My sweet 8-year-old, Allie, is just discovering a love of reading. She has never really enjoyed books before now, but the switch has flipped, and she loves to have me read to her whenever we can sit down together. Allie’s favorite book right now is the ICB Bible, followed closely by Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham and Karma Wilson’s wonderful and plentiful bear books. We read them frequently, and I’m hoping that she will figure out some of the words in Green Eggs and Ham as her reading improves. Allie also loves the computer, and she saw me making … Read more
T-shirt chromatography is an “experiment” that dates the whole way back to my days in the science museum in the ’90s. We routinely did paper chromatography at our Discovery Bar on the museum floor, and I decided to try the same thing with t-shirts and Sharpie markers. I may not have discovered the concept of Sharpie marker chromatography, but I was definitely early on in the idea. Back then, I had the kids stretch their shirts over buckets and drip rubbing alcohol on the design with an eye dropper. That was fun, but it was also tedious. I didn’t think my kids (especially … Read more
Last year, I printed some coloring pages for Gracie. Each one was like a miniature Advent calendar, divided into 24 sections, and she loved them. If you have a preschooler or an older kid who really loves to color, you should consider coloring pages for Advent. You can download the ones we used, or you could make up your own, as long as it has 24 sections. Here are our two favorites, linked to the pages where I found them so that you can download your own. 5 Days of Christmas Traditions To celebrate the first week of Advent, I’ll … Read more
I found the most fabulous crafty blog. My favorite project so far has been the paper horses.
Ann Wood decorates them fabulously – with lace, feathers, paint, and all sorts of other media.
Around here, we concentrate on markers and crayons.