Posts made in May, 2013

Posted on May 31, 2013 in Big Kids, Featured, Pretend Play | 0 comments

Put on a Puppet Show!

Put on a Puppet Show!

Pretend play is important for kids. It encourages creativity and imagination, as well as critical developmental skills. At our house, I try to do my best to encourage creativity and imagination at every turn. We have a designated area for art and crafting with plenty of art supplies available to the kids at all times. I also try to incorporate creativity exercises into our home school lessons having the children write stories or put on plays. One of their favorite activities is creating a puppet show, a hit for children from preschool age to middle school. My oldest has gotten quite good at... Read Post

Posted on May 30, 2013 in Printables | 0 comments

Printable: Dress Up Cow

Printable: Dress Up Cow

Time for some giggles! This dress up cow printable is udderly fa-bull-ous! There are two different outfits for moo-velous designer fun! Download and print out several cows so your little one can mix and match and create different looks! If cut in advance, this is a great road trip activity! Dress Up Cow Instructions What You Need: 1. Safety Scissors 2. Glue 3. Three Printable Pages (please note instructions are also included if you’d to print those as well) – Download HERE   How To Make It:   ALEX printables are designed for toddlers and preschoolers and inspired by our... Read Post

Posted on May 30, 2013 in Outdoor Play, Parenting | 0 comments

Fun Ways To Keep Your Kids Busy And Active Outdoors

Fun Ways To Keep Your Kids Busy And Active Outdoors

I love getting my kids outside! They get exercise, the house stays cleaner, and they rarely argue! Here are some of my favorite ways to keep kids busy and active outdoors! 1. Channel classic games: My kids really enjoy Paddle Tether Ball. We also play kick ball, hopscotch, and tag! I’m thinking I should introduce them to sack racing soon! 2. Play with water: My kids adore the wading pool and sprinkler, but they also think that painting with water (a bucket of water and a paintbrush) is super fun! 3. Draw with sidewalk chalk: My kids love drawing house plans, and I remember drawing gigantic... Read Post

Posted on May 28, 2013 in Babies, Developmental Skills | 0 comments

Bowling Up a Strong Core

Bowling Up a Strong Core

Bowling is a great activity for kids, and ALEX’s Wacky Bowling Set makes it extra fun. The baby bowling set is for kids 18 months and older and includes 6 wacky pins and two colorful balls. My daughter loves the different monster faces! The pins come apart so kids can mix n’ match and put together their own monster creations, which they love to do is and it’s great for their visual motor skills and bilateral coordination! As a bonus, the balls jingle, so it’s fun for even the youngest of kids! Bowling is exciting, entertaining, and a great for activity to reinforce eye-hand... Read Post
Pretend Play: Fun Kitchen Learning

Pretend Play: Fun Kitchen Learning

We recently traded our large plastic play kitchen in for this adorable wooden play kitchen. We paired it with a play cooking set and baking set for lots of pretend play.  My husband is thrilled with the smaller footprint, and my kids adore it! They actually use it a lot more than the larger one. My three-year-old sits at it for hours, baking to her heart’s content, and my seven-year-old uses it with her eighteen-inch dolls – it is the perfect size for them, too! Here are a few ways we love playing with this kitchen: Imaginary Baking. Putting pots on the stove, pans in the oven, and stirring.... Read Post

Posted on May 22, 2013 in Outdoor Play | 1 comment

Five Easy Games You Can Play with Bubbles

Five Easy Games You Can Play with Bubbles

Everyone in our house is getting excited for summer, and anxiously awaiting the warm weather that’s on its way.  In anticipation, the kids and I have been planning some outdoor play with bubbles! Kids young and old never tire of playing with bubbles. Popping them, blowing them… it’s all fun! The awe and wonder on a child’s face when they watch bubbles float and pop is priceless. These simple little things can bring so much joy to a child. It also makes moms happy that bubbles are easy to find, and most of the time very inexpensive. Here are five quick and easy games you can play with... Read Post

Posted on May 20, 2013 in Featured, Outdoor Play | 0 comments

Make Your Own Carnvial at Home

Make Your Own Carnvial at Home

What better way to entertain your kids for the day than a carnival?  But instead of spending tons of money, we decided to get creative and make our own carnival at home. To get started, we made a costume for daddy to wear as he ran all of our carnival games, which included a hat and a cane.  All you need to make your own is black construction paper or card stock, scissors, and staples or tape. For your hat, cut out a top hat shape, then cut several 1-2 inch strips of paper.  Tape or staple the paper together, measure the person’s head, and connect the two ends together.  Tape or staple the... Read Post

