Helpful Holiday Hack to end the chorus of -How many days are left?”

White Board Kids Count Down

Holiday Helpful Hack

White Board Kids Count Down
How much longer do I have to wait?

We had a few mishaps in the past with our advent calendars, you know the usual problems, bought it and can’t find it, ants ate it, Elf on the Shelf ate it or  I just plain forgot it, etc. All of these problems meant that it was time to Hack a solution!  Time is a tough concept for kids, and visual representation is a big help for them, it also keeps you from losing your mind answering the constant question of how many days are left until the big day.

Draw a picture of the upcoming event that your child is looking forward to, count how many days are left until said event and write the numbers in. You can use the dates or just do a countdown depending on the age of your munchkin.  The kiddo can color in each day, and just like the question “how many days left till……..” has ended.

We have used this trick for summer vacation countdowns, Grandparent visits, end of school, birthday’s etc.  When she was little I used to draw it for her, but now that she is bigger she draws it herself, and Boom!  This little trick turns into a learning experience as she helps me look at the calendar and figure out how many days she needs to place on the board.

 

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Diary of a Rogue House CatDiary of a Rogue House Cat

Have you ever had a pet that just seemed to cause havoc at every turn? Has your cat ever knocked over glasses, hidden your keys or generally created chaos for no apparent reason? Have you ever wondered what on earth your pet could be thinking? Baby Girl the Rogue House Cat explains all her crazy and funny actions in her new diary. Her journey to become a good house cat will help explain why cats do some of the things they do. I hope you enjoy her antics as much as I do.

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Cyndi’s Top 5 Favorite Holiday Kids Websites Countdown

I wanted to share my Top 5 Favorite Holiday Kids Websites for the Holidays.  Hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

#5 Yes Virginia,There is a Santa Clause! 

Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus
Kids and parents can read the original editorial for the story.  (Warning this may be for older kids as Virginia does question the idea of Santa!)

 

#4  Starfall Gingerbread Man  and the Snowman. 

Starfall Gingerbread Man
Starfall is an  incredible educational website that is available all year long.  It has great games and online activities that encourage reading skills.  What I love about this site is that the kids can click on each word in the Snowman Counting Activity on Starfalldirections to have them read aloud.  This site is wonderful for emergent readers.

One of my daughters favorites is the Gingerbread Man that allows kids to decorate it anyway they want.  It’s a great way to review or learn shapes for the little ones.  The bigger kids seem to like it just for fun!

I also like the Snowman activity here, it is a cute little Matching decked out in Holiday themes.

#3  Elf Yourself 

Elf Yourself Home Page

If you’ve never seen this (It’s been around for years!)  you will get a giggle and so will your family.  The kids think this is hilarious and watch it over and over again.  Simply place pictures of your family members on the elves and watch them do a jig.   You may wish it would get old, but it just doesn’t!

#2 NorthPole.com

NorthPole.com Home Page
This is site is a good time.  It has a nice countdown to Christmas and lots of little excerpts to read and loads of games all Santa’s Village.  You can visit Mrs. Clause’s kitchen, write Santa a letter, fill out a check list to find out if you are on the Nice or Naughty list, and so much more. There are cute stories to read and color.   You can sign up to save your progress, but you don’t have too.

If your little ones don’t read yet then they will need a little help from you.  It’s a great way to spend some time getting into the Holiday spirit with your child.

#1 is a tye!  My Two Favorite Sites are  Norad Tracks Santa.  and  Portable North Pole!

Norad Tracks Santa#1  Norad Tracks Santa. 
This is a close second for my favorite holiday site.  Really, it is a stalemate with Portable North Pole!  They have lots of fun games for the kids to play, even I got stuck playing a tetras like game the other night.  The best thing is that starting Christmas Eve, they “track” Santa’s flight around the world with cute little cartoon type videos, so your child can see where Santa is before they go to bed.  It’s lots of fun and the kids get a kick out of it.  It has become tradition in our family to see Santa over London where Nana and Papa are before we go to bed.  It looks like they have updated it this year, so I am looking forward to seeing what they have in store for us!

Portable North Pole#1 Portable North Pole! 
This is the most fun free thing you will do this year!! They have changed it a bit over the last few years, so you don’t get to put in so much information as you used to for the free version.  I am tempted to go ahead and get the paid version, considering that we have been using it every year and have always loved it.   You go to the website, answer a few questions about your child’s name and age and what they want for Christmas and upload pictures if you want.

Then Santa sends you a personalized video message for your child  Santa checks his file and shows pictures of your child and everything.  The first year my daughter went nuts when Santa showed a photo of her and her cousin on vacation (you don’t get this anymore with the free version) and mentioned how lucky she was to have gone on vacation this year.  She started yelling “Santa!  That is my cousin Santa!”  It was so wonderful!  Literally brought tears to my eyes!  We do it every year!

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The Week Ahead for South Florida 12/11/14

Ciinderella's Castle after Elsa freezes it

Check out my list of top 5 this year, so I am looking forward to seeing what they have in store for us!  Here is the number one, you will have to see the rest!

Portable North Pole#1 Favorite site:   Portable North Pole!  This is the most fun free thing you will do this year!!  You go to the website, answer a few questions about your child’s age, gender, hair color, eye color, what they want for Christmas and upload pictures if you want.

