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Sharpie Fireworks T-Shirt

Sharpie Fireworks T-Shirt

Pin It My friend, Athena, hosted an awesome craft group this afternoon. The girls made fireworks t-shirts and I know my son is going to want to make one, too. Materials: t-shirt Sharpie (permanent) markers rubbing alcohol medicine dropper cardboard Directions: Pin It 1. Place cardboard in between the layers of the t-shirt. Make dots with your sharpie marker in a circle shape. Pin It 2. Use the dropper to drop rubbing alcohol into the center of the design. The marker will spread. Pin It Pin It 3. Experiment with … Read entire article »

Filed under: 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), Art, Featured, History and Culture, Home Arts, Science, Summer, Visual-Spacial

Math is Everywhere! Bedtime Math #STEMchat

Math is Everywhere! Bedtime Math #STEMchat

Math is everywhere! Every day we use math–to estimate distances, tell time, divide up treats, listen to music, take care of finances, and to make the most of our day. So, I am thrilled to be part of the Bedtime Math Parent Blogging team supporting an excellent new project to promote mathematical literacy for kids: Bedtime Math. Just like we make special time for reading to our children at the end of each day, Bedtime Math … Read entire article »

Filed under: All Ages, Mathematics, Me

Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day!

To all the Dads, Papas, Grandpas, and other father-types out there, Happy Father’s Day! Here’s hoping you get lots of hugs, some cute and funny homemade gifts (I know one Daddy whose son thinks his eyes are “red”), and maybe even a little time to yourself to relax (good luck with that)! Here are our 2013 Father’s Day photo montages with the kids spelling out Daddy and Papa… Pin It Pin It … Read entire article »

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Cultivating a “Can Do” Attitude #DisneySMMoms

Cultivating a “Can Do” Attitude #DisneySMMoms

Back when I did theater improv, there was a “Yes, and…” rule. You could not shut down someone’s ideas with a “no.” Instead, you had to accept their idea and then build on it with your own. As parents, we feel responsible for saying “no” a lot. Of course, no, you cannot eat only chocolate all day, no, you cannot give  your baby sister to the bears at the zoo, and no, you cannot skateboard off … Read entire article »

Filed under: Interpersonal, Values Education

Books for the Children of Moore, Oklahoma

Books for the Children of Moore, Oklahoma

When my husband was branched Field Artillery, we spent some time at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma. We watched some violent storms and had some tornado warnings and watches but there was no major damage while we were there. This spring, the people of Oklahoma have had their lives literally torn apart by the destructive forces of major tornadoes. With the destruction of Hurricane Sandy on Long Island still fresh in my mind, I really feel for the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Charity

Wummelbox – Kids Craft Their Own Toys

Wummelbox – Kids Craft Their Own Toys

We craft a lot “from scratch” but we also do some crafting from kits. We prefer open-ended experiences but crafting kits save me prep time. Sometimes crafting kits even save some money if they provide materials I do not have on hand and would otherwise have to buy in bulk. Wummelbox sent me one of their nutrition-themed project boxes to try with my kids and review. Pin It As you can see, each box contains a lot of … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), Toys

Lead with Your Values: The Merida “Makeover” and Coronation #DisneySMMoms

Lead with Your Values: The Merida “Makeover” and Coronation #DisneySMMoms

“Lead with your values” is good advice for a well-lived life. As it turns out, it is a good practice for brands, too, according to Jackie Huba, author of Monster Loyalty: How Lady Gaga Turns Followers into Fanatics, and a speaker at the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. Throughout the Celebration / Conference, Disney took the opportunity to highlight the company’s values. As someone who has admitted ambivalence about the “princess culture,” and as a … Read entire article »

Filed under: All Ages, Media, Values Education

We’re Going to Disney Social Media Moms 2013! #DisneySMMoms

We’re Going to Disney Social Media Moms 2013! #DisneySMMoms

Everyone’s favorite mouse has been kind enough to host my family on his newest cruise ships the last two years. This year, after a very rough late fall / early winter for me health-wise, I received a little pixie dust in my e-mail…an invitation to the Disney Social Media Moms celebration! I couldn’t be more thrilled to learn more, hang out with lots of cool bloggers, and enjoy the parks with my family. Pin It (Button designed by … Read entire article »

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Hot Air Balloon Craft – Inspired by American Girl Saige

Hot Air Balloon Craft – Inspired by American Girl Saige

Pin It My daughter is really enjoying her Saige American Girl of the Year doll. She’s been reading the second book, Saige Paints the Sky. So, we decided to make a hot air balloon craft, inspired by Saige! Materials: inflated balloon glue, diluted with a few drops of water tissue paper yarn fishing wire plastic container raffia   Directions: Pin It 1. Tear or cut your tissue paper in strips.   Pin It 2. Coat the balloon with the slightly diluted glue mixture. Pin It 3. Cover the balloon (except a small circle … Read entire article »

Filed under: 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), 9-12 (Middle Grades), Featured, Science

Pot of Gold St. Patrick’s Day Craft

Pot of Gold St. Patrick’s Day Craft

My son asked to make a St. Patrick’s Day craft today. I didn’t have anything planned but I made a few suggestions and he said he wanted to make a pot of gold. Pin It Materials cup or plastic container (we recycled an applesauce container) construction paper: black, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo (optional), and purple ruler pencil scissors glue Directions 1. Cut a length of black construction paper long enough to wrap your plastic cup or container and glue the paper around 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), Featured, History and Culture, Science, Weather