Projects

Outdoor Art: The Best Foot Paint Ever

My favorite projects in the whole world are those that send kids outdoors, armed with color and imagination and energy. There is no better place to make art!  Outside is a mess-forgiving place that absorbs the drips and spills of budding Van Goghs of all ages and allows their imaginations full rein. The Best Foot […]

Go Outside! Beach Glass Mosaic

Placed in a window, these mosaics are beautiful works of art. Walking down a beach searching for the water-worn glass is part of the process of these translucent beauties. See the list below for best beaches to find sea glass in the Pacific Northwest. You can also order sea glass online to supplement your stash. […]

The Importance of Science: 10 Ways to Bring it Home

  “It is not the answer that enlightens, but the questions.”—Eugene Ionesco Science is more than an accumulation of facts in our head, it is a daily part of our lives—from the computers we use to the clouds that create our weather. Today more than ever we need science to make thoughtful political decisions on […]

This Mama’s Take on Stranger Danger

We were on our way to a school celebration. The kids were excited even if they had to dress up and brush their hair and wear shoes instead of their customary rubber boots. It was the culmination of a 6-month study on the culture of Mexico and there was going to be a piñata! Tacos! […]

It’s the Process Not the Product

By Nancy Blakey One of my favorite Calvin & Hobbes cartoons shows Calvin shoveling dirt. Hobbes the tiger asks him why he is digging a hole. “I’m looking for buried treasure!” Calvin announces. “What have you found?” Hobbes asks. “A few dirty rocks, a weird root, and some disgusting grubs. There’s treasure everywhere!” Calvin announces […]

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 […]

Gliders, Gravity, and Wings to Fly

“We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.” ― Kurt Vonnegut It was the third day of apocalyptic rain and everyone’s mood matched the low gray skies. I struggled through an endless list of things to do and found myself looking out the window sighing, wishing everything […]

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 […]

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 […]

Kids Craft: Hand Painted Umbrella

This wonderful project makes a great gift too! What you will need: acrylic paints in several colors (acrylic paint cleans up with water) paint brushes old shower curtain to cover the table cups of water umbrella Place the shower curtain over the table you will be using.  Open the umbrella and wedge it securely to […]

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