Friday, May 13, 2011

Meredith says, "Brush. Don't rush."


When my seven-year-old daughter works on her creative writing assignments for school, her teacher often encourages her to use Juicy Details. The Juicy Details are what separates a piece of mundane writing from something that sizzles, and Meredith LOVES taking the time to make her work sizzle.

Because I absolutely love the idea of Juicy Details, we've incorporated the phrase into our daily life. Sure, you can write Happy Birthday on a piece of paper and call it a card, but what sort of Juicy Details will exercise your brain and make the card stand out? We can make our stuffed animals play house without words, but why not make them speak in different made up languages? The juicy details are what makes the kids feel creative. The juicy details are what makes their brains twinkle!

I'm pleased to report that ARM & HAMMER® has released a product that helps kids put the juicy details into brushing their teeth! It's called the MY WAY!™ line, and it allows kids to personalize their brushing experience. Each battery-powered toothbrush comes with 141 water-safe stickers, and kids are encouraged to decorate and personalize the toothbrush handle however they choose. (My kids LOVE adding stickers to just about everything. The fact that they were being encouraged to put stickers on their toothbrushes put them over the moon.) The girls each received an ARM & HAMMER® Spinbrush® MY WAY!® battery powered toothbrush for girls (they have a version for boys, too!), and as soon as we opened the box, they immediately went to work.

MCdecorates

Meredith probably spent about twenty minutes studying the stickers and coming up with themes for each side of her toothbrush.

Harpdecorates

Harper took her time, because, "It's important to make the toothbrush show everything about me that I like."

While the stickers were setting (the packaging recommends that you let the decorated toothbrush sit for thirty minutes before using it), the girls went to work decorating their Orajel® MY WAY!™ Kids Toothpaste. (It includes more than 100 water-safe stickers and is fruit flavored, which the kids love.) Nearly an hour after they started the decorating process, the girls were proud to show off their creations.

MCfinished

Harpdone

When it was time for The Brushing of The Teeth, I conducted a bit of an experiment.
The ARM & HAMMER® Spinbrush® site mentions that kids brush 38% longer when using Spinbrush®. I know for a fact that my kids do NOT brush their teeth for very long. They are both notorious for going into the bathroom, where they brush for about thirty seconds. I then send them BACK into the bathroom to REALLY brush, and I'm often met with eye rolling and heavy sighs.

Last night each of them brushed for over two minutes. I admit, I had my doubts about the 38% thing, but there you go. (I didn't do the actual math, but I think it's safe to say that my kids brushed over 100% longer with Spinbrush®!)

MCbrushes

Harpbrushes

The ARM & HAMMER® Spinbrush® MY WAY!™ for Girls was a huge hit at our house. The stickers enabled the kids to incorporate some Juicy Details, and their extended brushing time showed me that oral care can actually improve by sprinkling some fun into the mix! It doesn't get much better than that! (Although *I'm* not a big fan of fruit-flavored toothpaste for kids, the girls really seemed to enjoy the Orajel® MY WAY!™ Kids Toothpaste. They had a pretty hard time dispensing it onto their toothbrushes (it's a pump and the button was a bit stiff), but once it was on, they were fans!)



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144 comments:

  1. I think 30 seconds would be a high estimate for my children - since I regularly must threaten to check if their toothbrushes are wet and then they go scurrying back in to actually brush.....

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  2. OK how totally cool. My stepson is one of those 30 second brushers...and I'm thinking this is a cool option. I'm actually thinking I want one for myself ;) I want stickers on my toothbrush!

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  3. We encourage imagination and creativity by turning off the TV and going back to the basics - building blocks/crayons/blank paper/playdoh indoors and soccer balls/sidewalk chalk/bubble solution/water in the back yard. I also like to hear "I'm bored" once in awhile, because it means they're looking for something new and engaging to do. When I'm not sympathetic to their "I'm bored" statement, they go off and make up a new game, lie in the grass and look at the clouds, or get lost building a LEGO creation. A little boredom is good for the brain!

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  4. Oh, Arm & Hammer must have a brilliant product design team! I don't have anything creative to say, but I would like $100.

