Fun things to do at Home: Kite Flying !

It's Spring

Tomorrow is the first day of Spring and April begins National Kite month so here’s some kite information you can use to have fun with your kids.

Kites can be great fun on several levels.

  •  You can craft them at home with bags or even duct tape.
  • And kites are one of the fun things you can do to hang out outside that are not routine.

 delta kite

Different kites work for different wind speeds.

  • Diamond shape, Delta shapes and Dragon shapes are best for light to medium winds.
  • While Box kites and Parafoils do well in medium to high winds.

All types of kites need60 to 100 ft. of string and more if the wind allows.

The best winds are from around 5 to 25 mph.  The leaves and bushes will be noticeably blowing, but will not be leaning—they will still be fluttering.

Medium winds are the most fun because you can make your kite “dance” by letting string out and reeling it in.

The best places to fly kites are in parks or fields.  Trees “eat” kites and it’s dangerous to be near electrical or phone wires.  Never fly a kite in a storm!

toddler kite

Here is a list of websites with great instructions for making your own kite:

http://www.freehomeschooldeals.com/how-to-make-a-paper-bag-kite/

http://www.nationalkitemonth.org/plans/boca.php

http://doecdoe.blogspot.com/2011/07/go-fly-kite.html

http://www.joann.com/totally-cosmic-duct-tape-kite/prod703769/

http://www.makeandtakes.com/colorful-stained-glass-kites

 

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Parenting Tips: Choosing Toys for Kids 3-8 years

With the holidays right around the corner, here are some tips for choosing toys for your kids:

Even though toys with lots of lights and noises say “educational”, remember that they are only one dimensional.  There’s not a lot of things a kid can do with them except to sit, hit the buttons and watch them do their thing.  Instead, remember that the more your child has to think and move to get a toy to work, the more she is learning.

Look for toys that everyone can play– board games are made for kids 3 and up that don’t require reading, but that help kids learn to count, their colors and shapes and maybe more important, how to take turns, follow rules and have fun with people of all ages.  They teach about relationships and language skills, and important social skills like winning and losing gracefully.

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Buy toys that encourage activity like balls, trikes, or scooters, bowling sets with stuffed balls and pins, bean bag targets, kid size basketball hoops, wagons.  The advantages are that while your child is being active, he can do so on his own or with other kids and family members of any age.

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Kids want to be like you so… get them real objects or toys that look like the “real thing”.  Toddlers like remotes and cell phones.  Older children like to cook or use tools, get them some  These types of real world toys help them learn to problem solve, how things work and small motor skills- the muscles of the hands and fingers- too.  Child scissors that cut,  musical instruments, household cleaning tools like mops, gardening tools are great.  And it’s also a treat to take things you are about to toss apart.  Before throwing something in the trash, see if it would be fun to give it an autopsy to see what’s inside!

Provide toys that require imagination like dress ups, blocks/lego/duplo, dishes, plastic foods, science kits, cars and trucks with rugs that have roads…. Anything they can adapt to many uses.

blocks

Most of the best toys do not cost all that much, in fact they can often be found around the house or at thrift stores.  They do require your time and input, and sometimes that’s tough.  But your time is the most valuable gift, and they only want to play with mom and dad for a short time.  You know they grow up fast!

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Call  877-938-1442 for general info

Lakewood 303-237-0917 or Westminster 303-427-8831