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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.  

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:

Have you or your kids ever tried building something with marshmallows and toothpicks? This activity is the same thing except you build with apples not marshmallows. Supplies needed include apples, toothpicks, knife and a paper/plastic plate. The apples will be easier to build with if you cut them into smaller pieces. Give your kids a pile of apples and toothpicks and let them create their own masterpiece! After they have some time to experiment, you can challenge them to make certain objects. Challenges may include animals, houses, people, vehicles, buildings, boats, planes, etc…Try to step back and let your kids do all the building and creating. This activity helps your kids build their self-esteem, hand-eye coordination, and promotes a higher level of thinking.

 

 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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