October is here already — wow! — and this pandemic is still a thing that we have to make allowances for in our daily lives. The safety of ourselves and our families is a consideration for any type of activity planning, and Halloween is fast approaching. We need to keep kids safe, but their social and emotional wellness can also be affected by being unable able to participate in festivities that create so much happiness and sense of connection.
How can we celebrate Halloween in the Covid life, you may ask? While door-to-do trick or treating may be off the table, we have a few suggestions for keeping the Halloween spirit alive. Parenting expert, guidance counselor, licensed educational psychologist, and board-certified behavior analyst, Reena B. Patel (LEP, BCBA) has compiled a list of practical tips addressing fun and creative ways to accommodate a traditional Halloween during this pandemic. Let’s get to it!
I spotted this adorable Shark Backpack for kids at the Gift Show at Javits Center this past weekend. The tag say it’s by Jack And Friends, a company that also makes super soft and cuddly animal blankets for Babies. You could probably find this wherever their other times are sold. These newborn baby clothes would go perfect with the backpack. So cute!
At South Shore Conservatory, Ms. Heidi’s Pre-K class tells the many things they are thankful for this year, including the ability to express themselves. Can you tell which student is the future opera singer?
If you’ve ever attempted to take posed photos of young children, then you know how difficult it is to get them to look at the camera. Seriously, it is like trying to pose a worm. Fortunately, there are camera accessories called Camera Buddies or Lens Friends to assist you with keeping a child engaged and happy while you snap away!
While attending the recent PhotoPlus Expo in NYC, I just had to stop at the booth for Phoxi Tog, who make line of vibrantly-colored camera buddies called Phoxi Friends. They caught my attention right away!
OMG So Adorable
Phoxi Friends Camera Lens Wraps are a line of insanely cute photography tools designed for those who shoot portraits of kids. These patented, eye-catching accessories are different from any other camera lens wrap or lens buddy on the market.
Phoxi Friends are designed to help you capture a child’s attention without having to waste your energy singing, dancing, waving your hands, and making strange noises. The patented design has a soft plush stuffed toy on one end (that also includes a built-in squeaker), with the other end serving as a flexible tail that can wrap around any camera lens you use. The tail can also extend the toy to interact playfully with the child. Kids do have a short attention span, and with a nice selection of critters available, you can switch it up and wrap a different Phoxi friend around your lens to keep the smiles coming. Some kids are very shy, and this tool is a great icebreaker!
See the full line of Phoxi Friends lens wrap designs, and purchase online, at This Link!
Divided Trays, Snack and Sandwich Pouches, and Easy Squeezy Food Pouches by Kinderville (All Photos By Gail)
Summer is almost over and it’s time to think about going back to school. Ugh, I know; it can be a drag. But school is somewhat more fun when you are bringing your lunch and snacks in containers that are as cool and colorful as those made by Kinderville. A Mom and Dad created the Kinderville line of products as a safe and easy solution to storing and serving their kids’ lunches and snacks. With a focus on quality, and the use of safe materials, their food storage designs are not only easy and fun for kids to use, but they’re also 100% non-toxic, while embracing Green consciousness as well!