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March 2019

  • How to Make a DIY Solar System Necklace – Kids Learning Activity

    My three year old is at the age where his interests change over night. One minute it’s dinosaurs and diggers, the next it’s paints and play toys. Lately he’s been dressing up in his astronaut costume, and I wanted to engage him in a learning activity that would help to explain what we understand about the universe our solar system. This solar system necklace was the perfect way to introduce these ideas and consequently, he loved it! Now I can point to each planet and he can recognize them with ease, and the best part is, he can wear his art proudly around his neck. Interested in engaging the littles (preschool and up) in a creative science learning activity? Read below on how to make a DIY solar system necklace!

    Picture of Rock it Mama Solar System Necklace Learning Activity

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    You will need:

    • Assorted wooden beads (3 different sizes)
    • Acrylic Paints (Yellow, Blue, Green, Red, Silver, Metallic Bronze)
    • A wooden skewer
    • 30 in. chain
    • Small sized paint brush

    Supplies for Rock it Mama DIY Solar System Necklace

    Directions

    To help distinguish each planet, I used 3 different sized wooden beads. For the Sun, Jupiter and Saturn I used the larger sized bead. Earth, Neptune and Uranus were painted on medium sized beads (Technically Earth is closer in scale to the smaller planets but it was aesthetically pleasing to make it a little bigger and plus, its home!) and for Mercury, Venus and Pluto (If we’re still considering it a planet) I used the smallest sized bead.

    It was much easier to place the beads on the skewer and paint from there, and also turned out to be an excellent fine motor exercise. Wait for the base paint on the planets with rings to dry before adding the stripe, and before painting the green on planet Earth to represent the land masses. Seal each bead with a clear coat for preservation. Take creative liberties with the colors of the sun & planets or use the color guide below.

    Picture of Rock it Mama DIY Solar System Planets and Corresponding Colors

    Lastly, place the colored beads on the chain and clasp it tight. We hope your littles enjoy making their solar system necklace as much as ours did. Feel free to leave a comment below if you decide to try it out!

    Completing this project has inspired this one to create even more! If you’re looking for more educational activities check out our Where Do I Live? Activity to Teach your Kids their Address!

     

     

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  • Kids Consignment Sales – Part Two: Prep Your Inventory

    Last week, I shared 5 tips for a successful consignment sales and today I am piggybacking off the part one post to share the step-by-step process of prepping your inventory.

    Kids Consignment Sales - Part Two: Prepping Your Inventory | Rock It Mama | Image of clothing for consignment sales

    Take Inventory

    Look through the items you wish to get rid of and take a look at the tips for choosing your items (in last weeks post). As a consignor, the very first step is checking with your consigning rules or policies so you are aware of what is and is not acceptable to sell.

    Here are some of the popular kid items perfect for consignment events:

    • Clothing
    • Shoes
    • Toys
    • Books
    • Games
    • Movies
    • Baby Gear – DockATot, strollers, jumpers, car seats, high chairs, baby carriers, etc.
    • Maternity Wear
    • House Decor Items – varies depending on consignment sales

    Choose items that are in good, working condition and are likely to sell – remember, if you wouldn’t buy it don’t consign it.

    Next you want to make sure to check the recall list on the Consumer Product Safety Commission website for any non-clothing items, just to ensure there are no health or safety problems associated with them. Additionally, if you plan to sell a car seat, always double-check the expiration date – which can be located on the manufacturer label. These items, if expired or recalled would not be acceptable. If in the end you still have items you want to get rid of, but won’t sell, this would be a good time to start a donation pile.

    Gather Supplies

    You will need quite a few supplies for prepping your inventory. Here are my suggestions:

    • Child-sized HangersYou can get these from Dollar Tree, Walmart for pretty cheap. As you continue to consign each season, you will be able to collect them as you go.
    • Large Safety Pins
    • Small Safety Pins
    • Magic Erasers
    • Stain Remover
    • Zip-Ties
    • ZipLoc Bags – Various sizes
    • Cardstock – 65lb
    • Clorox Wipes
    • Clear Packing Tape
    • Scissors
    • Iron
    • Bright Patterned Duck Tape – Optional
    • Febreeze Fabric Refresher – Optional

    Wash and Clean Items

    Everything will need to be washed, wiped down and sanitized.

