For the Grandkids
THE SANTA SATCHEL
Start a magical tradition for the grandchildren you love so much with The Santa Satchel. Place the handmade red Satchels l in your grandchildren’s room (one Satchel per child) and have them record daily the special something they did that afternoon to make a
positive difference in someone’s day. After writing down their good deed (which will help build confidence), they’ll place the piece of paper in the Satchel where it will be stored until the eve of December 20th. Late that night, when the children are asleep, Santa’s elves pick up each Satchel so that Santa has time to review each child’s good deeds and return the Satchel filled with gift
s on Christmas morning. The Satchel has everyone doing something good ~ the children are encouraged to be kind to others, Santa and the elves don’t have to wrap each gift, so they’re saving trees, and you can even ask Santa to put a tag on one gift that you and your grandchild can donate to a good cause together.
Satchels can be registered on santasatchel.com to ensure that Santa always knows which Satchel belongs to which child.
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Chewbeads are super cute jewels (sorta Marni-esque) made from silicone so your grandbaby can use them for teething. Founder Lisa Greenwald, direct merchandising manager at J. Crew, draws inspiration from her daily fashion exposure and of course, her role as mom.
The idea for Chewbeads began in 2009 shortly after the birth of her son. Like most babies, he loved to put everything in his mouth and Lisa’s necklaces were a favorite. Like most moms, she didn’t feel comfortable letting him chew on them, concerned that they might break or have unwanted chemicals. As a veteran of the fashion industry, she had an amazing collection of necklaces and bracelets, so with those as her inspiration, she set out to create soft, non-toxic jewelry that was colorful, chic and, above all else, SAFE. Hence, Chewbeads were born!
-Beads are made with 100% silicone (similar to pacifiers & nipples)
-Soft on babies’ gums and emerging teeth
-Easily cleaned with dish soap & water, also dishwasher safe!
-No BPA, PVC, Phthalates, Cadmium, or Lead
-Necklaces have a breakaway clasp for added safety
You can view their entire collection at www.chewbeads.com.
COOKING WITH PRESCHOOLERS
Cooking can help young kids learn and practice some basic math concepts and build language skills. And the experience of creating meals with you can help build their self-confidence and lay the foundation for healthy eating habits.
It may take a little flexibility and some simple prep work, but with the right expectations, your time in the kitchen with your preschool grandchild can be a culinary adventure you’ll both enjoy.
How Cooking Can Help Preschoolers
Bringing kids into the kitchen and inviting them to help you cook can benefit them in a number of ways:
Build basic skills. You can help your grandkids hone basic math skills by doing something as simple as counting eggs or pouring water into a measuring cup. You can ask what comes first, second, and third or count together as you spoon dough onto a cookie sheet. When you read a recipe together, you’re introducing new words to your grandkids’ vocabulary and promoting literacy. Following steps in the recipe can work on listening skills.
Encourage an adventurous palate. Preschoolers are notoriously picky eaters, and bringing them into the kitchen to cook can help get them to open up to new tastes. When your 3-year-old granddaughter plays chef she might sample dishes she wouldn’t try if you just served them to her. So encourage kids to taste new ingredients you’re working with and talk about what they like and how healthy foods make a body grow.
Help young kids explore with their senses. Kids learn by exploring with their senses and the kitchen is an ideal place to do that. Invite them to listen to the whir of the mixer, pound dough and watch it rise, smell it baking in the oven, and finally taste the warm bread fresh from the oven. If it smells good, looks appealing, and is easy to eat they may just be willing to try it!
Boost confidence. Preschoolers love to show what they can do and working in the kitchen provides opportunities to gain a sense of accomplishment. If they helped assemble the pizza, let them know that their help was important. You could name the pizza or another dish after your grandchild child. Serve “Will’s Pizza” or “Ella’s Salad” for dinner tonight. Even if the end results are not exactly what you expected, praise their efforts.
Ideal Jobs for Preschoolers in the Kitchen
A few tasks in the kitchen are particularly well-suited to kids ages 3 to 5. The key is to give them “jobs” that meet their skill level and are something they enjoy. So if your child loves to pound, bring out the bread dough and let your preschooler pound away.
Here are some other ways kids can help:
- stirring pancake batter
- tearing lettuce for salad
- adding ingredients
- assembling a pizza
- helping you “read” a cookbook by turning the pages
From riding a tricycle to getting dressed, preschoolers are learning how much they can do all by themselves, so look for a few cooking-related activities that your grandchild can successfully complete independently or with a minimum of involvement from you. Simple tasks like pouring liquid into the bowl, sprinkling cheese on top of the casserole, or using cookie cutters are a good fit for most preschoolers.
Don’t plan an elaborate project ~ 5 to 10 minutes might be all a child wants to spend on an activity. Start small and keep it fun.
As kids grow, they will develop the skills, attention span, and interest to do bigger cooking jobs, like squeezing the juice out of a lemon, measuring ingredients into cups and spoons, and beating eggs or mashing potatoes.
Preschoolers will also enjoy learning with you. For safety reasons, you should be in the kitchen with them at all times, supervising and monitoring progress.
Spending time in the kitchen with your grandkids can foster an interest in food and cooking that will last for life!
Lifefactory is a pioneer in the eco glass water bottle movement and designs products that are totally safe (no toxins, no chemicals, no BPAs), sturdy and practical (all products are dishwasher safe), and their bright hues and modern design make grandma and baby hydration look extra chic. Lifefactory’s co-founder, Pam Marcus, was a pediatric feeding specialist in the Kaiser Hospital system in Oakland, CA for over 17 years. In the mid 2000s she became concerned about the prevalence of chemicals and plastics in feeding systems for children at their most vulnerable stages. She launched Lifefactory to bring better reusable glass baby bottles and accessories to market but demand for products has helped grow the business to include bottles for the entire family through every life stage. It’s clear why LF has become a trusted favorite for parents and grandparents across the US ~ knowing that your child is safe from plastic toxins during those crucial developmental years brings peace of mind every day. Lifefactory specializes in adult, kids, and baby bottles as well as infant teethers.
You can view the entire innovative Lifefactory line at www.Lifefactory.com.
Just Like Grandpa! Now your favorite guys can have matching ties! Little boys love dressing up like their daddies and granddaddies. Sizes range from infant to tall men so you can find the perfect size for all the men on your Christmas list. My Favorite Pal matching neckties are handcrafted with top quality “kid-tough” microfiber to last the rough and tumble shenanigans of boys and still look sharp. www.myfavoritepal.com