5 Fun Fall Activities for Kids

Fall Activities for Kids

 

The official beginning of fall is September 23, 2014. For many, the weather has begun to change, kids are back in school and parents are seeking ideas for children  during down times after school and on the weekends. To help inspire something fun, we have picked some fun, family-friendly activities that you might try with your children this fall.

1. Visit a local trail and take a walk
This one is fun and virtually free depending on where you live. We like to bring a camera and let our children take pictures and observe all of the changes that are occuring as the season changes. Trails are a fun place for kids to discover little critters, water springs, and tall trees with changing leaves. You can have children observe the changing landscape. For additional fun, make a plan to visit the same trail again in a couple of weeks and discuss some of the changes that have occurred since your last visit. This is a fun exercise for the whole family and lets kids learn more about autumn!

2. Play in the leaves
Playing in leaves can be fun and provides good exercise too. Have your children help you rake up some leaves into a big pile. We like to bring a radio & play some festive fall inspired music so it doesn't become too much of a chore. After you have a good size pile of leaves, its then time to play and jump around. You can take some amazing pictures of your little ones playing in the leaves too! I loved doing this during my childhood and I love seeing my children enjoy it too! If you don't have a yard, you may be able to find a suitable location at a nearby park.

3. Create a festive fall picture using autumn as your inspiration
Many ideas can cost a lot of money but one thing you can do for free as a family, is to have everyone get crafty and create a fall inspired picture. You can even incorporate leaves or objects you find outside and glue them onto your picture. Our family enjoys drawing things like spider webs, trees with leaves falling on the ground, pumpkins or even friendly scarecrows. The ideas are endless and this activity is something you can do when the weather just won't cooperate and allow you to get outside.

4. Visit a pumpkin patch
This is one of my all-time favorites to do with my family. Depending on where you go, there are so many activities and things to see. Many farms have corn mazes, hayrides around the pumpkin patch and some have dried corn pits that kids can play in. If you plan ahead, you can save money and beat the rush by looking for online coupons for these types of activities. The local farms typically get very busy as they move later into fall and it can be harder to find discounts. Either way, this is one way to create a fun and lasting memory with your entire family.

5. Make a fall inspired meal
Getting kids involved in cooking is a great way to help kids learn about nutrition and have a better understanding for healthy good tasting food. I like to go to the library with my kids and I let them pick out a cookbook. This is a way to get out of the house and have fun while learning something new. Then we go home and plan our trip to the grocery store to select and pick up the items we need.  You can even create a budget for the meal, this helps keep them involved in the entire process from meal planning, budgeting, cooking, and enjoying a tasty new meal they may not have tried before. There are also quite a few online sites that have great selections of recipes that are kid friendly. This is an inexpensive and a fun way to get everyone in the family involved.

We hope that these ideas inspire some fun fall activities for your family and friends. If you have an idea that you would like to share, please leave us a comment below and we may feature it in an upcoming article. Our goal is to inspire family fun without breaking the bank, especially for those that are on a budget. Thank you for visiting www.KidsDesk.net

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6 Spelling Apps for Kids

Kids Spelling Apps

Spelling Apps

Spelling apps are fun, easy ways to introduce people of all ages to literacy and spelling. The apps are available on all three major operating systems and for a wide range of ages and skill levels. Here are some of our favorites!

iOS

Pogg $0.99 This spelling game has two modes: picture mode and spelling mode. Spelling mode allows children who are already reading and spelling to enter words into the “What should Pogg do now?” box, then watch as he acts out that word if they have spelled it correctly. Picture mode is for children who are not yet reading, allowing them to select from a series of words, hear that word read aloud, and then watch as Pogg acts it out. There are 300 words in the game's dictionary thus far and the developer plans to release more as free updates.

Bob Books $3.99 iTunes brings classic Bob Books to life with an interactive app! Each book consists of 12 pages with 4 levels of difficulty, utilizing spelling, repetition, and phonics to help beginning readers build their reading skills. As the children play through the books, the black and white illustrations are filled in with vibrant colors.

Android

Super WHY $2.99 Alpha Pig, Princess Presto, Wonder Red, and Super Why take your child on a literacy adventure! Four interactive games teach your child the magic of spelling, writing, reading and the alphabet. Bring your child's favorite characters to life and introduce them to the fun of reading with this Android game.

Spelling Bee $0.99 A fun, competitive spelling bee game for Android users, this app challenges spellers with over 2,300 words in various levels of difficulties.

