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Even if there are some people who do not look forward to their birthday, children always do. You can make your child’s birthday even more special while getting a bit of a cost break if their birthday celebration happens at a restaurant that recognizes their special day. Chuck E. Cheese’s is one of the most widely recognized restaurants that can make the birthday child feel special. Not only do they get free pizza, but also a crown and gifts. Free game tokens for your child and friends and Chuck E. Cheese himself sings Happy Birthday.

Joining a birthday club is a great way to make sure your child has a great birthday experience. The Baskin Robbins birthday club offers a free cone on the big day, and a discount on an ice cream cake for a celebration at home. The Burger King Crown club offers a free kids hamburger meal and offers online games, crafts and activities.

The California Pizza Kitchen Kids’ Birthday Club provides a free kid’s meal that is available for their entire birth month. Some restaurants offer free food and gifts to adults as well as children. If you are a member of the Red Robin e-club, you will get a free hamburger on your birthday, and a gift just for signing up.

These are some of the most recognized restaurants with free meal deals for kids and adults on their birthday. There are likely some local restaurants that want to recognize the birthday of their clients with a free meal and possibly a song. If you plan to take your child to their favorite restaurant for their birthday celebration, call the restaurant ahead of time and arrange for a birthday cake (or cupcake) with candles, accompanied by someone singing Happy Birthday.

How To Make a Chore Chart for Kids

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Some of the most important skills and assets concerning contribution and time management were ones that I acquired through my mother’s chore chart. In fact, I use the same techniques today to manage work and life flow. Below are some tips on how to make a chore chart for kids.

1. Make a list of chores. The list will vary, according to your kids’ ages. My mother included every detail of the day, including the estimated time each task might take. For younger children, below are some items that could be on the list:

• Personal hygiene
• Clean up after yourself (bathroom, kitchen, living room)
• Pick up your toys
• Do your homework
• Wipe the dishes

Include the items that you are responsible for, such as:

• Preparing breakfast
• Sweeping kitchen floor
• Prepare packed lunches

I used to keep a notepad handy to record items each day to add to the list. I also put daily items in one column and weekly chores in a separate column.

2. Have a meeting. When I did my list, I explained that I was making a list of things to do each day, to make life easier. Ensure that they understand what is happening by having a good visual to show, either on a blackboard, whiteboard or large piece of paper.

3. Involve the children. I used photos of chores being done by children. Use bright markers on a large white cardboard or a cork board to pin on items. Ask the kids which chores they would like to do from the list, and add others they suggest.

For personal items, I had printable sheets for the kids to mark off each day. The household chores were on a white board with erasable markers for the kids to check off. This provided very visible reminders.

4. Develop an allowance system. For larger jobs, like cleaning up after animals or washing a car, I found it more it motivating to instill a paid system. My mother had a merit and demerit system. Demerits were given when jobs were not done properly or on time. This made us accountable for our time and actions. I also got extra credit for doing more.

5. Be realistic in your expectations. Ensure that your kids really know how to do the chore they are assigned. Train them well enough so that they feel good about performing the task. I always made it possible for the kids to ask questions. Don’t assume that they know how to do everything. Part of this whole process is teaching them how to be self-reliant.

Review – Crayola Outdoor Colored Bubbles

Crayola Outdoor Colored Bubbles

One of the things that my children love to use is bubbles. When we saw the Crayola Colored Bubbles, we had to try them. Although they bring some brightness and variety to playing outside, there are some things that I did not like about the product.

My children loved seeing the different colors that they could make while blowing bubbles. Some of the colors that we got were pink, blue and green. There are other colors available and the price is affordable for a Crayola product. We have been able to find the bubbles at most of the local retail stores in our city. They are easy to use, and they don’t spill as much as other bubbles that we have tried. One of the things that my children liked about the bubbles was that they seemed bigger than other bubbles that they have played with. They also seem to hold together longer than average bubbles. This is where the good things about Crayola Colored Bubbles end.

I was disappointed that my kids could not play with the bubbles inside on a rainy day. We tried blowing them inside the living room, but a colored spot was left everywhere the bubbles popped. Another concern is that the bubbles can stain clothes. It is best to wear older clothes when you play with them unless you want to wash clothes more than one tome to get the colors out.

