Outdoor Art: The Best Foot Paint Ever

My favorite projects in the whole world are those that send kids outdoors, armed with color and imagination and energy. There is no better place to make art!  Outside is a mess-forgiving place that absorbs the drips and spills of budding Van Goghs of all ages and allows their imaginations full rein. The Best Foot […]

Sand Castle Clay

Bring home some sand next visit to the beach, or buy some at the hardware store and make sand sculptures tides and time won’t touch! Make a small sand castle using tiny cups and boxes as forms, or triple the recipe for a king size castle. What you will need: 2 cups sand 1/3 cup […]

Kids Craft: Hand Painted Umbrella

This wonderful project makes a great gift too! What you will need: acrylic paints in several colors (acrylic paint cleans up with water) paint brushes old shower curtain to cover the table cups of water umbrella Place the shower curtain over the table you will be using.  Open the umbrella and wedge it securely to […]

Gluten Free Play Dough

By Paula Solis Krock Here is a no-fail play dough recipes for days where playing inside feels a whole lot better than outside! What you will need: ½ cup white rice flour ½ cup c. cornstarch ½ c. table salt 2 tablespoons. cream of tarter 1 cup water 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil Several drops of […]

The Beauty of Boredom

“I’m bored!” The words we dread in the full swing of summer, but the fact is, boredom is a beautiful thing to wrestle with. If we stay out of our children’s way, it is a place where passions are born, interests are developed, and resourcefulness is increased. When my own kids were small I would […]

Boredom Busters: Play Dough & Bean Pie and a Salt Board

By Rebecca Lemar Bored kids? Sometimes the best activities are the easiest and closest at hand. Tweak a favorite standby like play dough, take it outdoors and add beans! And Salt Boards make kindergarten readiness fun with tracing letters in the lovely gritty feel of salt. Play Dough & Bean Pie What You will Need: […]

Mama Says: Should I Play With My Son?

  Dear Mamas:  When my 4-year-old son plays he will ask me to build blocks, play trucks and diggers or whatever he is doing with him. Sometimes it works out okay, but there are many times he gets angry because I am not building the right way or moving the trucks the way he wants […]

Tricks to Keep Little Early Bird Risers Occupied

By Rebecca Lemar Our family is past the 4:00 am wake up calls, thank heavens, but 6:00 am is the new hour. Those bright-eyed, happy little early birds wake up energized, bounding into our bedroom with smiles and good morning kisses even if they go to sleep later than usual.  6:00am is the start of […]

Art Mural: An All Ages Art Project

By Rebecca Lemar Every Mother’s Day I like to bring a collaborative art project to grandmas. Well, sometimes it is a week or a month behind. Ok! Once a year I like to do a collaborative art project with the whole extended family, sometimes around Mother’s Day, sometimes not. I always love the journey to […]

10 Great Gift Ideas for Toddlers

by Rebecca Lemar Here are 10 fabulous gifts for kids that will spark creativity and curiosity! 1. Magnetic building tiles or toys (Magnatiles, Magformers) 2. Bike accessories (horn, bell, pom pons) 3. Picture of you and your child 4. Your child’s own CD player 5. Storytelling CDs for quiet time and bedtime 6.Wedgits  This toy […]

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