Nov 052014
 
 November 5, 2014  All Things Kids, Fall, Thanksgiving Comments Off on Fantastic Thanksgiving and Fall Pinterest Boards from All Things Kids

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Getting excited about Thanksgiving??  I know we are!  Today you can find me over at All Things Kids, showcasing some amazing Pinterest boards for family fun this Thanksgiving and fall!  Click the link below to see this great collection!

 

Fantastic Thanksgiving and Fall Pinterest Boards from All Things Kids

Jun 112014
 

Around the World DIY Summer Camp Ideas {All Things Kids} - Alldonemonkey.com

All this week the bloggers of All Things Kids are bringing you great ideas to create your own summer camp at home!  Whether you do a camp just for your family, or a play group, or the neighborhood kids, you’ll find lots of inspiration in this series!  Each day this week a blogger will feature crafts, activities, and snacks ideas around a particular theme.  See the full schedule with all the topics at the bottom of this post!

Looking for some fun – but educational – activities for your little ones this summer?  Here are some great ideas to create your own Around the World summer camp!  Take your kids and their friends on a trip around the world – without leaving home!

I had a hard time deciding the best way to organize the camp – whether to cover one continent per day or to focus on specific countries.  In the end, I decided for the country approach.  This allows for a coherent approach, since the cultures within each continent can be quite different.  A country focus also lets you tailor your camp to the group of children you will be teaching by choosing countries meaningful to them, because of family connections, recent trips, or favorite cartoon/storybook characters.

There are so many great resources available that you can use for your around the world activities.  I’ve included my favorites at the end of the post and have also created sample collections from three different countries: Costa Rica (of course!), Portugal, and South Africa.

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Costa Rica

Costa Rica Activities and Ideas - Around the World Summer Camp {All Things Kids} - Alldonemonkey.com

1. Blue Morpho Butterfly Craft – Kid World Citizen

2. Lantern Craft – All Done Monkey

3. Tamal Asado (Costa Rican Corn Cake) – All Done Monkey

4. Homemade Tamarind Pops – All Done Monkey

5. Tropical Batidos (Smoothies) – Kid World Citizen

6. Parrot Tico Tango Book-Based Activity – All Done Monkey

Also:

You can also do Costa Rican-inspired yoga with Sophia’s Jungle Adventure book from Kids Yoga Stories!

Read more children’s books from Costa Rica with our book list and don’t miss our empanada recipe!  You can also follow my Costa Rica board on Pinterest.

 

Portugal

Portugal Actvities - Around the World Summer Camp Ideas {All Things Kids} - Alldonemonkey.com

1. Merenda – the piri-piri lexicon

2. Rooster of Barcelos Craft – Mermaids’ Makings

3. Milk Rolls – All Done Monkey

4. Azulejos-Inspired Yarn Art – All Done Monkey

5. Pao Doce (Sweet Bread) – Glittering Muffins

6. Pasteis de Nata – Kid World Citizen

Also:

Exploring Portugal with food, music, & stories – Crafty Moms Share

Portugal for Kids – Adventures in Mommydom


South Africa

South Africa Activities - Around the World Summer Camp Ideas {All Things Kids} - Alldonemonkey.com

1. Vuvuzela Craft – Daria’s Music on Multicultural Kid Blogs

2. Books on South Africa – Africa to America

3. Guide to Nelson Mandela’s Autobiography for Kids – Kid World Citizen

4. Africa for Kids: Preschool Homeschool – Mud Hut Mama (includes books and activities for South Africa)

Also:

Explore South African history and apartheid from Look! We’re Learning

Learning About South Africa from Planet Smarty Pants

Additional Resources & Ideas

Read Around the World Summer Reading Series – Multicultural Kid Blogs

World Cup for Kids – Multicultural Kid Blogs

World Soccer Cup 2014 Activity Pack for Kids – Multicultural Kid Blogs

Raising World Citizens – Pinterest

Multicultural Kids’ Crafts – Pinterest

Multicultural Kids’ Activities – Pinterest

Multicultural Kids’ Books – Pinterest

Creating Country Units to Take a Virtual Trip Around the World – Kid World Citizen

Flags Around the World – Kid World Citizen

Resources to Teach Geography – All Done Monkey

World Culture for Kids – Mama Smiles

Around the World in 12 Dishes

Passport to Culture: At Home Travel Series – De Su Mama

Europe & Castles for Kids: Mud Hut Mama

Multicultural Geography Activity – Mommy Maestra

ABCs of Raising a World Citizen – All Done Monkey

Visit to Chinese Market – JDaniel4sMom

 

