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Inspiring Creativity at Home: Dimensional Art

Are you struggling to come up with fun, inspiring activities for your kiddos this summer break? Becky, from our iFamilyKC Mom Squad team shares a great dimensional art project that you can do with your kids at home this week. Take a look…

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Craft:  Dimensional Art dimensional art

Time: Approximately 30 minutes

What you’ll need:

  • Large sheet of paper
  • Strips of construction paper (variety of colors)
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Wax Paper

What they’ll need to do:

Pour a shallow pool of glue on the wax paper.

After selecting their favorite colors of construction paper, have kids measure .5” strips with the ruler and pencil then cut the strips.

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Form the strips of paper into shapes like circles, petals and hearts.

Dip the edges of the shapes into the glue and stick on the large paper.

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Continue to add strips in different shapes and colors.

dimensional art

For curly strips, wrap one strip of colored paper at a time around the pencil to curl it.

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Why I like this craft:

This isn’t just a good craft to flex little ones’ creative muscle, but with all the measuring and cutting, their motor skills get a great workout, too.

Pro Tip:  Center the art work on the right side of the paper, fold and create a very artistic card for grandma or a favorite neighbor.

Becky Ervin is a creative director, mother of three, and blogs at Party Box KC.

From iFamily to Yours,

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Fun & Easy Ways To Encourage Your Kids To Be Active Year Round

Are you looking for fun and easy ways to encourage your kids to be active this summer and beyond?! Brigette, from our iFamilyKC Mom Squad, shares some simple ideas you can use at home (and on the go) to get the kids moving this year. Take a look..

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Ways To Encourage Your Kids To Be Active Year Round

As a parent, you always wonder about your kids. Are they sleeping enough? Eating enough? Playing or laughing enough? It’s a constant cycle of questions that circulate your head space everyday.

When I look at my kids, I see them living a life that I always wanted. Not like a stage mom kinda life, but one full of friends, happiness and healthy habits. I have blogged about my life growing up and how it wasn’t the healthiest and how I wish someone would have guided me down a healthier path as a child instead of an adult. So I strive to make sure that my kids are eating healthy and getting plenty of exercise so ensure that they will live happier and healthier lives as they grow. Try to remember, while you’re encouraging your kids to be active, that they’re not adults and they’re not in boot camp. Making sure that they’re having fun is always the key to keeping them active.

Here are some easy ways to get them moving:

#1 Sports

Obviously this is a no-brainer but sports is not only limited to soccer or basketball – There are many, many other things that your little ones can do. Try putting your kiddo in dance or gymnastics. These activities also require a lot of muscle movement and, of course, they are fun!

#2 Hiking

A simple family outing is my favorite! Enjoying nature and each other’s company not only gets you moving but it also builds that family bond!

#3 Exercise

As a family, my kiddos and I go on jogs in the morning and occasionally they participate in a few fun circuits with me. My kids love going to the gym as well but it can be a little difficult for two of them since the equipment they want to use is so big.

#4 School Yard Games

Games like tag, kickball and all those fun activities are great! They are running, laughing and of course, throwing in a little friendly competition.

#5 Swimming

Swimming is a great way to keep your kids active. For one, they just think they are having fun in the pool (which they are) but they are actually doing forms of resistance training. The pool was my favorite way to exercise during the last few weeks of my pregnancy.

#6 Stairs

Simply taking the stairs when you are at places like the mall or library is an easy way to add a little extra cardio. We live on the 7th floor so we rarely take the stairs at home. But when we visit the library we almost ALWAYS take the stairs. The kids love to see who can get to the top first!

#7 Biking

Riding bikes always seems to be one of the kids favorites! They can ride for hours and not think a thing about it. Again, it is great for muscles and balance as well.

#8 Parks

This is what they are made for! Running, climbing, swinging and all that jazz. Find a great park that “grows with your kid”, meaning they have different levels for different ages is a great way to keep them busy. Don’t forget to bring water and band-aids. There are usually a few scrapes that come  along!

#9 Skating

Ice in the winter and roller all year round! Ice skating takes a lot of muscles to balance yourself. Not to mention you are having fun listening to music too!

I hope these were some easy tips on how  you can keep your kiddos active all year round!

From iFamily to Yours,

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Come on Down to the Pumpkin Fest at KC Pumpkin Patch!

Howdy, Kansas City! Don’t you all just love fall in Kansas City? There is so much to do, we finally start getting a break from the heat, and it looks beautiful around the city! KC Pumpkin Patch has another deal to offer you this weekend (and this weekend only) at their Pumpkin Fest. Visit their Facebook page and get $1 off mining sluice. There are a ton of fun activities for the whole family, including their unforgettable pumpkin patch. So, break in October down at KC Pumpkin Patch. Check it out!

 

Come on Down to the Pumpkin Fest at KC Pumpkin Patch!

 

Come on Down to the Pumpkin Fest at KC Pumpkin Patch!

 

Come on Down to the Pumpkin Fest at KC Pumpkin Patch!
Join Us for
Pumpkin Fest!
at KC Pumpkin Patch
Saturday & Sunday!
October 1-2, 2016
Get $1 OFF Mining Sluice
when you GO to KC Pumpkin Patch Facebook Page
for this exclusive offer HERE!
Valid Weekend Only of 10/01 & 10/02
Must go to KC Pumpkin Patch Facebook Page to redeem offer
Come on Down to the Pumpkin Fest at KC Pumpkin Patch!
KC Pumpkin Patch is full of kid-friendly country-style entertainment just a few miles from Kansas City.
There’s something for everyone from ages two to ninety-two!
Come hungry and “pig out” in the Hog Wild Cafe.
Slide Mountain – Goat Walk – Zip Lines
Jumping Pillow – Gourd Gun
Child Corn Maze,
freshly planted Johnny Appleseed Orchard
& more!
Come on Down to the Pumpkin Fest at KC Pumpkin Patch!
Hours
Monday – Friday: 9am to 3pm
Saturday: 10am to 6pm
Sunday: Noon to 6pm
Be sure to “LIKE” KC Pumpkin Patch
and KC Wine CO on Facebook!

 

From iFamily to Yours,

Your iFamilyKC Team


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