Summer Safety Tips For Parents of Young Children

Summer Safety Tips For Parents of Young Children

Parenting
Safety really matters. When it comes to young children, there are measures we can take as parents to create an environment that is safe for our children to grow, explore and learn in.   Here is a list of common summer safety hazards and tips for creating many happy summer days:  Water = Be Alert! Drowning can happen in 18-30 seconds.  67% of all drownings occur in a backyard kiddie pool, pool, spa or water feature. Use covers, gates, close doors. Children ages 1 to 4 have the highest drowning rates - parents often believe children are safely inside when it happens. Drowning most often occurs quickly and quietly, children do NOT scream, yell or splash for help. Supervise young children at arms length when playing with water. Dehydration danger! Children…
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Creating (Im)perfectly Together

Play and Learning
Welcome to the August Carnival of Natural Parenting: Creating With Kids This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have shared how they make messes and masterpieces with children. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants. This summer the boys, Bella and I sat down and made a huge list of all the things we wanted to do together. We had just moved to a new home in a new country and with no friends close by we thought this would be a great way to fill our time.  What I didn’t know is that it would also end up being a great excercise…
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Rockin’ and Rollin’ Paint – Part 2

Play and Learning
We had such a good time painting with balls and ramps - we decided to try another ball and paint experiment - this time painting a canvas inside a crate. Using most of  the same start materials from part 1, paint, balls, plastic containers for dipping - we added a painters canvas and a plastic crate to the mix.             Next we dipped balls into the paint and then dropped them into the crate. The boys then took turns moving the crate about to make the balls roll around create different paint colors, patterns and textures. Lastly the boys decided to squeeze paint directly into the box and have the balls roll around on it.  The result was a cool looking canvas (ok i'm biased…
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Celebrating Summer Solstice

Play and Learning
Welcome Summer – it’s official, you are here with your hot, hot fun filled days.  To celebrate your arrival we are having a Summer Solstice Celebration.  In typical “didn’t really plan ahead” style this is what I have whipped up for the day. Solstice comes from the Latin words “Sun” and “to Stop” – it was named that way because the sun looks like it stops in the sky at high noon and creates more light in the Northern Hemisphere than any other day.  It is also the longest day of the year. So with that in mind we are going to play: Sprinkler Stop and Go: We’ll turn on the hose/sprinkler and run around and stop when the water is off and run when it’s on. Water Balloons: I’m…
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Are we there yet?

Parenting
Successful Family Outings One thing we often do as a family are outings, some like our trip to the shopping center last weekend was a bit of a flop, ok it was more like please don’t make me ever do that again type of an outing.  Others, like the outing to Mount Tamaro the very next day was fantastic. Same people, same weekend, what was the difference? Well, for the shopping center I had failed to do my usual planning which goes a bit like this: Location: Choosing an age appropriate and family friendly location is key. Some places on my list are  Shopping centers, Zoo’s, Children’s museums, farms, mini golf, playgrounds, State Parks or Town Forrest, Bike Trails, Amusement Parks, swimming pool, Lake or Beach. Planning: The next step…
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Paint Party

Play and Learning
We love to paint, especially with finger-paint. Usually I just purchase ready to use non toxic children finger paints, although occasionally we make our own, then line the table with plastic covering or old newspapers and paint away.  Variations on "sit at the table and paint" are always fun and so here are some ways we think are fun to finger paint: Bathtub Paint party: I find it especially interesting for children 18 months to 21/2 years  to paint with finger-paint in the bath tub. My children find it funny and different and they have so much space to explore the paint and clean up is a breeze.  I like to tape several sheets of paper around the bathtub and let the children paint. When painting time is over we…
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Gone (to play) with the Wind

Play and Learning
Windy Play...part of our summer fun series Windy days can make for some great fun - here are some of the wind projects from our 100 fun things we plan to do this summer list! Speedy Windsock A very easy project to make we have enjoyed making it each year with left over birthday decorations! Materials: Streamers (Creppe Paper), two sheets of construction paper or cardstock per windsock, a stapler, child safe scissors. Directions: Working together cut about 6 pieces of streamers to the approximately double the length of the sheet of construction paper.  Fold the construction paper into a cylinder.  On one end of the cylinder, attach the streamer pieces with a stapler*. From the second sheet of construction paper cut a strip of paper to create a handle…
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Pretend Play and Cooking Outdoors

Play and Learning
Baking Al Fresco - Part of our Summer Fun Series From making mud-pies to rock soup, transforming our backyard into a kitchen, bakery or restaurant is a surefire way for us to fill many hours of the day in the summer time.  I find collecting a few recyclable containers such as yogurt cups, aluminum baking dishes, plastic jugs etc.. makes my outdoor chefs even more excited to cook. Here are our favorite recipes.   Scrumptious Mudpies Ingredients: Dirt, water, rocks and sticks Utensils: foil pie dishes or take away containers, wooden spoons, large mixing bowl or plastic tub, something for scooping the dirt (measuring cup or yogurt cup) Direction s: using a scooper, let each chef take turns combining water and dirt into bowl or tub until the chefs find…
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Bubble Fun

Play and Learning
Bubble Fun Bubble time is practically a given on any day.  We have a collection of wands and plastic containers we like to use.  In our collection are, traditional wands, self made wands,  straw wands and also a battery wand so that even before being able to work a traditional wand my children have felt like full participants in our bubble games. Blowing bubbles is great fun but then what? Check out the bubble games we like to play. Double Bubble One person is the bubble master and blows bubbles, everyone else is paired up by holding hands and runs around trying to catch and pop the bubbles with the free hands.  This is a great way to foster cooperation and a sure to end up in many laughs.  Try…
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100 Fun Things to do this Summer

Play and Learning
The boys, baby and I have put together a huge list of all the things we want to  try doing this summer.  I tried to organize the list a bit and well here it is...  From bubble games to marbling paint to backyard cooking and other adventures check out our ideas and may we all have a fun filled happy summer! 1.       Play with Bubbles 2.       Make bubble wands 3.       Play Bubble Golf 4.       Make Foaminators 5.       Make Mudpies 6.       Create butterflypies 7.       Cook up rock soup 8.       Build a Windsock 9.       Build a Kite 10.   Build a Wind chime 11.   Create a Wind catcher 12.   Build a Garden Mobile 13.   Create a dream catcher 14.   Paint with finger paints 15.   Paint with water colors 16.   Create marble prints 17.  …
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