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The Importance of Outdoor Play

It's time to put down the devices and get your kids outside this weekend! Outdoor play works wonders on your kids well being and Curiosity Box is here to help encourage your childs creative play all weekend long!

Get outside with your kid this weekend and discover the colours of the world with our free printable Rainbow Scavenger Hunt!

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Why Outdoor Play is so Important:

According to ParticipAction, Canadian kids between the ages of five and 17 spend 8-9 hours a day in sedentary activity, and only 8 percent get the recommended hour a day of physical activity; some of which happens indoors.

Technology is arguably the main culprit, but parental attitudes toward, sending children outside for unsupervised, unstructured playtime is also to blame. We’ve become overly risk-averse, worried about what others will think or afraid of abduction. In the past decade, the number of kids who play outside after school has dropped by 14 percent. Also, many of these children just don’t have time for play on top of their organized sports, music lessons, homework and more.

What Outdoor Play Can Do For Your Little One(s):

Boost Academic Performance

In a 2010 National Wildlife Federation report, 78 percent of teachers said they believe that children who spend regular time in unstructured outdoor play have more concentration and perform better in the classroom

Get a Better Sleep at Night

Let's face it, playing in the sun and running around is enough to tire anyone out, especially our little ones.

Increase Happiness

Who doesn't love playing outside? A recent study found that if we give our kids time and freedom outdoors, say the experts, we’ll see a dramatic shift in their stress levels, self-esteem, self-regulation and overall happiness. To the outside we go!

And of course, have fun!

Everything is better in the sun and the fresh air. Take advantage of the nice summer weather and encouraging your child to play outside. And like always, Curiosity Box will be here to provide free printables and activity ideas to enjoy!

If you haven't downloaded it already, make sure to download your free Rainbow Scavenger Hunt printable and enjoy adventuring with your little ones while you search for the colours of the world!

Thanks to Today's Parent for this great article, if you want to read the full thing, click here

Valentine's Day Ideas and Printables

With Valentine's being such a fun occasion for my boys, I decided to do a fun and unique type of Valentine's for their classes this year! You can also print these and use them for your child's class or daycare or friends! Keep reading and you will see the printable below! 

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For my older son's class (Grade 1), we are doing Tic Tac Toe game board Valentine's. How cute are these?! 

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This is a fun and interactive way for your kids to give their friends a little treat and then they can play tic tac toe with their treats! Click on the photo below by left clicking on the photo below and printing the form for your kiddos to use! 

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For my younger son, he really wanted to give his class suckers and so we made these fun and adorable Valentine's. I love that he can write his name this year and love how proud he was when he wrote them out! 

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With this one you will need an adult to make two incisions on the Valentine with a sharp knife so that you can slide the sucker through....

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Here's the printable for you! To download, left click on the photo and save it to your computer or phone. Then print. 

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Be sure to check out our Seasonal Valentine's Day Boxes HERE! Get yours before they are gone!! 

Elf on The Shelf Funny Ideas and FREE Printable

Every year Charlie comes to our house and does funny things to make the boys laugh. I have to say that I love being creative and coming up with the ideas of what Charlie is going to do!

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This year, Charlie came on December 1 and just like every year, he brought out our Christmas books and new Christmas PJs for the boys as well as their advent calendars. Each year we have to have a special breakfast as he also brings out our Christmas plates and mugs. The boys remembered these little details from last year and since we moved they were very excited to see that this tradition was continued! :) 

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The thing I love about our Elf is that he reports back to Santa every night about how the boys have behaved. The boys remind each other to be kind to others and to listen to Mom and Dad as Charlie is watching.  They also love telling their friends about what our Elf did and hearing what other's elves did. This year here's what Charlie was up to:

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He wrote on our front hallway mirror (with a dry erase marker lol) "It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas" as we had decorated for Christmas the night before.

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He brought out our waffle maker (which we hadn't used in a LONG time!) and brought a new box of waffle mix...but spilled some lol. He also brought fresh strawberries and whip cream and the boys loved having a special breakfast! 

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He had a good workout on our treadmill and the boys thought this was hilarious! 

