10 Halloween Fun Activities to do with Your Preschooler

Halloween Fun Activities

Before your little ones go out trick-or-treating this Halloween, plan some fun activities to pass the time. Preschoolers are great to plan such activities, as you don’t have to do anything too complicated. All you need is some fun ideas that celebrate the spirit of this awesome holiday.

There are quite a few activities that you and your child can do to make Halloween a more wonderful experience. Listed below are 10 awesome Halloween activities that preschoolers will love:

  1. Make ghoulish finger puppets with felt, glue and paint.

  2. scary cardboard monsters

  3. Get old cardboard tubes from toilet rolls, etc. and scraps of felt, glue, scissors and googly eyes (from a store) and make scary cardboard monsters with them.

  4. Make a Halloween decoration with cardboard and stick felt cut-outs of bats, ghosts, Jack-o-Lanterns, etc. to it and hang it wherever you want.

  5. Make fun floating ghosts that glow with white paper tubes with the faces drawn, staple white ribbon to make a handle and tape a glow stick inside the tube. Hang them up and watch the ghosts glow in your home when the lights are out!

  6. Make ghosts with white coffee filters that have googly eyes glued on to them after you have scrunched them up to make cone shapes.

  7. T-shirt

  8. You can make pumpkin masks out of paper plates painted orange with cutouts for the eyes and nose.

  9. Get small pumpkins from your local market and get the kids to decorate them as they like and show them off outside.

  10. Get a coloring book that has a Halloween theme and let them go crazy painting the pictures in it!

  11. Get old plain white t-shirts and let the kids paint pumpkins, bats, etc. on them.

  12. Get black cardboard paper and create a skeleton with q-tips.

About Dorothy Hastings

Dorothy Hastings is the Director of First School, which are three preschool and child care centers located throughout Southern California. First School provides a hands-on approach to preschool education and Child Care programs that emphasizes all around child development. In addition to their intuitive academic approach, First School also focuses on developing a child's social skills and self-confidence, which is made possible in their intimate learning atmosphere.

Make Your Kids Smart About Strangers

We’ve all heard the phrase, “don’t talk to strangers” as kids. Our parents have ingrained this into us as kids to keep us safe. “Don’t talk to strangers” is as ubiquitous as “look both ways”, and “wash your hands”. The problem with “don’t talk to strangers” is that it can be impossible to follow.

Kids today come into contact with adults they don’t know on a regular basis, and expecting them to be completely unresponsive to all strangers is unrealistic. Instead of “don’t talk to strangers”; parents need to train their kids in the art of talking to strangers. Teach your kids the appropriate ways to respond to adults they don’t know in certain situations.

As a parent, you have probably taught your child what to do if they find themselves lost in a grocery store. This is an example of when your child should know how to speak to some strangers in order to find you safely. Rather than breaking down into tears and wandering through the big, crowded store, your child should speak to a store employee. All grocery store workers are trained to deal appropriately with lost children. Obviously other strangers in the store should be avoided, but in this case, not all strangers are dangerous.

What should your child do if approached by a stranger asking for help? Generally, adults who actually need help seek the help of adults, not children. Your kids should know this is a potentially dangerous situation. If this situation arises, train your child to walk away and tell the closest trusted adult what the stranger said.

These are only a couple examples of new ways to think about the way children deal with strangers. Sometimes children can benefit from talking to strangers, other times there can be obvious warning signs.

About Dorothy Hastings

Dorothy Hastings is the Director of First School, which are three preschool and child care centers located throughout Southern California. First School provides a hands-on approach to preschool education and Child Care Programs that emphasizes all around child development. In addition to their intuitive academic approach, First School also focuses on developing a child's social skills and self-confidence, which is made possible in their intimate learning atmosphere.

How You Can Save More on Back-To-School Shopping

Back to school can be a stressful time, especially for parents. You have multiple kids that need school supplies and clothes, and you don’t know how you’re going to pay for everything. Taking the following tips to save on back to school shopping will help you stay within your budget with less stress.

  • Evaluate current inventory before shopping
    Take stock of your kids’ school supplies and clothing before you head to the stores. Are there items that they can use from last year? What clothes still fit and are in good shape? If your kid already has a backpack and sneakers that will keep him set through the next school year, there’s no need to buy new ones.

  • Watch the sales
    There are dozens of back to school sales during the months before the new school year on everything from pencils to graphing calculators to designer sneakers. Keep an eye out for sales at stores and plan your shopping trips accordingly to get the best deals possible. Also, it is important to have your kids involved with the process so that they can have control over their back to school purchases.