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  5. How fun! My kids would love this. We have a long desk with seating areas for both kids and they have every kind of marker, colored pencils, crayons, stickers, constuction paper and more to come up with lots of creations. Lately it has been paper airplanes, but it changes from time to time and is always fun to see what creative thing they come up with next. Our wall coming up the stairs is always filled with their creations. :)

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  6. Anything that will get Jack to brush longer is okay by me. The kids flossing picks I got mean he flosses more than he brushes :)

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  7. My kids love to do "projects" of any kind. (Stickers! Gluing feathers on paper! Markers! Stamps and stamp pads!) I think they would love this! (Extra bonus if there are super hero stickers involved).

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  8. They like to pick out their own toothbrush and toothpaste.

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  9. I try to keep "real" sketch pads and we buy the expensive Prismacolor colored pencils (with coupons, of course) for my kids who like to draw. Also, I let my artistic son use a sharpie and draw all over his thrift-store desk.

    My 9 year-old loves any sort of fiber art, so I keep her stocked with crochet hooks, knitting needles, yarn, fabric, thread for cross stitch and plastic canvas for doing plastic canvas needlepoint. I find that giving her "real" tools and not the cheap plastic stuff marketed to kids makes her feel like her artistic work is just as important as mine.

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  10. Turn off the TV and computer and give them crayon and paper. It worked for me.

    jvmwordsmith@comcast.net

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  11. I'm actually thinking I want one for myself ;)

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  12. I encourage the kids to play, be creative and get messy and then to have fun with the clean-up.

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  13. We get creative by turning off the TV and computer and getting out the contruction paper, crayone, glue scissors and glitter

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

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  14. http://twitter.com/#!/susan1215/status/69578148139909121

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

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  15. looks like it will help 'em brush!
    kurtwknudsen@gmail.com

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  16. I encourage creativities with my kids quite often especially with their art and craft projects. Don't give a lot of instructions and just let them do whatever they please. I'm always amazed in what they came up with.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

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  17. I think paper crafts are a fun way to get kids to be creative! They can make cards for others...

    thanks also for a chance to win!
    kmassmanATgmailDOTcom

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  18. i encourage creativity by doing crafts with my kids

    karinaroselee at gmail dot com

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  19. I encourage creativity by having my sons paint and draw.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  20. tweet:

    http://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/69798390271184897

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  21. My daughter loves to draw.
    MCantu1019 at aol dot com

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  22. We love to do projects together. Two of our latest projects are making origami sculptures and writing books. My kids are working on Harry Potter book #8 (movie #9, 10 & 11). Brilliant!

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  23. My daughters just love to draw and paint.

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  24. I tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/mom22girlz/status/70046557872992256

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  25. My kids are a little old for this but i really need to get a spin brush of some sort for me. I'm sure my arthritic hands would appreciate the help.

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  26. i think books are a great tool to encourage creativity
    sherricrawford70/at/yahoo/dot/com

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  27. My kids use fabric markers and paint to design their own clothing. They enjoy wearing their own masterpieces.

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  28. i encourage creativity by turning off technology! scg00387 at yahoo dot com

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  29. http://twitter.com/#!/DesMoinesDealin/status/70320154524917762 scg00387 at yahoo dot com

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  30. DDs love painting and gardening, I encourage them to be creative by having fun together.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

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  31. http://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/70357296882008064

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  32. I encourage creativity by keeping TV and games to a minimum. Lots of free play and boxes full of art supplies are way better!
    katiekarr at gmail dot com

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  33. we just played moon dough and we do a ton of made up songs and stories to get his mind thinking
    nannypanpan at gmail.com

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  34. Interestingly, my dentist says he does not recommend the spin brush becuase it will lead to erroded gums.

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  35. OK, fine! You want one of your regular readers to win this Grand Finale Review give-away, so in an effort to be a supportive friend and loyal reader, I wrote a really long comment about the wonderful school my kids attended back-in-the-day, where creativity was cherished and where they were turned into truly enthusiastic lifelong learners, but the comment verification process somehow ate my post, and of course I didn't have it saved anywhere, and clicking "backbackback,d@mmit!" did not succeed in restoring it, so I gave up in a fit of extreme pique and have only just recovered sufficiently to come back and toss this entirely inadequate comment into the fray, but I promise that if I happen to win the spin of your fantastic random number generator I shall return to further elucidate the magic that school provided for my wonderful, now-fully-grown, former kidlets. (Sigh)

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  36. I am not even creative enough to leave a witty comment. My poor daughter is doomed.

