Keep it Simple

Finding Love and Magic at a Rummage Sale

It was my idea of a great rummage sale. I skipped the tables with crowds around them and headed for the empty corners where creative possibilities were disguised as junk. I found old transistor radios and alarm clocks to take apart, horn rim glasses and a long blonde wig for the dress up box, a […]

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 […]

Best Beach Activities: Collect Stardust!

It’s dusty out there in our Solar system. Every day up to 100 tons of cosmic dust falls to earth, mostly micrometeorite particles that have collided with our planet every day since its creation, leaving a surprising amount of debris. It is possible to collect a few of these meteor particles because they are composed […]

Go Outside and Play! 8 Fabulous Ideas for Kids

I grew up in Idaho with four sisters and brothers, and a father and mother who wouldn’t take no for an answer. On summer days, after our chores, my siblings and I were herded out the back door. Play, my mother ordered. And we did. We had no choice. We played baseball and had lemonade […]

Easy Tin Can Stilts

Cross that mud puddle without getting wet feet! Tin can stilts are super easy to make and a fun way to walk. What you will need: 2 clean and empty cans the same size, opened at one end (tall juice cans work great) Clothes line or thin rope Can opener (to make holes) First make […]

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 […]

Back to Basics: 10 Timeless Tools for Outdoor Fun

Some things never change, including the way kids love to play, generation after generation.  Open ended activities with no rules, the time to do them in, and a few basic tools or ingredients can change a cranky kid into a bright-eyed, breathless child.  This summer  go outside, where there are few NO’s, no physical movement […]

A Flower for Mama: An Easy Mother’s Day Card

Nothing says Happy Mother’s Day more than fresh flowers! And it’s not to early to create these beauties for next weekend.  This project takes minutes to make and is a personalized, one-of-a-kind offering that will warm the heart of any Mama. Take a photo of your child with her arm outstretched in a fist. Print […]

Sand Castle Clay

Bring home some sand next visit to the beach, or buy some at the hardware store and make sand sculptures tides and time won’t touch! Make a small sand castle using tiny cups and boxes as forms, or triple the recipe for a king size castle. What you will need: 2 cups sand 1/3 cup […]

Silly Slime

I haven’t had much time to be a creative, fun mama this week and decided we needed to start the weekend with a bang. Silly slime (commercially called Gak) is one of those projects with huge bang for the time buck. It’s gooey, runny, solid, scary, fun, slimy and incredibly addictive to play with whether […]

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