  • Organize a swap with other parents
    Pick a time and date to get together with family and friends in the area who have kids of similar ages. Most people organize swaps around clothing, but you can include other school supplies if there is a need for it. Encourage participants to bring clean, gently used clothing that can be worn for another school year. Generally the rule is to take as many items as you bring, but don’t feel as though you have to stick to this guideline.

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About Dorothy Hastings

Dorothy Hastings is the Director of First School, which are three preschool and child care centers located throughout Southern California. First School provides a hands-on approach to preschool education and Child Care Programs that emphasizes all around child development. In addition to their intuitive academic approach, First School also focuses on developing a child's social skills and self-confidence, which is made possible in their intimate learning atmosphere.

Frozen Fun: How to Make Your Kid’s Birthday Party a Hit

Kids are always excited when their birthdays are just around the corner! Not only is it a special day because they turn a year older but also because they get to invite their friends, get gifts and also have all the yummy treats they want.

Here are 6 top ideas to help you make your sweetheart’s birthday party a memorable one:

  • Have a theme: This is always a great party idea as it allows kids to dress up in something different and have fun. Keep in mind to choose a theme that reflects your child’s personality and her interests.
  • Get fun treats: Allow kids to have fun with the treats you serve, a buffet table is a fantastic idea. And we know kids as picky eaters so this way, they can choose what they want to eat. Make sure the treats are fun and kid-friendly.
  • Let the kids play: You probably plan activities for kids to play during the party. This is great idea but, remembers you should also allow them some freedom so that they can interact with one another and make new friends.
  • Create a lounge: Instead of setting up tables and chairs, you can create a lounge on the floor. Kids love sitting on the floor. Get an air-mattress and lots of pillows and let the little ones have their fun on them.
  • Get help: Kids can be a handful anywhere so it may be helpful to get your family or other parents to volunteer for the party. This will make things a lot easier for you.
  • Hire a party planner: This may cost you some money but it is worth it as it will make your little one’s extra special. A professional will take care of every detail so that you have an awesome party.
  • About Dorothy Hastings

    Dorothy Hastings is the Director of First School, which are three preschool and Child Day Care centers located throughout Southern California. First School provides a hands-on approach to preschool education and child care programs that emphasizes all around child development. In addition to their intuitive academic approach, First School also focuses on developing a child's social skills and self-confidence, which is made possible in their intimate learning atmosphere.

    Too Many Arguments Can Ruin Your Child’s Innocence

    Childhood is full of innocence. But with this said, many parents argue in front of their children without thinking about the effect that it has on them. While occasional disagreements, teach kids that marriage isn’t perfect, constant fighting can be quite a traumatic experience. The psychological trauma that they endure when their parents have regular drawn out fights leaves a lasting impression. Consider the following steps to minimize the number of fights that you and your spouse have in front of your children.

    • Take a second to step back and collect your thoughts
      It is very easy to let a silly argument escalate. One minute you were talking about who would drive the kids to school and the next thing you know, you’re shouting about who has more responsibility at home. If you’re fighting about a trivial issue, most likely you should apologize, drop it, and move on. If you’re fighting about a more serious matter, stop yelling and have a proper discussion without shouting or making inaccurate generalizations (i.e. “you never help out around the house”).
    • Don’t be afraid to express your feelings
      Leaving negative feelings to fester can have a more harmful effect on your child, than an actual argument. It is unrealistic to expect people in any relationship to be in agreement all the time. However, when you don’t say how you feel, kids may be confused, leaving their imaginations to run wild. Model the type behavior that you would like your kids to exhibit. Avoid using insulting terms and physical aggression, and say how you’re feeling.
    • Use the opportunity to teach a lesson
      Disagreements are a natural part of life. Kids need to learn that having disputes doesn’t mean that you have to end relationships. Explain to your children that you and your spouse fight sometimes but that you always love each other and will work things out.

    About Dorothy Hastings

    Dorothy Hastings is the Director of First School, which are three Preschool and child care centers located throughout Southern California. First School provides a hands-on approach to preschool education and child care programs that emphasizes all around child development. In addition to their intuitive academic approach, First School also focuses on developing a child's social skills and self-confidence, which is made possible in their intimate learning atmosphere.