Windows

Spelling Millionaire Premium $0.99
Try to win the “Million Dollar” prize by correctly spelling 15 words in a row! The prize may not be real, but the challenge is.

Spell It Free!
This free Windows game is a multiplayer, digital version of the classic Scrabble game. Play with up to four online players, or try out pass-and-play mode for friends who don't have a smartphone.

We hope these spelling app suggestions help inspire a fun spelling app for you. Please bookmark www.KidsDesk.net! Have a great day and visit again soon!

Tocobox Launches Tocomail for Gmail

Gmail app for Teens

Tocomail for Gmail launches today and is a new app that provides a new experience for teenagers! This app creates a unique experience when it comes to sending and receiving email through Gmail. With instant messaging, a drawing board, and avatar customization, your teens will love it and with optional parental controls, you will love having the ability to have better control of communications through email. As the first of it's kind, this app was designed specifically for teenagers and created with safety in mind.

Your kids have the ability to customize and express themselves in a creative way. As parents, we understand how important it can be to have optional controls to keep your childrens email activity safe, appropriate and secure. Tocobox for Gmail creates a fun experience for teenagers and can help give parents additional piece of mind in this ever changing world of technology.

Early reviews have shown that you can make email cool again with the ability for teens to personalize their email experience and even send text messages. One fun feature allows kids to get creative when it comes to sending a message. They can include a drawing and even customize it with the customization tools.

Even more features are coming soon. They included: audio and video messaging that will make communicating and emailing friends and family more personal than ever! There is also bullying pattern recognition capabilities on the way which can be helpful to help identify a situation before it becomes a bigger issue. Finally, Tocobox is planning to launch the Android version of Tocomail for Gmail application later this year!

If you are intersted in purchasing this app, please visit the AppStore here: Tocobox

About Tocobox
Tocobox features a dedicated team of mobile industry veterans whose main goal is to create intuitive, simple and fun communication apps and services for children. Tocobox’ flagship products are Tocomail - safe email and messaging service for young kids and Tocomail for Gmail – cool email app for teens. For more information, please visit www.tocomail.com.

 

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7 Summer Family Activities with Kids

7 Summer Family Acitivities with Children

It can be very easy for families to go separate directions during the summer. Kids disappear into their peer groups, parents become consumed with lawn care and chauffeuring said children to various sleepovers, camps, activities. Keep your family working and playing together with some of these great family summer activities! 

Cook together
Cooking a meal together is a great way to bond as a family this summer and fall. Sneak in a math lesson by letting the kids help you work out measurements, set an example for eating a healthy diet by preparing lots of fruits, vegetables and healthy meats, and you can support your community by purchasing local produce when possible.

Go backyard camping
Camping, a quintessential summer activity can be difficult to do if there are younger children in the family. Eliminate some of that hassle by keeping your trip close to home – right in your backyard! Set up a tent and use a store bought fire pit to roast marshmallows. You can also make a pretend one with paper, colored cellophane, and a flashlight.

Capture the flag and other team sports
Even-numbered families can feed their competitive sides by splitting up for team sports! Capture the flag is a great game for kids of all ages, while games like flag football are great for families with older children.

Eat exotic Ready for a night out?
Broaden your worldview by choosing a restaurant that serves cuisine not native to your area. Make the night educational by reading together about your food's country of origin and the culture it comes from.

Volunteer
Give back to your community and teach your family the importance of getting involved! Animal lovers can donate their time to dog shelters, nature fans can get involved in a community gardening project, bookworms can volunteer at the local library; there are plenty of options available for this family summer activity that combines the best of bonding and contributing to your community.

Visit a zoo or museum
Nothing beats the look on a child's face the first time they see a real elephant, or for older kids and art or history lovers, a piece of moving artwork or world history. Visiting venues like zoos and museums is a great family activity that is both fun and educational.

Get crafting
Create lasting memories with family-made artwork! Crafts that the entire family can participate in, like making a scrapbook or decorating a large canvas for wall art in your family home, let children of all ages participate and leave you with memories and a piece of art that will last a lifetime.

We hope this article inspires you to find something fun and unique to do with your family this summer. If you have any fun family summer activities that you do, please share in the comments and we may feature them in a future article. Thank you for visiting www.KidsDesk.net if you like our site, please bookmark us and tell your family and friends. Have a great week ahead.

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