Posted on May 17, 2013 in Printables | 0 comments

Printable: Bottle Cap Bugs

Printable: Bottle Cap Bugs

Between all the BBQ’s and thirsty kids running around this summer, don’t let all those empty bottles caps go to waste! Recycled materials make great craft supplies. Turn those bottle caps into cute little bugs and have a leaf party! Mix and match to create all sorts of neat looking bugs! ALEX printables are designed for toddlers and preschoolers and inspired by our Little Hands line of products made specifically for kids that age. If your little one is a bug lover, then you might also like Paper Plate Bugs, five totally adorable bugs are created by layering, stickering and... Read Post
Teaching Preschoolers Good Hygiene

Teaching Preschoolers Good Hygiene

My youngest child just turned four years old, and has embarked on a new journey of independence. It’s been happening for quite some time, but I noticed an increase right around his birthday. All of a sudden, he doesn’t need my help doing all sorts of things that I normally do for him, the most notable being washing him up when he takes a bath and helping him brush his teeth. He is now convinced that as a four-year-old he is very capable of taking care of his own hygiene. There comes a time in every child’s life where they begin to take over their own hygiene responsibilities. I still... Read Post

Posted on May 15, 2013 in Big Kids | 0 comments

Creative Ways to Play Traditional Games

Creative Ways to Play Traditional Games

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Posted on May 14, 2013 in Tweens | 1 comment

The Benefits of Baking For Kids

The Benefits of Baking For Kids

My daughter recently found a new passion – baking cupcakes.  The benefits of children baking in the kitchen surprised me. I noticed that the process of figuring out a recipe and making it all by herself gave my daughter: -  a sense of accomplishment -  pride -  a new interest -  expanded problem solving skills It started when she discovered a free app for the iPad, Hello Cupcake!, from the popular book of the same name. In the Hello Cupcake app, there are twelve recipes with clear directions, perfect for children to follow. I really liked that the app used real photographs, not cartoonish... Read Post

Posted on May 13, 2013 in Parenting | 0 comments

Teaching Kids Independence

Teaching Kids Independence

I’ve been thinking a lot about teaching kids independence lately. With four children aged seven and under, I need my children to be as self-sufficient as possible – and I know that they are happier being able to do more on their own as well. I’ve learned that we have to start with the basics – you can’t learn how to tie a shoe without knowing how to lace it: Organization is also key. I can’t expect my kids to put away their clothes and toys if they don’t know where everything goes. I set up a very simple toy organization system, and I put sticky labels on their drawers to help them learn... Read Post

Posted on May 10, 2013 in Sweepstakes & Giveaways | 13 comments

Happy Birthday, June!

Happy Birthday, June!

 Are you planning a June birthday party for your son or daughter? Not sure what to do with the 20 little ones who will be running circles through your house? Let us help! We’re excited for another month of our Birthday Club giveaway! Each month ALEX will select (1) lucky winner to receive either an activity or party favors for up to 20 kids that will help make their child’s birthday party even more fun! The birthday boy or girl will also receive a birthday present from ALEX, chosen just for them! If your little one is lucky enough to celebrate an June birthday? Enter through the entry form... Read Post

Posted on May 10, 2013 in Holiday Crafts | 0 comments

DIY Mother’s Day Flower Pot Craft

DIY Mother’s Day Flower Pot Craft

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Posted on May 9, 2013 in Printables | 0 comments

Printable: May Flowers

Printable: May Flowers

April showers bring May flowers…just in time for Mother’s Day! Give beautiful flowers for Mother’s Day that will last forever. Its a gift your little one will be proud to hand over to Mom, Grandma or their favorite Aunt! Choose a flower for each of the flower pots and add your choice of colorful leaves. Add some special touches to each of the flowers to make them unique. Add a special note to the flower pot or glue it onto a piece of construction paper to turn your May flowers into a beautiful homemade cards. Get creative by adding puffy paints or glitter to make your... Read Post

Posted on May 8, 2013 in Featured, Tweens | 0 comments

Mommy and Me Spa Date

Mommy and Me Spa Date

If you’re a mom of multiple children like me, you know how difficult it can be to find quality time with each child. That’s why I enjoy putting together Mommy & Me Dates. It’s simply a set aside time to spend with your children doing something fun! With all the things that end up on our busy schedule, I know it’s important to schedule time to reconnect with my kiddos, and let them know just how important they are to me. Recently, my daughters and I had a Mommy & Me Spa Date, and it was so much fun! We spent time chatting, getting facials, doing our nails, creating DIY lip gloss and... Read Post