    I love the pictures of the girls cheesin' with their toothbrush and paste!!

    kathie217 at sbcglobal.net

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  37. I don't think I do anything to encourage creativity and imagination ovah here. I tend to just try to stay out of their way and keep up the best I can. They got the imagination and creativity covered. (Also, I WISH I HAD A MILLION DOLLARS!--in my best George Bailey voice :) )

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  38. I tweeted this
    http://twitter.com/#!/The_Sunshyn/status/70568712167620608
    chainmail (at) iwon(dot) com

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  39. As a kid we only had *spicy* toothpaste and *hard* toothbrushes. I LOVE the options kids have these days. For creativity all my daughter needs is cardboard boxes and markers. She designs houses, cities, pet and baby beds. ALSO,I was happy to see all of your laundry baskets in the background. We DO have a lot in common!

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  40. How fun! It's always been a struggle to get my oldest to be even remotely creative, but something that works with both boys is simply turning off the television. I swear that thing would suck the creativity out of Picasso (if he wasn't dead and all). Turn it off and suddenly, the heavens open, the angels sing and my kids start making up crazy song parodies that would make Weird Al proud.

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  41. i like to use the creativity for kids craft kits

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  42. We let our daughter try things her way unless it's going to cause her harm. She has fun and is learning, and it sometimes teaches us new ways to do things.
    huntandride@hotmail.com

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  43. tweeted.http://twitter.com/jen_r_horn/status/70908114190348288
    huntandride@hotmail.com

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  44. to encourage creativity- i threw out my television!! they got real creative afterwards! Thanks for the chance to win!! What a lovely giveaway
    anashct [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  45. I follow on google connect as "anash"
    Thank you kindly!
    anashct [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  46. I tweeted here: http://twitter.com/#!/anashct/status/71030116049879040
    Thanks for the chance!!
    anashct [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  47. my son is terrible brusher! I bought electric toothbrushes for Christmas with the automatic shut-off

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  48. This is a great idea. Stickers makes everything better for a kid.

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  49. The only creation that I am currently fostering is that of my baby creating him/herself in my uterus. I plan on doing all I can to foster that imagination as soon as it gets here!

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  50. Great brushers! Harper's equal in our family is six year old Max. Two weeks ago he amazed me with a very thorough demonstration of two kinds of flossing. First was to determinedly remove a popcorn hull--success! Second, Max updated my knowledge of plaque prevention techniques using dental floss. He's one cool dude!

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  51. WE OFTEN COOK & CLEAN TOGETHER. WHEN YOU MAKE SOMETHING LOOK FUN, IT GETS THEM MOTIVATED! kytah00@yahoo.com

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  52. 2ND ENTRY TWEET @ http://twitter.com/#!/kytah00/status/71637888844054528 kytah00@yahoo.com

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  53. I encourage my son to be creative in music and dance. He loves to move to the music, so I like when he makes up his own.

    psmomreviews@gmail.com

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  54. I tweeted- http://twitter.com/#!/psmomreviews/status/71668561340403712

    psmomreviews@gmail.com

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  55. I think a good way to encourage creativity is to say there are no wrong answers, no wrong colors to choose to color something in, etc.

    emilynwins at gmail dot com

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  56. I must admit that silliness = creativity in our house. We encourage lots of giggling and all-around goofiness.

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  57. we use a coin jar, everytime they do a chore we add a penny, and it adds up to enough to buy themselve a treat

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  58. make things an adventure...if it's fun, kids won't mind it

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  59. artisticbaker at gmail dot com

    for potty training, try this book: The Log Family

    It's hilarious, and little kids love it

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  60. putting anything to music makes it 10x more fun!

    shoppingchic2 at gmail dot com

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  61. My family plays games all the time

    seanm1999 @hotmail . com

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  62. I don't have kids but when I'm around my nieces and nephew, they are nothing but creative. Maybe not as creative in the bathroom but they do make their own zombie videos.
    shutterboo at gmail dot com

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  63. Twitter entry: http://twitter.com/#!/gkimmie/status/73105944900411392

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  64. As for the question ~ I have a child with severe disabilities, so everything I do is done to engage & inspire her to commit to the outside world & communicate with that world meaningfully. I love the idea of Juicy Details ~ it fits into my Succulent Wild Woman way of living! Go Puddings, go!

