Arts and Crafts for Kids

Arts and crafts are great for learners of all ages. From preschool paper plate tambourines to fifth grade homemade thermometers, arts and crafts activities below will keep kids learning fun. Below you can find the sites that I use for my kids

education.com mission is to empower parents and teachers to help their children build essential skills and excel.

Activity Village was launched in September 2000 by mother of two Lindsay Small when she found herself falling in love with the internet and wanting to be part of it herself. Lindsay had discovered how useful the internet could be to a busy parent – providing inspiration, advice, and endless colouring pages at the click of a button – and she was soon providing her own unique “Activity Village” resources to a growing number of loyal parents, grandparents and teachers.

Parents.com has many good ideas for art and crafts for kids

kidspot.com.au has many ideas for kids from kids’ games, activities, art and craft to outdoor games. Furthermore it contains parties ideas and family travel

How much TV is it ok for a child to watch?

Parents are asking if it is allowed to watch TV from the baby.

The first 2 years of life is very important for the development of the brain. The TV can steal valuable time from the interaction of the child with their parents, with the rest of the world, but of course the game itself. Children older than two years old can watch on average 1-2 hours a day provided that monitor quality programs.

Negative effects of television on child:

Violence

– The small children cannot easily distinguish imagination from reality. Attitude problems, nightmares and Difficulty in sleeping may be subsequent to exposure to scenes of violence on the TV monitor.

Risky behaviours

– The children watch television programs showing scenes of violence and include scenes of sex, excessive alcohol consumption, drug use, etc.

Obesity

– It is no longer acceptable to all and it has been demonstrated in various studies that TV causes obesity.

Impact of advertising

– Children are exposed to hundreds of advertisements every day, such as advertisements, games, food, beverages, etc.

Positive effects of television on child

  • The pre-school children can be helped and learn the alphabet.
  • Through educational programs can enrich their knowledge.

To derive another but more positively and less negatively affected by the TV is good to follow the rules below

  • Children from watching TV only in public areas of the house e.x. seating area.
  • All children must have a TV in the room.
  • You’re a good example for your child, and watching as soon as fewer television programs.
  • The TV is closed at the time of the facilities.
  • Place limits monitoring. Decide from the beginning of the week what programs will see your child and you are ready to follow.
  • Children do not attend when TV at the time studying.
  • If you watch TV with your child check that the program monitor is suitable for their age.
  • Give alternatives of entertainment on your child.

Online shopping sites for kids

My favorite online stores are the Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de, Amazon.fr, Amazon.es and Amazon.it first of all the shipping cost is low, its reliable. Further more they offer toys, clothes almost everything we need.

Shop the very latest fashion online at http://www.nextdirect.com. With excellent fast international shipping. They have beautiful kidswear collection, from cute dresses and playsuits for the girls, to funky t-shirts and shorts for the boys, I find everything that I need for my little ones.

Another top site that I use is http://www.AlexandAlexa.com, the Global Style Destination for kids, offering over 200 coveted international fashion, sportswear and toy brands, from the traditional to the cutting-edge, via worldwide express delivery. Making stressful shopping trips a thing of the past, you’ll find prestigious heritage fashion labels such as Burberry, Chloé, Fendi and Dolce & Gabbana alongside contemporary clothing from cool, niche labels sourced from all over the world, like Finger In The Nose and Muchacha. Specialised sportswear comes from technically innovative brands such as Nike, Puma, Canterbury and Under Armour, meanwhile unique toy and gift ideas from Moulin Roty, Le Toy Van, Maileg, Vilac and Lego will make you very popular indeed.

Easy hummus

Ingredients
400 grams of cooked chick peas
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons soup Tahini –  optional
2 tablespoons soup water
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 garlic clove
1 pinch of paprika for serving

Directions

Put the cooked chick peas in mixer with all the ingredients together don’t put all the water immediately, to see first how wet the Hummus you might have to repeat the procedure into the mixer if you have a large quantity of chick peas ready! When you pour pour a few drops of olive oil, some paprika to taste,lemon and parsley.

Tips and Tricks – food for kids

Children feel more energetic and active when eating properly. At the school age they can eat the same food with the rest of the family. Children should eat healthy options in a calm environment with stable and regular timetables. On the other hand, kids will decide if they are hungry and amount of food you want to eat.

Tips and Tricks

Give your child a variety of healthy food.

