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Family Matters: Easy Fall Craft Projects for Kids

Family Matters: Easy Fall Craft Projects for Kids

[ 0 ] November 14, 2012 |

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 finished crafts, these activities are as much or more about the process, the outdoor adventure and collecting the materials. Plan a walk and bring a bag to hold natural items along the way. Making art with kids can lead to unexpected discoveries and detours. If you want perfection, craft your own piece alongside or after the kids are asleep.

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Build a Cardboard Castle

Build a Cardboard Castle

[ 0 ] November 12, 2012 |

This is a great rainy day project, if you have already collected some toilet paper and paper towel rolls and various small cardboard boxes.

Most of the cardboard is thin enough for a child to cut. I dismantled all the boxes and turned them inside out to hide the labels, but I think a colorful castle would be nice, too. See the little round tower on the corner? That is called a bartizan. We cut slits in a toilet paper roll to stick it onto the wall. The skinny white tower to the left is a garderobe….a latrine. It hangs over the outside wall and empties into the moat, or in this case, into the lake. The tall towers have merlons, (square blocks which defenders could hide behind,) and crenels, the spaces in between, for shooting at the enemy.

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Introducing ThinkSpace

Introducing ThinkSpace

[ 0 ] November 9, 2012 |

ThinkSpace, a major new exhibit exploring spatial thinking, opens at Providence Children’s Museum on November 10, 2012! This dynamic environment invites visitors to experiment with shape and space through engaging hands-on puzzles, challenges, building activities and more. Why spatial thinking? Robin Meisner, Director of Exhibits, Providence Children’s Museum shares the big idea behind the exhibit’s topic.

Spatial thinking is integral to everyday life and is necessary to navigate, explore and survive in the world. People think spatially all the time – when tying shoes, reading maps, finding the way to school or work, building snowmen, doing jigsaw puzzles, designing costumes, climbing trees or slicing pizza. Spatial thinkers are engineers planning bridges, pilots flying airplanes, doctors reading x-rays, electricians wiring houses, meteorologists predicting weather, bakers decorating cakes, geologists studying fossils and trapeze artists flying through the air. Kids are spatial thinkers, too!

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Neighborhood Safety Tips for Parents

Neighborhood Safety Tips for Parents
[ 0 ] April 9, 2014 |
Smart advice and a useful reminder from my sons’ PTO this week: With warm weather arriving, here are steps you can take to help keep… more

crafts

School Vacation Week – Fun activities!

School Vacation Week – Fun activities!
[ 0 ] April 16, 2014 |
Happy Spring! April Vacation Week is already here.  Here are a few easy activities for you and your school vacationing clan to check out.… more

food

Great Cookbooks for Families: Oh She Glows

Great Cookbooks for Families: Oh She Glows
[ 0 ] April 13, 2014 |
The Oh She Glows Cookbook snapped me simultaneously out of both cookbook malaise syndrome and late winter gloom-funk. It’s Angela… more

home work balance

Home Work: Susan Pascale-Frechette

Home Work: Susan Pascale-Frechette
[ 1 ] March 12, 2014 |
Today we introduce Susan Pascale-Frechette, owner of Pods Swimming. Pods swimming is a Providence Area swim school for children aged 2… more

things to do

Going to the movies!

Going to the movies!
[ 0 ] April 16, 2014 |
For the past two years, Flack and I have taken the long drive up to Toronto, Canada to attend the TIFF Kids film festival to find films for… more

child development

Parenting Matters Workshop

Parenting Matters Workshop
[ 0 ] March 17, 2014 |
On Saturday March 22nd, Bradley Hospital hosts the annual Parenting Matters conference.  This conference is intended for anyone who raises… more