i Learn With Bo: Nutrition and Healthy Eating! APP for Kids!

This app for children aged 3-6 has been developed in order to help children become more active and aware of their own health and what better character to guide children through this app than Kids’ CBC star, “Bo on the Go”.When my daughter was 2.5 – 4, she LOVED watching the tv show Bo on the Go. I loved that it was one of the few television shows that actually got my daughter up and moving. Bo is such a lively, upbeat and great role model for young children and I am so excited to see her featured in an … Continue reading

#CypherKidsClub Reality Cards & App {REV!EW} #CBias

Play, Discover and Learn in 3D with Cypher Kids Club Reality AppI am a new iPhone user and am always super excited to discover new Apps to use, especially ones for my children. The Cypher Kids Club Reality Cards and App by Cypher Entertainment can be used on the iPhone, iPod or iPad in three educational subjects: Wild Animals, Numbers and Letters. This Augmented Reality is used without 3D glasses and can be a fun activity for the entire family. My four year old son and I went on a shopping adventure in Walmart (where the Cypher Kids Club Reality … Continue reading

Back to School ~ “Mommy, I Don’t Want to Go”

Recently, a question was posed: What do you say when your child says, “I am scared. I don’t want to go to school”? My short suggestion is: Empathize and Encourage The long suggestion is this: We have been dealing with this every year for the past four years now and let me tell you, it hasn’t gotten any easier! Here are some tips: Stay positive Make school sound exciting or remind them of the fun parts. (e.g. recess, lunch, snacks, art, phys ed–whatever your child’s interests are, friends etc.) Awknowledge that starting new things is scary for everyone and that … Continue reading

Summer Sanity ~ Preparing for Kindergarten Part 2

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Well folks, this post isn’t so much about summer, but because it is something that we must think about, I’ve still labelled it as “Summer Sanity”. Part of the end of summer is all about preparing for school. This year, my daughter heads off to grade two and my son starts Junior Kindergarten. A lot of people have asked me how they can prepare their little one to start school for the first time. I have spoken with other parents and am also pulling out ideas that I used to give parents when I taught Kindergarten. Here are a few … Continue reading

Summer Sanity ~ Preparing for Kindergarten Part 1

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This post is a part of Summer Sanity, a series of posts for parents to gain ideas and inspiration for how to keep their children happy, active, educated and having fun during the long summer months. I found the idea to do photo writing from a fun site called Imagination Soup. With my son starting school for the very first time, I was trying to come up with an idea to help him identify with his new school. I decided to change up the photo writing idea slightly and take him through a walk through of his experience of going … Continue reading

Summer Sanity: Family Outings on a Budget

This post is a part of Summer Sanity, a series of posts for parents to gain ideas and inspiration for how to keep their children happy, active, educated and having fun during the long summer months. Summer is a time for fun, outdoor adventures, spending time with your family and friends and more. Some of the outings and adventures that a family can take together can be rather pricey. Children don’t need extravagent, over priced outings to have fun and to make memories! Sometimes, the simplest activities and outings can be the most fun. Splash pads Check your local town … Continue reading

Summer Sanity: Olympics Crafts and Activities

This post is a part of Summer Sanity, a series of posts for parents to gain ideas and inspiration for how to keep their children happy, active, educated and having fun during the long summer months. With the Summer Olympics 2012 beginning on July 27th, I thought that I should share some activities for your children to do to get geared up! Here is a FREE printable for an “O is for Olympics” craft for young children. I love how the colour of the Fruit Loops are similar to the colours in the Olympic Rings! Here is a FREE printable … Continue reading

Summer Sanity: All About Geocaching

This Guest Post is a part of Summer Sanity, a series of posts for parents to gain ideas and inspiration for how to keep their children happy, active, educated and having fun during the long summer months. Today’s Activity: All About Geocaching  A few years ago, a friend of mine introduced me to the world of geocaching. I was intrigued – and my 3 young boys were beyond excited. Every kid dreams of treasure hunts, and geocaching helps fulfill that passion. What is geocaching? Basically, it’s as simple as looking for a hidden container in random places. Some of them … Continue reading

Summer Sanity: Community Service Camp

This Guest Post is a part of Summer Sanity, a series of posts for parents to gain ideas and inspiration for how to keep their children happy, active, educated and having fun during the long summer months. Today’s Activity: Community Service Camp  What do picking up garbage, visiting a seniors centre, taking old towels to the Humane Society, and touring a fire station have in common? They are all activities that will be a part of the Community Service camp I’ll be putting on for my four kids this summer. I’m sure if you asked a kid if they wanted … Continue reading

Summer Sanity: Backyard Science Experiments

This Guest Post is a part of Summer Sanity, a series of posts for parents to gain ideas and inspiration for how to keep their children happy, active, educated and having fun during the long summer months. Today’s Activity: Backyard Science Experiments EXPLOSIONS   Looking for fun things to do this summer that can also be a learning tool to bridge summer and school? Why not blow things up? Oh, don’t be alarmed – there are a lot of simple backyard science experiments that are fun and cheap to do. They can be great ways to bond and frankly who … Continue reading