    • Clothing and Bedding
      • Treat spot stains before washing all items
      • Wash and dry, preferably with baby laundry detergents to prevent irritation, if someone was to have a skin allergy or sensitive skin
      • Iron all clothing for best presentation – wrinkled items will NOT sell
      • Use scissors to cut loose garment thread

    Kids Consignment Sales - Part Two: Prepping Your Inventory | Rock It Mama | Image of loose garment thread

    • Baby Bottles, Gear & Toys
      • Bottle sets sell well at consignment sales. Wash and sanitize all pieces and do not include the nipples
      • Wipe down all toys with Clorox wipes and get in between all the nooks and crannies
      • If your toys can get wet, consider running them through the dishwasher or soaking them in the tub with white vinegar and leave to air dry
      • Magic Erasers can do wonders. Wipe down baby gear with sanitizer and get all the scuffs and marks off using this magic scrubbing tool
      • If toy is battery operated, replace all batteries for potential buyers to test out item

    Kids Consignment Sales - Part Two: Prepping Your Inventory | Rock It Mama | Picture of Crayola Easel before and after cleaning with magic eraser

    Magic Eraser is Your Friend

    • Carseats, Strollers and Highchairs
      • Wipe down and clean with magic eraser
      • Thoroughly clean straps and seat covers
    • Shoes
      • Try to consign like-new shoes only
      • Clean with soap and a toothbrush to get out any dirt, wipe all marks and scuffs with a Magic Eraser and wipe down with a Clorox wipe

    Price Items

    After you have decided how you want to sell your items – whether as separates, outfits, bundled, etc., you are ready to start entering your inventory into the consignment software and print out your tags onto card stock. Always be sure to be as detailed as possible on the tags and to price realistically. And if you are like me and just want to see the items gone, start off at a clearance price and then allow your items to be discounted so they have a better chance of being purchased (which results in less items to pick up at the end of the sale). See our last post here for the consignment pricing guide.

    Tag Your Inventory

    As mentioned in my previous post, presentation is everything! So even after washing, cleaning and replacing all parts, you still need to make sure your inventory is displayed nicely. Here are my top tips for tagging your items.

    Kids Consignment Sales - Part Two: Prepping Your Inventory | Rock It Mama | Image of clothing for consignment sales

    • Hang all clothing so that the hanger looks like a question mark when you look at the front
    • When tagging two-piece items, hang them on the same hangers and have them display front of the shirt/pants/etc on each side
    • Pin clothing with large safety pins on each end with the hanger in between for security and so they do not slip off
    • Pin the tag onto the front of the item with a small safety pin
    • If you are selling multiple outfit pairs together, zip-tie or tape the hangers together

    Kids Consignment Sales - Part Two: Prepping Your Inventory | Rock It Mama | Image of clothing for consignment sales

    Presentation is key, even when tagging your consignment sale inventory

    • Shoes should be zip-tied together with the tag in between
    • Packs of clothing (socks, hats, etc.), toys (Imaginex, Hot Wheels, etc.) or bundles of books should be packaged in a ziploc bag. Seal and secure the opening with clear packaging tape and tape the tag to the front
    • If you don’t have original boxes, place baby bottles and accessories in ziploc bags and tape the tag on
    • Purses, carriers and pumping bags can be secured and tagged using zip-ties
    • Baby gear such as strollers, coloring easels, bouncers and more should have the tags taped to them
    • Optional: Use bright or patterned duck tape to mark your hangers and other items. This is helpful if a buyer sees inventory of yours they want to purchase, they are likely to keep an eye out for more of your items by using this trick. This is also helpful during pick-up at the end of the event and will help you locate your items easier

    Kids Consignment Sales - Part Two: Prepping Your Inventory | Rock It Mama | Image of clothing for consignment sales

    Prep for Transport

    To make things easier when dropping off your inventory to the sale, be sure to first sort your items into categories such as: home decor, toys, shoes, infant clothing (by size), maternity clothing. For storage, pack everything in large plastic bins to prevent wrinkling and disorganization along the way.

