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Today's Life Schools & Childcare is committed to providing the best value in education and premium care for every child. Headquartered in Eden Prairie, MN, Today’s Life offers superior infant, toddler, preschooler, pre-kindergarten, Spanish language, summer and enrichment programs. We are passionate about early childhood education, and we actively nurture children into confident and joyful learners.

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Four Developmental Benefits of Dramatic Play

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Four Developmental Benefits of Dramatic Play

According to experts, dramatic play is any type of play where “children assign and accept roles and act them out”. This means that whether your child likes to pretend to be a doctor or wants to be a mechanic working the big wheel, they’re engaging in dramatic play.

But dramatic play is about more than just play. In fact, there are four developmental benefits of pretend play, including:

  1. Intellectual – Dramatic play is known to help children solve problems, negotiate, organize and plan.
  2. Physical – Most play also increases motor development, strength and coordination (depending on the activity).
  3. Social – Social development means being able to share, take turns, cooperate, negotiate and handle disappointment when it happens.
  4. Emotional – Emotional developments might include feelings of protection, a sense of self and individually as well.

At Today’s Life Schools & Child Care, we focus on dramatic play, making our classrooms and facility a great location for your little one! 

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Happy St Patrick's Day!

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Happy St Patrick's Day From All Of Us At Today's Life!

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About St Patrick's Day

 

Saint Patrick's Day is celebrated each year on March 17th. In Ireland, St Patrick's Day is both a holy day and a national holiday. Saint Patrick is a patron saint of Ireland as he was the one who brought Christianity to the Irish.

According to the legend, St Patrick used a shamrock to explain about God. The shamrock, which looks like a clover, has three leaves on each stem. Saint Patrick told the people that the shamrock was like the idea of the trinity, that in the one God there are three divine beings: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The shamrock was sacred to the druids, so St Patrick's use of it in explaining the trinity was very wise.

Although it began in Ireland, St Patrick's Day is celebrated in countries around the world. People with Irish heritage remind themselves of the beautiful green countryside of Ireland by wearing green and taking part in the festivities.

St Patrick's Day is usually celebrated with a parade. The one in Dublin, Ireland is known to some as the Irish Mardi Gras. But the one in New York city is actually one of the biggest. It last for hours. Two Irish wolfhounds, the mascots of the New York National Guard Infantry regiment, always lead the parade. More than one hundred bands and a hundred thousand marchers follow the wolfhounds in the parade.

 

Saint Patrick and the Snakes:

Another tale about Patrick is that he drove the snakes from Ireland. Different versions of the story, tell of him standing upon a hill, using a wooden staff to drive the serpents into the sea, banishing them forever from Ireland.

One version says that an old serpent resisted banishment, but that Patrick outwitted it. Patrick made a box and invited the snake to enter. The snake insisted it was too small and the two argued. Finally to prove his point, the snake entered the box to show how tight the fit was. Patrick slammed the lid closed and threw the box into the sea.

Although it's true that Ireland has no snakes, this likely had more to do with the fact that Ireland is an island and being separated from the rest of the continent the snakes couldn't get there. The stories of Saint Patrick and the snakes are likely a metaphor for his bringing Christianity to Ireland and driving out the pagan religions (Serpents were a common symbol in many of these religions).

Sharing these fun stories with your children most always leaves them wonder.

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5 Ages Of Brain Development

Throughout our life, starting at conception week 4, our brain continues to undergo growth and changes. Here are the 5 steps our brain develops into:

STAGE 1

By the time we take our first breath, the brain is already more than 8 months old. It starts to develop within four weeks of conception, when one of three layers of cells in the embryo rolls up to form the neural tube. A week later, the top of this tube bends over, creating the basic structure of fore, mid and hindbrain.

From this point, brain growth and differentiation is controlled mainly by the genes. Even so, the key to getting the best out of your brain at this stage is to have the best prenatal environment possible. In the early weeks of development, that means having a mother who is stress-free, eats well and stays away from cigarettes, alcohol and other toxins. Towards the end of the brain-building process, when the fetus becomes able to hear and remember, sounds and sensations also begin to shape the train.

In the first two trimesters of pregnancy, though, development is all about putting the basic building blocks in place: growing neurons and connections and making sure each section of the brain grows properly and in the right area. This takes energy, and a variety of nutrients in the right quantity at the right time.

