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Summer season is among us. This means gardening is in full swing. Planting herbs in recycled containers is a great inexpensive way to teach your kids about vegetation and healthy eating habits.  Herbs are relatively easy to grow and can be grown indoors!  To optimize your child's learning experience (and yours if your a newbie), make a plan for gathering supplies and planting your herbs before you start.  

I think we can all admit these last few months have been tough, for many reasons.  Kids are at home. Parents are at home (more). Kid-friendly places are either shut down or have strict restrictions. Are you looking for some new play ideas to do at home? Check out this list!

 

1. Round up the balls- a game for toddlers! Grab a hula hoop or make a circle with a jump rope in your yard.  Place balls around your yard.  Show your toddler how to grab a ball and place it in the circle.  Encourage them to get all of the balls into the circle. 

2. Indoor color hunt- Make piles of each color from toys or things from around the house.  Then practice cleaning up by putting the items back in their proper places. All ages can play this!

3. Sink or Float in the bath tub- Gather toys, kitchen utensils, sticks, rocks, and any thing else you want to use. Fill up the tub (or a bucket of water) and make a prediction before you drop each item in the water. Talk about what happens when an object sinks or floats. 

4. Indoor obstacle course- Use pillows, books, balls, cones, jump ropes, etc. Create an indoor obstacle course by placing books on the floor to jump over, (old) pillows to jump on, cones to jump around, and ropes to run on.  See how many times your kids can complete the course. You can also time them and encourage them to beat their previous time. 

5.Outdoor paper plate memory game- Draw shapes or designs on paper plates.  Make sure each plate has a match.  Scramble them and place them face down in your yard.  Each child takes a turn and flips two plates. If they are a match, they keep the two plates. If not, they put them back in their original spot.  So much fun!

6. Name Creation- Gather things from outside- sticks, weeds, small rocks, grass, etc.  Write your child's name on a piece of paper.  Ask them to trace their name by gluing their outdoor "findings" on their name.   

We know these times are stressful and hard.  Make sure to practice self care during this time. Walking, running, journaling, talking to a trusted person, and being active are great ways to relieve stress in a healthy manner.  We are here for you.  Please reach out if you are wanting to talk or need extra support.  Contact Diane Shoppell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Hang in there!

 

 

Attaching and bonding to your kids is vital for their survival and development. Attachment starts as baby enters the world. When baby cries or is hungry and is comforted, bonding and attachment are taking place. Baby learns to trust that his primary caregiver will meet his needs. A mutual bond begins to form between baby and caregiver and this will carry on as baby develops. In some instances, like adoption, bonding and attachment might not form until the child has gone through several stages of development. With appropriate therapy and parenting techniques, kids who have been adopted later in life can still flourish and grow into successful adults. It is never too late to attach and bond with your kids! Here is a list of age appropriate ways to attach and bond with your kids birth to age five:

 

 At Before5, we are passionate about helping you understand how your child grows and develops – especially in the first five years, which is when the really important learning happens.

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