater in nearly two years). But it’s still important to make time for my marriage, even with a little peanut at home (maybe even more so).

A few months back, a new grocery store opened up in our neighborhood. This wasn’t just any ‘ole food center – this was the cream of the crop supermarket that had a full blown bar, made-to-order pizzas, a gelato counter, and even flew in bagels from the Bronx daily. This place was awesome.

We first ventured there out of pure necessity. We needed to pick up something on a Friday night and ended up finding out that every Friday night is wine tasting night (yes, please) with live music. We ordered dinner and sat down in the dining area, which featured beautiful dark wood furniture and black leather couches. The little one snacked on some puffs and enjoyed people watching. It was a successful night that ended with a movie rental from Redbox.

After that night, it became our Friday routine. We merged the need for date night with the reality of our growing family and turned Friday into family night.

Fast forward 3 months, we still spend our Friday nights at the supermarket, tasting new foods, picking up a box of popcorn (and a 6-pack), and renting a movie for after our daughter falls asleep.  It’s certainly a change from the days sans kids (I mean, let’s be honest; we spend Friday nights at the grocery store). But it’s special for us and something the three of us look forward to. It’s much different with a little one now, but it’s different in a good way.

It’s the new normal; and it’s perfect.

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WM2_AshleyAbout Ashley
Ashley is a self-proclaimed fashionista, social media maven, and proud new mama. Together with her husband, they welcomed their first child last August. They also have a fur-baby named Peak, an 80-lb. yellow lab whom they adopted during a ski trip in Denver. She is the Social Media Manager at Step2 and you may have recently communicated with her if you’ve chatted with Step2 on Facebook or Twitter.

Family Goal Setting

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The New Year is like a fresh start and as adults we often come up with a list of goals and resolutions that we look forward to accomplishing. Last year, we created a list of resolutions that we wished our little ones would make. As funny as the list was, what if we actually helped our children to set goals for the New Year? Even better, what if we set goals as a family?

First, children must understand what goals are. Goals are something people work toward. For example, some athletes may want to get better at scoring points and some artists may want to become better at painting.

Creating goals together will help children to learn responsibility and ownership for their actions. Also, setting these goals together will build a strong family unit that does not let one another quit or give up on what they intend to accomplish.

Thanks to Breezy Mama and Notes on Parenting, we have compiled a list that will help you and your little ones create realistic goals for 2014:

  • Age appropriate goals: Think of activities your little ones can do based on their age. For example, younger kids can try to put their toys away at least three times a week. Not only will kids be cleaning (which is always a plus!), but they will be learning how to count by the amount of times they clean up their playroom or bedroom each week.  No matter what age your children are, work together to find a goal that they can achieve and learn from.
  • Opportunity to lead: Give your children a chance to make their own goals. What do they think they need to work on? What is it that they think you, as a parent, can work on? These goals can be silly or serious; either way, they will help both you and your children realize that everyone has something they can work on.
  • Have a family goal: Whether that goal is eating more veggies or more active play time, partake in this goal together. There should also be a prize once this goal is achieved – maybe a trip to the zoo or your family’s favorite park.
  • Goal tracker: Make a chart that you can fill with stars. Each time someone in your family accomplishes a goal, put a star next to their name.  After there are a certain amount of stars on the chart, a celebration is in order! Have a family party to congratulate everyone on all their hard work.

Have fun completing your goals together in 2014! Do you have any tips on how to create and achieve goals as a family for the New Year? What is your goal for 2014?

Spark Imagination during Summer Vacation

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As we approach the end of summer, many families decide to have their last family outings/activities of the season. The choice on what to do and where to go can be difficult; but going somewhere where your little ones can use their imagination will make the experience more fun! According to Parents.com, here are some adventure options that the whole family can enjoy while encouraging little minds to make believe:

  • Botanical Gardens: You may not have to travel far to experience the beauty and majesty of a botanical garden. Children can put on their pretend wings and travel around the garden as fairies. For added fun, bring some bubbles and explore the magic of the beautiful outdoors.
  • Tour a Castle: Whether you are on vacation or know of a neighborhood attraction nearby, take the family to a real-life castle! Your children can pretend to be kings, queens, princesses, and princes as they explore a large antiquated castle.
  • Boat Tour: Have your children dress up as pirates as you plan a trip to find sunken treasure. Before the trip, children can create a treasure map they can use as they can explore the old pirate ship.
  • Dinosaur Museum: Find a dinosaur museum while you are on vacation or close by your house. Children can learn about the history of dinosaurs while imaging that they have traveled back in time to the prehistoric era.
  • Zoo: Animal lovers will enjoy seeing all of the animals at the zoo! Encourage children to make the noises of each animal they encounter. Take a trip through the rainforest and act like a family of explorers!

Where will you go this summer to spark your children’s imaginations?