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A Basketful of Favorite Easter Crafts

Posted by on April 17, 2014 in Blog, Crafts, Director, Holidays, Indoors, Outdoors, Parent, Photography, Spring, Uncategorized | 0 comments

A Basketful of Favorite Easter Crafts

Do you remember as a child waking up to an Easter basket chock-full of chocolate eggs, bunnies, and jelly beans perched atop a pile of fake grass taking up more than its fair space? How about getting dressed up in spiffy new duds for church and dinner, maybe seeing cousins, who have grown taller than the last time you saw them? Memories like these are the anchors of a lifetime, and crafts help make the fun times stick. Personalized photo egg Here’s a photo project an adult or older child could make. It is one that is sure to add a...

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How to Take the Best Easter Photos of Kids

Posted by on April 15, 2014 in Blog, Crafts, Director, Holidays, Indoors, Outdoors, Parent, Photography, Spring, Uncategorized | 0 comments

How to Take the Best Easter Photos of Kids

How to Take the Best Easter Photos of Kids Leave it to a mother and pro-photographer to know how important it is to capture special (and fleeting) moments in the lives of your kids. Wedding photographer and mom, Brooke Ringdahl has dished up some great tips for photographing kids at Easter in her blog that may help you make the most of this upcoming photo op. We agree with Brooke: As you get ready for Easter, keep photography in mind and see if a little advance planning will help you get the impromptu shots that often are lost — like the...

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3 Secrets to an Eggciting Easter Photo Booth for Kids

Posted by on April 10, 2014 in Blog, Crafts, Director, Entertainment, Holidays, Indoors, Outdoors, Parent, Photography, Spring | 0 comments

3 Secrets to an Eggciting Easter Photo Booth for Kids

3 Secrets to an Eggciting Easter Photo Booth for Kids Whether you celebrate Easter, Passover, Spring (or all three!), hosting an Easter Party for kids means shining a spotlight on the bunny side. Who can resist decking out eggs in pastels and small humans in tall rabbit ears? Crank up the cuteness with a photo booth at your next Easter Party for kids. Bonus: send home a photo with every child for lasting memories of the fun they had at your party. An effective photo booth can be simple or fancy to match to your imagination and energy. We’ve...

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Try This Storybook Project for Kids Using Photos

Posted by on April 8, 2014 in Blog, Crafts, Director, Entertainment, Indoors, Parent, Photography, Reading, Safety, Spring | 0 comments

Try This Storybook Project for Kids Using Photos

Try This Storybook Project for Kids Using Photos An image is worth a thousand words —but a handful of words are plenty when the young author still counts her age one finger at a time. One way to help your budding preschooler write and put ideas together is by using photos. Do you have fresh shots of holidays, a birthday party, or spring break adventure? Tell your kids you need help putting together a memory book for grandpa or your family library. Ask what they remember about the event and have them choose their favorite photos and add the...

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Spring Break! Four Awesome Photo Crafts for Kids

Posted by on April 3, 2014 in Blog, Crafts, Director, Entertainment, Indoors, Parent, Photography, Reading, Spring | 0 comments

Spring Break! Four Awesome Photo Crafts for Kids

Spring Break! Four Awesome Photo Crafts for Kids Put photography at the center of a craft project and you’re sure to grab attention. When children see these projects—that feature their images, beware: laughter can get out of control. Kids love to be creative with their images — to see themselves in new ways — and to share their personalized creations as gifts. So pull together some photos for kids to cut and paste, and let the fun begin. And make sure to help the younger kids with cutting or to simplify shapes. 1. Funny-face paper-plate...

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7 April Fool’s Day Pranks to Play on Kids

Posted by on March 31, 2014 in Blog, Director, Entertainment, Holidays, Indoors, Parent, Spring | 0 comments

7 April Fool’s Day Pranks to Play on Kids

7 April Fool’s Day Pranks to Play on Kids Pranks, tricks, no fooling —it’s April Fool’s, time to surprise your kids by turning the tables on them. What childhood would be complete without at least a few of these? It’s also your chance to teach that practical jokes should never be mean, but should always be fun for everyone. It is probably best to try these after they get home from school – we wouldn’t want anyone to get in trouble or encourage inappropriate behavior in the classroom. Six ways to April fool kids: Turn their world upside down....

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Activities To Learn About Flowers

Posted by on March 20, 2014 in Blog, Crafts, Director, Indoors, Outdoors, Parent, Photography, Spring | 0 comments

Activities To Learn About Flowers

2 Pre-K Activities to Learn About Flowers Spring at last! Daffodils and dandelions make perfect subjects for a science lesson for pre-K students on the form of flowers. If you don’t have flowers available to pick in your area, use a fading bouquet. Many grocery stores have a bargain bin of flowers that will do just fine for this project. 1. Crafty science project: take apart and reassemble flowers We love the lessons on teachpreschool.org and especially this one on flower anatomy. Perfect for preschoolers, it involves taking apart flowers and...

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Spring Break – Staycation

Posted by on March 18, 2014 in Blog, Director, Entertainment, Holidays, Indoors, Outdoors, Parent, Photography, Reading, Spring | 0 comments

Spring Break – Staycation

Spring Break! Kid-Powered Staycations Are you keeping an eye on your family’s budget? Most people are these days, and the cost of vacation travel — especially with kids — are costs that are often cut. But skipping R&R is not smart, and your kids can miss out on new experiences. One option we love: the staycation. The idea? Stay home with all of the fun and relaxation of a real vacation but less of the stress and damage to your credit card. All you need is some inspiration, advance planning to open up free time, and a smidgen of that...

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Spring Break Photography Tips

Posted by on March 11, 2014 in Blog, Parent, Photography, Spring | 0 comments

Spring Break Photography Tips

Spring Break! Don’t Make These Photography Goofs Great photography is your ticket back in time to a glorious moment in your child’s life, like spring break shared together as a family on a special beach. If your photos don’t measure up to your memories, see if you recognize any of these goofs in your discard pile. No worries, they’re easy to fix once you become aware! Mistake #1. Don’t have a subject. Do you point and shoot only to be disappointed by photos that seem blah? Instead, select a subject and adjust your shot to make the subject...

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Spring Break! Give Your Kid a Camera

Posted by on March 6, 2014 in Blog, Indoors, Parent, Photography, Spring | 0 comments

Spring Break! Give Your Kid a Camera

Mom, say “Cheeeeese!” Put a camera in the hands of a 3-year-old and what do you get? Shattered plastic? Nope. Most kids today take to digital cameras like babies to iPhones. A number of drop-proof, preschooler-friendly cameras now on the market make it better than ever, complete with image editing and wacky special effects like cartoon hairstyles are sure to kick up the giggles. These affordable cameras are designed with big, colorful, kid-sized buttons —  even easy-grab handles. They have ergonomic features and offer quality that disposable...

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