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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Candy making adventures

I try to find something especially fun to do with the kids when Mike is gone on business trips. I knew I had a fun project when I found a Wilton Candy kit (similar to this one) on sale for $2.99 at the Christmas Tree Shops in Yarmouth. Cape Cod got some snow this week, […]

Exploring Geography: Costa Rica

Today’s Exploring Geography post is all about Costa Rica, courtesy of Leanna, who blogs at All Done Monkey. All Done Monkey is a parenting blog that focuses on raising world citizens, natural parenting, and spiritual education. Leanna is a stay at home mother to a sweet, funny, rambunctious two and a half year old boy, […]

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Unique Strategies to Help Your Child’s Self-Regulation

Today’s blog post about unique strategies to help your child’s self-regulation comes courtesy of my blog friend Nina. I don’t typically post guest posts, but Nina consistently impresses me with her parenting themed blog posts, so when she offered I happily said yes! Self-regulation is an important life skill, and Nina’s tips are straightforward and […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Felt Shape Sheep

Our felt board hoop continues to be very popular with my kids, and this weekend we put it to use making cute felt shape sheep! We were inspired by Chinese New Year and the fact that we are starting the year of the sheep (or ram), but this is a great craft for spring or […]

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Nurturing Creativity: Time, Space, and Respect

I have discovered three key ingredients for nurturing creativity – in children and adults. To be creative, we all need time, space, and respect. Last year I bought these wooden bird houses for my kids to turn into doll houses. My kids enjoyed the activity, but they kept their houses very simple. Lily actually refused […]

Drama helps kids develop empathy, focus, self-expression, and teamwork through safe risk taking. Learn all about these five reasons drama is great for kids!

Five Reasons Drama is Great for Kids

One of the things I really love about my kids’ current school is the after school drama program. It’s a very low-key program that my kids love, and I see so many benefits! Five Reasons Drama is Great for Kids Self-expression A couple of my kids struggle with speaking loudly, and there is a reason […]