The bubbles also left stains on hands if the bubbles popped while blowing them. The durability and quality of the product is great, but Crayola needs to find a way to keep the bubbles from staining items that children and adults use.

Easy Bake Ultimate Oven Toy Review

Easy Bake Ultimate Oven Toy Review

A lot of parents (including me!) are extremely nostalgic about the Easy Bake Oven. It’s extremely easy to see why, it was one of the best toys you could have owned back when you was a kid. Countless hours were spent learning some real world application about baking on a safe, fun and easy toy. The cakes and cookies that you cooked were delicious as well. Does the current version, the easy bake ultimate oven, live up to these expectations?

There is one issue that is readily apparent the moment you open the box. The mixes they give you are quite microscopic. The amount of food they make is so small it’s not even a single bite. We come to expect an easy bake oven not to be economical about food portions, but it’s quite ridiculous how little you get for your money. That’s not why children play with it though; it’s for the fun involved in cooking so this can be overlooked.

The toy has been relatively unchanged in many years. The biggest change has been style and getting rid of the light bulb. The light bulb in the easy bake oven has been the source of many problems for years, the new system removes it altogether. This means no more replacing the defective light bulb and no more scary stories about what the light bulb can do.

Features:

*No More Light bulb
*Recipe Booklet Included
*Larger Cooking Chamber

Overall it’s a terrific purchase. The Easy Bake Ultimate Oven is just as fun as you remember when you was a child. The portions seem to have gotten smaller since back when you was a child, but not a huge deal. The removal of the light bulb is a delightful addition as well as the wonderfully fun recipe book. There is even a larger cooking chamber so you can cook bigger or more items at a time. Your children as sure to have a good time with this toy, maybe even just as much as you used to when you was a child.

kids car games

One of the primary problems with traveling with children is that they are easily bored, and bored children will find creative ways to be annoying and distracting to us adults. Even really good and well behaved children can become aggressively bothersome when they have nothing to do. Within the confines of a moving car this tendency can be a serious problem. One good way to avoid the hassle is to have several games and activities ready to engage the kids’ minds while the wheels turn.

Education is a wonderful thing, but most kids don’t want to play games that test their knowledge of geography or civics. They do like to show off other sorts of observational skills, however. A game my parents used back in the day before iPods and such was called “Backwards”. To play backwards the person whose turn it is chooses a word and writes it secretly on a piece of paper. Then he or she says the first letter of the word and everyone gets the chance to name the word. Once everyone has had a chance, the player who is ‘it’ says the second letter, and so forth until the word is found. The person who says the word first gets to be the next ‘it’.

The alphabet game is a tried and true favorite as well. In the alphabet game each person tries to find words that begin with each letter of the alphabet on the road signs or vehicles that are passed. Each person calls out the name of the letter he or she has found along with the word that begins with that letter. For instance Johnny would call out, “A – Albany, B branch, C – City,” and so forth. The first to reach Z wins. Playing the alphabet in reverse is an interesting variation of the same game.

A third game is the called Tag. In this game each child tries to find a particular make and model of automobile or truck amongst the vehicles passing. The person designated as the first ‘it’ gets to name the vehicle to look for and the one who spots it gets to name the next make and model target.

Keeping the kids’ minds engaged on a road trip can take a lot of the stress off everyone in the car. It is also a lot of fun to play games with them.

Kitchen Clean Up Games for Kids

Children can be motivated to clean up is they think that they are actually playing a game. A fun clean up game is teaching children to play, “Mother May I”. Children are to stay seated and can only move when it is there turn to ask mother a wish. They can say, “mother can I get an ice cream cone?” Mother would answer, “No”. They can ask, “mother can I take my dishes to the sink?” Mother would answer, “Yes.” This is a simple game that has no restrictions on what the kids can ask only on what Mother says they can.

The kitchen would soon be cleaned up if the kids are wise or it might take some time for the kids to catch on to the game. The only rule that must be made at the onset of the game is that the kids are not to leave the kitchen until Mother says so.

A simple kitchen clean up game is to allow little boys and girls to play house in the kitchen. The mother or father of the house must set his or her kitchen in order before the game of house can start or as part of the game of playing house. Many children have to learn how to use a dishwasher without breaking dishes. It is wise to let kids play house in the kitchen only when plastic, dishwasher proof dishes are out.

