4 Reasons to Have Child-friendly Food Development Products

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From the first days of the easy bake oven, children have been awed by creating their own food without the risk of severe personal injury. Thanks to the innovations of various manufacturers, there are many products you can have in the home perfect for engaging children with edibles. From Snoopy Sno-cone makers from the 20th century to ice cream makers of the present, these products can do more than give your child something to do.

Bonding Moments

Helping a child learn anything can promote bonding if done correctly. From the child’s point of view, the parent is spending time teaching them a new skill while enjoying each others company. Although you may not consider this a pivotal moment in his or her development, it’s often the small things that make a profound impact on the child. Working as a team to accomplish a goal, an edible item in this instance, can inspire memories for years to come.

Teaching Self-reliance

Too many children believe that the fast-food drive-through is a staple of existence. Not only can this be incredibly unhealthy, but it doesn’t promote self-reliance. Your child needs to know how to feed him or herself in a way that is affordable as well as healthy. There are many child-safe food-making products on the market that can help promote confidence to accomplish this goal.

Educational

Do you know what goes into making homemade ice cream? Many people don’t, and products such as these can help everyone in the family understand what goes into the process of making these goods. While it may seem like trivial information now, you never know what education a person will retain for the years to come. It may even impact career choices depending on the child’s interest in the process.

Time Away from Video Games

While there may not be anything wrong with enjoying digital entertainment, food-making products can help give the child something to do that doesn’t involve a monitor or television. Since there is an edible reward at the end of the experience, the child may be more likely to enjoy the process as much as playing those games.

Grab some gelato spoons and get busy making desserts with the family. You could make it a weekly activity allowing the child to make the desserts on a Friday night. The child is going to learn most of what he or she will need to know from you. The more positive influence you have within the child’s life, the better the experience will be for everyone involved. Set aside time out of your day and be the parent he or she needs you to be.

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DIY: Make New Crayons Out of Broken Ones

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I’ve been in an organizing mood lately. As I have time, I have been trying to sort through the different nooks and crannies of my house to declutter.

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While going through my kids art items, my daughter and I managed to scrape up this many broken crayons. Yikes! I can’t get myself to throw them out knowing that I can make new crayons out of broken ones, so that’s just what we did.

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First you need to make sure there are no pieces of paper still on the crayons. This made  a great job for my daughter. She loves peeling the paper off of crayons. Don’t ask me why.

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Next, you take the crayons and break them into smaller pieces and put them into a muffin tin. Sort them by color or mix them all up. Have fun with it. You can use cupcake wrappers if you have them. I was totally out, so we just went with a bare pan. I recommend spraying a bit of cooking spray to get the crayons out easier when you are done. When you are ready, place them in the oven at about 300 degrees for 15 minutes or until melted.

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When the crayons are melted, they will look like this. They will need at least an hour to cool off, or you can stick them in the freezer on a flat surface to speed up the process.

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When they are cool, you can take the crayons out. If they don’t pop right out, you can carefully go around the edges with a knife. Once they’re out, you’re ready to roll. Give them to the kids, give them away as gifts or whatever. Happy crayon recycling!

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The Children’s Place: Up to 70% Off & Free Shipping

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Say what? The Children’s Place is having a HUGE clearance sale and they are offering an extra 30% off your order with code HOLIDAYPLCC30. Add free shipping in the mix and you’ve got some crazy deals.

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Crazy 8 Cyber Monday: Buy One Get One for $0.88 & Free Shipping

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Crazy 8 is offering a crazy deal today. Buy one item, get one item for just $0.88! Includes markdowns. Shipping is free too. Click here to shop.

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Kmart Shop Your Way Black Friday Deals: Kids 10” Bikes $20

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Shop Your Way members have access to the HUGE Pre-Black Friday Sale right now. Not a member? Go here to join for free.

As part of the sale, several kids bikes are priced at $19.99. Be sure to choose store pick up to avoid a shipping charge.

Disney Minnie Mouse 10” Girl’s Bike

Disney 10” Doc McStuffins Girl’s Bike

Disney 10″ Princess Girl’s Bike

Nickelodeon 10” Girls Dora Puppy Pals Sidewalk Bike

Mattel 10″ Barbie Girl’s Bike

Huffy Marvel Spiderman 10” Boy’s Bike

Disney Pixar Cars 10″ Boy’s Bike

Mattel 10″ Hot Wheels Boy’s Bike

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How To Properly Prepare Your Child for Kindergarten

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Many children get nervous about attending kindergarten.  This is a whole new environment for most children, and it can be very intimidating.  In order to calm your child’s nerves and help them succeed, there are simple things you can do as a parent.  The following suggestions will help you prepare your child for his or her big day.

Practice Reading and Writing

To help your child transition into kindergarten, it might be a good idea to practice reading and writing.  This way, it will not be overwhelming for them when it is introduced during school.  You can teach your child how to write his or her name.  In addition, you can read books with your child.  I’ve found that personalized books are a really fun option to help your child develop an interest in reading.  They might even help your child learn how to read faster. Check out some cool personalized books and gifts for both kids and babies from one of my favorite brands Chronicle Books.

Provide a Structured Environment

School offers children a structured environment to learn.  If your child is not used to this, he or she might get overwhelmed.  For this reason, it might be beneficial to set a schedule prior to kindergarten.  Determine a routine that will work best for your family.  This will help them get used to order.  Then, the transition into school will be less of intense for your child.

Spend Time Away From Your Child

Many children suffer from separation anxiety when they go to kindergarten.  They are not used to spending time away from their parents.  If you spend a lot of time with your child, it is a good idea to spend some time apart from your child.  This will serve as preparation for school.  Your child will become more independent, and be less anxious on the first day of school.

Invest In the Back to School Supplies

Although kindergarten students usually do not need books to attend school, they might need a few supplies to feel comfortable in the classroom.  For example, if your child is attending all day kindergarten, it is probably a good idea to get him or her a lunch box.  You could also get your child a backpack, school clothes, crayons, and other recommended tools.  When your child has these supplies, he or she will feel more confident at school.

Visit the School

Before school starts, you might want to visit the school.  This will give your child the opportunity to get to know the area where he or she will be attending kindergarten.  During this time, you might even get an opportunity to meet the teacher.  The little effort behind this activity can really help calm your child’s nerves.

Talk to Your Child

Finally, it is a good idea to talk to your child about attending kindergarten.  Ask them how they feel about this new adventure in their life.  From this discussion, you should be able to gage their level of nerves.  If they seem more nervous, it might be a good idea to provide them with additional support during the first few weeks of school.  You can even volunteer in their class.

Each child is different.  Some children have an easy time going to kindergarten.  Others have a hard time making the transition.  Regardless, these tips should help you make the experience great for your child.

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Graco Highback TurboBooster Car Seat $34.99

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Amazon has the Graco Highback TurboBooster Car Seat in three colors priced at $34.99 each. Shipping is free with Prime, or get free shipping on your order of $35 or more. Amazon prices can change at any time.

    Helps safely transport your “big kid” from 30-100 lbs
    Top rated by leading consumer magazines and publications
    Rigorously crash tested to meet or exceed U.S. safety standards
    Designed with the style and comfort features that kids love
    EPS, energy absorbing foam for effective impact energy management

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K’NEX Typhoon Frenzy Roller Coaster Building Set $19.97

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Walmart has the K’NEX Typhoon Frenzy Roller Coaster Building Set priced at $19.97 (reg. $49.99) at Walmart. Choose in store pickup to avoid a shipping charge.

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