    Know the Secrets to Make Your Child a Singing Pro

    Have you ever wished your child could sing as flawlessly as your favorite singer? It’s possible for almost anyone with a voice to learn how to sing professionally. All you need to do is follow a step by step process while encouraging practicing as much as possible. If you seek to unlock your little one’s singing potential, the following vocal tips may help you:

    • Listen carefully to the singer’s voice.
      Become intimately familiar with your favorite singer’s voice through repeated listening. If the singer has an aggressive or dynamic vocal delivery, prepare your child to work harder at achieving that sound over a longer time frame so that they do not strain their vocal cords. Memorizing lyrics and melody then singing along with recordings is a great way to improve.
    • Figure out the musical key in which the vocalist is singing.
      Find out the key of a song by looking at sheet music. An even better way is to learn how to identify a key by ear. Vocal exercises, such as singing basic scales and memorizing sounds can help your little one a lot. Ask them to learn either to sing in the singer’s key or transpose the music to an easier key. Learning music theory can help accelerate the vocal development.
    • Breath control and relaxation while singing.
      Many novice singers do not sing correctly because they do not breathe properly when they sing. Ideally, one should breathe naturally and sing from diaphragm, not neck or nose. If any part of the body is tense, concentrate on relaxing. Singing should not feel forced. Laying on the back while singing can help in achieving the open throat necessary for proper singing. When your child sings standing up, ask them to do so with a good posture.

    About Dorothy Hastings

    Dorothy Hastings is the Director of First School, which are three preschool and Child Day Care centers located throughout Southern California. First School provides a hands-on approach to preschool education and child care programs that emphasizes all around child development. In addition to their intuitive academic approach, First School also focuses on developing a child's social skills and self-confidence, which is made possible in their intimate learning atmosphere.

    6 Incredible Ways to Raise Confident Kids

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    Confidence is a critical aspect of leading a healthy, productive life. It is a key to boost your kid’s confidence from childhood itself. Insult and injury are inevitable in life. However, children with high self confidence levels are more resilient and come through tougher times in life stronger than ever. The following details six simple ways that parents can build self confidence in kids.

    1. Practice what you preach
      Children who are surrounded by adults lacking self-confidence have a much harder time boosting their own self confidence. Make yourself a role model, to show the skills and attitudes that you want your kids to exhibit. For example, maybe a child is reluctant to try a new food because he’s not sure how it’ll taste. Eat some of the food first and offer specific comments about what you like about it.

    2. Teach good manners
      Kids build self-confidence by learning how to treat other people with respect. For example, when a child feels comfortable introducing himself to new people, he may have the confidence to join a sports team or scouting troop and attend the first practice or meeting. These skills are extremely vital in helping kids to go on and take leadership positions in such organizations in the future. An important aspect of this posture and eye contact, these can go a long way towards making a good first impression and building self-confidence as well. Model these behaviors when you interact with your child and with other kids and adults.

    3. Offer positive feedback
      When you praise kids every time they do something good, they learn to tune out the comments. On the flip side, it’s also not helpful to give kids false praise. If your daughter is not a strong basketball player, don’t tell her that she’s great at it. Conflicting remarks leave kids confused and unsure what they should and shouldn’t believe from adults. Choose your feedback with care, providing constructive criticism when needed. Even though your daughter isn’t the best player in her basketball team, maybe she had a great practice today where she worked hard and demonstrated that she’s a true team player. It is important to recognize these attributes, and help your child better cope with the real world.

    4. Set them up for success
      Pushing children into activities that are well beyond their means or simply aren’t things that they enjoy is always synonymous with disaster. There is nothing wrong with giving kids a challenge or encouraging them to try something new. However, you don’t want to put a child in a position where it’s inevitable that he or she will fail. Play to a child’s natural abilities and hard work. The success that your child has will fuel his or her confidence.

    5. Provide independence
      Help your kid in every way that you can, so that they don’t have to struggle or get upset or frustrated. Trying to intervene when a child doesn’t make it into the top reading group at school or isn’t invited to a neighborhood birthday party may seem like the right thing to do, but it doesn’t do your kid any favors. Children need to learn that failure is all right and that there is nothing wrong with feeling anxious, sad or angry sometimes. Overcoming obstacles on their own instead of having adults solve them all the time helps them learn to take risks.

    6. Encourage personal interests
      Expose kids to a wide range of activities to increase their chances of finding something that they’re good at. Take an interest in these pursuits yourself, for example, if your daughter can’t get enough of horses these days, help her look for horse books when you go to the library or attend a local horse show together.

      When a kid has a passion and can feel proud about his knowledge or skills with that particular interest, he is more likely to achieve success in other areas. Even if the interest is a little unusual, a strong knowledge base or impressive skill set may win over peers at school. For example, maybe if your son loves to draw and most of his classmates are into football, encourage him to draw pictures of football that the kids can talk about at school.

    At First School, we would like to see how our parents and other caregivers are helping their kids boost for their morale. Please share your insight and experiences with us!

    About Dorothy Hastings

    Dorothy Hastings is the Director of First School, which are three preschool and child care centers located throughout Southern California. First School provides a hands-on approach to preschool education and child care programs that emphasizes all around child development. In addition to their intuitive academic approach, First School also focuses on developing a child's social skills and self-confidence, which is made possible in their intimate learning atmosphere.