Wednesday, December 26, 2012

How to Find Fun Websites for Kids

How to Find Fun Websites for Kids

from wikiHow - The How to Manual That You Can Edit
Is your kid bored? Are you a kid who is bored? Here are some suggestions for safe and fun websites suitable for kids to play on. These sites are specifically tailored for kids and so do not contain anything that kids shouldn't be seeing. However, you should still monitor the amount of time spent online and you should also discuss the impact of the level of advertising provided on kid's websites, which is considered to be more frequent and intense than even TV advertising.
  • Note that this article does not endorse any of these websites, nor does it assure you of any of the suitability of the content. This article is provided as a shared internet community resource that is merely a guide to assist your own responsible choices as a parent or guardian.

Steps

  1. Choose a site with your child. If you both have a say in it, chances are that it will be a more successful choice that your child will enjoy and return to willingly.
  2. Choose from one of the following sites on this list. These are just a few of the sites available for children. Feel free to update this list over time to add new choices and to remove any that become defunct:
  3. Monitor usage and interest. No child should be left alone on a computer for hours on end. Always set suitable time amounts for using the computer and be sure to keep to agreements set between you and your child as to time limits and site limits.
  4. Teach your child the importance of not giving away personal information on websites, including names, name of school, home address, parental/guardian details, e-mail addresses, phone numbers, city of residence etc.
  5. Do a search. With your child, do a search in one of the popular search engines. Thoroughly check out the site to make sure that it is safe for your child.

Tips

  • Always follow the rules of the sites. It is important that the parent or guardian reads the rules and fully understands the terms of usage. Explain these clearly to your child.

Warnings

  • If your child is 13 or under, read the age requirements for the sites before you go on. They are there for a good reason, so do not take them lightly.
  • If you're a kid, always ask an adult before going on a site!
  • Never give out any personal info on the sites.

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Sunday, December 23, 2012

How to Entertain Kids at Birthday Parties

How to Entertain Kids at Birthday Parties

from wikiHow - The How to Manual That You Can Edit
Suppose your daughter’s fifth birthday is soon, she wants a birthday party and you have no idea what to do. How are you going to keep 20 kids busy and safe at her birthday party? Here is a list of suggestions from experts.

Steps

  1. Hire an entertainer, if possible. A professional entertainer will have liability insurance that’s protects you, your home and other assets. If you think you can’t afford one, find one who brings prizes so you will not have to spend $150 on party bags. Go to the wikiHow article "How to Hire an Entertainer for a Child's Birthday Party" for help hiring an entertainer.
  2. If you are still not able to hire an entertainer, get someone to help you with the children. This leaves you free to be the hostess to the party.
  3. Decide a theme for your party. Use the Internet to find all of the things that pertain to your theme. You will be able to find ideas for birthday cakes, games, logos, decorating ideas, etc.
  4. If you want to keep the kids attention with games at your party you should give out prizes. Kids love to get prizes when they play games. Do not give out candy or any prize that is a high choke item. Candy can make the kids hyper and the prizes are a safety and liability issue.
  5. Arrange games. Balloon games are easy to do and fun for the children. You can have balloon sword fights, balloon popping games and other fun and easy games for 2 children to play at a time. The video gives some ideas for balloon games. Have the other children cheer them on as the two play. Plan on spending 30 to 40 minutes on games.
  6. Paint faces. Many children like to have their faces painted. Check out the wikiHow article, “How to Face Paint Your Kids at a Birthday Party for $15 or Less” for details. This article covers how to do it as well as how to do it safely.
  7. Teach yourself how to do some basic balloons for the children. There are a number of articles on wikiHow on balloon twisting. One of them is “How to Make Balloon Heart Fairy Wings”. Girls especially like fairy wings. Another is “How to Make a Balloon Jester Hat, Sword and Belt”. Boys especially like balloon swords and belts. Watch the children to be sure that no one puts a balloon in their mouth.
  8. Try some arts and crafts. Arts and crafts are always a big hit. Search on the Internet for arts and crafts related to the theme you have chosen.
  9. Again, it is best to hire an entertainer with liability insurance. Most Homeowners insurance does not cover face painting and balloons but if this is not possible, these tips will help keep the children safe.
  10. The most important thing is that you, your child and your guests enjoy the day. The main reason you are having a party is to celebrate your child’s life.

