Autumn Wonders

As we move into fall Mudpie Mamas offers you recipes for easy meals, projects that are better than TV, Life as Plan B, and more. Check us out!

Sunflower Fine Motor Game


What to do with all those sunflowers in the garden? Make a fine motor game with your child! Grab some tweezers at the dollar store or out of the bathroom cabinet and turn your child loose on the sunflower! Right around three-four years old, children are able to grasp the tweezers and get the motion […]

The Easiest Halloween Costume Ever


On Monday: “I want to be a pirate!” On Tuesday: “I want to be a Spiderman pirate who flies!” A few hours later: “I don’t want to be Spiderman or a Pirate, I want to be a MAGICIAN!” On Thursday: “Will people give you treats if your costume is pajamas?” Ah, the choices of who […]

Spooky Easy Ghost Decoration

Kids love to decorate for Halloween and these are simple to make! What you will need: Cheesecloth Liquid starch Quart jar or soda bottle Small balloon or Styrofoam ball Black construction paper Blow up the balloon to make a head, tie, and place it on top of the quart jar, or you can place a […]

Wax Paper Leaf Lanterns


These beautiful lateens are simple to make and stunningly beautiful when illuminated. You will need: Wax paper Border paper (any teacher store, or Office supply store) 5-8 dry leaves glue Cut the border to the size of the circle you want, then measure the wax paper, and fold in half. You will only glue the […]

“Things Are Going to Change Around Here!” 10 Ideas to Help your Family Shift


It was a bad day. I was impatient with the dilly-dallying before school, bad tempered over a broken glass, and yelled about the amount of laundry piling up. I saw upended dresser drawers, muddy shoes, and piles of Legos beside the bins they belonged in, and I made sure everyone else saw them too with […]

Our Roots


These are my grandmother’s hands. She was born in 1910, in Lubbock County, Texas and passed away on Thursday, at 104 years old surrounded by family. She was the jewel of the Solis family, and the keeper of all history, baby stories, and familial roots. Her home was a shrine to all things cultural and historical; […]

Nature’s Treasures


One of my favorite science projects is to continually find delightful little natural items to put in a big bowl and leave out for my preschoolers. Armed with tweezers and magnified glasses, I set out this bowl of nature’s treasures, and allow them to explore, touch, break apart, drop and so forth. Of course I […]

Life in the Slow Lane: Top 10 Ways to Savor Life

Nick Hall photography

Joseph Campbell once said that everyone thinks they are seeking the meaning of life, but what we truly seek as human beings is the experience, the rapture, of being alive. One September afternoon four year old Finn and I were sprawled in the car while mama and daddy shopped in the grocery store. Baby India […]

10 Indispensible Things for the Art Table


By Rebecca Bloedorn Children love creating. If you give them tools to be artistic and creative, magic happens! These ten things allow your child the freedom to build, create and discover at the table. 1. Paper: Skinny, long, full size, construction paper, newspaper, and tracing paper. Keep in mind the backs of your printed throw-aways […]

Edible Peanut Butter Play Dough


What better project than one you can not only play with, but also eat? This is a multi-sensory project that kids of all ages enjoy. Bring out the cookie cutters, scissors, a garlic press, spoons and bread knives. Your child can make pretend pancakes or cookies laid on a cookie sheet. What you will need: […]

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