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DIY Cloth Face Covering Instructions (Sew and No Sew) To Help Slow the Spread of Coronavirus

We copied this guide directly from CDC website, www.cdc.gov, in hopes it will help.  

Applying a face mask - step 1  Applying a face mask - step 2

"How to Wear a Cloth Face Covering

Applying a face mask -
step 1
Cloth face coverings should—

fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
be secured with ties or ear loops
include multiple layers of fabric
allow for breathing without restriction
be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape
CDC on Homemade Cloth Face Coverings
CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.

Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.

Applying a face mask - step 2

Should cloth face coverings be washed or otherwise cleaned regularly? How regularly?
Yes. They should be routinely washed depending on the frequency of use.

How does one safely sterilize/clean a cloth face covering?
A washing machine should suffice in properly washing a face covering.

How does one safely remove a used cloth face covering?
Individuals should be careful not to touch their eyes, nose, and mouth when removing their face covering and wash hands immediately after removing."

Sew and No Sew Instructions

Sewn Cloth Face Covering

Sewing a facemask - materials needed

Materials

  • Two 10”x6” rectangles of cotton fabric
  • Two 6” pieces of elastic (or rubber bands, string, cloth strips, or hair ties)
  • Needle and thread (or bobby pin)
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine

 

Tutorial

1. Cut out two 10-by-6-inch rectangles of cotton fabric. Use tightly woven cotton, such as quilting fabric or cotton sheets. T-shirt fabric will work in a pinch. Stack the two rectangles; you will sew the mask as if it was a single piece of fabric.

Sewing a facemask - step 1

 

2. Fold over the long sides ¼ inch and hem. Then fold the double layer of fabric over ½ inch along the short sides and stitch down.

Sewing a facemask - step 2

 

3. Run a 6-inch length of 1/8-inch wide elastic through the wider hem on each side of the mask. These will be the ear loops. Use a large needle or a bobby pin to thread it through. Tie the ends tight.
Don’t have elastic? Use hair ties or elastic head bands. If you only have string, you can make the ties longer and tie the mask behind your head.

Sewing a facemask - step 3

 

4. Gently pull on the elastic so that the knots are tucked inside the hem. Gather the sides of the mask on the elastic and adjust so the mask fits your face. Then securely stitch the elastic in place to keep it from slipping.

Sewing a facemask - step 4

 

Quick Cut T-shirt Face Covering (no sew method)

Materials

  • T-shirt
  • Scissors

Tutorial

Sewing a facemask - step 1

 

Creating a facemask from a tshirt - step 2

 

Creating a facemask from a tshirt - step 3

 

Bandana Face Covering (no sew method)

Materials

  • Bandana (or square cotton cloth approximately 20”x20”)
  • Coffee filter
  • Rubber bands (or hair ties)
  • Scissors (if you are cutting your own cloth)

Tutorial

Creating a facemask from a bandanna - step 1

 

Creating a facemask from a bandanna - step 2

 

Creating a facemask from a bandanna - step 3

 

Creating a facemask from a bandanna - step 4

 

Creating a facemask from a bandanna - step 5

 

Creating a facemask from a bandanna - step 6

 

Creating a facemask from a bandanna - step 7

 

 

THIS INFORMATION IS PROPERTY OF CDC. 

 

Need to Know What the Protocols are for Entering Your Home During Coronavirus Pandemic? We Have You Covered

We found this information on noahhelps.org and wanted to share it. 

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Your home:

  • Home entry doors should have hand sanitizer available for everyone who enters the home
  • If you have older family members living at your home – discuss having them use a separate entry if possible and isolate if needed from high volume areas
  • If family members were with larger groups – change clothes near the entryway and clean area
  • Discuss the CDC home base actions recommendations

Visiting a home:

  • Call ahead to make sure they are expecting visitors
  • Let them know if you are not ill
  • Make sure they are not ill or been around someone possibly ill
  • Ask about having hand sanitizer or any other precautions at their home’s entry
  • Ask if it would be better to delay your visit

From the CDC:

Practice good personal health habits and plan for home-based actions

Practice everyday preventive actions now. Remind everyone in your household of the importance of practicing everyday preventive actions that can help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily (e.g., tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles) using a regular household detergent and water.
  • If surfaces are dirty, they should be cleaned using a detergent and water prior to disinfection. For disinfection, a list of products with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved emerging viral pathogens claims, maintained by the American Chemistry Council Center for Biocide Chemistries (CBC), is available at Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Fighting Products. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Always wash your hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.

