Keeping toys organized can be a challenge. Many toys have lots of little pieces, and then there's the sheer number of toys you're dealing with. Keeping toys organized is possible - all it takes is a little bit of thought. Here are 5 tips to help you keep your children's toys organized. (These ideas are all easy enough that your children can keep up with them, too!)
Corral stuffed animals in a stuffed animal hammock. You can buy hammocks made specifically for this purpose, or buy a small one from the outdoor section.
Toy boxes are great, but it's easy for them to become messy and overwhelming. Add bins to the inside so different types of toys stay together.
Speaking of bins - most discount stores sell low shelves that come with matching bins. Turn this into child friendly toy storage by adding a picture to the front. This will make it easier for children to put things back where they belong.
Make use of the space under your child's bed by adding drawers. These don't have to be built in (although that's a great option!). Just slide a few plastic ones under the bed and you'll instantly gain a lot of storage. (Bonus! This helps prevent things from getting lost underneath the bed.)
Stepping stone. Fill a disposable pie plate with Plaster of Paris. Have your child make a hand print and then decorate it with glass stones. Use a stick to write the date or a message. (Follow the directions on the package for drying time and to remove the stepping stone safely.)
Earth Day is April 22. This is a great time to teach your children the importance of taking care of our planet, and we've got lots of ideas to help make it more fun. Try a few of these suggestions with your family.
Turn old cardboard boxes into recycling bins. Cover them with paper (or the plain side of grocery store paper bags) and let your children decorate them. Label each one with what goes inside (include a picture so younger children can participate as well).
Talk about how you as a family can switch to more reusable things (reusable containers instead of baggies, cut down on paper towel usage, etc.).
Cleaning windows is a necessary but rarely done task (at least for most people). It's not hard to do, it just takes a little bit of time. It's also a great way to get your children involved in cleaning - no harsh chemicals (especially when you use this homemade window cleaner) and no delicate work - just spraying and wiping. Older children can use a step stool to reach the top of windows (with adult supervision), or you can do the top of the windows while your children clean the bottoms. So grab your kids and your cleaning supplies, put on some fun music, and you'll have clean windows in no time!
The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a classic children's book that all ages can enjoy. It's also a great way to get your children interested in science. Once you've read the book, try a few of these ideas -
Have a sandwich and fruit salad for lunch (include apples, pears, plums, strawberries, and oranges in your fruit salad). Have an ice cream cone for dessert!
Make egg carton caterpillars. Have an adult cut a clean egg carton in half. Children can decorate it with paint, glitter, and pipe cleaner antennae.
Pinkalicious is a very popular children's book, and for good reason - it's adorable! What little girl wouldn't love a book that's all about pink? Here are a few fun ideas for you to try with your child once you've finished reading the book together -
Plant a pot of flowers (pink peonies, of course!).
Make homemade bubble wands (you can also add a couple of drops of food coloring to your bubble solution to turn it pink - just be careful not to stain anything!).
Easter has become a fairly commercial holiday. And while there's certainly nothing wrong with candy and Easter egg hunts, it is important to keep the focus on the meaning of Easter. We've already suggested some fun Easter crafts and activities, and today we're sharing 5 books that your whole family will enjoy - and they all focus on the true reason for Easter.
Easter is early this year - April 8th. It may have sneaked up on us, but there's still time to try some fun crafts and activities with your family. Here are a few ideas.
Decorate an Easter tree. You can use a tree in your yard or even a small Christmas tree. Hang Easter eggs, popcorn garlands (use colored popcorn for extra color), and make Easter ornaments out of salt dough.
Easter and springtime means the birds will be visiting your yard. Leave a treat for them with this simple birdseed wreath.
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