Clever Kids Corner, Outdoor Activities

Side Walk Chalk Inspiration Ideas

Sidewalk chalk is an inexpensive activity that provides hours of fun and encourages creativity!

Look below for some of my favorite sidewalk chalk ideas.

Trolls

Mystical Reading

Fish Out of Water

Future Fire Lady

Up, Up and Away!

Swinging the Day Away

Floating in Thin Air

Me and My Pet Dragon

Over the Rainbow

Photo Credits: NJ Family, Popsugar, S & S Blog

Animal Facts, Clever Kids Corner

All About Giraffes

Giraffes, known for their long necks, graceful glide and calm demeanor. Here are some awesome facts about giraffes!

Habitat

  • Giraffes are found in the dry savannahs of Africa, where they roam among the open plains and woodlands.
  • Giraffe are already extinct in at least seven countries in Africa.
  • A giraffe’s height is helpful for keeping a look out for predators, such as lions and hyenas. Their excellent eyesight allows them to spot hungry beasts from far away, too.
  • Giraffes spend 16 or more hours per day eating and traveling to find food.

Body Structure

  • Well known for their long necks, these gentle giants are the world’s tallest living land animals. An adult male can grow to around 5.5m – that’s taller than three adult humans!
  • Giraffe tongues are bluish-purple and between 45 and 50 cm long.
  • A giraffe’s neck is too short to reach the ground. To drink, giraffe first have to splay their forelegs and/or bend their knees, and only then can they lower their necks to reach the surface of the water.
  • A giraffe heart weighs approximately 11 kilograms and is the biggest of any land mammal. It is used to pump 60 litres of blood around its body every minute at a blood pressure twice that of an average human.
  • The spots on giraffes are unique, no two giraffes spots are the same, just like humans – no two fingerprints are the same.
  • The giraffe is the tallest mammal in the world. Even newborn giraffe are taller than most humans.
  • A male giraffe is called a Bull, baby giraffes are called Calves and females are called Cows.

Diets

  • Herbivores, giraffes only eat plants. Their favorite food is the acacia tree, and they use their long necks to reach the leaves and buds in the treetops. Their long tongues (which grow to a whopping 53cm!) also help them pull down leaves growing way up high.
  • And boy do these guys have an appetite! They spend most of their time eating, and can guzzle up to 45kg of leaves and twigs a day!
  • Whilst they may eat a lot, giraffes don’t drink much water. This is because they get most of their water from their leafy meals, and only need to drink once every few days.

Thanks to Nat Geo Kids , Giraffe Conservation!

Parenting, Personality Traits

The Entertainer (ESFP)- Myers Briggs Personality Traits for Parents

Are you the life of the party craving the spotlight? Do you love to shine and entertain those you come in contact with? If so, keep reading.

The Entertainer (ESFP) displays extraverted, observant, feeling and prospecting personality traits. The entertainer is all about vibrant experiences, loves life and taking pleasure in discovering new and different things. The entertainer is a social butterfly and often encourages others to participate.

Entertainers love the spotlight and tend to take center stage. Entertainers love putting on a show for their friends and take pride in simply having a good time with loved ones.

Entertainers are on the move

Entertainers are well groomed, as this personality trait is often compared to actors. In search of environments that support their personality traits, entertainers often move frequently to change their surroundings to best suite their personality needs.

Entertainers are sensitive to the emotions of others. Observant in nature, entertainers are the first to help someone solve a problem while providing emotional support and sound advice. Passionate, drama tends to follow entertainers.

The Entertainer Takes Chances

Taking chances, relying on luck rather than rational and analysis, is a common trend of the entertainer. Entertainers seek challenge and recognize value and quality.

Entertainers can be found where there is laughter, playfulness, and always trying something new and fun. Watch out, entertainers are known to talk for hours. Loved ones appreciate entertainers as they are reliable for sharing emotions, both good and bad. Entertainers are the explorers of life and seek to share these experiences with others.

Parenting 101 for The Entertainer

Playful, genuine, and relaxed are common traits of entertainer-styled parents. The entertainer seeks fun experiences for their children to engage. Entertainers often use exploration when asked a question from their child in order to find the answer. The entertainer is not one to have a routine and would rather take things day-by-day.

Entertainers are the constructers of make believe play.

Trying new things is a large portion of this personality trait. However, discipline is not the strongest suite for entertainer personality types. They seek to protect their children from harm through experiences and observation.

Entertainers provide consistent emotional support through showing warm and affectionate responses to their children. Entertainers are known for being nurturing and encouraging.

Strengths

  • Bold
  • Original
  • People person
  • Observant
  • Practical
  • Aesthetics

Weaknesses

  • Sensitive
  • Conflict adverse
  • Easily bored
  • Poor planners
  • Unfocused
Parenting, Personality Traits

The Architect (INTJ)- Myers Briggs Personality Traits For Parents

Knowing your personality traits as a parent further impacts how you decide to parent. Read below for more on Myers Briggs The Architect (INTJ) personality traits for parents.