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  65. I encourage creativity by encouraging them to color, paint, and play instead of playing video games or watching tv! sethandshannon1 at yahoo dot com

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  66. tweet http://twitter.com/#!/sethandshannon1/status/73171724161646593 sethandshannon1 at yahoo dot com

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  67. Plant a garden and making cookies!
    toddjesslabrum@gmail.com

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  68. my mother used to sing me a song to be more interested in brushing. i still remember it, so i'll sing it for my kids as well for sure.

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  69. Legos! We have tons, and our son will gladly create for hours.

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  70. lots of art supplies always ready to go!
    lyndsey dot hauck at gmail dot com

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  71. I love to get kids involved in art, so I love to grab crayons, colored pencils, glue, paper, and whatever recycleables I can find and see what they come up with. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

    gina.m.maddox (at) gmail (dot) com

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  72. I think its great to get kids involved in art plus if it encourages them to brush then you cant beat it. My son doesnt like to brush his teeth and I think he might do better if he had art to make his own skin brush.

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  73. I always encourage everyone's kids to be themselves. Do what they like and let their creative juices just flow in everything they do.
    tweety800265(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  74. Tweeted
    http://twitter.com/#!/disneyfan40/status/74273767999815680
    tweety800265(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  75. My children are grown but when they where small I encourage their creativity by reading to them,doing arts and crafts as family project and playing games together. helenkeeler@comcast.net

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  76. I encourage creativity by getting creative myself and talking with the kids, sharing ideas. They are eager to get creative when the parents are not afraid to do the same :)

    vickismail77 at yahoo.com

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  77. I take them to plays, craft demonstrations, museums and activities at our local library. It never fails that someone has an interest in the event we attend,we usually end up shopping for supplies from an event we attended.

    karenmed409 at comcast dot net

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  78. rt-http://twitter.com/karenmed409/status/74349196316123136
    karenmed409 at comcast dot net

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  79. We get creative with our daughter, we have always raised her to be herself, doing crafts with her is so fun!

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  80. I tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/Jammie79/status/74373251203211265

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  81. keep lots of art supplies and books around

    jcwga@hotmail.com

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  82. i encourage creativity in my child by being an active participant in her projects and using stuff that we find around the house or in nature
    mousylim@yahoo.com

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  83. They pick the toothbrush and toothpaste they like and we always sing together when we brush the teeth
    merleandtina@yahoo.com

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  84. http://twitter.com/#!/HappyTina0115/status/74648096088391680
    merleandtina@yahoo.com

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  85. I let my daughter brush my teeth as I brush hers to make a creative way of learning to brush.

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  86. blogged http://sodahoney.blogspot.com/2011/05/spinbrush-my-way.html

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  87. Tweet https://twitter.com/sodahoney/status/75073288744873984

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  88. We like collecting pinecones and painting them silver and gold for Christmas decorations.
    tssk10(at)gmail(dot)com

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  89. I tweeted this giveaway - @tssk10
    tssk10(at)gmail(dot)com
    http://twitter.com/#!/tssk10/status/75347706624741376

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  90. We have a box. It's about the size of a tackle box, and it's full of different colours and weights of paper, coloured pencils, crayons, and good smelly markers. Every month or so I go to the dollar store and buy things like adding machine tape or index cards or stickers to drop in there. My kids have never found the box boring!!!

    jessalogic@yahoo.com

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  91. We encourage creativity non-stop in my house. We have a stockpile of crayons, markers, glitter - you name it. And we have to replenish sketch pads almost monthly now. She loves art!

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  92. We encourage creativity by making pretend play as zany as possible. My son decided to play with two of my shoes and had them discussing their favorite bugs, their 2nd favorite bugs, 3rd favorite bugs, etc. Shoes like mosquitoes because mosquitoes don't bite shoes. Yeah.

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  93. We get creative with art. Coloring and drawing with a fun story attached.

    vgsaxon(at)gmail(dot)com

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  94. Tweeted

    http://twitter.com/#!/CALLBR549/status/75387991018835968

    @CALLBR549
    vgsaxon(at)gmail(dot)com

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  95. Playing with clay seems to bring out creativity.
    Thanks for the contest.

