Friday, September 26, 2008
With Halloween around the corner, you may worry about your child's intake of candy and other sugary treats. Obviously, kids love to fill the trick or treat bags with candy. While the candy bag fills, thoughts of tummy aches and dentist visits fill the heads of parents. But, there are tasty, healthy alternatives to give out this Halloween. Here is a great recipe for Halloween Cereal Bars.
Halloween Cereal Balls
1/4 cup margarine or butter
1 package (10 oz.) marshmallows
2 Tablespoons orange-flavored gelatin
6 cups crisp rice cereal
1/2 cup candy corn
· Combine margarine and marshmallows in 2-quart glass bowl. Microwave (high), uncovered, 2 1/2 to 3 minutes or until marshmallows are puffed. Add orange gelatin; mix until combined. Stir in cereal until well coated. Mix in candy corn. Cool enough to handle.
· With buttered hands, form mixture into 24 balls. Place on waxed paper until cool. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap for storage.
· Tips: Pieces of cut black licorice can be substituted for candy corn.
· Mixture can be pressed into greased 13x9-inch baking pan and cut into squares for serving.
Per Serving: 85 calories, 1 g. protein, 2 g. fat, 119 mg. sodium, 0 mg. cholesterol.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
How do you get your child to eat vegetables? This is the age-old question that never seems to have an answer. It is quite common to see a plate in front of your child with a pile of vegetables still on it when dinner is finished. There is no need to worry. You are not alone. Each child has a different personality in regards to the vegetables they enjoy to eat.
Studies have suggested that children's vegetable intake can be largely shaped by what vegetables you eat. Parents are an enormous influence on children. If your child sees you shying away from a specific vegetable, there is a good chance they will do the same. It is important to start at a young age. Give your child a vast quantity of vegetables to see what they enjoy. Once you do this you will have a better idea of what areas to work on in regards to your child's vegetable experience.
A great way to get your child to eat vegetables is to mix veggies with other foods they enjoy. Pasta sauces, casseroles, soups or omelets are good ways to mask the taste of an icky vegetable. A fun idea to get your child to enjoy the vegetable experience is to start a small vegetable garden with them. This will allow your child to watch the entire growing process and reap the benefits of their hard work.
Friday, September 19, 2008
Redecorating your professional office, child's bedroom and playroom can be an experience full of laughs and joy. Incorporating your child into the redecorating process is where all the fun comes into play. Let children express their creative ideas in the redecorating process. Unique and educational wall toys are a great way to add life into the room where children will be playing.
Our wall toys are a great way to add a fun, educational experience to your children's room. These wall toys will pull the children away from the video games and into an exciting wonderland. If you have a dental office, our Smile Power Wall Toy is perfect for you. This heat sensitive toy allows painting without the mess. This wall toy would also be an excellent addition to your kids bedroom.
Our Numbers 1-15 Wall Toy is a fun and educational product that is perfect for any office or playroom. This bright and colorful toy allows children to play a unique puzzle game. Counting, logic, and analytical skills are challenged through fun play with this wall toy. We hope you enjoy your redecorating experience. Be sure to look at Sensoryedge to view all of our wall toys.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Puzzles are creative activities that let children use their minds. John Spilsbury made the first jigsaw puzzle in 1760. Spilsbury was a British engraver and mapmaker. He mounted a map on a sheet of wood. Spilsbury then sawed around each individual country. This puzzle was mainly used as an aid to teach geography. Thus, the jigsaw puzzle was born.
There are puzzles for children of all ages. From a knob puzzle for your youngest children, to a large jigsaw puzzle for your older children, puzzles provide hours of fun and enjoyment. They are also educational toys that can be enjoyed by multiple children at one time. Your child will feel a sense of achievement when they are finished.
Puzzles are perfect for toys for rainy day activities, or family activities. You remember the fun and enjoyment you experienced with puzzles as a child. Now it is time to let your own children experience the same fun that you had as a kid. Be sure to view all of our puzzles at Sensoryedge.com.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Dollhouses have been around for thousands of years. Of course, they have not always been called dollhouses. The earliest examples of a miniature house, or dollhouse, were found in the Egyptian Tombs of the Old Kingdom. Although know one knows, they were probably used for religious purposes. Dollhouses have come a long way since that time.
In early European times dollhouses were constructed by hand. Individual craftsmen would construct these dollhouses to order. Germany became the first country to mass-produce dollhouses up until World War II. Due to the war, production plummeted. By the 19th century, dollhouses were being made in North America. Germany was the producer of the most prized dollhouses.
After WWII dollhouses started to be mass-produced on a large scale. By the 1950s, the typical dollhouses were painted sheet metal filled with plastic furniture. Around this time was when dollhouses became very popular to the young American girl. The craze is still alive today. Dollhouses can be seen in toy store all across the country. Although it is not as popular today, your can still find craftsmen who make hand crafted dollhouses.
Friday, September 05, 2008
For your younger children, learning the ABC's can be a difficult process. There are many different ways to teach your children the alphabet. What is right for one parent is not always right for the other. But, the positive thing is that there are so many different techniques.
Start off with the simple ABC song as they sit on an alphabet classroom carpet. This will take time to learn. But, it is a proven technique. Remember, repetition is always the key. The more the child hears, or sees the letters, the quicker they will learn the letters. It can be and fun and entertaining process.
Gather some of your child's favorite items. This is also a good way for them to learn letters. If your child has named a favorite stuffed animal, teach them the letters of the name. You can write the letters down so your child can see the letters as you sound them out. Whichever way you choose is best for your child will be a fun learning experience for everyone involved.
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
Is your little girl getting curious about make-up? When is the right age to let a child experiment with make-up? It is a difficult decision for some. It is an easy decision for others. There is no magic book that will give you the right answer. The simple fact is that you have to judge the situation based on your child and yourself. People have different beliefs on this subject. That is perfectly ok. What is good for one is not always good for all.
Little girls have a great time playing dress up. A kids sized vanity is the finishing touch that kids need. You may remember yourself as a child dressing up in your mother's old clothes and putting on her make-up. While this is a fun experience, younger girls are starting to wear make-up at a younger age in their daily lives. Lip-gloss and eyeliner are becoming more popular for younger girls. Many times they want to look older, or their friends are wearing make-up.
It is important to sit down with you child and talk about this situation. It may be that you agree on the right age, or appropriate make-up. It may be that you do not agree. But, an open line of communication on the subject can do nothing but help you and your child's experience. Each situation is unique. Communicate with your child and find out what's right for the both of you.