Body Tracing

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Can you hear the giggles? Put two little girls in the same house for three days and it's bound to be a slapstick silly ol' time (with a few tears thrown in for good measure). I've wanted to trace my daughter's body for months now, and every time I bring it up she says "no." But not this time. Maybe it's the age? Or maybe she liked having a partner in silhouette crime? In any … [Read more...]

The Artful Parent

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I had a fun exchange with Jean Van't Hul on The Artful Parent today. If you haven't seen Jean's site before, it's high time to check it out! She's also a mom of two girls, and chronicles her artistic adventures with her children. Her projects are process-based and she has a keen sense for instilling her children's learning experiences with joy and imagination. Not to be missed! … [Read more...]

Sensory play for Babies

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It's exciting to see a baby emerge from the shell of sleepiness and into the world of awareness; a transition that becomes more obvious as she mimics a smile, tracks movement above her head, or is surprised by sounds. One of our family's favorite activities for tactile awareness is to gently billow and twirl a colorful scarf above and over the baby's head, bringing huge … [Read more...]

Vote for TinkerLab!!

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Hooray...TinkerLab was nominated for Babble's Top 50 Mom Blogs. One of my favorite blogs, The Artful Parent, is near the top. Yay, Jean...you got my vote! But we're not soooo far behind. And it turns out you can vote for more than one blog.  So, if you're a TinkerLab fan, cast your vote and watch as TinkerLab moves up toward the top! Just click here and scroll down until you … [Read more...]

Stringing Beads

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"I learned that you should feel when writing, not like Lord Byron on a mountain top, but like child stringing beads in kindergarten, - happy, absorbed and quietly putting one bead on after another."~Brenda Ueland This is a handy little fine motor project to keep around for a rainy day. I've also been know to stash a little sack of beading stuff into my diaper bag for … [Read more...]