Thursday, March 17, 2011

Creativity Is SO Awesome!

Creativity is very important in life. Here are some pictures that might give you ideas on how to be creative.

First, you can make many different snacks by using items you have around your house. These are Tic-Tac-Toe Crackers, using chopped celery, peanut butter, sliced carrots, and crackers.

Next is a Panda-Turkey Masterpiece. I got a slice of turkey, cut the panda's facial features out of it, and then sliced apples and put them on the outside of the plate. We have an apple slicer that makes it simple to cut the apple into wedges. You might want to ask a parent to help you.

Drawing is also a creative thing to do. I asked my family members what they like, their two favorite colors, and about other interesting things they would like included on the picture. It was a true work of art when it was finished.

My brother had a smoothie umbrella, and he decided to have his action figures relax under it. You can turn ordinary things into fun adventures when you're creative.

Going on a family bike ride is an exciting opportunity for your family to get creative. You can pack a picnic lunch, play "I Spy" while you're riding bikes, and stop every once in awhile to look around and enjoy the scenery.

CHALLENGE: Think of something you can do in your family with your own creativity. Then come and tell us all about it in the Comments section here. Good luck!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

How to handle a bully

When anyone is picking on you or hurting you they are being a bully.

Here are some ways to stop a bully:
  • Say "sorry you feel that way" when they say something mean about you.
  • Say "thanks for sharing that with me" instead of getting mad when they say something you don't really want to hear.
  • Tell an adult if they keep bothering you.
  • Use your cool look.[Your cool look is when you look cool so a bully thinks "she's cool I should not pick on her".]
  • Give a complement.
  • Try to make friends with the bully. Be nice to the bully.
  • Sometimes a bully is picking on you because they are jealous of what you have.
  • If you say nice things to a bully they might feel good about themselves and stop picking on you.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

How to get over a bad mood

Eliza (Isaac and Ashton's little sister) just turned eight so she's now an official member of our Power of Kids Team!  Welcome Eliza!  Here's her first post.

Sometimes I wake up in a bad mood.  Do you ever wake up in a bad mood?  I think everyone does sometimes. Or if you didn't wake up in a bad mood, you might get in a bad mood from something bad happening.  Then everything seems bad all day.

So how do you get out of a bad mood?

Here are some things that help me when I'm in a bad mood:

  • Give someone a hug or get a hug from someone.
  • Sing or hum a happy tune.
  • Think about the good things in your life.
  • Smile - even if you really don't feel like it.
  • Read a happy book.
  • Just be by yourself for a little while - sort like a time out but you just choose to do it.
  • Go to sleep on time so you don't get more grumpy.
  • Think of happy things.
  • Realize it's just a mood and change it.  My grammie says "there's lots of things you can't change but you can always change your mind."
If none of these things work, just get your homework done and do what you're supposed to be doing and ignore the bad mood and it'll usually just go away.  

I'm going to work on this stuff a lot myself!