 

 

COVID-19 Coronavirus: This is What You Need to Know

This very helpful guide was taken directly from CDC website, www.cdc.gov. We found several infographics we wanted to include as well.

In addition, we wanted to share and a link to a COVID-19 Coronavirus map where you can track worldwide cases in real-time: https://www.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6 

Be safe and informed!

"This interim guidance is to help household members plan for community transmission of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages household members to prepare for the possibility of a COVID-19 outbreak in their community.
COVID-19 is caused by a new virus. There is much to learn about its transmissibility, severity, and other features of the disease. We want to help everyone prepare to respond to this public health threat.


Before a COVID-19 outbreak occurs in your community: Plan
A COVID-19 outbreak could last for a long time in your community. Depending on the severity of the outbreak, public health officials may recommend community actions designed to help keep people healthy, reduce exposures to COVID-19, and slow the spread of the disease. Local public health officials may make recommendations appropriate to your local situation. Creating a household plan can help protect your health and the health of those you care about in the event of an outbreak of COVID-19 in your community. You should base the details of your household plan on the needs and daily routine of your household members.


Create a household plan of action

  • Talk with the people who need to be included in your plan. Meet with household members, other relatives, and friends to discuss what to do if a COVID-19 outbreak occurs in your community and what the needs of each person will be.
  • Plan ways to care for those who might be at greater risk for serious complications. There is limited information about who may be at risk for severe complications from COVID-19 illness. From the data that are available for COVID-19 patients, and from data for related coronaviruses such as SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV, it is possible that older adults and persons who have underlying chronic medical conditions may be at risk for more serious complications. Early data suggest older people are more likely to have serious COVID-19 illness. If you or your household members are at increased risk for COVID-19 complications, please consult with your health care provider for more information about monitoring your health for symptoms suggestive of COVID-19. CDC will recommend actions to help keep people at high risk for complications healthy if a COVID-19 outbreak occurs in your community.
  • Get to know your neighbors. Talk with your neighbors about emergency planning. If your neighborhood has a website or social media page, consider joining it to maintain access to neighbors, information, and resources.
  • Identify aid organizations in your community. Create a list of local organizations that you and your household can contact in the event you need access to information, health care services, support, and resources. Consider including organizations that provide mental health or counseling services, food, and other supplies.
  • Create an emergency contact list. Ensure your household has a current list of emergency contacts for family, friends, neighbors, carpool drivers, health care providers, teachers, employers, the local public health department, and other community resources.


Practice good personal health habits and plan for home-based actions
Practice everyday preventive actions now. Remind everyone in your household of the importance of practicing everyday preventive actions that can help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily (e.g., tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles) using regular household detergent and water.
  • If surfaces are dirty, they should be cleaned using a detergent and water prior to disinfection. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Always wash your hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
  • Choose a room in your home that can be used to separate sick household members from those who are healthy. Identify a separate bathroom for the sick person to use, if possible. Plan to clean these rooms, as needed, when someone is sick. Learn how to care for someone with COVID-19 at home.
  • Be prepared if your child’s school or childcare facility is temporarily dismissed
  • Learn about the emergency operations plan at your child’s school or childcare facility. During a COVID-19 outbreak in your community, local public health officials may recommend temporary school dismissals to help slow the spread of illness. School authorities also may decide to dismiss a school if too many students or staff are absent. Understand the plan for continuing education and social services (such as student meal programs) during school dismissals. If your child attends a college or university, encourage them to learn about the school’s plan for a COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Plan for potential changes at your workplace
  • Learn about your employer’s emergency operations plan. Discuss sick-leave policies and telework options for workers who are sick or who need to stay home to care for sick household members. Learn how businesses and employers can plan for and respond to COVID-19.\

