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What is Boy's Day?

What is Boy's Day?

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So last week we talked about Father’s Day and what we planned on doing to celebrate.  Funny story, a few weeks ago, we were talking to our son about celebrating Father’s Day, and he was really excited about it.  He asked if he got presents on Father’s Day, and we said no, it’s just for Fathers, to which he got upset about, because he assumed that Father’s Day was equivalent to “Boy’s Day.”  He was pretty broken up about it.

So, the good, nice father that my husband is, allowed our son to create a Boy’s Day for “ALL the boys in the world” (my son’s words) and we are going to celebrate it this weekend.  To be clear, in our book there should also be a Girl’s Day and Fur Baby Day, and a Nieces Day - you name it.  Boy’s Day is just what fits with our family.

We are really curious about what Boy’s Day is actually going to be about, so I asked our son about it today.  These are our son’s top five things that he wants to do on Boy’s day, in his own words.

1.  Play your little boy’s favorite game or play baseball if you want. You should treat them right.  Be nice to them or else you are a robber.  (At the end of this answer he said with a twinkle in his eye, “that is funny, right mom?”)

2.  Get Ice cream if it’s a hot day and if you are good you could go get a sucker at the sucker store.

3.  Get a slushie at Rita’s (local Erie location).

4.  You should eat cake…of course! Of course.

5.  You should go visit one of your friends or play baseball if it’s summer. Or play soccer. Or do soccer practice.  All these things will be fun, I promise.

Honestly, if mothers and fathers get a day, why shouldn’t there be a boy day, right?  Children have their own ideas and takes on the world that is completely fresh.  Sometimes I think that we should try to see more things from their point of view, instead of just “doing what we have always done.”  Who says it’s always the right way? 

We’d love to hear about your “boy day” if you choose to do it, or any other holiday that you may have made up along the way.  What else have you done differently or new based on what your children have suggested? We can’t be the only parents to do this…right? 

Till next time,

Nancy

Nancy is a former special education teacher and now assistant professor in a school of education.  She is wife to the other sparrow, Jason, and mother to a silly and sweet five-year-old boy.  Nancy is co-owner of Two Sparrows Learning Systems with her husband and inventor of Effortless Art Crayons. 

Merry and Bright!

Merry and Bright!

The holidays are upon us and that means cookies, candy, presents, decorations, and ribbon galore!  When I was teaching elementary school, I loved this time of year (yes, I know all you teachers are shaking your heads in disbelief right now.)  I know, I know, students are filled with excitement and struggle to stay focused with so much going on.   In the midst of holiday parties, concerts, and crafts, it’s enough to make your head spin!

Now that I am in higher ed, and don’t get the chance to do half as many crafts, (though I’m sure my college students wouldn’t mind trading a lecture for a craft), I look forward to the time I can spend with my son creating and living the spirit of the holiday season.  He absolutely LOVES everything about Christmas and would sit for hours making paper snowflakes if I let him.   I’m sharing with you all today some of the fun we have had decorating and crafting together these past two weeks. All our activities are simple, easy, won’t break the bank, and help your toddler practice their fine motor skills!

The first activity is a really simple tree craft.  All you need is a paper plate, markers, crepe paper or tissue paper, and basic decorations like pom poms, stickers, and jewel beads.  You start by cutting the paper plate in half and then take that half and cut it into thirds.  These thirds are then assembled and glued into a three-part tree.  Have your child color the tree, and then add any decoration they want.  My favorite is having them rip the tissue paper (great for fine motor) and pinching it and gluing it on to make the tree a little 3D.  Punch a hold at the top to make it an ornament or glue a magnet on the back and showcase it on your fridge.  Lots of creative possibilities with this one.



Next is one we just did today.  I call it “Merry and Bright” as I helped my son make colored thumb prints around a black swirly light strand to create his own “twinkle light painting” on canvas.  With a small white canvas and some acrylic paint, you and your child can make your own strand of holiday lights.  I started off by drawing a swirly line with a permanent marker (he’s only four, your child may be able to do that if he or she is older), draw some small sockets, and then have your child dip and press their thumb around the black strand to create colorful lights that will surely dazzle.  Crayon Kid made his masterpiece for his grandparents.  Handmade art is a great present for the ones you love. All you need is some paint and some imagination!

Lastly, we spent the day today finishing up our decorating.  We finally got the tree finished as well as spent some time decorating our windows with holiday decals.  I never thought about this, but these are great for fine motor skills as our kiddoes have to pinch and press to get the decals off the paper and onto the glass, and your child is working on a vertical surface the whole time, which also is really great for strength and stability.

I’ve loved sharing some of our holiday fun with you. I hope it inspires some holiday crafting magic in your house.  These everyday crafts and activities are so great for our kiddo’s development, and they are fun!  No worksheets here!

I wish you all a very blessed holiday season.  We want to thank you for following us and supporting us in our endeavors to bring art and accessibility to others.  We can’t wait to see you all in the New Year. 

Happy Holiday’s from The Effortless Art Family,

Jason, Nancy, and Crayon Kid