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It's Not a Box, It's Parenting Magic! Box Crafts 1-3
I don't know about you, but I have vivid memories of having a blast playing with empty cardboard boxes when I was a kid. Other than the usual riding in a box imagining it was a car, boat or train, I also made a Fourth of July Flinstones-style truck out of several boxes and paint that I "drove" at our town's Independence Day parade, and also turned a giant box from Sam's Club into "My Own Place," in which I had a little bed out of blankets, a cardboard table and curtains that my mom made for me. I'm very happy to see my own toddler now automatically turning to empty cardboard boxes to act out his own imagination games. He got even more into cardboard box play when we got a great picture book from some friends called "Not a Box." I wrote about it in my picture book gift guide! http://www.vingle.net/posts/621669 Playing imaginative games and crafting with cardboard boxes is parenting magic - it's entertaining, encourages creativity, can be done indoors and is cheap! Here are 3 very fun things I found out there online for you and your kids to do with boxes: 1. Cardboard Box Shape Sorter From Parents.com: http://goo.gl/GjLJhI Entertainment plus shape learning all in one! Materials: - 18x18x18-inch box - circle compass - ruler - pencil - cutting mat - X-Acto knife - adhesive contact paper - colored masking tape, hot-glue gun (Although I think these could be whittled down to say, a box cutter, cube box and duct tape) How To: - While box is flat, draw desired shapes on all six sides using a compass and/or ruler and pencil. - Slide cutting mat behind shapes and cut out using an X-Acto knife. - Trace each cutout circle onto contact paper, then use a compass to draw a circle around it that is 1 inch larger in diameter. - Cut out the ring and adhere it to the corresponding circle cutout on the cardboard box. Repeat for other circles. - To outline squares, use strips of colored masking tape. - Use hot-glue gun to seal the box shut on both ends. - Give your child play balls and toys to put through the holes. 2. Dynamic Cardboard Aquarium From MollyMoo: http://goo.gl/rtyWCB I simplified her tutorial - since my goal is to do simple cardboard crafts without a lot of shopping or material-hunting. But you can go to the link to see her full tutorial for a fancier, more durable version. Materials: - Thin, wide box (such as a TV box) - Pencil - Box cutter - Rounded buttons - String or thick thread - Flat thumb tacks or hot glue gun - Your choice for background cover: paint, newspaper, construction paper, tissue paper - it's up to you! - Glue - Styrofoam balls or ovals - Things to decorate the fish - paints, markers, googly eyes, glitter, tissue paper - it's up to you! How To: - Draw lines on the box where you want the opening and cut it out. - Cut slits on the top of the box to act as sliding tracks, openings from which to hang the fish from buttons and string. - With rounded buttons, the child can grip and move their fish up and down the tracks. - Cut circles out of each side to act as viewing portholes and give some detail to the outside of the aquarium. - Paint or glue colored strips of colored paper to the background and outside of the aquarium to create the scene. - Paint the styrofoam for the fish, glue on googly eyes and decorate with your materials. - Loop the thread or string through the buttons and drop the thread through the slits with the button resting on top. - Attach the other end of the thread or string to the fish using a flat thumbtack or hot glue gun. - Enjoy! 3. Tissue Box Dinosaur Feet From A Bird and a Bean: http://goo.gl/41TMM8 Materials: - 2 empty tissue boxes - Either Mod Podge and tissue paper, or paint - Scissors - Duct tape - Sponge - Glue or hot glue gun How To: - Use the duct tape to reduce the size of the opening a little bit and to reinforce the opening as well. - If using paint, then have your child paint the box. Let dry. - If using tissue paper, then cut pieces of colored tissue paper with your child, adhere to the tissue box by covering with Mod Podge and let dry. - Cut triangles out of a sponge or cardboard. - Glue or hot glue triangles to the box. - Stomp around like a dinosaur! Be on the lookout for more awesome cardboard box crafts that I'll be posting in the future! I'll be posting them in my collections, which you can follow here: Indoor Fun with Toddlers: http://www.vingle.net/collections/1631792 Those Crafty Kids! http://www.vingle.net/collections/1520307
Reduce Kid’s Screen Time using Parental Control App