During a COVID-19 outbreak in your community: Act

  • During an outbreak in your community, protect yourself and others by:
  • Staying home from work, school, and all activities when you are sick with COVID-19 symptoms, which may include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.
  • Keeping away from others who are sick.
  • Limiting close contact with others as much as possible (about 6 feet).
  • Put your household plan into action
  • Stay informed about the local COVID-19 situation. Get up-to-date information about local COVID-19 activity from public health. Be aware of temporary school dismissals in your area, as this may affect your household’s daily routine.
  • Stay home if you are sick. Stay home if you have COVID-19 symptoms. If a member of your household is sick, stay home from school and work to avoid spreading COVID-19 to others.
  • If your children are in the care of others, urge caregivers to watch for COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Continue practicing everyday preventive actions. Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains 60% alcohol. Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily using regular household detergent and water.
  • Use the separate room and bathroom you prepared for sick household members (if possible). Learn how to care for someone with COVID-19 at home. Avoid sharing personal items like food and drinks. Provide your sick household member with clean disposable facemasks to wear at home, if available, to help prevent spreading COVID-19 to others. Clean the sick room and bathroom, as needed, to avoid unnecessary contact with the sick person.
  • If surfaces are dirty, they should be cleaned using a detergent and water prior to disinfection. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products.
  • Stay in touch with others by phone or email. If you live alone and become sick during a COVID-19 outbreak, you may need help. If you have a chronic medical condition and live alone, ask family, friends, and health care providers to check on you during an outbreak. Stay in touch with family and friends with chronic medical conditions.
  • Take care of the emotional health of your household members. Outbreaks can be stressful for adults and children. Children respond differently to stressful situations than adults. Talk with your children about the outbreak, try to stay calm, and reassure them that they are safe.

Inform your workplace if you need to change your regular work schedule

  • Notify your workplace as soon as possible if your schedule changes. Ask to work from home or take leave if you or someone in your household gets sick with COVID-19 symptoms, or if your child’s school is dismissed temporarily.

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Take the following steps to help protect your children during an outbreak

  • If your child/children become sick with COVID-19s, notify their childcare facility or school. Talk with teachers about classroom assignments and activities they can do from home to keep up with their schoolwork.
  • Keep track of school dismissals in your community. Read or watch local media sources that report school dismissals. If schools are dismissed temporarily, use alternative childcare arrangements, if needed.
  • Discourage children and teens from gathering in other public places while school is dismissed to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in the community.

After a COVID-19 outbreak has ended in your community: Follow Up

  • Remember, a COVID-19 outbreak could last a long time. The impact on individuals, households, and communities might be great. When public health officials determine the outbreak has ended in your community, take time to improve your household’s plan. As public health officials continue to plan for COVID-19 and other disease outbreaks, you and your household also have an important role to play in ongoing planning efforts.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of your household’s plan of action
  • Discuss and note the lessons learned. Were your COVID-19 preparedness actions effective at home, school, and work? Talk about problems found in your plan and effective solutions. Identify additional resources needed for you and your household.
  • Participate in community discussions about emergency planning. Let others know about what readiness actions worked for you and your household. Maintain communication lines with your community (e.g., social media and email lists). Promote the importance of practicing good personal health habits.
  • Continue to practice everyday preventive actions. Stay home when you are sick; cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue; wash your hands often with soap and water, and clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily.
  • Take care of the emotional health of your household members. Make time to unwind and remind yourself that strong feelings will fade. Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories about COVID-19. Connect with family and friends. Share your concerns and how you are feeling with others.
  • Help your child/children cope after the outbreak. Provide children with opportunities to talk about what they went through or what they think about it. Encourage them to share concerns and ask questions. Because parents, teachers, and other adults see children in different situations, it is important for them to work together to share information about how each child is coping after the outbreak."

Need a Fun Easy Activity for Your Child? We've Got You Covered!

One super easy activity we found was this cherry blossom painting tutorial. Fun and an easy art project for adults and kids alike. Have fun and let us know how it turned out. 

Credit: DIY with Ollie

Do You Know What Exactly is in the Flu Shot? We found an article with all the answers.

Its dreaded flu season again. We did some research regarding the flu vaccine and found this illuminating comprehensive article on www.fatherly.com, written by Tyghe Trimble. Please read, make informed decisions and stay healthy! 



"The 2019-2020 Flu Shot: What’s In It and Why?

By Tyghe Trimble

Every year, scientists around the world do their best to get one step ahead of the flu. How do they do this? With a flu shot. What is in a flu shot? The four most popular (slash effective) influenza strains from around the world, injected into fertilized chicken eggs or mammalian cells, deactivated so it doesn’t give you the actual flu, mixed with a grab-bag of preservatives and antibiotics and sugars, and then formulated for a shot or spray to make it in time for the 2019 flu season. 

