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April 25, 2008

Reader Feedback: Birthday Tips

"At Child A's fourth birthday we made decorated "binoculars" I made them ahead of time by stapling together two TP rolls and adding a string, on the string I had attached a tag to write the child's name on. A bunch of stickers and fancy metallic markers and we were all set! The next year we made crowns and tieras. My husband cut out the party hats from pieces of Bristol board and we bought a bunch of shiny beads and stickers from the dollar store and of course more markers!

Each year we made our own "pin the something on the something" game, first year was stick the spider on the web, Child A drew the big spider web and the year after it was stick the spaceship on the solar system.

(submitted by a Parent Club reader)

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April 24, 2008

Birthday Tips - at home

A few tips for the "Location: Our House Birthday Party".

How do you fill the time?

  • Combine activities. Have the child make their loot bag item; be it a hand print on an art canvas, a decorated t-shirt, a pot & seeds combo, a painted bird house, or other craft. (e-mail Parent Club if you need more ideas!)

  • Make food an activity. Decorate cupcakes, make individual pizzas, bead fruit loop necklaces.

  • Update the ol' skool. Enjoy games of "old" like musical chairs (update it by using hoola hoops to stand in), duck, duck, goose (update to Dora, Boots, Swiper), Egg race (use those plastic easter eggs you just bought in April), pass the package (give newspaper or flyers a 2nd life by wrapping layers)

  • Set up stations. Have a book nook, a dress-up corner, a lego land...and if possible keep the food to one area.

Keep the time to two hours. If the kids are young; write on the invitations that there will be a tea/coffee bar for the parents (a bit of an incentive to stay). If parents are dropping off their children; have a clipboard near the door for parents to write down their cell phone numbers.

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April 23, 2008

Parent Club test panel - Crest SpinBrush for Kids

April is National Oral Health Care month in Canada.

Studies have shown that children brush longer with a Crest SpinBrush compared to manual toothbrushes; 38 per cent longer. The Parent Club test panel was approached to take the Pokemon Pikatchu toothbrush for a "spin". Here are the test results;

  • Well, the toothbrushes are very successful in our household. Both child A and child B say that the brushes clean the same way as one of the tools used at the dentist. Child B liked it so much that she brushed her teeth twice within two hours on the first day of using her brush. Both kids say that the brush tickled their teeth when brushing. (Parent Club Mom; kids 8 and 4)

  • Child A and Child B both recognized the characters (I had no idea). They actually wanted to brush their teeth in the mornings! I liked being able to hear the powered toothbrush as I could tell how long they were brushing. It's a hit. (Parent Club Mom; kids aged 7 and 5).

Parent Club thanks Veritas for challenging the Parent Club panel with this product test.

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April 22, 2008

EARTH DAY - ECOkid websites

Here are some good websites for getting to know more about the Earth, science and nature. Click on the link to go directly to the respective site. All sites are Canadian.

Know Mag
Owl Kids

Colouring pages of animals and nature;
Hugot l'escargot

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April 21, 2008

What is Bisphenol A?

Bisphenol A (BPA) has been in the news a lot recently.

Read the Globe & Mail Article on Health Canada labeling BPA as officially dangerous

Click on the Link above or on the youtube video to find out more on Bisphenol A.

What are your alternatives?
- Born Free baby bottles (available in Toronto stores or on line)
- Baby on the Hip (969 Queen Street East) sells Born Free Products
- Enviroproducts (available in Toronto stores or on line)have stainless steel water bottles, corn husk bottles and more
- Natural Beauty Canada(available on line) has BPA free baby bottles

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