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School is Out: Crafts for the Summer!

The weather is warm and children (and teachers) are getting antsy.  This could only mean one thing…SCHOOL IS OUT FOR SUMMER!  Here are some ideas for crafts for the summer that can be created and enjoyed outside. Beaded Wind Chimes Supplies: Paper cup Pipe cleaner String or Yarn Big beads Small bells Metal washer Drinking […]

Adding A Little “Spice” To Life: Gardening For Children

Flowers are in bloom, the weather is warmer, and families are firing up the grill…why not add some home-grown spices to the foods you and your family enjoy?  Taking care of the herbs will give your children ownership and teach responsibility all while making them proud of their accomplishments! Here is how to create your own herb […]

Top Park Picks for Children

The weather has finally decided to warm up, which means children and adults alike are yearning to be outside! Chicago has so many wonderful parks and playgrounds, below are some of the top picks to check out: 1)     Oz Park 2021 N. Burling St, Chicago 60614 — Themed for Wizard of Oz — Best for […]

Helping in the Community, Volunteer Opportunities

Giving back to the community is something children and teens can do to “pay it forward”.  Here are a couple websites that can help find the best match as well as a few sites that offer volunteer opportunities.     WEBSITES: 1)    Volunteer Match  www.volunteermatch.org -can choose area (advocacy, animals, arts/culture, children, community,  etc.) -can choose […]

Helping Kids Cope With Siblings’ Health Issues

Illness and injury of a child can impact an entire family, especially healthy siblings. Whether the changes include extra doctor visits, therapy visits, or hospitalizations, the healthy sibling’s life will be effected in some way. Healthy siblings can display a wide range of feelings and emotions which may include: Anxiety Guilt Anger Jealousy Loneliness Worry […]

Spring Crafts For Kids

The official first day of Spring has arrived and Spring breaks are in progress!  The weather may be a little chilly, but here are some springtime crafts for your family to enjoy. Crayon Critters – ages preschool to school age This craft is a great way to have children use their imaginations…and to use up […]