Preschool Art | Make Colored Rice

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After seeing so much lovely colored rice all over my Pinterest feed for ages, it was high time that we created our own colorful rice. And you, too, can make your own colored rice for an afternoon of sensory play or for filling clear jars with layers of rainbow rice like you see here. Why Colored Rice is Worth Making It's a natural play material Kids love the sensory … [Read more...]

12 Doll House Games and Ideas

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Did you grow up with a dollhouse? I grew up with a beautiful hand made dollhouse, built by my cousin's father about twenty years before I was born. It was a family treasure that got passed around from cousin to cousin. I always imagined that my own children would play with this imagination-building house, but it was time to send it back to its original owner. So when I … [Read more...]

Gluten-free Cloud Dough

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 How to Make Gluten-Free Cloud Dough After I posted our Cloud Dough recipe last week, Amy from Kids in the Studio wanted to know if it could be adapted into a gluten-free cloud dough recipe. What a good question! This isn't the first question I've received about gluten-free recipes since starting this blog, and I realized that I should be more thoughtful about sharing … [Read more...]

Water Scooping for Babies

Sensory Play: Water Scooping for Babies

While my older daughter tore up the grass with the Slip 'n Slide, I set my 10 month old up with a bucket of water and some measuring cups. And she got right to work, filling and emptying the cups. It was interesting to watch her attempt to fill the cups when they were upside down, and then exciting when she figured the "problem" out and corrected for it. And then, … [Read more...]

Jell-O Excavation | Sensory Play for Kids

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We had fun excavating Jello today... I placed little toy animals in a bundt pan full of Jello, and then refrigerated it overnight. This afternoon, it was open for investigation. Hmmmm, feels kind of funny. "How can I get the animals out?" "With a knife!" A butter knife, of course. Because the allure of plain ol' Jello would only go so far, we … [Read more...]

Idea Roundup: Creative Growth + Kids

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Do you think it's important for children to have creative and imaginative childhoods? Do you want to raise your child in an environment that supports his or her creative capacity? Here are some of this week's best places to look for ideas that foster creative growth and kids. Frog Design: The Four Secrets of Playtime that Foster Creative Kids "When 85 percent of today’s … [Read more...]

Felt Cookies

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Lately, a lot of play-acting around here seems to revolve around cooking. We have a slew of play food, but up until last week we had no cookies. When we wanted to bake a batch, the play dough would usually come out.  Not a bad thing -- I love play dough -- but while doing some research for another project, I hit on this fun and easy idea from Mirror-Mirror and Laura Bray for … [Read more...]

Finding Nature with Kids

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Outdoor Abacus. Tot Spot, Children's Discovery Museum, Sausalito Although I grew up in the culturally-rich and naturally-poor concrete jungle of Los Angeles, I had the good fortune of having a wild backyard at my imaginative disposal. On the hillside of our rough-and-tumble yard, my parents thoughtfully installed a playhouse filled with nooks and crannies for storing … [Read more...]

Fairy Garden

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After a loooooong day of visiting the doctor, driving 90 miles to San Francisco for an expedited passport, a trip to the garden store, and an active playdate with friends, we treated ourselves to a relaxing evening of Fairy Garden Planting. Because, ya know, that's what some people do after a marathon day. We just got it started and our Fairy Garden will no doubt go through … [Read more...]