Parents, do you like to ask a lot of questions? Are you often involved in overthinking and analytical conversations? If so, keep reading.

An Architect (INTJ) is a person with the Introvert, Intuitive, Thinking, and Judging personality traits. Known as highly intellectual tacticians- they love perfecting the details of life, applying creativity and rationality to everything they do. The inner world of an architect is often a private and innovative.

Architects question everything.

According to MB, architects derive much of their self-esteem from their knowledge and mental acuity. People with this trait may have been labeled as the nerd, studious, or the bookworm.

Unafraid to break the rules, Architects prefer to make their own discoveries and enjoy the process!

Often known as pessimistic and choosing to be right over liked, the architect places a high value on truth and depth. Architects question their involvement with people and may come across as rude or offensive when they are seeking to be honest.

Other Traits Associated with the Architect

  • Imaginative
  • Decisive
  • Ambitious
  • Private
  • Curious
  • Focused

Parenting 101 for the Architect

Known to form an honest connection with their children, the Architect demonstrates self control and rationality. This trait also seeks to foster independence in their children. The architect seeks to use knowledge as a course correction and always delivers the hard truths.

While scoring an A+ in encouraging intelligence and analytical skills while parenting, the Architect does not always showcase emotions- as this is not their comfort zone. Very much in control of their emotions, the architect parent often does not initiate cuddling, love, affection, and praise-as it feels unnatural. Since children need emotional support, this area is something that the architect has to work to provide.

Strengths

  • Rational
  • Informed
  • Independent
  • Determined
  • Curious
  • Versatile

Weaknesses

  • Arrogant
  • Dismissive of emotions
  • Overly critical
  • Combative

The goal for Architects is to raise a competent adult who knows their own mind and solves their own problems through giving their children the tools to do so.

Clever Kids Corner, Parenting

Mother’s Day D.I.Y. Gift Guide 2021

1. Decorated Mug

Photo Courtesy of Good House Keeping

2. Magnet Portrait

Photo Credit-Busy Creating Memories

3. Foot Print Art

Photo Credit-Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons

4. Homemade Terrarium

Photo Credit-NASA

5. Handpicked flowers

6. Pattern Notebook

Photo Credit- The Spruce Crafts

7. Love Book

Photo courtesy of MommySnippets.com

8. Homemade Bath Bombs

Photo Courtesy of Happiness is Homemade

9. Crayon Candle

Photo Courtesy of Ever Mine

10. Chocolate Bouquet

Photo Courtesy of Funender

11. Coffee Filter Flower

Photo Courtesy of Country Living

12. Homemade body scrub

Photo Courtesy of Simply Veganista

13. Picture Frame Vase

Photo Credit- IHeartArtsAndCrafts

14. Framed Quote

Photo Credit- Lia Griffith

15. DIY Pillow Spray

Photo Credit- A Beautiful Mess

16. Homemade Coasters

Photo Credit-TheThinkingCloset

Media Tools, Parenting

Teaching Children to Take Care of the Environment

Taking Care of Our Environment

National Biodiesel Day is 3/18 along with Earth Day being on the horizon (generally in April). Let’s explore ways to talk about environmental responsibility with children.

Why?

“He that plants trees loves others more than himself.”

The World Wild Life Foundation seeks to to conserve nature and reduce the most pressing threats to the diversity of life on Earth.

Learn more about saving the environment and preserving wildlife and nature- World Wild Life Foundation.

Q: How can we and our littles become more environmentally conscious and responsible?

A: Let’s start with some environmentally friendly activities…

1. Paint with recycled objects such as cotton balls, feathers, sticks, and plastic cups. Check out Hands On as We Grow for more painting tips!

2. DIY Moss Ball using moss and yarn! Mothered Natured-Connecting Kids with Nature provides a step by step guide to this craft. For young children, close supervision is advised, given the materials.

3. Create a Play or Magic Garden 🪴

Beans, vegetables, flowers, or fruit-a play or magical garden is a great way to teach your child about the environment. Take the time to read through gardening take-aways on Family Food & Garden. Gardening Tip: Prior to planting the seeds, have your child create and draw their magical garden, and then use this as a guide when planting.

4. Create Nature Inspired Art

Fireflies and Mudpies

Mothered Natured has provided FREE printables and guides when seeking natured inspired art inspiration.

5. Read Nature and Animal Inspired Books

Click HERE for 80+ Nature and Animal Books for Children!

6. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Regrow Vegetables

Planet Protectors provides FREE recycling tool kits for children. All is required is to enter your information for shipping purposes. Learning about recycling and regrowing vegetables can be fun! Your child can experiment with their favorite vegetables and watch them regrow over the weeks!

Photo provided by Spud.CA Click the link to learn how to regrow pineapples!

