Transformers, Legos and Little Ponies are on the top of my kids’ Christmas lists and Santa will bring a few brand-name toys this year but I’m also seeking gifts that my kids haven’t thought of yet. It’s easy to get caught up in the latest and greatest toy marketing but here are some of what I think are the best gifts for kids to spark your imagination (and your child’s) to try something new. READ MORE
When you give a child a game, you’re giving boundless opportunities for hands-on learning. Countless life skills are practiced during game play: counting, waiting for a turn, following instructions, cooperation, and winning or losing with grace to name a few.
An incredibly powerful way to get children involved in charity is through your local food bank. Kids easily relate to the basic need for food but until you ask them to really think about it, most assume that everyone simply buys food from the store. READ MORE
When Daddy asked her to pack her Elmo backpack for their camping trip, the first thing Sara chose to pack was a pile of Mac’s Field guides, including the Mac’s Field Guide to Pacific Northwest Trees), first insisting that I tie yarn around each one so she could wear them around her neck while exploring. READ MORE
Who knew that playing with shaving cream would be so perfect on a hot summer day? Apparently my kids did because they took this shaving cream idea and ran with it… literally. READ MORE
How I wish the lovely blogging Rashmie from Mommy Labs was my neighbor. I’d be knocking on her door for play dates all the time… for the kids and for me. Besides her incredibly creative ideas and inspiring stories, she makes every activity seem like a complete joy. Alas, she lives half a world away, in India so I can’t just drop by but I’m grateful for the brilliance she generously shares online. READ MORE