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Tips & tricks for parents to make the most out of every moment.

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.

Looking for an inexpensive and fun activity? Make a sensory bin. Sensory bins are great for exploring and learning. You can find a lot of bin fillers at home and at your local Dollar Tree. You can even ask your kids to help you create your own sensory bin. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Are you ready to dive into learning about Dr. Chapman’s love language #1, physical touch? I was surprised to learn the following. In Dr. Chapman and Ross Campbell’s The 5 Love Languages of Children these authors state, “Studies indicate that many parents touch their children only when it’s necessary: when they are dressing them, putting them in the car, or carrying them to bed. It seems that many parents are unaware of how much their children need to be touched and how easily, they can use this means to keep their children’s emotional tanks filled with unconditional love”. I totally agree with Dr. Chapman and Ross Campbell when they state physical love is the easiest love language to use unconditionally, because parents need no special occasion or excuse to make some sort of physical contact with their child.

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