Creating Open-Ended Play Opportunities

Sara, my ‘baby’ girl, started Kindergarten last week and having both of my kids in elementary school has inspired me to create more open-ended playing & learning opportunities for them at home.  READ MORE

Best Gifts for Kids: Ages 5-8

What are the best gifts for kids? Even though Transformers and Little Ponies are on the top of our 5- and 7-year-olds’ wish lists, we want to give them gifts that spark their imagination.  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. READ MORE

Playing With Shaving Cream

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

Lava Lamp Fireworks

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