From the category archives:

Preschooler

5 activities to make long bad-weather days bearable

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Oh, the weather outside is frightful… For parents of stir-crazy kids, I think the atmosphere inside the house is more frightful. Sure we could sit on the couch and watch six movies, getting up only to refill our water bottles, but that would not burn off any energy the kids need to use up, and […]

Activity #120: Try Potching

How to not trip over your toddler? Let him stand next to you while you do things in the kitchen.

My stepmom (aka Grandma Leslie) introduced Julian to the kitchen counter at her house, way before it would have occurred to me. Bring a stool to your empty kitchen sink and let your toddler climb up. Fill the sink with warm soapy water, plastic cups, utensils, etc. Let your toddler pretend to make something or […]

Build your toddler a play kitchen for less than $50

DIY toddler kitchen built from IKEA components via ohdeedoh

Wanna just buy one outright? I don’t blame you, I got tired just writing about all these awesome projects. Two super cute (gender-neutral) play kitchens on amazon are Melissa & Doug’s corner kitchen (more compact) and Kid Craft red retro (more deluxe). I also encourage you to be on the hunt in your local Craig’s […]

#pinterestFAIL Crafting with my niece

Craft projects we tried on pinterest

Have you seen all those cool DIY kids’ craft projects on Pinterest? Homemade flubber, moon dough, foam dough, glow fairies, glitter balloons, and the like? Well I have, and I’ve been dying to try some. I enlisted my 10-year-old niece Mitra to help me test some of them, and here are our (highly scientific) results. FOAM DOUGH The […]

5 science projects for preschoolers

Take your preschooler to the science museum

These fun do-at-home experiments that encourage our girls and boys to LOVE science were suggested by our local friend, Cara, and we can’t wait to try them! I was never much of a science person growing up. Our four-year old daughter, on the other hand, has long loved it. We are doing all we can […]

Fun with foam, part 1

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Too wet to go out? Too cold to play ball? (Oh, is that just me and my Summer in the Bay Area? Ha!) Too sick for preschool? This is the ultimate in Drugstore DIY; with a can of shaving cream or a bar of soap, here is lots of good fun that is funny: Microwave […]

Packing preschool lunches with Wendolonia

s of inspiring lunchbox photos

Our friend Wendy is a lunch-packing ninja. A picture is worth 1000 words, and in this case, Wendy’s online gallery of lunchbox ideas is made up of 1000 pictures. That’s a value of one million words, if my math is correct. Since no parent has time to read a million words about what to put […]