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The Cutest DIY Valentine’s Day Card Ideas for Kids

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By Courtney Ingalls

8 DIY Valentine’s Day Card Ideas for Kids

Believe it or not, Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! It is important to show people how much you love and care about them and one of the best ways to do so is by sending them a thoughtful Valentines Day Card. We all know that handmade cards from your little ones are always the best kind of gift, and we have some creative ideas that will make your cards a little more special this year!

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Cut-Paper Flower Card

Seeing flowers always seems to brighten up people’s day, so why not make your own on a card? All you have to do is take a couple pieces of construction paper or cardstock (these instructions have the colors as pink and red but you can also do whatever colors you would like), arrange them on a card, and it will create a beautiful flower! To add something extra, you can include some heart candies as the center of the flower.

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DIY Scratch-Off Card

Make the perfect scratch-off card in your own home! This site gives you the card design that you can print out onto heavy cardstock so all you have to do it make the scratch off hearts! Write down whatever gifts you are planning to give into each little heart, color over it with white crayon, and then paint over it with a combination of acrylic paint and dish soap.

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Stencil Hearts Valentines Day Card

This kind of DIY Valentines Day card is easy to make with the little ones and comes out as good as a card you would buy in the store. All you need is an old toothbrush and a piece of junk mail or a magazine, a blank card and some paint to make this cute Valentine’s Day gift.

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3D Tissue Paper Heart Card

If you are someone that likes to add a little pop to your cards, then you have to try making this 3D Tissue Paper Heart Card. Simply scrunch up some tissue paper on the end of a pencil and then glue it to the front of the card in the shape that you would like it to be (in these directions it’s in the shape of a heart).

For the full list of Valentine’s Day cards, visit NewYorkFamily.com.

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The 9 Best Kid-Friendly Tik Tok Accounts

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By Maya Laidler

The 9 Best Kid-Friendly Tik Tok Accounts

TikTok is one of the biggest apps for kids, teens, and adults out there right now. Especially for kids, TikTok can be a learning platform as well as an entertainment platform with all of the kid-friendly content on it. If your kid is under the age of 13 and wants to use the app, there is a section of the app where kids are only allowed to see clean and curated videos. They are also not allowed to comment, search, or post their own videos to the platform. With so many different videos and accounts on the platform, it is important to watch videos that are worth your time and are actually entertaining.

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Katzil

Minecraft has been one of the most popular video games for over ten years. Kids especially love the unrestricted amount of creativity they can use in the Minecraft world. Katzil is a TikTok account that showcases her own creations in Minecraft with timelapse footage and popular music that can inspire kids to create their own unique, magical builds.

Catburnsglass

For more of a relaxing but interesting TikTok page, you can check out Cat Burns’ TikTok page where she shows the different ways that she blows glass into incredible objects of art. Get captivated by the mesmerising process of glass blowing. She gained notoriety from being on the Netflix show, Blown Away, which is a competition show based on the same art of glass blowing.

Craftymoms

This TikTok is great for both moms and kids, with their fun DIY crafts, life hacks and recipes. Whether you find a DIY christmas tree made out of cardboard or a number association game made of recycled playdough caps, there are plenty of unique ways to have fun with your kids and make something new on this page. Kids also have fun looking at the crafty things that this mom and daughter duo get up to making with all of the fun colors and interesting concepts.

Ealingfans

This account unboxes different toy advent calendars, boxes, and goodie bags in short form multipart video series. The toys are always cute and with added sound effects, the videos keep kids very entertained. Fidget toys often make an appearance on their account with satisfying and calming sounds.

Hankgreen1

Hank Green, most known for his crash course YouTube videos that have been shown in classrooms across the country, has a TikTok account where he spreads positivity, fun facts, and corrects misinformation on the platform. He often reacts to other TikTok videos where he gives his scientific insight and shows his passion for the fun and crazy things that happen in nature.

Naturalhistorymuseum

The Natural History Museum has its own TikTok! They post long and very interesting fun fact videos about their exhibits and human history. From facts about sharks and dodos to dinosaur bones and mammoths, there are so many interesting facts to learn on their account. There were even frequent guest appearances from Neil DeGrasse Tyson during World Space Week, who also has his own TikTok account.

Jiffpom

You have probably seen or heard of Jiff the Pomeranian online and now this cute little dog has his own Tik Tok account! On his account, you will be able to watch Jiff go on fun adventures and try out cute trends that all kids will love.