Screen time limit is the burning issue nowadays because it makes people vulnerable to several diseases and online threats. While talking about children, they spend prolonged hours on the internet which hampers their mental and physical growth. And, Parents find a challenging task to separate kids and technology. For this reason, smart parents are shifting towards limit screen time app. Read more: 5 Simple And Effective Parenting Tips To Be A Good Parent Thus, we have come up with the best solutions to combat excessive media hours of your children using parental control software. Useful Tips For Restricting Screen Time And Introducing Child Monitoring App Regulating screen time is a big move for teens, but it can introduce some positive life changes. Let’s find out how? # Control your tech addiction first: Although limit screen time app is designed to restrict a child’s digital movements, it is also an effective tool to reduce your device usage as well. If you are glued to smartphones, your kids will mimic your behavior and make it a habit. So, it is advisable to use a kids tracker app to control your tech addiction # Don't allow gadgets in the bedroom: Make a rule of not using any electronic gadget in the bedroom. It helps kids to rest their minds peacefully and take sufficient sleep. The screen time control app is useful in setting the bedtime, which shuts the running app on the child’s device automatically. # Act smartly: I-gen kids are technospeak. They easily outsmart parents in finding workarounds of accessing cell phones. Thus, parents need to be smarter while applying parental controls for children's safety. # Say ‘No’ to the device during family time: Disallowing the use of smartphones and tablets is not enough. Most kids nowadays are lacking ‘offline entertaining skills.’ Enjoying new activities, experiencing the outside world, sharing mischief with family, etc. helps teens to prevent boredom without triggering arguments or tantrums. # Encourage a kid’s offline hobbies: Reading, dancing, sports or any other fun (without screen) helps kids forget about their device. Boost teen’s morale with your participation and appreciation in tasks they perform. # Limit screen time app is the right choice: Parental control software is far more than simply allowing you to set a screen time limit. You can also use other tools like Panic and SOS alert, App and Call Blockers, Anti-theft, and a few more for the digital security of your child. We recommend: Bit Guardian Parental Control - Secure & Safe Kids - Apps on Google Play How To Introduce Screen Time App Without Tantrums: If your kids have grown up in the screen filled the world, imposing reasonable restrictions can be a challenging task. However, when teens are still young, altering their habits will be more comfortable, and they may accept the new norms quickly. Do not go cold turkey. Gradual reduction of kid’s screen time habits helps them to accept new changes. You have to openly discuss the reasons for introducing kids' safety applications, along with the enticing reward to give up excessive screen time. Make a fair deal with kids and tell them the limit screen time application is not for invading their online privacy, rather it is for their proper growth and development and to keep them safe from digital dangers. Which Child Tracker App Should Parents Prefer? Bit Guardian Parental Control is one of the most trusted screen time control apps by users. It monitors and controls a kid’s digital movements. Unique tools of this kid safety software safeguard children from several risks. #Time Schedule: Used to define curfew hours on app usage on teen’s device. #App Install Blocker: It prevents children from downloading new apps. #Kiosk Mode: A powerful tool that offers indirect access to a child’s mobile to parents. #GPS: It provides relief to parents when teens obtain driver's licenses as it follows their whereabouts. The additional feature of Speed Limit keeps and shares a record to parents if teens breach the preset driving speed. Install one of the best child monitoring apps - Bit Guardian Parental Control that provides cushion to parents about a child's online safety. Get this application on your device today and experience the benefits!
DIY: Turn a Box Into a Play Stove!
Become your child's hero when you turn a cardbox box, some old CDs and a few odds and ends into this awesome play stove! Here's how to do it, courtesy of Parents magazine via Craigslist Dad: Materials: - 12x12x22-inch box (approximately) - X-Acto knife, cutting mat, thick rope - 3 brads - 3 Play-Doh lids - 3 plastic caps - 4 CDs - 20×12-inch piece of cardboard, scissors - 3 adhesive-backed kitchen hooks - Hot glue gun - You can find pretty cheap play utensils at IKEA or any toy store, or even make those out of cardboard, too! The point is to have fun with it - so if you're missing any of this stuff, just improvise with what you have lying around! Let your child help out with some recycling suggestions. How To: - Position flat box so flaps will be at right and left sides. - Use an X-Acto knife and cutting mat to cut an oven door, as shown. - Cut two 1-inch holes, about 6 inches apart, on oven door for handle; thread a thick rope through and knot in back to secure. - Push a brad through the center of each plastic Play-Doh lid and use to secure to the front of the stove for controls above the oven door. - Hot-glue a plastic cap over each brad. - Assemble box and hot-glue flaps shut. - Glue the four CDs to the top of the box for burners. - Bend the right and left 4 inches of the 20×12-inch cardboard piece at right angles to create a backsplash about 12×12 inches. - Trim bent side sections into triangular shapes, keeping the full width at the base. - Round off the top of the middle section with scissors and hot-glue to back of stove, as shown. - Adhere plastic kitchen hooks to backsplash to hold play utensils.