At a certain age, a little boy's affinity for construction toys joins with his nascent pretending skills and the result is some pretty entertaining play -- for both parents and kids alike. The little tots would be fine in the backyard with some cardboard boxes, but providing.... read more
There's nothing like a construction site -- the mounds of dirt; the bright, yellow bulldozers; the cranes -- to capture a certain kind of toddler's attention. And if you live with this certain kind of toddler, the kind of toddler who, say, spends more time building miniature.... read more
If your kids have been outside all summer, getting into sports or swimming or just running around in the sun, their well-worn indoor toys may suddenly look like new. Among our Savvy kids’ favorite fall rediscoveries are building toys. They neglected their blocks, LEGOs, and .... read more
As any parent of a preschooler knows, there is plenty of journal material at hand. Our kids do something funny every day. They do something touching or strange or beautiful every day. They do something we want to remember every single day. And as much as we love to snap p.... read more
It's a digital world. One might even refer to our current state as "World 2.0." And with all the online hoopla, we've surrendered just about everything to technology. But some things are best left untouched. Sometimes a desk calendar is more effective than a hand-held device.... read more
It's that time of year again; we turn a little more inward and move our activities a bit more indoors. School is back in session and our learning tools look more like paper and pencils than the previous month's water and lemonade stands. And with that, our opportunities for ex.... read more
My kids love things with their names on it. It makes it special, theirs. It makes them feel important, recognized, and gives that stake of ownership kids so crave. What better way to indulge that than through stationary, letters, cards, and other "old-fashioned" niceties?In ki.... read more
When my daughter entered school, we were hit by an avalanche. An avalanche of paper, that is. Every day her folder came home stuffed with advertisements, notices, fundraisers, and more. These daily piles of paper added on top of our burgeoning family inbox.We felt like we were.... read more
Little children are famous for their castles in the air. And for their sand castles and block castles too. The can construct anything out of almost nothing at all, with their imagination filling in the gaps between. Actually, making that imaginative connection seems to cons.... read more
Perhaps your little one has just started preschool, or maybe this is an event you are planning for next year or the following, or perhaps your child is already settled in preschool. Whatever your circumstances, starting preschool for any child, whether for a few hours each wee.... read more
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