Slime

As many parents know- kids LOVE slime. Parents also know that slime can get very messy when playing with it in the house. To give you a break from the cleaning, but also still letting your kids have some fun, this slime Tik Tok account is the perfect way to keep them occupied.

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If your kids are obsessed with all things space, they will love watching this account! Alyssa Carson makes videos that feature astronaut history, fun outer space trivia and so much more.

This story first appeared on NewYorkFamily.com.

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Safe House Cleaning Products for Families to Use

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By Olivia Haveron

Safe Cleaning Products for Families

It can be a struggle to keep our houses clean with the hustle and bustle of everyday life. However, when we do clean, we sometimes forget about the harsh chemicals that might be going into our products. Not only are we breathing in these products, but young children, especially babies, are constantly putting objects in their mouths. While it might be hard to pay attention to what is going into our cleaning products, there are countless affordable healthy products that are organic and limit harsh chemicals. Check out these 9 safe cleaning products for families!

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Seventh Generation Disinfectant Spray

Seventh Generation is known for their cleaning products and are always looking to “create a more healthy, sustainable and equitable world”. One such Seventh Generation Product, this disinfectant spray eliminates odors and kills household germs on hard, non-porous surfaces. The active ingredient in this spray is Thymol, which is present as a component of essential oil. $5.50

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Mrs. Meyers Clean Day

Made with plant-derived ingredients, essential oils, and other natural products, Mrs. Meyers states that “Enough is Enough” for conventional ingredients and ‘sterile smells’ to get a c=good clean. Mrs. Meyers products are a collection inspired by the flowers and herbs that smell beautiful, while also riding daily dirt and grime from your house. In addition to containing essential oils, all products are made with a cruelty-free formula and are contained in recyclable packaging. For those interested in learning more about the ingredients, Mrs. Meyers website includes a glossary of the ingredients found in their products. Some of their products include hand soap, dish soap, and a multi-purpose everyday cleaner. $4.29

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Method All-Purpose Cleaner 

Similarly to most of these cleaners, Method creates products with the people and the planet in mind, especially in terms of the responsibility to the environment. Every product is plant-based and made in one location, reducing their carbon footprint. The all-purpose cleaner destroys grease and grime and is made solely with plant-based material. Specifically all cleaners are made from corn and coconut that makes it simple to cut through the hardest of messes, all while leaving behind a pleasant scent. Each product on Method’s website contains a list of ingredients as well as any full disclosure requirements. $4.00

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Biokleen All Purpose Cleaner

Since the 1980’s Biokleen has been committed to producing effective plant and mineral based cleaners that are safe for families, pets, and the planet. All products are free from phosphates, chlorine, ammonia, brighteners, and artificial colors and fragrances. Their goal is to use plants, minerals, microbes, and enzymes to break down dirt and odors for maximum cleaning. The All-purpose cleaner is made with citrus and grapefruit seed extract in order to clean and degrease dirt. Leaving no residue or fumes, it is gentle enough for most surfaces and just needs to be diluted with water. $16.82 for 64fl oz

For the full list of cleaning products, visit NewYorkFamily.com.

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The Best Holiday Cookies to Bake With Your Family

By Tamonda Griffiths

Best Holiday Cookies

It’s that time of year where we are being invited to all of the holiday parties and get togethers and are always worrying about what to bring. A perfect go to snack that everyone will love are holiday cookies! For those of you who are looking to whip up a batch or two at home, here are some easy holiday cookie ideas.

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Benne Seed Wafers 

Benne seed wafers or sesame seed cookies are salty and sweet treats most widely associated with the cuisine and customs of the winter holiday of Kwanzaa. Chewy and nutty, this toasted, caramelized sesame seed cookie is a crispy and crunchy snack waiting to be enjoyed!

Chocolate Brownie Cookies

Who doesn’t love chocolate? Lucky for you these brownie cookies are the perfect treat to bring to any holiday get together! Simply mix the ingredients into a bowl, roll them onto a sheet and bake them until they turn into beautiful chocolate cookies.

Cinnamon Bacon Cookies

Before officially ringing in the new year, enjoy a cookie both sweet and salty, chewy and crispy, part breakfast food, part dessert – before you knock it, make sure you enjoy a bacon cookie or two or three!

Duvshaniot 

These tiny cookies are quite the honey button treat! Traditionally made with honey and spices, Duvshaniots or honey buttons are sweet Israeli cookies that can be enjoyed during Rosh Hashanah or Hanukkah. Add a sweet or zesty glaze or substitute with powdered sugar and see them disappear from your winter holiday dessert spread!

