Thursday, October 1, 2015

9 Fun Ways to Use Halloween Candy from Aquafresh® Toothpaste

The older I get, the more I have come to love Halloween by seeing it through the eyes of my children. The parties, costumes, pumpkin-carving, crafts, and CANDY have made it second to only Christmas (and maybe Easter) in our house.  And, while I love their little footprint ghosts and ADORE our Halloween Countdown Tree traditions, I know that the highlight of the holiday for them is the mounds and mounds of candy.  With five kids, we get A LOT of candy.  Last year, our sweet neighbors even insisted on handing over bags of treats to our 3-month-old! (Her brothers didn't mind helping her out with that!).

Over the years, we've come up with ways to enjoy our candy AND protect our teeth from the sugary acid that comes with it:
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  1. Eat it! - There's nothing wrong with sugar in moderation and enjoying all that hard-earned trick-or-treating treasure (or just sneaking some of your kids' stash).  In our house, we allow the kids to enjoy a few of their favorites that night and then they can pick a piece each morning to put in their lunch boxes. The kids love spreading it out this way and we don't have to argue about when and if they can have more candy. I want to help them learn to enjoy the treats they love while also establishing good health and hygiene habits, like brushing those pearly whites each night before bed!
  2. Trade it! - Some parents choose to have their kids trade their candy for another prize like a toy, book, or experience.  This works especially well for children with allergies who may feel left out when half of their loot contains peanut products or other ingredients that they can't have.  I've even seen kids who leave their candy out for the Tooth Fairy who picks it up and leaves a present behind instead.
 3. Save it! - Freezing allows most candy to be saved for at least a year. Then, it can be used for holidays and other activities throughout the year.
 4. Experiment with it! - My kids absolutely love these candy science experiments featuring their favorite goodies.  Find out which candies sink or float, make letters float, or watch sour candies fizz. The kids will even enjoy creating their own candy experiments.

5. Learn with it! - Kids will have fun sorting, counting, and graphing with these hands-on Candy Math activities.
6. Bake with it! - The holidays offer the perfect opportunities for yummy desserts that can be shared with lots of people.  We love to bake cookies using a mix of all our favorite candy bars, except for the Snickers! Those get saved for this amazing Snickers Trifle dessert that is always a hit at our holiday gatherings.
7. Craft with it! - Use that frozen, leftover candy for candy trains,birthday candy wreaths, or whip up your own candy paints to keep your little artist busy! 

8. Donate it! - Send the wrapped candy in your Operation Christmas Child Shoe boxes or to Operation Gratitude. Make sure you check with your organization to see what restrictions they may have.
9. Gift it! - Last year, we used the part of our leftover Halloween candy to fill these fun Turkey Candy Cans for the boys' teachers. The teachers loved them and the boys loved making them!

No matter how you choose to enjoy your candy this year, you can protect your teeth from sugar acid by brushing twice a day with  Aquafresh® Cavity Protection Toothpaste. Aquafresh® toothpaste helps protect tooth enamel from damage caused by sugar acids and also helps protect your teeth against cavities. The whole family can benefit from brushing twice a day, especially after a day spent enjoying holiday treats!

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

L for Lightning - Letter Craft for Kids

This letter craft was so much fun to make and went perfectly with our Weather Theme. Having a visual makes it easier for the kids to remember the sound that a letter makes and gives them an example of something tat starts with that letter.  This was easy to make using simple art supplies that we always have on hand.

Monday, August 17, 2015

K is for Kite - Letter Craft for Kids

Crafting is one of our favorite ways to learn letters. The kids enjoy the art projects and it's a great way to help them remember the letter sounds and create a visual for the letter.

As part of our Weather Theme, we focused on the letters 'L' and 'K'.  I just loved how our "K is for Kite" craft turned out.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Transportation Crafts and Activities for Kids

I'm joining in with some talented blogging friends this year for a Share-It Saturday series.  Each week, we'll be bringing you collections of our favorite crafts and activities from our favorite bloggers.

The past two weeks at Daycare have been devoted to our Transportation Theme.  In addition to reading lots of Transportation Books, we have been crafting and learning with cars, planes, boats, and trains.  Here are some of our favorite Transportation crafts and activities. Be sure to save this page and check back as we add more of our transportation activities.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Bubble Wrap Transportation Painting

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We've been focusing on a Transportation Theme this week in Daycare and I just had to share this fun process painting that we did. The kids loved this activity because it combined their favorite things: cars and bubble wrap. My little ones especially got into the different sensory experiences in this activity. Best of all, it used lots of materials we already had on hand!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Soap Cloud Painting - Pop! Squirt! Splash! Book Launch

This sensory experience was a hit with all of my kids - from the 2 year old all the way up to my 9-year-old. I love it because it only requires a few simple ingredients that I already had in the house and it kept them all busy for almost an hour! Even preparing the activity is exciting and engaging for the kids.

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In the past few years, I've had the pleasure of surrounding myself with incredibly talented and creative bloggers that have inspired me to try new things and achieve some new goals. One of those life bucket-list goals is a brand new book that I had the honor of writing with 12 other kid bloggers. POP! SQUIRT! SPLASH! is a gorgeous collection of hands-on activities including liquid soap, bars of soap, water, and bubbles!  The kids will love these simple and creative activities!

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About the Book Pop! Squirt! Splash! - From the Back Cover

Simply using soap, water, and bubbles as materials, this book offers irresistible things to make and do with kids. From soap foam paints to floating soap boats, water math games, sensory soups, homemade bubble wands, and more, this book shares budget-friendly projects that the entire family will enjoy. Featuring step-by-step instructions and vibrant photographs, Pop! Squirt! Splash! is a must-have addition to every young family's bookshelf.

Highlights of Pop! Squirt! Splash!

  • Each activity has a detailed materials list and step-by-step instructions
  • Each activity also has a tips and variations section with ideas on how to extend the activity or modify it to fit your child's interests and needs. There's a minimum of two tips per activity!
  • All activities are kid tested and kid approved!
  • Three full color photographs per activity
  • New, fun ideas never before published on the authors' blogs

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Lego Races - Water Fun for Kids

While planning my son's Lego party, I came up with this water race using some PVC pipe that we scored for free from our local library. For the record, having a lot of kids means that people love to give us stuff. "Don't know what to do with something? Give it to Tina! She has a bunch of kids!". In any case, we love it and I generally do find something to do with it (whatever it is)!
Lego Races - Water Fun for Kids - would be great for a Lego party!!