Snow Day Activities
Curious about what to do with your toddler when you are snowed in? Here is a few ideas to help keep them engaged when the next blizzard hits.
Go outside! build a snowman or go sledding the more activity you do earlier in the day means potential nap time in the afternoon.
Build a reading fort! Pile some blankets and pillows and read your favorite stories together.
Bake something together! There is nothing better on a cold day than fresh baked something! Let your child help, It’s a good opportunity to teach them basic measurements and could be a fun sensory activity as well.
Arts and crafts are a fun indoor activity but you could also utilize things you find outdoors such as acorns, pine cones or pine needles.
Watch a movie together! Get everyone together and put on one of your favorite childhood movies.
Here is a link to things going on in Cambridge for those non snow days.
The Wonders of Kale
If you have been considering adding more greens to your diet kale has been found to have significant cancer risk reducing benefits to at least five different types of cancer these types include breast, colon, bladder, ovary and prostate. Kale can also provide special cholesterol lowering benefits if you cook it by steaming as well as providing support to the body’s detoxification system. New research has shown that the ITCs made from kale’s glucosinolates can help regulate detox at a genetic level.
You’ll want to include kale as one of the vegetables you eat regularly if you want to receive the wonderful health benefits provided by the cruciferous vegetable family. At a minimum, include kale as part of your diet 2-3 times per week. Try this recipe to add a little more kale to your life. 2 kale leaves, 2 celery ribs, 3 carrots and one apple wash and cut each vegetable and feed through juicer or mix in a blender.
Early Exposure to Music helps Brain Development
A study published in the Journal of Neuroscience suggests that early music lessons significantly help the development of the brain. The effects were in areas of the brain that help you plan and carry out movement. In a study done by neuroscientist Gordon Shaw, the research found preschooler that took music lessons did better at spatial and temporal reasoning than those who took computer lessons. Many of us are familiar with the Mozart effect which was misinterpreted to suggest listening to Mozart would make your infant smarter. Since classical music tends to be more complex in harmony and structure it can boost cognitive development, according to Dr. Diane Bales any kind of music builds musical pathways to the brain. It’s the complexity of music itself that offers brain-building benefits.
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