Brownie Time

Brownie Time

Nov 16

I hate to cook. I order in and eat out way too often for my wallet’s liking, but it’s just so much easier and more satisfying than spending my time cooking a meal that takes a quarter the time to eat as it did to make! I should clarify, I hate to cook, unless I’m working with children… I have absolutely no explanation for this, but for some reason I’ve always found...

Toys, Toys, Toys

Toys, Toys, Toys

Mar 29

In today’s western society, we fill our lives with stuff.  We have our electronics that keep us “connected” to the world around us, we have our furniture, our homes, our cars, our TVs and computers, gadgets and gizmos, food, credit cards, cash, bank accounts, various nic-nacs and decorations and much, much more.  Children, also have huge collections of stuff for themselves; stuff that we...

It’s Raining Cats and Dogs!

It’s Raining Cats and Dogs!

Feb 26

I have to start off by saying that my cousin, Tyler, recently wrote a blog about his and his brother’s hysterical experiences with pets when they were children.  It got me thinking about pets myself.  Read his blog here. Early last month, I got a kitten.  His name is Berlioz (thanks to a former student of mine who named him via a suggestion on FaceBook through his mom), and he’s...

Activities: Nature Walks

Activities: Nature Walks

Feb 22

How: Take a walk to your neighborhood park, or just walk around the block.  Pick up leaves, sticks, rocks, and anything else your child finds interesting.  Talk about the things you find, where they come from, and what you can do with them.  When you get back home, put the natural, found materials out in a basket or on a table with some paints, glue, and paper and let your child go at it! ...

Play Dough!

Play Dough!

Feb 20

How: Here’s are two great easy play dough recipes that you can make with ingredients that almost everyone has at home: Cooked Recipe No Cook Recipe Your little one(s) will love cooking it with you, and then they can play.  Add any food coloring to make it colorful, or make a few batches with different colors.  The dough will stay good for a few weeks if kept in a Tupperware container or...

Flubber!

Flubber!

Feb 20

How: Here is a great easy recipe for a sensory activity, like play dough, called flubber.  It’s sticky, oozy, and cold.  Add food coloring while your making it, or let your child draw on it with markers afterward.  Either way, they’ll love it. Flubber Recipe Why: It’s a great sensory experience.  Sometimes working with doughs and other similar materials can help calm a restless...