Easy Art: Air Dry Clay

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Material: Air Dry Clay Have you ever noticed that kids don't need a lot of bells and whistles and fancy stuff to get creative, have fun, and feel on top of the world? Yesterday we foraged some cardboard boxes from a neighbor's move because 4-year old Nutmeg has a vision of building a space station. Today I'd like to introduce you to ONE material that helps build creative … [Read more...]

Creative Adventures: Tidepooling

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 Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way. - Edward de Bono, psychologist and writer This post is something new for me. I usually write about our hands-on projects, but I thought it would be fun to take our creative thinking out into the great wide world. In reference to the quote above, not only am I breaking out … [Read more...]

Cooking with Kids: Butter and Rosemary

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Do you like to cook with your kids? It's not always the easiest thing for me to do; we have a tiny kitchen and limited counter space, but I try to find ways to integrate my kids into the kitchen routines when I can. Why? Because cooking, experimenting, and learning about the interaction of ingredients builds creative thinkers, gives my kids a solid footing  and confidence in … [Read more...]

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...]

Art Project: Overhead Projector

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My husband works at a university and the collector in me was overjoyed to discover that there's a little-known department on campus that sells surplus property from departments that no longer need old projectors, desks, and reams of paper. I wandered into the dusty space about a year ago and walked out with something everyone needs: an overhead projector for just $5. Right, … [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...]

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...]

Creative Challenge 7: Magazines

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Today I have something extra cool in store for you. Kiwi Crate and I are bringing you a super-star line-up of rockin' kid-friendly bloggers for a no holds barred invitational kid-centered magazine challenge, and an extra-special Kiwi Crate box giveaway at the end of this post. Each of the 20+ bloggers spent some time tinkering, plotting, creating, and playing with their kids to … [Read more...]