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Art School | The Story of My Life

Monday, September 14th, 2015

Love this project that lets kids tell the story of their lives

Time is such a funny thing for kids to wrap their heads around. As kids get older they learn about sequencing and chronology. The elementary school years offer wonderful opportunities for this idea to be reinforced. What happens first, next, and last? Today, we have a fun timeline project that helps kids look back at their life and put events in order.

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Leprechaun Treasure Box for St. Patrick’s Day

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

printable template for leprechaun treasure boxes

That squirrelly leprechaun. He rearranges our shoes, turns things upside down, and has even been known to leave rainbow colored treats around the house. Unlike Santa or the Easter Bunny, the leprechaun is full of mischief and unpredictability. What’s he going to do this year? (more…)

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Family to Family Service – Food Pantry Meals + Printable Recipes

Monday, January 19th, 2015

Help other families while cultivating your child's spirit of generosity by assembling food pantry meals. Free printable recipes included.

Have you seen those images on Pinterest that give you the top five ways to raise generous children? They get me every time. I think I’ve pinned them all. I mean, who doesn’t want generous children?

From my deep and extensive pin research as well as my own decade of experience as a parent, I think the concept (the reality may be different) boils down to two factors: the exposure to those different from us, as well as those distinctly in need, paired with the actual doing of generosity. Like any skill, giving of ourselves and volunteering takes repetition and practice in order to evolve.

What are the most effective ways to serve those in need? I asked some friends who run local community service organizations for some ways children can make a meaningful contribution to the poor in our community. Anne Watson, Executive Director St. Vincent de Paul Society, suggested donating items to a food pantry. (more…)

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The Great Pumpkin Round Up!

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

creative ways to decorate your pumpkins this year

Pumpkins are the quintessential object of fall and Halloween. Thanks to the ingenuity of makers across the world, pumpkins are more than just carved jack o’lanterns for the season, and they’ve become regular masterpieces. (more…)

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Leaf Hunt Wreath

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

leaf hunt wreath by pars caeli for classic play

Fall is here! And, since it is my favorite time of the year, I find even the simplest pleasures of the season a real delight. Back to school has been (a mostly positive) transition for all of us, and, with homework and tired bodies, my kids and I are missing the fun of digging into a project together. Our shared time is so precious, and I want to make the most of it. Today I’m sharing a simple project to do with your kids (that we did) that can stretch out to a few moments every day over the span of a week, with small accomplishments and projects each day.

First Adventure – take your kids on a leaf hunt (more…)

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Family Ties | A Puppet Theater on the Fly

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

quick on-the-fly puppet theater for summer fun

Summer is upon us, and my children have been home for one week already, and they are ready to be entertained! We decided, or, I decided, ahem, that they were ready to be their own entertainers this week. To bring that reality to life, we whipped up a super fast puppet theater and show that added a lot of laughs and drama (only the best kind) to our afternoons.

My summers as a child included a lot of time creating paper bag puppets and sock puppets, with my older brother and sister, weaving our stories through these characters. My mom is a master seamstress, and she always had fabric scraps sitting around, just waiting to be made into something new. My house is now full of its own set of possibilities – leftovers from art and craft projects – that are prime ingredients for a classic homemade puppet show. You can find materials all over your house, too, I’m sure. Check the recycling bin when in doubt. (more…)

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Family Ties | Paper Daffodil Wreath

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

paper daffodil wreath

Happy Spring! I don’t know what’s been going on around your house lately, but around these parts, we are itching for warmth and sunshine, and we’ve self-diagnosed a bad case of spring fever. With snow still on the ground and temperatures continuing to dip below freezing, we’ve had to create our own ways of welcoming the new season.

And few things say welcome spring then the loveliness of glorious bulbs! And though our real versions of these beauties have yet to break through the ground, we decided we could pretend with some paper flowers to add color.

My children and I made these easy paper daffodils from some white and yellow paper, cotton swabs, and yellow food coloring. Let me take you through these simple steps so you can fool yourself into the joy of spring, too. (more…)

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Family Ties | Best Board + Card Games for Family Game Night

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

the best games for family game night

Monopoly all-nighters. Ever experienced one of these? Or how about a Monopoly weekend? Yes, to both of those for me. My brother, 8 years older than I, was so gracious to indulge me in these antics. I grew up with a team of game lovers (or maybe I should say two teams because we can be fierce competitors with one another as well). I remember thinking during my first pregnancy with our oldest that I couldn’t wait to play board games with him/her! That’s what parenting is all about, right? Now, I snicker.

Fun around the table or on the floor with games doesn’t have to take all night. So many wonderful games can be played in less than 15 minutes with the same sense of fun (or maybe more?) then Monopoly marathons. Engaging with your children in good humored, silliness is the stuff of great memories. And learning how to be both a gracious winner and loser takes some practice. (more…)

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