Thursday, February 27, 2014

Mardi Gras Arts & Crafts Fun with Your Kids!

Mardi Gras is here and people all over the USA (not just in Louisiana) are celebrating with parades and parties. The celebrations don't stop until Tuesday, March 4th, so there is plenty of time for you to join in the fun! To get you in the spirit, Sam and Sofia have sent you a Mardi Gras Float to build. (Click on the link to get this wonderful arts and crafts printout!) Maybe you could even gather a few friends and have a Little Passports parade of your own! 

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Taking the Time

This past weekend was fairly uneventful which is strange for us as we always have something to do and somewhere to go.  Don't get me wrong, I had plenty to do at home but didn't really need to go out this weekend.  I was also feeling sick, I caught a head cold and I'm miserable.  My daughter had wanted to have a mommy and daughter day at home on Saturday, but I got all caught up in cleaning, cooking and then crashed for a nap that our day went by very fast.  So, I promised Sunday would be the day - even though I really didn't see when I would find the time as I still had so much to do.  My house is a mess - we've been organizing and I have a ton of things laying around that I want to try and sell on ebay.  I also have things for storage, then I have laundry and so on and so forth!  When was I going to have the time to sit and play for 2 hours!  Guess I'd figure it out the next day and hope she'd forget (I know, that sounds terrible).

So now its Sunday!  Guess what my baby girl's first words were??? Mommy & daughter time!!!
I made breakfast, cleaned up and went to her room.  What the heck!! The mess can wait, but why keep my baby girl waiting - she won't be 8 forever and the days are flying by!  Before I know it, she'll be 15 and I'll never get these days back was time to play!  We colored some pages in her coloring book, she showed me how to make a snow flake and we drew and colored easter eggs.  Then we watched the movie of her choice!  It was so nice.  I let go of my never ending to do list and just focused on her, on being a kid and just having fun!  She enjoyed every second of it, and so did I.

I managed to get my bedroom cleaned up afterwards - surprisingly, I had so much energy after our play date that I put it to good use!

I guess even my 8 year old can teach me a thing or two -- take time to let go and enjoy these small but special moments!  They only come once - the cleaning and messy house will always be there - so I will no longer ignore my children's request for attention - when they need it, I will take the time to give it them!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Little Passports Black History Month:Tips to Involve your Kids

February is Black History Month, an opportunity to talk with children about race and civil rights, as well as the heritage, accomplishments, and culture of African Americans. Join Sam and Sofia as they explore these 3 ways to celebrate and learn!

1. Read a Book
Spark a conversation by reading children’s books that highlight our nation’s African American heroes and their achievements. Here are a few inspiring selections:

Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., By Doreen Rappaport
An introduction to Dr. King’s life and message, this picture book pairs age-appropriate educational material with beautiful images.

The Story of Ruby Bridges, By Robert Coles
The inspiring story of a courageous 6-year old girl who helped shape US history by being the first African American child to go to an all-white school.

We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball, By Kadir Nelson
This gorgeously illustrated book tells the story of the African American baseball league and the challenges they overcame to pursue their passion.

2. Play a Game
Sam and Sofia learned to play Mancala, a counting game that originated in Africa and is now popular all over the world!
DIY Activity: It’s easy to make your own Mancala board! Simply get an empty egg carton with 12 small “pits,” trim off the sides, and decorate it with markers or paint. Get two containers (such as bowls) and place one at each end of the egg carton as the “banks,” where players collect their winnings. For the “stones,” you can use small items, such as marbles, beans, or even candy! For detailed rules on how to play, click here: How to Play Mancala

3. Take a Trip
Visit a landmark, attraction, or museum, celebrating black history. An interactive and engaging field trip is a great way to capture a child’s interest! Here are some ideas:
• Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial (Washington, D.C.)
• Booker T. Washington National Monument (Franklin County, Virginia)
• Tuskegee Airmen National Museum (Detroit, MI)
• Pride and Passion: The African-American Baseball Experience (Permanent exhibition at the Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY)

For more hands-on activities celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr., check out the Little Passports Pinterest board.

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