Kids in the Kitchen: The Power of Pancakes

By Nancy Blakey This is a small story about skills learned, confidence earned, and one simple way to make an extraordinary memory for a child. It began as such a simple thing. One rainy afternoon our 4-year-old asked if he could cook something. The refrigerator was bare that day, and the cupboards mostly empty except […]

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 […]

Play Outside! Why It is Important in All Weather

That’s right, in ALL weather. It’s easy to spend time outdoors when the sun is out and the temperature warm. There are fewer clothes to contend with and we are drawn to open that backdoor and step outside, but time spent outdoors in winter is almost more important and when we need it most. Not […]

Beastly Eyes

Kids love to participate in decorating the house for Halloween and these fiendish eyes are incredibly simple to make. What you will need: Paper towel tubes Scissors Glow sticks Masking tape Cut the paper towel tubes to the length of the glow sticks. Using the scissors, cut eyes or shapes into the tube. Tape one […]

Last Minute Halloween Costumes

  Butterfly What you will need: 2 pieces of poster board and paints or felt tips black ribbon paper punch black sweat suit black shoes plastic headband pipe cleaners 2 pom-poms To make the wings, have your child paint splashes of color or patterns on the poster board. When the paint is dry, turn the […]

6 Tips for Teaching Preschoolers Clean Up

By Paula Solis Krock Teaching our children life skills sets them on the path of becoming responsible little people and teaching them to tidy is one way to begin these life skills. Children love to help, but are easily overwhelmed. Remember, their attention span is about as long as they are years old: 2-year-old, 2 […]

Spooky Easy Ghost Decorations

Kids love to decorate for Halloween and these are simple to make! What you will need: Cheesecloth Liquid starch Quart jar or soda bottle Small balloon or Styrofoam ball Black construction paper Blow up the balloon to make a head, tie, and place it on top of the quart jar, or you can place a […]

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 […]

Music Matters! And Singing and Dancing

By Paula Solis Krock So often when I heard the words as a young mom Sing to your children Dance with them! ! I rolled my eyes and thought, “I have a terrible voice! I can’t dance!” but here is the beautiful thing—your child DOES NOT KNOW THIS! In fact, until your child is about […]

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