Strewing is the very fine art of placing items in seemingly random locations. It provides the opportunity for creativity by allowing a child to stumble upon materials in a natural way, thereby encouraging their exploration, without the child feeling watched, expected to perfo.... read more
If you have run out of ideas for things to do this summer, you are not alone. And sometimes just getting everyone covered in sunscreen so we can go to the pool seems like more trouble than it's worth. But with just one more month before the kids go back to school (maybe even l.... read more
In the hustle and bustle of the school year, we sometimes take the everyday for granted. Heads down, we plow through our days from breakfast to work and school, back home, homework, dinner, downtime, bed. Then we get up and do it again the next day. It's easy to forget the thi.... read more
Summer comes with a call to adventure and travel. It is the season for road trips, visiting family and friends, and perhaps even a chance to take the kids abroad. It's a time to break routines and try someplace different. Summer is all of those things, but it's also the oppos.... read more
There's nothing better than a mystery, is there? When you want to lose yourself in a book, just pick up one of the great mystery writers, and off you go. A good detective story is absorbing, relaxing, and it keeps the wheels turning in the old brain. But what about the y.... read more
If wizards had their way, we would all be traveling on flying brooms while gorging on Butterbeer and carrying a tiny trunk packed with toads and potions. Fortunately, Muggles know better nowadays, and we can travel the old-fashioned way with our kids. Harry Potter enthusiast.... read more
What are your children enjoying most this summer: their math workbooks or their reading lists? In our family, the summer reading goes down easy, but the math problems, not so much. The workbooks get done, but only with a lot of moaning and groaning along the way. It's a hard s.... read more
We are deep into the dog days of summer, and while we love these long, hot days, we get to a point where we just can't jump through the sprinkler again or eat another popsicle. It's time for a new way to cool off! We suggest you hide out in the air conditioning or in front of .... read more
My seven-year-old had a playdate the other day where the two girls spent an entire afternoon "making ice cream." This activity consisted of melting an existing pint of vanilla ice cream and then mixing in crushed raspberries and blueberries, liberally adding more heavy cream .... read more
What child isn't fascinated with the moon, or twinkling stars and constellations? Or nocturnal owls and bats that take flight at night and fill the dark skies? Nighttime is alluring and mysterious, as there's a whole new world that comes to life when the sun goes down—new si.... read more
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