Gingerbread Men

While Santa and his elves are hard at work to prepare for Christmas Eve, get yourself and the little ones hard at work and play creating this quintessential Christmas treat. Have the kids stencil out as many Gingerbread Men as they can from the dough with a cookie cutter, let them get a little creative with decorating, and plate them for Santa. And don’t forget the milk!

Hamantaschen

Traditionally enjoyed during the Jewish holiday of Purim, Hamantaschen are triangular-shaped, butter-based cookies. Choose your choice of jam, nut, caramel, cheese or chocolatey filling and bite into this savory treat!

For the full list of holiday cookies, visit NewYorkFamily.com.

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12 Amazing Black Friday, Cyber Monday Deals for Kids and Parents

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By Olivia Haveron

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals for Kids and Parents!

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and while spending time with family is most important next week, this means that Christmas is coming soon. With Christmas creeping up, countless businesses have started started advertising their holiday deals. Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals are bigger and better than ever are, and you can get your shopping done early, while saving money! Check out these amazing Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals for kids and parents this year!

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Cards Against Humanity Family Edition

We all know Cards Against Humanity can be a little inappropriate for the family, despite its hilarity and chaos. However, now you can play CAH without the worry of your child asking “Mom what does this mean?”. Introducing CAH Family Edition, the laugh-out-loud game that is parent approved and made for kids 8 and up. The cards come slightly larger so that it is easy for kids to hold in their hands. $24.97

Nintendo Switch Holiday Bundle 

Perfect for the video game lover, starting November 21, Nintendo is offering a Black Friday Bundle of their popular Nintendo Switch. Included in each bundle, while supplies last, is the Nintendo Switch, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and a three-month Online Individual Membership free! $299.99.

Nintendo is offering a wide variety of Black Friday deals on games and accessories as well. Customers can save $20 on select games from November 21 – 27, in addition to deal on Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit, and the Ring Fit Adventure.

Nintendo’s website also offers shopping guides for those who might not know where to start and want to make the most of their gift giving.

Baby Einstein 4-in-1 Kickin’ Tunes Music and Language Play Gym

This multi-functional orchestra is the perfect toy to entertain your baby with the simple touch of their hand or the kick of a foot! The Baby Einstein Play Gym comes with four modes: Laying, Sitting, Tummy Time and Take-Along, with the piano today also with the ability to adjust based on your baby’s age. The toy piano comes with two modes of play including Free Play and Melody mode, while also teaching children introductory phrases to four different languages including English, Spanish, French and German. $36.73

If you are looking for other toys that will expand their curiosity and creativity, Kids2’s Baby Einstein collection has a wide variety of toys perfect for young toddlers and babies.

LEGO Star Wars TM Skywalker Adventures Pack

Perfect for the young Jedi in your family, children will love this action-packed Lego building set. Kids can recreate scenes from the endless Star Wars saga, or choose to create their own story and use their imagination while building these sets. This 3-set 644 piece collectable comes with Obi-Wan’s Hut, Luke Skywalker’s Landspeeder, and Duel on Mustafar. This gift is perfect for people, kids and adults alike, of all ages. $50.00

LetsGlow Studio

LetsGlow Studio is the perfect gift and accessory to glow up your outfits. The kit comes with non-toxic reflective stickers and materials, including three sticker sheets, Selfie LED Clip with remote and charging cable, reflective nail stickers, reflective sticker tape, hair clips, and shutter shades. Mix and match the customs sets, allowing your kids to show off their unique personality and styles. $29.99

LetsGlowStudio also sells accessory packs so that you and your child can make fun and exciting videos that they can share with their friends.

Story Time Chess

Rated People’s Choice Toy of the Year Award, Story Time Chess centers around custom chess pieces, each of which has their own unique story and purpose, and their own story book. Chess has always been seen as a game that can be a hugely successful tool in shaping and developing young minds, teaching them to solve problems and plan ahead, improve critical thinking, and face challenges. Chess comes alive, entertaining kids who might find chess to be a bit boring, while also learning the various moves and strategies of the games. $64.99

See the full list of Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals at NewYorkFamily.com.

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Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: Everything You Need to Know

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By Tamonda Griffiths

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

With the holiday season just around the corner, there’s no better way to kick it off than with Macy’s 95th annual Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, Nov. 25 at 9 a.m. This wonderous tradition features incredible 50-foot balloons, floats, perfectly synchronized and orchestrated marching bands, and celebrities march through the city streets of New York in an awe-inspiring showcase of parade artistry.

