How Painting Furniture Can Build Happier {Paint-Speckled} Kids

painting furniture with kids via Tinkerlab

Have you ever painting furniture with a child? If you're striving for perfection, this project is not be for the faint-of-heart, but if you have some wiggle room and aren't concerned with extra drips, this is a fantastic way to build a child's confidence by giving the child a real-world project to work on. We started with this the BEKVAM IKEA step-stool (if you don't … [Read more...]

Why (I think) We Stopped Using Colored Pencils

Review of the amazing X-Acto School Pro Heavy-Duty Electric Sharpener

Does your child have a favorite drawing tool? My kids adore markers, and it seems to always be their first choice when given a buffet of drawing materials. I've been musing on this question of favorite drawing tools for a while, which is why I sometimes ask questions on Facebook like this or on Google + like this. I have my favorite pens and my kids have theirs, but why … [Read more...]

Bird Seed Sensory Box

Birdseed Sensory Box Activity for Toddlers and Preschoolers

I'm always happy to have cheap, simple, educational, and entertaining activities for my kids, and I know a lot of teachers who feel the same way. How about you? I learned this bird seed trick from one of my daughter's first preschool teachers, and I'm happy to pass it along to you. Bird Seed Sensory Box Step 1: Pour in the bird seed. Tip #1: Do this outside. Bird … [Read more...]

SoCal and Disneyland Summer

bubble gum alley san luis obispo slo

Happy Monday, friends! If you follow my blog, maybe you noticed that I've been on vacation? Maybe not...that's okay too. I can barely find time to answer emails and follow the news, and I don't expect you to either.  I should have left a note to say, "hello, I won't be around for a few days," but I'm not super thoughtful like that. Will you forgive me? In case you'd like … [Read more...]