Finding Flow: A Journey Toward Happiness

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Have you ever been so deeply involved in something that you lost all sense of time? How did you feel in this moment? It happens to me all the time, often when I'm writing blog posts like this late into the night. Oops, it's 2 am. How did it get to be so late? Or when I'm building or painting something that requires my focus and attention. Maybe it happens to you when … [Read more...]

Sensory Activity: Wheat Berries

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Could your child spend hours sifting flour or scooping sand? Sensory activities like these can fully absorb the minds of young children as they test the limits of materials and build imaginary worlds through pouring, filling, and building. This sensory activity is so easy, it doesn't require a lot of materials, and the process of exploring tactile materials through hands-on … [Read more...]

Egg Geodes Experiment

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Today we're experimenting with egg geodes. This experiment is set up to engage children in the steps of the scientific method, which could easily make this a fun and successful science fair project. Not only is the process of making these beautiful geodes engaging for kids, but the end-result has a huge wow-factor. Give yourself at least two-three days to achieve the greatest … [Read more...]

Are Black Markers Really Black? A Chromatography Lesson.

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What color is black? Is it one color or many colors combined to "look black"? Black is the absence of all reflective colors, and when the three primary colors (red, yellow, and blue) are combined in just the right way, they give off the appearance of black. We set off to find out more about the predominant colors in our black Crayola marker, and to do this we had to … [Read more...]

Magical Plastic Bag Experiment

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Here's a fun experiment that won't take a lot of time, and it's more than likely that you have all the "ingredients" around the house. I did this with my three and a half year old, and it would be relevant for preschoolers and elementary-age children. The idea that we're testing here is what will happen if we poke a sharp pencil through a plastic bag of water. Will the water … [Read more...]

10 Ways to Raise Creative Kids

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“The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover is yourself.” — Alan Alda A version of this post was originally shared at Kiwi Crate.   Are you interested in raising your child to be their most … [Read more...]

Microwave Marshmallow Experiment

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Have you heard of the microwave marshmallow experiment? It's really simple and a fun way to explore how the volume of gas expands a marshmallow as it heats up. My kids also enjoy this experiment because it mixes science (+ fun) with a sugary treat. Microwave Marshmallow Experiment Supplies 4 (or more) Marshmallows Paper Towel or Microwave-safe … [Read more...]

Six Tools for Building a Child’s Confidence

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“As you become more clear about who you really are, you'll be better able to decide what is best for you - the first time around.” - Oprah Winfrey One of my close friends recently asked me what I hope my children will take with them into adulthood, and it sort of stumped me. I think about things like this all the time, but the hard part was consolidating it into an … [Read more...]

Add a Little Learning to Playtime

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Today I'm celebrating the one year blogiversary of my friend Jillian over at A Mom with a Lesson Plan. One year! When you stop to think of about it, it's amazing what can be accomplished in just one year. A preschooler travels into their first year in Kindergarten, a high school senior becomes a college student, and a mom can start a blog that inspires other parents (and have … [Read more...]

Tinkering on the Typewriter

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I've been thinking about getting an old typewriter for a long while (this post from The Artful Parent struck a chord, and I love how Jean set up a writing area around her typewriter), but since I've been on a purging streak since the first of the year it was hard to justify the purchase, and find a good spot for it. By the way, if you're interested in organizing your life … [Read more...]