Parade Route

As tradition, the parade begins on 77th Street and Central Park West and will continue on to Columbus Circle where it will travel to Central Park South to 6th Avenue and head downtown to 34th Street to Macy’s at Herald Square.

Where to Watch

This year, live spectators can enjoy 2.5 miles of an unobstructed parade viewing on Central Park West from 75th Street to 61st Street starting at 6 am as well as on 6th Avenue from West 59th Street to West 38th Street throughout the day.

Celebrity Line Up

This spectacular parade will feature performances from the vocal talents of Carrie Underwood, Kristin Chenoweth, Kelly Rowland, Andy Grammer, Jon Batiste, Chris Lane, Jordan Fisher, Darren Chris, Kim Petras, Jimmie Allen, K-pop girl group Aespa, classic rock band Foreigner, Zoe Wees, Tai Verde, an appearance from the cast of Peacock’s Girls5eva, and many more!

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New Additions to the Thanksgiving Parade

Ten new balloons and floats will make their debut down this ceremonious route, including Ada from “Ada Twist, Scientist,” the Funko Pop!-inspired balloon of Grogu from “The Mandalorian,” the Colossal Wave of Wonder float representing Kalahari Resorts and Conventions, Pikachu with friend Eevee from “Pokémon,” the Celebration Gator float representing the Louisiana Office of Tourism, and in their inaugural holiday debuts, Macy’s own Toni, the bandleader bear and Tiptoe, the reindeer will march and prance down the city streets alongside many more stupendous attractions.

For the first time ever, spectators will get a “bird’s eye” live feed of the parade’s events thanks to the streaming service Peacock from camera perched atop a larger-than-life peacock on their Birds of a Feather Stream Together float. The current and former hosts – Josh, Joe, and Steve – of the nostalgic Nickelodeon show “Blue’s Clues” will also appear with the titular pup, Blue to celebrate her upcoming movie and 25 years of leaving clues.

If you’d rather snuggle up indoors, you too can get in on the action this turkey day and watch the extravaganza from home, tune with millions of families to NBC at 9am-noon for a live broadcast hosted by Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, and Al Roker.

For more information on the parade, visit macys.com/parade.

This story first appeared on NewYorkFamily.com.

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How to Help a Child Bond With Their Special Needs Classmate

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By Jennifer Tsuei

“My child has a special needs classmate. What should I do next? How can I help make this a positive experience for everyone?” Chances are, if you love asking about your child’s social scene at school, you will come across these questions.

Whether in public school or private school, it is likely that a child will have special needs classmates during their school years. How can you help your child bond with this classmate? Gena Mann, co-founder of Wolf + Friends, offers us insight into this question. She has two sons, ages 19 and 17, with autism as well as two younger neurotypical daughters.

Inclusion in the Mainstream Classroom

When children are in the younger grades, it is often the intention of both the school and parents to keep a special needs child included in mainstream classrooms. Children with mild impairments can learn to connect with typical children, and typical children can learn about living in a world where not everybody is exactly the same.

That said, Mann notes that with her older child with more severe impairments, “Once I gave up on that idea for him, we had a lot more success.” Parents of younger special needs children are discovering their own school journeys, and modeling one’s own support, compassion, and kindness toward other families wherever they may be along this journey will help your child reflect your own care and positive values within a school community.

Mann also notes that it was almost harder to help her second son to form bonds with peers when he was younger since he is autistic, but presents as typical to the untrained eye. “The social thing was so much harder because you’re explaining to people over and over again, this is why he acts that way.” She adds: “A patient peer–that’s a start!” Thus, helping your child develop patience and acceptance of their peers no matter how they may act or behave, would be the first step in bonding with a special needs child.

The Elephant in the Room

Rather than pretending that everyone is the same, Mann is a proponent of “addressing the elephant in the room.” For her older son, when he was in the younger grades, either she or a school psychologist would do a mini-lesson in class about autism, explaining what that means specifically for her son and how classmates could find ways to connect with him. Mann would introduce to the class, “Jasper has autism. Here’s what that means.” She would offer an overview appropriate to the class’s age range. “These are the ways that he might behave that may be different or confusing to you.

These are the things that are hard for him. These are the things he is great at.” The adult can suggest interests and strengths that peers could engage with, for example, playing along on the monkey bars or sitting nearby and drawing. Mann believes that “addressing the differences and normalizing them, and also pointing out the similarities helps connect the kids.” Mann says that this gave the classmates a set of concrete ways that they could approach her son and begin to socially engage with him.

