Posts made in June, 2013

Posted on Jun 28, 2013 in Parenting | 1 comment

5 Tips for Taking Great Photos of Your Kids

5 Tips for Taking Great Photos of Your Kids

I am not a  professional photographer but, I do love taking pictures of my children, and know that someday these pictures will remind them of fun memories and the love that we have for each other.  Let’s face it, though. Taking pictures of kids is HARD! They don’t sit still, they have “fake smiles,” and they lose focus easy… just to name a few issues. Over the last few years, I have tried to learn more about how to take better photos of my children. And while I’m still no master, I do have a few tricks in my repertoire that have resulted in some of my favorite shots of my four children. So,... Read Post

Posted on Jun 26, 2013 in Babies | 0 comments

Choosing Baby Toys that Encourage Sibling Bonding

Choosing Baby Toys that Encourage Sibling Bonding

I have a few baby toys that are reserved for my youngest child to primarily play with on her own, but with four children aged seven and under I am always on the lookout for high quality baby toys that will also engage her older siblings. Toys that kids can play with alongside a younger sibling allow children to bond with the baby, while entertaining the youngest child! A toy that engages older siblings is more likely to grow with the baby – entertaining them for years instead of a few weeks or months. If you have an only child, these toys also tend to share more easily when friends come... Read Post

Posted on Jun 21, 2013 in Babies | 1 comment

Tummy Time Tips

Tummy Time Tips

Tummy time is an activity pediatricians encourage parents to do with their newborns and infants. Over the years, I’ve found that parents don’t always understand why the activity is so important. This combined with the fact that babies initially resist being laid on their stomachs often results in parents spending little time encouraging the position or foregoing it altogether. Working through the initial difficulties is important to help babies: 1. Develop head and trunk control 2. Strengthen arms and shoulders 3. Develop weight shifting and reaching skills 4. Develop ocular... Read Post

Posted on Jun 20, 2013 in Printables | 0 comments

Printable: Make a Flag!

Printable: Make a Flag!

Make a Flag is a fun toddler craft for the Fourth of July! Simply download the printable pages, cut and paste.  Add posts to your flags and they make great party decorations, or favors for the kids! For an even more festive July 4th celebration, download and make our Fourth of July Lantern printable craft too! ALEX printables are designed specifically for toddlers and preschoolers and inspired by our Little Hands line of products. You can also find new printables each month to download and color on our Facebook page! Make a Flag Instructions What You Need: 1. Safety Scissors 2. Glue 3. Two... Read Post

Posted on Jun 19, 2013 in Holiday Crafts | 2 comments

July Fourth Glitter Tattoos

July Fourth Glitter Tattoos

Kids love temporary tattoos. Add a little glitter to the mix and they are super excited! Glitter tattoos are all the rage, and the perfect extra touch of fun for summer carnivals, birthday parties and holiday celebrations. The girls and I experimented recently and created some really cute July Fourth glitter tattoos! For our tattoos, the girls and I used ALEX’s Sparkle Tattoo Parlor – Cool Glam kit. It includes stencils, glue, brushes and four colors of glitter; we choose the star stencil and the red, silver and blue glitter to use for our July Fourth theme. First step is to clean the... Read Post

Posted on Jun 18, 2013 in Activities For Big Kids | 0 comments

Fun Summer Activity: Face Painting

Fun Summer Activity: Face Painting

Warm days, picnics, frozen treats, and fun in the water…these are just a few of the things that come to mind when I think of summer. Summer is here in full swing, and if you’re like me, you’re looking for fun and entertaining ways to keep the kiddos busy during their days off from school. Face painting is a fun and easy way to add some excitement to any day! Why save face painting for those once a year carnivals, Halloween, or special events? With ALEX Toys’ face painting kit and face painting sticks, face painting is fun, quick to do, and easy to clean up! The other day, after a... Read Post

Posted on Jun 17, 2013 in Pretend Play | 0 comments

Why I Don’t Let My Kids Have Play Dates (mostly)

Why I Don’t Let My Kids Have Play Dates (mostly)

School ended yesterday. The kids are tired. I’m tired. The house is trashed –piles of half-used workbooks, graded papers, winter clothes to be put away – seem to have overtaken it. But that’s not the reason I said my 8 and 11-year olds can’t have play dates today. There are two big reasons I’m not letting my kids have play dates. At least not for a while and not as often as they’d like. My goals are that: 1. My girls play together and maintain a strong bond of friendship. 2. My girls get bored –bored enough to spark their creativity, inventiveness, and outside-of-the-box... Read Post

Posted on Jun 12, 2013 in Sweepstakes & Giveaways | 24 comments

Happy Birthday, July!

Happy Birthday, July!

Are you planning a July 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 Party 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 a July birthday? Enter through the entry form... Read Post

Posted on Jun 11, 2013 in Activities For Big Kids | 0 comments

Play Guessing Games to Foster Your Child’s Creativity

Play Guessing Games to Foster Your Child’s Creativity

Guessing games are fun for the whole family, and are a perfect after-dinner activity that can be shared by everyone to extend meal time togetherness. Spending time as a family is important for bonding and for your child’s social-emotional development. Draw and Guess games are my favorite because they foster creative thinking. We often focus so much on the importance of handwriting skills, gross motor coordination, and self-care skills that we forget that encouraging creativity is just as important. Creative minds are better able to problem-solve, resolve conflicts with others, figure out how... Read Post

Posted on Jun 10, 2013 in Activities For Big Kids | 0 comments

Learning from Paper Airplanes

Learning from Paper Airplanes

Aviation is a big deal in my husband’s family. His grandfather was a flight instructor, his dad ran a flight school, and he got his pilot’s license at 17. He hasn’t had the opportunity to fly for a few years now, but he uses his flight knowledge for his job every single day. Flying is in my son’s blood, so it’s no surprise that he’s in love with the Fold N Fly Paper Airplanes kit. At age five, my son Johnny is a little young for learning the complex theories that explain aerodynamics and aviation, but this craft kit was the perfect opportunity for him to experiment with gliding! First... Read Post

Posted on Jun 3, 2013 in Parenting | 0 comments

How to Survive a Road Trip with Kids!

How to Survive a Road Trip with Kids!

This Memorial Day, our family decided to take a long road trip! I was a bit nervous about traveling with the two girls (Lori, 4 years and Julie, 18 months). We don’t have a mini-van or fancy backseat DVD players; we just have our trusty sedan. But with some advance planning, clever packing, and a few tricks up my sleeve, we happily made it to our destination. You can too! Sometimes if Julie is feeling restless in the car, Lori sings to her to cheer her up. It is so sweet! This time, Lori and I sat down the day before our trip and made a “play list” of songs that she could sing to Julie. We... Read Post