13 March 2019

How To Make Leprechaun Bait

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner! Keep those mischievous leprechauns in check with help from this leprechaun bait recipe and printable trap from Personal Creations

Ignite your little one’s imagination by building this easy leprechaun trap –– if you can catch one, they must give you three wishes to be released! Even if you can’t catch one of the sneaky creatures, you may be lucky enough to find the glittery green footprints they leave behind!

How To Make Leprechaun Bait


There’s two yummy recipes for this leprechaun bait: a sweet one and a healthy one!

Here’s what you’ll need for the sweet recipe:
  • 1 cup of chex mix
  • 1 cup of popcorn
  • 1 cup of pretzels
  • ½ cup of marshmallows
  • ½ cup of M&Ms
  • 8 ounces of melted white chocolate
  • Green sprinkles
  • Green food coloring
Directions:
  1. Combine chex mix, popcorn, pretzels, marshmallows and M&Ms in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Melt the white chocolate on low heat until smooth and creamy –– about 30 seconds in a microwave should do.
  3. Stir green food coloring into the white chocolate and pour the mixture over the dry ingredients.
  4. Stir until all ingredients are evenly coated in white chocolate.
  5. Using wax paper, spread the mixture out and top with green sprinkles.
  6. Refrigerate for 10–15 minutes or let dry naturally, then serve!
Here’s what you’ll need for the healthy recipe:
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 bunch of celery
  • 1 green apple (optional)
  • 1 cup of green grapes (optional)
  • Favorite veggie dip or dressing
Directions:
  1. Slice cucumber, bell pepper, celery and fruits into thin pieces.
  2. Combine ingredients and place in a small bag or on a tray.
  3. Add your favorite dressing or veggie dip and enjoy! 
After mixing your ingredients together, don’t forget to wrap them up using one of the leprechaun bait tags! These little printables come with rhymes and riddles to entice a leprechaun into your trap. They also make great writing practice for your little ones! 

Once your bait is finished, you can start building your printable trap! This adorable leprechaun house is sure to catch one of the sneaky creatures and will offer your kids a chance to make something all on their own! Great for working on fine motor skills and STEM learning, this leprechaun house will keep kids busy as they construct and decorate! 

The finished bait and printable trap make the perfect St. Patrick’s Day decor for your home. This fun project will keep the magic of childhood strong and help your little one develop important skills at the same time! Enjoy making this fun project on your St. Patty’s Day this year!

12 March 2019

Safety Tips For Traveling With Kids

Our children are our greatest responsibility, and when traveling it can be a stressful experience if we are not ready for the unexpected. With years of travel under our belt, we are glad to share our Safety Tips For Traveling With Kids to help ease your fears. Not only are these great for planning ahead, they will give you confidence and remove the fears as you do hit the road with your children.

Safety Tips For Traveling With Kids

Always Have Current Picture On Hand. While you are planning to prevent any issues, you never know what can happen on the road. A simple separation in an airport can be scary, but easily handled if you have a current picture to show to authorities. We recommend snapping a picture with your cell phone each day so the outfit your kids are wearing will be updated and easy to share as needed in an emergency.

Teach Kids About Stranger Danger. No matter how young or old your child is, it is always important to talk to them about strangers. While a friendly face and smile after hours waiting in an airport can be welcome, there are limits everyone should understand. Teach your kids to never share their name, destination or other information with a stranger.

Include Emergency Contact Information In Their Bags & On Them. Your teens may think it is goofy or weird, but printing out a simple sheet with emergency contact information (yours and someone back home), their names, ages and information on who to contact should they be found is a great idea. We always slip one into the front pocket of our sons suitcase and carry on bag if we are flying. When we are out and about, he carries a hip pack or backpack with it in a pocket just in case.

Always Travel With Proper Child Restraints. Whether you are taking a flight or riding in a car, proper child restraints are important. It may seem like a hassle to pack and carry with you, but their safety is important.

Always Go With Kids To The Bathroom. In busy restaurants, airports, gas stations or theme parks bathrooms can be crowded and easy to get lost or disoriented in. Kids of all ages should always have a buddy system with a parent or older sibling so they are never going to the bathroom alone. It may seem inconvenient, but their safety is a priority.

Teach Respect Before Traveling. This may seem out of place and more like something you would find on a parenting site, but it is very important to teach your children respect and manners before you take them out on a vacation where they will be interacting with strangers. Basic manners of please and thank you will go a long way with other travelers. Respect for others, learning to be quiet inside buildings or airplanes and nipping the whining in the bud should all be taught before you hit the road. The middle of an airplane on a long flight is not the time to decide to teach your son or daughter about “inside voices”. Work on these basic things before you intend to travel so your trip will be pleasant not only for you, but for those around you. Gentle reminders are all that should be needed along the way. (Yes we do understand that some kids have sensory issues and triggers that will cause some disruption. This is a simple reminder to be mindful of those around you.)

Traveling with your children can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. Watching them see new things for the first time will bring joy to you as well. Putting these safety tips for traveling with kids into place will give you peace of mind that allows you to relax and enjoy the time you spend with them on the road.

06 March 2019

5 Ways to Get Kids Excited About STEM Learning


Many of the growing problems around the world, from famines and food insecurity to climate change and profound poverty, need the contributions of brilliant scientists, engineers, mathematicians and technologists. Encouraging children to explore skills and careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) can help build a better future.

