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Coping with Kids: Bib Clips help catch drips

These simple and clever clips are a step up from those we find at the dentist’s office. Baby Buddy Bib Clips attach to paper or cloth napkins to create a bib whereever you are. These handy little items fit easily into a diaper bag or handbag so children can stay clean while eating. And, there is no messy, smelly bib to tuck away until you reach home.

Baby Buddy Bib Clips have cute teddy bear clips and ribbons that are available in six colors for $4.99 each.


Workouts for the brain

Game nights are a great way for families to spend quality time together. Here are three mind-expanding activities families will enjoy.

Brain Benders: (Fundex) Brain Benders pieces are made of wood, and you’ll use them to assemble a sphere, two different cubes and double-pyramid shape. Besides patience and ingenuity, you’ll need some pretty well-developed spatial- and logical-thinking skills. For ages 8 and older. $9 to $15 at most toy stores.

Elements 4D: (DAQRI) Elements 4D consists of six beautifully designed, white blocks. Each face (a total of 36) is dedicated to a single element from the Periodic Table of Elements. Beside the name, there’s the symbol (O for oxygen, H for hydrogen and so on) and the atomic number. But when you view them through a smartphone or device running the free app, those blocks go from nice-to-look-at to amazing. Put two blocks next to each other, and you’ll see the chemical reaction and the resulting compound. Details:

Tangle Cards: (Zentangle) Tangle Cards (also called Yoga for Your Brain) are based on the Zentangle books by Sandy Steen Bartholomew, Tangle Cards guide you through the calming, creativity-stimulating process of drawing beautiful designs. Start with simple lines and curves and, gradually, add more detail. For ages 5 and older. Books cost $12, cards are $10. Details:

Childproof homes for visiting children

Part of the magic of the holiday season is that it brings together family and friends. As you ready your home for weeks of holiday celebrations and visitors, follow these childproofing tips from the Window Covering Safety Council to help keep your loved ones safe.

• Keep all window pull cords and inner lift cords out of the reach of children. Make sure that tasseled pull cords are short and continuous-loop cords are permanently anchored to the floor or wall. Make sure cord stops are properly installed and adjusted to limit movement of inner lift cords.

• Keep children at least 3 feet away from a hot oven.

• Make sure young children stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.

• Turn handles of pots and pans on the stove inward to avoid accidents.

• Avoid decorations that are sharp and easily breakable that can be at a child’s reach.

• Be sure electric cords are not hanging off the counter within easy reach of a child.

• Move all cribs, beds, furniture and toys away from windows and window cords, preferably to another wall.

• Make sure that your home has working smoke alarms in every sleeping area and on each level.


— Staff and wire reports

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