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HOW TO EMPOWER YOUR CHILDREN TO SAVE THE WORLD

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If you think your children are not hearing and paying attention to all the stories of doom and gloom for the planet, think again.

Those little minds are like sponges and take in all the information around them. And it scares them.

More than that, those stories can potentially rob your children of motivation, future planning, hope and joy. They can even lead to depression, particularly during the troubled teen years.

The good news is you can counteract the negativity that stems from doomsday stories and empower your children to save the world.

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HOW TO COLOUR YOUR WORLD WITH THESE FUN CRAFTS 

 

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Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project – how to colour your world.

Colour can impact everything from our health to our moods and even appetite.

Understanding how colour affects us can help us gain control over many areas of our lives.

The first step is to learn colour basics and become more aware of the colours around us. These fun crafts and activities will help children to do that.

 

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HOW TO HARNESS COLOUR CONTROL FOR A BETTER LIFE

 

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We are surrounded by colour and though we may be unaware, it has the power to affect our moods, our choices, our skills and even our health.

It can be difficult to take full control of our lives with these ‘hidden’ influences at play.

Understanding the energy that colours emit, and helping our kids do the same, is the first step towards regaining that control.

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4 FUN MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS TO MAKE

 

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Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project – musical instruments to make.

There are so many benefits to teaching kids about music. If you have the resources to teach them to play an instrument, even better.

However, instruments and lessons can be expensive. These craft projects cost next to nothing to make and are so much fun to play with.

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TAP INTO THE MAGIC OF MUSIC FOR BRAIN GROWTH IN KIDS

 

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It soothes our souls, changes our heartbeat, triggers emotions, ignites memories and that’s just the beginning of the magic of music.

Music reduces stress, increases joy and has been proved to accelerate brain development in children exposed to it regularly.

Promoting music and musical activates can help children with their speech, memory, attention span, reading and communication skills and has a host of social and emotional benefits as well.

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3 GREAT WAYS TO REUSE PLASTIC BOTTLES

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Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project, focusing on ways to reuse plastic bottles.

Plastic seems to be one of the biggest curses when it comes to the world’s environmental concerns.

It is responsible for killing hundreds of thousands of marine creatures every year. It accounts for nearly 20 percent of landfill waste and up to 80 percent of rubbish littering beaches, seabeds and oceans.

By finding fun ways to reinvent plastic and creating with children, we can avoid adding to this number and empower kids to help save the world.

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HOW LESSONS FROM A POT CAN HELP SAVE THE WORLD

 

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It has cooked hundreds of meals.

Filled my young sons’ tummies with healthy food.

Created countless comfort food meals for cold winter’s nights.

Saved me from ‘slaving over a hot stove’ on hot summer days.

Now it’s helping to nourish my children’s children.

And I look at this little pot and see how it can help us save the world.

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HOW TO MAKE A GROWING FLOWER – NO NEED FOR A GREEN THUMB

 

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Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project – how to make a growing flower.

You don’t need any gardening skills and won’t even get your hands dirty doing this one.

In fact, this project is so easy I recently did it with 30 preschoolers, aged three to five.

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GRAND INSECURITIES – HOW TO DEAL WITH NEGATIVE FEELINGS

 

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It’s amazing how grandchildren can awaken all those youthful insecurities you thought you’d overcome.

Those precious parcels of perfection come with a bunch of other people and suddenly you are left questioning your importance in the scheme of things.

Perhaps the greatest threat to the calm equilibrium you’ve worked so hard to achieve (right?) over the decades are the Other Grandparents.

Let’s face it, for most of us, sharing children we adore with others who have an equal status in their lives is a new adventure.

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HOW TO SMARTEN UP YOUR SMARTPHONE

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Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project – how to smarten up your smartphone.

I recently wrote about the secret to using your Smartphone Smartly.

If you just can’t get enough of your phone, these clever crafts, to smarten up your smartphone, will be just what you need.

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