Category: things to do

Parenting Simply: Going for Gold

Parenting Simply: Going for Gold

[ 0 ] August 6, 2012 |

During a recent visit with their grandparents, my daughters had a blast running, jumping, crawling, and splashing their way through a backyard obstacle course. It was so simple to create, and it kept children and adults playing- and laughing- together for hours.

We created the course with things we had around the house, and set up toys as challenges along the course.

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Watching the Olympics With Kids

Watching the Olympics With Kids

[ 0 ] July 27, 2012 |

The 2012 Summer Olympics start this evening, July 27th with the opening ceremonies and finishes with the closing ceremonies on Sunday, August 12th. It’s easy these days to stay connected to the Olympics using Social Media and watch your favorite sports and follow athlete highlights at your convenience. Check the guide below to find the best Olympics sites for families.

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Family Matters: 10 Ways Kids Can Play All by Themselves

Family Matters: 10 Ways Kids Can Play All by Themselves

[ 0 ] July 27, 2012 |

Having some free time without friends or siblings to play with and time away from digital devices provides can children an opportunity to play solo and have fun while trying something new without the fear of what others may think of their skills or time to play at their own pace. Here’s a list of 10 ways for kids to play from Kids Health.

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Kidoinfo Storytime Book List from Alison Paul: Stop, Drop, and Read!

Kidoinfo Storytime Book List from Alison Paul: Stop, Drop, and Read!

[ 0 ] July 25, 2012 |

Looking for good books to share with your children? Kidoinfo partners with Greater Kennedy Plaza to create Kidoinfo Providence Storytime every Thursday during the summer in Burnside Park. Here’s what Rhode Island author/illustrator Alison Paul read on June 28, 2012.

Special Safety Theme Day: Stop, Drop, and Read. Alison Paul’s book selection.

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camp tinker: easy peasy summer craft projects

camp tinker: easy peasy summer craft projects

[ 1 ] July 23, 2012 |

Elyse is always full of fabulous clever crafty ideas. This summer, she created Camp Tinker – a series of projects you can do with (or without) your children. – Anisa

As you probably know, I enjoy putting a shabby-style spin on simple craft projects. This summer while between book deadlines, I thought my blog would be the perfect sunny location to try out some ideas.

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Kidoinfo Storytime Book List from Alison Paul and Jen Corace

Kidoinfo Storytime Book List from Alison Paul and Jen Corace

[ 0 ] July 19, 2012 |

Looking for good books to share with your children? Kidoinfo partners with Greater Kennedy Plaza to create Kidoinfo Providence Storytime every Thursday during the summer in Burnside Park. Here’s what Rhode Island illustrator Jen Corace and author/illustrator Alison Paul read on July 12, 2012.

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Bri Johnson’s Secret Reading List for Tweens and Teens

Bri Johnson’s Secret Reading List for Tweens and Teens

[ 4 ] July 18, 2012 |

We’re familiar with the current, most popular books for American tweens and teens (Twilight, The Hunger Games, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and The Lightning Thief, for example). This summer, discover some lesser-known titles — true stories hiding deep in the nonfiction stacks, and old favorites passed over for the latest craze.

For readers interested in the turbulent lives of literary trailblazers: Your Own, Sylvia: A Verse Portrait of Sylvia Plath, by Stephanie Hemphill

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Get Out and Play!

Get Out and Play!

[ 0 ] July 2, 2012 |

Unstructured, freely chosen play promotes children’s healthy growth and development, but many kids don’t get enough free play, especially outdoors. The warm summer months invite kids to indulge in more carefree, active, outdoor play that is not as available during the school year. This summer, Providence Children’s Museum offers an array of powerful outdoor play experiences on its grounds and well beyond.

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Today is Mud Day: Let’s celebrate!

Today is Mud Day: Let’s celebrate!

[ 0 ] June 29, 2012 |

I’m going to take a wild guess here and bet that many of you don’t know that today, Friday, June 29, is International Mud Day.

No, seriously – it is!

In my humble opinion, it’s a genius idea. I mean, what better way to celebrate and experience the great outdoors than to get really dirty? Like, clothes-plastered-to-your-body, hair-caked-with-mud dirty. If you can let go of the clean-up anxiety that I admit is furiously coursing through this type-A mama’s blood, your kids will thank you for it. I promise! I’m reminded of my participation in the infamous mud slide incident on the “beach” (i.e. grassy field) at University of Delaware in spring of 1992… Boy, that was a LOT of fun!

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Rethinking Recycling

Rethinking Recycling

[ 0 ] June 26, 2012 |

Recycling in Rhode Island has recently changed to encourage more people to recycle, and so that we’ll recycle more than ever before. We can now recycle additional plastics – jars, tubs, yogurt and take-out containers, egg cartons and those ubiquitous plastic cups. All plastic containers up to two gallons can be recycled, regardless of the number in the recycling symbol, and we no longer need to separate our recyclables. (See www.RecycleTogetherRI.org for complete details on recycling changes.)

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