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How to Build a Teepee-Style Fairy House

How to Build a Teepee-Style Fairy House

Last fall, Molly became determined to build a fairy house. She watched videos about fairy houses, and schemed for how to make one in our yard. When it seemed that nobody would offer to help her, she used a small tree stump in our yard and decorated it with things like twigs, leaves, and acorn tops. She called it her “fairy habitat.” One day when she was gone, I even sprinkled glitter all over it, … [Read more...]

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10 Toys that Toddlers Love

10 Toys that Toddlers Love

  It's been a while since I've had toddlers around my house.  However, after I was done having toddlers around the house, I spent five years working as an in-home developmental therapist to children under three with developmental delays and disabilities. That gave me a chance to try out a lot of toys and materials with a lot of different kids.  One of the things that I thought was … [Read more...]

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10 Ways to Prepare for a Cabin Camping Trip

10 tips for preparing for cabin camping

A couple of years ago, we decided to try out staying at a rustic cabin in a state park just as a fun family weekend.  Before the weekend was even over, the kids were already asking if we could go again the following year.  And now, we've already made reservations for our third year!  This spur of the moment decision three years ago has really turned into a wonderful family tradition for us. In … [Read more...]

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The Game of Scattergories: Bible Edition {A Review}

Bible Scattergories

Since the regular version of Scattergories has long been a favorite game of mine, I was thrilled to get a chance to try out the Scattergories Bible version recently thanks to Discount Catholic Products.  While I wasn't exactly sure what the kids would think of the game, they were up for giving it a try and I was ready to coach them and snap some pictures. Well, I'll be completely honest, … [Read more...]

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It’s Sidewalk Chalk Time

sidewalk chalk

Sidewalk chalk is one of those staples of summer time in early childhood.  Not only can it be picked up inexpensively, but it offers a range of play possibilities that encourage learning and creativity. If you're stuck in a sidewalk chalk rut, head over to About One's blog In a Nutshell to read seven ideas I'm sharing about play activities with sidewalk chalk. … [Read more...]

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Our First Project Day

Lego Car

Last Friday, we had our very first "Project Day." (It was what I called it for lack of a better term.  Not that I had to call it anything in particular, but the kids like that.)  I had been thinking about a Project Day for quite some time.  I wanted a day either once a week or once every other week that looked considerably different from our normal days.  I wanted a day that was filled with all of … [Read more...]

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I Love a Set of 25 Year Old Markers

mr_sketch_markers

When I was eight years old, my life changed in all kinds of ways. My Mom got remarried.  My biological father gave up his parental rights and I was adopted by my Mom's new husband (who has been a better Dad than I ever could imagined having).  I was moving eight hours away to a place I had been to once and was leaving behind everything I had ever known. Of course, looking back now, I know that … [Read more...]

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Finding Educational Activities in the Most Unexpected Places

I am happy to present... Finding Educational Activities in the Most Unexpected Places (eBook) More than 200 Activities and Ideas for Using Commonly Found Objects to Enhance the Learning of Your Young Child I am so excited to finally share my first eBook, Finding Educational Activities in the Most Unexpected Places. This eBook is a 58 page journey through commonly found objects in and around … [Read more...]

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Seamus the Leprechaun Visited Our House This Morning

We have never been visited by a leprechaun before, but the kids had been talking a lot about the pranks that leprechauns can pull in the last few days, so apparently Seamus the Leprechaun decided it was time for a visit.The kids excitedly woke me up this morning to find all of the shenanigans that Seamus had left for us. Was Seamus the Leprechaun trying on everyone's Crocs? And what a place to … [Read more...]