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9 Ways To Improve Your Child’s Organizational Skills

Does your child have difficulty following instructions, or become frustrated with tasks that require multiple steps like getting dressed or packing their school bag? There are several ways you can help develop their organization and planning skills at home in a fun way.

Family Games

  • The Rush Hour game requires planning, organization, and spatial skills to clear the traffic jam. It has a variety of levels which makes it a great addition to the family game night.
  • Puzzles let children work on their motor planning while they look for pieces, and try to solve where they go.
  • Connect Four is a classic game that is fun for the young and young at heart. It requires problem-solving as players visually plan their strategy to win.

Paper and Pencil

  • Mazes require visual planning and fine motor control to get through the other side. There are many free mazes available online for printing.
  • Following a checklist for routine tasks helps your child helps your child organize her time and break up activities into smaller steps. Bonus! Checking items off a list helps your child feel accomplished.
  • Show them how to use an agenda and calendar.

Physical Activities 

  • Give your child chores that include planning and sorting, like folding and putting away laundry, and loading or emptying the dishwasher.
  • Practice giving your child verbal cues, using ‘first, then’ language. For example, first put away your shoes, then wash your hands.
  • Embrace the shift to simplicity by regularly decluttering with your child. Teach them how to sort through and give away toys, books, and clothes that are no longer loved or in use.

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Three Halloween Tips from Julie Cole

 

 

 

 

 

 

With Halloween on the horizon, trick or treating etiquette is on the minds of many families. We consulted Mabel’s Label’s co-founder and parenting expert, Julie Cole, to share her wisdom on the subject. After all, she has six kids between the ages of 8 and 17 who will be trick or treating this year.

Here are three of Julie’s Halloween tips to ensure this evening is safe, inclusive and respectful of all kids.

Welcome all kids – If you decide to participate in Halloween then welcome kids of all ages and hand over the candy. Remember that kids are unique and come in all shapes and sizes. Some children may want to participate, but choose not to wear a costume. Kids with sensory integration issues can’t wear costumes as they are sensitive to the feel of them. We don’t know what issues kids have who come to our doors, and it’s not our job to judge. So just give the candy without judgement!

Consider the Teal Pumpkin Project – Many families are opting to participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project by having a teal-coloured pumpkin and handing out non-food items.  This movement is to acknowledge kids with severe food allergies and to ensure they feel safe and part of Halloween.  Julie advises families who want to participate to get a teal pumpkin at a craft store or to spray paint a pumpkin. Non-food treats like stickers and crayons can be purchased at your local dollar store.

Keep kids safe – Ensure your children are wearing costumes that fit them and visible clothing with reflective gear.  With potential for separation, consider Mabel’s Labels kids’ safety bracelets for this special night and other occasions where your little ones may wander off. These wrist bands can be customized with parents’ cell phones numbers in case kids get excited and lose their way.

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October Giveaway: Tips, Tricks & Essential Items to Ease the After School Transition

After school time can be tricky for families after a long day.

We have a few suggestions and some great items through our October giveaway to make the after school hours happy for the entire family.

Take breaks outside

After a challenging day of school, students require time to refresh prior to tackling homework and assignments. Take advantage of crisp fall weather and suggest students get some fresh air by walking home from school, heading outside to play, or engaging in an outdoor extracurricular activity.

Stay hydrated

Whether on the go or taking a break at home, kids can keep hydrated with a warm or cool beverage with a stainless steel S’IP water bottle.

Educational activities

Consider planning a dedicated time after school for your child to engage in a relaxing activity (that can still be educational) such as reading, drawing, or STEM focused like the Grow N’ Glow Terrarium.

 

We’ve partnered with Indigo for a fall giveaway, with items for both kids and parents. Value approximately $200.

 

For the kids:

2 S’IP water bottles

1 Grow N’ Glow Terrarium

 

For the adults:

1 Voluspa Candle

1 Notebook

2 Boxed Marble Pens: white and black

2 Books: Milk and Honey and The Glass Castle

 

Entering is simple. You can win the Indigo prize package by entering below! Contest is open to people living in Ontario, and ends October 23rd.

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