How to Make Spelling Practice Fun

Three times each on paper is so passé – paint your spelling words instead! Remember how I raved about the Buddha Board when Claire was 3? It was a mess free painting experience and much beloved by both my preschooler AND all the adults in our lives. Now that Claire is nearly 8 the Buddha Board is still going strong and used all the time for … Continue reading How to Make Spelling Practice Fun

From the Archives: Nesting Material Dispenser for Spring Birding

This post was originally published in 2011, we’ve recreated it every year since. Enjoy scouting for colorful nests the birds have made with your materials!  -Regina @ ChalkinMyPocket Some of the most spoiled birds in the northeast live right in my backyard. During the past few months we’ve faithfully provided gourmet food , braving ice and snow to access the feeding station. Claire spends hours snug in her … Continue reading From the Archives: Nesting Material Dispenser for Spring Birding

Celebrating Math with Children – Happy Pi Day!

flickr user mag3737, Tom Magliery On a day where so many are celebrating one of the most recognizable math mathematical symbols out there – I wanted to take a second to point some of you in the Northeast to a new children’s museum celebrating math in New York City.  Don’t picture galleries of ancient slide rules and walls filled with retired models of TI calculators (my friends … Continue reading Celebrating Math with Children – Happy Pi Day!

Early Spring Nature Activities

If you missed out last year in creating a nesting material dispenser for your backyard birds, buy some onions and hang on to that bag because now is the time! Last year we left out bunches of sparkling ribbon, pink yarn and batting and were treated to some pretty fabulous nests. We’re in a new house now and while walking in the woods, my husband … Continue reading Early Spring Nature Activities

Why I should buy stock in scotch (tape that is)

There’s a great article on Wired.com by GeekDad Jonathan Liu about the 5 Best Toys of All Time. While I wholeheartedly agree about the joy of sticks, boxes, twine and above all dirt — there is a glaring omission from his most excellent article: Tape. And lots of it. Case in point: Claire’s version of London Bridge. Constructed completely on her own in a quiet … Continue reading Why I should buy stock in scotch (tape that is)

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One {Counting} Pop Up Book to Add to Your Library

Vanessa of Silly Eagle Books recently wrote a post featuring children’s books about art and it got me thinking — what about books that ARE art?

My local library is a treasure trove of awesome pop up books. I consider many of them superb examples of sculpture, and they are certainly accessible to and engaging for little hands. Due to their delicate nature they are not available for checking out, but our library trips are usually a 3 hour long event — much of it is spent engrossed in these books. Continue reading “One {Counting} Pop Up Book to Add to Your Library”