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encouraging your children to be kind

Posted by heather - November 13, 2013

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In celebration of World Kindness Day, we’re sharing a few tips for encouraging your children to be kind. Fostering empathy is key to healthy social and emotional growth — plus, it makes the world a much nicer place.

Here are a few easy ways to promote kindness in your own home. For the little kids and the big kids in your life.

Promote Teamwork
Teach your child that everyone in the family works together — as a team. That means everyone helps! For the youngest of children, encourage them to pick up their toys, help set the table, or ‘make’ dinner (yes, your three-year-old can help toss the salad). But be sure to practice patience. Your child wants to help, but they’ll do things imperfectly at first. Being patient and encouraging — and forgoing criticism — will go a lot further than nagging.

Create a “Giving” Jar
Sometimes it’s helpful for children to ‘see’ kindness — in a very visual sense. Put a mason jar on your kitchen counter to collect change (either from purchases or the quarters in the couch). At the end of the month, discuss as a family where to donate your change. Talk about the idea of charities and how they help people. Or talk about a friend or family member that could use some kindness. Whether your child wants to buy gloves for a local charity or use the money to buy chocolate chips and send Grandma homemade cookies, giving them ownership of where the kindness is directed will go a long way!

Take Notice
The best way to help your child become a kinder person is to help them take notice of the people around them. If you notice your neighbor’s mail on the sidewalk, pick it up and deliver it.  A friend is feeling sad? Send them a note or give them a hug. Let someone with a tired {read: cranky} child go ahead of you in the grocery store line. Model kind behavior for your child and take note of the world and people around you. Be sure to share with your child why you’re doing what your were doing: We let Mrs. So-and-So go in front of us at the store because her baby was awfully tired. She needed to go home and take a rest — and we had a few minutes to spare. When your child does something kind for someone else, acknowledge it!

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Has your child done something kind today? Acknowledge it with this fun “I Was Kind Today” KneeBouncers printable!

 


Halloween Mask-Querade

Posted by heather - October 29, 2013

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Is your preschooler a huge KneeBouncers fan? Now they can “dress up” as their favorite KB character with this fun activity and free mask printable!

Our easy mask worksheet gives you two ways to create a mask: 1) just print our the template of your favorite character (or all 6!), cut, and attach a popsicle stick to create a Venetian-style stick mask; 2) print out the template, punch holes in the side, cut eyes, and attach string for a more traditional one.

Perfect for stimulating imaginative and creative play!

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Haven’t you always wondered what Foo Foo would look like as a unicorn princess?

All you need to do to get started is download the free KneeBouncers Halloween Masks Printable and assemble the mask. Then let your child play! Will they be Sly Cat, Horatio, Foo Foo, Caesar, Freddy or Sammy?

{As an extra bonus, the stick masks double as puppets.}

Don’t forget to post a pic of your KneeBouncer ‘all dressed up’ on our Facebook wall. We love to see fans!

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Just another fun way to play with purpose. Happy Halloween!


Learn Shapes with Freddy Funny Face and Felt

Posted by heather - October 24, 2013

FeltShapesBoard Learn Shapes with Freddy Funny Face and Felt

Looking for a fun way to help reinforce concepts about shapes and introduce early math skills? Play our Freddy Funny Face game and then take the fun — and learning — to the kitchen table with this felt shape activity! Designed by Rachel from Kids Activities Blog, this activity will have your child giggling as they create unique faces. As an added bonus, creating different faces will also help build their social and emotional intelligence! Ask them to create sad, silly, happy, angry and surprised faces.

Check out the activity and download the free printable/shape worksheet over on Kids Activities Blog.

Just another way to play with purpose!


Play with Colors: Felt Mosaic Art

Posted by heather - October 10, 2013

We are thrilled to be joined today by Caroline Urdaneta, who writes the craft-tastic blog, Salsa Pie. Caroline came up with a colorful activity to do with your child and help hone their color recognition skills. Enjoy!

Felt Mosaic Craft KneeBouncers 1 Play with Colors: Felt Mosaic Art

My family loves KneeBouncers! It’s such a great place to find games that, along with activities at home (including craft projects), are fantastic teaching tools for preschoolers.

I’m excited to share this fun Play with Colors that will help your child learn colors. It’s a super simple, super doable craft project that’s perfect for any busy mom. As an added bonus, the no mess set-up makes it a great fit for toggling between this activity and a Kneebouncers color game!

To get started you will need just a few simple supplies:

  • One white felt square
  • Felt squares of different colors
  • Scissors

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Step 1
Lay a white square of felt on the table.

Step 2
Cut the different colored felt squares into tiny squares. Sort the squares into colors and name them.

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Step 3
Have your child create a design out of the tiny felt squares and as they create designs, talk to them about the colors they are using. Ask questions and give directions such as “Can you find a green square? ” or “What can we made using green and yellow squares?”

The possibilities for this project are endless and the no-mess set-up makes it an easy project t do again and again creating different designs each time.


Strategies to Reinforce Preschool Learning While Your Child Plays KneeBouncer Games

Posted by heather - October 09, 2013

kneebouncers learn colors Strategies to Reinforce Preschool Learning While Your Child Plays KneeBouncer Games

Do you homeschool your preschooler? Whether you’re tackling on the challenging of teaching your preschool-aged child full time or are integrating teachable moments at home and on-the-go (it’s the age of labeling everything, no?), games are a great way to reinforce preschool learning concepts!

Rachel from Kids Activities Blog is homeschooling her two preschool-aged children. She developed some great strategies to use with your child while they’re playing our color games and apps that will help extend and further develop their analytic skills. For example, in the game, Sea of Color, as you see the fish swim by talk to your child about the fishes’ colors. Are they swimming to the left or to the right? Which color of fish came first? Which colored fish came last?

Head over to Kids Activities Blog to see more of Rachel’s strategies and great ideas for playing with purpose!


Play with Numbers Gross Motor Skills Game

Posted by heather - October 04, 2013

KB Flight School Gross Motor Play with Numbers Gross Motor Skills Game

Take KneeBouncers’ Up In The Air number game app to new heights with this gross motor skill number game, developed by Allison of Learn ~ Play ~ Imagine. All you need is a little chalk and a sidewalk!

What makes this activity great? Motor abilities and play are related to learning processes. Getting your child moving while learning helps the brain to develop and become better organized.

Another fun way to reinforce number recognition skills and play with purpose.

Check out Allison’s game here.