Snow + warm air + dirt = mud Continue reading
Are your Barbies feeling neglected? Are they stuck inside while you are having lots of springtime fun outdoors? Have about surprising them with a beautiful bouquet! If you want, you can even let them think it’s from Ken. That will really get them excited!
To make this one, we simply walked around our yard picking wild flowers. It does help to have a lawn full of weeds! Then we wrapped thread around the stems and put them in a tissue paper cone (which started as a folded circle). You will really make their day! Perhaps they will even be inspired to clean up their act a little. I know our Barbies were starting to neglect their appearance. Now they are back to neat hair, neat home and party dresses everyday! And all it took was a few flowers!
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Do you have a young lad in your home who loves vehicles and transportation of all kinds? I think it is in their DNA.
On the way to school the other day my 4 year old son was asking about traffic lights and why we have them and stop signs and why they are red and not green (his favorite color). It occurred to me that his ever growing collection of toy cars at home are riding around like crazy without any traffic signs at all. A completely dangerous situation!
I have decided to remedy this today with…
Print and Play Traffic Signs!
Because my car needs a rinse
For rain boots, coats, and umbrellas
For kids to splash in puddles
Because the animals are thirsty,
And so are the ponds and streams
For flowers to grow
To turn the world green
Because the clouds are tired
To turn the skies blue
Sometimes to make rainbows
Sometimes to cool us
To wash away pollen
To create a soothing sound
For inside play
For getting wet!
Leapin’ Lizards were a big hit at our house yesterday!
The idea that you can make a toy in just a few minutes that actually DOES SOMETHING is delighting to children at any age! Check out yesterday’s post for instructions and video demo: Leapin’ Lizards. You can choose to simply print on colored card-stock or white and then color with crayons.
Another idea is to add realistic lizard texture with bubble-wrap! Continue reading
You know that universal parenting tale about giving a child a gift and how they will ignore the gift and reach for the box?
It has never really been true in my house even when my 6 and 4 year old were younger. Don’t get me wrong, they like the boxes too. Continue reading
I am at my computer and eavesdropping on my children playing. I love how they can play together for HOURS on Saturdays! Right now they are playing school. My office is half play room and I USUALLY love it. They have a corner with a felt letter board (a birthday gift / total splurge) and an Ikea chalkboard easel (that makes up for the splurge) – the perfect classroom. My 6 year old daughter is the teacher and my 4 year old son is the student. Continue reading
It would be blocks because…
They last forever! You can use them to teach color and shape. They build fine motor skills as children practice stacking and balancing. Children can explore 2D and 3D aesthetic design with them. They provide hands-on practice for creating sturdy and functional 3D design. Blocks are an open-ended toy with infinite creative possibilities! ”They” play nicely with other toys. It is okay if one is missing. Children of ALL AGES enjoy blocks. It’s fun to knock them down! They never end up in the basement! Continue reading
Easy Magic Wand Craft
I spent some time over the weekend thinking about the magic of snow (Snow is magical & Snow is STILL magical). This led me to thinking about how childhood is magical and how kids really seem to be able to perform magic as long as they have a wand. We have had several homemade and store bought wands and I think they have all DISAPPEARED (or broke or got thrown out)!