Holidays, Kids' Activities

Christmas Tree Print Making for Kids (Featuring Bubble Wrap!)

We are getting into the Christmas with toddlers BIG TIME over here. My kids are all about Christmas, all the time. From the Elf on the Shelf to writing (and rewriting. And rewriting) letters to Santa, they’ve got the holidays on the brain in a big way.

It’s extended all the way into our art time as well. I can’t bust out a pot of green paint without them painting a Christmas tree, or the playdough without it becoming a present or ornament or cookie for Santa.

So when I opened one of my (THOUSAND) Amazon packages from my Black Friday shopping and saw that it included this green bubble wrap, I knew just what to do with it- turn it into a process based Christmas art project for toddlers (which just so happens to include an ADORABLE product for you, too).

If you’re kids are as into the holidays as ours are, we know they’ll love this Christmas tree print-making activity using bubble wrap. Read on for the instructions on how to make it happen!

This Christmas tree print making activity is fun for toddlers (and kids of all ages). With simple materials and adorable results, your kids will make keepsakes you'll treasure for years to come. Get the instructions at TheSaltyMamas.com. #christmasart #christmasartfortoddlers #christmas #holidays #toddlers #artforkids #kidsart #toddlerart #christmastreeart

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Low-Prep, High Fun-Holiday Playdough Activities for Toddlers

We’ve got this weird, love-hate relationship with playdough. The thing is that our kids love it, but the mamas? Well, we kind of hate it. But since there’s a ton of developmental benefits to playing with playdough (sensory experience, fine motor skill practice, hand strength, creativity, imaginative play)? The tie is gonna have to go to the kids on this one.

Because I personally get tired the squishy stuff, I try to step up my playdough game once in a while. I’ve found that homemade playdough keeps longer, for example, and that if I only make one color at a time my kids can’t drive me crazy by mixing colors together.

I change up our playdough activities regularly to keep things fresh, and this is so much easier to do around the holidays. From delicious scents to learning opportunities, there’s lots of  holiday playdough activities for toddlers your kids are sure to love.

We've got a fresh take on holiday playdough activities for toddlers! From Christmas playdough to a homemade Gingerbread playdough recipe, and from Hannukah playdough mats to a pretend play center, we've got your holiday sensory play covered. Find the full list of activities at TheSaltyMamas.com. #holidays #christmas #toddleractivities #hannukahactivitiesforkids #christmasactivitiesforkids #christmasplaydough #gingerbreadplaydough #peppermintplaydough #playdoughcenters
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Christmas Safety Tips for Toddlers You NEED to Know

The holiday season is upon us, and before you know it we’ll be bringing in trees, stringing up lights, and hanging stockings and garlands from mantles and bookshelves. It’ll look beautiful, and so festive- and it will be oh-so-tempting for the little hands around you.

Those curious toddler fingers (and let’s be honest-climbing little legs) will be thrilled to discover all the newfound decorations in your homes. They’ll zero in on the tree first, of course – those ornaments DO look an awful lot like their ball pit balls, you know- but they won’t stop there.

Before you know it, your garland will be down, your stockings will be unhung by the chimney, and the little baby Jesus will be scooped right out of his manger and placed into your preschooler’s doll house.

So how DO you keep your toddler away from the Christmas tree? And-most importantly- what Christmas safety tips for toddlers do you need to check out? After five toddlers and LOTS of trial and error, we’ve got a foolproof plan to keep your little sugar plums out of the ER this holiday season.

Wondering how to keep a toddler away from the Christmas tree? Or how to baby-proof your Christmas decorations? Find the safety tips you need this holiday season at TheSaltyMamas.com. #toddlers #baby #babies #christmas #holidaysafety #mom #parenting #kids #holidays #holiday #christmasdecorations Continue reading “Christmas Safety Tips for Toddlers You NEED to Know”
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Holidays

The Best Personalized Christmas Gifts for Kids

Growing up, one of The Salty Mamas (Christine) found her name on every pencil or bike license plate in town. While the other Mama (Jaymi) had more of a challenge. And while we didn’t veer too far outside of more traditional names, the internet means never having to miss out on awesome personalized gear. Which means amazing opportunities for personalized Christmas gifts for kids.

