10 Homemade Valentines to Make with Kids

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and if you are like me, you will wait until the last minute, then rush to the store to buy a package of those little rectangular valentines for your child and let them add a few sweetheart candies, lick the envelope and you’re done. But, if you have […]

Parent-teacher conferences: What to Do When Your Child Receives a Less-Than-Glowing Report

By Jenna Hall I had my first ever parent-teacher conference earlier this week and it wasn’t the dreamy, your child is brilliant and reaching all the benchmarks and a delight to have in class, sort of meeting. Kind of the opposite really. And, I have a suspicion that this is not the only parent-teacher meeting […]

Kids’ Swap Shops: Trade Those Toys!

When the kids were young we would periodically set up a ‘Swap Shop’ with their friends, where all the toys, games, and books collecting dust from the holidays, or that they were bored with, were culled from closets and set out for trade with their friends. If your kids are very young, you can organize […]

A Bad Day Gone Good

It was raining. Again. With no end in sight. A project I was working on had gone sideways and I tried picking up the pieces, but it was smashed to smithereens for now. There were people who expected things of me I could not face, and dozens of emails to answer as soon as possible, […]

60 Second Science: Marbled Milk

Even after doing this project dozens of times, each time feels fresh while we watch the amazing results! Be prepared to do this one over and over! What you will need: small saucer liquid food coloring (in the squeeze bottles) few drops of liquid dish soap (Dawn works great) whole milk or 2% Q-tips Pour […]

Fun Outdoor Winter Activities for Kids

The Norwegian’s have a saying that there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing. Their preschools and kindergartens are held largely outdoors, even in winter when temperatures drop well below freezing. It is a culture where people hike, picnic, paddle and bike deep into old age. It is interesting to note that […]

The Therapeutic Properties of Playdough

by Paula Anderson You may not know this, but there are many therapeutic properties of play-dough. We all know on some level the importance of play-dough—if you didn’t grow up with the plastic smelling dough in the yellow tub, then surely you had your own version in your mother’s bread dough or a more rustic […]

60 Second Science: The Unbreakable Egg in a Fist

This is an old trick that continues to charm and fascinate kids of all ages. No matter how strong you are, how young or old you are, you will probably never be able to crush an egg in your fist. Try it. Remove the rings from your fingers and place an egg in the palm […]

Let Them Eat Cake! Easy Chocolate Cake Kids Can Make

By Rebecca Lemar My 5 year old asked, “Mom, can we make a cake?” Why, why, why me, why now? I’ve never just made a cake for no reason! And I do not recall ever making one from scratch. I own a total of 4 cookbooks that I am always eager to use, but rarely […]

Awaken Creativity with Learning through Websites by Teachers

by Paula Anderson Awaken your child’s creativity and love of learning with these stellar websites created by teachers. I have researched websites designed for teachers, and wanted to share some fabulous information you–educators, parents, grandparents and caregivers can use in your classroom or home. I hope you find these outstanding websites engaging and encouraging for whatever learning […]

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