Bear Hugs

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Some days just call for extra hugs, and here’s an extra fun way to give them. I first demonstrated on a teddy bear to get Veronika giggling. Give a stuffed bear (or any stuffed animal) a big hug, then…

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… tickle tickle tickle! I gave Veronika the bear so she could hug and tickle, which earned a big smile. Now it was her turn. I scooped her into my arms for a big hug, then started tickling gently over her back and tummy.

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She ended with big giggles before we needed a repeat!

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As with any tickling game, make sure your little one is enjoying the activity and stop as soon as he or she shows discomfort.

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But I’d say we had a bear-y good time.

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Upcycled Picture Frame

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This quick craft was a neat way to recycle one of Travis’s Kiwi Crates (the perfect way to showcase his Puzzle Pictures from the latest box), and is a great way to recycle any of the numerous cardboard boxes that come to your doorstep in this Amazon Prime era!

Cut out the bottom of the cardboard crate. Place any art your child wants to frame in the center and trace around it.

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Cut out the resulting cardboard square and tape on the artwork.

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Cut additional pieces of cardboard to be the sides, top, and bottom of the frame. Travis chose to decorate his with strips of colorful tape, but markers would work fine, too!

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It was great motor skills practice to teach him to stretch a piece of washi tape the length of the cardboard piece before tearing off and folding any excess around the back.

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Glue the 4 pieces of the frame together and glue the artwork in the center.

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You can glue a piece of string or yarn to the top of the frame and it’s now ready to display proudly.

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