A Tale as Old as Time

…Song as old as rhyme masterpiece. Beauty and the Beast delivered a spectacular performance full of Disney magic and wondrous inspiration. The mesmerizing colors and captivating songs charmed even the most faithful to the animated 1991 version. The question is, what age is suitable for viewing this movie? I was a 1995 baby, meaning I …

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The Grand Del Mar

As you drive up to The Grand Del Mar take note of the large outdoor grassy play area on your right. This will be the setting for your 2-3 hours of large motor activities, perfect for rambunctious kids who have cabin fever. Bring a ball light enough to hit with a bat, but big enough …

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Stock Your Bag With New Activities

Needing to beef up your bag of tricks? It’s Spring time & that’s one of the best times to find great games & other activities on sale! The “Guess Who” game is one example of a tried & true favorite for kids 6 & up. ($15 @ Target) Oh, & don’t forget to check the website …

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Fun Times at the Hilton San Diego Resort and Spa

Caregiver Malu R. recently shared her thoughts on the Hilton San Diego Resort and Spa. This hotel has a recently renovated beach style pool. For younger children, there is a kid pool with a fun water feature for them to run through and play. It will keep them entertained for hours! The resort also offers bikes, sail boats, …

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We Are in a Book by Mo Willems

I first heard about this book when I started subbing years ago. A librarian read it to her class and the kids LOVED it. I thought, that is a great book to keep on hand as a substitute teacher and it has proven to be just as useful as a caregiver. The book is about …

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Building Blocks — Dollar Spot @ Target

I regularly peruse the dollar spot at Target for inexpensive new toys, puzzles, activities I can use as a caregiver and I recently stumbled upon these builder blocks. Each bag comes with 32, but when I took these out at a recent job, they were such a huge hit I need to go back for …

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Mega Blok Classic Building Bag

An activity review by Laura P.: I got a bag of MEGA Bloks when I first started working for Marion’s, and it’s been fantastic! It’s my go-to toy for kids, both girls and boys. The blocks are big and colorful, and are easy for young kids to build with, but it also allows for creativity …

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Water Beads

An activity review from Sarah B.: Water beads are so fun! You can find them at the dollar store, Michael’s, and even online. They are meant to go in vases with flowers and come in all kinds of colors. They are also cheap ($1-2) and easy to replace. Kids love to play with these, they …

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Fun Recipes!

Cooking with children is a fun, hands-on way to introduce math & science concepts! I have so many recipes, I can’t share them all here, but here are a few “basics” to get you started! Gingerbread Playdough 1 c flour 1/2 c salt 2 tsp. cream of tartar about 1/2 c spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, …

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The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep

The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep is my new favorite book. I heard about it from friends and didn’t really believe until I started to read it to my 15 month teething baby boy. We got to the second page and I could hear him snoring, I kept reading and before I could get …

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