Reaching Out to Parents

“Let’s have a playdate!” Parents love receiving that text or call, whether for a typical or special needs child. However, a parent of a special needs child may find bringing a child outdoors a huge undertaking, involving a lot of planning and anxiety. Mann says, “Honestly, it was hard. My kid didn’t really play. He may not talk.”

Her advice to parents of typical children is to make it easy on the other parent and to ask about what would work best for them. “Do you want to go to the playground? Would you like to go for ice cream?” Small gestures and allowances speak volumes, and as Mann reiterates, “Typical or not – who doesn’t appreciate an invitation?” She quickly adds, “No dropoffs though. Not the first time.”

Reaching In

In addition to reaching out to the child and their family, you can also help your child reach within themselves, tapping into their natural capacities to love and embrace what is good. Mann says, “Kindness, kindness, kindness is the key. You can never go wrong by being kind, making an effort, and trying. I think kids for the most part are kind and want to do the right thing.”

She adds optimistically, “Most schools are talking about inclusion and differences now. The real emphasis is on how everyone has a different struggle, different gifts.” She was also recently on a panel about children’s literature and disabilities. “Books are a great resource to teach kids about disabilities, and for kids with disabilities to see themselves in books!” Finding resources on disabilities and discussing them with your child will enrich their everyday experiences with what is true to themselves.

This story first appeared on NewYorkFamily.com.

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Tips For Helping Your Children Build Strong Reading, Writing Skills

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By Dr. Emily Levy

Helping your Kids Build Strong Reading and Writing Skills

Building strong reading and writing skills at a young age can help set your child up for academic success later in life. Kids can have loads of fun developing these key skills with games, interactive activities, books and toys. Try some of the ideas detailed below!

Surround Your Child with Books

Fill your home with lots of books! In your child’s room, create a designated book area filled with all types of books – big and small, board books, paper books, text-heavy books, and books filled with colorful pictures. You can also create a special reading space nearby, with a cozy chair or couch and perhaps even a side table for holding books and a lamp. Try setting aside a certain time each day for reading and let your child pick out any books she desires. Spend time reading to your child, even if it’s the same book over and over again. You might also create designated book areas in other parts of your home, like your kitchen, playroom, or living room. The more you expose your child to books and language, the better!

Set a Good Example

Set a good example for your child by doing lots of your own reading – and make sure your child sees you engaged in books. Perhaps talk about your book by describing the plot, setting and characters. Tell your child about a recent scene and ask them to predict what might happen next or make an inference about why a character may be feeling a certain way. You might even ask them how they might feel or what they might do if they were a character in the book. Just make sure your child sees the joy and pleasure reading brings to you.

Play Games for Strong Reading and Writing!

Most children enjoy playing games, so make learning to read and write a fun experience with these games:
Bean Bag Game – Grab four buckets, a pile of bean bags, and paper to write on. Write the letters A, B, C and D on separate sheets of paper and attach them to the buckets. Set the buckets several feet away from your child and hand them some bean bags. Then call out a letter and have them toss a bean bag into the appropriate bucket. Later you can add more buckets with additional letters or practice phonemic awareness by calling out words and ask your child to throw a beanbag into the bucket with the letter the words begins with.
Letter Gardening Game – Bring some sidewalk chalk and a watering can to an outside area. Write out all of the letters of the alphabet on a sidewalk or street (or start with just a few letters). Hand your child a watering can filled with water. Call out a letter and have your child find and “erase” that letter by pouring water over it using their watering can. For further writing practice, you can have them rewrite each letter with chalk after they erases it.
Sensory Bag – Take out a big Ziploc bag and fill it with dry rice and lots of plastic letters. Call out a letter and have your child dig their hand into the bag and find the appropriate letter. You can also have them tell you to the sound the letter makes and even write the letter on a separate sheet of paper. Later you can play the same game with sight words (like “the” , “my” and “who” ) for more advanced reading and writing practice.

