Best Art Supplies for Kids

An educator for more than 35 years, our dear Teacher Nancy heads the “art department” (also known as a wild and wonderful room full of creative, mind-expanding tools, supplies and surfaces) for our preschool bunch.

SHOP ARTS & CRAFTS

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Happy Chinese New Year! (Gung Hay Fat Choy!)

China’s most important and longest festival, Chinese New Year marks the end of winter and welcomes spring with 15 days of festivities. It’s the middle of winter here in the Pacific Northwest but Chinese New Year is still the perfect opportunity to introduce our kids to the rich traditions of this ancient culture.

Books are always our favorite starting place. The best ones we’ve found so far are Lin Yi’s Lantern, My First Chinese New Year, and The Pet Dragon  READ MORE

Play Mats and Ponies

Horses are Sara’s favorite animal these days, better yet if they have wings (the Breyer Wind Dancer ponies are at the top of her Christmas list) or unicorn horns. Her passion for ponies inspired this homemade play mat as a gift for a preschool girlfriend turning 5 but we also ended up making one for her to keep, then William joined in on the fun and made one for his cars.

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Gratitude Tree

All it took was some paper grocery bags and duct tape to make a pretty little gratitude tree.

First we cut the bags open to form a long rectangle then rolled and twisted them into “branches.” The gold tape wrapped around parts of the paper added a nice bit of sparkle, READ MORE