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Now is the time to stock up on Easter eggs!  Here are 20+ activities you can do with plastic eggs:


20 Plastic Egg Activities


There were lots of great ideas shared last week.  Here are just  a few:


 The Measured Mom shares these printable Sound It Out slider cards.




100 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day Every Day with Kids form The Educators' Spin On It

Check out 100 Ideas to Celebrate Earth Day Every Day from The Educator’s Spin On It.





 Stock up on Peeps after Easter and make this Candy Playdough from Kids Activities Blog.


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4 Tips for When Your Baby HATES Tummy Time

4 tips for when your baby hates tummy time


All three of my babies have HATED tummy time for the first few months of their lives.  They scream almost the instant I place them on the blanket for the ever-important time on their bellies.  We all know how important tummy time is for the development of the neck muscles, but it is nearly unbearable to watch your child scream and cry for the recommended 30 minutes of tummy time each day (even if you only do it 5 minutes at a time).

Over the years, I’ve gotten creative when it comes to tummy time.  Here are four tips for when your baby hates tummy time.  Hopefully these suggestions will make the time much more enjoyable for your baby (and for you):


1.  Tummy-to-Tummy Time


Put a pillow underneath your neck and lay flat on your back on the ground.  Put your baby on top of your tummy, making sure that you have both hands free to catch her in case she wobbles to either side.  Talk to her, sing to her, make funny faces and noises.  At first, she might not be able to hold her head up high enough to see your face, but it will be comforting to her just being near you.



2.  Knee Rock-a-Bye



Sit in a chair and place your baby on your lap, laying over your knees.  Be sure that her head is supported and not dangling over the edge of your knees.  Slowly and ever-so-gently rock your knees from side-to-side.  Sing a song or talk to your baby.



3.  Shoulder-Holder


This typically comes natural when holding a baby, but holding your baby on your shoulder allows the baby to practice holding his/her head up.  Just be sure you have your hand free to support his/her head as necessary (especially with younger babies).  She will enjoy seeing the world around her from an upright perspective.  :)





4.  Mirror, Mirror on the Floor:



shatterproof mirror is a wonderful tummy time tool.  Place the mirror 6-12 inches in front of your baby and encourage her to hold her head up and look into the mirror.  Once she catches a glimpse of her reflection, she might even smile at her “new friend”.




Does your baby love tummy time or hate it???


Beginning Sound Letter Hunt

The quickest and easiest sound activity ever


Little Brother and I are working on learning (and reinforcing) letter sounds.  I am also in the throes of learning how to juggle 3 kids…while nursing a newborn about 7-8 times each day.  Needless to say, activities these days must be SIMPLE and QUICK.  This beginning sound letter hunt met all the above criteria and Little Brother just happened to love it because it felt like a game!  :)  In addition to learning letter sounds, this is a great phonemic awareness activities for dissecting the sounds heard in words and identifying the onset (initial sound heard in a spoken word).


Here’s what you’ll need:  Letter Stick-Ons (for posters).  Don’t have those?  Write some letters on a post-it note and call it good.  :)


 *You can find these letter pads near the poster board at most stores.





Give your child a sticky letter.  Identify the name of the letter and then help him/her make the letter sound.  Have him/her take the letter and stick it to something in the room that starts with that sound.  Little Brother started off by sticking the “N” to himself.   :)




 “B” for Books!





 “L” for lamp!





 “B” for Balloon





“P” for Piano!


It doesn’t get much quicker or easier to help your child learn letter sounds!


What is your favorite “on the fly” learning activity???


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Easter is coming up fast!  We made these adorable fabric collage Easter baskets a few years ago and they are still one of my favorite crafts (even though they were a little messy).  :)



There were lots of great ideas shared last week.  Here are just a few:


TotSchooling shares these fun Easter playdough mats.



Sidewalk Chalk Painting with Water Guns

Now that the weather is warming up, this Sidewalk Chalk painting with water guns from My Big Fat Happy Life looks like lots of fun!




Art Project for Passover

I really want to celebrate Passover with our children at some point and Planet Smarty Pants shares some great activities to prepare for Passover.



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April is Child Abuse Awareness Month


April is Child Abuse Awareness Month.  It breaks my heart to think about innocent children being abused (often by those that are supposed to love them the most).  Here are some recent statistics on child abuse in the United States from ChildHelp:

  • A report of child abuse is made every ten seconds.
  • Approximately 70% of children that die from abuse are under the age of 4.
  • More than 90% of juvenile sexual abuse victims know their perpetrator in some way.
  • Children who experience child abuse & neglect are about 9 times more likely to become involved in criminal activity.

The highest number of abuse cases are those of neglect, with physical and sexual abuse next.  In my post where I share Books about the “Tough Stuff”, I listed some books that deal specifically with safe touches and sexual abuse.  One of these books, God Made Me:  The Safe Touch Coloring Book, is written by Dr. Beth Robinson.




Dr. Robinson has written many other books and is currently the Assistant Provost and Graduate Director of Behavioral Sciences at Lubbock Christian University.  She has worked in a variety counseling positions over the years and currently has a private practice specializing in traumatized children.  She is also my cousin once removed (my dad’s cousin…and yes, I had to look up to proper terminology).  :)

In honor of Child Abuse Awareness month, Dr. Robinson has offered my readers 20% off all of her books for the entire month of April.  Just use the coupon code “teachmychild” at checkout!  

In addition to God Made Me, here are a few other books that Dr. Robinson has written:




The Safe Family Book

“The Safe Family Book is designed to be used by counselors and foster/adoptive parents who are working with children who have lived in unsafe and chaotic environments.  The book provides descriptions of a safe family and address issues of neglect, drug use, domestic violence, and sexual abuse as unsafe behaviors in a family.  It is designed for a caring adult to read to children while they look at the pages.”


The Safe Touch Book

“Addressing sexual safety with children can be difficult. The Safe Touch Book provides an easy way for adults to teach children how to avoid being a victim of sexual abuse. The Safe Touch Book can be used by counselors, parents, and teachers.”  This book is very similar to the God Made Me book but without references to God, making it suitable for families who are not religious.

Dr. Robinson has also created coloring books for each of the above books mentioned, making it more interactive for the children.  

Although this book isn’t related to abuse, it can be a great resource helping a child cope with the loss of a friend:


When A Friend Dies

“When children have a friend die from a chronic illness, parents, teachers and counselors frequently have difficulty addressing the grief children experience. This coloring book addresses the issue of childhood chronic illnesses and death in a direct and compassionate manner. The coloring book is designed for parents to read to their children several times while their children color the pages.”

Check out the other books from Dr. Beth Robinson and don’t forget to use the code “teachmychild” to receive a 20% discount on your order.