Practice Tactile Writing

Use a multi-sensory approach to help your young child build stronger writing skills. In the kitchen, take out a large cookie sheet and spread flour or sugar all over it. Then call out a letter and have your child write it on the cookie sheet. For extra kinesthetic reinforcement, have them say the letter formation aloud as they write it. For example, when they write the lowercase a, they should say “around, up, and down” or when they write the lowercase t, they should say “down and across” as they write it. Try doing the same exercise using sand at the beach, dirt at a park, or colored sand on a picnic bench. This is a great way to make writing an interactive and engaging experience.
Children at a young age can have lots of fun building their reading and writing skills. The stronger these skills are prior to starting kindergarten, the more likely they are to be confident and successful in school.
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Cool Subscription Boxes to Keep Kids Occupied

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By Olivia Haveron

Kids are back to school but parents know that those remote days in, weekends, and snow days mean that having some structured activities at the ready is never a bad thing. 

Subscription boxes and activity kits are a creative way for your children to create, imagine, and learn about the world around them while making it easy for parents to entertain their kids.

These subscription boxes and activity kits are geared for different ages, from toddlers to tweens, and include topics such as discovering the world, managing stress, and emphasizing children as creators and innovators.

Magic Playbook

Ages 2-6

Making the play experience easier for parents, each digital playbook grants access to seasonal activities, crafts, and sensory ideas for the month; a monthly collection of themed printables with directions on how to use them; an easy-to-shop supply list; and a library list and curated screen time ideas. $11/month or $99/year. magicplaybook.com.

Little Global Citizens

Ages 4-10

Every other month, you and your child will receive a new box that includes a country activity guide, a book, multiple crafts, activities, recipes, and a collectable language card. $34.95 every other month, $200 annually. little-global-citizens.com.

Girls Can! Crate

Ages 5-10

To introduce girls to diverse women who have made history, each crate contains a Girls Can! activity book, several hands-on activities, and much more. Crate options include packages for one child, multiple children, and a mini-mailer for busy families. $27.95/month; crates for multiple children are an additional $9/child, and the mini-mailers begin at $18/month. girlscancrate.com.

The UPside Delivered

Ages 5-10

Using cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques, each box is built with a lesson and coaching in mind that explain to kids the pathway to feeling calm. The standard subscription box includes four boxes that you will receive quarterly: The Begin Box, The Find Your Feelings Box, The Move Your Mood Box, and Create Your Calm Box. The UPside Delivered also provides specialty boxes to deal with Self-Esteem, Covid, Anger, Mindfulness, etc. $39.99/box. upsidedelivered.com.

Hullabaloo Book Company

Ages 3-8

Working with publishers, libraries, and other book venues, Hullabaloo works hard to find books and collaborations that lift people up, while emphasizing inclusion and fostering accessibility. Each box arrives on a monthly basis and includes a premium picture book, a signature activity pack, and a free Club Members Only tote. $19.95/month. hullabaloobookco.com

AllTruists

Ages 4-11

Each box is themed around one major global issue and guides kids to engage with the issue in a positive, meaningful way. There are four major aspects included in each box: learning about the issue, connecting and building empathy through experience, taking action through special volunteering projects, and giving to charity through $5 donations. $49.50-$55.00/month.alltruists.com.

This article first appeared on NewYorkFamily.com.

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The Best Spooky and Sweet Halloween Candy for 2021

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By Courtney Ingalls

Best Halloween Candy for 2021

With Halloween almost here, I can probably say with a lot of certainty that there is one thing on many people’s minds: What kind of candy they are going to get on the 31st. Whether you are planning on staying in and handing out candy to little ones (and big kids) or are going out and walking around to help your kids trick or treat, here are some of the best choices for Halloween candy to look out for this year.

Nerds Halloween Gummy Clusters

Calling all Nerds lovers! These gummy clusters are the perfect Halloween candy to give out! These small treats have rainbow colored Nerds on the outside and a gummy center on the inside. The gummy clusters have the same idea as Nerd Ropes but instead are made into small bite sized candies.

KitKat Witches Brew

KitKat Witches Brew are definitely candies to look out for this year. These candies are already delicious, but now these Halloween themed ones are taking it to a whole new level. There is still the delicious wafer inside but now it is covered with a marshmallow-flavored green creme.

Hersheys Vampire Kisses

With a fun spin on a classic, kids will love getting these vampire kisses! Each kiss is filled with strawberry flavored creme and are wrapped in pretty purple foils with red bats. You will truly feel like a vampire with this candy.

Brach’s Candy Corn

Now it wouldn’t be a proper Halloween without getting some candy corn in your bag. This traditional Halloween candy is perfect for all of the sweet tooth’s out there. You can also jazz up this classic and add it into a Halloween themed dessert for the family to enjoy.

For the full list of Halloween candy, visit NewYorkFamily.com.

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