It’s also complex as hell — something that keeps virologists on their toes every year. Influenza strains constantly mutate but scientists get one shot for the annual vaccine, making their best guess some 30 weeks in advance to get the vaccine out to the public. Meaning, the CDC published the full report on the 2019-2020 flu season vaccine months ago. This means it’s actually possible to understand what you’re having injected into yourself and your child (also, your parents if you can), wherever it is you get your flu shot. Another note: Unless you’re in the throes of the flu, it’s never too late to get the shot.

Flu Shot Ingredients: The Strains
Every year, vaccines take virus samples from labs across the world and mix and match them. This year’s vaccine relies on four viruses (they call this a “quadrivalent” vaccine). Those viruses are…

A(H1N1)pdm09

First, let’s break down the terminology: “A” refers to the type of influenza that infects birds, humans, pigs, horses, seals and dogs, H#N# refers to the different proteins found in the outer shell of the virus (hemagglutinin and neuraminidase); “pdm” is short for “pandemic” (remember, these are grown to mimic once-live viruses that did some harm); and “09” is the year of said pandemic (the 2009 virus accounted for some 203,000 deaths with a higher-than-normal population of children dying).

The CDC reports that this year’s A(H1N1)pdm09 component changed from A/Michigan/45/2015 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus to an A/Brisbane/02/2018 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus, meaning there’s a flu strain akin to the one seen in the 2009 pandemic that was created last year in a lab in Brisbane, replacing the strain created in 2015 in Michigan.

A(H3N2)

The second component is a variant of the 2009 H1N1 swine flu. H3N2 was first found in pigs in 2010, then in humans in 2011, and the biggest human outbreak was in 2012 with some 309 reported cases. Going to a pig farm anytime soon? This one’s for you.

The CDC reports this year’s H3N2 vaccine component was updated from an A/Singapore/INFIMH-16-0019/2016 A(H3N2)-like virus to an A/Kansas/14/2017 (H3N2)-like virus.

Influenza B (x 2)

Influenza B viruses tend to be the non-pandemic variety because they spread primarily among humans alone. They’re slower to mutate than Influenza A, but still just as infectious among humans (and, apparently this year, harbor seals).

The CDC reports both B/Victoria and B/Yamagata virus components from the 2018-2019 flu vaccine remain the same for the 2019-2020 flu vaccine.

Flu Shot Ingredients: The Preservatives and Additives
Beyond the three to four viral components, a number of additives are required to make vaccines effective — and to keep them from going bad. These ingredients, sometimes covered as trade secrets by drug companies in other, less-public drugs, have led to many a conspiracy theory that the likes of anti-vaxxers would have you latch onto. It’s really much more boring than that. Here are some of the ingredients you will find in the 2019-2020 vaccine — and why they’re there.

The Ingredient: Aluminum Salts
In: Most vaccines
Use: Boosts body’s response to the vaccine

The Ingredient: Sugar or gelatin
In: Most vaccines
Use: Preservative

The Ingredient: Formaldehyde
In: Most vaccines
Use: Kills viruses or inactivates toxins
The CDC says: “Formaldehyde is diluted during the vaccine manufacturing process, but residual quantities of formaldehyde may be found in some current vaccines. The amount of formaldehyde present in some vaccines is so small compared to the concentration that occurs naturally in the body that it does not pose a safety concern.”

The Ingredient: Antibiotics
In: Most vaccines
Use: Prevents bacterial contamination

The Ingredient: Thimerosal
In: Some vaccines; mostly multi-dose vials
Use: Preservative
The CDC says: “Thimerosal has a different form of mercury (ethylmercury) than the kind that causes mercury poisoning (methylmercury). It’s safe to use ethylmercury in vaccines because it’s processed differently in the body and it’s less likely to build up in the body — and because it’s used in tiny amounts. Even so, most vaccines do not have any thimerosal in them.”

The Ingredient: Egg proteins
In: Some Vaccines
Use: Growing the vaccine
The CDC says: “Because influenza and yellow fever vaccines are both made in eggs, egg proteins are present in the final products. However, there are two new flu vaccines now available for people with egg allergies. People who have severe egg allergies should be vaccinated in a medical setting and be supervised by a health-care professional who can recognize and manage severe allergic conditions.”

Flu Shot Delivery
Not all flu shots are the same. Some aren’t even shots (let’s hear it for the nasal spray!) Here’s your 2019-2020 flu options:

By Needle or Jet: These inactivated shots are usually given with a needle, but Afluria Quadrivalent can be given to adults with a jet injector, basically, a high-powered spray that seeps through the skin.
For: Needles are for all and the jet spray has been approved this year for everyone above 6 months.

