It sounds rather pushy, “forcing plants to grow,” but this particular kind of forcing is fun! Who knows, if we nurture an interest in gardening early, maybe we won’t have to “force” our kids to help with weeding later? Ha! Wishful thinking! Simple activities like forcing plants to grow help spark children’s curiosity about the natural world.READ MORE
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
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
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
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 ghosts!) are really fun and easy to make. We took the classic pinch pot process a step further, shaping our pots into spheres then “carving” them like pumpkins. READ MORE