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  96. blogged: http://slehan.blogspot.com/2011/05/win-100-from-blogher-and-my-way.html

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  97. Tweet: http://twitter.com/#!/dahbou/status/75550625148043264
    tmp95 at comcast dot net

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  98. I try to encourage the kids to express themselves by adding details to their projects, whether it is for school or home, that mean something to them. Calling it "Juicy Details" is cute and is a great way to use this technique more often.
    tmp95 at comcast dot net

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  99. Encourage creativity by clean out the fridge night! The combos of leftovers are so interesting, and often really yummy!

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  100. To encourage creativity, I do lots of arts and crafts with my kids. They love it! I then put their work on the fridge which makes them feel proud!
    stroker881 at hotmail dot com

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  101. I have my kids "dress for the occasion." When they need to clean their room they dress like a "maid" (put on an apron), when they it's time to get brush their teeth they dress like a dentist (put on a head lamp). We have a big box of silly hats and items that add quick and easy creativity and fun to routine tasks. My daughter loves to play pretend and I love how painless some of these naggables have become.

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  102. We love to be creative and express it in various ways - art, music, pretend play, etc. We also do crafts all year long (macaroni art, homemade clay, etc.) but our favorite is homemade Christmas ornaments. We've done wreaths and candycanes out of pipe cleaners and beads, clothespin reindeers, snowmen out of pom-poms, and various other ones over the years.

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  103. We have lots of supplies on hand, and like collecting found objects when we're out and about.

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  104. super cute! This strategy is very effective cos just like my child she likes her toothbrush to be colorful (her favorite color) with I don't everything she likes to put in it.

    Stream Direct TV

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  105. Ian saw an ad for the Oragel in Family Fun (or some such magazine that I would never buy, except I did.) Why do kids like such disgusting toothpaste flavors (bubblegum, 'bubblefruit')?

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  106. I have one of these toothbrushes - for one of my four children...they all fight over who gets to use it and to whom it belongs. I know. It's gross...but hey, it's all in the family!
    That said, sometimes creativity flows freely in our home. Other times it definitely needs a little encouragement. I have a huge stash of art supplies, scrapbooking supplies, glue, and all the missing pieces from puzzles and other games that never had a chance for survival in our home. I send them up to "The Closet" to fetch some good stuff and I'm amazed at what they come up with. All is well as long as I can let go of my need for tidiness and let them make their happy mess.

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  107. I would help my son write his own books - he would draw and I would write down the story he dictated. Then I would bind them myself with staples, construction paper, and glue. He loved reading the stories he wrote!

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  108. I tweeted...

    http://t.co/TsiNe4FNot So Hasty Pudding Reviews: Meredith says, "Brush. Don't rush."

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  109. I'm Blogging...

    http://ma04santos.blogspot.com/2011/06/not-so-hasty-pudding-reviews-meredith.html

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  110. We like using flavored toothpastes and sometimes try turning brushing into a game :)

    shevilkenevil1 at aol dot com

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  111. Tweet:
    http://twitter.com/#!/roomofmyown/status/76120577777221633

    shevilkenevil1 at aol dot com

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  112. I encourage the children to be creative in their school projects, when dressing, and in all aspects. Despite how much I might prefer it a different way, it's good to let them have a voice in the small things that really don't matter in the big picture.

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  113. I let my daughter help me with cooking in the kitchen and she just helped plant flowers in the garden. Although she is only 4 years old she loves helping and by letting do adults projects she stays interested and it's not a chore to get her to help.

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  114. no kids, but I have worked with children for many years. Engaging their creativity is easier when you pay attention to what captures their interest
    adrianecoros(at0gmail(dot)com

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  115. My daughter and I always had arts and crafts time :)
    bingomamanorma(at)gmail(dot)com

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  116. My son is an only. The best thing we've done for him is turn off the TV every so often, and not be his playmates every time he asks. I hear him making up elaborate scenarios with his Lego's, or he'll run past me with a his school backpack on and a lightsaber yelling about the rebel alliance. He's become really good at entertaining himself and using his imagination!

