polymer clay fun for kids

Polymer Clay for Kids

Growing up, I spent hours using polymer clay to create scenes from the world around me. This summer, I bought a pack of polymer clay for my kids to play with along with this set of polymer clay tools and a clay roller, and we pulled it out while my sister K was visiting. The […]

The brilliance of Star Wars is that its characters and storyline inspire hours of play. Creative fun with the LEGO Star Wars toys and videos.

Creating Stories with LEGO Star Wars

My wonderful husband Mike took time off his day job as a Stanford professor to write today’s post! The brilliance of Star Wars is that its characters and storyline inspire hours of play. The Star Wars film has captured the imagination of four generations in my family. It has been the basis of hundreds of […]

Free crocheted rag rug pattern. Upcycle an old sheet to make a beautiful rug using this free pattern!

Crocheted Rag Rug Pattern

Do you recognize this ball of rag yarn? The kids made it from an old sheet, and today – as promised – I am here to show you what we did with it! Here is the finished product: a beautiful crochet rag rug. I made it using a 10mm crochet hook. I even wrote out […]

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DIY Peter Pan doll - fully poseable

DIY Peter Pan Doll

I loved the story of Peter Pan as a child. I wasn’t a very adventurous child, and I think I was drawn the the idea of Wendy – who, clearly, was also a fairly unadventurous child typically – flying away on a grand adventure. I also quite agreed with Peter that children have all the […]

Take a Stand Against Bullying

Were you bullied as a kid? Bullies tend to target people who are different, and I definitely grew up in a family that was “different”. There were ten of us (twelve counting my parents), and we traveled from country to country – so we were always new kids. Most of us were shy. I remember […]


Banana Oatmeal Pancake Recipe

These oatmeal banana pancakes are easy to make, have no added sugar, and my kids eat them ALL every single time I make them. The little dark marks on the pancakes in the photo are chocolate chips (which DOES add some sugar). The chocolate chips are not at all required but very delicious – unless […]

magic ghost balloon

Fun Halloween Activity for Kids: Self-Inflating Ghost Balloons!

My kids LOVED this fun science-based Halloween activity that we came up with! It’s very simple, too – all you need is a water bottle, balloon, Sharpie pen, vinegar, and baking soda! Draw a ghost face on the balloon, and fill it with about 1 Tablespoon of baking soda. Fill the water bottle with about […]

iodine starch experiment

Iodine and Starches: Learning Laboratory

The kids really enjoyed this simple experiment of using iodine to identify starch. I got to thinking about iodine after writing last week’s water post, because I remembered using iodine tablets to purify water when I went hiking on the Inca trail as a thirteen-year-old. It’s hard to visually explain that experiment, but the starch […]


Denise Fleming Book Activities

Denise Fleming is April’s author of the month for the Virtual Book Club for Kids, and the kids and I really enjoyed reading several of her books together! Here are three of our favorite Denise Fleming books, with activities to go with them! Links in this post are affiliate links – purchasing anything through these […]

Favorite Mem Fox Stories

Our Favorite Books by Mem Fox

Mem Fox is this month’s author for the Virtual Book Club for Kids, so today I thought I would share our favorite books by this author! Links to the books are affiliate links – thank you for supporting this site! Harriet, You’ll Drive Me Wild! is a story that any parent of a toddler will […]


Star Wars Bedtime Stories

Today you will hear from Mike (Dada to the kids) about telling Star Wars bedtime stories. May the Fourth be with you! Note: this post contains affiliate links. Star Wars Bedtime Stories, by Mike Over the past 18 months, I’ve told the kids 400+ Star Wars bedtime stories. The stories are not meant to fit […]