 

STAGE 2

In childhood, the brain is the most energetic and flexible that it will ever be. As we explore the world around us it continues to grow, making and breaking connections at breakneck speed. Perhaps surprisingly, learning, memory and language begin before we are even born.

During the prenatal period, up to a quarter of a million new cells form every minute, making 1.8 million new connections per seconds, though about half of the cells will later wither and die, leaving only those reinforced by use. From birth, a child undergoes more than a decade of rapid growth and development, in which every experience contributes to the person they will become. So what can a parent do to help maximize the potential of their child's brain? A nurturing environment and daily individualized communication. Negative and/or harsh treatment may come with emotional consequences in the future.

 

STAGE 3

Teenagers are selfish, reckless, irrational and irritable, but given the cacophony of construction going on inside the adolescent brain, is it any wonder? In the teenage years, our brain may be fully grown, but the wiring is certainly a work in progress.

Psychologists used to explain the particularly unpleasant characteristics of adolescence as products of raging sex hormones, since children reach near adult cerebral volumes well before puberty. More recently, though, imaging studies have revealed a gamut of structural changes in the teens and early 20s that go a long way towards explaining these tumultuous teenage years.

Jay Giedd at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Maryland, and his colleagues have followed the progress of nearly 400 children, scanning many of them every two years as they grew up. They found that adolescence brings waves of grey-matter pruning, with teens losing about 1 percent of their grey matter every year until their early 20s.

This cerebral pruning trims unused neural connections that were overproduced in the childhood growth spurt, starting with the more basic sensory and motor areas. These mature first, followed by regions involved in language and spatial orientation and lastly those involved in higher processing and executive functions.

 

STAGE 4

So you're in your early 20s and your brain has finally reached adulthood. Enjoy it while it lasts. The peak of your brain's powers comes at around age 22 and lasts for just half a decade. From there it's downhill all the way.

This long, slow decline begins at about 27 and runs throughout adulthood, although different abilities decline at different rates. Curiously, the ones that start to go first - those involved with executive control, such as planning and task coordination - are the ones that took the longest to appear during your teens. These abilities are associated with the prefrontal and temporal cortices, which are still maturing well into your early 20s.

Episodic memory, which is involved in recalling events, also declines rapidly, while the brain's processing speed slows down and working memory is able to store less information.

So just how fast is the decline? According to research, from our mid-20s we lose up to 1 point per decade on a test called the mini mental state examination. This is a 30-point test of arithmetic, language and basic motor skills that is typically used to assess how fast people with dementia are declining. A 3 to 4 point drop is considered clinically significant. In other words, the decline people typically experience between 25 and 65 has real-world consequences.

 

STAGE 5

By the time you retire, there's no doubt about it, your brain isn't what it used to be. By 65 most people will start to notice the signs: you forget people's names and the teapot occasionally turns up in the fridge.

There is a good reason why our memories start to let us down. At this stage of our life we are steadily losing brain cells in critical areas such as the hippocampus - the area where memories are processed. This is not too much of a problem at first, even in old age the brain is flexible enough to compensate. At some point though, the losses start to make themselves felt.

Clearly not everyone ages the same way, so what's the difference between jolly, intelligent oldie and a forgetful, grumpy granny? And can we improve our chances of becoming the former?

Exercise can certainly help. Numerous studies have shown that gentle exercise three times a week can improve concentration and abstract reasoning in older people, perhaps by stimulating the growth of new brain cells. Exercise also helps steady our blood glucose. As we age, our glucose regulation worsens, which causes spikes in blood sugar. This can affect the dentate gyrus, an area within the hippocampus that helps form memories. Since physical activity helps regulate glucose, getting out and about could reduce these peaks and, potentially, improve your memory.

