Under the Table Fort

It’s been a snowy and cold winter here in New England. Spring is my favorite season, so I wanted to do an activity with the kids to focus on Spring and get past winter. I joined a lovely bunch of bloggers all making forts this month as part of the Building Blocks and Acorns Fort Challenge. You HAVE to check out the other amazing forts that have been made, so many creative and awesome ideas for play!

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12 Awesome Books about Friendship

Friendships can be awesome, but they can also be complicated. For kids who struggle to understand the basics of how to be a friend, or what to do when things get a little more tricky, using books is a great way to start conversations and talk about friendship with kids. There are so many great books out there - here are some of my favorites divided up by category.

 

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Random Acts of Kindness: Helping Out a Neighbor

I love our neighborhood. We moved here 14 years ago, and we knew immediately that we lucked out with our entire neighborhood. When moved to the suburbs, we were just a couple of city kids; we used black trash bags to bag our leaves; we didn’t know that wasn’t how it’s done in the suburbs ;-) I think every single one of our neighbors gently set us on the right path. That’s how it is here. We look out for each other: we watch each other’s houses when we’re away on vacation, we water each other’s gardens and we even have block parties together.

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10 Great Toys for Open Ended Play

I recently read a great article about 4 things kids don’t need (and some things they do). This article is exactly what I’ve been trying to focus on with my family. My new year’s resolution was to rotate toys more regularly, and I wanted to make sure the toys we’re rotating through were ideal for open ended, creative play. I made a list of the toys we do have and tried to focus on ones that would meet those criteria. Here’s some of what we have:

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Book Review: The Incredible 5-Point Scale

The Incredible 5-Point Scale by Kari Dunn Baron and Mitzi Curtis is a great resource for people to use in a school setting, a social group setting or at home. It can be used to address a number of different issues, and it’s a great resource for working not only with kids on the spectrum, but for all kids who need a little extra teaching around social and emotional concerns.

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Gardening Activity: Starting a Garden Indoors

One of my favorite things to do is garden. When my kids were babies, I stopped gardening for a couple of years. Now that the kids are a bit older, though, they are getting more and more involved. They each have their own kneeling pads, and kid sized spades. In the spring and summer, they help me plant, water and weed all of our garden beds. Of course, right now, we are in the middle of winter here, so we won’t be going outside to do any gardening any time soon. However, I’ve also started to get all my seed and plant catalogs so I wanted to do a project focused on gardening.

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Fun and Easy Science Activities

My kids are very interested in doing science projects these days. It all started with some failed science experiments we did after we read a Magic School Bus book. Even though things didn’t go as expected, the kids have a fantastic time and kept asking to do more science projects.

My daughter got a science kit for her birthday, so we’ve been doing a lot of those activities too. There are a few different experiments that you can do with the kit. We did one experiment where we tested to see whether some common household items were acidic, basic or neutral done and made two different types of mini volcanoes.

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