Sunday, November 8, 2015

Worry Eaters

Since the holidays are right around the corner, I figured I would post a new 'counselor' toy that looks absolutely adorable.  AND can help with anxious kids.  It's called a Worry Eater.

Isn't it cute?  They actually have several options, these are just a few:

How does it work?

Have your child write down, or draw their worries on a piece of paper, then put it in their mouth and zip it up.  The character is supposed to 'eat' their worries and help them go away.  As a parent, you can also do it along with your child and discuss the problem(s) with them. Or it can be something they do by themselves.  Just the act alone of writing our troubles down (or drawing them) can bring relief!  And what child doesn't have a worry or two?

With my oldest starting Kindergarten this year, I have had a lot of parents ask for referrals for a play therapist for their anxious child. It seems to be pretty common at this age to start having a lot of worries. Kids start noticing things more and wondering why things happen, so it brings on more worry.  Having your child express them, rather than keeping troubles to themselves, can help.  When kids don't have a chance to express their worries and fears, it can come out in other ways such as aggression, tummy aches, constipation, irritability, wetting the bed, inattention, nightmares, etc.

And having a child sleep with the Worry Eater or talking to it before bedtime, or having it for nighttime prayers is such a good idea to help them sleep at night too.  Almost like a dream catcher!

Click here  to order from Amazon.
Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Getting Ready for Halloween

Here is my annual preschool Halloween books and movies post!  Some repeats here as they are always good classics!  I always buy 1-2 additional Halloween books every year, I just love this season.  And we are all ready for that fall season with Pumpkin spiced everything and cooler weather!  Dallas is still a hot 95 degrees, so I am burning my Leaves candle to help at least make it smell like fall is here.


1) For babies and toddlers Five Little Pumpkins ($5.39) 

Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate.  The first one said, "Oh my, it's getting late." Get ready for some wicked fun as these five pumpkins run and roll! My children have loved this sweet rhyming book the past few years and love that it's a board book.

2) For Preschoolers:
Little Critter: Happy Halloween, Little Critter!  ($6.29)
My preschooler loves this book!  It has lift the flaps in it too and she loves all of the different halloween characters.

3) We love the If You Give A Mouse book series, and haven't read this one yet, but plan on ordering it!  My preschooler and toddler will love reading this one.

It's Pumpkin Day, Mouse! (If You Give...)  ($6.12 Board Book) The mouse decorates all of the pumpkins in the pumpkin patch with different faces.

4) For all ages:
The Hallo-wiener ($5.71)

This one is close to our hearts because we used to have a little Dachshund at our home and tells a great Halloween story, kind of like the Ugly Duckling.

5) There is the always popular : Haunted Clubhouse (Disney Mickey Mouse Clubhouse) (6.29$) 

6) We love the 'night before' series and especially their  The Night before Halloween ($3.59)
'Twas the night before Halloween, and all through the house, All the creatures were stirring, except for the mouse. The monsters had gathered to plan and prepare, For the trick-or-treaters who soon would be there?."

7) Doc McStuffins Boo to You!   (7$) This one is a touch and feel book and my 5 and 3 year old love this episode on TV and also enjoy this book too! And it's a great board book to take in the car and not worry about it getting torn up.

8) And one more for the preschool and school aged kids: Room on the Broom (6.29$). We love this book at our house and there is an App on the iPhone too that's super fun and cute.  

The witch and her cat are happily flying through the sky on a broomstick when the wind picks up and blows away the witch's hat, then her bow, and then her wand!  Luckily, three helpful animals find the missing items, and all they want in return is a ride on the broom.  But is there room on the broom for so many friends?  And when disaster strikes, will they be able to save the witch from a hungry dragon?

9) Pinkalicious Pink or Treat (3.99$) Pinkalicious: Pink or Treat!  My girls love reading about how Pinkalicious saves Halloween in her hometown.

10) The Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat   (3.38$). A story about trick or treating at the old scary house that turns out to be a lesson on 'appearances can be deceiving!' I grew up on the Berenstain Bears and love this one.

TV Shows and Movies

Halloween season isn't complete until they've seen a few Halloween cartoon specials and movies. Don't forget to DVR some of the ones coming up for free, and the Disney Jr episodes like the Halloween Doc McStuffins, Jake and the Pirates and Sofia's Ghoul episode.

1)Spookley the Square Pumpkin  ($9.98) About a square pumpkin who is different and feels left out, but then saves the day after a storm hits the pumpkin patch!

2) The All-Time Classic!  Look for this one on TV and DVR it, if not order it here: It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (Remastered Deluxe Edition) ($10.99)


Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest ($9.96)

4) Thomas Halloween. Need I say more if you have a preschooler who loves trains?
Thomas & Friends: Halloween Adventures (free for Amazon prime streaming, or $9.99)

6) And for the older child, like an Alice in Wonderland Halloween adventure (but mostly for kids 10 and up)
Coraline ($6.99)


So there you have it. My picks for your little ones this Halloween.  Have fun getting in the spirit and Happy Halloween!