Photo Documentary with Kids

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Taking time to look closely at the details of life is a skill that comes naturally to many of us, and worth fostering in children who can run like the wind. When we pay attention to details, we develop a healthy curiosity of the world that surrounds us, make comparisons, and notice nuance. And all of these good things contribute to creative and critical thinking. If you'd like … [Read more...]

Baby Bean Bowl Exploration

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My little one is almost 9 months old and her curiosity has pushed her to see past the same ol' toy basket (do you see it there, hidden under the cabinet?), in search of new stimulation. "Enter stage left: Bean Bowl!" I created the bean bowl for my older daughter to sort and sift through while I'm busy in the kitchen, and I was only sort of surprised when little baby … [Read more...]

Blending Chalk Pastels

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We started with a box of chalk pastels and construction paper. I happened upon this amazing box for $5 at an art studio sale. They're wonderful, but really, any chalk pastels will do. I'm not  inclined to recommend construction paper because it's not at all archival, but its toothy nature makes it a good substrate for chalk pastels (as long as you're not planning to keep these … [Read more...]

Dry Ice Experiment

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Dry ice is a favorite mysterious Halloween material, perfect for spooking up a witch's cauldron, but did you know that you can experiment with it too? Dry ice is so cool (couldn't resist!), and makes for a fantastic (ventilated) kitchen or outdoor experiment. Have you ever worked with it? The big caution is that you don't want to touch it less it burns your skin. Got that? … [Read more...]

Drippy Slimy Gak

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Late last week we made a batch of slime called Gak -- see this post for the recipe -- and it's been a huge success with my almost 3-year old. On day one, N experimented with various ways of interacting with it (rolling, stamping, cutting, pulling), and was excited to introduce her dad to Gak the next day (he loved it, too...it's really fun stuff). Later that day she wanted to … [Read more...]