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Pointillism Picture Materials: Q-Tips Watercolors (inexpensive pan kind) White paper or note card Pencil Instructions: Outline the shapes you want to make in pencil. Dip a wet Q-tip into a different color to fill each space. Fill each shape until the paint covers all the white. Ready! Set! Show! By: Dr. Cynthia L. Taylor Dr. Cynthia L. Taylor, an art educator, has devoted a life time to helping children with learning needs be creative. She will be writing a column called "Kitchen Table Art...
For each choice give two options, each of which are ok with you. For example, "Do you want to do your chores now or in fifteen minutes?" Give choices before your child gets resistant. If you give them afterwards, you reward resistance.  For each choice, give them no longer than 10 seconds to choose. If they don't choose, or they choose an option you didn't provide, choose for them. Only give choices that fit your value system. Give 99% of your choices when things are going well. When...
Help children develop new skills and refine old skills today! The iPad brings children an interactive experience with multi-sensory feedback that can teach children a wide range of necessary skills. It can teach children cause and effect, fine motor skills, communication, and socialization! The Apps (programs) on the iPad can help promote children's participation in activities and routines by using positive feedback and engaging tactics. Some Apps are free while others are inexpensive. From...
Kids are able to "hook" their parents into arguments. Here are some Love and Logic "One-Liners" that will help get the adults off the hook. Remember! These are only effective when said with genuine compassion, empathy and understanding. "Probably so."  "I know."  "I bet it feels that way."  "What do you think you are going to do?"  "I don't know. What do you think?"  "Love you too much to argue."
This activity is fun for all ages of children. Thaw frozen bread dough, and let children roll small pieces of the dough into long strips. Older children can make numbers one to ten or write their names and other words with strips of dough. Younger children will enjoy pounding and sculpting the dough into interesting shapes. For even more fun, provide raisins and chocolate chips for decoration. When finished playing, let the dough rise for 30 minutes, place it on a cookie sheet, and bake at 350...
Ingredients: 4 Oranges 4 Cups of Orange Juice 4 Cherries  Instructions Cut the tops off the oranges in a zigzag pattern. Hollow out the insides, remove the seeds and combine in a blender with the juice. Set the rinds in a muffin tin and fill with the mixture. Drop a cherry inside each orange. Freeze for 2 to 3 hours. Soften the treats for 5 minutes, then serve. Makes 4.
Place the egg in a small saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Boil for 1 minute, then turn off the heat. Cover the saucepan and let the egg sit in the hot water for 12 minutes.  Once the time is up, run the egg under cold water to cool. Then ask your child to roll the egg on all sides to crack the shell. Peel under running water.  Slice the egg in half lengthwise. Place the halves yolk side down on a plate. (Alternatively, you can slice off a bit of the...
*This apple-phibious treat is so charming, your kids may not even notice that it's good for them. Ingredients: Green apple (such as a Granny Smith) Cream cheese Chocolate chips Green grapes Directions: Cut the apple into quarters & remove the core. Cut a thin wedge from one quarter for a mouth. For the eyes, shape cream cheese into two half-inch balls, & set them in place. Insert a chocolate chip, point-side in, into each cream cheese ball.  Use the grapes, cut in half, for the...
Ingredients: ¾ cup chopped walnuts or pecans  ½ cup butter, softened  ½ cup sugar 1 egg yolk  ½ teaspoon vanilla extract  1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour  ½ teaspoon baking powder  ¼ teaspoon salt  ¼ cup fruit jelly or jam  Directions: Measure the nuts into the bowl of a food processor or blender. Pulse the machine to finely chop the nuts, and then set them aside.  Using an electric mixer, cream the butter. Gradually beat in the sugar until fluffy....
An energy-packed snack! Ingredients 4 cups Banana Nut Cheerios cereal  1 cup sweetened dried cranberries  1/3 cup slivered almonds, toasted  1/3 cup roasted unsalted sunflower nuts  1/2 cup light corn syrup  1/4 cup packed brown sugar  1/4 cup creamy peanut butter  1 teaspoon vanilla  Directions Spray 9-inch square pan with cooking spray. In large bowl, mix cereal, cranberries, almonds, and sunflower nuts. Kids will love to mix the ingredients! ...

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