Ring Around the Maypole

As the name suggests, a Maypole is a tall pole erected on May Day (May 1st) or Pentecost (in many European countries), or on the first day of summer (in Scandinavian countries). READ MORE

Playing in the Snow

It’s been a mild winter here in the Pacific Northwest so we’ve ventured into the Cascade Mountains for snow play this year. We’re lucky that we don’t have to travel far to find a winter wonderland.

We’re also lucky to have a library nearby because when my kids asked, “Where does snow come from, Mommy?” my vague explanation about moisture, clouds, and temperature didn’t seem sufficient. The Story of Snow took our understanding of those lovely frozen flakes to a whole new level. READ MORE

Leaf People… Revisited

Making Leaf People was such a fun activity as a Kindergarten Art Project last year that we’re doing it again. This time we have a few tips to keep your creation looking pretty longer.

All you need is glue stick, heavy paper, googly eyes, and leaves (plus an optional Sharpie marker if you want to let the kids make extra embellishments). READ MORE

On The First Day of Fall…

No partridges or pear trees here. On this appropriately chilly and overcast first day of Fall, my true love gave to me, a lovely mobile made of leaves from a tree. READ MORE

Pinch Pot Pumpkins… and a Ghost

We took the classic pinch pot a step further and shaped our pots into spheres (I’ll admit that I helped quite a bit with this step) then “carved” them like pumpkins. A toothpick or pencil works well for the little ones to draw the face onto the clay. Then a grown up can use a sharp exacto knife (keep out of kid’s reach) to cut the kid’s design into the clay. READ MORE