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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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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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Combat Summer Brain Drain With A Reading Chart

School’s out for the summer! While there’s plenty of time for water balloon fights and trips to the pool, don’t forget to make time for fun learning activities. Did you know that kids forget an average of two months’ worth of knowledge during the summer if they don’t engage in some sort of educational activity? Help combat “summer brain drain” with this simple and engaging reading chart.

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Fabric Spray Splattered T-Shirt Project

Let your little artist create a one of a kind t-shirt using only fabric spray paint and their imagination. This is one work of art that won’t go up on the fridge, but will be displayed all summer when the kids show off their wearable art. Inexpensive, easy, and great for several different age groups, this is a perfect summer project.

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Rainy Day Creations – Rain Splash Painting Activity

Make the most of rainy weather. Head outside and create original works of art using only food coloring and raindrops. The end result is a beautiful “watercolor” painting. 

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