Nurturing Creativity

Top DIY Toy Ideas for Kids

By Nancy Shaw

Your baby is actually taking off now, and as you chase the small one down the road, you may miss the golden days when she only studied her legs. Active is a good word to describe children at this age, and they prefer any game or toy that lets them throw their entire selves into it, such as swings, balls, and small climbing sets. (more…)

Disguised Turkeys Inspired by Turkey Trouble

We have never had a Thanksgiving book before. In fact, I must shamefully admit that the time between Halloween and Christmas goes largely uncelebrated. So, in the spirit of celebrating all holidays, the girls and I have spent this Thanksgiving season reading a really cute book called Turkey Trouble. (more…)

Witch Brooms Inspired by Room on the Broom

Last year, Maddie was enthralled with the movie version of Room on the Broom. I can’t remember how we found it, but it was on repeat on our Amazon Prime account for quite a number of months. She loved the witch and all of her furry, feathered, and slimy companions. I suspected she enjoyed the wonderful narration, or at least that was my favorite part. Now that she’s older and I have learned more about her personality, I am sure that it was its magical aspects and the inclusion of a dragon that kept her interest. (more…)

Plastic Baggie Ice Cream

During the summer months, or more honestly half of spring and fall, the girls and I join my mom for Sunday night ice cream at our local ice cream shop. When my parents first moved to the town we live in now, I heard about this ice cream shop quite often from my mom. Now that we live here as well, I know why she spoke of it in such high regard. It is rich and creamy with several yummy flavors to choose from. Not to mention the building has old-time ice cream shop appeal. You’d think that this heavenly Sunday tradition would fill my and the girls’ taste for ice cream each week. (more…)

Color Eruption Experiment

Each winter, I think about how difficult it is to entertain kids inside. Summer is a welcome relief of being able to leave the house and enjoy some sunshine. What I always forget is how difficult it is to keep them inside for a little arts and crafts downtime. My girls have a tendency to play until they drop, which is great, but it also causes some cranky, overtired evenings. We use our craft time as downtime. Something to change the speed a bit. This past weekend was a beautiful summer weekend, which brought a lot of outdoor play. We were in need of a break from pool time, but I also knew that there would be no getting them inside and any an activity we chose was going to need to keep us outside. What a perfect opportunity to do those projects that are a little messier. (more…)