Wired Mom's Summit, Kidsquest Museum, Thanksgiving Crafts,

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by SHANIQUA MANNING / NorthWest Cable News

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Posted on November 11, 2009 at 3:31 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 24 at 11:47 AM

Wired Moms

Do you feel a little behind the times when it comes to keeping up with your kids and technology?   Recently, more than a hundred women converged on the Microsoft campus in Redmond, Washington as part of the first annual Wired Moms Summit.  They learned how to become tech savvy so that they can keep up with their kids while also keeping them safe.  They got lessons on Facebook, X-Box, video games and texting.  Check out their web site if you’re interested in becoming a member or just curious about the program.

'First Experience' Play Class for Toddlers

When it comes to young children, all play is not created equal.  Child development experts say in addition to the running and jumping, or playing with dolls and trucks, children need open time to explore.  Kidsquest Museum in Bellevue, Wash., offers a First Experiences class for toddlers.  It encourages kids to try new things, using touch and taste, without any expectations.  It boosts their self confidence, helps with problem solving and interacting with others.  Parents might be weary of having a big mess to clean up but experts say just relax a little and let your kids' creative juices flow.

Thanksgiving Crafts

Speaking of creativity, we found some fun crafts for you and your kid, for Thanksgiving, courtesy of Parents.com

*These cute napkin holders will dress up your table, and your kids will have fun making them.  You just need some basic supplies like cardboard tubes, craft foam and adhesive eyes!

*And here's aninexpensive and pretty decoration.  You can get these gourds at the grocery store. Just cut the tips off and carve out a hole and you've got a unique vase.

*You can also carve out mini-pumpkins and place votives in the center for a harvest-themed centerpiece.  

*And check out this cute drink cozy.  Kids can help keep tabs on their drinks even if they can't read yet.

 

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