Nasal Spray: The nasal-spray vaccine is the only to include a live attenuated influenza vaccine, meaning, no, it can’t give you the flu, but it does have a higher likelihood of flu-like symptoms. This vaccine does not contain thimerosal or other preservatives and is for patients who are age 2 and up.
For: People who can’t stand the needle or jet spray or maybe aren’t so into the preservatives in their vaccines.

Preservative-Free, Egg-Free, and Other Flu Shot Formulations
Most flu shots are created by injecting the above combination of components into an egg, deactivating it, adding the other ingredients, and shipping it. This process has been around for decades and only fairly recently has some of the more advanced ways to make vaccines have gone into circulation.

Cell-Based.Unlike the regular flu shot, cell cultures are made without eggs, using instead cells from mammals. This was not always an entirely egg-free vaccine because the four viruses used in it were created originally with the usual egg-injection process. This year, however, the quadrivalent cell-based vaccine is cell-based from start to finish, meaning it’s completely egg-free.

Advantages: Flucelvax, the one cell-based flu vaccine approved for use in the U.S., is safe for anyone with egg allergies. Cell-based vaccines are faster to manufacture from soup to nuts (good for Spanish flu of 1912-type situations) and has been found in some independent studies to be 10 to 30% more effective.

Disadvantages: Flucelvax is for kids 4 and older, so toddlers will have to do with the regular shot. Furthermore, cell-based flu vaccines have been around since 2012, so they’re still the new kids on the block and can’t be found everywhere.

Recombinant. These vaccines don’t require the use of the flu virus. Recombinant flu vaccine has a slightly shorter shelf life than most other currently available injectable influenza vaccines.

Advantages: Flubok Recombinant, the one recombinant vaccine that is FDA approved for the 2019-2020 season, another completely egg-free vaccine is a must-have for anyone with an egg allergy. The recombinant flu vaccine manufacturing process, like cell-based vaccines, is faster to manufacture and would also be useful in the event of a zombie invasion — if those zombies were all carrying a flu virus.

Disadvantages: The vaccines have a slightly shorter shelf life than most current flu vaccines, expiring 9 months from the production date. So have your doctor check the expiration date. Also, it’s only approved for patients 18 years or older.

Flu Shot Dosage & Ages
Dosages are something you should put in the hands of your pediatrician. Of course, it doesn’t hurt to inform yourself of the goings-on in flu vaccine dosage news. Here are three takeaways.

This year, there has been a change in dose-volume for children 6 months through 35 months of age. Previously, children in this age group were recommended to receive 0.25 milliliters of this vaccine per dose and now receive either 0.25 milliliters or 0.5 milliliters per dose. 3 years and up should receive 0.5 ml.
Children 6 months through 8 years of age who need 2 doses should receive their first dose asap to allow the second dose (which must be administered at least 4 weeks later) to be received by the end of October.
In October 2018, the FDA approved an expanded age indication for Afluria Quadrivalent, a vaccine that can be injected through the skin without a needle. It is now licensed for children 6 months of age and older. So, if your kid is really super freaked out by a needle, they may be in luck.

Antivirals: What to Do When You Already Have the Flu
When you get the flu, antivirals can shorten its duration. The FDA has approved six influenza antiviral drugs in the U.S, but the CDC only recommends four for this flu season. They’re also all in somewhat short supply, so you might not be given them if you’re not a child or elderly individual. This is why we get our flu shots, people!

The antiviral you probably already know goes by the brand name of Tamiflu, which you can get OTC with relative ease if you’re young or elderly. This drug, along with two others (brand names Rapivab and Relenza) that work in the same manner, block an enzyme the virus needs to replicate and shave up to a day off of your illness. These need multiple doses to keep the drug working (Tamiflu, for instance, requires patients to take it twice a day for five days).

The newest antiviral, Baloxavir marboxil (aka Xofluza) is a single-dose antiviral drug approved last year by the FDA. Baloxavir is for people with basic flu who are 12 years and older and have had symptoms for less than 48 hours. In a phase 2 trial published by The New England Journal of Medicine, it shaved off upwards of 28 hours of flu symptoms (from 80.2 hours to 53.7 on average.). This antiviral stands out in that it is the only one that gets to the root of replication, messing with the virus’ RNA to stop it from reproducing. Also, it’s one of the only ones to come in a single dose, so that’s nice."

