Written by Kara Fleck, Simple Kids editor and Rockin’ Granola mama.
It is January and that means fresh starts. At our house turning the calendar always comes with a sigh of relief for me. We’ve made it another year, though thick and thin, for better or for worse, here we are together. And now? We get to hold hands and step forward into another year, together.
I love new beginnings and clean slates. January at our house is quiet evenings, warming up by the fire, snow days, steaming bowls of oatmeal and baking molasses cookies. It is wool socks and snowsuits and cocoa by the mug. It means making plans, new calendars, and ordering seed catalogs to feed the dreams of Spring gardens. 365 days of possibilities! Isn’t that fantastic?
We’ve got a fun January planned for you at SimpleKids.net. Coming this month we’ll be talking about goal setting and new beginnings.
Speaking of new beginnings, I’m also making some changes to how I run things here at the blog in 2013. I had so much fun back in October during the Unplugged Play series when I was writing something for you almost every day, and so in the new year, one of the changes you’ll find at Simple Kids is that you’ll be hearing from me more often, nearly every day.
Are you looking for some ways to play, learn, and explore with your kids in January? I’ve rounded up a few ideas for you today.
Ways to play, learn, and explore in January
January’s flower is the carnation – wouldn’t a vase of happy carnations be lovely on your table this month?
The birth stone for January is Garnet. A garnet fun fact: they come in every color except for blue. If you and your kids are interested in gems, rocks, and minerals, it might be fun this month to head to your local library and pick up a copy of National Geographic Kids Everything Rocks and Minerals by Steve Tomecek.
Here are some fun January ideas for you and your kids:
- How to Plan a Snow Picnic ::: Simple Bites
- Make the Days Count Activity Calendar ::: Homeschool Share
- A Guide to Snowflakes ::: CalTech SnowCrystals.com Seriously cool!
- Winter Coloring Pages ::: 1+1+1=1
- printable January Calendar ::: Se7en +1
- Rainbow Ice Lanterns ::: The Enchanted Tree
- Retelling Our Own Version of The Mitten ::: Teach Preschool
- The SnowChild and Poppy (plus a tutorial) ::: Rhythm in Motherhood
- Winter Fun: Doing the Unexpected from the Simple Kids archives
- Goal Setting Charts for Young Kids from the Simple Kids archives
- Plough Monday: a Return to Normalcy After the Holidays ::: Rhythm of the Home
“…time is the New Year’s bountiful blessing: three hundred sixty-five bright mornings and starlit evenings; fifty-two promising weeks; twelve transformative months full of beautiful possibilities; and four splendid seasons. A simply abundant year to be savored.” – Sarah Ban Breathnach
How will you and your kids be playing, learning, and exploring this January?