Teaching Toddlers to Give Back and Share

“Please share with your brother!” When you have a toddler and a baby, the struggle of teaching a nearly three-year-old the importance of sharing is a difficult journey. As we enter the season of giving, and the more I think about how I want my children to be kids that give back, I’ve brainstormed a bevy of ways to combine the art of giving back with that of sharing.

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Here are three ways to show your kids how to give back through sharing:

  1. Cleaning Up and Giving Back – My children have been blessed with so much. As we approach the season of gifting and giving, we have found it important to have our toddler go through toys we have grouped together and determine which toys he would like to pass along to his baby brother and what toys he would like to donate to a local charity. By giving our son an active role in the cleaning out process we are able to share with him about the difference he is making in the lives of other children his age as well as teaching him that by sharing with his baby brother, he is letting his brother create wonderful memories with those beloved toys as well!
  2. Operation Christmas Child – There is nothing quite like seeing the joy on a child’s face as they open up a present. The Samaritan’s Purse has provided an opportunity for you and your child to bring joy to another child’s life. Have your child pick out which toys he/she wants to include in their box for a boy or girl their age and fill the box to send off to those overseas. This giving opportunity lets them have an active role in making a difference and opens up conversation on the importance of sharing.

Learn more about Operation Christmas Child here >> https://www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/ <<

  1. A Giving Bank – Inevitably, family members like to give my toddler some cash and for a toddler a five dollar bill doesn’t mean much. As he grows he will learn the importance of saving, but by starting early, we can establish two piggy banks. One bank for personal savings and one for charity. He will be able to donate the money to a charity of his choice or use the money to fill a shoe box for Operation Christmas Child or a stocking for the Salvation Army; whatever they want to do!

These are just a few ways to get your little ones in the holiday spirit of giving back as well as offer inspiration to tackle the life lesson of sharing.

How do you teach your kids about helping others and giving back? Let me know in the comments below.

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Toddler Time – The Slime Book

I never fully understood the obsession with slime. For months Instagram stories, tweets, and even Youtube gurus were plastering their feeds with SLIME. While this was all happening, I was sitting on my couch saying, “what’s the big deal?” Well folks, I now I understand the fascination.

I am always looking for fun activities to do with my toddler on the weekend. It’s easy to cave and let him watch his iPad all day long, but I refuse to let him fall victim to the digital world (I had to add a dramatic flair). As any nearly three-year-old boy, he loves to get into anything and everything gooey, goopy, and gloopy. When we received The Slime Book by DK Publishing, I knew we had found the exciting activity my kid would love!

Now my toddler is obsessed with dinosaurs, so I wanted to do something slime related involving our prehistoric friends. I found a recipe called “See-Through Slime” which required ingredients I already had readily available in my home and used the tactile aspect of the “Dinosaurs in Amber” recipe and added plastic dinosaurs to the mix. Once our slime was mixed and filled with dinos, we played a fun game of archeologist. I’m not one to brag, but we discovered some pretty unique species that day (jealous?).

Even though fluffy, stretchy, and snow slime is fun to make, let’s keep in mind that toddlers, especially my toddler, like to put everything in their mouths. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve told my son to “stop, remove it from your mouth, put it down, and step away.” The Slime Book brings the joy of making slime to an all new delicious level with their handful of edible recipes. You don’t have to worry about your kid consuming glue, glitter, saline solution or shaving cream when you mix these items together.

If you are looking for a fun activity to do with your kids, check out DK Publishing’s The Slime Book and their 30+ awesome slime recipes. “Each recipe is Borax-free and uses safe, readily available ingredients,” so you will feel safe making squishy experiments with your little ones.

Have you entered the world of slime? What are your favorite slime recipes to do with your kids? Let me know in the comments below.

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