Coffee Filter Parachutes

I love finding simple, creative ways to explore with my kids. When I came across this idea for coffee filter parachutes, it fit the bill because 1) – we already had coffee filters and pipe cleaners (chenille stems) 2) – it required very little finesse or talent. Pinterest and I don’t get along very well.  3)…

A Summer Plan – FREE PRINTABLE

Last year, as I was bringing my kindergartner home for the summer, I knew that we would need some kind of guidance, at least for the first couple of weeks, to keep us from the “I’m bored!” “What can I do now” stage. My then-five-year-old is a creative, out-of-the-box thinker. If you give him options…

We Don’t Have to Fix It

A couple weeks ago, my son wrote a story. A whole story. On his own. Without being forced. I don’t know who was prouder – him or me. He was so excited and wanted to email it to his cousin so she could read it, and we agreed that he would dictate the first two…

The Easiest Sprouts Ever (seriously)

My success in gardening and helping things grow has been marginal, at best. Which is pretty pathetic considering my grandparents were farmers and we always had a garden growing up.  So imagine my excitement to find an easy, quick, mess-free, edible growing experiment that even my 3-year-olds could handle. So happy.  You need  A clear…

An Invitation to Touch

We spent the morning at our local nature center. In addition to visiting the peacocks and feeding the goats, we went into the greenhouse. There, hidden in obscure corner, is a display of touchable plants.  There, visitors are encouraged to find leaves that are fuzzy, bumpy, rubbery, hard, smooth, and good-smelling. The educators at the…

Moving beyond “Why?” to “What If?”

A few months ago, J and I were reading a book about inventors. It began with the sentence, “Thomas Edison’s favorite word was “why”.” I almost closed the book and returned it to the library. There’s no way that was Edison’s favorite question. “Why?” implies a concrete, right answer. Why is the sky blue? Why…