 

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Cold Weather Rules & Tips

 

Whether winter brings severe storms, light dust or just cold temperatures, the American Academy of Pediatrics has some valuable tips on how to keep your children safe and warm. We follow most of them here at Today’s Life, most of them I say because children will never be going outside in temperatures under 15/20 degrees here at the center and at those temperatures; children would not spend more than 10/15 minutes outside. But read below and see what you can get out of it:

 

What to Wear

  • Dress infants and children warmly for outdoor activities. Several thin layers will keep them dry and warm. Don’t forget warm boots, gloves or mittens, and a hat. Choose boots that are large enough to comfortably accommodate two pairs of socks.
  • Remove drawstrings from clothing which may get caught on tree branches or play equipment. Replace with Velcro.
  • The rules of thumb for older babies and young children are to dress them in one more layer of clothing than an adult would wear in the same conditions.
  • When riding in the car, babies and children should wear thin, snug layers rather than thick, bulky coats or snowsuits.
  • Blankets, quilts, pillows, bumpers, sheepskins and other loose bedding should be kept out of an infant’s sleeping environment, which we follow here at Today’s Life, because they are associated with suffocation deaths and may contribute to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). It is better to use sleep clothing like one-piece sleepers or wearable blankets is preferred.
  • If a blanket must be used to keep a sleeping infant warm, it should be thin and tucked under the crib mattress, reaching only as far as the baby’s chest, so the infant’s face is less likely to become covered by bedding materials.

Hypothermia

  • Hypothermia develops when a child’s temperature falls below normal due to exposure to colder temperatures. It often happens when a youngster is playing outdoors in extremely cold weather without proper clothing or when clothes get wet. It can occur more quickly in children than adults.
  • As hypothermia sets in, the child may shiver and become lethargic and clumsy. Speech may become slurred and body temperature will decline in more severe cases.
  • If you suspect your child is hypothermic, call 911 at once. Until help arrives, take the child indoors, remove any wet clothing, and wrap him/her in blankets or warm clothes.

Frostbite

  • Frostbite happens when the skin outer tissues become frozen. This condition tends to happen on extremities like the fingers, toes, ears and nose. Skin first becomes red and tingly, then gray and painful and finally white, cold and hard without pain. Blistering occurs after the skin thaws.
  • Playing in temperatures or wind chills below -15 degrees Fahrenheit should be avoided because exposed skin begins to freeze within minutes.
  • Prevent frostbite by dressing in layers, covering all body parts when outside in cold weather. Bring children indoors if clothing gets wet.
  • If frostbite occurs, bring the child indoors and place the frostbitten parts of her body in warm (not hot) water. 104 degrees Fahrenheit (about the temperatures of most hot tubs) is recommended. Warm washcloths may be applied to frostbitten nose, ears and lips.
  • Administer acetaminophen or ibuprofen (consult your doctor or pharmacist on dosage) when you begin rewarming because as the skin thaws pain occurs.
  • Do not rub the frozen areas.
  • After a few minutes, dry and cover the child with clothing or blankets. Give him/her something warm to drink and seek medical attention immediately particularly if blistering occurs

Winter Health

  • If your child suffers from winter nosebleeds, try using a cold air humidifier in the child’s room at night. Saline nose drops or petrolatum jelly may help keep nasal tissues moist. If bleeding is severe or recurrent, consult your pediatrician.
  • Many pediatricians feel that bathing two or three times a week is enough for an infant’s first year. More frequent baths may dry out the skin, especially during the winter.
  • Cold weather does not cause colds or flu. But the viruses that cause colds and flu tend to be more common in the winter, when children are in school and are in closer contact with each other. Frequent hand washing and teaching your child to sneeze or cough into the bend of her elbow may help reduce the spread of colds and flu.
  • Children 6 months of age and up should get the influenza vaccine to reduce their risk of catching the flu. Around 80% of all influenza illness generally occurs in January, February, and March.

Winter Sports and Activities

  • Set reasonable limits on outdoor play to prevent hypothermia and frostbite and make sure kids have a place to go warm up when they get cold. When weather is severe, have children come inside periodically to warm up.
  • Alcohol or drug use should not be permitted in any situation. They can be even more dangerous in winter activities like snowmobiling or skiing.

A few tips that we hope will help and answered some of your questions.

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Best Wishes To All For 2017

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Today's Life wishes everyone a happy New Year!

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Ten Fun New Year's Facts & Traditions

 

New Year's is approaching, a time when millions of people will celebrate with food, new resolutions or a even kiss as the clock strikes 12. But how much do you know about the holiday? Here are 10 fun facts about New Year’s.

