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Encourage your child’s creativity without any preparation

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Sometimes it’s very difficult to plan a craft. It takes time to get an idea, gather the materials, prepare the work area, get the kids together, explain what to do, have them make the craft, allow for drying time and complete any other steps you need to take.

You know you want your child to complete a craft. You want your child to be creative. You want your child to feel accomplished. Maybe you just want your child to do something different compared to their usual daily routine…

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We recently had the opportunity to review this product and the kids loved it! It was very easy to order. I simply went to the website, chose the package I wanted and filled out my kids’ names and interests. In only a few days, we received the package!

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When the kids opened it, they were surprised to see a letter to them from Santa AND Rudolph, including an official Nice List certificate with their names on it. They played with the enclosed games, stickers and tattoos and talked about it for hours.

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They took the letters seriously and I heard them talking about it for days afterwards. It was such a fun and magical way to get them even more excited for Christmas.

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The Elf is Back! (Insert opinion here….)

65236_572274586124064_608988500_nYes, Elf on the Shelf. Some heads shake in disgust and some bow in submission due to the impending responsibility. My head does both, along with being held high with a smile on my face.

Our elf, Ziggy, was named by my three children. They chose it. They own it. They love it. They look forward to it every year. Every. Year.

I hear the criticism about how it takes away from the meaning of Christmas. No it doesn’t. We still celebrate God’s love and the birth of Christ and enjoy the company of friends and family. I hear the criticism about how it’s only a way for parents to try to get their kids to behave. No it isn’t. It works. It doesn’t work. “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.” “He sees you when you’re sleeping. He knows when you’re awake.” Same idea.

I hear people complain about that stupid elf they see everywhere. I hear people complain about how it’s just another way for someone to earn money. I hear people criticize the mischievous elf. I hear people complaining that the kids will never remember the elf or appreciate the hard work the parents put into it each day. I hear it’s an unnecessary waste of time and effort. I hear blah blah blah blah blah. Opinions. We all have them.

I also hear the positive experiences with the elf. I SEE the joy on parent’s faces. I SEE the joy on kid’s faces. I SEE the joy on my own children’s faces. That makes it worth it.

That alone.

Today is the day after Thanksgiving. The day that the elf traditionally makes it’s re-appearance. My children have been asking about Ziggy for a few weeks now. They are excited. They look forward to it every year. They look forward to finding Ziggy every morning. It doesn’t matter if he is naughty or nice. It doesn’t matter if Ziggy is in the same place as he was the day before. That frequently happens for many reasons. It mostly happens because Ziggy just LOVES that particular spot. Not because Mommy or Daddy forgot to move him or are running out of ideas. No. That’s not it. He likes that spot.

The screams of excitement that came out of my son’s mouth when he saw Ziggy in the window this morning was pure joy. It was then followed by more screaming for his sisters to come downstairs to share in the excitement that he found Ziggy. I overheard them talking later about where they think he might show up next. (Thanks for the ideas kid)

Criticize all you want. Ask “how does she do it?” all you want. Ask “why do you bother?” all you want. Ask “where do you get all these ideas?” all you want.

I’m going to keep on doing it. When my oldest realizes how this all works, I’m going to keep on doing it. Even after my youngest realizes how this all works, I still might keep on doing it. Why?  I’m having fun. My husband is having fun. My kids are most definitely having fun. They still talk about things that Ziggy did 3 years ago. They re-visit these memories every year.

So what’s the point of this post? This post won’t change opinions. This post won’t be a pep-talk for you to go out and get an elf. This post is just a sincere way to show you why I do it. I will continue to share pictures of our elf. Enjoy it. My kids will.

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WHAT?! You want me to spend time with my family?! That’s stressful and painful and long hours of talking about Grandpa’s latest ailment – how am I supposed to get through that?!
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DICEcapades  is a card game, a dice game, a trivia game, an action game and well, it’s just a game with about anything and everything in it, which is why it’s perfect for everyone. You may find yourself in a staring contest, answering obscure trivia or balancing dice on your hand while standing on one foot – you never know what your turn will bring (hint: you might want to start working on your hand charades skills!). This game will definitely have you looking forward to spending time with your family and if it doesn’t, give your friends a call for a game night, you can all escape your families together. DICEcapades!  isn’t just the luck of the dice – it’s also the smarts of the roller.
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Do your kids draw on themselves? Ask how old they need to be to get a tattoo? Are they just plain creative or want to be? If so, you need Bodydoodles The Tattoo Guessing Game , this popular game for kids will channel that creative energy in a fun safe drawing game where your body is the canvas. It’s as easy as drawing a body card and a doodle card, picking the player you want to tattoo and drawing. Using the skin safe markers, a player draws the doodle on the chosen player while all the other players try to guess what is being drawn. Points are earned by the drawer and the guesser. Perfect for get-togethers with friend, sleepovers, birthday parties and anytime a child says, “Mom, I don’t have anything to do.”
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Dream Team Pets is much more than a bedtime toy-it’s an innovative kid’s sleep aid that helps end the bedtime battles of trying to keep your child in bed.

