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Why Send Your Child to Summer Camp?

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The summer months are fast approaching, and parents around the country will be starting to think about summer camps for their children.  Some families will have seasoned campers in the household, while others may have children who are heading off on their first experience. Depending on the child’s personality, this could be an exciting or daunting prospect.  Or perhaps a combination of both!

FOR THE CHILD:

Whether your child is going to a day or sleepaway camp, there are benefits that will be common to both since they will:

  • Interact with new people – fellow campers, counselors, and staff. This will enhance their social skills as they learn to communicate with different personalities on a daily basis.
  • Grow more independent and confident, as they navigate their way in a safe and non-judgemental environment.
  • Understand clear parameters within which to act, and help them understand the need for boundaries, especially when part of a large group.
  • Explore new activities, which will enhance their risk-taking skills and sense of achievement.
  • Learn to advocate for themselves and their friends.
  • Discover the benefits of teamwork to achieve group goals.

There have been numerous studies to show how the unique experience of attending a summer camp can benefit children throughout their lives into adulthood.

Perhaps the most important reason of all to send your child to summer camp is that in our increasingly structured and scheduled lives, it provides precious time to play, to be silly, and to relax after a day of physical exercise and fun.

FOR THE PARENTS/CAREGIVERS:

Once a child is signed up for summer camp, the practical task of getting ready can be a daunting prospect for many parents.  Most camps usually provide a suggested packing list for parents which will include items such as swimwear, casual clothes, water bottles, etc.  For sleepaway camp, there can be as many as 90-100 soft items and 30-40 items with hard surfaces. Virtually all day and sleepaway camps require that clothing and other personal belongings be labeled clearly so that if they are lost or mislaid – and you can be sure they will be lost or mislaid – they can be returned to their rightful owner.  This not only helps the staff keep the camp tidy and organized, but reduces the anxiety which a child might feel if they lose something.

Items on a typical shopping list can include:

  • T-shirts, shorts, sweatshirts, etc.
  • Swimwear
  • Towels and bed linens
  • Cleats, sneakers, sandals, etc.
  • Backpacks, music cases, etc.
  • Sports equipment
  • Shampoo, toothpaste, sunscreen bottles, etc.
  • Flashlights, personal electronic devices, etc.
  • Books, journals, etc.

For soft items, such as clothing and linens, the type of customized label will depend on how a parent would like to apply them:

  • For smooth fabrics, iron-on labels are quick to apply, and easy to read.
  • For soft fabric with a texture, such as fleece, sew-on labels can be stitched on in a couple of minutes.
  • For sportswear, such as swimsuits and polyester short shirts, iron-on tagless labels, or stick-on clothing labels are a great solution.
  • For sports bags, music cases, and backpacks, customized bag tags make these items easy to identify.
  • For toiletries, water bottles, flashlights, sports equipment, etc. waterproof stick-on name labels apply in seconds, and come in a range of colors and designs.

A sleepaway summer camp, or well-planned day camp program, is designed to give children a feeling of freedom far from the responsibilities and discipline found at home and school. Where every day is about having fun, making friends, and savoring new experiences. The Summer days of childhood seem to last forever, and so do the memories.

 

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How Hobbies Benefit a Child’s Personal Growth

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According to many developmental studies, having a hobby as a child is a fun and beneficial way to not only increase self-esteem but also to discover new talents and skills without pressure. Crafts and hobbies can encourage a lifelong interest. President Franklin D. Roosevelt collected stamps his entire life. As a child, when he became paralyzed with polio in his late 30s and even when he was president, he spent time each day with stamps. They connected him to the world and engaged his creativity – he would sketch ideas for stamps and give them to the Postmaster General! If your child takes up a hobby, we can’t promise that he or she will end up as President of the United States, but it could happen!

Encouraging your child’s creativity

Some children are natural self-starters and will explore their own interests without too much prompting. They might head out into the park or garden and collect interesting stones, leaves and flowers, and lay out their treasures at home, building basic organizational skills. Other children might open up kitchen cupboards and pull out various ingredients, creating their own unique recipes which, whether edible or not, can give them a huge sense of accomplishment.