Posted on May 7, 2013 in Featured, Outdoor Play, Science for Kids | 0 comments

Recipe for Success…and Sidewalk Paint

Recipe for Success…and Sidewalk Paint

ALEX’s Kid Concoctions book titled Weird Wacky & Wild Stuff You Can Make At Home! is filled with all sorts of easy-to-make at-home concoctions. Things like slime, paints, play dough, toys and more that kids can make on their own using everyday household items. I have the book and tried out the Super Sidewalk Paint with my girls. Here is the recipe (it’s SUPER EASY): ¼ cup cornstarch ¼ cup water 6-8 drops of food coloring Since we wanted to have a few different colors for rainbows, we quadrupled the recipe (1 cup cornstarch & 1 cup water). The girls mixed the cornstarch with the... Read Post

Posted on May 6, 2013 in Babies | 0 comments

5 Ways Babies Learn with Building Blocks

5 Ways Babies Learn with Building Blocks

Sometimes the simplest toys are the most fun and educational. Classic wooden building blocks are no exception. But when we received our set of Maxville Blocks, we knew they were anything but ordinary. ALEX Toys took their wooden building blocks above and beyond the simple classics by using unique shapes, vibrant colors, and graphic patterns. These modern elements add to the fun and increase the opportunities for imaginative play and learning. While all of my kids (ranging in age from 8 months to 5 years) have loved playing with their ALEX Jr.  Maxville Blocks, I know that my littlest will... Read Post

Posted on May 4, 2013 in Big Kids, Developmental Skills, Featured | 0 comments

Monkeying Around

Monkeying Around

ALEX’s Monkey Balance Board is a therapist’s dream toy!  It’s perfect for working on your child’s gross motor skills, and, with a little creativity, it can keep the kids occupied for hours. The concept is pretty simple.  The child stands on the board with a foot on each side and tries to keep the board balanced, without letting the sides touch the ground.  The recommended ages for the Monkey Balance Board are 3 and up (you will want to be within arm’s reach for 3 year olds), but my 6 year old niece also had a blast, even deciding that she would like one for her birthday!  My 22 month old... Read Post

Posted on May 3, 2013 in Featured, Tweens | 0 comments

The Perfect Gift for a Crafty Seven Year Old

The Perfect Gift for a Crafty Seven Year Old

My oldest daughter Emma loves crafts. She gets it from me, and usually I’m happy to help her – but, with three other (younger) children, I am always looking for fun craft kits that she can do on her own. When I saw the Patch A-Peel Purse, I knew it would be hit. I set it aside for her seventh birthday, and she was thrilled when she opened it! I was impressed with how nicely the bag was made, it’s fully lined with soft pink fabric! Emma really enjoyed making this bag her own with the pre-cut sticky fabric shapes and adhesive gems that came with it. I loved that the shapes allowed plenty of... Read Post

Posted on May 2, 2013 in Printables | 0 comments

Printable: Octopus Tube Craft

Printable: Octopus Tube Craft

Designed specifically for preschoolers, our kids activities are fun to make and play with afterwards. Check out our Octopus fun facts and games to add to your play time together after your Octopus is complete! In addition to our downloaded printable, you’ll never need more than a few readily available household items to complete any of our crafts! Instructions are always included with pictures to guide you along. They’re easy to make and the end result is one that your kids will take pride in! What You Need: Scissors Glue Toilet Paper Tube 1 Page Printable – Download HERE... Read Post

Posted on May 1, 2013 in Big Kids, Videos | 0 comments

Celebrate Spring with Giant Paper Flowers

Celebrate Spring with Giant Paper Flowers

My Giant Paper Flowers is one of my all-time favorite ALEX products. It’s not just because it was one of the first products I helped create for ALEX, it’s because this one really has a wow factor. Take brightly colored tissue paper that’s been cut into whimsical petals, add pipe cleaners, fold and fluff. It’s truly spectacular! I invited my sweet niece Alyssa (10 years old) over to make some flowers! First she chose her sheets of tissue paper, stacked them up and began to accordion fold them. Then she twisted a pipe cleaner stem around them, spread out the petals and began to fluff them up... Read Post