 

Are You Searching For an Easy and Fun Fall Activity for the Whole Family? We Have One Right Here...

The fall is here. Kids are spending more time indoors and sometimes are bored because they have nothing to do. Here is a fun and easy activity which will bring the whole family together. We found this super easy and fun craft to do with your kids at  www.thebestideasforkids.com and really wanted to share it. 

"Owl Handprint


Supplies Needed to Make this Handprint Owl Craft

Blue, Orange, Yellow and Green cardstock
Newspaper
Brown Paint
White Cardstock – 12×12 size to fit the tree branches
Feathers
Sharpie


Owl Craft for Kids
1. First, make your tree and branches by taking strips of newspaper and rolling them up to the size you’d like them to be. Make your trunk much wider than your branches. Scrunch up the paper when you’re rolling them to give the tree trunk and branches a little bit of depth.

Tape or glue your newspaper to your white 12×12 cardstock.

You can paint the branches and tree after you have placed them on your paper or you can paint your newspaper before you place on your paper. For more advanced painters and older kids it may be easier to paint after you place the newspaper down. For younger kids it would be easier to have them paint the newspaper first and then make your tree and branches.


2. Trace your handprints and glue to your branches. You can also make your owls first and then glue them at the end.

To make your owl, you’ll also need:

2 white eyes (we traced around a glue stick for size).
A small beak – use yellow cardstock and draw a triangle. Fold it over and then cut it out and glue to your owl.
Cut out two small triangles for the owl’s ears and glue behind the handprint.
Draw small eyes with a black marker or sharpie.
Glue your feathers to the thumb and pinky finger.

3. For a finishing touch, cut out 4 leaves from your green cardstock and glue to your paper.


You can make the owls any colors you’d like! We love the way the orange and blue look together but you could also do pink and blue or orange and red for Fall colors.

For teachers, you can make a large display of owls and get the kids to help create the tree and branches from newspaper."

 

All of the images were taken directly from www.thebestideasforkids.com

Need Some Interesting Fall Activity Ideas for Your Family? We Got You Covered...

We found this amazing post on www.moms.com, written by Mel Bailey and wanted to share. Enjoy your time with family this fall and spend time outdoors. 

"10 Fall Activities To Get Your Kids Outdoors

BY

MEL BAILEY 

The fall season is upon us. The leaves are turning, the back-to-school bells chiming. Still, just because the kids have to sit several hours a day in class and a few hours extra finishing up their homework, it doesn't mean that outside play has to come to a halt.

Contrary to popular belief, autumn is a great time to get the kids to venture outside. It is true, however, that parents have to get a bit more creative when considering fall activities since trusty fallbacks like the beach are really just summertime activities. Luckily, we've compiled a list of 10 awesome fall activities that will make the kids beg to go outside! Enjoy.

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NATURE WALK

Fall is often when nature is at its prettiest. Unlike spring, when things begin to bloom, fall is nature's wind-down. The leaves begin to shed and the air gets crisp, ready to start anew next year. Why not get the kids excited about the change by getting them up and out of the house for a nature walk?

Nature walks are perfect for children who like to explore what Mother Nature is up to. Encourage kids to take pictures, or make drawings of what they see later on once they are back inside. This can also be a great time to explore comparisons. Explain to little ones how things looked during summer versus how they look now.

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COLOR WALK

Are you excited about teaching your little ones their colors? Will all the amazing colors fall has to offer, from bright red apples to multi-colored squash, pick a color and get outside. Let your little one pick out all the things that are the color of the day.

Encourage them to find at least 10 things, so they spend a decent amount of time indoors. It will also help them learn about colors and teach them patience when looking for different things in the world. Don't be shy about challenging them to expand their vocabulary and question their choices. Consider asking things like, "Is that really red or is it more of a magenta?"

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SCAVENGER HUNT

Set out a list of common bugs and types of leaves that are easy to find in your area and pick them out. After they've been identified, take them back home and have a blast putting each treasure in its designated space on the scavenger chart you created. Outdoor activities are also a great chance to explore crafts with your kids.
Scavenger hunts also help children advance their memory. Try to keep the scavenger hunt item list to a minimum, as you don't want to overwhelm your child. For the most fun, get some neighborhood friends involved in the hunt too.