Other interests are often taken up after watching parents or caregivers partake in their own hobbies. Examples of these could include the following rewarding activities:

  • Woodwork:   Working with tangible objects is beneficial to brain development. This could be working with wood under the supervision of an adult. Woodworking helps a child become adept with tools, to understand the importance of measurement, and hand-eye coordination is improved and developed. A good way to encourage continued interest in woodwork is to allocate or give certain tools to a youngster (along with protective goggles).  Adding a custom stick-on label to a specific tool or tool box, will develop feelings of ownership, and a continued investment of time and interest.

Many woodworking hobby projects are done in a group setting or workshop and having “my” tools with customized labeling makes sure the tools come back home after use.

group of kids building a wooden bird house

·         Knitting or crocheting:  Another wonderful hobby for children is learning to knit or crochet.  The process of beginning with a ball of yarn and needles to creating a finished item that’s completely different from the raw materials gives a warm feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment. The fact that it may not be perfect adds to the charm! Many of our own parents kept our first efforts as keepsakes that come with loving memories.  Creating a unique custom woven label which can be attached to the finished item, enhancing the sense of accomplishment and adding an extra special touch.  For example, a custom fabric label that says “Handmade By” and the child’s name will bring back happy childhood memories when they are older.

Group of kids learning to knit

  •         Gardening:  Some researchers think that there is nothing better than getting children out digging in the dirt. There are numerous studies which demonstrate the therapeutic benefits of gardening. One such study showed that children who participate in gardening score higher in science achievement that those who don’t. With a small bed of dirt, or a large pot on a deck or patio, it is relatively easy to interest children in the outdoors. There is something magical in planting seeds, and exercising patience as you watch the results. In addition, it sparks questions about why plants need sun, why plants drink water, and what makes soil “good” for growing living things. Valuable lessons in healthy eating can be demonstrated by growing vegetables. Radishes are a great place to start since they produce something that can be eaten in just a few weeks.

Giving a child their own gardening supplies lends a more permanent feeling of ownership of the hobby.  Custom labels can be attached to their own trowels, rakes, and watering can, and creates a valuable lesson in taking care of tools. A custom iron on label, with the child’s name printed on it, can be attached to fabric garden aprons and gloves, which can be proudly placed alongside the adult’s gardening kit.

girl gardening

One of the most exciting things about the hobbies we’ve listed here is that they are not electronic games. They are non-digital experiences that give children respite from excessive screen time. Hobbies, as they do for adults, give children a much needed break from their busy lives. With the right encouragement, hobbies will remain a fun and enjoyable part of their futures, and keep balance in their lives.

 

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How to Label Winter Clothing

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Which labels are best for winter jackets and knitted accessories?

The winter season, for many people, means digging out that trunk of knitted scarves, mittens and hats, and padded winter jackets. Winter is a wonderful time to relish the chill in the air, enjoy winter sports and savor the feeling of warming up when getting home.

However, it is almost inevitable that over the course of the winter, the odd scarf or glove will unfortunately go missing!  This is especially true for children’s belongings as they travel back and forth to school, and to their extra-curricular activities.

  • For loose knit items, such as scarves or bobble hats, discreet and yet easy-to-read personalized sewing labels can help the item get returned to its rightful owner if mislaid.  These labels can be attached with just a few stitches at each end and can easily be removed if the item is handed on to another person.
personalized sewing labels

personalized sewing labels

  • For padded jackets and vests with smooth fabric linings, iron on clothing labels are ideal, and just take seconds to apply.  These waterproof labels – either woven or printed – can also go through the washing machine and dryer – perfect for when items end up coming home muddy or soiled.
woven sewing labels for clothing

iron on labels for clothing

  • For winter items that are hard, such as ski boots and helmets, rain boots, sleds, etc. a printed waterproof stick on name label is a great way to make sure that a missing item is handed in. Available in a range of different sizes, shapes and designs, these are a super-easy way to identify valuable items.
labels for kids

labels for kids

To learn more about our useful and durable personalized labels for clothing and other personal belongings, please visit our website, itsminelabels.com!