Playing house in the kitchen can involve both boys and girls. The game is to keep the house clean in order to play out the roles of the home makers. Playing house in the kitchen means that the kids have already had experience in playing house with kid appliances in kid’s play rooms. Otherwise, the real mother or father of the house might have to stick around to supervise the kids playing house.

How Young is Too Young for an iPad?

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Just because a toddler is able to operate and play games on the Apple iPad, doesn’t mean that they should. Many toddlers of just age two are successfully able to use the iPad tablet. When many children see their parents using one, they want to be able to try it as well. It’s something new, fun, and exciting for them to learn. Because the iPad is so easy to use, it makes is simpler for small children to operate. With the many different applications, there are plenty of games for children of all ages to play, some even available for free. Once parents introduce their children to games, it becomes addicting and they may start asking to play on it all the time. Some parents have even went so far as to buy their toddlers their very own iPads.

Along with the iPad, comes safety risks for children. It is said that the iPad can actually be bad for small children’s brains, similar to how television, video games, computers, and cell phones are also not healthy for developing brains. If you sit you child down in front of the tablet for hours at a time, of course it can be bad for them. However, when monitored correctly and given a select period of time per day to play with the iPad, it can actually be very educational. Recent studies have actually shown that children from ages three to seven picked up on how to use the iPad in just minutes, opening applications and jumping right into game play. This was done much faster than studies have shown children to operate laptops and desktop computers. Not only can prolonged use of the iPad be harmful to developing brains, but there are also safety concerns for the tablet itself. They can be quite expensive, and if not handled correctly, it could potentially break. When children are given one, it puts the product at a greater risk of being dropped, having something spilled on it, and other common accidents. If you are going to be letting your child play with the iPad, it is very important that they are constantly monitored.

Years ago, children grew up in households that did not have tablets or other electronics. Play time was done through toys and running around outside. While many children love the opportunity to play on the tablet, it is still important that they receive play time away from the electronics. While the educational games on the iPad can provide a good learning experience for your child, it is also necessary that they receive the proper amount of physical activity and social interaction.

5 Awesome iPad Apps for Toddlers

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As computers have become more commonplace, people are finding the benefits of having children learn to use them at a young age. It can improve hand eye coordination, get kids comfortable with working on PCs and there are even a variety of games geared towards learning.

To this end, many developers have begun writing iPad apps designed for younger children and toddlers. Because iPads use touch screens, they are easy for toddlers to use, and they are more interactive. For people interested in helping their children learn and play using an iPad, here are five of the best apps:

Moo, Baa La La La! ($3.99)
This app is an interactive book that comes with a variety of sound effects and animations, and the story is read aloud. Additionally, there is a slew of interactive features that allow children to do things like turn night into day by touching a moon or helping a stagehand raise a curtain for some dancing pigs. This app will impart the joy and discovery of reading to children while helping them improve hand eye coordination.

Interactive Alphabet – ABC Flash Cards ($2.99)
If parents are looking to give their children a head start, this is an excellent app. It teaches children to identify letters while animations and sound effects help make the alphabet memorable. Upper and lowercase letters are used, and phonic sounds are emphasized to aid the transition to reading.

The Grouchies (Free)
This app is an excellent tool for teaching children to understand how their tantrums and bad moods can affect their friends and family. Developed by the American Psychological Association, The Grouchies is designed to help children understand where their bad moods come from and how to deal with them, and it uses fun rhyming and pictures to make it kid friendly.

Kid Art ($.99)
This is an app with a creative focus that lets children draw to their hearts content. It comes with a variety of backgrounds to start from, along with different themes. Included in the app are stickers and a variety of colors that children can use to draw and decorate images with. This will help develop hand eye coordination while being entertaining and far less messy than crayons and markers.