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RAKE THE LEAVES

Then jump! After you let the kids help rake up the leaves, let them jump in the pile. This fun fall activity is bound to have them jumping about for hours. Not to mention burn off some of that extra energy they are sure to have from being in school all day.
The kids will also feel delighted to help out with more adult activities like yard work, so really do your best to enjoy that and compliment them on what a great job they are doing. Even if you need to come behind them later to get up those last bits.

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APPLE-PICKING

Heading to an apple orchard for a family fall outdoor activity doesn't have to be as much of a feat as you may think. There are orchards all over, sure to excite and entice your little one. It'll also give mom and dad some much-needed produce to enjoy around the house!
Apple-picking is a really fun activity that can take the entire day. With all the fun things families can concoct with apples, why not spend a day learning about how and where apples grow? Apple-picking will be a very rewarding and educational experience for kids, especially since they can brag to all their kids at school that they picked that apple in their lunch themselves!

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PUMPKIN PATCHING

Pumpkins are THE fall staple. Pumpkin-flavored things just give us that fall feeling. As such, heading to an actual pumpkin patch to pick out one of those huge pumpkins yourselves will be a huge success.
With all the fun things one can do with a pumpkin, why not? Many pumpkin patches also offer an inclusive hayride and some food perks while your family is visiting their patch. So why not take the time to venture outside and do something the whole family will enjoy? Just save us some of those roasted pumpkin seeds!

4
BONFIRE AND SMORES

Yet another essential fall childhood classic is smores. No matter what your preference for chocolate or gram cracker, smores are the go-to for many kids during fall. So, to get the kids excited about the new season (and to get them outside in the fresh air), consider a daytime or nighttime bonfire and smore-roasting session and let their sweet tooth do the talking.
If you are particularly concerned that school will keep them indoors, consider inviting over a few classmates to enjoy the fun.

3
VISIT HAUNTED HOUSES

If you live in an area where there aren't any haunted houses, or maybe they just seem a bit too spooky for your little ones, consider making one of your own. Haunted houses can be around for longer than just the month of October and really add a fall holiday feeling into any home.
Consider just how old your little ones are before visiting or creating your own haunted house. Once you get it down, though, your house will be sure to be the hit of the neighborhood. Your little one will love trips out looking for decorations or visiting other haunted houses for inspiration.

2
BIRD SPOTTING

The birds will be flying south for the winter, so this is a great time to spot the cool ones with different colors. Give your little one a pair of fun binoculars that are just his or her size. Then, see if they can spot out birds flying high in their V-shaped patterns, and birds sitting low, perched in the trees.
Do a bit of research for older children to help them learn about the types of birds in your area. If you see a rare one, that will be even more exciting. Fall is an excellent time to witness birds' migratory patterns.

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AN ADVENTURE THROUGH A CORN MAZE

If you don't happen to have a corn maze near you, have no fear, there are tons of corn mazes worth taking a family weekend outdoor trip to. Corn mazes are amazing for kids who love to run and have a lot of energy. Just don't get lost!
Consider your child's age and the area of the maze before making a final decision. Corn mazes can also help children learn about agriculture and plant life cycles. Not to mention all of the amazing corn you and the family can throw on the grill once the day is done! If you're looking for great fall outdoor activity, look no further."

Do You Want Your Kids to Be More Independent? Here is What You Can Do...

We found these 8 tips for teaching kids to be more independent on www.todaysparent.com and wanted to share.


BY JACKIE GILLARD | SEP 29, 2016


"Do you do too much for your kids? It’s time to flip the script.

It’s 7:55 a.m. and my six-year-old daughter is singing Pharrell’s “Happy” in her pyjamas while bopping to the beat. I’m not happy, knowing that the school bell rings in 15 minutes. I pull her PJs off like they’re on fire and tug up her tights so brusquely that I practically lift her off the floor. We make it, barely.

I know she can dress herself, but my blood pressure starts to spike watching her stalling shenanigans, and I often end up doing it for her to avoid facing yet another late slip.

Sound familiar? Jeanne Williams, an Edmonton psychologist, sees many parents coping with the time crunch by using a “parenting to get through the day” approach: They worry about what needs to be done in the here and now, not about the long-term effects of these daily choices. “I’d go so far as to say that all parents do this at some point,” she says.

Well, if we’re all doing it, it can’t be that bad. Right?

