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101 Things To Do This Summer

Are your kids going to be home for the summer? Need some ideas to keep them entertained?

Here are 101!

Snack Necklace

Great craft for children of all ages!

Displaying and Storing Children’s Artwork

Frames

You can frame a collage of your children’s artwork

You can select one piece and frame it with matting

You can use empty frames with corkboard, clips or clothespins to change out the artwork. Depending on your style you can use all the same frames or mix and match. You could also paint the frames to make your décor.

Homemade Bird Feeders

Supplies:

  • Toilet paper roll
  • Peanut butter
  • Birdseed
  • Paper plate
  • Hole punch
  • String

Instructions:

  • Cut two holes in the top of a toilet paper roll. Insert and tie string in the holes.
  • Spread peanut butter on the outside of the toilet paper roll.
  • Pour a thin layer of bird seed onto the paper plate. Roll the toilet paper roll in the birdseed.

Nature Pals

This is the craft that I enjoyed the most. I really liked being creative making accessories for the little people and seeing them come to life. My 3 year old loves playing with them.

Supplies

  • Sticks and Twigs
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Flat stones
  • Markers
  • Small objects from nature-bark, pinecones, pine needles, pieces of bark, acorns and leaves

Instructions

New childcare facility opens in Bluffton

A former preschool teacher and nanny have recently opened a new childcare facility in Bluffton, and they are taking applications for new families. T'Lene Sanders and her daughter, Sarah Sanders, opened Little Sprouts Christian Childcare Center located in Sheridan Commons near Jim 'N Nicks Barbecue.

Lowcountry Child crafts

Is your precious little one not being, ahem, precious? Need a moment to clear your thoughts, decompress or grab a quick bite to eat? Lowcountry Child is here to save your day or at least buy you enough time to save your sanity! Click here for some time-saving, downloadable coloring pages and thought-provoking games brought to you exclusively from Lowcountry Child.

5 Tips for Creating a Good (Healthy) Eater

Parents are riddled with tips on how to feed their kids. At the base of these suggestions is the specter of the obesity epidemic. It can be easy to believe that a diet of anything other than organically grown, trans-fat-free, gluten-extracted vegetables served with lactose-stripped, vitamin-enhanced-soy-whey will lead to 30-year-old offspring that bankrupt the healthcare system, while being too fat to leave our basements. So, when my 2 year-old screamed “McDonalds!” upon spying the golden arches during a recent car trip, I was understandably panicked.

Ways to entertain children at every stage

What do you do when toys or DVDs don't entertain your baby, toddler or preschooler? You asked. We answered.

Let’s face it. We’re not all super parents. You know, the ones who can make a smiley face mask with a page from an old magazine and a piece of hair? Well, maybe they're not exactly like that, but there always seems to be that special parent who can entertain a child for hours without breaking a sweat (or their partner’s neck at the end of the day). I am not one of those parents. After playing with my son, Cole, for half an hour, I start to wonder, "What now?" 

The insider's guide to essential baby registry items

As much fun as it is to point that registry gun at your favorite store, how do you know you're selecting the items you'll really need and use? For first-time moms or for those who have been out of the game for awhile, it’s important to seek guidance from other moms to discover which tools of the trade are the most important. As I’ve learned from trial and error, there is no right or wrong when it comes to baby items but some just work better than others. And there are those must-needed items that no mom should be without.