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Do You Like to Play with Your Kids?

April 1, 2013 in All Posts, Parenting, Play

I just read a really interesting article in Redbook Magazine – yes, I realize how old that makes me sound, but I find it even more aging to pretend I’m not an almost 40-year old mom – about a mom who confesses that she hates playing with her kids and has mommy guilt about not being […]

{Play} Painted Pumpkins

October 20, 2011 in All Posts, Play, Toddler Activities

Well, you know that we’ve been busy decorating our pumpkins lately, so that is – of course – what today’s Toddler Thursday post is all about! Materials paint paintbrushes pumpkin Keep in mind that if you use washable paint and your younger toddler decides to try to eat the painted pumpkin, his face will end […]

{Play} Alphabet Sticks and Pencil Holder

October 6, 2011 in All Posts, Play

When I was growing up, the little wooden sticks we used to craft with were called “tongue depressors.”  My parents would bring them home for us to play with and they were sturdy, smooth and free.  Nowadays, there are these things called “craft sticks,” which you not only have to pay for, but have to […]

{Play} Rainbow Squares Activity

September 22, 2011 in All Posts, Play, Toddler Activities

One bright spring morning earlier this year, I was driving in to work when I looked up and saw the most magnificent full arch rainbow in all its bright technicolor splendor.  At the same time, Lionel Richie was playing on the radio in the background. Like Cher in Clueless, I realized in that moment that […]

{Play} Colorful Ice Cube Painting

September 15, 2011 in All Posts, Play, Toddler Activities

WARNING:  This project is not for the faint of art! If the thought of messes, stains, vibrant color and irrepressible squealing makes you squirm, stop reading here and hurry over to last week’s post on Water Painting, which is a completely fuss- and mess-free project you and your kids will love just as much as […]

{Play} Water Painting

September 10, 2011 in All Posts, Play, Toddler Activities

Okay, so technically, today isn’t Thursday, but at our house, we live on toddler time, so any day goes! Now, what you’re about to witness is nothing short of a miracle of miracles . . .  Jane and Sam actually playing together – art play no less – and not fighting each other to the […]

{Play} Summer Spray Painting

September 1, 2011 in All Posts, Play

It’s the first of September and summer is almost officially over, but there’s still time for outdoor fun and making summer memories even though it’s back to school! Materials spray bottle paint paper water (optional) Step 1 Fill your spray bottle with paint.  (We picked ours up for $1 at Target).  Dilute the paint with […]

{Play} Bubble Wrap Fun

August 25, 2011 in All Posts, Play, Toddler Activities

As Jane and Sam found out after Hubby brought home a custom handmade double guitar stand swaddled in miles of protective plastic, it’s fun to snap bubble wrap! I know plastic is bad.  It kills our planet and can kill our babies.  But this swath of giant bubble wrap was headed straight for the recycling […]

{Play} Fun With Pasta! Pasta Necklaces

August 18, 2011 in All Posts, Fun With Food!, Play, Toddler Activities

Fun With Pasta! is our latest installment of the Fun With Food! series. What do you get when you mix pasta + paint + a toddler?  Painted pasta necklaces and a whole lotta messy fun along the way! Here’s what you’ll need to make your pasta jewelry (think bracelets, headbands and crowns, too): Materials paint […]