A mother, grandmother, volunteer, and mompreneur, Kas Winters puts a lifetime of ideas collected from working with hundreds of children into the books she writes for families. Activities are kid-tested and Winters’ family approved for fun, learning, and bringing families together in special ways.

As an author, illustrator, and publisher, Kas, the owner of Winmark Communications, has published almost 100 family books, including many for children and parents. More than 100 authors from all over North America are represented on her extensive Website.

Everything Family offers resources for families and those who help families thrive. These include hundreds of books and gift items for every member, age and interest.

Articles by Kas have appeared in family magazines for years and she writes regular columns for publications. As the “Family Activities Expert” she chats online, does programs at schools, and “playshops” for parents, teachers, and children. www.winmarkcom.com/kaswintersbooks.htm

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Converse with Family Members

The art of conversation has changed. Consider benefits of both old and new ways to exchange information and decide how you choose to handle communication with your children. It is possible to keep plenty of face-to-face talking while including electronic forms as appropriate for our youngsters. Click here for the full article.
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Kas Winters Add some Giggles to your Gifts

In our family, we focus more on the fun of being together than on the gifts given or received. Some of the most memorable items exchanged are often inexpensive, handmade or ones that make us laugh. We'll admit that opening gifts is seldom boring, but it's quite a bit of fun to make the exchange itself amusing. We remember those chuckles for years. Click here for the full article.
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Celebrate Autumn

There are many simple ways to enjoy the season of autumn. Many of them are free or very inexpensive. Have fun together and delight in harvest time. Celebrate the beauty of the autumn season with autumn leaf projects. They are simple enough for children to enjoy and often produce crafts that provide kids with a real sense of accomplishment. You can press leaves and then use the dried leaves for decorating. Paint on the vein side of leaves and press that painted side on fabric to make placemats or on paper to make cards, stationery or party invitations. Make leaf rubbings by placing leaves, vein side up, under a piece of white paper and rubbing the paper which is over the leaf, with the side of a crayon. The pattern of the leaf will show up on the paper. For little kids, this is almost like the magic of making something appear that wasn’t there before. Click here for the full article.
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Use Imaginative Play

Provide materials and tools to encourage creativity. There is a huge difference between electronic gadgets that do all the thinking, kits and projects that give instructions to make an item that looks just like the one on the cover, and truly imaginative play. Often, activities which stimulate brain activity require no materials or tools at all. Click here for the full article.
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Easy Ways to Teach Children

Reading is often thought of as something that is connected to school classes, but it can be taught and encouraged at home. When our children were young, we read EVERYTHING! That included street signs, cereal boxes, milk cartons, signs on buildings, words on packages in the grocery store, words on notes on the fridge, and more. Reading happened daily. If children can read and comprehend what they read, there is nothing they can't learn. Being a good reader is the first step to understanding every other class a child attends. Our daughter placed index cards all over the house to label everyday items and her children learned to read words like "clock," "window," and others long before they started school. Of course, reading books aloud with children and letting them become comfortable with words is a perfect way to build vocabulary, spend time together, make memories, and learn how to read. With older children, share books. Read what they are reading and discuss ideas. Have books and magazines available at home. Give magazine subscriptions to students. Let them see you read. Click here for the full article.
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Create Your Own Family Traditions

Most of the time “Family Traditions” just happen. They aren’t usually planned. Often we just repeat activities from our own families of origin, and that can be a very positive thing. We can also give deliberate thought to establishing some especially for our children and grandchildren. I was reminded of this recently when my daughter phoned to ask about words to a song we always sang in the car when she was a child. Her children were singing it and had a question about the lyrics. That call affirmed that those little things we did with our children made a difference. “In our family we always _____.” Fill in the blank. Hopefully, you will have traditions that make memories and help children feel like they belong. Many times we relate these to holiday celebrations. Your list might Click here for the full article.
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Make a Memory with a Child

Summer is traditionally vacation time and many families plan expensive travel to theme parks, resort areas and tourist locations. While these can certainly be enjoyable excursions, there are simple ways to make precious memories for everyone with a “stay-cation” that happens at home and needn’t cost anything at all. Click here for the full article.
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Choose a Summer Project to Motivate a Child

With the end of school in sight, many parents are putting on their thinking caps trying to come up with ideas for keeping kids from being bored, and maybe even things students can do that will be both fun and educational during summer break. Since “bored” has always been a banned word in our family, we came up with summer projects that were matched to the interests of our children. It was a plan that worked for the kids and for us. We made many memories and expanded our knowledge and skills in the process. Here are some of the things we did. I hope that some will work for your family too. Click here for the full article.
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Explore outdoors with your Children

What a delightful time of year to explore outdoors with children! Plant something. Put seeds in the ground or in pots. Add cheerful color to your surroundings with floral bedding plants. Let your child or children dig in dirt or sand. Play with toy cars and empty cardboard boxes, sticks and things. Build cities in the dirt. Our children made many dirt towns and even turned themselves into mud monsters more than once over the years. They loved every minute of it. Fortunately, kids are washable. Click here for the full article.
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Kas Winters Don t buy that Toy

Have you ever spent money on a toy only to find that the child who received it had more fun with the box? Does your child ever sit, surrounded by toys and complain that he or she is bored and that there is nothing to do? My thirty-five year-old son recently said that my slogan should be, “You’ll never need to buy another toy again.” That’s a great idea. Of course, he grew up in an atmosphere where there was on-going creative play to stimulate imagination and provide experiences for hands-on learning. Our children did have some toys; but mostly, we spent time doing activities that were, quite honestly, more fun than many toys. These had the added value of building self-reliance and other traits that serve them well as adults. Click here for the full article.