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He put one of each pairs of socks all over the Christmas tree. The boys had to wear mis match socks to school and they LOVED having to tell their friends and class about why they had mismatch socks on! 

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He also had a balloon sword to protect our Christmas tree (at least that's what the boy's theory was!). 

This week I am going to use these printables and have the boys go around the house and find them all. Love that there's jokes and interactive cards that I can use! I have created these into a downloadable file so just click on the photo below and download and print. Or right click on the photo and save it as an image. 

If you're looking for more ideas, check out last years post here.   To download the FREE Printable Click Here

Head on over to our Facebook page and share what your elf is doing!! :) 

Monkey'in Around

Here are some fun ideas on how to incorporate a full theme into your weekend fun and what better theme than monkeys?!

 
 

I thought it would be fun to have a full theme so that you can incorporate some crafting, games, a recipe and a printable!  

 
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Such a fun little craft to do on a rainy day!

Materials required:

  • - toilet paper tube
  • - brown paper
  • - beige paper
  • - yellow paper
  • - pipe cleaner
  • - glue
  • - scissors

 Here's how to make this cute little craft:
1.  Wrap the toilet paper roll in brown paper and glue. Cut out legs and arms in strips of brown paper. Accordion fold them. Glue them to the back of the body.
2. Cut out mouth, eyes, ears and tummy in beige paper.
Draw eyes, nostrils and mouth.
3. Cut out banana and glue to one hand.
4. Curl pipe cleaner and glue to the back of the body.

 
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Monkey Banana Bread Recipe

This is a family favourite with my little monkeys!
Items Required:

- 1 ¾ cup flour

- 2 tsp. baking powder

- ¼ tsp baking soda

- ½ tsp salt

- 1/3 cup butter

- 2/3 cup sugar

- 2 eggs (1 at a time)

- 1 1/2 cup bananas (4 bananas)

Combine dry ingredients in one bowl. Mix well. Mash bananas in another bowl. Combine butter, sugar, eggs with the bananas. Add dry mix. Mix well. Bake at 350 for 55-60mins.

Activity:

Monkey See, Monkey Do...Everything I do, You Do Too Activity!

This is a game for 3 or more players. But the more players you have, the more funny and exciting it is to play!

Here's how to play the game:

One player is the guesser, one is the monkey and the rest follow the monkey.

Decide which player will be the guesser. That player leaves the room.

Have the guesser leave the room. The remaining players then decide who will be the monkey.

The other players have to do whatever the monkey does. If she scratches her head, the rest of the players have to scratch their heads. The guesser tries to figure out who is the monkey. The monkey should try not to get caught changing the action. If the monkey gets caught, then she becomes the next guesser.

Here's another fun little acticity for your little one to enjoy! Click on the photo and download the file or right click on the photo and print! 

Happy First Day of Fall!

I don't know about you, but I LOVE Fall! I love the smells, the routine, the freshness in the air, the cool nights for sleeping, the decorations and sweaters that come out of storage and the FOOD!! 

 
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I might have jumped on the Pumpkin Spice everything bandwagon last week and had my first muffin from Tim Horton's and now it's like total resistance driving past each Tim Horton's and not stopping!! I can't wait for my first latte from Starbucks!! :) I am also excited and can't wait to make these Pumpkin Spice Muffins again this year! They are a huge hit in our house and so easy to make! 

I love decorating for Fall and was so excited to bring out our decorations and get our little mini pumpkins again this year. Here is the outside: 

 
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And a few from the inside: 

 
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The other thing I love about Fall is doing Fall activities! We have checked a few things off of our list for Fall, but we are looking forward to creating more memories soon by doing more items on the Fall Bucket List! 
 

Also, don't forget to check out our Single Seasonal Boxes HERE or sign up for any Subscription and get in on the October box that will be filled with some SPOOKY Halloween crafts! We sent out September's boxes this week and are super excited to share soon about our new warehouse space!! :) 

 
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Here is your Bucket List that you can print or save to your phone and create some fun memories with your kiddos!

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Happy Fall everyone!!! 