  • The first New Year’s celebration dates back 4,000 years. Julius Caesar, the emperor of Rome, was the first to declare Jan. 1 a national holiday. He named the month after Janus, the Roman god of doors and gates. Janus had two faces, one looking forward and one looking back. Caesar felt that a month named after this god would be fitting.

  • Forty-five percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions. The top resolutions are: to lose weight, get organized, to spend less and save more, to stay fit and healthy, and to quit smoking. While nearly half of all Americans make resolutions, 25 percent of them give up on their resolutions by the second week of January.

  • Be sure to eat leafy greens on New Year’s. Tradition says that the more leafy greens a person eats, the more prosperity he or she will experience (what an incentive for staying healthy!). Tradition also says that legumes bring prosperity because beans and peas look like coins. No wonder why so many people eat black eyed peas on Jan. 1.

  • Many people ring in New Year’s by popping open a bottle of champagne. Americans drink close to 360 million glasses of sparkling wine during this time. The bubbly stuff dates back to the 17th century, when the cork was invented.

  • About 1 million people gather in New York City’s Times Square to watch the ball drop. The Times Square New Year’s Eve ball drop came about because of a ban on fireworks. The first ball in 1907 was 700 pounds and was lit with 100 25-watt lights. The current ball puts the old one to shame (thanks to technology). Today, it is covered in 2,688 crystals, is lit by 32,000 LED lights, weighs 11,875 pounds and is 12 feet in diameter.

  • Remember the last scene in When Harry Met Sally, when Harry references a song after he and Sally kiss? It wasAuld Lang Syne, a song traditionally sung at the end of New Year’s parties. Poet Robert Burns wrote it in 1788. Though most people do not know the words to Auld Lang Syne, the overall message is that people have to remember their loved ones, dead or alive, and keep them close in their hearts.

  • If Santa is the most common symbol associated with Christmas, then Baby New Year is the symbol most commonly associated with….you guessed it, New Year's! Baby New Year is often seen in a diaper, black top hat, and a sash showing the numbers of the new year. Myth states that he matures into an old man during the year.

  • Make sure to be surrounded by family or loved ones on New Year’s Eve. The first person you come across in the new year could set the tone for the next 12 months. This applies to couples, as well. If a couple celebrating New Year's together does not kiss, the future of the relationship might be splitsville, so be sure to lay one on your significant other.

  • At the Mummers Parade in Philadelphia, 10,000 participants step through City Hall and perform in unique costumes. The parade dates back to mid-17th-century, incorporating elements from Irish, German, English, Swedish and other European heritages. The parade itself is divided into five divisions: a comic division, wench brigades, fancy division, string bands, and fancy bridges. If you are in the area for New Year’s, be sure to check out this event.

  • According to statistics from the National Insurance Crime Bureau, vehicles are stolen on New Year’s Day more than any other holiday. Don’t think your old car is safe, either. In 2011, the 1994 Honda Accord was the most stolen car. To discourage car theft, make sure your car is in a populated area and always take your keys.
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"Making A Ginger Bread House With Children" Ideas

 

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Of all the favorite kitchen-crafty holiday projects, decorating a gingerbread house is second only to baking (and eating!) Christmas cookies. But skip the same old red and green gumdrops this year and check out these adorable (and original) gingerbread house tips. Holiday cheer? We think so!

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Minimalist Decorating

Tania McCartney

Forget covering your gingerbread house in mounds of candy. Instead, add elegant details with white icing, like in this creation from blogger Tania McCartney. Indulge your kiddo’s sweet tooth with chocolate nonpareils as adorable roof tiles and dust them with a blanket of sugar snow.
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Think Pink

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Our favorite new gingerbread house tip: Use candy in shades of the same color, like this pinkalicious palace from Marian at Sweetopia. She also offers a how-to video and a free printable gingerbread house template to make your project go more smoothly.
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Cocoa Cottages

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Instead of making one big gingerbread house as a family, why not let each kid make his own mini house to perch on a mug of hot cocoa, like these cuties from Not Martha? Keep the decorating simple—and just on the roof —with crushed candy canes, sprinkles and sanding sugar.
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Graham Cracker Classic

One Charming Party

Attempting a decorating party? One Charming Party suggests pre-making the houses with graham crackers instead of gingerbread to save time, and using melted brown sugar as a super-strong edible glue. This way kids can get decorating right away.
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Advent Calendar