Don’t miss the other great posts in this Summer Camp series from All Things Kids

All Things Kids Summer Camp Series

Robot Activities Kids Will Love - Fun A Day

ROBOTS from Fun A Day

Bug Themed Activities for Kids - FSPDTBUGS from Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tail

Animal Crafts - Inspired by Familia

ANIMALS by Inspired by Family

Ocean and Beach Themed Activities - Mamas Like MeOcean/Beach by Mamas Like Me

Nature Themed Activities for KidsNature by House of Burke

Circus Unit - The Sugar Aunts

Circus by Sugar Aunts

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Mar 052014
 

Spring Sensory Outdoor Play {All Things Kids} - Alldonemonkey.com

Spring is in the air!  Or, depending on what part of the country (or world!) you are in, perhaps spring is only in your mind.  Either way, I think most of us are ready for some spring fun after a very long winter!

In that spirit, this week the bloggers of All Things Kids are hosting a series on Spring Sensory Play Date Activities.  (In case you missed them, our previous series focused on Winter Books and Activities and Showing Kids Love). Don’t forget to link up your own posts at the end!

As part of the character building classes I am teaching for Monkey and his friends, I recently did a unit on Love.  This included love of nature, so as part of that lesson I took them outside for some sensory play.

First I had them all draw in their notebooks pictures representing the five senses: ear, nose, eye, hand, and mouth.

Outdoor Sensory Play {All Things Kids}

Then we went through the senses one by one, and they had to sketch (with their mom’s help if needed) what they experienced with that sense.  So, for example, we heard birds chirping (and a truck going by, as it turned out), and we smelled different leaves we found.  In case you were worried that they would try to eat some sticks or something, for “taste” we cut up an orange from one of our trees 😉

Spring Sensory Outdoor Play {All Things Kids} - Alldonemonkey.com

It was fun to see what they came up with (one child observed that the air smelled like mud – it did!).  But most of all I hope that they experienced the outdoors differently than they had before, by beginning to pay attention to all five of their senses.

Spring Sensory Outdoor Play {All Things Kids} - Alldonemonkey.com

Has spring arrived where you are?

Spring Sensory Playdate Activities - All Things Kids

Be sure to visit the other bloggers in this series for more Spring Sensory fun: Crayon Chronicles, Sugar Aunts, House of Burke, Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails, and Fun-A-Day! (You can read the full schedule on the series main page).

And don’t forget that you can find all this and more in our All Things Kids Google Plus community and our Pinterest Board!

Now it’s time to see your amazing posts!


Feb 102014
 

Showing Kids Love Series by All Things Kids

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Last month the moms behind All Things Kids brought you a Winter Books Craft and Activities series. This month, thinking of Valentine’s Day, our theme was Showing Kids Love.

Each blogger took one of the “love languages” mentioned in The 5 Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell.  Learning to communicate your love in different, creative ways can help your child really feel loved.

What are the languages? Physical touch, receiving gifts, acts of service, words of affirmation, and quality time.  

Here is an overview of what we did.  We’d love to see your ideas, too!  Our linky is live through the end of the month, so be sure to link up your own posts on showing kids love, or share in the comments!

Showing Kids Love Series by All Things Kids

Monkey Kisses & Dinosaur Hugs : Creative Ways to Show Kids Love - Alldonemonkey.com

Physical Touch

Monkey Kisses and Dinosaur Hugs – All Done Monkey

 

House of Burke - Toddler Valentine's Day Basket

Receiving Gifts

Toddler Valentine’s Day Basket – House of Burke

 

Mamas Like Me - 25 Simple Ways to Show Children Love Through Acts of Service

Acts of Service

25 Simple Ways to Show Children Love with Acts of Service – Mamas Like Me

Sugar Aunts - Random Acts of Service and Kindness for Kids

Acts of Service

Random Acts of Service and Kindness for Kids – The Sugar Aunts

 

Crayon Box Chronicles - Alligator Affirmation Box

Words of Affirmation

Alligator Affirmation Box – Crayon Box Chronicles

 

Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails - 10 Simple Ways to Spend Quality Time with Young Kids

Quality Time

10 Simple Ways to Spend Quality Time with Young Kids

Don’t forget to follow All Things Kids on Pinterest, and join the discussion in our Google Plus Community!