    I hope these tips helped you as you prepared your items for your next kids consignment sale! If you have any questions, feel free to reach out and I would be honored to help.

    Happy consigning and good luck!

    Kids Consignment Sales - Part Two: Prepping Your Inventory | Rock It Mama | Image of clothing for consignment sales

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  • 6 Ways to Celebrate National Reading Month with Preschoolers

    March is National Reading Month! I know this mostly applies to grade school kids, but I truly believe it is important to instill a love for reading in our little learners, and with a few fun ideas they can appreciate National Reading Month too. Reading to young children stimulates their imagination and expands their understanding of the world. It helps them develop language and listening skills and teaches them kindness and empathy. One of the most beautiful parts of my day as a SAHM is laying in bed reading to my child right before he nods off to sleep. Regardless of how everything has unfolded up until that point, we end the day connected. In honor of March and our commitment to reading, we’ve come up with 6 Ways to Celebrate National Reading Month with Preschoolers for you and your littles to enjoy.

    Dr. Seuss’s Birthday

    How timely that we celebrate Dr. Seuss at the very beginning of March! Dr. Seuss’s birthday and hence, National Reading Day is March 2nd. Here are some easy ways to use food to interact with the storylines and characters in some of Seuss’s classics!

    1. Make Green Eggs and Ham using green food coloring (Green Eggs and Ham)
    2. Goldfish for snack time (One Fish Two Fish)
    3. “Hop on popcorn” for snack time (Hop on Pop)
    4. Animal Crackers for snack time (If I Ran the Zoo)
    5. Cat in the Hat fruit kabobs using strawberries and bananas on a skewer (The Cat in the Hat) For Tips Click Here!
    6. See how many apples you can stack to make a tower then consume! (10 Apples up on Top)

    Host a Book Swap

    This is a really fun way to get friends involved in the power of reading! Have your child’s playmates come over and bring their favorite reads for a book swap. Have the kids trade and barter for new books. They can read aloud to each other and converse about their favorite parts.

    Listen to an Audiobook on Librivox

    The best part about Librivox is that it is FREE! With this awesome app, you can listen to books from the children’s section on the go. Search for specific titles or browse over 50,000 audiobooks. Perfect for a long car ride or if its a busy day at home. The books are read by volunteers from around the world!

    Rearrange Bookshelf & Donate Books

    What better way to teach the value of giving and donation than cleaning out that old, dusty bookshelf. Find a school, church, library, used book store, or shelter that is accepting book donations and drop off used or old books that the kids have grown out of or no longer read. On several occasions I’ve found multiples of the same book on our shelves that I didn’t know we had! Reorganization can be a fun project as well. Help your child organize the books in some type of order. It could be alphabetical, color coded, old to new, favorites first, etc.

    Visit the Local Library

    Obviously, the local library is a glorious resource for all things reading. Liberate your kids by allowing them to peruse the children’s book section and pick out a few titles that appeal to them. They will especially enjoy the autonomy and freedom of choosing their own. You can also participate in a read aloud session hosted by the library if available. Teach your littles how to find books using the library catalog system.

    Dress Up as or Make Character Craft

    I’ve noticed that each time I introduce a new book and create a corresponding craft with my preschooler, he really connects with the material! He also loves getting into character and dressing up. Below we made hats for Dr. Seuss’s Cat in the Hat but feel free to get creative!

    We hope you found our 6 Ways to Celebrate National Reading Month with Preschoolers inspirational! For more inspiring parent content, read our post about The Importance of Family Traditions

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