Bible Verses for Children – Free Printable Psalm 107:1

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How did you do with last week’s bible verse? I found that having it printed off and hanging in the kitchen made a huge difference in helping me remember to practice it with my daughter. Little ones pick up on Bible verses so quickly! All it takes is repetition. So having the verse displayed where you see it frequently makes it easy to rehearse it often.

If you’re looking for Bible verses for children, you’ve come to the right place! We’re creating new Bible verse printables and posting them every Monday. Join us in teaching your children new Bible verses every week!

This week we’re focusing on Psalm 107:1. This is a very simple verse to teach children, and is also a great verse for instilling thankfulness and teaching on God’s love and goodness.

To join us in teaching your children this week’s verse, simply click on the “Full Size Image” link, save the picture to your computer, and print!

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What are some of your favorite Bible verses for children? Let me hear them!

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Gross Motor Skills – Teaching Your Toddler with Twister!

Teaching Gross Motor Skills to your toddler, A fun way to play Twister with your little ones!

One of my favorite games as a child—and might I add, now one of my least favorite games as a pregnant momma—was Twister. Now you have images of me struggling to put my swollen right foot on red, while grunting as I barely manage to hold myself up, all while praying that I don’t wet my pants, don’t you? However, my two-year-old doesn’t seem to mind, and insists that we play it daily! Twister is a great game to build gross motor skills though, so I’ve come up with ways to play it with her without actually having to play it myself.

If you aren’t familiar with gross motor skills, they are the large muscle development skills. This includes running, jumping, kicking, pushing, pulling, etc. They are often at the forefront of parents’s minds in the first 18 months or so, with a heavy focus on sitting, crawling, and walking.  But somehow, as babies develop into toddlers, the focus on gross motor skills seems to fade and if toddlers aren’t given enough opportunities to develop these skills,  they may remain underdeveloped.

Gross motor skill practice doesn’t have to be a regimented or a specific routine. It’s really all about play! Playing a game like Twister is a fun way to get those large muscles moving, and it gives your child a chance to practice and show off the new skills they are developing.

Here’s how we use Twister in our home!

Teaching Gross Motor Skills to your toddler, A fun way to play Twister with your little ones!

Twister for Toddlers:

Twister is recommended for ages 6 and up, but there are easy ways to modify the game to make it suitable for younger children.

Tip #1: Play without the spinner!  Make up your own rules and directions and don’t worry about the spinner. Many young children won’t be able to maneuver the way a 6 year old would, so playing with the spinner and Twister rules would make it difficult. This makes it more interesting anyways!

Tip #2: Give directions using colors and directional words to give your child practice recognizing colors, left and right, directional words, etc. Ex: “Jump on a blue circle”, “Touch a yellow circle with your right hand”, or “Hop backwards on the red circles”.

Tip #3: Encourage silly and BIG movements. Toddlers love any opportunity to be silly, so be creative and let them have fun! Use action words like jump, hop, skip, twist, bend, stomp, march, gallop, walk, etc. You can even give directions that include these action words along with an animal. For example, you could say, “Stomp like an elephant on blue”.

Tip #4: This game can be used as a great “busy activity” when you have your hands full but can still give them attention and verbal directions! We often play this game while I’m cooking dinner, since I can’t participate anyways. I just put the mat where I can still see her in the living room and shout out directions while I cook. Just remember to remain involved and enthusiastic or they will quickly lose interest.

How do you encourage gross motor skill development in your house?!

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Bible Verses For Children – Free Printable! Children Obey Your Parents

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Children have something many of us adults have lost; minds that can remember anything and everything! Because of their innate ability to absorb and retain information, this is a great time to start teaching them Bible verses! Finding bible verses for children is simple. However, remembering to review the verse with them everyday is not as easy.

In our house we try and search new bible verses for children every week and pick one that we want to focus on. I’m usually great about remembering the first couple of days, but by the end of the week, I find myself so busy and distracted that it completely slips my mind. I quickly realized that in order to make this work, I needed to have the verse displayed in a common area so that I could review it with my two-year-old anytime of the day. I chose to put it up in the kitchen so we can recite it at meals, while I’m doing the dishes, or anytime we are passing through and have a second!

If you’re trying to teach your kids about the Bible, I’d love to help! Join us as we pick a new verse every week and enjoy our free printables!

Simply click on the “Full Size Image” link, save the picture to your computer, and print!
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DIY Baby Shower Gifts – Lavender “Sweet Dreams” Candle

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Are you looking for the perfect gift for a special little bundle that is soon to arrive? I am a huge fan of DIY baby shower gifts. When done right, they turn out so beautiful and meaningful. Plus you are sure to avoid a gift repeat! Here’s one of my favorite baby shower gifts!

