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Amber Passey, owner of Because Babies Grow Up.Thanks for joining me today on our quest to bring out the creativity in our little ones. You can find arts & crafts, music and activities, or books and literacy activities.
#SmellsClean scents for the holidays

Bring On The Christmas Season

Yay! We made it to the day after Thanksgiving. Now the Christmas season officially begins in our house. I absolutely love the excitement and cheer of the Christmas season and all the lovely traditions we're creating with our children. So why do I insist on waiting until after Thanksgiving to open the Christmas boxes and set up the tree? Because I also love Thanksgiving. I love savoring each day in November and watching as early fall turns into late fall. I don't want to rush through this … [Continue reading...]

Toddler playing in fall leaves

It’s a Beautiful Rainbow World

My heart's desire is to travel the world with my children. I love planning trips with them because it gives us the chance to see what's out there in this big world. Currently we are talking about Paris as Ellie loves the Eiffel Tower. We've not done any international trips, yet, but we've had a fair number of road trips and cross-country flights to visit family. I'm working, slowly but so far successfully, to help them cultivate a love for all the beauty found throughout the world. We had the … [Continue reading...]

Thanksgiving Poems, Songs, Books and a Craft

Thanksgiving Poems, Books, and a Craft

Thanksgiving is right around the corner! I love taking the month of November to enjoy fall, family, and food. We're so lucky this year to be close enough to a few of Brent's siblings that we are able to all get together for Thanksgiving. Since our kids will have a cousin and some other friends to play with, I thought I'd organize a little activity to help them get in the mood for their turkey dinner. I've collected some Thanksgiving poems as well as a couple books and a craft to keep them busy … [Continue reading...]

Bedtime Poems

10 Bedtime Poems from Mother Goose Treasury

It's the end of a busy day full of playing and yet, your little one seems more wound up and full of energy than should be possible. The crazy activity of little ones at bedtime is mind boggling. I call it tired energy! It seems that when little ones get tired, they are less able to regulate their behaviors and control their impulses. As their tiredness increases, their behavior seems to spiral out of control. I've heard countless stories of parents abandoning bedtime plans because their child … [Continue reading...]

I know an old lady who swallowed a fly

Read and Do: I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly

Kids love exploring the impossible. As they develop their understanding of how the world works, they find humor in stories and songs that break the rules. Our three year old giggled endlessly the first time we read the book I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly. With each new animal he sputtered out, "No! She can't" between fits of laughter. I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly, published by the Secret Mountain, has beautiful illustrations that captivated Scott from the beginning. This boy … [Continue reading...]