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Eraser Stamped Sheep Craft for Kids

I came up with this fun eraser stamped sheep craft for kids as a Chinese New Year activity for the kids since 2015 is the year of the sheep. All four kids enjoyed making flocks of these little sheep, and they double up as an excellent spring craft for kids! This is a quick and easy craft […]

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Celebrate the World with Multicultural Picture Books

Welcome to the 2015 Multicultural Children’s Book Day! Valarie and Mia started this day in order to raise awareness for the multicultural picture books that celebrate diversity, and to get more of these of books into classrooms and libraries. I am thrilled to be cohosting this event for them this year! Ways to celebrate Multicultural Children’s […]

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Valentine’s Day Fun for Kids: Heart Themed Sensory Board

The kids really enjoyed helping me make this heart themed sensory board, and it makes a great Valentines’ Day themed activity for kids! Making the board was easy! We took a sheet of cardboard I had been saving for just such an activity, and went through the house looking for fabric and other materials to […]

Waiting for Ice Cream

Emma lined all of these toys up, and told me they were “waiting for ice cream”. I guess it’s from the (very short) line we waited in to buy ice cream on our way home from the zoo!

Raising Kids Who Love Their Planet

A portrait of the sky, taken by six-year-old Emma How do you teach your kids to love this world we live in? It seems to me that children are born with a deep appreciation for nature, and our role as parents is to nurture this instinct, rather than stifling it. In our family, we encourage […]

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Storytelling with Felt Boards: Felt Board Hoop

I love felt boards! Storytelling with felt boards helps kids develop their imagination and encourages them to think outside of the box. My first ever blog post was a felt board tutorial – we enjoyed that board until we left Massachusetts, when I decided to leave it behind. In between, I wrote about two travel […]

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Baby Wearing 101: Baby Slings and Baby Carriers Explained

  It’s International babywearing week! Baby wearing is a central feature in my parenting style – it allows me to keep my babies close while completing household chores and spending time with my family. To celebrate, I thought I’d go over some of my favorite baby carriers, and how I use them. Wrap carriers I […]

Everything I need to know I learned at home

Everything I Need to Know I Learned At Home

Everything I need to know I learned at home – life lessons from my childhood: Life isn’t fair and that’s okay. It also means that, the more you have, the more you should give. Eventually, doing the right thing just to do the right thing will pay off. Maybe not the way you thought it […]

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Learning Laboratory: Mess-free art, improved!

This activity is a super-simple way to let your child finger paint without dealing with the mess! Take a plastic ziploc bag (freezer works best, since the plastic is stronger), and add paint or a similar colored substance. We have used paint, shampoo, hair gel – you name it, and we have probably tried it. […]

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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 […]

easy cloth napkins sewing tutorial

Easy Cloth Napkins Sewing Tutorial

We use cloth napkins for meals, and I send them in the kids’ lunches. You can buy polyester napkins very cheaply, but it can be surprisingly hard to buy cotton napkins with reasonably attractive designs. I recently discovered that fat quarters make great generously sized cloth napkins. You save time cutting fabric (not that it […]