 

Personalized Gifts for Knitters and Crafters

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Personalized Labels for Handmade Items

Buying a thoughtful gift for someone does not always need to happen at a particular time of year!

Personalized, meaningful gifts are always perfect for that cherished person in your life who can warm your heart – be they a family member, a good neighbor, or a close friend. Those individuals may deserve a “thank you treat” at any time of year; for emotional support, a favor done, or just for being there.

For people who are knitters, or who crochet, quilt or sew, a unique personalized fabric label to attach to their handmade items, is a charming and thoughtful gift, and won’t “break the bank”.  As a friend, you can consider someone’s favorite colors, someone’s skill, or someone’s faith, and put it all together on a beautiful unique label so that they (or any recipient) will be reminded of this special person.

For family and friends who knit, crochet, or sew, personalized woven sewing labels are a wonderful and traditional addition to any item:

woven labels

Personalized woven labels

 

For family and friends who are crafters and make handmade items with smooth fabrics, an easy-to-apply iron-on label might be ideal.  These can either be iron-on woven labels, or iron-on printed fabric labels – both can be made with personal and sentimental text.

 

satin labels for handmade items

Iron on satin labels for handmade items

 

The best gift is one given with thought and love, and personalized woven labels will not only be received with joy, but will take their place on handmade items which are made with the same.

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How do you keep track of college clothes and belongings?

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Part Two of the “Getting Ready for School” Series

For some college students, their school clothing has been labeled by parents and caregivers since kindergarten in an effort to reduce loss.  As students mature and move on to college, the cute and colorful personalized labels are no longer appropriate, but the need to keep track of bedding, clothes, shoes and other valuable items is just as important for these young adults.

An easy and fun, yet discreet, method of labeling items is to use snap-on clothing tags.  These are small round tags which look similar to a button, and can be attached in seconds using an applicator to any care tag, or even the seam of a piece of clothing or linens.  Etched with a name, they do not fall off in the laundry and can even be removed if clothing is going to be passed on to someone else.  It’s an easy way to check whether an item belongs to the right person without having an obvious, boldly printed label!

 

 tags for clothing                                        Snappy Tags for clothes

Your student may also have some precious items where a traditional label is still the best option.  For example a cozy blanket brought from home, sentimental soft furnishings, or that expensive dress or jacket bought for special occasions!  A simple and elegant sewing label can be stitched onto an item in just moments, and will look like part of the item.

Woven Labels                                     Sew-on Labels for Clothing

 

For those students who find sewing daunting,  iron-on standard labels are a good solution. They are easy to apply with a basic household iron, are easy to read, and are durable in the laundry, including commercial machines.  These labels can be quickly applied to discreet spots inside garments with a smooth fabric.

Iron on clothing labels                                   Iron-on Standard Labels

 

If your student isn’t handy with a needle and thread or an iron, and wants a completely pain-free way to label an item of clothing, a peel and stick-on label  is the perfect option.  (Designed to stick to polyester, just peel off a label and stick it to the satin “care label” found inside most clothes.)

Standard stick on clothing labels

Stick on labels for clothes

 

College students who are involved with music, sports and other extra-curricular activities will no doubt have valuable instruments and sports equipment to keep track of.  Music cases, helmets, and other items can all look the same, so a small label for identification can relieve the stress of mix-ups with friends and team mates.  Any items with a smooth, hard surface would benefit from one of our stick-on labels .

kids stick on labels

Stick on labels

 

Clothes and Linens – label solutions for College Students

For college students, labeling their clothing and personal items is an easy, hands-on way to prepare for a smoother transition to a new school, dorm or athletic team, and helps them take care of their belongings – a small yet sensible investment!

From snap-on clothing tags, to sew-on, iron-on and even stick-on labels, there are a wide range of labeling options to fit any style and budget.

Brought to you by the friendly team at itsminelabels.com – always available with expert advice for all your clothing label needs.