Help Your Little One Create with tots art start from Alex Jr. (Giveaway)

 

 

You can read my full review of this super cute new ‘tots art start’ art kit from Alex Jr.’s new line on the Alex Toys Blog (I’m a guest blogger–yay!).

I am also excited to be able to give away one of these kits to help you get your budding artist started!


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 **Disclaimer: I received a sample product to facilitate my honest review**

A peek Into My Kitchen: Vacation Snacks to Pack for Small Children

I’m typing this post into my phone with one thumb in a hotel room in Israel with intermittent WiFi…
Traveling with kids can be tough, routines get thrown off, familiar stuff is left at home (the favorite stuffed animal or blanket of the moment almost always turns out to be the one you left behind) and, often, changes in time zone wreak havoc on sleeping patterns.
I’m a big believer in traveling with a whole bunch of medication, toys, gear and especially snacks to make the change more palatable. I promise to share my other lists at some other point, but here are some easy to throw in a suitcase foods that can be ready to appease little mouths for your actual traveling time as well as for when you get to your destination and thoughout your stay:
For plane/car/bus/train:
*Refillable water bottle per child (if you’re flying internationally, empty it before you go through security so the TSA doesn’t bug you and have stewardesses refill on the plane)
*Empty milk cup/bottle per child (good to keep your cups for milk and other beverages separate, especially when you may not be able to wash them so well)
*Applesauce or other puréed fruit pouches–some good ones are Happy Baby, Plum Organics, Earth’s Best, Revolution Foods and GoGo Squeeze. These are great for older kids as well! Freeze a couple and pop them in your bag for slushy treats en route! They also make great ice packs for…
*cut up apples, pears, grapes, carrots, clementines, cheese sticks/cubes
*frozen single serving shelled edamame
*raisins, dried apricots or other dried fruit
*fruit leather
*cereal (either in small bags or snack cups)
*crackers, pretzels, rice cakes, cookies, cereal bars, yogurt drops
*For a plane–lollipops, sucking candies gum are essential for kidlets too big to suck on a bottle or to nurse during takeoff and landing. Toddlers under 3 should probably stick to the lollipops to prevent choking scares.
*small sandwiches, mini yogurts or yogurt squeeze sticks if it’ll be meal time
Note: if you are traveling between countries, you may need to leave any leftover produce on the plane so as not to have problems with agricultural authorities (particularly when entering the US)
For the trip itself:
*more of all of the non-perishable items from above
*if your children are avid milk drinkers, you may want to pack a few boxes of shelf stable milk–particularly if you prefer organic, which isn’t always easy to find. Milk tastes different in different places, and, you may not want to jeopardize this source of protein and calcium for a picky child.

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Craft Project: Peekaboo Shaker

 
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This year, the Jewish holiday of Purim takes place Sunday, March 20th.  Hamentaschen, costumes and noisemakers (also called graggers or raashanim) are all huge parts of the festivities for all of the kids.
This noisemaker is an easy project to do with even a young toddler…and you don't even need Purim as an excuse (what kidlet wouldn't like to me his or her own shaker?!)
Tools needed:
1.plastic water bottle, Parmesan cheese shaker or other small plastic container with a top–washed well and dried thoroughly
2.a handful of Buttons, beads, beans, rice bells, pasta shapes or other small, hard objects that will make noise when you shake the noisemaker
3. A handful of other small objects that are just fun and cool to look at: pom poms, feathers, bent pipe cleaners, styrofoam peanuts, googly eyes, confetti, loose glitter etc.
4. Stickers & markers (window crayons work well for this!) to decorate the outside of the container
5. Gorilla Glue or Crazy Glue

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Dinosaur Train Pajamas and Free Valentines!

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What is it about dinosaurs?  I have yet to meet a child who doesn't find them at least a little bit fascinating.  They sort of seem to fall into the category of mystical creatures like unicorns, except that the fact that they used to actually roam the earth makes them even cooler.

Unfortunately, for the sensitive child, most of the material out there about dinosaurs is pretty scary.  Dinosaur Train, which airs daily on PBS (check your local listings), fits the bill for those kids (or parents!) who would like to enjoy their dinosaurs without any blood, guts and gore. Parents' Choice Recommended series Dinosaur Train, which is perfect for children about 4 to 8 or 9, follows the Prehistoric adventures of Buddy (a T-rex) and his adopted gamily of Pteranodons. An added bonus for the fact loving student? Goofy segments featuring a guy who calls himself Dr. Scott the Paleontologist are chock full of live action lessons (though, in the interest of full disclosure, my son generally chooses to fast forward through those.)

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