Ever wonder what to do with all those paintings your kids make, but that you can’t quite bring yourself to throw away? I love to use my son’s paintings for wrapping paper. It gives the presents an extra special personal touch. Use, reuse, recycle. We used some of his paintings to wrap gifts for his teachers at school. It’s perfect for smaller presents. Happy wrapping!!!
The boy and I got busy over the weekend making cookie cutter Christmas ornaments. Super easy! All you need is:
2 cups of baking soda
1 cup of cornstarch
1 1/2 cups of water
Mix the ingredients in a sauce pan and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently. At first it might seem like nothing’s happening, but soon the mixture will thicken up and make a ball of dough. Wait 15-20 minutes or until the clay is cool. Knead the dough until it’s smooth and then roll out and cut your ornaments. Don’t forget to use a toothpick to put a hole in the ornaments so you can hang them later!!!
- Make sure you lay the ornaments FLAT, I forgot and put ours on a plate and the result was curled ornaments and a lot more cracked and broke then normal.
- Some will crack and break so make a couple extra of your favorite shapes.
It takes a day or two for the ornaments to air dry. Be sure to flip them over ever few hours so both sides dry. Once dry get out your favorite means of decorating and go to town. To help prevent cracking and breaking modge-podge the ornaments before giving as gifts or hanging on the tree.
How to Treat Our Bodies
There are so many things wrong with the way society treats our bodies in general, it is hard to know where to start (In fact that might be a topic for a whole separate blog post or two). But here are a few things I believe we should teach our children about their bodies.
First of all our bodies are amazing pieces of machinery and they should be treated with respect. We need to take care of our body inside and out. We only get one. We need to teach out children to:
Eat Healthy– We should our children not to diet, but to have a healthy diet. Fresh fruits and vegetables, grass fed meats and eggs, fish, raw dairy products (for examples). We should not raise them on packaged, processed or “fast” food with little to no nutritional values. We influence their diet from the beginning. You can train them to eat (and even like) fruits and vegetables. (If you need help French Kids Eat Everything by Karen Le Billion is a great place to start)
To Exercise (our bodies and our brains)- Exercise comes in so many shapes and forms and in our fast paced society where we expect little minds and bodies to sit still for way too long our children desperately need all the movement that can get. Sports and activities are great, but just running, jumping or spinning around the backyard, or the park or in the woods is just as great. And don’t forget to exercise their little minds with books and puzzles and toys that teach them how to take things apart and put them back together. Crafts, blocks, lego’s, our choices these days are endless. Play with them and put the phones and tablets and computers to sleep. You would be amazed at how great you feel afterwards.
To limit exposing our body to unnecessary toxins– The world is filled with toxins, everywhere. In our water, our food, our medicines, our clothes and body care products, and household cleaners, not to mention what’s floating around in the atmosphere. Teach them to be conscious about the toxins they can control. Start reading the labels of everything you use. Look up some of the ingredients, this is an especially great science activity for children a little older. When you figure out what’s in your products decided if you really want to use those chemicals in your home and see if there are more natural alternatives (I guarantee there are.)
We need to teach them to be able to name their bodies. Not with nicknames, but by using the names of their actual body parts. Then we need to teach them what their body parts do and how they work together to make the wonderful sophisticated machine that is us.
We should teach them to love their bodies and not bend to societal standards of what our bodies should look like. Bodies are not one size fits all. Bodies come in all shapes and sizes and there isn’t one perfect body type, except for a healthy body.
In the words of Jim Rohn “Take care of your body, it’s the only place you have to live in.”