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February 20, 2014

Charity of the Week - Social Rugrats

Operation Warm

Warming the hearts, minds and bodies of children, Operation Warm and our Coats for Kids Foundation inspires hope and empowers communities by providing NEW winter coats to children in need throughout the U.S. Since we began in 1998, Operation Warm has provided the gift of warmth to more than 1.4 MILLION CHILDREN.

To help or to learn more, visit: http://www.operationwarm.org

February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!
Free Activity Friday - Social Rugrats
This one's for the adults to do for the kiddos! Create a Heartbook--this can be done every year on Valentine's Day. Make a simple heart-shaped template about 7-8 inches tall and wide and cut out ten of them on red paper. Use cardstock paper for the book cover. Decorate the cover with stickers or drawings of things you know your child loves and label the book "Ten Things I Love About _______." Use a hole punch to punch out 2 holes at the top curves of the hearts and use a string or ribbon to hold the pages together. This is also useful for a handle to hang the heartbook. Hang the heartbook on the door for your child on Valentine's Day. This gift is thoughtful and meaningful and something they will cherish always.

February 12, 2014

Charity of the Week - Social Rugrats

This is a great article from The Case Foundation --a twist on gift giving for Valentine's Day--14 Charitable Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day.

http://casefoundation.org/spotlight/valentines

February 10, 2014

Weekly Parent's Challenge - Social Rugrats

Plant a Valentine's Garden of Lollipops in the spirit of Valentine's Day!

For each child, fill a small planter with potting soil then let your children plant "Valentine Seeds" (you can use red hots, sprinkles, or any kind of small candy). Have your children water the seeds each day leading up to Valentine's Day. On Valentine's Day, your children will wake up to a miracle: the "seeds" have grown to full size lollipops! With so many different shapes & sizes of lollipops out there, you can be really creative!

February 07, 2014

Free Activity Friday - Social Rugrats

CHECK IT OUT! Kids love to read so change the reading scene and head to your local library!

Let your kids pick out some books, find a comfy and quiet spot and READ, READ, READ! The best part is your kids can pick out the favorites for the day and check them out and bring them home! Libraries often have free activities too so perhaps after reading time you can participate in a FREE library activity. Happy Friday!

February 06, 2014

CHARITY OF THE WEEK - Social Rugrats

First Book provides access to new books for children in need.

To date, First Book has distributed more than 100 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families throughout the United States and Canada.

First Book is transforming the lives of children in need and elevating the quality of education by making new, high-quality books available on an ongoing basis. We are proud of our past success and even more excited about the future. First Book is uniquely positioned to become a leader in providing digital resources so that children in need don’t miss out. No matter how formats and technologies change, children from low-income families will still need access to rich and varied content. First Book is helping guide the publishing industry as it evolves so that all children can benefit from new technologies and flourish as readers.

Learn more about First Book: http://www.firstbook.org

February 03, 2014

WEEKLY PARENT’S CHALLENGE - Social Rugrats

Surprise FUNday!

Surprise your child one day each year by picking them up from school. Once the kids are off to school, get ready for your day and then show up at school to brisk them away for a day of fun with Mom. Let the lucky kiddo choose how you will spend the day!

January 31, 2014

Free Activity Friday - Social Rugrats

SNOW CREATIONS & PAINTING!

Draw or sculpt something out of snow (snow angel, snowman, etc.) and paint it!

This is a great winter activity for families because it is a unique way to let your kids be creative, allows your kids to be outside getting fresh air, and is fun for the entire family! Preparation is easy--just gather as many food coloring bottles you have available as well as spray bottles, paint brushes and paint bowls. To prepare the spray bottles, simply fill the spray bottles with cold water and add a few drops of food coloring. You can even have your kiddos experiment with mixing the colors to create different paint colors! Once you have your paint supplies ready, head outdoors and paint paint paint!

Share your snow canvas creations with us here!

January 29, 2014

Locks of Love - Social Rugrats

Locks of Love

Locks of Love uses real, donated hair to make high-quality hairpieces for children who have suffered hair loss due to medical conditions. Their mission is to return a sense of self-confidence and normalcy to these children. The hairpieces are provided free of charge or on a sliding scale, depending on the financial need of the recipient. More than 2,000 children in all 50 states and Canada have been helped by Locks of Love.

For more information about Locks of Love, go to www.locksoflove.org

January 27, 2014

WEEKLY PARENT’S CHALLENGE - Social Rugrats

Sunday Sundaes!

Have a family get together in the kitchen for make-your-own-sundaes Sunday. Offer your family's favorite ice cream flavors and toppings, gather around the table and enjoy good conversation and fun! For a special twist, have each person in the family share something valuable or fascinating he or she learned that week.

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