Winter Gardening

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Although it's winter, we were hit by a glorious warm spell about a week ago and I was overwhelmed by the planting bug. Now that the rain is back, what's especially timely about this activity is that it's all about bringing the outdoors inside. So, for my snow-bound friends out there, this easy gardening project may make you almost believe that Spring is right around the … [Read more...]

Even Toddlers Can Sew!

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  Sewing with a toddler doesn't have to be complicated. Today I'm going to share a simple way to sew with a toddler that you can try with materials that you may already have around the house. Like most parents, I'm keenly aware of my child's strengths (and weaknesses, but we're not going there today!), and N happens to be one of those people who is comfortable … [Read more...]

Valentine Snack

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Since we started cutting hearts in our house last month, I've grown to love Valentine's Day in ways I didn't foresee. Actually, forget Valentine's Day -- holidays in general have taken on a whole new meaning with children in the house. Everything is amplified. The mailman's delivery foretells the arrival of potential Valentines. Cookies have to be made. Sprinkles are added to … [Read more...]

Jell-O Excavation | Sensory Play for Kids

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We had fun excavating Jello today... I placed little toy animals in a bundt pan full of Jello, and then refrigerated it overnight. This afternoon, it was open for investigation. Hmmmm, feels kind of funny. "How can I get the animals out?" "With a knife!" A butter knife, of course. Because the allure of plain ol' Jello would only go so far, we … [Read more...]

Story Cards with Kids

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Have you ever used story cards as a reading alternative with children? My two and a half year old can't yet read, but she truly loves a good yarn, and these story cards turned out to be a really fun way to engage her in storytelling. For the past month or so, she's been enamored by this awesome set of cards, Tell Me a Story - Circus Animal's Adventure (Amazon link), a … [Read more...]