Gliders, Gravity, and Wings to Fly

“We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.” ― Kurt Vonnegut It was the third day of apocalyptic rain and everyone’s mood matched the low gray skies. I struggled through an endless list of things to do and found myself looking out the window sighing, wishing everything […]

Indian Summer Science: Sock Walk

Late summer is my favorite time of year. The sun shines softly without the heat of July–the sky a deep and rich blue that fades to the horizon. It is a blissful interval of fair weather before the long wet season of winter. In September we fill our days with as much outdoor time as […]

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 […]

60 Second Science: Rubber Egg

By Rebecca Lemar This is one of those science projects that foster curiosity and wonder, and it only takes a few moments to do! What you will need: Jar Vinegar Egg Place a raw egg into the jar and fill it with vinegar. Fill it so the whole egg is immersed. Label the jar vinegar […]

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 […]

60 Second Science: Inflate a Balloon with Vinegar and Baking Soda

By Rebecca Lemar Introducing science to children feeds wonder. The hands-on experiment may seem like magic to a young child, but it will ignite curiosity in ways that a text book cannot.   Science can after all, explain rainbows and how the apple falls from the tree. It is questions about science that led ordinary […]

Curiosity Cures Boredom

There is no cure for curiosity—Dorothy Parker If I were a Fairy Godmother bestowing a precious gift upon a child, I would choose the gift of curiosity. Plink! And you shall go out and ask why, and what would happen if….. You shall receive skinned knees and dangle from trees. You will lift up rocks, […]

The Best of Mudpie Mama Posts 2013

  You are a free-ranging group with wide interests!  You enjoy making homemade Valentines  over store-bought cards.  You are looking for ways to get your kids outdoors even in the heart of winter, and you are asking the right questions when it comes to parenting.  When reviewing Mudpie Mamas for the most popular posts, we […]

The Best Camping Spots for Camping with Kids

As promised from my last post, Camping with Kids, here are what I think to be some of the best camping spots for camping with kids in Washington state. Make your reservations now! Larrabee State Park–Bellingham,WA: complete with play equipment and fresh brewed coffee 10 minutes away. There is a train which could potentially wake […]

Home Science: The Ultimate Learning Lab

There were four glasses on the kitchen counter filled with mysterious looking liquids. Chicken bones were brewing in vinegar, and horsey looking molars cadged from the dentist lay at the bottom of milk, soda pop, and fruit juice. Our babysitter eyed them speculatively as I gave her instructions for the evening. “Science or snacks?” she […]

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