Gingerbread Snowflakes

Counting down to Christmas is extra sweet when you get to pluck a tiny sugar cookie marked with each date off the roof of a cute gingerbread house advent calendar, like this one from Pam at Gingerbread Snowflakes. Feling extra crafty? Bake sugar cookies in the shapes of hearts and people and use to decorate the rest of the house.
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Hanukkah House

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Sari of Little Bits and Blogs used blue, white and silver candy and icing to make a Hanukkah-themed gingerbread house. We love the little frosting yarmulke on the gingerbread man!
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Chocolate Lover’s Haven

King Arthur Flour

Cover a gingerbread house in chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate! Dark squares make perfect bricks while the roof is well-shingled in chocolate drops in this luscious creation from King Arthur Flour. Just keep it cool so all that chocolate doesn't melt.
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Fairy Tale Cottage

Sugar Craft

Shredded wheat makes a perfect thatched roof on this quaint cottage from Sugarcraft. Sugar wafer shutters, gingersnap stepping stones and ice cream cone trees complete the fairy-tale scene.
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Pioneer Log Cabin

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Pretzel sticks give this log cabin from Kim at Cakes and Cookies an appropriately rustic vibe. A chocolate-rock (or jelly bean) chimney completes the look.
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Lighten Up

Gingerbread House Haven

Ever wondered how to get the perfect warm and cozy glow in your gingerbread house? Gingerbread House Heaven reveals the secret: windows made from melted butterscotch candies! Just crush the candies, place in the window holes of your cooled gingerbread wall, and bake. (Get the complete how-to here.) LED or Christmas lights inside your house complete the illuminated effect; just figure out where you'll place them before it’s constructed. Yes, this one takes a little more effort, but it's worth it!
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Happy Thanksgiving To All From All Of Us At Today's Life!

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Remember To Give Thanks!

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A Few Fun Halloween Activities For Young Children

 

 

 

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7 Fun Fall Activities For Your Toddler or Preschooler

 

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The temperature is dropping, the leaves are changing color, it must be fall!

Welcome autumn with one of these 7 simple crafts or activities and have fun.

1. Hand print Fall Tree Craft

With two different ways to craft, older and younger kids can make their own versions of a colorful fall tree. More >

Two fall hand print crafts.


2. Paper Bag Fall Wreath

A fun fall craft to do together. Make a simple wreath and hang it on your front door to welcome fall. More >

A wreath made from paper bags and plastic flowers.

3. Popcorn Kernel Fall Sensory Bin

A simple sensory bin that teaches basic math concepts with measuring cups and leaves. More >

4. Autumn Apple Stamps

Autumn is apple season. Decorate paper, t-shirts, tea towels or aprons with these easy apple stamps. More >

Half an apple covered in red paint, ready to use as a stamp.

5. Pine Cone Hedgehogs

Find pine cones on a nature walk and transform them into adorable little hedgehogs. More >

6. Easy Acorn Mobile

Collect acorns and create a sweet acorn mobile to enjoy all season long. More >

A mobile made with acorns and a branch.

7. Leaf Window Hanging

Use leaves, flowers and grasses to make an easy fall decoration. More >

A window hanging made from leaves and contact paper.

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10 Outdoor Labor Day Activities for Kids

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Labor Day is the last weekend before September kicks into gear…celebrate with these great summer activities! These active crafts and games are best done outside, which makes them perfect for keeping kids busy while you man the grill. Have a great Labor Day!

Lemonade Stand
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Nothing says summer like a lemonade stand. Grab a big cardboard box and get started!

Painting on the Fence for Toddlers
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Head outside to do some painting with your toddler. It’s fun for them and cleanup is easy: just hose off the fence–and the toddler, too!

Mud Pie Kitchen
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Sometimes, the very best art material is found in your backyard. Collect thrift store finds or old kitchen utensils and make a bakery full of mud pies!

Backyard Car Paint and Wash
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Painting things that don’t normally get painted is so much fun for children. Throw a car wash on top of that and you have some pretty excited kids…and a whole lot of laughs!

Paint with your Feet!
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Sure, kids know all about finger painting. But have they ever painted…with their feet? (This is definitely an outdoor activity!)

