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Popsicle Stick Bird Feeders

Maddie has taken a big interest in birds. She loves to spot them as we drive and has enjoyed watching two nests produce a gaggle of baby birds – one at home and one at my parents’ house. For a little while, we had to stop going to the park because Maddie wanted to take every bird home as a pet and would stage a sit-in in the middle of the park when I said no. Luckily, the intense love has slowed down, and learning about different birds with her has been fun. (more…)

Paper Bag Monsters Inspired by I Need My Monster

Maddie loves anything that has a dark side. As I mentioned earlier this week, she has LOVED the Halloween season. Her enjoyment of the season has been added to by a gift that she received for her birthday this year. A perfectly matched book given to her by Lesley called I Need My Monster. (more…)

Unplug Yourself with a “Little House” Dinner

By Seisha Lock of Education.com

Imagine if you didn’t have a cell phone, a car, light bulbs, television, grocery stores, or the Internet. Life would be pretty different! Though it may be hard for you to imagine this, every year the town of Mansfield, Missouri, “unplugs” itself to go back to the late 1800s as the townspeople celebrate Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the beloved Little House books. These historical books chronicle the life of a young girl living in pioneer times, when she and her family had to grow and catch their own food, entertain themselves with stories around the fire, and use a horse-drawn buggy to get into town. (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…)

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…)