Recycled Box Haunted House Luminary

I love the idea of spooky old houses!  When I was a kid, we had a neighbourhood “haunted house” that we all called “The Moon House.” My friends and I would visit it and sneak inside, past boarded up windows, and explore.  Completely reckless… and thrilling!

When I think of Halloween, I think of that house – full of ghosts of memories past and creaks and groans.  I thought I could create some of that spooky fun with a craft this year with my son, Onetime, and so together, we created this adorable recycled box Haunted House Luminary.

Haunted House Luminaries

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Tips to Support Kids Experiencing ANXIETY + Linky

Welcome back to another week of the Love to Learn Linky and thanks to all the bloggers who linked up last week!  For a few weeks now I have been spotting some awesome posts in the linky that have to do with helping kids deal with difficult emotions.

One emotion in particular that has lately become more prominent in my 3 year old son, Onetime, is anxiety.  Today’s post will share great ideas that I have found around the blogosphere (and in our Linky!) for helping your child deal with this uncomfortable emotional state.

Ways to Support Kids With Anxiety

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Wonder-Full: 8 Ways to Help Young Kids LOVE SCIENCE!

Welcome back to another week of “Teaching Kids About Character: An Alphabetic Blogging Series.”  This week’s topic is W is for Wonder-Full! How can we encourage our kids to be full of wonder – to be curious, to ask questions, to be motivated to find out how things work and why, and to appreciate the amazing complexity of our world? SCIENCE!

8 Ways to Grow a Scientist

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5 Fun DIY Games to Teach Preschoolers to Count + Linky

Welcome back to another week of the Love to Learn Linky!  This week we are looking at ways to teach preschoolers to COUNT!

I’ve got some awesome and easy DIY games you can make to play with your child that will teach them important number concepts while having FUN (and learning how to share and take turns!).

There’s also a roundup of terrific games from fellow bloggers that will get your child counting. Thanks to all the bloggers who linked up last week!

5 DIY MATH GAMES for Preschoolers

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Values: Reflecting on the Messages We Send Our Kids

I was at the store the other day with my 3 year old son, Onetime, when he spotted a nickel laying on the floor.  He picked it up and I said, “Oh, you found some money! I wonder where it came from…. I bet someone dropped it.  Why don’t we leave it here with the cashier in case the person who lost it comes looking for it.”  Then the cashier, (looking at me like I was crazy) said, “Oh, why don’t you just let him keep it.”

Why didn’t I? Why did I find myself explaining to her that I wanted my son to grow up to be the kind of person who would turn in a lost wallet with ALL it’s money still there. Why did I take such a little thing so seriously?

Well – isn’t it the small lessons that all add up at some point to create what our kids come to value and believe as right or wrong? I think so.

Passing Along Values: Reflecting on the Messes We send to our kids

How do kids develop their values?

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