School Age

10 Timeless Gifts for Kids

Two big plastic bins of Legos have survived in our home for 30 years, dozens of kids, and random household purges. They were one of the few ‘toys’ I gave the grandparents when they asked for the kids’ Christmas lists, given among the requests for binoculars, tool kits, and tractor inner tubes—now those are real […]

“The Best Parenting Advice I Can Give You…”

Many summers ago when my daughter was expecting her third baby she asked me to gather a group of wise and beloved women together for a Blessingway, an alternative to a shower that focuses less on gifts and more on the mother-to-be. Blessingways help the mother prepare emotionally and spiritually for birth with the female […]

Easy Pressed Tin Gift Ornament

Pressed Tin Gift Ornament Add a lovely touch to your gifts with these easy pressed tin ornaments. What you will need: Disposable aluminum oven liner or pie pan Short knitting needle or pencil with a blunt end Cookie cutters Scissors Pile of newspaper Cut the rims off the liner or pie pan for a flat […]

Edible Art: Gorgeous Holiday Cookies

The trouble with doing kids’ projects on a Mudpie Mama deadline means the family may or may not be in the mood to participate, but I have no choice. I crack the whip, order them to the table where the project supplies are laid out and I command them to have fun and create something. […]

Rainy Day Activity: Make a Puppet!

By Paula Solis Krock Children are so cool. Give them some fun props and they will tell creative, interesting stories, develop characters and make you belly laugh to no end. Puppets are a great way to unleash this creativity in your little storyteller. Put the following items on the table and see what delightful kinds […]

Hello Jello! Edible ABC’s

By Nancy Blakey Our son was a kinesthetic learner. If he could touch it, manipulate it, hold it in his hands, the information would stick. When it came time to learn to read I used wet spaghetti for him to make letters. We cut ABC’s from sandpaper and glued them to a page so he […]

The Right (and the Wrong) Way to Praise Kids

Want to increase your child’s self-esteem? Make her more resilient and willing to face challenges? Stop praising her. That’s right, stop the atta-girl, you are so smart and strong. An intriguing longitudinal study on parent praise by Carol Dweck, a Harvard researcher, shows that too much positive feedback can backfire and hijack the very attributes […]

A Little Scientist’s Nature Walk

By Paula Solis Krock Oh to have the curiosity and excitement a child possesses! And this is what makes a simple leaf collecting nature walk a day of scientific discovery for us all! Walk with your child and collect several leaves of different types and place them in a bag. When you get home spread […]

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: […]

“I’m Hungry!” 10 Great After School Snacks

By Paula Solis Krock Back to school means kids coming home hungry! Here are some easy after school snack ideas, packed full of protein to keep your student fueled and read to conquer anything after school activities demand! Bean and cheese burrito Chopped carrots and hummus Celery stick, Peanut or Sunflower butter, raisins (AKA: Frogs […]

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