Water Balloon Yo-yo
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This activity is sure to bring lots of giggles–and a whole lot of splashing.

Stick Quoits
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Quoits is one of the oldest games. That doesn’t make it any less fun! This version uses ingredients you can find outside. Make and play it at the lake, in the woods…and certainly in your own backyard.

Mini Piñatas
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Kids love to make and break these adorable mini piñatas!

One-of-a-Kind Bubble Bottle
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Kids will have a blast blowing bubbles with this one-of-a-kind bottle.

Shaving Cream Bakery
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Shaving cream play is a great sensory activity for young children. This activity adds a layer of imaginative play that makes it fun for everyone!

 

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Today’s Life Learning Center in Eden Prairie has a few job positions available. Current openings include; an infant teacher assistant, a qualified infant teacher and a qualified pre-K teacher. We are looking for upbeat, positive, friendly, dedicated, and responsible staff who love working with children. We offer competitive wages and benefits. If you or anyone you know are seeking a job in childcare please apply online at this site or call us at 952-358-2020.

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Father's Day Craft Ideas

 

Anyone can buy a tie and call it a Father's Day gift, but this year, why not use the occasion as an opportunity for your kids to stretch their creative muscles, create a one-of-a-kind gift and build self-esteem in the process?

Here are 29 great craft ideas to get you started. They are for a mix of all age groups and are great ways to say "I love you, Dad!"

These are perfect activities for kids to do with their nanny or babysitter too, in the days leading up to Father's Day. So print out multiple copies of the directions and have plenty of craft supplies on hand.

Want to make Dad a card for Father's Day too? Try these 20 Father's Day Cards Kids Can Make.
 

  1. Dad, You're Out of This World Spaceship Craft
    Toddlers will enjoy making this special gift using colorful paper plates, sequins and glue. Make sure you have safety scissors on hand for cutting and consider picking up multiple tubes of colored glue for extra creative, rainbow fun.
     

  2. Father's Day WreathFather's Day wreath 
    You'll need to cut up an old, tailored shirt for this project, plus construct a colorful fabric bowtie. Pop this distinctive wreath on the door as a welcome home for Father's Day, dad's birthday or any special, coming-home occasion.
     

  3. Bicycle Brake Disc Clock
    The perfect clock to grace Dad's garage, office or man cave, you won't believe how easy the step-by-step instructions for this craft are. Kids of any age can become clock-makers, but small children will need help with measuring and gluing.
     

  4. Tie Key Chain
    An elegant, easy craft that requires nothing more than an old tie, scissors, glue and a key ring.
     

  5. Dinosaur PlanterFather's Day dinosaur planter
    Turn an old dinosaur toy into a home for a plant, with this easy idea. Perfect addition to any dad's desk.

     

  6. Awesome Homemade Bookmarks with Tassels
    Adorable bookmarks featuring photos of family members are almost too special to hide within the pages of a book, but Dad will love the surprise of seeing his kid's faces, every time he opens his favorite read.
     

  7. Nuts About Daddy Cashew Treat
    This is a super-easy gift idea that needs nothing more than twine, a printer and a jar of cashews. Substitute Dad's favorite snacking nut or combine flavors like almonds, peanuts, dried cranberries or raisins in a striped design.
     

  8. Remote Control CookiesFather's Day remote control cookies 
    Simple to make and delicious to eat, these TV remote control cookies look like the real thing. Dad won't know if he should use them to change the channel or dunk them in milk.
     

  9. Mustache Mug
    Adorable and easy to make, this is a functional and funny gift for any dad, mustachioed or not. Make sure you use an oven-safe mug.
     

  10. Golf Cover Sock Puppet Buddies
    Sporting a golf-or-go-home sentiment, plus some adorable googly eyes, this is the perfect gift for any dad, uncle or granddad that can't get enough of the links.
     

  11. Sculpey Clay Pens
    Sure to give Dad a smile at the office, these pens, which require low-temperature oven baking, are creative, distinctive and fun to make.
     

  12. Dad Rocks Salt Dough Paperweight Father's Day rocks salt dough paperweight
    A wonderful last-minute craft that kids will really enjoy making, this paperweight requires supplies you most likely have on hand, like salt, flour and water. Send the kids outside to find interesting pebbles to decorate the paperweight with or, try substituting colorful, glass marbles.
     

