Fun February Snack Ideas

Try filling a muffin pan with as many red foods as you can! (SuperHealthyKids.com) Suggestions include grape tomatoes, radishes, red bell pepper slices, red apple slices, red grapes, strawberries, pomegranat seeds, watermelon, dried cranberries, and raspberries.    Another fun idea is to cut food into the shape of hearts and arrows. You can do this…

Valentine’s Day Crafts

Try making a heart garland–Martha Stewart shows you how in this video. Kids can help by cutting and gluing. Use this heart-shaped template (PDF) and place it on a stack of three sheets of card stock (the example uses red, pink and peach). Staple the center of the hearts and cut out the shapes. Make…

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Let’s Get Moving

By Tricia Moyer-Fowler / In the winter especially it’s hard to think of things for children to do to burn off their energy and exercise. Here are some great ideas to get them moving! Visit a local playgroup! Check out Lenawee Child’s schedule on www.lisd.us/instructional-services/early-childhood-education/lenawees-child/ or www.lenaweegreatstart.org/local-resources/play-groups Have a snowball fight in the house using…

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Should Young Children Use Smartphones?

By Amy Williams / Everyone parent has their share of secrets when it comes to raising their kids. I am hesitant to confess this, but my “hush-hush” information is that I allow my young children to use my smartphone. Yes, I have heard the expert warnings and recommendations. But like anybody else, sometimes I need…

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Counting Sheep Brings New Meaning

By Suzanne Lopez / Counting sheep has been referenced in our popular culture in cartoons and other media as a mental exercise to lull oneself to sleep or an idiosyncratic term to indicate insomnia. Many times we laugh at the notion and dismiss its significance. However, counting sheep may bring new meaning and may even…

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Fun with Cardboard

Have some cardboard lying around from the holidays? Why not make something extra fun for your little one? These websites show you how to make some fun playthings that any kid would love. Kids can help with the design and use their imaginations. Best of all, they are recyclable! Cardboard boxes are a great idea…

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January Food Fun

Put some winter fun into your pizza night and make a pizza snowman! Use pre-made dough or make your own (here’s a blog that claims to have a terrific recipe). In a pinch, you can even try English muffins or bagels for your snowman base! Use black olives, green and red pepper slices, tomatoes, pepperoni…

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Making Jars of Love Soup

By Lisa Eack / One of the ways Lenawee Great Start gives back to the community, with the help of our families, is by making soup kits to distribute to those in need. This year we have recruited Lenawee Prep Academy and the Mom mentors to help with this project. Making the soup kits is…

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Don’t Worry, But Don’t Wait

By Suzi West / Don’t worry, but don’t wait.  That is the catch phrase for Early On of Michigan,* a resource for families of young children specifically birth to three years old. Your child’s pediatrician, DHS caseworker, parent or caregiver may refer a child to Early On. Referrals are made because someone may have concerns…