Inexpensive Spring Crafts

Inexpensive Spring Crafts

Those who enjoy making crafts often like the craft making process so much because they have the satisfaction of being able to make something unique without having to spend a lot of money. Most, if not all crafts, can be made less expensively than if you were to buy a similar craft that was manufactured by some business. Many avid crafters find enjoyment in all of the money that they save by collecting raw materials and creating crafts themselves. There are millions and millions of inexpensive spring craft ideas and chances are that you have a few of those ideas in your head right now. Put that imagination of yours to good use and start thinking of an inexpensive spring craft that you can make today! Continue reading

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Sensory Play for Kids

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What is sensory play? It is allowing children to explore all types of materials to stimulate their senses such as feeling different textures or temperatures (that are safe) or smelling various items.

Why is it important? The way we acquire information is through our five senses (sight, smell, touch, taste, hear).  Our brain processes these different types of information and is then able to identify it. For example, through touch we learn what rough or squishy is. Through smell we learn pungent or faint or floral or stinky etc. Continue reading

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Paper Plate Shamrock

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Help kids learn to celebrate St Patrick’s Day by making this paper plate shamrock. Even though there is painting, cutting and sticking involved, this paper plate shamrock is easy to make.

Read on for how to make this easy, yet cute paper plate shamrock.
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EQ Kids Club

EQ Kids Club

EQ Kids Club

EQ Kids Club

Friends, there is a new fun place in town! Adventure, giggles and igniting the senses can all be found at EQ Kids Club in Frisco.

 Read on why this mom likes the newest, most fun place in town…EQ Kids Club.

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Activities for Sick Kids

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Children tend to get mighty cranky and clingy, and for most part of the time, get highly irritable when they are smitten by the flu or by any sort of sickness. What they crave for, at such times is, undivided attention from their parents and family members. As a parent, you have to be ready to take on all the duties of caring and fending for the child as well as provide means to keep your child’s mind engaged, so that it takes their mind off the sickness. Continue reading

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Good Habits for Kids

Good Habits for Kids

atk8Raising kids can be a fulfilling experience, but it also comes with a lot of responsibility. Aristotle has rightly said, “Good habits formed at youth make all the difference.” So, only if they have been brought up well, will they grow up to be happy and mature adults.
Many parents feel that a strict hand will ensure that the child is well-behaved. This is far from the truth, as this approach can have loads of drawbacks. The child may grow up to be meek, or resentful. On the other hand, an extremely lenient approach, in some cases, can cloud the child’s judgment. Continue reading

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Enchanted Rock

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If you are going on a road trip this spring break, you might consider Enchanted Rock in Fredericksburg in the Hill Country. Not only is it beautiful and mystical, it will allow the kids to burn off a lot of energy by climbing the rock or hiking the trails. And because it’s located in a state park, the admission fees are only $7/adults with kids 12 and under free! If you’re into camping and want to make your stay inexpensive, there is camping allowed at the site.

Kids love nature and can run around uninhibited. Nature is relaxing and grounding for all of us so take advantage of visiting this beautiful rock in our own state, the largest of its kind in the US! Continue reading

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Dallas Fort Worth Spring Break 2017

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Dallas Spring Break is here!  What to do?

Can’t you hear your neighbor’s cars backing out of the driveway today? They’re headed to the airport or to their spring break destination.

If you’re not going out of town this week or if you’re only going to be gone part of the week, then you’ll be happy to know that we have a list of over 30 activities for Dallas Spring Break!  There’s lots of things to do in Dallas Fort Worth over spring break for your staycation.

Yes, you read that right! We have compiled a list of 30+ Dallas Spring Break activities for your Spring Break Staycation Ideas.

This list includes spring break kids activities  in Dallas, Fort Worth and everything in between – Allen to Arlington to Grapevine and back to Plano!

What kinds of spring break kids activities will you find on the list?

* Discounts offered by various businesses during spring break

* Library Events

* Texas Storytelling Festival

*North Texas Irish Festival

* Spring Break Safari at Texas Discovery Gardens

*Puppet Shows & Plays

and a whole lot more! Get the list of 30+ Dallas Spring Break activities for Dallas Spring Break and find lots of things to do!

If you would like to send your child to camp during spring break, check out our custom lists: Allen, Frisco, McKinney and Plano Spring Break Camps

Dallas Spring Break 2017 is March 6 – 10.

Fort Worth area Spring Break is March 13 – 17

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Supporting Your Athlete

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Before every season with my leagues I have a meeting with coaches and parents. This season the topic of proper spectator and coach support was on my mind, which took me back to how my Dad supported me…

Let’s just say there were a lot of games he was escorted off the field and had to watch me play from the parking lot!!

 

Proper Spectator and Coach support as Parents of Young Athletes

For most parents (not all) they are looking for results, in their child’s sports experience. We are a result focused culture and as adults, we are paid, evaluated, and positioned based on our results. So it’s no surprise that we look for that same thing from our kids on the sports field or sports court.

Parents want their kids to get better, the team to get better, to have more wins than the last season, and to have observable results. But the great thing about sports is its unpredictability and the idea that anything can happen. This is ESPECIALLY true when it comes to youth sports, but somehow us Adults forget that!

All we can expect is effort and a positive attitude!

i9SharksLooking back at my supporters, I came to the realization that all we can expect is effort and attitude. Which means as parents that is what we should support, reward, and encourage. Performance on the field comes and goes, at every level, but especially in youth sports. No matter how hard we try, parents can not impact the outcome of the game, although they try!

So for your next season instead of cheering when your kids succeed or yelling and groaning when they fail, I challenge you to focus on two things; effort and attitude. These are two things that our players can always control and two things that should be expected when participating in sports.

Imagine how great it would be watching your child’s team play and hearing parents praise sportsmanship, and praise effort only. Imagine a game without a parent or coach yelling at a kid about the performance and outcome of the play or game.

We should cheer effort and sportsmanship, regardless of its outcome!

If we can focus on effort and sportsmanship, then we know that in time performance will soon follow. More importantly, our kids will know that they have full control over their sports experience, how to handle success and failure, and the importance of giving your all in everything you do!

 

To find out more information about us:

Email: Isaiah.rojas@i9sports.com or visit us on the web.

Isaiah Rojas

Executive Director

i9 Sports North Dallas – Frisco, Prosper, McKinney

Phone: 972-294-7109

Twitter: i9 Sports North Dallas

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LegoLand Grapevine New Attractions

LEGO Friends Heartlake City Build Table

LEGO Friends Heartlake City Build Table

LegoLand Grapevine New Attractions Just in Time for Spring Break!

Put Your Ninja Skills to the Ultimate Test in the NEW LEGO® Ninjago City Adventure or  Build and Become a Part of LEGO® Friends Heartlake City during spring break. Continue reading

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