Spaghetti, Playdoh, & Buttons – fine motor engineering

We had a nor’easter in town this Thursday, plus a full moon, and being stuck inside, by late afternoon, we needed a creative activity. I’d seen a cool activity using Playdoh, spaghetti, and pasta and decided to modify it for my older kids as well. I started out using Playdoh to stabilize vertical pieces of…

Stick Forests

We have a new, temporary outdoor installation at our house right now. It’s called a stick forest, and it’s one of our favorite ways to play in the snow when the snow just isn’t cooperating for snowballs and snowmen. The concept is simple – collecting debris from the yard and placing it in an intentional…

Natural Innovators

This innovation, this ability to think outside the box, is a huge asset that will serve him well later in life — if we can figure out how to navigate these early years in a way that celebrates and channels his creative impulses.

Mundane Magic

Sometimes, life is big, flashy, exciting, post-worthy. But most of the time, life, especially with littles, is pretty repetitive.

Bubble Fun

The weather’s been gorgeous recently, and the gypsy moth caterpillars have finally metamorphosed (and are being lured in by our pheromone traps), so we’ve taken the opportunity to spend some time outside, enjoying the relative calm that is our backyard. We’ve done a few related bubble activities that have been big wins with the whole…

Math in the Bath!

Tonight, in the bath, I gave my kids about 10 ping-pong balls and 3 small takeout-style containers.