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Building a Bird’s Nest : Outdoors in April

Henry and I have been talking about making a bird’s nest for a couple weeks now. This week it finally got warm enough to spend the entire morning or afternoon (or both!) outdoors. To make our bird’s nest, Henry and I headed outside to gather our materials for the nest: small sticks, leaves, dead grass I […]

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Painting with Balls : Guest Post by QuirkyMomma

I am so excited to have my first guest blogger on hands on : as we grow  to be Rachel from QuirkyMomma. She’s a mom of 4, looking to adopt another, and has lots fun learning activities for kids. Rachel is full of all sorts of ideas for every child. Not just the boys. Not just […]

Cupcake Masterpieces by the Future Baker

I had some work to get done at the Bakery this morning, Henry tagged along. [That’s something new for me.  Henry tags along with Dad to work at the Bakery quite often. But never with me.] I wasn’t sure how it’d go. Then I thought maybe he could make his own cupcakes while I’m decorating […]

Shaving Cream Eggs for Easter Tree

A messy messy activity ending with a beautiful craft for Easter Start by adding shaving cream to a pan. [Henry had troubles pushing it hard enough to make it come out.] Add food coloring. Swirl the colors around. Swirl some more [and end up with a not so pretty color] Build towers. Add utensils. [Henry […]

Food Tracks & Layered Play Dough

Making tracks with trucks and tractors in Play Doh is nothing new in this house. Instead of vehicles, today we tried food!   [play food] Craters made from grapes! Corn on the Cob made nice rows. And a fork? It makes for a great tool to tear it all up!  While Henry was exploring the […]

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Balloon Art

In continuing with our balloon extravaganza : we painted balloons today. We painted them two ways : [1] paint before blowing up the balloons [2] paint blown up balloons I liked painting the balloons beforehand the best. It had a sense of mystery. What will this look like when it gets big?     Henry wasn’t as […]

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Balloon Badminton Activity for Kids

What can you do with a couple of balloons? [Ideas are welcome!] Not to worry – I’ve put together a list of 30 things to do with balloons! A favorite of ours is balloon badminton! I blew up a couple balloons and the first thing we did was:play Balloon Badminton! I put together two rackets […]

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Henry vs George [0-6 months]

<align=left> I thought it would be a great way to capture the memories of the boys by putting them side by side. I do not mean to compare my children and say one is better than the other. But who doesn’t look back at what their first child did when their second child just did […]

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Box Flap Bridges & an Experiment

I think I can now be certified as a civil engineer. What? Experience would be needed? My Experience: ABC Mat Road Bubble Pop Road and the latest: Box Flap Bridges I had a ton of box flaps that I cut off from a previous road project. [Ha, more experience!] This time I thought some bridges would be fun […]

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Toddler Talk : Helping

The one thing that lets me have some sort of order in this house, and keeps me sane, is that Henry loves to help me clean and do my regular household work. Dust mopping the wood floors has become a weekly necessity and this is Henry’s favorite! I shortened a Swiffer mop by taking out a couple […]