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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hope you enjoy your feast tomorrow! My daughter has been diligently working on her costume for her kindergarten Thanksgiving party. Pin It She was very insistent on doing much of it herself and it took all of my restraint not to help her along or interfere. I gave her one of my old t-shirts and she fringe-cut the bottom and sleeves: Pin It And then she beaded the fringe: Pin It I tied off the bottom of the fringe for her after … Read entire article »

Filed under: 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), All Ages, Featured, History and Culture

Native American Indian Medicine Bag for Kids

Native American Indian Medicine Bag for Kids

My daughter noticed the medicine bags when we were looking at pictures online of traditional Native American dress. So, we decided to make a simple one from felt. Pin It You can buy Medicine Bag Craft Kits that come with real leather. We made this inexpensive, young-kid-friendly version from felt and other materials we had around the house. While it may not be as accurate a recreation as an older child might make, making the Native American … Read entire article »

Filed under: 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), 9-12 (Middle Grades), Featured, History and Culture, Home Arts

Fall Leaf Prints

Fall Leaf Prints

Pin It We’re in one of the last zones to experience the fall leaf change. Well, our trees have finally exploded in color! I was concerned that we would not get the really vivid colors this year after the hurricane. Hurricane Irene cut a swath across the area, “burning” crops and trees in addition to causing floods and knocking down tree. Nature is resilient, however. Although there are more browns this year than golds and reds, there … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1-2 (Toddler), 1-2 (Toddlers), 3-5 (Preschool), 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), All Ages, Art, Ecology, Fall, Featured, Science, Weather

Happy Veteran’s Day!

Happy Veteran’s Day!

We got together with a friend and baked patriotic sugar cookies and made simple cards. Most of these are going to an assisted living home that has about a dozen residents who are Veterans. The children also made cards for their Daddy, who is a veteran of the conflict in Iraq. Pin It Pin It Please take a moment today to talk about patriotism and duty and sacrifice with your children in an age appropriate way–and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, History and Culture

5 Picture Books About Thanksgiving and Turkeys

5 Picture Books About Thanksgiving and Turkeys

Here are some of our favorite picture books about Thanksgiving and Turkeys. These are the children’s books my kids look forward to each year. You might think that, as a vegetarian, I have little love for a holiday that centers around a feast featuring a whole roast bird. I do love pumpkin pie, sweet potato casserole, and apple muffins, though! Plus, my first two children were born in August. Go ahead. Do the math. I’ll wait. So, … Read entire article »

Filed under: 0-3 (Babies and Toddlers), 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergartners), 6-8 (Early Elementary), Featured, History and Culture

Dreamcatcher Craft for Kids

Dreamcatcher Craft for Kids

My son and I made this simple dreamcatcher craft for kids. Pin It This is a revisit of the dreamcatcher craft my daughter made last year. Pin It My son always loves painting and drawing but lately has become more interested in crafts. We had some one-on-one time and he had been admiring the one that still hangs in my daughter’s room. Since we are learning about Native Americans and Colonial culture during November, the timing was perfect. The … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), Featured, History and Culture, Home Arts

Easy, Edible Sugar Skulls (Calavera) for Dia de Los Muertos

Easy, Edible Sugar Skulls (Calavera) for Dia de Los Muertos

Today, we made easy, edible calaveras for Dia de los Muertos with the kids.  Traditional Mexican Sugar Skulls for Dia de los Muertos are time-intensive handicrafts. Although most would technically be edible, you probably would not want to eat them. Since I have young children who are learning about Latin American culture and Spanish language with their Latino friends, I wanted to find a way to make the sugar akulls simple enough for the kids. Plus, … Read entire article »

Filed under: 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), Art, Featured, History and Culture, Home Arts