Now it’s time to share your own posts about ways to show kids love – special activities you do together, gifts you’ve made, etc.!  Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!

 

Feb 032014
 

Monkey Kisses & Dinosaur Hugs : Creative Ways to Show Kids Love - Alldonemonkey.com

This post is part of the series Showing Kids Love from All Things Kids.  Visit the main page for more details and a full schedule.  To link up your own post about showing kids love, see the bottom of this post.

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Physical affection comes easily to me.  I grew up in a very physically demonstrative family, and when we get together everyone always seems to have an arm around someone else or a head on someone’s shoulder.

Monkey Kisses and Dinosaur Hugs: Creative Ways to Show Kids Love - Alldonemonkey.com

So it came as quite a shock to me to have a child who, from his very early days, did not much like to cuddle.  It’s not that Monkey doesn’t enjoy hugs and kisses.  He does, just not all the time.  And he does like to snuggle – in small doses, before running off to do something else.  So eventually I adapted by trying to communicate my love for him in other ways, like verbal affirmations, rather than force him to cuddle or hug when he didn’t want to.

But a light bulb went off for me when I read the The 5 Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell.   (For more on “love languages,” see my introductory post).  Chapman and Campbell write that physical touch is one of the five ways (or “love languages”) that we use to communicate love, but that this is not always shown through hugs and kisses.  A child whose primary love language is physical touch may be more inclined to pokes, pulls, bear hugs, and wrestling matches.  Hmm, sounds like my Monkey to a “T”!

And so I have been trying to give Monkey his fill of physical affection, while still being careful to respect his boundaries.  If he says he doesn’t want a hug, we might do a high five or blow kisses instead.  And rather than being annoyed at his constant playful “attacks,” I try to recognize them for what they are – my little boy showing me that he wants to play and interact with me in the way he finds most fun.

So as we gear up for Valentine’s Day, I thought it would be fun to channel his incredible energy into a game we would both enjoy.

I started off by asking if he would like a “butterfly kiss.”  (I knew he would!)  For those that have never tried this, all you have to do is lean very close to your child, so that you can “kiss” their cheek with your eyelashes – aka, butterfly wings!  Even better is when your child gives you a butterfly kiss back!

Monkey Kisses and Dinosaur Hugs: Creative Ways to Show Kids Love - Alldonemonkey.com

So from there I threw out the names of various animals, etc., and we tried to invent how they might kiss or hug.  Here is a list of what we came up with.  What can you and your child add to this list?

Monkey kisses: Lots of jumping around, of course – leave it to my Monkey to make kissing into a jumping game!

Dinosaur hugs: Give a big ROAR! before squeezing the other person tight.

Robot kisses: Make sure to beep between kisses!

Doggie kisses: Just as you might imagine, be prepared for your child to lick you repeatedly!  Chances are, this will be his favorite!  Kids seem to find this one hilarious.  Mothers, less so.

Giraffe kisses: Crouch down then “grow” yourself really tall until you are on tippy toes before giving a kiss.

Shark kisses: Okay, just kidding.  I wasn’t brave enough to try this one.  I had a feeling how it might turn out – Use at your own risk!

Visit our series main page for more posts on Showing Kids Love!  And don’t forget to follow All Things Kids on Pinterest, and join the discussion in our Google Plus Community!

Now it’s your turn!

Feb 022014
 

Showing Kids Love Series by All Things Kids

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Last month the moms behind All Things Kids brought you a Winter Books Craft and Activities series.  This month, thinking of Valentine’s Day, we are sharing ideas to Show Kids Love.

We all love our kids and do our best to show this love to them, but it’s easy to get caught up in the routines of every day life and lose our focus.  So this week we are sharing some creative ideas for how you can shake things up a bit to really help your little ones feel the love 🙂

Our series is loosely based on the wonderful book The 5 Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell.  The idea behind this book (and the others in this series) is that all children – and adults – speak different “love languages.”  While we all give and receive love in all of the languages, we each have one that is primary.  Learning to communicate love in the language that is easiest for your child to understand goes a long way towards helping your child really feel loved.

What are the languages? Physical touch, receiving gifts, acts of service, words of affirmation, and quality time. 

Each day this week a different blogger from All Things Kids will take one of these languages and give us a creative way to express love for your kids in that language.