  13. Father's Day Candy Bouquet
    This easy-to-make candy bouquet is perfect for any dad who has a sweet tooth -- no vase required! Turn this craft into a math lesson by letting kids pick out and pay for the candies they use to make the bouquet.
     

  14. Monogram Mug
    Inexpensive, eco-friendly and dishwasher safe, these monogrammed mugs are functional, distinctive and personal. Put dad's initial on the mug or any other phrase you choose and fill it with his favorite treat, like caramels, peppermints or an assortment of tea bags.
     

  15. DIY Dad Shirt
    Easy as pie (or pancakes), this DIY project only requires iron-on letters and a loving sentiment to become dad's favorite shirt.
     

  16. Father's Day Trophy Father's Day trophy
    These trophies are too cute and are great for kids of every age to make. You can personalize it with whatever craft items you have laying around.

     

  17. " I Love You Because..." Picture Frame
    This adorable keepsake will tug at any dad's heartstrings. Just add heartfelt photos and mementos for a special gift.
     

  18. Custom Cuff Links
    Use Shrinky Dink paper and blank cuff links to create a customized look for Dad. Use family photos or choose pictures of his favorite hobby or profession to create a unique look.
     

  19. Picture Puzzle
    Try this fun take on a puzzle with this easy Popsicle stick craft. It's also a fun activity for kids to do with Dad on Father's Day.
     

  20. Graphic Tie ShirtFather's Day tie shirt
    This idea is great for younger, stylish dads. And it's easy for very young kids to make. All you need is a t-shirt, tape and pen.
     

  21. Monogrammed Painted Hammer
    This practical craft can be tailored to your child's age. Younger kids can finger paint the hammer or use markers to decorate it. Older kids can become creative with more complicated design work. Patience is required for drying time, supplying a great lesson for preschoolers.
     

  22. Candy Bar Letter
    Kids will enjoy making this hilarious gift just as much as Dad will enjoy receiving it. This is a fun gift for siblings to design and create together.
     

  23. Lego Cufflinks Lego Cufflinks
    Use Legos, Scrabble tiles or any other distinctive, daddy-cool collectible you can think of to create this one-of-a-kind, wearable-art.

     

  24. Father's Day Car Kit
    Give Dad a personalized kit of items he can really use on the road, from flashlights to band aids. Iron-on downloaded appliques are all that's required to create this one-of-a-kind, functional gift.
     

  25. Dad, You're a Cut Above the Rest Shaving Kit
    A free craft that relies on a downloaded printables, this shaving kit reminds Dad of your feelings for him every time he shaves.
     

  26. Superhero Comic Book Coasters
    Wondering what to do with those old comic books? Consider using them to make these great coasters for Father's Day. This unique craft project will require Mod Podge and a well-worth-it trip to the hardware store.
     

  27. Daddy: A Son's First Hero, A Daughter's First Love PlaqueFather's Day sign
    This sentimental, print-out plaque requires a 2x10 wooden board, wood stain, furniture tacks and a hammer. It's a great project for teens and tweens or, for younger kids with adult supervision.
     

  28. Easy Fleece iPad Cozy
    Cutting and sewing make this versatile craft project a perfect opportunity for kids to work on their fine motor skills. Pick up some fleece (or other cushy fabric) in Dad's favorite color to sew this iPad cover. It will not only create a distinctive look, but also safeguard his favorite toy from damage.
     

  29. Father's Day Tie
    If an actual tie it must be, go for a homemade beauty like the ones featured in this DIY craft, perfect for those experienced in stitchery or for fledgling sewers with adult supervision.

    Anyone can buy a tie and call it a Father's Day gift, but this year, why not use the occasion as an opportunity for your kids to stretch their creative muscles, create a one-of-a-kind gift and build self-esteem in the process?

    Here are 29 great craft ideas to get you started. They are for a mix of all age groups and are great ways to say "I love you, Dad!"

    These are perfect activities for kids to do with their nanny or babysitter too, in the days leading up to Father's Day. So print out multiple copies of the directions and have plenty of craft supplies on hand.

For more info, visit: https://www.care.com/a/29-fathers-day-gifts-kids-can-make-1305280622

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