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How to Cook with Young Children

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’Tis the season for baking goodies and cooking big meals. Why not get the little ones involved in the culinary fun? Younger kids—even preschoolers and toddlers—love to follow in the footsteps of adults, and “helping” in the kitchen is no different. Use these tips and ideas to plan your next kid-friendly cooking project.

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Busy Bags for Busy Toddlers

Caring for toddlers can be an intense job. These little ones are interested in (and into) everything, rarely want to sit still, and approach the world with wonder — which is amazing to watch, but probably leaves you feeling like you don’t have a second to catch your breath.

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Finger Painting with a Twist

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Lucky for us, this year’s America’s Top Sitter, Nikki O’Neal, is super crafty. Be sure to keep an eye out for more artsy posts from her in the coming months! 

It can be a little challenging (and messy) to find art projects appropriate for young children still working on their motor skills. However, encouraging hands during messy experiments is a great and fun way to help improve these skills. This hands (and feet)-on painting project is perfect for doing just that!

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Make Your Own Magic Wand

Bring a little magic into your home! This homemade magic wand is a fantastic addition to any costume and makes for great imaginative play. All you need are a few items from around the house, and you and your little magic maker can create a unique wand for all their hocus-pocus needs.

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Couponing with Kids

Put the kids to work helping with the grocery budget (if they can hold a pair of scissors they can cut coupons). Not only will cutting coupons help develop their motor skills, but it’s also a great lesson in saving money. Plus, with back-to-school just around the corner, you can have the kids keep an eye out for deals on school supplies they want! Encourage them to maintain their own coupon folder with their favorite things that they can pick out the next time you go shopping. 

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Sweet Treat to Beat the Heat – Gummy Bear Popsicles

Gummy bears and popsicles, what’s not to love?! These popsicles are made with only two ingredients and are a refreshing summer treat. The kids will have just as much fun making these as they will eating them!

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