Crochet doll overall shorts pattern - a link to the free pattern for the doll is included.

Crochet Doll Overall Shorts Pattern: The Girly Version

Do you remember my crochet baby doll pattern? It is a very easy crochet pattern for a cute and cuddly doll for kids, and I have made it several times now. The original pattern came with a pattern for a dress, and later on I added a pattern for a pair of overall shorts. When […]

Camp Galileo discount and activities to download

Galileo Camps and Free Activity Downloads for Kids

I am always looking for fun STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) activities for my kids. I was thrilled when Galileo Camps (the sponsor of this post) sent me this fun rubber band helicopter kit – and included downloadable PDFs of this activity as well as three others for my readers! Galileo Camps are known […]

rainy day fun with a jar of marbles

Fun with Marbles

I have a jar with all sorts of marbles from my days of playing marbles in France. We use them for all sorts of things. We play marbles (the French and the American way), mix them with play dough, and put them in our sensory table (the weight and smoothness of marbles makes for a […]

Kitchen chemistry

We’ve been doing a lot of kitchen-based chemistry lately. First, we baked these cookies. My primary motivation in making these was to have cookies to eat, but we also talked about solids and liquids, and how different liquids turn to solids at different temperatures (water vs. butter) and looked at how the texture of the […]

Review and Worldwide Giveaway: 12-minute fitness

This giveaway has now ended. Congratulations, Catherine and Katherine Ryan! Pace: The 12-Minute Fitness Revolution by Al Sears, M.D. is a revolutionary approach to fitness where you can become and stay fit in twelve minutes a day. You aren’t even supposed to work out for twelve uninterrupted minutes – you exercised in short, intense bursts […]


Raising Kids Who Get Along: Bringing Home a Younger Sibling

Most of what I know about raising kids who get along comes from my own parents, who successfully raised ten children spanning two decades – who all get along, down to enjoying goofy Google plus hangouts. Yesterday saw all ten of us, and my parents, on a G+ Hangout for the first time ever, along […]

celebrate play dough

Celebrate Play Dough!

Did you know that today is National Play-Doh day? We usually make our own play dough (that’s what is featured in the photo above), but I like the store-bought stuff as well! We even used to give out little tubs of Play-Doh at Halloween in our neighborhood, but have switched to more affordable stickers now […]

Pi Day is a wonderful opportunity to get kids thinking about ways in which math can be fun, so today I am sharing some fun ways to celebrate Pi Day with kids.

Fun Ways to Celebrate Pi Day with Kids!

Pi Day – a day set aside to celebrate the mathematical constant 3.1415 (etc.) is a fun day for math geeks like me. I also think that Pi Day is a wonderful opportunity to get kids thinking about ways in which math can be fun, so today I am sharing some fun ways to celebrate […]


Creating a Family-Friendly Living Space

Silicon Valley has one of the world’s highest costs of living. So, when we moved here, we jumped at the chance to get into a (much more affordable than other options) condo owned by Mike’s employer. We didn’t even see it before agreeing to live there, but it had MORE square footage to our little ranch […]

Using sensory materials to make mosaics is a great art activity, and a wonderful way to extend sensory play for older kids!

Black Bean Mosaic Art for Kids

Sunday morning, two-year-old Anna asked to get out our black bean sensory bin. She spent an hour or so measuring out beans with a teaspoon and pouring them into a measuring cup. The older kids joined her for a while. Pouring and measuring isn’t quite as fascinating for older kids as it is for two-year-olds, […]

Use labels to organize language learning

Organize Language Learning With Labels

I wrote this post as part of a paid campaign with Brother and Blueprint Social. The opinions in this post are my own. My three older kids are learning French (Emma), Spanish (Lily), and Portuguese (Johnny). It would be more practical for them to learn a single language, but they feel pretty passionate about their […]