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How to Make a Licorice Necklace for Kids

What do you Need?

  Shoestring Licorice
Mini Marshmallows
Mini Cookies
Mini Pretzels

The licorice will be the necklace string. If you want a very long necklace, tie two strings together.   Now,take the marshmallows, cookies, pretzels and any other type of yummy food that you can poke a  hole in and thread along the licorice!  Once you have the finished product, place around your child's neck  to check for size (be sure it is plenty, plenty loose and long, so they can nibble off it)   Tie the back of the licorice into a knot.

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Why Getting Messy is Good

(Family Features) - Playing outside and getting messy may just seem like fun to kids, but playtime actually has an important role in child development.

Research shows that various types of play and parental interaction are vital to the healthy development of children. That's why award-winning child care author of "The Big Book of Parenting Solutions," and mom of three, Dr. Michele Borba is teaming up with all® Oxi-Active(tm) laundry detergent to let moms know it's okay to let their little ones get dirty and have a blast doing it, instead of fretting about the mess.

"By teaching kids that it's okay to get messy sometimes and even encouraging it occasionally, we as parents show them that nobody is perfect, that accidents happen and most importantly, we teach them to be themselves," said Borba. "Childhood is just too short to worry about getting dirty. Moreover, today's advanced detergents, such as all®: Oxi-Active, can remove many tough stains in one wash, but the memories that come with making them can last a lifetime."

"We've always known that kids and play are just a natural combo," Borba said. "But new research also shows that letting kids engage in self-directed play has immense value for their social, emotional, cognitive and physical growth."

  • Play expands kids' minds and neurological development. Self-initiated play improves skills such as problem solving and interpreting and is important to brain development and learning.
  • Play boosts children's creativity and imagination. Play gives children the chance to invent, build, expand, explore and develop a whole different part of the brain.
  • Play stretches our children's attention spans. Playing outdoors just 30 minutes a day increases child's ability to focus and pay attention.
  • Play boosts self-confidence and self-regulation. Kids learn to become masters of their own destiny without an adult directing, pushing, managing or scheduling
  • Play helps kids learn to enjoy just being in their own company, entertaining themselves and developing identity. Ease that guilt when your kid says, "I'm bored, Mom!" and wants to be amused by you.

Borba urges parents to ask these questions:

  • How much are your kids plugged into some kind of a digital device? (Did you know the average child is plugged in for 7 1/2 hours a day?)
  • How often are they glued to that TV or clicking that keypad?
  • How much free time do they have (unscheduled, unsupervised)?
  • How often do they go outdoors to just decompress?
  • Do your kids know how to entertain themselves and enjoy the great outdoors?
  • How do you respond when they get messy?

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What's a Lanyard and How it Can be Used

What is a lanyard in fact? I can tell you that you can see lanyards every day because they are used in almost every domain. Many people haven't even heard about lanyards although they all know what they are. So basically people just don't know what they are called.

Some good definitions of a lanyard are a neck strap, security strap, ID strap or ID cord. So any of you have seen a lanyard worn one, bought one. They are quite popular.

A lanyard is a piece of material worn around the neck for hanging small objects. So what are the advantages of lanyards? Well think about having an object that you need at hand and still both hands free. It's an useful thing to have.

If you look for a definition in the dictionary then you will probably find something like a string worn around the neck or around the shoulder. There are many uses for lanyards in schools, businesses and government agencies as well as other organizations for holding name badges but the primary use remain for identification and promotion.

Their commercial advantage is that they are often used in conferences, trade shows or any other events. If they are used for promotional reasons they will probably have attached some kind of accessories like crocodile clips, Dog clips, mobile phone holders.

Now, let's think how one can advertise his business trough lanyards. If you try to customize a lanyard with your company's logo or slogan and making an unique design you will have a great impact. Because they are used in combination with so different, many and common objects you can be sure that your message will be seen by many people.

So, we have seen the uses of lanyards, now let's see what is available. I think that the most basic lanyard is a simple blank metal ball chain. Then, there are the cotton or nylon lanyards which can be found in different colours. the most popular lanyards are the custom printed ones. Nice designs with beautiful and well chosen colours can be very eye catching.

In conclusion, lanyards, even if many don't know them by name are very popular and used. They are also a great way to advertise products companies or messages. So buy one because it's useful or use them for promotional reasons.

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