Category Archives: all ages

Cut Paper Snowflakes

Materials: Scissors, various papers Yesterday’s countdown calendar activity was to make snowflakes, so when the boys got home from school, this is what they found. A basket full of pre-folded paper, ready for cutting into snowflakes. I used a variety … Continue reading

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Painted Collages (TinkerLab Magazine Challenge)

Materials: Illustration board, old magazines, glue or paste, scissors (of course!), acrylic paint–the kind in tubes, not the liquid kind. Once again, Rachelle at TinkerLab invited us to participate in a materials challenge, this time using magazines. So I brought … Continue reading

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Marble Painting, Traditional and Magnetic

Materials: Tempera paint, magnetic marbles, magnet wands, foil cake or pie pans (I used cake because the edges are slightly taller), paper cut to fit the pan, small cups and spoons for the paint After our magnetic painting activity at … Continue reading

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Autumn Window Leaves

(Inspired partly by the Artful Parent’s Autumn Leaves Stained Glass and partly by Fall Leaves and Mod Podge at Gingerbread Snowflakes, via the Crafty Crow; this is a sort of hybrid.) Materials: Colorful autumn leaves, Mod Podge, brush, double-sided tape … Continue reading

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Chalk-o-Lanterns!

(Inspired by Pinterest.) Materials: Pumpkins, chalkboard spray paint (we found ours in a craft store), damp rags for cleaning, chalk for playing! G has an October birthday, and while her parties are still simple family gatherings, I like to have … Continue reading

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If You Build It, They Will Come

Tuesday was a quasi-sick day here, the sort of day where the kids are home because a full school day is a bit too much, but they’re not sick-in-bed sick. (That’s my favorite kind!) At some point in the morning, … Continue reading

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Building a Writing Center

Towards the end of the summer, I ordered Playful Learning. While I’ve gone through and marked numerous pages with sticky notes, this was my first goal: to set up a little writing center. We have loads of materials in our … Continue reading

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Scented Play Dough

The idea of adding scent to play dough isn’t new; I’ve seen it scented with peppermint more than once. N’s teacher let me know on Sunday that he’d need some play dough for a class activity on Wednesday–we keep him … Continue reading

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Field Trip: Explore This Museum!

Yesterday we all visited the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Museum of Art for a family open house. Various activities were going on throughout the afternoon. When we arrived, a Tours for Tots group was just gathering. G noticed … Continue reading

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Summer Field Trips

It wasn’t my plan to let three weeks go by without posting; my kids and I have been enjoying the last month of summer, spending lots of time outdoors, often at the beach. Today is the last day of summer … Continue reading

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