Elf Food and Elf Application

Another great way to incorporate the Elf on the Shelf is to make Elf Food! We made this last year and the boys loved it. We actually made it together and then watched our first Christmas movie! 

Items Required:

  • 1/2 c. popping corn
  • Salt
  • 1/4 cup Butter
  • 2.5 cups mini marshmallows
  • Green Food colouring
  • 1/2 Cup Mini Marshmallows
  • M&M Candies – Red
  • Cashews (if desired)

Pop the popcorn like normal. You can also use microwave popcorn.  Sprinkle salt as desired.

Melt butter in a saucepan (always use the stove with an adult!). Add 2 1/2 c mini marshmallows and allow to melt stirring frequently. Sir until they are melted. Add food colouring the mix. Slowly pour the mix over the popcorn. Stirring frequently. As you add more, it will become stickier, so add more mix slowly. Pour your popcorn onto a lined cookie sheet. 

Add marshmallows, m & m, cashews and any other desired snack food. Drizzle remaining mix over top (do not mix).  Allow to dry and enjoy your elf food!!

 

Another fun activity is to have your child fill out an "Elf Application"!

Just right click on the photo and print it. Have them fill it out and either give it to Santa at the Mall or give it to the elf to take it back to the north pole....no promises but it does teach fun lessons about "applying" for things! ;) 

 

Elf on The Shelf Ideas and FREE Printable!

It's that time of year again where that mischievous or friendly little elf comes back from the North Pole! I know some parents refuse to have one as they find it way too difficult to come up with ideas, think of hiding him or her every day and just the thought of an elf watching has even creeped a few people out. I get it...but...at our house, the elf is something that my husband and I love seeing our boys facing, hunting for him, thinking about him first thing when they wake up in the morning and just bringing more magic to Christmas!

 

This is our boys last year when Charlie arrived. At our house, Charlie brings the Christmas books back and brings a new one each year! He sets the table for our Christmas breakfast and we get to use our special cups and plates for a nice family breakfast.  At our house, Charlie comes on the first weekend in December (the boys don't know that but it works out easiest for me to remember and for use to be able to enjoy our family breakfast!).  Then each day we move Charlie around and the kids run around looking for him each morning.  Our elf can be funny but also has sent little notes for our boys. 

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So I thought this year wouldn't be fun to have little notes that he can have with him to spread some fun?! I will also have these for you (in this blog below) as a free printable! So here are some ideas on what you can have you elf doing this year: 

 

Our boys thought it was so funny when Charlie was hanging from a clothesline in our oldest son's underwear. 

Then he was playing Hungry, Hungry Hippos. 

One of our favourites is when Charlie barricades a room with tape.  Then all day we have to crawl under the trap to get through. It's a fun one!

My husband loves hanging the boys toys from various spots in the house with fishing line so it kind of looks like it's actually flying! 

 

Charlie has also used Daddy's shaving cream and had a shaving cream beard ;) 

One of our other favourites is when Charlie takes a toilet paper roll and rolls down the stairs. 

The next one was fun, but I made sure to do it on a day when we weren't home and the kids weren't needing a glass of water. Charlie was up in our water dispenser with a cup, ready to get a drink! 

The last is when Charlie took ALL of the boys stuffed animals and lined them up on the couch. 

 

One of the funniest that the boys loved last year was finding Charlie in the fridge and he had written a message on the eggs! It took them a while to find him though and we "accidentally" found him when we went to make breakfast!

Then Charlie was back to his mischievous self and we kept the toilet paper from the roll down the stairs and he trashed the stairway. The boys were in aw that he made such a mess and kept telling him he better clean that up!

Then Charlie wanted to help with laundry...

Then the last is a favourite. We all know in our house that Charlie LOVES hot cocoa but he always spills it! 

So those are some ideas on what you can do for the Elf On the Shelf this year! Here is the free printable I was mentioning. The purpose is to print it, then cut the cards out and have him using them to communicate with your little ones. I love the joke and can't wait for our boys to see this one! 

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Just click on the photo and right click it and hit print! Happy Elf on The Shelf time!! :)