Category: Activities for kids

Eat Your Veggies

Summer gives us a bounty of luscious fruits and vegetables. I love them. But your kids might not be so big on treats that “come in their own packaging.” Here are a few ideas for sneaking fruits and vegetables into their diets. SMOOTHIES: Combine…

SIGN LANGUAGE FOR BABIES AND TODDLERS

We all know that babies are not able to talk. But we often forget that talking is the human way of expressing our needs and wants. So, before a baby or toddler develops that ability to express their needs, desires and reactions in words…

MY PINTEREST

I opened a PINTEREST account more than a year ago. Then promptly ignored it. I’ll bet you’ve done something similar before, too. However, a couple of months ago I decided it was time to revisit, learn, conquer the beast. I’m glad I did. Now…

Sick Days Fun Box

Don’t you hate it when your little ones are sick? And don’t you hate it when they feel much better and want to be up & busy, but can’t? What do you do—read to them all day? Or let them have perpetual screen time?…

STOP THAT YELLING!

Today’s title isn’t for your kids–it’s for YOU, parents. I am ashamed to admit I was a yelling parent. I hated myself for it each time I lost control and yelled at my kids. My mother was a yeller. Her mother was a yeller….

The Blue Whale – a Nonfiction Picture Book Review

Another nonfiction picture book review by Jean Matthew Hall. It’s that wonderful time of year again—school restarts after summer break. I love it! I peruse the aisles of department stores admiring the shiny new school supplies. I haven’t taught school for fourteen years, but…

Top Ten Rules for Mealtimes

New York Times bestseller author Jo Frost, a.k.a. Supernanny, has some excellent advice for parents. While I don’t agree with everything she does I believe her ability to capsulate her philosophy into her TOP TEN RULES is useful. Here are her TOP TEN RULES…

Picture Book Review-Seashells, Crabs and Sea Stars

Another picture book (almost) review by Jean Matthew Hall Seashells, Crabs and Sea Stars is a nonfiction picture book plus more.  It was written by Christiane Kump Tibbits and illustrated by Linda Garrow. It was published by Northwords Press in 1996. Sadly Northwords Press…

Picture Book Review–Hot City

Another picture book review by Jean Matthew Hall. The picture book Hot City by Barbara Joosse was published in 2004 by Philomel. It was illustrated by R. Gregory Christie. In the summer many of us turn our thoughts toward beaches, pools, parks and lakeside…

Picture Book Review–Around Our Way On Neighbor’s Day

Another Picture Book Review by Jean Matthew Hall Time for another picture book about having fun in the summer. Around Our Way on Neighbors’ Day was written by my friend, Tameka Fryer Brown. It was illustrated by Charlotte Riley-Webb, and published by Abrams in…

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