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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.

Christmas Poems for Kids

We are now in full Christmas festivities around here. Our bedtime songs are all Christmas ones and most of the books we're reading are Christmas or winter themed. I love this time of year because despite the crafts we do all year long, we seem extra crafty in December. Over the top of all these activities, are the rhymes and fingerplays about Santa, reindeer, Christmas trees and snowmen that make us giggle and collapse in snuggles on the couch. Seriously, it's the best! Christmas Poems for … [Continue reading...]

Two Turtle Doves Craft and Ornament

I'm joining up with a few other bloggers to celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas. Yesterday we kicked off with a fun Partridge in a Pear Tree ornament and snack from Silly Sparkles. Today I'm sharing a cute Two Turtle Doves craft and ornament. Tomorrow you can head to Learning and Exploring Through Play for a fun project with 3 French Hens. Two Turtle Doves Craft Inspired by these sweet birds that popped up in my Pinterest feed, we set out to make two turtle doves out of simple shapes. After … [Continue reading...]

Snowman Crafts and Activities

Today I'm over at ALLterNATIVE Learning sharing some snowman crafts and activities. There's even a free printable for snowman finger puppets to use with a cute snowman poem. Read about all the snowman fun here. Welcome ALLterNATIVE Learning readers! I'm so excited to have you stop by today and check out Because Babies Grow Up. My babies have been growing up on this blog for about 5 years so the archives are a treasure of fun activities, crafts, play ideas that have been a big hit with our … [Continue reading...]

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...]

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...]