Kids

Fingerpainting with Pudding – Fun for the Bigs and the Littles

  It’s been harder to find activities that are fun for both of the kids – the one-year-old as well as the eight-year-old – but this fingerpainting activity kept them both busy for nearly an hour (and not just the kids – Jason had a blast playing with his new camera lens). Finger painting with &hellip Continue reading »

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Water: Fun for the Bigs

We have 48 hours of stuck-at-home time as the Big Winter Storm blows through the area.  “Big” is relative, as we’re only 50 miles from the US/Mexico border, but there you are. This is Part Two (see Part One). Oh Groundhog Day Tree, Oh Groundhog Day Tree… We borrowed the Ice Bauble idea from the &hellip Continue reading »

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Water: Fun for the Littles

We have 48 hours of stuck-in-the-house time as the Big Winter Storm blows through the area.  “Big” is relative, as we’re only 50 miles from the US/Mexico border, but local resources are stretched to the breaking point, so there you are. This is Part One (see Part Two) Water Play! Never leave a baby or &hellip Continue reading »

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What’s in a Golf Ball?

My son asked us, this past summer, what’s inside a golf ball. This experiment is extra fun because you can tie it into your golf game (I don’t play golf, so I did not), geology (I am a geologist, so I did), and good mechanical/shop skills. Purpose: Find out what’s in the middle of a &hellip Continue reading »

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DIY Young Inventor’s Kit!

For the low, low price of a laundry basket, Rubbermaid tote or similarly sized cardboard box, you too can start a Rube Goldberg-esque Inventor’s Kit for your child.   Step 1: Get a laundry basket-sized container. Step 2: Fill! The choice of odds and ends is up to you, and limited only by your creativity &hellip Continue reading »

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A Few Christmas Vacation Science Projects

Looking for something fun to do with the kids over Christmas break? Here are a few science projects I’ve found on the web. This has two Christmas suggestions. Identifying mystery powders, includes a decision chart and backstory (I’m guessing Mrs. Claus isn’t very good at food storage safety). Requires basic household supplies: baking powder, baking &hellip Continue reading »

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Train and Truck Set

The finished set has: a train engine Caboose for the train, or a camper for the pickup A truck (can be a semi or a pickup) One semi trailer One tanker 4 trailers/cars. The truck can be used as a pickup (using the caboose as a camper), or as a semi-truck. We had to make &hellip Continue reading »

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Yet Another Rant Against Sexist Advertising

This blog was published yesterday (on November 19, 2010) and is already making its rounds. An excerpt: “As we enter the holiday season, the inevitable toy catalogs begin arriving on our doormats. Most of the celebrations this time of year involve some form of gift giving, and if you have kiddos, that means t-o-y-s. Toys, &hellip Continue reading »

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Energy, and States of Matter

This experiment/lesson has been designed for a class of second graders who are learning about the States of Matter. It’s pretty easy to throw in a introduction to Energy. Here’s everything you’ll need (except the students – you’ll have to find them yourself): PART 1: Teacher Prep The teacher, or a parent volunteer (like moi) &hellip Continue reading »

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Writing for Diapers

I’ve sporadically posted on my own blog because I decided to do some writing for Kelly’s Closet’s blog, The Cloth Diaper Whisper. When I began my cloth diapering journey, I was not set on any one distributor. I am loyal to Green Mountain for their prefolds, and for the owner’s commitment to only sell natural &hellip Continue reading »

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