10 Simple Ways to Encourage Gratitude

                      I     It’s the season of thankfulness, and I have 10 SIMPLE ways to encourage gratitude in your family. This isn’t Pinterest people, these are simple ways to encourage gratitude without creative pain! 1. Ask a question around a meal, “What is one thing you […]

Thanksgiving Table Apple Votives

By Nancy Blakey These lovely votives enhance any table. Pulling your kids into help make them adds something extra to the day! What you will need: Apples Small sharp knife Spoon Votive candles Use the knife to cut a votive candle-sized circle. Have your kids use the spoon to scoop out the apple inside the […]

Infusing Autumn with Simmer Pots

By Rebecca LeMar The smells of each of the seasons stick with us and inspire us. Make a gift jar full of autumn scents to gift to your Thanksgiving guests or spread some love to your neighbors. Beyond scent inspiration, children will observe what sinks and floats, they’ll practice pouring, use chopping skills and experience […]

10 Ways to Childproof Your Home

Life on your hands and knees or 2 feet from the floor means every cord is a fun rope, every hole worth poking into (think electric sockets), and every container is filled with interesting potions worth tasting. Household injuries are at the top of the list why kids under 3 go to the emergency room, […]

Rainy Day Activity: Make a Puppet!

By Paula Solis Krock Children are so cool. Give them some fun props and they will tell creative, interesting stories, develop characters and make you belly laugh to no end. Puppets are a great way to unleash this creativity in your little storyteller. Put the following items on the table and see what delightful kinds […]

Kids in the Kitchen: The Power of Pancakes

By Nancy Blakey This is a small story about skills learned, confidence earned, and one simple way to make an extraordinary memory for a child. It began as such a simple thing. One rainy afternoon our 4-year-old asked if he could cook something. The refrigerator was bare that day, and the cupboards mostly empty except […]

Hello Jello! Edible ABC’s

By Nancy Blakey Our son was a kinesthetic learner. If he could touch it, manipulate it, hold it in his hands, the information would stick. When it came time to learn to read I used wet spaghetti for him to make letters. We cut ABC’s from sandpaper and glued them to a page so he […]

Play Outside! Why It is Important in All Weather

That’s right, in ALL weather. It’s easy to spend time outdoors when the sun is out and the temperature warm. There are fewer clothes to contend with and we are drawn to open that backdoor and step outside, but time spent outdoors in winter is almost more important and when we need it most. Not […]

Beastly Eyes

Kids love to participate in decorating the house for Halloween and these fiendish eyes are incredibly simple to make. What you will need: Paper towel tubes Scissors Glow sticks Masking tape Cut the paper towel tubes to the length of the glow sticks. Using the scissors, cut eyes or shapes into the tube. Tape one […]

Last Minute Halloween Costumes

  Butterfly What you will need: 2 pieces of poster board and paints or felt tips black ribbon paper punch black sweat suit black shoes plastic headband pipe cleaners 2 pom-poms To make the wings, have your child paint splashes of color or patterns on the poster board. When the paint is dry, turn the […]

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