If your baby has his or her first birthday celebration coming
up, be sure to check with your local grocer to see if they offer
free "Smash" cakes for a child's 1st birthday.
Albertson's, for instance, has been known to provide the free
cake for youngsters to squish, slobber on and of course--SMASH! The
Smash cake may only be free with the purchase of a sheet cake, so
be sure to check with your participating grocer when you explain
that you have a child celebrating their 1st birthday.
It makes for great pictures and ensures that your guests have a
smash-free piece while the birthday boy or girl has their cake (and
eats it too!)
Valentine's Day is a great opportunity to teach your kids about
caring and sharing, while also mixing in a little chocolate! There
are lots of fun ways to make February 14th special for your little
Here are some games you can play at home with your family or if
you're hosting a Valentine's Day party:
Valentine's Toss is an easy game that will keep
the kids laughing and burning energy.
*Have the children stand in a large circle. Give one player a
soft, red ball, small stuffed heart or red beanbag.
*The player is to call out the name of another player, then toss
them the ball.
*The second player catches the ball, calls another name, and tosses
the ball to that child.
*After a few tosses, add another ball to the game. Now there are
two balls being passed simultaneously, and the kids really have to
*If the players can keep the game going with two balls, add a third
for an extra challenge.
*If you have a large group of players, add a fourth ball.
*You can keep the game going until the children tire of it.
Candy Relay will bring out the giggles, and
ends with a sweet treat.
*Divide the kids into two even teams, and have them line
*Give every player on each team a small, wrapped candy, such as a
peppermint or Tootsie Roll (Warn the kids not to eat their candies
*The first player on each team puts on a pair of mittens, and at
"Go!" attempts to unwrap their candy, which they then eat.
*The mittens are passed to the next player, who repeats the
*The first team to unwrap and eat all the candies wins.
ideas courtesy of: KNDU
Have you seen the Feb/Mar 2012 issue of MOM in the Tri-Cities?
Cover MOM Leigh Justine Wick - How does she do
Snooze or lose - The
importance of sleep
Birthday parties - fun ideas to
Birthdays and home - traditions make
Baby teeth matter - caring for your child's
Food - Sweet as sugar - baking with natural
Get crafty - DIY
SuperDAD - Brian Cummins
With several weeks left before spring, your little ones might be
itching to go outside but can't quite withstand the cold
temperatures. Besides your local library or museums, try taking a
trip to a slightly smaller (and FREE) zoo close by…
Pet stores, which my family affectionately calls "Baby Zoo" can
be a delightful trip for your kids to learn about animals and see
critters that may never be welcome in your home like snakes and
tarantulas. My kids always get a kick out of watching the ferrets
play and are amazed to see Nemo and his friends in the fish
This is a great way to help kids learn about a variety of
animals and how to care for them should they finally convince you
(if they haven't already) to get a family pet.
It's free and fun and helps relieve some of the cabin fever your
kids might be having as the holidays are over and the water parks
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