Recipes for Summer Fun

  Summer is here! To encourage your “No Bummer Summer” I am going to offer up some recipes for summer fun to kick off the season. Frugal Dad had some great ideas on his website, and here are three fabulous summer fun activities we use over at The Lake Washington Toddler Group: Sidewalk paint Use ½ […]

Summer Berry Muffins

The summer is packed full of fresh produce here in the Pacific Northwest, and berries are plentiful! In my house it is a crime to let one single berry go to waste. To come up with a no-fool plan to save every last berry, I use this wonderful Summer Berry Muffin recipe. This recipe is […]

10 Things to Do with Kids on Rainy Days

by Paula Anderson 1. Have an indoor picnic or camping adventure 2. Visit a local nursery and plant a new house plant or make a fairy garden 3. Make instruments or binoculars out of toilet paper tubes 4. Buy a roll of shelf paper. Trace your child’s body and draw in your hands, feet, face […]

Building Better Brains: Snowman Counting Project

By Paula Solis Krock This is a fun snowman-counting project you can make with your child and enjoy all season long. Cost $5! You can find these cute little felt stickers almost anywhere. I found these in the $1 section at Target. For a few dollars, you can buy a handful of snowmen, or snowflakes […]

Super Simple Valentine Heart

  By Paula Solis Krock Here is a one minute video  I made on how to make a charming valentine with your child. Hang in the window, or give to a loved one, these are always beautiful to create and fun to bust some boredom in the process! Oh! And be sure to lay down […]

Standout Parenting Books

By Paula Solis Krock In the two Parent Education libraries at the Northshore Co-Op Preschool and the Lake Washington Toddler Group where I formerly taught, we have several books which are standouts in developing a parenting philosophy and instrumental in learning more as a parent. We are always looking for new books, but there are […]

Let Your Little Elves Make Wrapping Paper

By Paula Solis Krock This is a great way to put your little elves to work helping with the holiday activities. Any holiday that involves gift giving can use this great idea to keep your elves busy making something practical while they have a great time creating it! Here’s how to do it: Gather some interesting […]

Kids in the Kitchen: Cook Up an Easy Thanksgiving Treat

Thanksgiving festivities are for kids too! Mudpie Mama Paula is in the kitchen making a Thanksgiving treat the kids can create and enjoy in just 20 minutes. Watch the video now!  

Raising Girls and Their Self Image

By Paula Solis Krick My eleven year old daughter wrote this once on the driveway during an afternoon of creating. I was elated. My daughter gets it, I thought—”Be Yourself.” Beautiful. As I stood back looking at this, scribbled in kid writing, it began to bump around in my brain:  Be Yourself. Being the mom […]

Spooky Halloween Hands

This recipe and fun project comes from Nancy’s book, The Mudpies Activity Book, Recipes for Invention. This project is one your children can help with making and handing out to their friends is fun too! You will need: Clear disposable gloves (such as food handler’s gloves) Jelly beans, M&M’s, candy corn or other candy of […]

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