Throw Away the Directions! The Importance of Open-Ended Play

“This hose is a breathing tube,” our 9-year-old son said holding up a piece of garden hose. I nodded and continued chopping carrots. “And this foot pump is part of a tricky machine that lets you breathe underwater.” “Uh-huh,” I said absently. I was used to the boy’s inventions. Mousetraps from duct tape, helicopters from […]

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 […]

10 Ways to Raise Fearless Kids

Being a perfectionist is no fun. In fact it can be downright paralyzing. Fear of failure limits life to safe choices where there are no mistakes, but also no daring ideas or the kind of pluck that leads you to exploration and adventure. The good news is, fearlessness is a learned behavior. The bad news […]

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 […]

Five Minute Halloween Costumes for Busy Parents

When our children were young and Halloween rolled around, I was one of those terrible mothers who couldn’t sew, and even worse, I wouldn’t spend money on ready-made costumes. For years we used our ever-expanding dress-up basket for self-selected costumes—easy! When a child chooses their own disguise from a wide variety of options they are […]

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