Making costumes is easier than you think. Rather than buying pre-made costumes, my family prefers making our own. My children are part of the creative process, often selecting characters from their favorite storybook or film. Over the years, I have shared some of our simple costume creations on Kidoinfo showing how you do not have […]
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Seems obvious that kids of all ages need time to play. But how and when kids play seems to be at risk these days because of how it is defined and interpreted, growing use of media and the increasing pressures at home or in school to allot for kids time every moment of the day. I am an advocate for real unstructured “play” time at home and at school.
Making stamps out of potatoes is a cool activity for children – and a great way to introduce them to the craft of stamping and printmaking. Depending on the paint or ink used, potatoes can be stamped onto paper, wood or fabric. We made a paper Halloween Banner but kids can also make greeting cards, decorate a t-shirt or personalize their own napkins with potato stamping!
I just finished reading Wonderstruck, written and illustrated by Brian Selznick. This awe-inspiring novel—alternating pages with only words with picture-only pages—tells the story of a young boy named Ben in 1977 and a young deaf girl, Rose living in 1927. Both flee to New York City in search of answers and a sense of belonging. […]
You do not have to be an uber crafter to get in the Halloween mood. There are plenty of ways to get crafty with kids—some ideas require a bit more planning or set up (making shadow puppets) and other projects (drawing on pumpkins with markers) are perfect if you are short on time or would rather not make a mess.
Now that it’s fall, our family welcomes the change of season and we look forward to carrying on traditions that celebrate autumn, the natural colors and the holidays including trips to favorite spots, foods made from local harvests, and activities rooted in fall.
Traditions connect our children with our personal and cultural history and form the memories they will later share with their friends and families. Stemming from religion, birthplace, seasons, or revolving around a treasured activity or possession, as parents we decide how to carry on, blend or create new traditions. They may be small or grand but it is the repetition and memories around the ritual that make them meaningful to us.
Apple picking is one of our favorite fall traditions. We spend time together outdoors as a family, support local farmers, and learn about how and where real apples grow.
We often combine our trip with a tailgate picnic lunch at the orchard or snack at a nearby café. Once home from apple picking, we sort our bounty; setting aside smaller apples for the lunch box and selecting larger or slightly bruised apples for cooking.
By Megan Fischer, Director of Communications, Providence Children’s Museum Providence Children’s Museum is a proud new member of Let’s Move! a comprehensive national initiative launched by First Lady Michelle Obama that is dedicated to solving the problem of childhood obesity within a generation by encouraging healthy eating and physical activity. Active play is an important […]
Many people across the state are without power and dealing with down trees. The neighborly thing to do is to help however possible: Check on your neighbors, share food, and take turns watching each others children while families are cleaning up.
For some of us the start of the school has been delayed a day while others still go back the old-fashioned way—after Labor Day.
To enjoy the last days of summer, I have made a list of things to do with your kids to make the transition fun and a little easier. Drive carefully and best to call first to make sure places are open and ready for business.
1. Go to your favorite ice cream place.
Any pile of sand can be magically transformed to castle status with the addition of a small flag. Make a bunch and pack them in your beach bag to add pops of color to your day in the sun.
Materials: Waterproof material such as a shopping bag or oil cloth, Wooden toothpicks, Glue stick, and Sharp scissors