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DIY Bunny Tote

Hello Parents,

Hope everyone is having a great week. If you’re still trying to find a different kind of easter basket for the kids this weekend, check out this super cute DIY bag we just found at Ador. It really doesn’t get any easier than this bunny tote, all you need is  a canvas bag and black fabric marker.

DIY Bunny Tote from Ador

DIY Bunny Tote from Ador

We have been getting many of pictures of the kids this month, so be sure to stay tuned to the blog for updates. We also upload them to the Snapfish albums by class so it’s easier for you to find the photo you’re looking for.

Here are a few photos from the Pre-K 3 Easter celebration. Enjoy!

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Surprise Eggs & Marshmallow Drops

Hello Parents,

Thinking of bunnies and pastel colors already? How could you not, Easter is all around us! With the sweet holiday fast approaching you may be wondering what you can do with the kids to get them all excited – The Chirping Moms gave us a different take on decorating eggs, on the 5 Easter Activities to do With Kids post.

Blogger mom, Courtney, writes about Surprise Eggs: “This is a fun twist on dying eggs. After you boil the eggs, write on them or draw pictures with crayons. Then, when the kids dye them, the designs pop up like magic!”

Surprise Eggs

Surprise Eggs

If you’re looking to celebrate Easter with something other than an egg hung, check out the marshmallow drop happening at 9:30 a.m. next Saturday, March 30, 2013 in Miami Shores Village at the Recreational Fields. You can also begin celebrating Easter already, Munchkin Fun has shared many of the Easter activities around the city; there are plenty to choose from this weekend and next.

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Bubble Pop!

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One of the fun things about receiving a package in the mail is popping the bubble wrap which protects the items inside. You can imagine our surprise when we learned that today is Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day. Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day was started in 2001 by a Bloomington, Indiana radio station and celebrated with a party full of bubble wrap popping activities.

While you can wait at home today in hopes of receiving a package with bubble wrap to celebrate this fun holiday, you can also get the packaging plastic at any shipping store or office supply store. For those of you who are more earth conscious regarding the environment and plastics, or those who wish to celebrate without having to make a purchase or wait for a delivery, there are also apps your kids (and you) can play with that will keep the fun popping for longer than the real thing can.

Check out the these two apps on iTunes and Google Play, both free to download and play; or  you can also search through the many other bubble wrap popping apps available for your bursting pleasure. Yup, there’s an app for that!

Bubble Wrap for iPhone, iPad, and iPod

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Bubble Wrap for Android

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Happy Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day to all!

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Slippery Fish

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Have you ever found yourself wondering, what in the world are they singing? as your children merrily “sing” to a tune you feel you’ve never heard before? We’ve been there, frequently! So today for your delight, we share with you a video of the Toddler 2 class singing to Slippery Fish.

If you feel you have trouble following along, here are the lyrics to help you out. You can also find the melody to the song here, along with other children’s songs; music and lyrics. Thanks to Bus Songs for putting these together for parents and educators!

Slippery fish, slippery fish, sliding through the water,
Slippery fish, slippery fish, Gulp, Gulp, Gulp!
Oh, no! It’s been eaten by an…

Octopus, octopus, squiggling in the water
Octopus, octopus, Gulp, Gulp, Gulp!
Oh, no! It’s been eaten by a…

Tuna fish, tuna fish, flashing in the water,
Tuna fish, tuna fish, Gulp, Gulp, Gulp!
Oh, no! It’s been eaten by a…

Great white shark, great white shark, lurking in the water,
Great white shark, great white shark, Gulp, Gulp, Gulp!
Oh, no! It’s been eaten by a…

Humongous whale, humongous whale, spouting in the water,
Humongous whale, humongous whale,
Gulp! … Gulp! … Gulp! … BURP!
Pardon me!

Now we’ll be able to sing along and have the right melody for our kids to enjoy.

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Celebrate Milk Day With Frozen Milk Hearts

Hello Parents,

Did you know today is Milk Day? The delicious drink most of us grew up with and makes the perfect companion to a late night chewy chocolate chip cookie celebrates its 134th birthday since the first reported bottled home delivery on January 11, 1878. Prior to today, 134 years ago, milk was delivered in large metal cans where the “milkman” would pour out a portion for each household. Packaging of milk has clearly evolved, though some parents (especially those not from the US) may recall having milk delivered to their home when they were the age of our kids at school.

I’d say any day is a good day for milk and cookies, but why not add a layer to that and sit down with your kids tonight to share this little bit of information. And of course, it need not be only cow’s milk, why not celebrate with your favorite kind of milk – coconut, almond, rice, soy, take your pick and enjoy!

In honor of today, Milk Day, we are sharing this darling Milk Hearts idea from A Subtle Revelry.

To make the milk cubes, combine milk and a few drops of red food coloring together in a small bowl. Fill an ice cube tray (available at IKEA or Amazon) and freeze. This is also a great idea for Valentine’s Day (hint, hint!), and of course, hearts don’t have to be red; feel free to color the milk with your kids’ favorite color to give them a more personal touch.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!!! We hope everyone had a safe and fun new year, the best wishes for you and your family in 2013.

Did the fireworks last night leave you and the kids wanting more? Here is a cool craft that puts fireworks on paper, making them safe for indoor and just as much fun as the explosive lights from the holiday. Today’s activity comes to you from the blog I can teach my child! Be sure to check it out here for more ideas on things to do with the kids. She categorizes the entries by age group, so you’ll be able to find age-appropriate activities for all the kids in your life.

Read on to see how to make Salt-Absorbing Fireworks, as posted on the blog I can teach my child!

Materials you’ll need:  

  • black construction paper
  • Elmer’s glue
  • salt
  • food coloring
  • a medicine dropper (or similar dropper)
  • water
Using the glue, make a firework-looking design. Try to make each individual firework without stopping the glue flow.
Next, douse with salt, so the salt covers all the glue fireworks.
Tap away the excess salt.
Now, mix water with food coloring in individual bowls. Once you think it’s dark enough, add another drop or two, the salt will lighten the color once they touch.
Finally, with the dropper, put the colored water unto the salt fireworks. Watch as the salt absorbs the colored water, spreading it through the firework.
BEAUTIFUL!
You can find more fun activities on the I can teach my child! blog, like Fireworks in a Jar and more!
We added some Toddler 1 photos from a parent to the Snapfish Christmas album, head on over to check it out.
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Fun Stuff: Candy Cane Paint

Hello Parents,

We’re half way through December and a day away from our Holiday Celebration. We came across a fun bathtub activity to get you in the spirit of the holiday and thinking of sweet candy canes. Over at Bath Activities for Kids they posted a recipe for Candy Cane Paint, which we suggest you use in the bathtub to minimize the mess potential elsewhere.

See below for what you’ll need and how to do it (as posted on the site);  also be sure to visit the Bath Activities for Kids blog page for more ideas to do with the kids during bath time.

Candy Cane Christmas paint recipe

This festive swirly paint is made very much like a traditional bath paint only with the added element of scent!

To make candy cane paint you will need:

~  Shaving Cream
~  Red food coloring
~  Peppermint extract
~  A stir stick

Fill a bowl or similar container with shaving cream.  Add a few drops of peppermint extract and red food coloring and gently stir, making a swirled candy cane design.Guaranteed to be loads of fun in the bath or outdoors – wherever you choose to play.

After the kids are nice and clean, be sure to set aside their clothes for tomorrow’s holiday activity – No uniforms! They should come dressed in RED or GREEN. We’ll have a merry and jolly guest joining us, making a special appearance directly from the North Pole.

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CBLC Midtown
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