Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Here's how to nurture your child's imaginative soul -- and to help it flourish.

An Opportunity for Creativity

For his second birthday, my older son, Matt, received an easel-and-paint set as a gift. My husband and I showed him how to use it once -- and he was off. He painted all day, every day, for weeks. Each painting took only a few seconds to complete (like most 2-year-olds, he had a short attention span), but he obviously took great delight in his colorful creations.

Seven years later, when my younger son was the same age, we pulled out the easel and paints for him. Hoping to re-create his brother's experience, I showed him how to use the watercolors and even painted a picture of a cat. Greg stared at the easel for a second, then walked away to play with his action figures.

I've since come to accept that some kids are more naturally inclined to creative pursuits than others. To this day, my older son, now 12, has a more artistic spirit than his younger brother. But just because a child isn't destined to be the next Pablo Picasso doesn't mean that his creative development should be ignored. "All children can and should learn how to tap into their own creativity," says Torie Seeger, a senior program specialist at the Early Childhood Education and Training Program of the State University of New York at Albany. "Some of them simply need more opportunities and more guidance than others."

-From Parents.com

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Princess Puzzle Game

Here is a great idea for a fun princess party game. As with most games this can be converted to work for any theme if you need to do a game for a different theme but as we are all about princesses this will be a princess party theme. No matter what princess, fairy or fairy tale character your party is based on if any this idea will be a hit. First thing is to get an image of a princess, fairy, Barbie or other and print off several copies. Make enough so each girl can have one. Glue the picture to some poster board or card stock and then cut each of them out into shapes. Let the girls match the princess pieces together as part of the activities of the party.

Another option for a similar game is to have just one puzzle and cut it into as many pieces as needed so that each girl gets one piece when you start the game. Then they have to find a girl with a matching piece until the entire puzzle is back together.

Which ever way you decide to play it your girls will have a blast with this party idea.

Monday, February 9, 2009

We've gotten behind already. There is so much going on and life seems to pull you in many directions. Do you ever feel that way? We feel it is best to prepare early and get that list done soon so the stress doesn't get too high near your event. Spring is coming soon and parties and dress up will be in full swing if not already. Valentines day is a great time to give and we will have many items on sale for you to enjoy sharing. If you have a party coming this year get the supplies early and be prepared on time.
Princess Dress Up Shop is ready for orders and offers high quality dress ups at an affordable price. If you have not checked it out yet go see the site. The clothing you will find through www.PrincessDressUpShop.com is all washable and will last for years.
More party ideas are on their way. We will also be starting a pole soon to find out how much you like free stuff so keep tuned in to the blog for more updates.

Monday, February 2, 2009

We have begun to gather more details for party games and ideas and will start listing these here for you. In most cases the games you will play will be variations of common games. Just give it a princess or fairy twist and you're off with a unique party idea. Your princess dress up party will be a success!

Princess Party Games and Activities

Begin the party...

When your princesses arrive to the party escort them to your dress up room. Here you will have the tiaras, wands, boas, wings or any other dress up items you wish to provide. Allow the girls to get dressed up for the party. It may be a good idea to ask the girls to arrive in appropriate dress up attire unless you will be able to provide dress up clothes for each girl. A mirror or two would of course be a good idea for this beginning activity.

Missing princess things!

Place several items on a table or display them to the girls. The items can include
tiaras, wands, lipstick or other items.
Have one of the girls leave the room and remove one of the items and then let them guess what is missing when they come back.
Another way to play this one is to put items down to display and then cover them. Go around the circle and have each girl lay a new item down and then repeat (after replacing cover) what all hidden items are.

Pass the Tiara

The old hot potato game can be converted to many different ideas to make a fun game. You don’t have to toss a potato only. Passing a tiara or a decorated purse around the circle while playing music is a great alternative to this game. When you get stuck with the tiara (or purse) sit out one round and be in charge of the music. Have some party favors or treats to hand out after the game.