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Kids Play

Summer is almost upon us, so you know what two words are coming that all parents hate to hear from their kids “I’m bored….”.

With Memorial Day around the corner, most pools will finally be open. Check out www.poolcenter.com where you can find all the pool essentials. If you have your own pool in your backyard, or need fun toys for your neighborhood pool, poolcenter.com has it all. Use coupon code PCAF23 for $6 off $60 or more. Here are just some of the fun pool toys you can get.

 

Check out our Activities for Kids board on Pinterest for more exciting ideas to do this summer!

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We just HAVE to talk about this adorable Olive Kids spring inspired pattern!  Olive Kids makes it so easy to put together a whole child’s bedroom in a flash! They have matching comforters, sheet sets, wall clocks, plush pillows, rugs and lamps!!  This Birdie collection is super girly featuring a whimsical design of baby birds, owls, butterflies and flowers. The happy, colorful hues are set on a robin’s egg blue background that make the rest of the colors pop! These pieces are all reasonably priced with this 20% off coupon code!!  Use promo code BEDHEAD20 to get 20% off all Olive Kids Bedding and Decor items!! Offer expires on 6/30, so head to www.wildkin.com now!!

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DIYKids Play

Check out Martha Stewart’s Mother’s Day Crafts for Kids!  In this article, she has called out 15 ways for kids to create homemade gifts that any Mom or Grandma will absolutely LOVE! The kids will have a blast making them, and it will keep them busy for hours.  Click on the link below and see which one will suit your child best!  We love #10!!!

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Kids Play

Check out Parents Magazine’s article with some great ideas on how you can celebrate Earth Day with your children. With decorating a reusable tote bag, planting a garden, Earth Day scavenger hunt and more there is something that you child will find enjoyable while also learning on how to keep our Earth clean!

Parents Magazine Earth Day

 

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Awareness

April is Autism Awareness Month and Olive Kids is celebrating blue! Autism is a pervasive developmental disorder of children, characterized by impaired communication, excessive rigidity, and emotional detachment.

According to a study in March 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new data saying the study identified 1 in 68 children have autism spectrum disorder.

Autismspeaks.org is a great place to find stories from people who have first hand experience with Autism. Check out this article on their site titled “10 suggestions to help a newly-diagnosed family, from an autism mom.”

 

Check out www.autsmspeaks.org for articles, research and ways you can help!

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April 2nd is International Children’s Book Day! Since 1967 the non-profit organization International Board on Books for Young People has sponsored this day which is observed on or around children’s author Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday.

According to the International Board on Books for Young People’s website:

  “Each year a different National Section of IBBY has the opportunity to be the international sponsor of ICBD. It decides upon a theme and invites a prominent author from the host county to write a message to the children of the world and a well-known illustrator to design a poster. These materials are used in different ways to promote books and reading. Many IBBY Sections promote ICBD through the media and organize activities in schools and public libraries. Often ICBD is linked to celebrations around children’s books and other special events that may include encounters with authors and illustrators, writing competitions or announcements of books awards.”

Brazil is the sponsor for 2016’s International Children’s Book Day. Click here to see this year’s sponsored book!

 

In honor of this fun day, we have put together some of our favorite children’s books.

 

 

What are some of your favorite books to read to your little ones?

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Products

The highly anticipated Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice movie is finally here! Because we are BIG superhero fans we are doing a flash sale!

Put down your Daily Planet newspaper and head on over to wildkin.com to use coupon code DCCOMICS to get 50% off all Superman and Batman items. ” Holy Smokes Batman” the sale ends on Sunday, March 27th, so hurry “to the Batcave, Robin!”

 

Who do you think is better Superman or Batman? Comment below and let us know!

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DIY

With Leap Year only happening every four years, what better way to celebrate with your kids then making a time capsule! Your kids will love going through their keepsakes and adding them to the capsule. Then they will have fun being able to dig it up in the future to see how things have changed! Some of the items we added are a stuffed animal, comic book, bouncy ball, artwork, and some of our favorite books to read. Adding either your child’s picture or family picture is a great way to see how everyone has grown.

Here are a couple of fun questions that your kids can answer and add to the time capsule! Plus this is fun for adults to answer too!

  1. My Favorite TV Show is ______________________________
  2. My Favorite Movie is ________________________________
  3. My Favorite Song is _________________________________
  4. My Friends names are _______________________________
  5. My Favorite Food is _________________________________
  6. When I Grow up I want to be ___________________________

 

What products would you and your kids add to your time capsule? Comment below and let us know!

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Recipes

Everyone wants to feel special and loved on Valentine’s Day, and we have a few tips to pack the perfect lunch for your Little Valentine. It can be difficult to get your kids to reach for the healthy option, so we put together a lunch that balances all of the food groups with some added surprises!


Step 1: Disguising Healthy Options Into A Valentine’s Day Theme

Using a heart-shaped cookie cutter is a great way to create cute sandwich shapes for any occasion!  Next, I gathered all the red healthy food I could find to prepare the sides! So, what’s on the menu?

Heart shaped Sandwich: Peanut butter and strawberry jam on whole wheat bread

Fresh-Cut Fruit: Mixed strawberries, bananas and blueberries

Salty Fix: Cashews and Dried Cranberries

Special Treat: Popped Kettle Corn mixed with Valentine’s Peanut M&M’s


Step 2: Personalization

Start by sticking a hand-written note in the lunchbox to make your child feel special.  We even hid this cute little Hungry Caterpillar underneath the lunch container.  He is revealed as the child eats his lunch, and is sure to make them laugh!  If you are packing a lunch on the go, you can print off any cute colorful picture and tape it to the bottom of the container.  If your child is a little older, it might be fun to print off some riddles instead!  The goal is to engage the child, and create a positive experience with healthy food. We like to make food fun at our house!


Step 3: Setting The Scene

If your child is having lunch at home this Valentine’s Day, then set the scene with some pretty pink flowers stacked on a few children’s books.  We achieved this effect by gathering any children’s books we could find that have all white book covers and stacking them from largest to smallest for a coherent look!  Using stacked books as decor, may just entice some reading after they are finished eating!  Now that is just an added bonus.  😉 Then, we laid out some pink tissue paper that we had lying around the house to cover the table.  Any pink, white or red table cloth will do!  The tissue paper worked perfectly, as we could just roll it up and throw it away when we were finished! No matter where your Little Valentine will be on the 14th, he or she is sure to feel loved and remember this fun healthy lunch!  #WildkinValentine


 

Have Any Clever Ideas You Would Like To Share?

Do you have any ideas on how to create a fun Valentine’s Day lunch for kids?  We would love to hear them!  Share your brilliant ideas in the message box below!

 

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