Creating and Maintaining a Child Safe Email Account {Tech Tuesday}

Feel free to follow my blog with Bloglovin. Protecting children when they are online can be a daunting and difficult task. In truth, the safest child is the offline child; however, that is also an unacceptable solution (especially when you consider the fact that you’re reading a post about secure email for children). One of the activities my daughter loves to do is to send emails to her friends and relatives. However, email is also the most common source of unsolicited communication on the internet (hence why many mail services provide spam filtering and the like). We knew we needed … Continue reading

At What Age Can Children Walk to School Independently?

What age can children walk to school independently

I’m sure you have heard of Kathy Buckworth before, she is an award winning writer, public speaker, spokesperson and television personality. Yesterday, Kathy spoke on CFRB 1010 Radio on the topic of children walking to school independently. I was also privy to a group discussion on this exact topic which got me thinking about my own children. Recently, I have found myself questioning how much independence or lack of independence I am giving my daughter who is about to turn 9 years old. I think back to when I was 9 and I was walking to school (a 15 minute … Continue reading

Sensory Bins for Kids ~ Artsy Play Wednesday 3/19

Artsy Play Wednesday

Hosted by: Capri + 3 Multi-Testing Mommy Shannon’s View From Here Country Fit Family Welcome to Artsy Play Wednesday, a weekly post featuring activities, crafts, recipes and more wonderful ideas to share with your children! Each week, we will have a Featured Activity for you to check out along with an opportunity for you to link up your child friendly activities or to check out ideas for you to do with your children! Fill out this Featured Post form if you are a blogger and you would like to be featured.   FEATURED ACTIVITY I absolutely LOVE sensory bins for … Continue reading

Don’t Miss Your Chance to Win a Sands Alive! Kit and a Michaels Gift Card!

Michaels Gift Card Giveaway

What are your favourite arts, crafts and activities to do with your children? What arts and crafts can your children do independently? In my opinion, it is important to provide your children with a mix of activities including ones that they can do independently and ones that require adult assistance. It is fun to do arts and crafts with your children, but it is also important for children to learn the skill of independence in order to gain confidence in their own creative skills. Have you ever heard of the debate between process versus product? Back when I was in … Continue reading

Arts and Crafts for Kids ~ Artsy Play Wednesday Giveaway Hop Continues

Artsy Play Wednesday Giveaway Hop

Do your kids love to do arts and crafts? I love arts and crafts. I admit that I don’t find as much time for crafts as I would like to, but I still love them. I encourage my children to use their imaginations and make something using their creativity on a regular basis. Sometimes, they run out of ideas and ask me for one and often this occurs at a time when I might not have an activity ready and at my finger tips. This is where Artsy Play Wednesday comes into play for me. I can look back at … Continue reading

Sands Alive! Indoor Sand that Never Dries Out {#Giveaway}

Sands Alive

I am SO excited to bring to you this Sands Alive Giveaway! Over the Christmas break, I went to a party with some of my high school friends. One of the highlights for me, aside from visiting with old friends, was being introduced to a new activity for my children: Sands Alive!. The friend of mine who introduced me to it actually brought some out for us to touch and everyone in the room was floored with how amazing it felt! I was immediately convinced that my children would absolutely LOVE it! About a month later, I came across a … Continue reading

Artsy Play Wednesday #GIVEAWAY Hop!

We know you love doing arts and crafts with kids as much as we do! And even if you don’t, it is almost guaranteed that your children love arts and crafts! The four co-hosts for Artsy Play Wednesday would like to thank you, our regular readers for coming back week after week to link up and find new craft and activity ideas for the little ones in their lives. As a big thank you, we are sharing a giveaway where one lucky winner will receive a $50 Michaels Gift Card. See the bottom of the post for how to enter! … Continue reading

Filling Your Child’s Emotional Bucket

  Have you ever heard of the book How Full Is Your Bucket?   I gave this book to my daughter a few years ago in hopes to increase her self esteem and the concept has fortunately stuck with both of my children! The basic idea is that we all have an emotional bucket and in any given moment, we have the opportunity to fill up someone’s bucket or empty someone’s bucket. We fill up buckets with kindness, appreciations, positive words, encouragement etc. and we empty buckets by using put downs, insults, teasing and negative thoughts. It is such a … Continue reading

Ideas for Keeping Kids Busy During March Break

You don’t have to go on a vacation away in order to have fun with the kids during March Break! We have compiled a great list of activities that you can do with your children, both inside and outside during March Break in order to give them a fun and memorable experience. My good friends over at Oliver’s Labels have a great post up with suggestions for some super fun Spring Break Activities for Kids of All Ages.Yes, we are an Oliver’s Labels affiliate. You could go see Scooby Doo Live in Toronto! (Hint, Hint: You could win tickets for … Continue reading

Frugal and Easy Indoor Snow Activities for Kids

Entertaining the kids during the winter months can be a sanity saver but it can also become quite expensive when you are trying to find new activities every week. Finding things that you can do with the supplies you already have on hand saves time – and money. Why not bring the snow indoors for some indoor snow activities? We’ve brought a new element of fun indoors this year when I decided to bring the snow inside and see what we could do with it. Do you have a water table outside? Bring it inside to the basement before the … Continue reading