Planet Powers showcases exactly how to regrow vegetables inside. Most require the placement into water with a specified amount of sunlight daily. Click the above link to learn more…

7. Animal Rescue Mission Activity

Team Cartwright gives this awesome STEM activity that ties in science, wildlife and preservation.

8. Save Water Nursery Rhymes

Click the link to view the video:
Save Water Periwinkle
Clever Kids Corner, Parenting

St. Patrick’s Day Activities Your Family Can Enjoy!

Luck of the Irish? ☘️ Or, just lucky. Whether or not you wore green today, here are a few activities to celebrate today’s festivities!

St. Patrick’s Day Activities Your Family Can Enjoy!

1. Create a green drink!

Photo Credit- The Seasoned Mom

Make a cup of Green fruit juice, green milk, green smoothie or green tea all with added food coloring or natural coloring. The Seasoned Mom provides a four ingredient Monster Green Smoothie.

2. Lucky charms crafts

Lucky for parents, St. Patrick’s Day has its own cereal (Lucky Charms) . Use this to create rainbow art! Sort, count, and eat the treats! Children can also create necklaces and bracelets using the cereal also. Staying Close to Home has provided a how to create St. Patrick’s Day inspired crafts.

Photo credit- Staying Close to Home

3. Hunt for Clovers!

Place clovers throughout your house and allow littles to hunt for clovers! Count how many you have found.

4. Get Dressed and Attend St. Patrick’s Day Festivals

Search for local parades, bikeathons, festivals of the likes for the holiday. Don’t forget to wear green!

5. Bake Green Cookies!

Photo credit- Butter With a Side of Bread

Butter with a Side of Bread provides a list of St. Patrick’s Day goodies and treats! Check out the mint chocolate chip cookies!

Photo credit- Butter With a Side of Bread

6. Attend a Virtual Parade

Larger cities such as New York and St. Louis are among the few who are hosting virtual St. Patrick’s Day Parades. Sit back and enjoy the festivities from the comfort of your home! ☘️ Click Here for a compete schedule fo the St. Louis St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2021.

Parenting

5 Football/Soccer Physical and Art Games to Improve Your Child’s Skills

At the height of football season, let’s look at some games to improve your child’s physical skills and overall health.

According to Care.com, soccer games for kids can help teach new skills and make young players better.

Soccer ⚽️

1. Musical Balls

Mini instructions include the following: Each player dribbles a ball in the grid. After 30 seconds, the coach (or a player) calls out, “Change!” Players stop their balls wherever they are, quickly find a new ball and begin dribbling inside the grid again. Multiplayer game.Learn more by clicking Here.

2. Wall Ball

Mini instructions include the following: As the name suggests, this game requires a ball and a wall. Your little one kicks the ball against the wall and traps it with one foot. Then players alternate feet, counting each trapped ball as one point. For more, click Here.

Football 🏈

3. Interception

Identify a quarterback, receiver and defender. The defender begins downfield, receiver runs down the field and the quarterback must throw to the receiver such that they can reach the end zone without being tagged by the defender. Read more on Playworks.

4. Fake Out

Practice learning how to fake as players often do while running the football. In the game of Fake Out, one person attempts to run across a given space without being tagged by another person who begins on the opposite line. Then players switch places, waiting in line across the opposite side to wait for their turn to run and fake or defend and tag. Read more Here.

5. Football Art

Create a paper football and field goal with popsicle sticks. Photo credit- SheKnows.

Media Tools

Create FREE Educational Games for Young Children

If you’ve been looking for game creation without coding, Educandy is the answer!

Educandy allows teachers and parents to create FREE interactive and educational games for young children. I went through the process and the instructions are extremely easy to follow and have a fast turnaround. In all, the process took about 10 minutes.

Upon creating a new login, I was directed to 3 different game options:

1. Create a list of words

2. Matching Pairs

3. Quiz Questions

Since I was gearing the activity towards early learners (ages 3-5), I went with the first option of Create a list of words.

Educandy.com

After selecting the Words option, and labeling the game category and title, I was then able to list my choice of words.

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Once the list is complete, a sample of the game can be experienced by the creator. For this game, children are given a stopwatch and a small cheerleader emoji as they work to spell each word. This is a great game to enhance language development by practicing letter sounds, spelling, and reading.

There are several ways to share the games including issuing out a game code. This code will be asked to be imputed once the application has been downloaded.

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If you’re looking enhance overall engagement in virtual learning or while working from home with your child, give Educandy a try!

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IOS Voice for Preschool

Hey Cool Momma!
Did you know you can use your Apple Phone to record your voice? If you want to record a goodnight/good morning song (working moms), short message, alphabet song or record a message to calm your child while he/she is at childcare, this is a great tech option. Find a text buddy (grandma, teacher, parent) and send your message. These can also be downloaded for email use.

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