Learning to cook is a wonderful activity with many benefits for young children. It’s a great opportunity for some quality family time. Dinnertime is more exciting for kids when they get to help! Cooking expands your child’s vocabulary as they learn the names of their favorite foods. It also lets kids practice measuring ingredients and watching how they change when we mix them together. But the kitchen also comes with
What kid doesn’t love fruit? Here’s a simple summer snack you can make with your children for an afternoon at the lake or pool! Ingredients: One Watermelon (Sliced) Pint of Blueberries Supplies: Star cookie cutter Wooden skewers Instructions: Thread 7-10 blueberries onto the skewers Top skewer with watermelon star Serve and enjoy!
Everyone loves summer, especially children. But while you’re planning some family fun in the sun, be sure to make safety a top priority. Accidents are the leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 4 in the United States, and the summer months bring with them a unique set of risks. Keep reading for 5 tips to keep your kids safe this summer.
It’s National Bagel Day, and we love a good bagel! We like plain bagels, blueberry bagels, and onion bagels. We like cream cheese, peanut butter, and smoked salmon on our bagels. Not all three toppings on one bagel, though, because that would be gross. But, we like a lot of bagels, and we think we probably aren’t the only ones. So, what’s your idea of the perfect bagel? Check out
Easy Pies to Make with your Children: At Little Sunshine’s Playhouse & Preschool, National Pie Day one of our most favorite holidays to celebrate. There are pies for all kinds and every occasion– apple, chocolate, no-bake, creamy, ones with topping, sugar-free, birthdays, holidays, and just-because-it’s-Tuesday pies. We hope you get to celebrate by eating your favorite pie. Here are a few recipes that are so easy your children can help
New Year resolutions can help bring out the very best in ourselves and can even be a fun activity for the whole family! Instead of the traditional resolutions to “be more physically active” or “have more patience” (because let’s be honest, those resolutions are usually broken by day 14… or less), encourage your children to help make family resolutions. Ask them what they want to do this year. Do they
Parent involvement in a child’s education is incredibly critical to optimal development and helping a child reach his/her full potential. Supporting evidence is overwhelming. Research shows parent involvement not only leads to higher academic achievement, greater cognitive competence, and better problem-solving skills (Melhuish, Sylva, Sammons et al., 2001), but also extends beyond educational achievement. Children develop greater self-control, improved mental health, show advanced social and emotional development, become more resilient
Little Sunshine’s November curriculum theme is Giving Back. Before bedtime or at the dinner table would be good times to discuss with children what they are grateful for. Also, November is a great time to give back to your community. We’ve compiled a list of 5 things you can do as a family to give back to your neighbors and community. Volunteer at a local food shelter, working together to