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sparkle crafts: games and crafts for littles with BIG energy

Big energy — whether it's happy or sad, angry or excited — can be overwhelming for both the child and their grown-up. The key is to focus big energy and allow it to run its course in a productive way. Some of the best ways we've found to funnel that energy are to get outside and get active. Below are some of our best suggestions from the Sparkle blog to help your family....

Storybox Playlist: Big Energy in Little People

Big Energy in children (and grownups too) can come in many packages. It can look like a wave of excitement bouncing off the walls and running around yelling. Or it can be an all-out flop-on-the-ground tantrum of doom that lasts for an hour. This energy is neither good nor bad — it's just big. As we look at Big Energy this week, I wanted to share with you a few stories to help manage those intense moments....

sparkle crafts: Art Supplies and Creative Play Materials

Children have an innate curiosity to explore their world through tactile experience and creative imaginitive play. Sometimes as adults, we forget that we too have this ability. Here's a great list of materials to help your family get creative!...

sparkle kitchen: "play with your food"

Do you remember the scene from A Christmas Story where the little brother makes a mountain out of his mashed potatoes and then the mother encourages him to eat the food like a little piggy? I'm not suggesting you ask your kids that they smash their faces in their dinner plates — but I am inviting you to play with your food. The recipes this week are all about getting tactile and creative with food. Here are nine Sparkle recipes to help you get more playful in the kitchen....

Storybox Playlist: Stories to Inspire Creative Play

Creative play is probably one of the most vital elements of childhood. It's the job of children to play and explore. Time for creative play allows them to test out different roles and helps them prepare for life. This week I've rounded up some really fun stories that will inspire your family to explore the world through fun and games and play....