Here are some of our favorites, that might just be showing up under our trees this year.

This year, make the holiday extra special with these personalized gifts! #holidays #christmasgifts #christmaspresents #giftsforkids #bestgifts2018 #bestgiftsforkids #kidsgifts2018 #bestchristmaspresents #christmasgifts2018

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Tips & Hacks

Quiet Your Anxious Mind (So You Can Fall Asleep Fast!)

It never fails- I’ve had a long day. I’ve had a million things on my plate, a million tasks to accomplish, and too many things to keep track of. I’m downright exhausted, and all I want to do is fall into my bed and spend the next eight hours in blissful, unconscious rest.

So why can’t I turn my brain off and fall asleep?

If you suffer from anxiety, this experience is far too familiar for your liking. We are exhausted, but our poorly wired brains won’t give it a rest so that we can GET some rest. One thought spirals into the next, and before you know it you’re agonizing about that comment you made to Sharon three days ago and if she’ll hate you forever because of it.

No? Just me?

At any rate, if you have difficulty falling asleep because your thoughts just won’t quit, we want you to know that you’re not alone.  We’ve been there (you know, only like, every night or so). And as a result, we’ve come up with some fool-proof strategies to help you shut down your brain and fall asleep fast.

You're SO TIRED, so why can't you SLEEP? We've got trips to soothe your anxious mind and help you fall asleep fast at TheSaltyMamas.com. #anxiety #sleep #sleepless #howtofallasleepfast #sleepbetter #anxious #mentalhealth #selfcare Continue reading “Quiet Your Anxious Mind (So You Can Fall Asleep Fast!)”
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Frozone Ice Challenge: An Easy STEM Preschool Activity

Do you ever find yourself with a block of time with your kids that you’ve just GOT to fill somehow? Maybe you need to prep dinner, or you’ve used up all your screen time for the day, or they’re just driving you nuts and need a little more structure. Whatever, the scenario, you need an activity to fill some time, and you’re willing to try ANYTHING.

And so it was that this Incredibles 2 themed easy STEM preschool activity was born.

Around 2 p.m., it became abundantly clear that A.) my two year old was not going to take a nap, so B.) he would go to bed early, and thus C.) our family walk that takes up the last hour of the day was clearly NOT going to happen. So what in the world would I do with Lila?

We’ve been obsessed with ice lately (read about the time we painted it here!) and so I decided that I would trap some of her favorite toys inside a block of ice. Originally, I had planned to freeze Belle. But ice makes me think of Frozone, so I grabbed the Incredibles toys instead. This fun, engaging little Incredibles themed educational activity was born.

Celebrate the release of the Incredibles on DVD with this icy stem preschool challenge. Frozone has trapped the Incredibles in ice...can your preschooler free them in time? Find the full challenge (with a free printable letter!) at TheSaltyMamas.com. #stem #stempreschool #stemchallenge #easystemactivities #stemactivities #easystemactivity #preschool #kids #parents #education #science #stem #incredibles Continue reading “Frozone Ice Challenge: An Easy STEM Preschool Activity”
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Moms Guide to Surviving Kids and Daylight Saving Time

Arguably one of the worst things about kids is that many of them have an irrational hatred for sleep. The worst part of parenting is navigating all of the things that mess up our kids already delicate sleep cycles: teething, climate change. But the greatest of these is Daylight Saving Time. We here at The Salty Mamas firmly believe in keeping it real, so we won’t lie to you. Dealing with the time change is going to SUCK. BUT, there are a few things you might be able to do to help cope with the double trouble of kids and Daylight Saving Time.