  • Fresh fruits and vegetables and dairy products like milk, yoghurt, cheese
  • Chicken, dried vegetables, fish, goose, burger from lean meat, eggs, cereals and wholemeal bread

Do not wait for the child to clean completely the dish.

At the age of 4 years many children are picky eaters. Do not push to eat something that they do not want but your way give rise to begin the child to test.

Regular, stable meals and snacks is the basic rule.

The establishment of a stable daily feeding program for the child is the most important step to healthy nutrition. You have fixed timetables for the meals. Three main meals include: Breakfast, lunch, dinner and 2-3 intermediate snacks are satisfactory.

Sit down to eat together with your child.

The company you love children and feel that they are going to spend time with you. In this way does not feel oppressed people to eat.

The best drinks are water and milk.

Small portions for young children.

Pay attention to the size of the consignment of food you give your child. Deliver the food in small dish and with a small fork/spoon. Do not wait for that one child will eat as an adult. Give your child a meat or fish as the timescales. Encourage your child to eat what they want and if it wishes to choose the proportion. It is not uncommon to see his grandmother to fill a large plate for the small child and starts to scold that child never ate anything!

Involve your child in the process of cooking but also in the running of the table for a beautiful, peaceful family meal. At the same time, talk to the child to feed. Try to pass the message that the various types of foods is a jigsaw when referbished seems definitely better. In this way, passing the message in an indirect way to learn the variety of food and eat selectively.

In the age of 4-5 years children are ready to learn correct ways when eating at the table. Can use the spoon and fork as an adult. With your help to teach kids how to use the knife. At the same time you can teach in child not to speak with the mouth full of food, to use the towel and be seated in the chair.

Sesame chicken with noodles

Ingredients
500g chicken tenderloins
200g noodles
50g sesame seeds
50ml oyster sauce
1 bunch baby bok choy
1 tablespoon olive oil

Directions
Kids can place the sesame seeds on a plate. Roll chicken in sesame seeds to roughly coat.
Heat the oil in a large non-stick cooking pan over high heat. Add the chicken and cook for 2-3 minutes all sides or until golden and cooked through.
Meanwhile, cook the noodles in a cookware of boiling water following packet directions or until tender. Drain well. come back the noodles to the pan at the side of the oyster sauce and bok choy. Cook, gently moving, for 1-2 minutes or until the bok choy simply wilts.
Divide the noodle mixture among serving bowls and prime with the sesame chicken. Serve straightaway.

Chocolate Cookies

Ingredients
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 eggs
1 1/4 cups margarine, softened
2 cups white sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup chopped walnuts

Directions
Preheat oven to 175c degrees .
In a large bowl, cream together margarine and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs one at a time, then insert the vanilla. Combine flour, baking soda, cocoa and salt; stir into the creamed mixture until just blended. Mix in walnuts. Drop by spoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Cool for a couple of minutes on the cookie sheet before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.

LOUKOUMADES FILLED WITH CHOCOLATE

Ingredients for Loukoumades

500 g full-fat milk
20 g beer yeast fresh
30 g sugar
5 g salt
520 g flour hard

corn oil for frying

Ingredients for Chocolate

100 g dark chocolate with 70% cocoa
100 g cream with 35% fat

honey for serving

Directions
For the filling:
Chop the chocolate, heat the cream to 90 ° C and pour it over the chocolate. Mix well until the chocolate melts and make a ganache. Empty the cream in small silicone capsules, if available, and place them in the freezer. If we do not have such capsules, we leave the ganache in the freezer to freeze and with a cornet we make small balls of 1.5-2 cm diameter onto a label and place in the freezer for several hours.

For the loumades (donats)

Place a little of the milk in the heat to gently rock and into it dissolve the yeast by adding sugar and salt. Empty the rest of the milk and stir the flour very well either in the mixer or wire. Leave the mixture in a warm place for at least 1 hour. In a saucepan, pour the oil in a not too strong fire. We take a little dough of the donut and cover with it a frozen ganache ball. We must be careful that the ganache is well covered and does not come out of the dough. To achieve this, we flourish our hands so that we can work better on the dough. Pour the stuffed dumplings into the oil and with a piercing spoon we turn them constantly until they get a golden color. Remove the donuts on draining paper and drain them warm with honey.

I found this fantastic recipe from  Stelios Parliaros

Fantastic Back to School Crafts

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