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Archive for June, 2009

Jun
12

Family Friendly Movies – Parents Movie Reviews

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Have you thought you were taking your children to see a family friendly movie only to run screaming from the theater? Or maybe you would love to recommend a movie you and your family really loved? Well this is the place to post your comments.  With parents sharing their movie reviews, we can build a family friendly movie guide you can use prior to heading to the theater, to BlockBuster or Netflix.

To make it easier for other parents to find your recommendations please structure your comments IN THE ORDER LISTED BELOW:

  • title of movie
  • age range of children movie is intended for
  • rating of movie
  • your comments

Look in our Resources For Families posting for places to post your comments regarding children’s books, DVD’s, games, toys …

Now for the legal stuff: While Sitters Unlimited of Orange County, CA & San Diego County, CA enjoys providing a way for parents to share their views we are not providing specific recommendations or endorsements for any of the movies listed here.

Jun
10

Family Travel Games

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Getting to your family vacation place can be half the fun with the help of a few family travel games for kids and kids travel activities, which keeps the kids from asking, “are we there yet”?

Where Do You Hear It?

One person makes a sound and the rest of the family tries to guess where that sound would take place. For example, the sound of a cow mooing could either be a farm or a barn.

Alphabet Game

Starting with “A” the first person has to see a sign, a license plate, a car logo … and state where they saw it. Then the game moves to the letter “B” and so on until you’ve reached “Z”.

Tip: Playing as a team can help smooth over a quarrelsome mood as each player who identifies a letter helps the team move forward.

Travel Scavenger Hunt

Each person writes down a list of items that they think will be seen on this leg of the trip. You could include a particlar color of car, a license plate from a certain state, landmarks, fast food places or animals. Each person passes their list to the right. You can work on the lists individually or in teams. If one or more persons cannot read then they would team up with someone who can read.

Spelling Game

Someone starts out by saying a letter such as “B”. The next person thinks of a word that starts with a “B” and adds a “A”, as in “bat”. The next person has to think of a word that contains both the letters “B” and “A”, and might decide to add a “C” as in “back”. Each player must have a word in mind, because another player can challenge you at any time if they don’t think there is such a word. If a player is challenged and they don’t have a word in mind or their word is nonsense, they’re out of the game. Tip: We like to play this game with a dictionary on hand.

License Plate Game

Write down every different state license plate that passes you on the road. Decide on a goal, depending on how long your trip is. For instance, if you’re going to be on the road for an hour, your goal might be 8, but if you’re making a longer trip you may want to make 20 different plates you goal. The first person to hit the goal wins.

Jun
09

Use Paint Swatches to Make Bookmark, Notecard, Postcard …

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Make sure to hang onto all your paint swatches after your next decorating project. You can use them in so many ways.

Use a stamp, stickers, markers, calligraphy or decoupage to decorate the swatch. Depending on the shape and size of the swatch you can make your own bookmark, a small notebook cover, small memory book cover, make a postcard, make invitation cards, make a notecard …

Jun
08

Top 100 Children’s Books Reviewed By Parents

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Many of you have childrens books that are a staple of your story-time, or maybe a book that you fondly remember. This is the place for parents to post your childrens books reviews and comments. If a book is a rare children’s book please mention it also. Maybe we can even come up with a list of top 100 children’s books.

To make it easier for other parents to find your childrens book reviews please structure your review IN THE ORDER LISTED BELOW:

  • age range of children book is intended for
  • title of book
  • your comments

Now for the legal stuff: While Sitters Unlimited of Orange County, CA & San Diego County, CA enjoys providing a way for parents to share their views we are not providing specific recommendations or endorsements for any of the books listed here.

Jun
07

Crafts for Kids: Bread Art

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This is a cool craft for kids using stale bread!
Materials:

  • white bread
  • food coloring
  • 1 drinking cup for each color
  • milk
  • new or very clean paintbrush
  • toaster

Pour a small amount of milk into each cup. Add a few drops of food coloring to the cups (a different color in each cup).

Using a paintbrush, paint designs or pictures onto the bread. Don’t soak the bread. Use just enough “paint” for the picture to show. Now toast the bread for edible art!

Jun
05

Eco-Consious Party – Save Money, Save Time, Be Green

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Save money, save time, be eco-consious at your next party. Irish Attic has posted an excellent article on how to use common household items in place of a cooler for your next party. Check it out.

Jun
04

Crafts for Kids: Secret Pictures

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This cool craft for kids uses recycled items so it’s practically free! Secret Pictures are a fun activity for one child or a children party activities.

With the stub of a white candle or a white crayon, draw a picture, pressing hard. Your picture will be invisible until you paint over it with a watercolor wash.

Put a few drops of water on your chosen watercolor palette. While the paint is getting soft, use your brush and clean water to stroke across your paper to make it completely wet. Be careful not to scrub the paper.

Load your paintbrush with color and, starting at the top, stroke from one edge of the paper across to the other, all the way. Continue loading and stroking until the whole paper is covered with paint.

Look at your drawing now. Was it a success? Did you press hard enough with the crayon or wax to make the lines show through the paint? Was your paint dark enough so that the lines were clearly visible?

A fun way to do Secret Pictures as a children party activities is to have each child draw the secret picture, then each child passes their picture to the person to their right who discovers the secret while applying the color wash.

Jun
03

Childrens Party Activity – Glimmer Paints

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This is a great childrens party activity. The kids can make the paint and then use it for a childrens craft project. This is a puffy, glossy paint that sparkles when dry. You can make it with things that you already have in your kitchen. That’s right, no trip to Michaels Arts and Craft Store needed!

Materials:

  • ½ cup salt
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup water
  • food coloring

Mix salt, flour, and water. The mixture should be about the consistency of pudding. Add food coloring until the desired shade is reached, then use a funnel to transfer the paint to a squeeze bottle. You can also transfer the paints to ziplock bags, then snip off one tiny corner of each bag,

Use these paints on heavy paper or cardboard (cut a paper bag apart into one big sheet or use a discarded cardboard box) and allow paintings to air-dry overnight.

Store leftover paints in the refrigerator in airtight containers for up to three days; stir or shake before using.

Note: I’ve used these paints up to two weeks after making them, but no guarantees (: