Helping Your Child Keep Their New Year’s Resolutions: Top Free New Year’s Resolution Worksheets and Printables
The gifts have been opened. The sweaters have been worn, the games have been played and the dolls have been cuddled. The tub toys have been suds, the blocks have been stacked and the puzzled have been pieced.
Writing thank you notes is an excellent habit for all ages but it is an especially important to begin the habit with young children and instill in them that writing thank you notes is one example of good manners.
Help your child create a list of the gifts they’ve received. Often it is easy when they open several in a group at one time but don’t forget the gifts that came in the mail and the ones they received at other times from teachers or friends. Just the act of creating a list will help your child remember who gave them each of their gifts.
Whenever your child plays with a gift comment on the giver. For example, “Grandma made a great choice when she found that fire truck for you didn’t she? I know she’ll be glad to hear how much fun you’re having with it.” Help them associate gifts with the people who gave them. It is hard to be grateful if gifts appear to just fall from the sky.
Regardless of the age, all children can participate. For babies of course you’ll write the words but let your baby have a hand it by stamping it with their handprint.
Toddlers can finger paint and “dictate” their own words to you. Probe by asking questions like “What do you like to do with your (submarine)? What would you like to tell (Mary) about how much you like the (music box)?
Young children can draw a picture of the gift or of something meaning to the giver. For example, if Great Grandma collects owls they could draw or cut out a picture from a magazine of an owl to make her thank you note personal.
Children mastering writing their own name can sign each card and have a “real” reason to practice it. School aged children learning to write their address can put on the return address and older kids should address their own envelopes.More great tips.
If you’re busy with the last minute fun of Christmas and could use some free Christmas printables to entertain anxious kids or make emergency Christmas cards, here are some free Christmas printable pages.
There are gift tags, games, door knob hangers, Christmas bingo, gift coupons and more. Some will be perfect for emergency stocking stuffers too! Merry Christmas!
As far back as I can remember the story of the Christmas Carol has been one my family has enjoyed during the holidays. As I have grown older and had children of my own more versions of this celebrated tale have been released and many of them have become family favorites. Here are our family’s picks for the perfect Christmas Carol movie night.
“A Christmas Carol” with George C. Scott (1984) as Ebenezer Scrooge is a fascinating depiction of the original Christmas Carol with Sir Seymour Hicks playing Scrooge. Since many of us find it difficult to adapt to black and white after watching color, this is a strong and accurate adaptation of the original. George C. Scott is such a “Scrooge” and his wrinkled visage is perfect for the grouchy old man turned philanthropist as the wrinkles lift and his fabulous smile is evident. The ghosts of Christmas past and present are delightfully entertaining and the costumes for both are perfectly Christmas with white and green. However, the ghost of Christmas future is a little scary for young ones, so you may want to save this movie for grownups only or include just the older children.
Are you looking for some fun Christmas crafts or handmade ornament ideas? Consider what you have on hand and what you’d like to make.
Got shoe boxes? How about a Christian Christmas Diorama? These are fun and great way to remind kids that Jesus is the reason for the season.
Got buttons or beads? If you like vintage looking ornaments, there are some really cool handmade Christmas ornament here at Unique Homemade Ornaments.
Looking for some really inexpensive Christmas ornaments? Got pine cones? There are some super cute ideas here at Homemade Christmas Ornaments for making Christmas trees, snowmen and even poinsettias from pine cones
Millions of African American’s and others of African descent around the world celebrate the holiday of Kwanzaa. Kwanzaa is a celebration of “family, community and culture.” This holiday began in 1966 and provides those of the African culture to celebrate their heritage and culture regardless of religion or geographic location. It is a celebration of goodness and appreciation of what we have and how we achieved it, through our hard work and that of our family. This holiday is celebrated from December 26 – January 1.
Learn about this celebration and teach your children how and why it is celebrated, and about some important concepts that we can apply to our lives regardless of culture. Continue reading Kwanzaa: A December Holiday that Isn’t Another Christmas.
With the holidays approaching, there may be more children in your house than you are accustomed to having around. It doesn’t matter if you have your own children, but when you add your nieces, nephews, cousins, or family members and children the house can quickly fill up with cries of, “I’m bored,” “What are we going to do NOW?” and my personal favorite – “But there’s nooootthhiing to dooooo!” Only children can take a word and draw it out into a complete whine, sigh and demand for more. You may also be arranging community or work holiday events that people will be bringing their children to and need ideas for inexpensive and entertaining ideas to keep the children from getting out of control.
Here are some quick, easy and inexpensive activities to have for the children who are visiting your home or party with six can’t miss activities for you to try.
Your mailbox is likely being filled with Christmas cards and holiday invitations. Many of them will come inside of red or white envelopes. SAVE THOSE ENVELOPES! Put them in a folder for homemade Valentine’s Day cards. You’ll be amazed how many hearts and flowers can be created by reusing your holiday envelopes.
For more green parenting tips for Christmas enjoy, 7 Tips for an Eco-Friendly Christmas.
Lots of you will be traveling for the holidays. Whether you’re driving or flying or even just spending a lot of time in the car with shopping trips, here’s one our families favorite traveling games.
One of the best all around games for road trips, whether you’re driving across the country or running errands across town, is the 20 Questions Game by Radica.
Games on the road: What is the 20Q?
20Q is colorful, sphere shaped, hand-held computer with artificial intelligence that is so unbelievable you may wonder just how artificial it is.
Here’s How 20Q Works:
You think of a thing. Anything. Seriously. Let’s say you picked “backpack.”
The first of the 20 questions will be “Is it an animal, vegetable, mineral or other?”
After that the questions are all answered by “yes,” “no” or “sometimes,” such as:
Is it heavier than a duck?
Would you wash it regularly?
Would it fit in an envelope?
Would police use it?
Would it be in a church? Continue Reading …
Are you creating homemade greeting cards, stationary or a calendar as one of your creative learning activities this month? If so, these tips, hints, quotes and poems can help you and your children with each one you create.
Several years ago I began a tradition, though I did not know it at the time. Then I had recently moved away from most of my immediate family so for the holidays I created a calendar in review. This calendar highlighted different events, activities, or trips or even just everyday smiles from the children from throughout the year. This way family far away could flip through the calendar and relieve our memories with us. But I wanted more, I wanted quotes for each month that expressed or evoked feelings for that particular season, celebration of month. Poems that would make you think, or laugh, or smile tenderly. Here are my choices for the 12 months of calendars.