Creative Ways to Spend a Sick Day

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How do you get through sick days? With Spring just around the corner, I thought that maybe maybe maybe we would be the lucky ones who made it through winter without getting sick. Wishful thinking! My oldest came down with a fever the other day and we've been holed up at home, gathering our energy and drinking lots of fluids. I have an arsenal of indoor activity ideas, but … [Read more...]

Cooking with Toddlers Made Simple

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After sharing some thoughts yesterday on how to invent a recipes with kids (by opening your kitchen up as a lab for experimentation), I thought it might help if I backed up a bit and shared a few tricks that have helped me set the stage for kitchen experimentation. Here are my top four tips on bringing toddlers into the kitchen, making cooking with little ones fun, and … [Read more...]

How to Entertain a Toddler with Pom-Poms and Bowls

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My toddler loves and adores all little things. Especially those tiny little things that are on the do-not-give-to-little-kids-who-mouth-everything-that-comes-their-way lists. I guess it's a casualty of being the second child to a 3.5 year old sibling, but I suppose the good news is that she's building an understanding of what can and can't go in the mouth. To play to our … [Read more...]

Is it Magnetic? Testing Objects for Magnetism.

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How was your weekend? We took a mini-vacation to play in the snow and I enjoyed a little computer break along the way. I thought I could get online with my phone, but it turned out that the reception was horrible and I've been completely out-of-touch! It was probably a good thing, as I could really focus on my family and be as rested as possible when my one-year old woke up, … [Read more...]

How to Build a Simple Clip Fort

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How was your Valentine's Day? We had a drizzly pre-Valentines romp in the park with friends and I spent Valentine's morning leading a fun docent training workshop at the San Jose Museum of Art (SJMA). Under the leadership of Education Director, Lucy Larson, SJMA one of the most visitor-centered museums around. It's not a huge museum, which means it's easy to navigate with … [Read more...]

6 Kids Valentines Day Activities

6 Kids Valentines Activities

We've been crafting up a Valentine's storm, which mostly means that three-year old N has been collaging all our self-serve bits and bobs of Valentine goodness into a taped-up, glued, and spackled hodge podge of Valentine craziness. In other words, we've been having fun, but it's not something anyone else would likely take inspiration from or worth blogging about! That said, … [Read more...]

Chalkboard Painted Canvas

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"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life." - Pablo Picasso Chalkboards...I love them. You? The texture, the dust, and contrast are oh-so-appealing. When I started to see them disappear from classrooms in favor of dry erase boards, I was a little bit shocked. Dry erase boards are wonderful too, but they'll never have the same rustic appeal as a … [Read more...]

Why We Would Be Lost Without Tape

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Are you a "Tape House?" We love tape in our house, and it gets used for just about everything: taping up wax paper sandwich bags, taping labels to things, taping art table creations together, taping up marble runs, taping up whimsical installations. A roll of clear tape is a fixture on the art table and we have a big box full of colorful paper tape (this tape from Discount … [Read more...]

10 Steps for Easy Indoor Easel Painting

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Some of us are totally comfortable setting up the easel and letting our kids have a go, but I know others who want to hide under a freshly laundered sheet at the thought of setting up what's essentially a painting extravaganza. And you may be surprised to learn that I can easily fall into both camps! I don't leave our easel out all the time because our house is small, it … [Read more...]

Self-serve Valentines for Kids

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I’m working on a project with the San Francisco Children’s Creativity Museum, and one of the ideas we’re playing with is to create a buffet-style selection of materials for children to choose from in our DIY art zone. I’ll share some of our activities with you soon, but in the meantime I thought you might like to see how this strategy has manifested itself in my own … [Read more...]