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Developed with the help of a pediatrician, Dream Team Pets bedtime routine empowers kids as they reward their Pet with stickers and a certificate for a good night’s sleep.

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If the child wakes up from a nightmare, there are no hard feelings because the responsibility is on their Pet, but when they successfully sleep in their own bed, the kids feel a sense of accomplishment as they reward their Dream Team Pet.

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Draw your own puzzle

20141007_185425Keep your children entertained with their own artwork by allowing them to draw their own puzzle. This craft is great for any age child and can be enjoyed over and over again. It enhances your child’s creativity while also requiring fine motor skills.

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Pittsburgh, PA: Register for Fall Programs through Jump Start Sports

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LEARN. DEVELOP. SUCCEED! 

Jump Start Sports provides children with a foundation for growth and nurture their love of sports.  Through sports we teach character and life skills that lead to happiness and success.

Our recreational based camps, leagues, and programs teach fundamentals and values to children of all ages. Our programs are fun and well organized.

Preschool Sports Programs
Children ages 3 – 6 have a blast learning the fundamentals of sports from trained staff coaches (NOT coached by parents of participants). Players are put on teams and play games so that the children learn teamwork, game concepts, and sportsmanship. The first half of the classes focus on skill development using terminology and fun drills designed to teach these concepts to such young children. Programs offered include Hummingbirds Soccer, T-Birds T-Ball, Rookie League Coach Pitch Baseball, Little Hoop Stars Basketball, Mini-Mites Flag Football, and Deck Hockey. These programs provide a special experience for the whole family while children gain an appreciation of sports, specific knowledge and skill, an appreciation of team, and a boost in confidence. Learn. Develop. Succeed!

Youth Sports Programs
Children of all experience and skill levels improve fundamentals and learn about new sports in these fun oriented programs led by trained staff coaches (NOT coached by parents of participants). Players meet one day a week and are taught skills and fundamentals they will need to succeed in more competitive programs. Then they practice what they have learned in games that teach game concepts, teamwork, and sportsmanship. Sports offered include Introductory Lacrosse, Flag Football, Fall Baseball, Hoop Stars Basketball, Deck Hockey, Beginner/Intermediate Tennis, and Introductory Volleyball. Learn. Develop. Succeed!

Find out more at www.jumpstartsports.com or email us at info@jumpstartsports.com

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Jump Start Sports offers currently offers programs in PA, OH, MI and NC.

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Flag Football  Children entering grades 1 – 6 have a blast learning the basics of football.  Players are grouped by age, coached at their level of understanding, and play fun, low competition games under adult supervision. All instruction will be conducted by Jump Start Sports staff coaches. Players will learn the basic fundamentals of offense and defense, and will be introduced to speed and agility training. Parent coaches can assist in the instruction and will call the plays for their teams. Jump Start Sports staff will also supervise all games to ensure equal playing time, a rotation of players in various positions, and they will help teach within the context of the game.

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Hoop Stars Basketball  Instructional and recreational basketball program for children in grades   1 – 2. Players are taught the basics of dribbling, passing, shooting, positioning, defense, and rebounding in a fun-oriented program. Then they apply what they’ve learned in low competition games.

Hummingbirds Soccer  3 through 6 year olds have fun and learn the basics of soccer: dribbling, passing, trapping, shooting, defense, and positioning. Each session consists of instruction in all aspects of the game, participation in fun drills that are designed to teach fundamental skills to young children, and low-key, non-competitive games. All coaching will be conducted by Jump Start Sports staff, but parents may assist.

Little Hoop Stars Basketball  Instructional and recreational basketball program for children in preschool and grade K. Players are taught the basics of dribbling, passing, shooting, positioning, defense, and rebounding in a fun-oriented program. Then they apply what they’ve learned in low competition games.
Rookie League Baseball  A fun baseball experience for 5 and 6 year old boys and girls. Players will receive instruction in all basics of the sport, and will apply what they have learned in fun games. All players begin the season playing T-Ball and are slowly introduced to Coach Pitch Baseball over the course of the season. The program includes both instruction and game play. The games will be non-competitive and no score will be kept, but hits and outs will be recorded as they are in older coach pitch programs. Players who are not able to hit a pitched ball will be able to use a tee while learning. Rookie League classes are 1 hour and 15 minutes long. Jump Start Sports staff members conduct the instruction and oversee the game play while volunteer team coaches participate in a detailed coaches training program provided by Jump Start Sports.
T- Birds T-Ball  A fun and highly instructional introduction to baseball for 3 and 4 year old boys and girls. Players learn the basics of throwing, catching, fielding, batting, and base running, and then apply what they have learned in fun, non-competitive games. Sessions are one hour long, one day per week, and include all instruction and game play in one outing. Instruction is conducted by Jump Start Sports staff coaches. Players receive a Major League Baseball hat, team tee shirt, and baseball medal. Volunteer coaches may also participate in a detailed coaches training program provided by Jump Start Sports.