When thinking about what a new mom needs, I always think back to the first couple months after that sweet little baby arrives. As beautiful, sweet, and absolutely amazing little ones are, they take a lot of work! And for new moms, it can be completely overwhelming. I always try and keep this in mind when looking for the perfect present for new moms. After my first baby, I really appreciated the gifts that helped alleviate the stress, make life simpler, or just made me feel like it was okay if I didn’t have it all together!

With this DIY soy candle, I chose to use lavender as the scent. Lavender essential oil has many health benefits! Lavender is proven to help decrease sleeping disorders, and induces a more regular sleep pattern. It’s also excellent in treating depression, migraines, headaches, tension, and anxiety, as lavender is a very calming and soothing scent.  Better sleep for mom and baby and a natural stress reliever?! A MUST HAVE for new moms if you ask me!

For this DIY lavender candle you will need:

1 lb of soy wax flakes (Soy is easier to clean up, burns longer, and is a natural choice!) 1 lb = one 16 oz candle or four 4 oz candles

Lavender essential oil

Glass jars

Pre-tabbed candle wicks

Instructions:

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Melt the soy wax flakes in a glass liquid measuring cup with an spout that’s easy to pour out of or a glass bowl with a pour spout. You can melt them in either a microwave or on the stove-top in a double boiler. I created a make-shift double boiler using a pot, steamer basket, and glass bowl. Be sure to watch the temperature, as wax can catch fire! Heat the wax to 180 degrees F, and be careful not to let it go much higher!DIY Baby Shower Gifts - Lavender Essential Oil Candle. Really Inexpensive to make! | The Well Nourished Nest

Note: Many sites will recommend that you use 1 oz of essential oil for every 1 lb of wax. However, that can be very costly if you’re making multiple candles and may also be too strong for your liking! I prefer to use less than that. I used about 1/5 of an ounce of lavender oil in my 16 oz candle. Also, letting the wax cool just a bit before adding the essential oil will help keep the scent from evaporating.

Dip the bottom of the pre-tabbed wick in the melted wax and stick the metal tab to the bottom of the glass jar. Allow the wax to harden a little so that the wick won’t move. Wrap the wick around a pencil and sit the pencil on the rim of the jar to keep the wick straight. After allowing the wax to cool a considerable amount, add the essential oil and carefully and slowly pour the wax into the jar. (Allowing the wax to cool not only helps keep the scent from evaporating but will also help keep the wax from dipping down in the center of the candle as it hardens.)

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Allow the candle to rest until the wax has cooled and hardened completely.

Decorate your jar and give it to someone special in need of a little relaxation! I simply printed a chalkboard label and added a ribbon. Be creative and keep your gift recipient’s color schemes in mind!

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How do you feel about DIY baby shower gifts? Love them? Hate them? Let me hear from you!

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Family Dinner Ideas – 5 Ways to Make it Fun!

Family Dinner Ideas - 5 Creative Ways to Make it Fun! Wellnourishednest.com “All great change in America begins at the dinner table.” This famous quote from Ronald Reagan sums up the power of family dinners perfectly. There is currently a big push to return to our roots in sharing meals together, and it’s no longer a secret that family dinners are important. There are numerous studies that suggest that family dinners are good for much more than just filling bellies. In fact, many studies suggest that eating dinner together three or more times a week makes children more emotionally stable, encourages healthy eating, reduces chances of obesity, and aids in developing a positive parent and child relationship.

My husband, daughter, and I just moved into our first home in March. Since then, we’ve started the habit of all sitting down together in the evenings for a home-cooked meal. It’s without a doubt one of my favorite times of the day. We usually all go around and talk about our days or whatever silly things are on our two-year-old’s mind. However, I’ve noticed that there are some days that family dinner needs a little help. Whether it be a cranky toddler who missed her nap, a tired husband who just worked a 12 hour day in the sun, or a stressed out mom who just wants a moment of silence to hear herself think, sometimes you have to work to make dinner fun and a positive experience! My husband and I came up with a few family dinner ideas that our family can use to help make every dinner a pleasant one!

