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Salt Ceramic Heart Ornaments for Valentine’s Day

Salt Ceramic Heart Ornaments for Valentine’s Day

We’ve made salt ceramic heart ornaments for the last few Valentine’s Days but I’ve never had the time to post them before! Salt ceramic is great because it is non-toxic and air dries to a nice sheen. You can color it in advance or paint once it is dry. Salt ceramic is shinier and harder than salt dough and does not need to be baked. We have fun measuring the ingredients out, flattening the dough, cutting … 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), Bodily-kinesthetic, Featured, History and Culture, Winter

Pine Cone Bird Craft

Pine Cone Bird Craft

Even before my eldest could talk, she loved birds. I admit, I did not know much about birds before my kids came along, but I’ve learned a lot along with them. For my daughter’s Daisy troop, we made these pine cone song birds. My son wanted to make one, too! Next month, February, is National Backyard Bird Feeding Month and this is a cute little craft to do with kids. Materials pine cone googly eyes feathers paint glitter (optional) tacky glue glue dots orange and/or … 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), Ecology, Featured, Science

30 Kids’ Activities, Crafts, and Education Bloggers to Follow on Pinterest

30 Kids’ Activities, Crafts, and Education Bloggers to Follow on Pinterest

Are you addicted to Pinterest yet? I get so many wonderful kids’ activities, crafts, and learning ideas from Pinterest. Pinterest is also a great way to organize and keep all the neat projects I want to try. I would love to see you on Pinterest. You can follow my pins and see what I am digging!   Here are my TOP 30 MUST FOLLOW Kids’ Activities, Crafts, and Education Pinners on Pinterest**, in no particular order: 1. Candace Lindemann … Read entire article »

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Tinfoil Painting (Just Make Art!)

Tinfoil Painting (Just Make Art!)

Yesterday, I promised my kids we would make some special art so we painted on tinfoil. I wanted to share this with you to give you a better picture of what we do around here. Generally, I share projects and activities that require special instructions. However, most of what we do around here is just play, just read a book, just make art–no themes, specific directions, or structure. My kids like to draw or break out … Read entire article »

Filed under: All Ages, Art, Featured

Hearts for Ana – A Project for Sandy Hook

Hearts for Ana – A Project for Sandy Hook

One of the beautiful children who was murdered at the Sandy Hook tragedy was due for heart surgery at Boston Children’s. As a “heart mom” (my daughter had open heart surgery at three months old), I can only imagine the roller coaster of emotion they went through to have so much hope and then to lose their baby to such random, awful violence. If, like us, you had been planning to make snowflakes for Sandy … Read entire article »

Filed under: All Ages, Charity

New Year’s Interviews with Your Children

New Year’s Interviews with Your Children

Our children change so much every year and I wish I could bottle up a little of this precious time with them. Despite my compulsive documenting through photographs and notes, the days fly by. One fun tradition is to interview the children every year at New Year’s. I think I originally saw this idea from Amy at TeachMama.com. I asked the kids about their favorite color, their favorite activities, their favorite memories, and more. I also … Read entire article »

Filed under: All Ages, Featured, Intrapersonal, Winter

Elevate the Arts with American Girl of the Year, Saige Copeland — An Interview with Author Jessie Haas

Elevate the Arts with American Girl of the Year, Saige Copeland — An Interview with Author Jessie Haas

In Saige, the first book for the American Girl of the Year for 2013, Saige Copeland, author Jessie Haas shares an inspiring story about a young girl who loves painting and takes a stand for keeping the arts in her school. In the first book, Saige grows as an artist and as an equestrian, makes a new friend, develops a more mature relationship with a life-long friend, takes on new responsibilities, and helps save the arts … Read entire article »

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

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

From our family to yours: Happy Holidays! What can I say? The end of the year has been trying for our family but so much more so for other families in our region. We have each other and our memories we are building together. Each year since our eldest was two, we have included a family portrait she has drawn on our New Year’s card. Though I wasn’t sure anything could beat the floating baby inside Mommy … Read entire article »

Filed under: Me, Winter

Organizing a Sing-a-Long to Spread the Cheer

Organizing a Sing-a-Long to Spread the Cheer

This past weekend, we brought some Christmas Cheer to a local home for the elderly. We have been visiting since my two eldest were 3 and 1.5 and we caroled with a play group. That first year, my daughter asked if she could play piano. We didn’t have her music so she just played “Mary Had a Little Lamb.” Every year since then she has wanted to go back, this time with Christmas carol sheet … Read entire article »

Filed under: Charity, Featured, Interpersonal, Music, Musical, Performing Arts and Theater

Thank You, Guidecraft and Klutz, for Helping Kids Affected by Hurricane Sandy

Thank You, Guidecraft and Klutz, for Helping Kids Affected by Hurricane Sandy

I want to take a moment to thank Klutz and Guidecraft for bringing Christmas to some of the children devastated by Hurricane Sandy on Long Island. Many of these families lost everything in the storm. A toy at Christmas is a little bit of hope–it is the gift of caring to the parents and a sign to the children that things will, eventually, be normal again. We had a drive with my daughter’s Daisy scouts to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Charity