Please note, children give and receive love in all of these languages, so try to use a mix of them, though focusing on the one that is primary for your child.  (There are tips for how to discover this primary language in the book!)  Also, the authors write that for young children, it is better not to focus on finding out their primary love language, as it doesn’t usually become clear until the school age years.  Again, a mix of the languages is best, as you observe and explore what works best for your child.

So enjoy!  We look forward to sharing these fun and creative ideas with you and seeing yours!  Starting tomorrow our linky will be live through the end of the month, so be sure to link up your own posts on showing kids love!

Showing Kids Love Series by All Things Kids

Monday, February 3 – All Done Monkey – Physical Touch

Tuesday, February 4 – House of Burke – Receiving Gifts

Wednesday, February 5 – Mamas Like Me – Acts of Service

Thursday, February 6 – Crayon Box Chronicles – Words of Affirmation

Friday, February 7 – Sugar Aunts – Acts of Service

Saturday, February 8 – Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails – Quality Time

Don’t forget to follow All Things Kids on Pinterest, and join the discussion in our Google Plus Community!

This post has been shared at the Sunday Parenting Party.

Jan 072014
 
 January 7, 2014  All Things Kids, crafts 9 Responses »

Snowball Painting & Train Play: Winter Book Activities {All Things Kids} - Alldonemonkey.com

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I am so excited to announce the launch of a new initiative, building on collaboration with some really wonderful bloggers: Jaime of Frogs, Snails and Puppy Dog Tails, Mary Catherine of Fun-A-Day!, Blayne of House of Burke, Heather of Crayon Box Chronicles, Tina of Mamas Like Me, and Colleen of Sugar Aunts.  Every day this week a different blogger will be sharing a book-inspired winter craft – see the end of this post for a full schedule and a place to link up your great winter posts!

For more winter fun ideas, be sure to follow our group All Things Kids board and my Winter Wonderland for Kids board on Pinterest!

For my part in this series, I was inspired by a book Monkey and I found recently: Snowmen at Work by Caralyn Buehner.  Monkey adores snowmen, as do I, so this is a really fun book to read together.  The illustrations by Mark Buehner are amazing, and there is even a seek and find element to the book, as you try to find different animals hidden in each painting.

Since this book is all about snowy fun, I decided we should do snowball painting!

Yes, we do live in California, so no, we do not have any actual snow to paint.  Instead, we grabbed the next best thing: cotton balls!  My idea was to paint with the cotton balls, which is exactly what I did.  They are really fun to use and make for some interesting art.  For younger kids, they might be easier to hold than paint brushes, while still giving some fine motor practice and winter sensory fun.

Snowball Painting and Train Play: Winter Book Activities {All Things Kids} - Alldonemonkey.com

Monkey came up with another idea for how to paint with our “snow balls.”  Basically, he used the paint like glue, dipping the cotton balls into the color he wanted and then sticking them onto the paper to make a design.

Snowball Painting and Train Play: Winter Book Activities {All Things Kids} - Alldonemonkey.com

It was also fun to just let him play and roll the “snowballs” in the paint.

Snowball Painting and Train Play: Winter Book Activities {All Things Kids} - Alldonemonkey.com

Snowmen at Work is based on a little boy’s fantasy about the jobs that snowmen might do – a dentist fixing the coal in a snowman’s smile, and so on.  My favorite is that the pizza snowman delivers frozen pizza!  Monkey loves trains, so his favorite part of the book is the toy factory, which features snowmen making toy trains.  He loves to examine the picture, reciting over and over the order in which the parts of the train are assembled.

Snowball Painting and Train Play: Winter Book Activities {All Things Kids} - Alldonemonkey.com

To capitalize on his interest, I made him a felt train that he can assemble himself.  Great activity for when Little Monkey is napping!

What winter books are you reading with your little ones?

Winter Books Crafts & Activities - All Things Kids

I am forever indebted to Jaime of Frogs, Snails and Puppy Dog Tails for starting the All Things Kids Google + community.  It is a great place to network and find ideas for activities, crafts, and treats for kids!  And now several of the moms behind that community have come together for our first monthly series – Winter Books Crafts & Activities!  Be sure to link up your own book-inspired winter play below, and don’t forget to check out all the great posts in this series:

Monday: Fun-A-Day!

Tuesday: All Done Monkey

Wednesday: House of Burke

Thursday: Crayon Box Chronicles

Friday: Frogs, Snails and Puppy Dog Tails

Saturday: Mamas Like Me

Sunday: Sugar Aunts

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