The Winter Solstice beckons this coming Sunday, December 21st, marking the shortest day and longest night of the year. ‘Midwinter’ is a wonderful time to look deeply at small things, retune to natural cycles and to welcome light into your home and family. There is a reason it occurs close to other seasonal celebrations. It is […]
If your house is anything like ours, decorations of a seasonal nature are fairly low key this year. A combination of a tornado-like toddler and a bustling schedule have meant that yet again all good intentions to create something crafty, have fallen by the wayside. I really wanted to try a few, easy crafty creations with […]
Our DIY Word Advent Calendar has become one of my family’s favorite holiday traditions. I made the envelopes ages ago and now only swap out the words every couple of years to keep up with the my boys’ growing vocabulary. Although I’m reusing our word calendar, there are so many other Advent options out there. […]
First published in 2007, but still one of my favorite Kidoinfo projects and love seeing how others have adapted it over the yeas. This project has become a Thanksgiving tradition in our house. It’s a way to celebrate fall and remind us of the many relatives and friends we have to be thankful for. This […]
Time to replace the Halloween decorations with some more natural DIY crafts. We like to celebrate fall by making crafts that remind us of the season’s colors, shapes and textures or using natural materials found on our outdoor hikes. Many of these projects are simple and need little advanced planning. Although I show samples of […]
Happy Spring! April Vacation Week is already here. Â Here are a few easy activities for you and your school vacationing clan to check out. 1. Visit the bluebells in Swan Point Woods, Providence.Â If you head into in these magical woods you will find the most wonderful and secret (Ssh!) glen of bluebells.Â To get […]
We have decided to celebrate the magic of snow (and lack of the white stuff in the northeast) by hosting a Snow Party – complete with stories, crafts, science experiments and snacks. Followed by a trip outdoors in real snow if the temperatures drop and the rain changes to snow.
Read “Snowflake Bentley” (Caldecott Medal Book) by Jacqueline Briggs, illustrated by Martin Mary Azarian. This is the true story of Wilson Bentley, a farmer born in 1865 in Jericho, Vermont, a small town between Lake Champlain and Mount Mansfield. The story shows Bentleyâ€™s fascination, determination, and success in learning how to photograph snowflakes after his mother gave him a microscope when he was fifteen. Beautiful, bold woodcut illustrations.
As the flurry of December days rush by at a terrific pace, you may be like our family and still have many gifts still to buy. Â You see shopping is not one of our favorite sports and neither is spending stacks of money. Thinking up a frugal and exciting alternative to socks while possessing minimal […]