Unfortunately, this isn’t a strength-in-numbers thing. “Habitually doing things for your child that she’s capable of doing herself sends an inadvertent message that you don’t have confidence in her abilities,” Williams warns. The outcome is a child who lacks independence, self-esteem and problem-solving skills and who can’t—or won’t—do age-appropriate tasks. This is sometimes called “learned helplessness.” Learned from whom? You guessed it.

But Williams doesn’t want us to feel guilty. She knows we’re just trying to keep all those balls in the air and explains that this problem is fixable—and there’s huge payoff: confident, capable kids, and tasks removed from your plate. Here are eight tips for teaching kids to be more independent:

1. Give notice
Get your child on board by encouraging her to help “you” change. When Williams realized she was doing way more for her son than was necessary, she told him, “I’m sorry. I’ve been treating you like a little kid when you are ready to do some big-kid jobs!” She warns against using phrases like “You’re not a baby anymore”; baby can be a sensitive word in this age group.

2. Identify opportunities
Make a list of things she could be doing herself. Mine had 13 tasks, including brushing her teeth (gah!). Ask her which duties she feels she’s big enough to take on—it’s likely to increase her willingness to try.

3. Target priorities
Tackle one item at a time, so you don’t overwhelm her.

4. Make time
If it takes her 10 minutes to brush her own hair, start your morning 10 minutes earlier (and put down the brush!). When she’s not being micromanaged, she may surprise you with her co-operation, and you’ll be a calmer influence when you’re not racing against the clock.

5. Negotiate compromise
If she digs in her heels, compromise and inject some fun. For a few days, I took shirt duty, and she did the bottoms. I said that her tree branches (arms) needed their leaves (her shirt) and that she did a great job—and would also be awesome at putting on her own shirt.

6. Forget perfection
Accept that she won’t do the task as well as you. If the milk spills, show her how to clean it up without criticism and assure her it happens to everyone.

7. Praise something
Instead of pointing out that her shoes are on the wrong feet, say, “You put on your own shoes! Good job!” She’ll discover the discomfort on her own. Give positive follow-up like, “I bet you’ll get them on the right feet tomorrow.”

8. Consider circumstances
If kids are tired, sick, stressed or adjusting to a change, it’s not the time to introduce new responsibilities. And don’t be discouraged if they regress, wanting you to do a task after they’ve mastered it. This is normal. Temporarily sharing the load can help them bounce back more quickly than if you scold or criticize them.

Don’t rush in to solve minor issues when they crop up, says psychologist Jeanne Williams. Encourage your child’s problem-solving skills by asking if she can come up with a fix. If she’s stumped, give her time to think before offering up your ideas.

Try to stay relaxed. Like me, you may find more messy beds and puddles of milk, but hearing your child proudly say, “I did it all by myself!” is so worth it."

Do You Need Some Fun Activities to Do With Your Kids in August?

Did You Know About National Smile Week? We didn't.

Taken from www.thespruce.com, written by Apryl Duncan

"National Smile Week


By Apryl Duncan


National Smile Week is celebrated during the 2nd week of August. There are a number of different ways you can celebrate and craft with your family for the occasion, including:

Make a list of things that make you smile.
Make a fun Emoji-themed craft.
Make a collage using pictures of smiles cut out of magazines.
Make smiley face masks using yellow paint and paper plates.
Have a smile-off. See who can smile the longest. To make it harder, see who can smile the longest without laughing!
Hold a non-smiling competition. Everyone sits and stares at each other without smiling. Whoever smiles is out. The last person not smiling wins.
Have apple or orange "smiles" (slices) for a snack.
Have a "Biggest Smile Contest.""

 

How Do You Know When to See a Doctor Regarding Your Child's Knee Pain? We Can Help!

We hope you find these  "8 Signs Your Child's Knee Needs To Be Examined", taken directly from www.nationwidechildrens.org to be helpful. Let's have a great and safe summer!

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"Knee Injuries
The knee is giving out and feels like it can’t support the weight.
The kneecap feels like it slides out of place.
The knee does not have full motion.
There is a painful “popping” or clicking sound.
There is knee pain without an injury; it hurts during or after activity.
The knee is “locking,” or getting stuck, and is not able to move.
The knee does not have good strength.
The knee is swelling–with or without a traumatic (sudden) injury.
While at home, initial treatment should be RICE:
REST
ICE
COMPRESSION
ELEVATION"