5 Ways to Get Kids Excited About STEM Learning


Whether a child pursues a formal career in STEM or just gains the background in related skills, that experience and perspective can be important in stimulating change. Unlock the potential in your child with these tips from the learning experts at KinderCare:
  1. Recognize people who advance STEM. When reading a book or watching a show featuring characters in STEM careers, such as doctors, mechanics or computer engineers, talk with your child about the characteristics those characters have in common, like a sense of curiosity or a willingness to try an idea that may or may not work. Taking time to point out any family members or friends with similar jobs or hobbies can help your child picture himself or herself in STEM-related roles.
  1. Identify outside-the-box places STEM lives. Technology, for example, can be used to conduct research, draw or create music – things that don’t always occur in laboratories, research centers or tech companies. Using technology to pursue other interests can open new possibilities for children to channel their interests into STEM careers. To build on any specific interests, such as robotics, the ocean or the universe, find activities in your area you can do with your child. For example, encourage your child to ask the zookeepers about certain animals he or she is interested in or research the lifecycle of a tree before taking a family camping trip.
  1. Focus on the process to instill confidence. Kids should understand failure is OK, so they’re more open to try something new and step outside their comfort zones. Encourage your child to explore his or her passions and interests more in-depth. Try to compliment desired behaviors, such as hard work, perseverance, grit and learning from mistakes, to teach your child success doesn’t come from always being right.
  1. Emphasize STEM-related skills. Curiosity, observation, problem-solving, critical thinking, collaboration, creativity and communication are crucial in nearly all STEM-focused careers. By asking questions like “why?,” “how?” and “what if?,” and giving children the opportunity to explain the world around them instead of simply providing the answers, you can help spark curiosity and set the foundation for the development of more advanced skills.
  1. Don’t limit your child to gender stereotypes. Ensure your children know they have the ability to do and try things that capture their attention and align with their passions. Try to refrain from identifying certain toys or games as things that are just for boys or girls. All children should be allowed to play with and explore trucks, dolls, dinosaurs, kitchen sets and tool boxes. Try to avoid setting boundaries that could unintentionally channel a child in a different direction, and make sure your child understands the vast possibilities his or her future holds.
Find more learning resources to help create a better future at KinderCare.com.

25 February 2019

Signs That You Should Be A Nurse

Signs That You Should Be A Nurse

Life works in mysterious ways, and sometimes just being the person we are makes us ideal for a job role or a certain lifestyle. Today we are going to look at nursing in particular and some of the top signs you might see which can indicate that you should start a career in nursing this year.

You love to learn


Any job within the medical field will involve a lot of learning and nursing can have many different course such as an online neonatal nurse practitioner program, in house general nursing courses and much more depending on where you want to specialize. Nursing is a job role which will always require you to keep an eye on developments in the medical world and if you to love to keep learning this is ideal for you. Your knowledge and skills will grow every single day and this can be a great thing for you.

You enjoy people


If you are the kind of person who loves meeting new people and making new friends, then nursing can be a great job option for you. As well as the medical skill you need to be a nurse, you need people skills incredibly crucially. When people come to stay in your care they will need comfort and someone to make them feel safe, and you as a nurse can be that person. You can make people feel happy and safe every day and get to hear stories from a whole host of different people.

You care


The most important thing which makes a nurse amazing at their job is the fact that they care. If you are a caring person and you always go the extra mile for others, you are the ideal type of person to be a nurse. You’ll be able to care for many people who are incredibly vulnerable and you will be their first line of defense.

You are patient


A lot of the time when you work in a hospital and you are seeing a lot of patients every day, you will face one or two which are a little difficult. Some people might not like the treatment they are being given or the medication and as a nurse you should be able to speak to them calmly and explain your decision. You need to be a patient person as a nurse and this will make all the difference.

You have a steady hand


It is incredibly important for a nurse to have a steady hand because it will often be your job to do flu jabs and find veins for drips in patients. If you know you have a steady hand and an eye for detail then this could be an ideal job role for you.

There are lots of things which make up a good nurse, but if you have even some of these traits and skills to your credit then you could make a great career path out of nursing this year.

08 February 2019

Common Household Issues And How You Can Fix Them

When you are moving home, or even when you aren’t, there are some common household issues that you need to watch out for. Most of these have a simple fix, but you still don’t want them to get to the point where you are leaving your house to get away from them. In this article, we are going to talk about some of the common household issues and how you can fix them.

Common Household Issues And How You Can Fix Them

Clogged Up Gutters


The first issue that we are going to look at is clogged up gutters. You might not think that this is a big deal, but it is because this can cause the home all sorts of issues. When your rain gutters become clogged with leaves, dust and other things, the drainage from your roof is going to be a lot slower. When this happens, you are going to experience damp on your ceilings, and this can lead to leaks coming through. If you do not want a leaky roof, then you need to clean your rain gutters every couple of months.

You might also start to experience rot if you are not cleaning them often enough. This will make it easier for water to enter your home and damage the content inside.

Creepy Crawlies


Do you have an issue with unwanted house guests? This could be any kind of creepy crawly like ants, carpet beetle, wasps or anything like this. It can seem like the end of the world when you are seeing these around your home in large groups, but you need to take the right measures to prevent you from becoming overrun completely. Pest control is going to be your best option here as you are going to get the benefit of a fully trained professional coming to help you with this issue. Once the expert has checked out your home, they will be able to tell you what needs to be done to rid your home from these pests.

Mold


Have you noticed that mold keeps building up around your window ledges? This is because the cold air and the hot air are hitting each other and causing moisture. If this is not wiped up, then mold is going to start to form. Opening your windows once per day is going to go a long way to combating this issue, but so is wiping up any moisture that you see pooling around your window.

If your bed is by your window, you might want to check that there isn’t any mold down the side. Because of the added heat from you sleeping near the window, this could be causing a build-up below your bed that you are not aware of. All you need to take care of this is a good quality mold and mildew spray. If you keep on top of this, you are going to get ahead of the issue before it becomes something major.

We hope that you have found this article helpful, and now know some of the common household issues that you should look out for, and how you can fix them.