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Easy rainy day activities for the kids

Many parents dread a rainy day, with active kids stuck inside all day with nothing to do but watch TV or play video games. Here are some ideas for easy activities to engage and entertain your kids on the next rainy day.

 

 

Coloring

It seems like a simple idea, but coloring can take up alot of time and is a very inexpensive activity. If you don’t have coloring books around, go online and print out some coloring pages. It’s easy and free.

 

Puzzles

 

Keep some jigsaw puzzles around in case of a rainy day. These puzzles can be a good challenge for kids and keep them busy for a while trying to piece together the picture. You can even get puzzles from garage sales and flea markets for pennies.

 

Board Games

 

Board games like Life, Chutes and Ladders and CandyLand take up alot of time and gets the kids or family together. Popular board games are another item you can find at garage sales for much less than you buy them in stores new.

 

Art Project

 

Get out all the crayons, pencils, markers, clay, play dough, construction paper, kid scissors, glue and tape you have and let the kids create. Art is a great way to get kids to express themselves and it can take up hours.

 

Dance!

 

Put the stereo or radio on a top 40 station and get the kids dancing. Or put on classical music for the aspiring ballerina.

 

Write Letters

 

Have loved ones that live far away? Why not have the kids write letters to relatives that they miss. It’s wonderful to receive a handwritten letter in this age of email. The letter will surely be treasured by the recipient.

 

Fashion Show

 

Let the kids have access to a closet with some clothes. Let them play dress up or have a fashion show with adult clothes. Though girls may enjoy this more than boys.

 

Card Games

 

Games like Hearts, Go Fish, Old Maid, Uno, Spades and Pinochle can be taught to many children easily and they can play for hours.

 

Bingo!

 

Bingo is a fun game for all ages. If you don’t have a bingo set around, then make one from scratch! It’s easy, and making the game yourself can be as fun as playing it. Include prizes for whoever gets Bingo first, for extra fun.

 

Baking

 

There are many recipes on the web and in cookbooks that are safe and appropriate for kids to make. Choose one and have the kids make lunch or dinner, with supervision, of course.

 

Activity Books

 

Books full of crossword puzzles, word searches, math games, trivia and quizzes are perfect for rainy days. Stock up on these at the dollar store.

 

Books

 

Lastly, don’t forget the old standby of reading. If you need quiet time, get the kids reading or read to them. It keep kids quiet and engages their minds.

 

About The Author

 

Lydia Quinn writes for SmellStickers.com, your online source for scratch and sniff stickers and gift sets.

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Super gift ideas for kids

Sometimes kids are the hardest family members to please when it comes to holiday or birthday gifts. How can you give a gift that is fun and interesting for the child, yet won’t break the bank and will last past the week? Here are some excellent ideas for practical, affordable gifts, specifically for children.

 

Board Games

 

Board games are great for all ages, but for kids, they are an especially good idea. Board games become a fantastic way get the family together for quality time with the child. Stick to the classics for young children and older children, with such favorites as Candy Land, Chutes and Ladders, Monopoly, Uno, Life and Sorry. You simply can’t go wrong with a board game as gift, and it’s perfect for both boys and girls.

 

Crafts and Hobby Sets

 

Few children will be unhappy with a crafty gift. Craft gifts are a great way to engage the senses, get the child interested in art, science, cooking, sewing, building or a myriad of other useful and engaging activities. Some crafty ideas include clay, art sets, cookbooks, children’s cooking sets, science kits, garden kits, calligraphy and writing sets, jewelry making kits, sticker sets, sand art kits, vehicle or airplane model kits and many other options. Just head down to your local hobby store and you’ll find many options for a crafty gift.

 

Books

 

Most kids love to read, or at least be read to, so another practical gift is a book. You have many options in this area. From the classics to Little Golden Books to activity books to the latest children’s bestsellers, there will be a book for every child, no matter the age or interest.

