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I love Thanksgiving! It is a great time to be with family and friends, eat delicious food, play games, and be thankful for all of the wonderful blessings in our lives. Here are some great activities to do with your children during the four day Thanksgiving weekend: Turkey Puppet Craft Materials Needed: Brown paper bag Two goggly eyes Red construction paper Orange construction paper Yellow tissue square Pencil Scissors Glue Directions: Use a pencil to draw three feathers on the red construction paper. Use a pencil to draw three feathers...

The article is contributed by Edna Thomson, owner of Shepherds Bush Promp Cleaners and My Little Villagers’ first guest poster. (Thank you for your wonderful advice, Edna!) Kids parties are so fun. Well, for kids. Parents, on the other hand, are faced with the challenge of surviving these parties and keeping their sanity intact at all times. The mess that is created when kids are around is hard to describe. But now the party is over and all you are left with is popped balloons and stains on the tablecloth and on the floor. It’s...

If your kids are anything like mine, they love to draw. Every day, they draw at least six pictures after school. While I do love filling my walls with their masterpieces, a change in art media would be nice for everyone’s sake. My kids have a chalkboard that they hardly ever use, mainly because I find chalk too messy and the kids get frustrated by how easily the chalk breaks, even the very thick ones. I also can’t stand that awful screeching noise the chalk makes on the chalkboard sometimes! Just thinking about it gives...

Watching scary movies can be a lot of fun, but make sure the movies your children are watching are age appropriate or else you may have a little one too scared to fall asleep at night.  I did some research on Common Sense Media to find out which spooky films got the best reviews from parents and which are suitable for certain age groups.  Here they are: Preschoolers (Ages 2 – 4) Barney: Halloween Party Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest Eloise’s Rawther Unusual Halloween It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown Mickey...

Instead of putting your child in “Time Out,” try creating a Calm Down Space for them.  My daughter has ADHD and as many of you parents of special needs children know, our children have a lot of feelings, which can result in a lot of emotional meltdowns. Even if your child doesn’t have special needs, having a calming and comfortable place for them to go to when they are feeling overwhelmed or frustrated is a very good idea. Where should the Calm Down Space be? Decide with your child where their Calm Down Space will...

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