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Helping you not pull your hair out

PullingOutHair

 

So winter can be a hard time for me, I swear I am on the verge of pulling my hair out at times and I KNOW for a fact I am getting white hairs on my head ( I am only 28). I can suffer from winter blues and sometimes have to go on anti-depressants or tan to get vitamins D to help boost my moods. I have 2 children, both girls who are 7 and 6 right now. During the winter they are cooped up inside since half the time its too cold to play outside, we live in Michigan. I can only let my girls watch so much TV and the time they get along playing with each other nicely doesn’t last very long.  I am trying to find more crafts and activities to do while we are stuck inside this winter. I know when you have small children you tend to keep them inside more during this season. I have found some fun activities you can do with your little ones while you are in the house to help keep you sane if you are sick of being stuck inside and not a fan of the cold weather. These are found on the Children’s Ministry Magazine website.

 

  • Hit the Floor-Set up an obstacle course of
    pillows and cardboard boxes for babies to maneuver over and
    through.
  • Monkey See-And of course, monkey do. Older
    babies enjoy mimicking adults. Smack your lips, clap your hands, or
    stick out your tongue. Baby will follow suit.
  • Let’s Talk About It-Babies babble incessantly
    somewhere around eight to 12 months. Play pointing and naming games
    to help build baby’s vocabulary. “This is a Bible. Can you say
    Bible?”
  • Catch-When baby is able to sit up, roll a soft
    ball to the child. Baby may try to roll the ball back, but you’ll
    have to work at catching it. Roll the ball away from baby, and let
    him chase it.
  • Body Parts-Show baby a doll. Have the baby
    touch the doll’s toes, eyes, fingers, hair, mouth, and ears.
    Reinforce that God made each of these body parts on baby.
  • Now You See It-Once babies figure out that
    hidden things don’t just disappear (around six to eight months),
    they enjoy Hide-and-Seek games with objects. Partially hide a toy
    and let the baby uncover it.
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Children’s 5 Senses

5 senses

 

I found a great article in the Children Ministry Magazine I would like to share with you. I know most of us know the 5 senses we have, hearing, sight, smell, taste, and touch. Taste is my favorite, I love food! 🙂  Little ones learn when we stimulate their 5 senses. We can use these questions to make sure we are tapping sensory experiences each week with our children.

Hearing What sounds and words do children hear? Whisper “You’re special to God” or play Christian music.

Sight What do children see that teaches them about God? Identify nature items in pictures and say, “Thank you, God for [item].”

Smell What good scents do children experience? Have children smell a sliced orange or a cinnamon stick. Then touch your nose and say, “God, gave us a nose for smelling.”

Taste What flavors do children taste? When kids taste snacks, say: “God made your mouth for tasting.” Talk about the flavors.

Touch How does touch tell kids about God? Give hugs and say, ” Jesus love you.” Have kids touch fleece when you talk about lambs or feel other textures for related items in the Bible.