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Monday, January 5, 2009

Back to School, YAY

Boy were we all ready for those kids to go back to school, including the kids, mine anyway. the snow is sloppy so no snow play for quite a while, too slick to ride the horse, too cold for the trampoline. Pretty much all the outdoor activities were shot for several days so we were all looking forward to some school.

The fun things that we did for our Winter Break were... Bake cookies, sugar cookies and silly me thought "we will make a double batch so there will be plenty", silly me. We put the second batch in the freezer and baked them for New Years Eve instead. the cookies were fun, especially the cookie cutter and decorating, sorry forgot pictures :o(.

We also did alot of running around the house being crazy banchies due to the fact that we had to stay in alot!

The kids played with their new stuff alot, painted, colored, helped me cook. We stayed busy.

I hope you all had a great winter break and kept those kids busy.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Making Holiday Cards with your kids


Get out the craft bin and make some homemade cards with your kids. If you are not wanting to make very many at least do it for the Grandparents. You could do hand prints if they are too young to really draw.

A great idea for a hand print to make it look like Santa... Paint the thumb and the base of the palm red, a small white line under the red on the hand, the rest of the hand peach or skin colored and then the fingers all white. turn the card udside down and put the hand print on the card with their thumb out and fingers straight and down. Now turn the card over, draw a smiley face on the skin colored part and you could put a small pompom on the end of the thumb for he hat. I hope I explained that well enough. I am including a picture, it is red on red so it is hard to see but you get the idea. My daughters K class made all their parents calendars out of handprints I will post more ideas from the calendar soon.

Stay tuned for more great holiday ideas and if it is snowing where you are get out and play!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Horseback riding


Horses and kids are great together!

OK so not all of you have a pony in your backyard like we do but there are other ways to go for a ride with your kids. Here are a few ideas. Find a local riding stable, find friends with horses, take them to a pony ride or even have the pony ride come to you for a party or other special occasion, you can also take lessons on your own horse or a schooling horse at a local stable.

Being an experienced horse person here are some great things to remember when putting your child on a large unpredictable animal.

Helmet, wear one and have your kids wear one.

Horse, make sure that the steed you or your kids are getting on is a safe, gentle, what we like to call bomb proof horse or pony. This is especially important if you are getting to ride a friends horse. They may seem great until a dog barks or a sprinkler turns on and then they take you for a ride that your were not signed up for. At pony rides and riding stables they have the appropriate horse for all ages and levels of riding.

Sun screen, sun glasses, gloves, boots (no open toed shoes are safe around big sharp hooves) are a few things to bring along. Dress for the weather and layer so if the sun comes out you can take off a sweater and cool off. Bring a water bottle too if it is going to be a long ride.

To get involved more there is Pony Club, 4H, and almost ever community has a horse group that can be joined by your whole family.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Fun things to do with your kids at the bowling alley

So the kids want to go bowling. Great you are going to have a blast and here are some great tips to help your adventure go smoothly.

For the little ones try to keep it simple, 1 to 2 games at the most, they get bored and want to do other things. We usually play one game, eat a snack from the snack bar and then hit the arcade and play some games.

Remember to use the bumpers for the little ones, they are now programable when setting up each player in the computer so they are only up for the little one and go back down for the next player.

Remember to have patience and keep little hands away from the ball return.

So go have fun with your kids!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Go for a Drive

What are lazy Sunday afternoons for? Going for a drive of course. We love driving around the countryside looking at all the farms and going to open houses. The kids love it because we do something special when we go for a drive like stop and get ice cream, feed the ducks or visit a friend or family member. Sometimes they even fall asleep :o).

So next time the kids are complaining that they are bored throw some snacks in the car and go for a drive, hit the countryside, lake, park or ?? Have fun with it!