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  117. Blank paper! I also love to ask lots of fun questions when they tell me stories, what happened next? was the monkey wearing a bow tie? etc. keeps their little brains buzzing :)
    lilpinksock31(at)gmail(dot)com

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  118. tweet: http://twitter.com/#!/lilpinksocks/status/77235103666933762
    lilpinksock31(at)gmail(dot)com

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  119. I don't have kids of my own but with nieces and nephews a piece of paper and crayons was always certain to fire up their creativity. We also had fun making scrapbooks with stickers and their artwork.

    rogsdock[at]gmail[dot]com

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  120. i don't have any kids but I think that this toothbrush is really a great concept for making brushing fun!

    debbiebellows(at)gmail(dot)com

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  121. tweeted:

    http://twitter.com/bellows22/status/77597474210062336

    debbiebellows(at)gmail(dot)com

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  122. I encourage creativity by giving him as much art supplies as possible and letting him go! Yesterday he made a rocket that he was actually "flying" by throwing through the air all day!

    Thanks,

    selinda_mccumbers at yahoo.com

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  123. I encourage them to make gifts versus purchasing them
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  124. tweet
    http://twitter.com/#!/ChelleB36/status/77954005996806144
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  125. We let our 14 year old dye his hair purple. Lusty Lavender to be exact. He says it feels more like him and I'm all about making a kid feel more like himself. He rocks it, too.

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  126. I try to follow his lead and provide buckets and buckets of legos, since he loves to build and create with his hands.

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  127. Since my husband is a tooth brushing fanatic my kids pretty much copied him from the start, my hubby brushes at least 8-10x per day so the kids never had any problems brushing without being told, they just knew it was part of our routine, I cant say that I am anywhere near fanatical as my hubby but I can say the kids never had a cavity yet, I love the idea of decorating the toothbrush & toothpaste, anything to keep them inspired & brushing
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway
    debis126 at yahoo.com

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  128. tweeted here

    https://twitter.com/#!/deb126/status/78166978338103296

    debis126 at yahoo.com

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  129. One of my favorite things to do with kids is to make a huge outside "house" out of cardboard and let them decorate it. I get out paints, then stickers, and ink pads and stamps, and later we might glue on feathers or beads---we go crazy.

    catherine(dot)alley(at)gmail(dot)com

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  130. http://twitter.com/#!/lovemymrmason/status/78187534231945217

    tweet!

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  131. Tweet: http://twitter.com/#!/computerfan/status/78343854029422592

    cranky30[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  132. I encourage creativity by making time for arty and crafty activities. We have fun and we get to use our imagination.

    the imagine tree at aol dot com

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  133. The best way to encourage creativity is to get down and dirty with them! My kids will give most things a try if mom is willing to try too!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

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  134. Tweet: http://twitter.com/coriwestphal/statuses/78659581437419520

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

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  135. My kids got into the routine early and for some reason, it's not been an issue.
    1prizewinner at gmail dot com

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  136. Tweeted using your button -- here: http://twitter.com/1prizewinner/status/78843632060338176
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    1prizewinner (at) gmail (dot) com

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  137. I encourage creativity by making sure they don't spend too much time on the tv/computer, so they have time to be "bored". Nothing makes them more creative than boredom.
    ajolly1456 at gmail dot com

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  138. I blogged:

    http://lunaj14568.blogspot.com/2011/06/blogher-and-spin-brush.html

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  139. I help my foster son build forts for his toys. We use foam cardboard or cardboard boxes given away at the grocery stores. We use crayons, pencils, markers to create shapes on construction papers, then cut them out and use the pieces to decorate the forts.

    runningmatey at hotmail dot com

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  140. kids love to play with food. have them decorate the cake they'll be eating.

    hlee99 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  141. tell the kids if they can finish brushing by a certain time, they can play one more game with me.


    eugeniewu at gmail dot com

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  142. Tweet!
    http://twitter.com/#!/angevege/status/78978981227012097

    a.cash[at]live[dot]com

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  143. the creativity in our house is high. we love to draw and paint. letting my little girls imagaination run wild. we have decided to turn the hallway in to the kids art gallery ... framing the special pics they do and they have them hanging all thru the hallway... I know not only will it spark her interest in art and being creative but build her self confidence.

    darkgothdoll@hotmail.com

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