Creative Cooking

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While the art world may dominate a large corner of the creativity market, creative activities can be found in just about any aspect of life. And the kitchen is a great example of this.  A couple days ago my daughter spotted the candy sprinkles that we used for her birthday cupcakes, and jumped up and down with enthusiasm to make cookies -- the medium (in this case, sprinkles) … [Read more...]

One Color at a Time

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I was talking to a friend at the park today about things that keep parents from setting their kids up with art projects.  The list isn't too much of a surprise, and you might even have your own bullet points to add to this (please share if you do!): The house/table/furniture could get messy. Clothes will need to be changed, washed, or thrown out. It requires too much … [Read more...]

Documenting Passion Roundup

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If you've been following me the past week, you know that I've been observing my daughter's interests and activities in an attempt to document her passions by asking the question "What does she gravitate toward?" And the point of all that is to unpack some truths about her core interests (as opposed to forming my own assumptions about her interests). It's been tough, at times, … [Read more...]

Day 4: Documenting Passion

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Today was a heavy travel day, and my attention was pulled in million directions with my husband being under the weather, a lost phone in the airport (I'd like to attribute this to preggo brain, but it's probably just me - sigh), and saying goodbye to family after a long visit. However, I was able to capture a few moments of observation. And I'd love to know...What have your … [Read more...]

Day 3: Documenting Passion

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Our vacation was supposed to end two days ago, thrown off-track when my husband had to pay a surprise visit to the ER. Thankfully, all turned out okay, but our week moved in an unexpected direction. We're staying with the grandparents near Boston, and the opportunity in disguise was that N got to attend the Barbie-Mermaid birthday party of two of her favorite 4-year old friends … [Read more...]

Day 2 – Documenting Passion

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It's only Day 2 of the observation project, and I'm surprised that I'm already beginning to see a few patterns in my daughter's current interests.  When given a large quantity of similar objects such as sea shells or coins, my child loves sorting them into other containers, dropping them back into their original bowl/basket/container, and then sorting them out again.  I first … [Read more...]

Documenting Passion

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"Curiosity is, in great and generous minds, the first passion and the last." -- Samuel Johnson When I was nine I wanted to learn how to ice-skate -- probably not the first thing my parents would have guessed I'd show interest in given my warm-winter Southern California roots -- but once I got going, my focus zeroed in on mastering how to reverse directions, skate … [Read more...]

Finding Nature with Kids

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Outdoor Abacus. Tot Spot, Children's Discovery Museum, Sausalito Although I grew up in the culturally-rich and naturally-poor concrete jungle of Los Angeles, I had the good fortune of having a wild backyard at my imaginative disposal. On the hillside of our rough-and-tumble yard, my parents thoughtfully installed a playhouse filled with nooks and crannies for storing … [Read more...]

Wonderful Whiteboarding

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If you've been following me, you probably know that I love introducing my daughter to a variety of media.  When I went on maternity leave a couple years ago, this little dry erase board came home from the office with me, and it's now a spot where N can freely draw while we brew our morning coffee and heat up oatmeal. We also have the Ikea easel, which has a dry erase board on … [Read more...]

Fairy Doors

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Have you ever spotted a fairy door? Once you see one, your radar will be attuned to them like it might be for ice cream on a hot summer day or your favorite jeans at a basement sale. We're blessed to live near the a fantastic children's library,and my daughter and I made a trip there just before heading off on vacation.  She has a thing for scanning books, and I like that we … [Read more...]