Gallant Challenge: Candy Drive

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After reading  this month’s Gallant challenge in Highlights magazine, about a girl who started a candy collection after Halloween to benefit military veterans, Travis knew he wanted to get involved with Treats for Troops!

Luckily we didn’t have to reinvent the wheel; his school already has a collection bin each year. But I was so proud of Travis, parting with candy with zero protest and in fact so excited at the idea that the candy would go to soldiers.

We always have a surplus since many candies he receives knocking door-to-door aren’t vegan. We also had tons extra from our own bowl, since a rainy night meant not too many trick-or-treaters stopped by.

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Travis parted with surplus peanut butter cups and lollipops, saving just enough to still have treats at home in the coming days.

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This is such a win-win; your children get to enjoy the spirit of sharing and you don’t have to worry about all that sugar and dental bills! In fact, many dentists’ offices have collection bins after Halloween, so check with your provider!

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Here he is proudly dumping the candy in the bin, his gallant moment.

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Do you donate candy after Halloween? Please share in the comments!

Ribbon Play

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Ribbons are one of those great toys you can return to again and again with your child as he or she grows; at each age, children will engage with the same item differently.

Today, I made a new set of ribbon wands for Veronika. This time, I let her be very involved in the set-up! She loved sitting in a big pile of ribbons that I had cut, pulling them through her fingers and lifting up big handfuls. (Obviously supervise any ribbon play closely).

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She also loved the spools that the ribbons came on, pulling them down to unwind in big long strands.

I began tying lengths of ribbon onto the ends of dowels, alternating patterns and colors. Although I only had two kinds of ribbon to work with, you could make these with as many as desired!

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I also cut some pieces of ribbon that were short and some long, to talk to her about opposites, and we also talked about the colors and patterns on the ribbon.

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Once all the knots were tied, we had ribbon dowels to play with! She loved when I waved these above her and she could grab at the ribbons.

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Then we put on slow soft music and I made big circles over her head and beside her, for some magical music play.

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Alternate songs with fast and slow tempos, since the ribbons will help your little one visualize the speed. These are also great for taking along on car trips, as long as you cut the ribbon lengths on the shorter side.

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