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Paper Chain Countdown for Kids

Creative and simple idea for helping kids understand time until a special event. Includes easy steps on creating a paper chain countdown for kids.

Christmas Crafts for Kids

This is my favorite time of the year. I am a bit of a Christmas junkie, and for the month of December I enjoy all things Christmas. From the music that entertains me in my car and at work, to putting up the decorations, and all the time with family and friends - this time of year is special. One of the things I look forward to the most as my daughter gets older is the variety of Christmas crafts available for her to make. When I was growing up I enjoyed our annual Christmas crafts at church where, for a half-day, I would make a variety of crafts one morning along with other church friends. Some would be simple, some a little more involved, but I enjoyed them and I hope my daughter will have a similar experience as she grows, too. With that in mind, I set out to find some websites that parents and teachers could use as the source for all sorts of Christmas crafts. Below is a list of websites that will offer hundreds of options for you.

Fun Play Time Ideas For Young Children

I’m a nanny for two little ones (an almost 4 year old boy, and his 1 year old sister), and a mom to Moriah who is just about 2 years old. We spend our days together playing and enjoying a variety of fun that is also enriching, I hope! I find most of my inspiration these days from Pinterest, making any helpful adjustments to fit our needs. I try to think ahead and plan for a few creative play activities each week. Sometimes they all work out, and other times they don’t. Little ones really don’t mind, especially if they’re able to help along the way! These are a few of our favorite recent creative play times, enjoy!

Fun Ultrasound Photoshop Ideas

When my wife and I went in to the doctor for the ultrasound that would let us know if we were having a boy or a girl, we looked forward to the surprise. I remember the ultrasound tech telling us we would have a girl, and taking several different snapshots of our daughter. Aside from the joys of sharing that news with our family and friends, I also had some photoshop-fun with the pictures they provided us.

Create Your Own Photo Book Using Shutterfly

For folks that do not wish to mess with an actual scrapbook and the cutting, gluing, arranging, etc., Shutterfly offers a great alternative with professional appearance and is also easy to use. So here is my review of their photo-book tool, along with tips and suggestions for making the most of your book.
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