Parenting is hard. Parenting during Daylight Saving Time is a nightmare. Here are some tips to help cope from The Salty Mamas! #daylightsaving #daylightsavinghumor #daylightsavingandkids #kidsanddaylightsaving #survivingdaylightsavingtime #dealingwithdaylightsaving #copingwithdaylightsaving #momlife #parenting #parentingduringtimechange #kidsandtimechange #dealingwithtimechange #kidssleepduringtimechange

Good luck, and we’re pulling for you.

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7 Bathroom Cleaning Hacks to Get a Sparkling Clean Bathroom

I was a late bloomer in the cleaning-bathrooms department. I did have bathroom cleaning lessons, but they didn’t come at what I consider an appropriate age- say, between the ages of 8 and 16, for example. Nope. Two days before my wedding, in a hot panic, I desperately asked my mom to show me how to clean a bathroom. How I had avoided it until then is a complete mystery, but it was one of those life skills I was pretty sure I was supposed to have, but failed to, pick up along the way. I was eager to learn some bathroom cleaning hacks before I had to confess to my new husband that I was a complete failure in the adulting department.

Presumably, you learned how to quickly clean a bathroom somewhere along the way. It is rarely anyone’s favorite household task, but it is one that you’ll certainly notice if it hasn’t been completed in a while.  It’s a proverbially dirty job, but somebody’s gotta do it. Spoiler alert: that person is you.

So if you’re trying to find out how to make cleaning a bathroom easier, you’ve come to the right place. I’ve come a long way since those wedding-week-lessons, and I’ve accumulated the best bathroom cleaning hacks in the past eleven years or so. They’re not going to make the need to clean your bathroom go away, but they WILL make it easier. And frankly, that’s about all we can hope for in the toilet-scrubbing department, am I right?

Need to step up your bathroom cleaning game? We've got bathroom cleaning hacks to make it quicker- and just a little nicer- at TheSaltyMamas.com. #bathroomcleaning #cleaninghacks #cleaningtips #cleaning #housekeeping #bathroom #clean #bathroomcleaninghacks
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Toddlers

5 Ways You Should Be Teaching Toddlers About Consent

Consent is a huge issue in today’s climate. As we’ve started to realize, kids are never to young to start learning about what consent is, and how to receive and give it. That means you should already be teaching toddlers about consent. As parents, we are the front line in facilitating these discussions and teaching consent to kids. Perhaps more importantly, it’s also our jobs to model this behavior in our own lives. Here are 5 ways to model consent in your everyday lives.

It's never too soon to start teaching toddlers about consent. Here are five great tips on how to begin from The Salty Mamas! #consent #consentforkids #consentfortoddlers #consentforpreschoolers #teachingtoddlersconsent #teachingkidsaboutconsent #howimportantisconsentforkids #consenteducation #educatingkidsaboutconsent #educatingtoddlersaboutconsent #consentandpreschoolers #consentinpreschool #momlife #parenting #adviceforMoms
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Kids' Art Projects, Toddlers

Halloween Art for Toddlers- 3 Projects for Spooky Fun

I love some good Halloween crafts as much as the next person, but you know what happens at our house? I spend about an hour prepping materials for the craft, the kids spend about three minutes doing the craft, and then I spend the next twenty minutes cleaning it up. It’s MUCH easier to set up some process-based Halloween Art for Toddlers instead.

Process art varies from regular arts and crafts in that it’s focused on the art creation and not upon the product, or outcome, of the activity. Luckily, the products often come out pretty darn cute, too.

As an added bonus- they usually don’t take much time to set up, which makes you a LOT less cranky if you’re kids aren’t into them. (Sidenote: my kids usually spend MUCH more time on a project if it’s process based, which makes the prep feel SO much more worth it!)

So if you’re looking for some fun Halloween art for toddlers (or your big kids, too!) keep reading for three fun Halloween activities for toddlers you can try today.

Looking for Halloween art for toddlers? We've got three fun process-based art projects to get your littles in on the Halloween fun at TheSaltyMamas.com. #halloween #halloweencrafts #halloweencraftsforkids #halloweenart #halloweenartforkids #toddlers #toddlerart #toddlerartprojects
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