Organizing Stuffed Animals

I love pinning ideas for things to do with my kids, organizing our home, and meal ideas (don’t we all?). I realized recently, though, that I was not actually TRYING many of these ideas so I’ve decided to do some test drives on my pins to see how well they really work.

My daughter’s stuffed animal situation is out of control so I decided to start with figuring out how to wrangle them. I’ve tried some of my own ideas in the past but her beloved collection has outgrown all of my efforts…

How To Teach Kids To Use Scissors With a Cutting Tray

Watching my four year old struggle to use scissors takes every ounce of my self-control not to take the scissors from him and do it myself. He holds them awkwardly, the scissors often don’t make it all the way through the paper, and cutting along the lines? Not a chance. It’s so ragged and so crooked it makes my teeth hurt.

This activity is a super simple, supervised, activity that will go miles towards increasing your child’s comfort level with scissors. Another bonus is that it turns learning how to use scissors from a chore into something fun.

The Flying Squirrel Stowaways: From Nova Scotia to Boston

*BOOK GIVEAWAY*

Thanks to Nimbus Publishing who sponsored this post (and provided a book for a giveaway) so that we can help cultivate little readers who love local books! As always, all opinions are our own.

Most Haligonians know the story of how the people of Boston came to our aid after the catastrophic disaster of the Halifax Explosion; and, in turn, we send them a Christmas tree each year as a thank you. To help children learn about this story and tradition, Marijke Simons has written and illustrated a book called The Flying Squirrel Stowaways: From Nova Scotia to Boston. This book is our featured book for the Itsy Bitsy Nimbus Book Club this month.

The Walking Bathroom: Itsy Bitsy Nimbus Book Club

**BOOK GIVEAWAY!!**

This month’s pick is the latest picture book from Shauntay Grant, with illustrations by Erin Bennett Banks. It’s a Halloween book, but not your typical spooky ghosts and goblins Halloween book. This one has a message about owning your choices and being proud of standing out from the crowd. It’s sure to become a Halloween classic in our house.

Thanksgiving Turkey Placemat

Let’s be honest. Thanksgiving is a holiday that may be a little lost on some kids. They eat a meal that they don’t especially like (at least my kids don’t), there are no presents, and dessert is usually pie which, for my kids, isn’t even a REAL DESSERT lol

In order to help them understand it a little better, and to involve them in the meal’s preparation, I set up a craft for them to create Thanksgiving Turkey Placemats for each of our dinner guests.

Kiddie Birthday Guest Book Tradition…With a Twist

One of the traditions we started when the kids were one and three years old was a birthday guest book – but it’s not the usual kind of guest book. I wanted a fun way to record the guests who shared their party with them, as well as a way to remember their interests and the theme of the party. Finally I wanted something that would be a special keepsake for them to enjoy through their lives.

5 Easy Morning & After School Hacks To Make Your Life Easier

Mornings, especially once you’re thrown back in the routine of school and day care, often become crazy and chaotic trying to make sure everyone has everything they need and gets out the door on time. I’ve gathered up five easy-to-implement morning and after school hacks to make your life easier…and you might even have time to sit down and drink a whole cup of (HOT) coffee or tea.

If You Could Wear My Sneakers: Itsy Bitsy Nimbus Book Club

*BOOK GIVEAWAY!*

If You Could Wear My Sneakers (the 20th anniversary edition) by Sheree Fitch, with artwork by Darcia Labrosse, is a collection of poetry in that classic Fitch silly rhyming style that is adored by children and adults alike. Each poem deals with a serious topic though as the book teaches children about the 1989 United Nations Conventions on the Rights of the Child.

This is the August pick for the Itsy Bitsy Nimbus Book Club and we’ve created a couple reading extension activities for this book to connect children even further with understanding their rights, and learning about poetry.

The Land Beyond The Wall: Itsy Bitsy Nimbus Book Club

The Land Beyond the Wall: an immigration story by Veronika Martenova Charles is about a young girl named Emma who lives in a land “where people speak in whispers and no flowers grow.” She escapes to Halifax and lands at Pier 21, knowing the cost of her journey is to lose everything, including her voice. She uses art to find her place in her new home and discover her voice.

This is the July pick for the Itsy Bitsy Nimbus Book Club and we’ve created a couple reading extension activities and adventures for this book to help children better understand the story and the plight that many refugees still face today.

I’m Failing at the Family Dinner

It seems the common understanding amongst professionals now is that whether or not your whole family sits down to dinner together once a day is the benchmark for how functional your family is. Whether or not it’s true that’s eating together is an essential element of family functionality, it’s still something I want that for my family.I feel it’s important. It’s something my husband and I talked about and agreed was a value we wanted to incorporate into our daily lives. The reality is somewhat different though…

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