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...]

Think!

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A Program Designed to Encourage Kids to Think Outside the Box I discovered a really great website that's full of innovation-generating ideas for kids (but they would be SO much fun for adults, too):  Think! As I read the mind-stretching "assignments," I was reminded of Learning to Love You More and creative design challenges such as this one at the Tech Museum of Innovation … [Read more...]

Big, Bad, Porcelain Canvas

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In preparation for a recent trip to Boston, friends suggested that I stock up on new toys to entertain my child on the airplane.  So, along with purchasing a Mrs. Potato Head and an Elmo DVD (a moment of weakness for our almost-TV-free home that thankfully paid off), I found these great washable bathtub crayons in a local beauty supply store. I knew these would be a hit … [Read more...]

Exploring Glue

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Who doesn't love playing with glue?  I have a strong memory of covering both my hands in glue with my best friend at summer camp, and then seeing the look of horror on our counselor's face when we mischievously started peeling off our own "skin."  I'm not advocating for that kind of behavior here, but my point is that there are endless possibilities for creating and playing … [Read more...]