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Ideas for Sensory Bins

By Tricia Fowler / Children learn best and retain the most when they engage their senses of taste, touch, sight, sound, and smell. Sensory play includes any activity that stimulates your young child’s senses, and this type of play helps children develop cognitively, linguistically, socially, emotionally, and physically. One easy way to engage a child’s…

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Popsicles in the Park: Coming Soon!

By Suzi West / Lenawee Great Start is once again hosting its annual Popsicles in the Park this summer. What is Popsicles in the Park?  Well, yes, it does include popsicles, but it is so much more than that. Popsicles in the Park not only includes a nice, cold frozen treat, but also includes fun,…

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May: Mother’s Day Cooking Fun

Little ones love to help in the kitchen, and what better way to show Mom you love her by making her a Mother’s Day breakfast treat?       This Blueberry Mug Muffin by Budget Bytes is a single-serving made in the microwave, but I am guessing you might want to make more than one! All you…

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May Crafts – Memorial Day and Parades

With all the flags out for Memorial Day, what a great opportunity to talk to kids about our country’s flag. This craft from Mama’s Nook is a nice way to allow a toddler to create their own flag. Simply start with a large rectangle of construction paper as a base. Pre-cut stripes of red and…

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Get the Kids Outside (and Maybe a Puppy, Too!)

By Suzanne Lopez / With the springtime upon us, it’s easy to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine! In Michigan, most everyone has cabin fever by this time of year, and welcome the warmer and longer days. It’s a reminder for us to send the kids outside to play, (just like we did when we…

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Carbon Monoxide: The Invisible Killer

by Steven Burnett / It was in the news recently that two different families lost their lives because of carbon monoxide gas. I felt it was important to bring back this article on this gas. Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a bi-product of combustion. You can’t see it or smell it. It is a heavy gas…

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April Activities & Crafts

Show children the ‘magic’ of plants by letting them see how a seed sprouts and grows. Place a few bean seeds in a plastic bag with a damp paper towel or a couple of damp cotton balls. Tape to a window and watch them grow over the course of a week! Maybe this will inspire…

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April Snack Ideas

Wondering what to do with all those hard-boiled eggs from the Easter basket? Try making some mice! Cut egg in half, then decorate with sliced radish for ears, black olive pieces for eyes, and a chive for the tail.      Berries are a spring favorite, so why not have some fun with your berries?…

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Developing ‘Can-Do’ Thinking in your Child

by Cary Zavala / Self-talk is basically our inner voice, the voice in our head, the subtle running commentary going on in the background of our minds. Everyone has this happening, often without us even realizing it. And what we say in our mind greatly influences our feelings and behaviors. Positive self-talk tends to make…