Fish School
($1.99)
This is an all in one learning app that includes letters, numbers, colors and matching, just to name a few. The app is filled with games and activities, so even if children become bored with alphabet games, they can simply move on to another game. Fish School is a well rounded app that turns learning into play time.

car seat safety

Statistics of Improper Car Seat Usage

The reports of deaths of children who are not restrained by proper car seats and seat belts are astonishing. A child can be ejected through a car window with a force up to 60 times their weight. This can happen to a child at car speeds of a mere 30 miles an hour. For an infant, the experience is like falling from the fourth floor of a four floor building. Improperly restrained children may also be detrimental to the driver or other passengers within the vehicle. Unrestrained children could distract the driver, resulting in an accident. The accident may result in the injury or death of the driver and other passengers.

Car Seat Selection

A properly fitting car seat is the most essential part of ensuring your child’s safety while they are passengers in an automobile. The process of selecting a car seat may be confusing. There are so many styles to choose from. However, the important thing to consider when selecting a car seat is that it is appropriate to the child’s size and weight. If the car seat does not fit the child’s body frame, chances are it will not provide maximum security for the child in the event of an accident. Ensure the selection of the car seat is compatible with the model and make of the transport vehicle.

Car Seat Safety Awareness Campaign

There is a new safety campaign in several states’ DMV departments that targets the approach to improve children’s car safety. Motor vehicle safety departments are educating parents with a “Child Safety Awareness” program. The safety campaign includes laws that have been implemented for car seat safety. Parents that do not comply with the car seat safety regulations will be ticketed and fined.

Most hospitals refuse to release new born babies to parents that have failed to comply with proper car seat safety. The seatbelt regulations have greatly reduced the number of fatalities and injuries to children involved in car accidents. As part of the campaign in one community, 300 car seats are to be given to parents who will have a baby within the next 12 months. This promotion is meant to draw attention to proper child safety seat use.

Campaign Safety Procedures

Child safety procedures are imperative for the the safety a child. Ensure installation procedures are followed by the manufacture’s instructions. Children should be properly secured in a vehicle on every excursion. It could be that “quick trip” to the market that results in devastation. A car seat that is rear-faced should never be placed in the front of vehicles with airbags. All children up to and including eleven year olds must utilize a child safety seat.

Parents set examples for their children’s future. Parents who buckle up on each excursion show their children they should also do the same.

How to Make Your Own DIY Crayons

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Any family with small children knows that crayons and a coloring book are a staple on any playroom shelf. Unfortunately, moms know that overtime a fresh box of crayons wears down into broken nubs. Rather than throw those broken crayons away, gather the kids for a fun, eco-friendly craft project.

This make your own crayons project is a simple way to turn trash into treasure. Saving all those used crayons from the trash bin provides parents the perfect opportunity to include a lesson about recycling with afternoon playtime.

To make your own recycled crayons, you will need to gather together all of the broken crayons, a muffin tin and some cooking spray. Have the kids peel paper from the broken crayons and break any large pieces into smaller chunks about one inch long. Shorter pieces are fine, but longer pieces may not melt evenly in the oven.

While the kids prepare the crayons, preheat the oven to 150 degrees. Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray. Place between five to seven crayons into each of the muffin cups. Place the crayons into the oven. Cook between 10 and 15 minutes until the crayons are completely melted. Remove from the oven and allow the crayons to cool completely. Run a butter knife around the edges of the muffin cups to loosen the cooled crayons. Pop them out and color to your heart’s content.

This homemade crayon project can be completed in less than an hour, making it an ideal activity for a rainy afternoon. Best of all, it leaves the kids plenty of room to get creative. Keep it traditional by combining like colors together in the muffin tins, or allow the kids to make crazy, multi-colored crayons. Have kids combine pieces of all their favorite colors into one muffin tin in order to make one super, multi-colored crayon. Consider making rainbow crayons with small bits of every color combined in a muffin tin. You could also make primary colored crayons, combining yellow, red and blue pieces into a single cup. Color combinations are only limited by the child’s imagination and the broken crayons available.

Muffin tins produce a round, thick crayon perfect for coloring backgrounds and other large areas. A quick trip to the to craft store can help you uncover supplies to create recycled crayons in other shapes. Look in the baking aisles for cupcake tins or baking molds in a variety of shapes. Any kind of mold with a closed bottom will work for this project. Just be sure the molds are oven-safe before purchasing. Spray down the tins and molds with cooking spray, fill with broken crayon bits and bake according to the directions listed above.