Nurturing Creativity


Disney Interactive teamed up with Google to launch charming short film called Blank: A Vinylmation Love Story that you can watch for free. We watched it with the kids when it first came out on Valentine’s Day, and it’s a delightful story about Blank, an unpainted Vinylmation (Disney collectible), who goes on an epic journey […]

How to Easily Make Several Colors of Play Dough


My kids love playing with play dough, but for a long time I would make only one color at a time. Then I realized that I could easily make several colors of play dough at a time – by making an entire batch of play dough and adding color as you cook a little bit […]

Loom Band Literacy

loom band literacy

Have your kids joined the loom band craze yet? My kids had to wait until 2014 to get their looms and bands, so we were a little late joining this trend, but seven-year-old Emma, six-year-old Johnny, and four-year-old Lily all enjoy making loom band bracelets! We also recently found another use or our loom boards: […]

Creative Preschool Sensory Play with Ice Balls


This post contains Amazon affiliate links to items we used for this creative preschool sensory play setup. If you purchase anything through these links, we may earn a small commission. This does not affect the price of the item for you. Thank you for supporting this blog! Four-year-old Lily adores sensory play, so I am […]

Cardboard Crafting for Kids: Cardboard Robot


Meet Robota! Seven-year-old Emma designed this cardboard robot on her own. You may recognize the string of IKEA battery-operated lights that LiEr (if you haven’t seen her blog, drop by immediately, it’s awesome!) sent us that we used to create our cardboard space shuttle with a couple years ago. Add in a nose from our […]

Fabric Crafting for Kids

Kids love fabric, and it makes an excellent craft medium – and you can get them started with a few scraps – you may recognize most of the ones in the bin above from Johnny’s king costume and the girls’ butterfly costumes! Four-year-old Lily plays with this little bin of scraps several times a week […]

Crafting while Traveling with Pom Tree Kids

My kids love crafts, so when I knew we would be living out of suitcases for a few months this summer, I was a little worried. It’s harder to be creative when you aren’t at home! Happily, we got super lucky: we were sent a bunch of Pom Tree Kids kits to try out in […]

The Importance of Creative Play

Creative play is, in my opinion, one of the main reasons that children need to have unstructured time built into their days. I would actually argue that everyone should have unstructured time built into their days, but children need it the most! When my kids (aged 7, 5, 4, and 1) are left to devise […]

Studying Rocks

I know that seven-year-old Emma has especially enjoyed a lesson at school when she comes home and repeats it for her younger brothers and sister! On Friday, she created an afterschool activity for five-year-old Johnny and four-year-old Lily all about studying rocks – washing them, and classifying them based on different characteristics. Since Emma only […]

Creative Play With Sidewalk Chalk

I’m a lifelong fan of Crayola, so when they offered me a chance to run a review and giveaway of their new washable sidewalk chalk and some new Color Wonder products I was happy to say yes! My kids play with chalk all the time, and so I think a washable version is an EXCELLENT […]