Hello, Friends! When you think about time spent by a bright blue sea, you might daydream about a cool ocean breeze, playtime in the surf, tide pools exploration, or sand castles! But that vast expanse of water is also filled with shapes and numbers. Here are THREE fun and easy ways to bring those math… Read more »Read More
Make This! A Growing, Slithering Sea Snake of Book Covers (perfect for visually punctuating your reading adventures!)
Oh, Friends! Things are about to get really special. Today’s installment of our ocean-themed, summer reading project has it all! Think picture books + miniature book covers + art + story time for the win. (If this is your first visit here, Welcome! And it’s not too late to dive in. I’ve got all the… Read more »Read More
It’s December 1st! Time for the Best Bookish Countdown to Christmas EVER!
Cape Elizabeth, Maine – It hasn’t felt much like winter around here… until TODAY! The cold weather and the date on the calendar are a double whammy that will have me up to my eyeballs in wrapping paper for most of the day. It’s day one of our unwrap-a-book-a-night-countdown-to-Christmas. To get ready, I’m wrapping up… Read more »Read More
Boredom Buster: Window Paint
Portland, Maine – Want a colorful way to drive boredom from your house? We do! And, to tell you the truth, with the bitter arctic cold we’ve experienced this winter, I’m taking every chance I get to change our perspective on spending another day inside. All you need is some paint, freezer bags and tape. I… Read more »Read More
Finding Science in Snowflakes
Portland, Maine – This winter has brought some fantastic snowfall. And more is coming! But I must confess, we’ve gone sledding, snowman building, snow angel making, and even thought about building an igloo. But even with all of this snow, we never actually looked at it. I mean really looked at it. But this book changed that. The… Read more »Read More
Valentine Craft that’s Fun, Easy and (dare I say it) Even Pretty!
Time to dig through your recycling bin. This craft is easily made with bits of tissue paper, cardboard, ribbon, paint, and glue. Grab your munchkins and you’ll have this Valentine decor ready to display in no time at all. Paint your hearts. We cut ours out of cardboard boxes. Cereal boxes will work well, too…. Read more »Read More
In the Kitchen: Granola Bar Recipe
I never thought I’d be a stay-at-home wife or mom. I’m a journalist. It’s all I knew. And never ever did I think I’d be the sort of wife who would send her husband to work with home-baked goods. In fact my career-driven inner 25-year-old is vomiting at the mere mention of such an eventuality…. Read more »Read More
Tonight’s the Night! (and tomorrow night too)
The Perseid Meteor Shower peaks tonight and tomorrow night (August 11-12). Tonight, I am going to repeat one of the most FUN things I’ve ever done as a mom. And you can too. Wake your munchkin up in the middle of the night and take that shocked little pumpkin outside to watch meteors streak across… Read more »Read More
Maine Fairies Beckon our Little Architechts
Mackworth Island, Falmouth, Maine – The children of Maine are working children. The girls and boys don’t work for money or food. They are an altruistic bunch and work for the joyful satisfaction of a putting a roof over the heads of Maine’s tiniest inhabitants… the Fairies. When first light appears, the fairies wake. They take… Read more »Read More
Got Cooperation? Here’s where to find it!
Washington, D.C. – Every children’s museum needs one of these! It’s an igloo building activity. And the best part about it? Your child CANNOT build it without the help of other children. It’s impossible to do ALONE. And it’s incredible when built TOGETHER! As any mother of a preschooler knows… this concept is HUGE! (and… Read more »Read More