Then Santa sends you a personalized video message for your child  Santa checks his file and shows pictures of your child and everything.  The first year my daughter went nuts when Santa showed a photo of her and her cousin on vacation and mentioned how lucky she was to have gone on vacation this year.  She started yelling “Santa!  That is my cousin Santa!”  It was so wonderful!  Literally brought tears to my eyes!  We do it every year!

Fort Wilderness Campgrounds at Disney Review If you are looking for something different to do this Holiday Season, check out my review of Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campgrounds!  Your kids will never forget this trip!

We also went to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas on this trip.  I will have the review up this coming week, but in short.  WE LOVED IT!

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The Week Ahead Events List for South Florida 10/31013

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Happy Halloween!!!!!

I am going to keep it really short this week, because frankly I am sooooooo tired.  I hope Garden Plotyou have all been enjoying all the great fall and Halloween events.

Edible leaves from our gardenWe had our first tiny little harvest from out garden plot.  Too many of our broccoli seeds camp up and we had to thin them out.  We got to add the tender little broccoli leaves to our salad tonight.  We were all ridiculously giddy over it!

I realized that I shared this last week, but it is worth the read. It is a Checklist put out by the Boca Raton Police Department for Halloween Safety.  It is a good reminder for all of us no matter where we live, so take a moment and read it.

Oct 2013

Date/Time Event
10/30/2013
12:00 am
Green Cay Nature Center Guided Tour
Green Cay Nature Center, Boynton Beach FL
10/30/2013
10:30 am – 11:00 am
Loggerhead Marinelife Center Hatchling Tales Storytime
Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach FL
10/30/2013
10:30 am – 11:30 am
Sharkey’s Storytime: (Ages 3-5) Nova Library
Alvin Sherman Library at Nova Southeastern, Fort Lauderdale fl
10/30/2013
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Junior Vet Lab at Loggerhead Marinelife Center
Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach FL
10/30/2013
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Mommy & Me Downtown at the Gardens Palm Beach Gardens
Downtown at the Gardens, Palm Beach Gardens FL
10/30/2013
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Loggerhead Marinelife Center Children’s Research Station
Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach FL
10/30/2013
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Bass Park Spooky Halloween Dance Party in Fort Lauderdale
Bass Park, Fort Lauderdale
10/31/2013
12:00 am
Santa’s Enchanted Forest in Miami
Santa’s Enchanted Forest, Miami FL
10/31/2013
10:30 am – 11:30 am
Little Minnows Storytime! (Ages 18-36 months) Nova Library
Alvin Sherman Library at Nova Southeastern, Fort Lauderdale fl
10/31/2013
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Halloween Dance at Franklin Park for teens in Fort Lauderdale
Franklin Park, Fort Lauderdale FL
10/31/2013
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Spookyville at Yesteryear Village in West Palm Beach
Yesteryear Village, West Palm Beach FL
10/31/2013
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Trick or Treat at Whole Foods, South Florida
10/31/2013
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Haunted House for Families at Roosevelt Gardens Park in Fort Lauderdale
Roosevelt Gardens Park, Fort Lauderdale FL
10/31/2013
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Halloween Happenings on Miami Beach
Scott Rakow Youth Center, Miami Beach FL
10/31/2013
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Lauderdale by the Sea Halloween & Haunted House
Jarvis Hall – Lauderdale by the Sea, Lauderdale by the Sea FL
10/31/2013
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Safe Night of Fright on Miami Beach
North Shore Bandshell, Miami Beach FL

Nov 2013

Date/Time Event
11/01/2013
12:00 am
Santa’s Enchanted Forest in Miami
Santa’s Enchanted Forest, Miami FL
11/01/2013
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Junior Vet Lab at Loggerhead Marinelife Center
Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach FL
11/01/2013
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Loggerhead Marinelife Center Children’s Research Station
Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach FL
11/01/2013
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
FreeMovie Night & Funtastic Frinday in Hollywood at ArtsPark
ArtsPark at Young Circle Amphitheater, Hollywood fl
11/02/2013
12:00 am
Santa’s Enchanted Forest in Miami
Santa’s Enchanted Forest, Miami FL
11/02/2013
8:45 am – 11:30 am
Saturdays @ Sanborn Downtown Boca
Sanborn Square in Downtown Boca, Boca Raton FL
11/02/2013
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Eco Action Days at Fern Forest in Margate
Fern Forest Nature Center, Coconut Creek FL
11/02/2013
10:30 am – 11:30 am
Capoeira Fitness Free Martial Arts Class
Sanborn Square in Downtown Boca, Boca Raton FL
11/02/2013
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Junior Vet Lab at Loggerhead Marinelife Center
Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach FL
11/03/2013
12:00 am
Santa’s Enchanted Forest in Miami
Santa’s Enchanted Forest, Miami FL
11/03/2013
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Guided Tour of Loggerhead Marinelife Center
Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach FL
11/04/2013
12:00 am
Santa’s Enchanted Forest in Miami
Santa’s Enchanted Forest, Miami FL
11/05/2013
12:00 am
Santa’s Enchanted Forest in Miami
Santa’s Enchanted Forest, Miami FL
11/05/2013
11:00 am – 11:30 am
Toddler Tuesdays at Lion Country Safari in Loxahatchee
Lion Country Safari, Loxahatchee FL

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