Have a Safe and Healthy Halloween!

Fall events like Halloween are a chance to dress up in costumes, go trick-or-treating, attend parties, and eat yummy treats. These events are also opportunities to provide nutritious snacks, get physical activity, and focus on safety.  It’s only a little over a week until Halloween night, but I know my girls have been talking about costumes and pumpkins and “treats” all month! This inspired me to share with you some ideas I’ve collected over the last month about how to ensure your little ghosts and goblins, and pirates and princesses have a safe and healthy Halloween night!

Safe Halloween Tips

1. Children under the age of nine should be accompanied by an adult or responsible older child since they lack the developmental skills to cross the street on their own. This is a year-round tip that will help keep your child safe while you share good pedestrian habits and pass on a legacy of safety-minded behaviour.

2. Teach your child to stop at the curb, look left, right and left again, and to listen for oncoming traffic. This vital skill is especially important when children are distracted and excited. Never rely on traffic signals alone – use your eyes and ears to make sure it’s safe to cross.

3. Select costumes with bright colours to increase your child’s visibility and choose face paint instead of masks. Masks can make it hard for your child to see properly and often restrict peripheral vision, making it difficult to check for oncoming traffic before crossing a road.

4. Avoid dressing your kids in long, baggy, or loose costumes or oversized shoes (to prevent tripping).

4. Go only to well-lit houses and remain on porches rather than entering houses.

5. Have your children’s full names and phone number attached to their costumes somewhere if they are too young to remember them.

6. Don’t forget to take a flashlight with you.

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Book Review: Kindergarten, Here I Come!

Book: Kindergarten, Here I Come! Author: D. J. Steinberg Illustrator:  Mark Chambers For Ages: 4-5 Where to Get it: This book is available to purchase in store or online at Chapters Bookstore; and online at Amazon. This book is essential for any child starting Kindergarten – boy or girl!  The rhyming makes it fun and … Read more Book Review: Kindergarten, Here I Come!

Book Review: Jillian Jiggs

Book: Jillian Jiggs Author/Illustrator: Phoebe Gilman For Ages: 4-6 Where to Get it: This book is available to purchase in store or online at Chapters and Coles Bookstore; and online at Amazon. Any child who loves to play “dress-up” will love this book!  Whether she’s dressing up like a robot, a tree, a dragon or a chicken, … Read more Book Review: Jillian Jiggs

Road Trip Survival: Traveling with Children

Elizabeth says, “Summer is a time of rest for our family.  We are together and we like to take off on adventures and check out areas around our home; camping and exploring.  We are lucky enough to get the chance to be out and about together

I am fortunate to have three children that are fairly happy when we are traveling.  They each have a stash of books that are at their fingertips for reading.  They usually bring a small bag of toys.  They like to look out the windows and see what they can find. They get bored, like any kid.  They fight, like many siblings.  They like to be loud.  Very very rarely will they ever fall asleep.  Until then, I need to have more than one “little something” for those be-quiet-or-Mom-and-Dad-are-going-to-pull-out-their-hair moments.

I like to have games for us to use when we are traveling.  We also like to use the Spark Your Imagination cards.

I Spy,  What If…,  Would you Rather…,  Scavenger Hunts, The Alphabet Game (where we look for all the letters, in order, that we can find).  This is good game to teach kids letters but it is a little challenging when the littles don’t yet know know their alphabet.

These are a few classics but they can (and do) get old.

I searched for a bit and found a few great websites sharing awesome suggestions of games to play while you are traveling, waiting or just needing to focus the attention of whomever might be needing distraction!!

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Book Review: Tails

Book: Tails Author: Matthew Van Fleet Edited and Art Directed by: Skip Skwarek For Ages: 1-5 Where to Get it: This book is available to purchase in store or online at Chapters; and online at Amazon. Tails are irresistible to toddlers and preschoolers alike!  This book presents a colorful collection of tails created just for those eager … Read more Book Review: Tails