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Build a Better Brain! Marshmallow Constructs

This was one of my family’s all time favorite projects.  It got me through the times when I simply needed to keep kids occupied, and best of all it is brain yoga for the wide variety of ways kids can create:  edible DNA models, bridges, buildings or as simple as railroad tracks.   All it […]

Kids’ Swap Shops: Trade Those Toys!

When the kids were young we would periodically set up a ‘Swap Shop’ with their friends, where all the toys, games, and books collecting dust from the holidays, or that they were bored with, were culled from closets and set out for trade with their friends. If your kids are very young, you can organize […]

How to Survive the Winter Holidays: 12 Creative Things to do at Home

By Rebecca Lemar Feed your child’s imagination and get them moving and creating with these easy and fun ideas! 1. Conversation: Fill up a page with hearts. Then have a conversation with your child about who (or what) you LOVE. Write a word in each heart. Variety: Cut out hearts and hang them everywhere, make […]

A Gift is Something You Make: 3 Easy Presents

The greatest gifts cost next to nothing, are infused with love, and require only a little hands-on time. Save an afternoon for your family to create the best kind of gifts–the ones made and given straight from the heart. Clothespin Vase What you will need: I package of peg clothespins Duct tape Large tuna can […]

Five-Minute Halloween Costumes

The best costumes are those that a child can put together himself, and the following ideas are simple and remarkably easy to assemble, particularly if you go to a thrift shop and gather all the items and let your child choose. For a safe evening of trick-or-treating, buy reflective tape at the hardware store and […]

Building Better Brains: Kool-Aid Play Dough

This is a multi-sensory activity perfect for rainy days when there is nothing to do!  Playing with  dough also is good for small motor skills.  Pull out old kitchen utensils (rolling pin, cookie cutters, etc) to add to the fun. What you will need: 4 packages Kool Aid 3 cups white flour 1 cup salt […]

Night of the Shooting Stars: Perseid Meteor Shower

It was a hot night in August. The weekend had drawn to a close on the heels of a long family hike in the Olympic mountains near our island home. I was tired. With boundless boy energy our son declared he was going to sleep out on the trampoline that night with his friend and […]

Summer Fun Learning Crafts and Activities

By Paula Solis Krock These Summer Fun Crafts and Activities, come to you courtesy of The Lake Washington Toddler Group, and all the creative teachers over there. The teachers at LWTG designed these projects for toddlers and preschoolers, but I found these ideas entertaining for all ages! These games, projects and crafts not only keep […]

Easy Sea-Glass Votive

It’s gorgeous weather! Half the fun of this project is collecting the glass by the shore, and nothing is easier than this luminous candleholder to show off sea-glass treasures. It makes a uniquely Northwest gift.  For another view of the votive and more ideas watch Nancy’s segment on KING5 New Day Northwest Show that aired […]

10 Indispensable Things for the Art Table

By Rebecca Bloedorn Children love creating. If you give them tools to be artistic and creative, magic happens! These ten things allow your child the freedom to build, create and discover at the table. 1. Paper: Skinny, long, full size, construction paper, newspaper, and tracing paper. Keep in mind the backs of your printed throw-aways […]

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