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Rainbow Connection

Rainbow Connection

We tried a new craft for our rainbow play date this year, using clear contact paper and tissue paper. Last year we made ours with dyed pasta and we’ve also made sun catchers with glue, clear plastic, and tissue paper.  I thought the contact paper would be simpler for the younger children, however, we found it was actually more challenging. Materials red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet tissue paper contact paper rainbow template painter’s tape or masking tape Directions 1. … Read entire article »

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Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Dr. Seuss is a favorite at our house (and probably yours, too) for his fun language play and timeless messages. We put together a quick craft to go with The Cat in the Hat. Materials white posterboard red construction paper glue scissors Directions 1. Cut out a tall hat shape from the posterboard. 1b. Note: If you do not have enough posterboard for an entire hat shape, you can cut a band out separately (like we did). 2. Cut a second band for the hat … Read entire article »

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Books for Junior Ornithologists

Books for Junior Ornithologists

February is National Bird Feeding Month and today begins The Great Backyard Bird Count.  My husband and I were never avid birders before but my daughter showed an early and intense interest in our feathered friends. So, learning about birds has become a family passion. Here are a few of our favorite books for junior ornithologists: Bird Calls (Hear and There Books): A short riddle introduces eight common birds. Then, pull the tab to reveal a picture, … Read entire article »

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Hoo Do You Love?

Hoo Do You Love?

My daughter loves birds, owls especially. And Valentine’s Day is a time for sharing the love so we were very inspired by these Valentine’s Day Owls from Molly at Mommy Coddle. Owls are a perfect animal for Valentine’s Day because while most owls have round facial discs, the barn owls (sometimes called “monkey-faced”) have heart-shaped facial discs. We modified the design two years ago to create this owl, which is mainly my cutting and my then-two-year-old-daughter’s … Read entire article »

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Chinese New Year Dragon

Chinese New Year Dragon

Happy New Year! What? I’m late for the New Year?  Not if it is Chinese New Year we’re celebrating! If you’ve ever had the chance to enjoy a Chinese New Year celebration, you know how rich the tradition is! In anticipation of the start of the Year of the Rabbit on February 3, we made paper chain dragons: Materials construction paper googly eyes feathers tape glue Directions: 1. Cut paper into 1 inch wide strips. 2. Tape two ends of a strip together to form a loop.  … Read entire article »

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day for Young Children

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day for Young Children

I don’t shy away from discussing controversial issues, even with very young children.  I do, however, worry about intruding on their open minds with our adult hang-ups. My children do not need to be told that someone should be judged not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.  To them, in their innocence, skin color is no more of a defining characteristic than height, eye color, hair color, or even … Read entire article »

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Playful Penguins

Playful Penguins

At a recent trip to the local aquarium, my daughter was captivated by a waddle of African penguins. (A group of penguins on land is called a waddle, nesting in a group they are rookeries, in the water they are part of a raft. A large group of penguin chicks is a creche.) So, we borrowed a few penguin-themed books from the library and made these penguins out of cardboard toilet paper tubes and construction paper. Materials: cardboard … Read entire article »

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New Year’s Traditions: Gold Bracelet Craft from Chile

New Year’s Traditions: Gold Bracelet Craft from Chile

We went to the library looking for New Year’s picture books for kids and found this is definitely an unfilled niche.  We did discover, however, Happy New Year Everywhere!, by Arlene Erlbach. The book details New Year’s traditions throughout the world, including New Years celebrated at other times of the year, like Chinese New Year and Rosh Hashana. Each tradition has an accompanying craft or recipe. The book seems to be out … Read entire article »

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8 Favorite Christmas Picture Books

8 Favorite Christmas Picture Books

Last minute trip to the library? Check out some of our favorite Christmas picture books including classics and new favorites! A Christmas Carol: The original is, of course, by Charles Dickens. This version, illustrated by Brett Helquist, is short enough for reading in a single night with my four year old and retains the fascination of the original. The illustrations are perfect for capturing a young child’s imagination. As most adult readers know, Scrooge’s … Read entire article »

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3 Picture Books That Inspire Children to Give

3 Picture Books That Inspire Children to Give

‘Tis the season for thinking of others and I hope that volunteering and charitable giving become a year-round habit for my children. I’ve posted 9 Expert Tips for Teaching Children About Giving and Volunteering and shared some of the Holiday volunteering I do with my young children. Children usually learn best by doing. Reading age-appropriate stories is a great way to inspire and reflect on your activities. So, here are four picture books that inspire … Read entire article »

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