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1. Family Dinner Conversation Starters

Family Dinner Ideas - 5 Creative Ways to Make it Fun! Wellnourishednest.com Sometimes you just can’t think of what to say. Your day was pretty bland, you’ve already talked about your favorite vacation spots, and now you’re stuck in silence. That’s when you need a little help! Luckily, there are quite a few websites that give ideas and printables for family dinner conversation starters. Here are a few of my favorites! Conversation Starters by Somewhat Simple Dinner Table Questions by Just Another Day in Paradise Family Dinner Questions by How Does She

2. Dress up for Dinner

Family Dinner Ideas - 5 Creative Ways to Make it Fun! Wellnourishednest.com Do you have a little pirate, princess, or monkey in your house? Invite them to dinner! Kids love an opportunity to dress-up, and how fun and unexpected would a dress-up dinner party be? Let each member of the family—yes you too mom and dad—pick out a fun costume to wear to dinner. To make it even more exciting, don’t show each other your costumes ahead of time! This twist on family is sure to get everyone talking and playing!

3. Dinner and a Game

Family Dinner Ideas - 5 Creative Ways to Make it Fun! Wellnourishednest.com Who says you can’t play with your food? Why not have a family game and dinner night? There are many games that you can play in between bites! Playing a game like I spy, I’m going on a picnic, or 20 questions, won’t require a board on the table and will engage every member of the family! However, if you have the room on the dinner table, go ahead and pick out a family favorite board game! You can even allow a different family member to pick the game each time you do this!

4. Eating Dessert First

Family Dinner Ideas - 5 Creative Ways to Make it Fun! Wellnourishednest.com Remember what mom always said? “If you eat dessert first, you’ll spoil your dinner!” Well plug your ears, mom! Sometimes it’s fun to break the rules! On this night, start dinner off with a bang by serving each family member a small serving of dessert first! You can even set up a dessert bar where the kids can make a sundae with toppings.

5. Dinner and Art

Family Dinner Ideas - 5 Creative Ways to Make it Fun! Wellnourishednest.com Bring out the creativity at dinner time by hosting a family dinner art night! Cover the table with craft paper and put out different art supplies such as markers, crayons, colored pencils, glitter glue, etc. If you don’t have craft paper, you can also just supply each family member with sheets of paper. Be sure to have each family member share and talk about their drawings! Another fun way to extend the creativity is to create a “drawing chain”. The first person begins by drawing a shape or object on a piece of paper and then passes it around the table. Each family adds another piece to the drawing. When you run out of room, hold up the picture to laugh and talk about what each person drew!

Do you make time for family dinners during the week? What does your family do to make it fun?!

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Toilet Paper Roll Crafts for Kids- Caterpillar

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Do you remember having to save toilet paper rolls as a kid for school crafts? I do! I also remember having my students save them years later as a teacher. If you Pinterest toilet paper roll crafts, you are sure to find hundreds of ideas as they are so versatile and easy to make!

This toilet paper roll craft was made by my little one and I just this morning. This little caterpillar cutie was very simple to make, and was a great extension activity after reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. We actually made him from a paper towel roll, but he could also be made by taping together two toilet paper rolls.

The How To:

Items Needed:

2 Toilet Paper Rolls or 1 Paper Towel Roll

Pipe Cleaners

Construction Paper

Googly Eyes

Hot Glue or Elmer’s Glue

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Start by painting your toilet paper rolls or paper towel roll. If you are using two toilet paper rolls. you will want to go ahead and tape them together on the inside seams to make one long tube before you paint.

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While you’re waiting for the paint to dry, cut out circles for the head and tail of the caterpillar and glue them together.

Decorate the head with googly eyes and pipe cleaner antennas.

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Poke holes in the tube using a pen and thread the pipe cleaners through the holes. Bend the pipe cleaners to make them into legs.

Attach the head and tail to both ends of the tube using either hot glue or Elmer’s glue.

Ta-da!

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What have you made from toilet paper rolls? I love hearing from you!

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Teaching Toddlers How to Put on Shoes

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“Mommy, is this on the right foot?” If you’re a mom of a toddler, you are probably very familiar with this phrase. At this age, they are determined to do everything themselves, and are just so darn cute while trying! Teaching toddlers how to put on their shoes can be tricky, even when tying shoe laces isn’t involved. For my daughter, trying to figure out which shoe goes on which foot has been the hardest part. After unsucessfully trying to explain that the “curvy” part of the shoe goes on the inside, I knew there must be a simpler way to teach toddlers about the left and right shoe.

Here’s a simple way to help kids easily identify which shoe goes on which foot!


 Teaching Toddlers to put on shoes. Such a simple trick! wellnourishednest.com

We took my daughter’s shoes and put kitty stickers on the inside of each shoe. Now when she goes to put her shoes on, we tell her to “put the kitties together”. We had to glue the stickers in so they don’t come off when she puts her feet in. You could also just mark the insides with a marker instead. The point is to give them something visual to match up.

It’s a simple tip, but it’s not only made putting on shoes easier, but way more fun!

Do you have any helpful tips for helping toddlers get dressed? I’d love to hear them!

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