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Parenting Simply:  Welcome Little Helpers

Parenting Simply: Welcome Little Helpers

[ 2 ] March 8, 2012 |

My daughters are two and four, and even at these young ages I see how much they welcome some responsibility around the house, and how proud they are when they can accomplish “grown up” tasks. Household chores provide a wonderful way for little ones to learn and practice new skills. Parents may also find that they come to appreciate the task in a new way, as you start to view it as a learning tool.

In my home, I’ve noticed how much smoother mealtimes are when I invite the children to help with some preparation and some clean up afterward. In the morning, as I put their breakfasts on the table, I fill the sink with warm soapy water and set up a sturdy stool.

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“Painting Air: Spencer Finch” Opens at the Museum of Art Rhode Island School of Design, February 24 – July 29, 2012

“Painting Air: Spencer Finch” Opens at the Museum of Art Rhode Island School of Design, February 24 – July 29, 2012

[ 1 ] March 5, 2012 |

Take your children to see “Painting Air: Spencer Finch,” the new exhibition by Brooklyn-based artist Spencer Finch at the Museum of Art Rhode Island School of Design. In this two-part show, the Museum debuts a large-scale installation by Finch, shown with more than 60 pieces—from ancient objects to late-20th-century art— selected by the artist from the Museum’s collection. The show opened
Friday, February 24 and runs through July 29, 2012.

Kids will enjoy exploring his joyful colorful mixed-media work along with discovering what and pondering why Finch pulled what he did out of museum storage. The exhibition invites conversation and may lead to interesting discoveries and creations at home.

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Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

[ 0 ] March 1, 2012 |

Theodor Seuss Geisel was born March 2, 1904. We know and love him as Dr. Seuss. His whimsical rhymes and clever stories hold the same magic for my children as they did for me when I was a kid. I can remember the first Dr. Seuss books I owned – Cat in the Hat…One Fish Two Fish…Green Eggs and Ham…do you remember yours?

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The Storybook Connection

The Storybook Connection

[ 0 ] March 1, 2012 |

Have you ever watched a time-lapse video of a flower opening in the spring? I imagine that’s what a child’s brain looks like when it connects with a storybook. If you have read aloud to children, either alone or in a group, you know what I mean. While you’re reading, you can almost see the child going into a zone. At the end of the book, for a moment, she may sit and smile or ask a question. But almost every time, if she connects with the story, she will come away with something: a deeper understanding, an emotion, an inspiration, an inside giggle. That is the magic of storybooks.

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The Wonders of Freezer Paper—Really!

The Wonders of Freezer Paper—Really!

[ 1 ] February 27, 2012 |

One of the most versatile craft supplies isn’t found in any specialty store—it’s on the shelf in your local supermarket, next to the aluminum foil and plastic bags. Freezer paper! It’s almost magical, it can do so much. If you haven’t been introduced to the crafty side of freezer paper, please, allow me to take you on a little tour…

Use it to screen print your own T-shirts!

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Family Matters: Watching Movies with Children

Family Matters: Watching Movies with Children

[ 0 ] February 17, 2012 |

Get to know your children through film. More often than we like to admit, parents use visual media (film) as a way to spend time away from their kids. We suggest parents use film as a reason to spend time with their kids. More than just a chance to spend a few hours together, this shared experience may lead to interesting discussions and discovery about the movie-making process, life, human behavior, and the consequences our actions have on our family, friends and the world around us.

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Pretend Play is a Literacy Activity

Pretend Play is a Literacy Activity

[ 5 ] February 15, 2012 |

Your 3-year-old can recognize the first letter of her name when she sees it in print or maybe hit the right letters on the electronic game when the recorded voice says “B… ball… B.”  You think she’s pretty smart.  She is, but not because she’s beginning to recognize letters.  Let’s face it – chimpanzees can learn to do that.  Where you can really see and celebrate her developing literacy skills is in her pretend play.

Providence Children’s Museum is a fabulous place for school vacation fun!  Encounter a glorious golden eagle, a tiny owl, a red-tailed hawk and other majestic birds of prey in Wingmasters.  In The Hoopoe Show, see a hilarious mime’s magic tricks and illusions.  It’s a Paper Caper when kids fold and crease paper to create fabulous flying machines!  And sing and laugh to silly stories and funny fast-paced songs by Keith Munslow.  For more information, visit www.ChildrenMuseum.org.

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Join us at the Providence Children’s Film Festival February 16-21, 2012

Join us at the Providence Children’s Film Festival February 16-21, 2012

[ 1 ] February 6, 2012 |

The only film festival in New England dedicated to children’s films offers quality independent movie alternatives to children and teens.

The Providence Children’s Festival hosts 6 days of films, workshops and presentations for children, youth and teens at 3 locations in downtown Providence. Watch exciting and engaging high-quality, international films, animation, and documentaries. Tickets are $7.50 general admission; $5.00 children, students, seniors which includes free admission on Saturday and Sunday (only) to the RISD Museum. Films and events at RISD Metcalf Auditorium are free with the exception of Opening night (Tickets are $15.00 adult; $10.00 children.) Discount family packages are available.

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DIY Valentine Craft Projects for Kids

DIY Valentine Craft Projects for Kids

[ 2 ] February 3, 2012 |

Whether your children make valentines for their entire the class or a handful for their grandparents and best friend, giving (and receiving) a handmade valentine is super special no matter how big, small, simple, or detailed the heart is.

Making a large number of valentines for your child’s class can seem daunting, but choosing a project that is simple to oversee and appropriate for your child’s skill and age level can be fun and rewarding. When my boys were toddlers, I precut hearts out of paper or used heart-shaped doilies and let them paint or put stickers on each one. Now that they’re older, it’s helpful that they have a longer attention span and can sign their own cards.

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Cold Feet

Cold Feet

[ 5 ] February 2, 2012 |

Sunday morning, 6:58am. Not my idea of sleeping in, especially after spending half the night with my son whose cough reminds me of the call of a sea lion and whose temperature reminds me of a toaster oven. But what was I really expecting anyway? My daughter has decided to wake me up by crawling all over me, seemingly unaware of the fact that her knees and feet are kicking me in the gut and in the head.

Did I mention that it’s 12 degrees outside?!

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