 

Music

 

Just about every kid loves music, whether to listen to or make it themselves. A music gift may even inspire the Mozart in the child and spark an interest that lasts their entire lives. Consider an electronic keyboard, children’s size guitar, small drums or congas or hand instruments like the triangle, maracas or even a harmonica.

 

More Ideas

 

Another idea to consider is a money bank, with which the child can learn how to count and save money. For the video game enthusiast, how about a bean bag chair, kid’s love ‘em and the chair can be easily moved from room to room. A digital camera is also a great idea. They make digital cameras specifically for kids nowadays, which have simple controls and are more rugged. They also make video cameras for kids. If you have a budding director on your hands, a video camera is a perfect gift and allows them to be as creative as they want. Another gift idea is a magazine subscription. Kids love to receive mail and a magazine subscription allows them to receive mail of their own and they may also learn something. Fun magazines for kids include National Geographic for Kids, Time for Kids, Nick, Cricket, Spider, BabyBug, Tracks, RangerRick, ZooBooks, Kids Discover, Jack and Jill, Your Big Backyard and the old stalwart, Highlights.

About The Author

Lydia Quinn writes for SmellStickers.com, your online source for scratch and sniff stickers and gift sets.

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The magic of scratch and sniff stickers

History

Creative Teaching Press (CTP), Trend Enterprises, and Mello Smello are just some of the companies that had marketed the immensely popular ‘scratch and sniff’ stickers in the 80’s. The 3M corporation invented microencapsulated fragrances that were later incorporated into matte paper stickers and became the scratch and sniff stickers we know today. Although scratch and sniff stickers were available only through educational catalogues, they were soon available for ‘non-educational’ purposes also.

How scratch and sniff stickers work

Scratch and sniff stickers use a technology called microencapsulation. Microencapsulation is designed to trap the aroma generating chemical and encapsulate it in small gelatin or plastic spheres. The spheres are extremely small and are no more than a few microns in diameter. Since all fragrance is essentially vapor, the spheres actually act as store houses of fragrance. When the sticker is scratched, the microcapsules rupture releasing the fragrance. Before microencapsulation, the best a manufacturer could do was capture fragrance in fragrance sticks or in absorbent materials. Microencapsulating is a much more effective way of trapping fragrance.

What is equally impressive about microencapsulation technology is that scratch and sniff stickers can retain their fragrance for years. Scratch and sniff stickers were made in both matte and glossy finish, but only matte paper was capable of trapping fragrances effectively and glossy finish stickers lost their fragrance much sooner.

Modern day scratch and sniff stickers

Modern day scratch and sniff stickers are still made using microencapsulation technology. However, scratch and sniff technology is now used for more than just stickers. Today, CDs, stamps, educational materials, and stationery are made using microencapsulation to treat them with fragrance. Modern day scratch and sniff stickers are recognizable by their glossy look and feel as they are made using a newer ‘acid free’ technology.

Scratch and sniff stickers as collectibles

Scratch and sniff stickers from the late 70s and early 80s are now collectibles. People all over the world buy scratch and sniff stickers for their collector’s value and appeal. They are mostly sold on the popular marketplace, Ebay. The matte sniff stickers demand a higher price tag due to their ability to retain fragrance for many years. In fact, some of the more rare matte stickers can cost as much as $10-20 per sticker.

The future of scratch and sniff stickers

The Chinese believe that certain fragrances can help people de-stress and relax. Although scratch and sniff stickers have probably not been used in aroma therapy, there is no denying that a simple smell can liven a person’s mood. Scratch and sniff stickers are still popular with children, and are used by teachers and dentists for appreciating children of all age groups. The appeal of scratch and sniff stickers has continued throughout the years. In fact, there has been a recent increase in scratch and sniff stickers sales, and companies like Allie, Inc. are now offering scratch and sniff stickers again.

To buy scratch and sniff stickers, as well as Scratch and Sniff sticker Collector’s Albums, scented stationery, and gift packs online visit www.smellstickers.com

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