Junior Ranger Birthday Party

Want to throw a Junior Ranger birthday party for your little nature lover? We had so much fun with this theme.

Not only did 7-year-old William’s idea align beautifully with our family’s love of nature and National Parks, it also made it easy to throw the party outside where the party animals could run free! READ MORE

Dear Mom

Dear Mom,

Why is it that on the day of the year that honors you most, I seem to suck at getting you a proper Mother’s Day gift? Is it because I’m horribly disorganized? Maybe… Is it because I can’t read a calendar? Um, no… Is it because I don’t love you much? Absolutely not! READ MORE

Sidewalk Paint Recipe

You can easily find a Sidewalk Paint Recipe online but the basic formula is one part water + one part cornstarch + drops of food coloring. Sure, you could buy sidewalk paint instead but why spend the money when it’s so easy and inexpensive to make at home? 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

Best Paints for Preschoolers

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.

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