Perfect for fine motor practice - make an egg carton train!

What Can We Use Egg Cartons For? Make a Train

I’m not crunchy. I’m not green. At least I don’t go completely out of my way to be. But I do every day basic things like recycling, shutting off the lights, and so on… [I've listed out my 9 ways to be Earth Friendly with the Kids.] But my best green living tip? And also […]

9 hands on ways to be earth friendly

9 Hands on Ways to be Earth-Friendly

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” We’ve been reading The Lorax by Dr. Seuss. This book is actually new to me, but I love the message for the boys [and myself!]. Its about how a business comes into a ‘forest’ of Truffala Trees and uses […]

Craft: Upcycled Christmas Trees

  We at Mommy Labs love hoarding junk and then upcycling them into something artful. From disposable glasses to dozens of cardboard boxes, from the tags on new dresses to fabric scraps – there’re very few things that can find their way to trash under our scanner eyes! I’m beyond delighted to share my daughter […]

Winter Craft : Snowman Puppets!

I’m grateful to have such wonderful friends in the blog world to allow me to take a little bit of a break this month to spend more time with my family during the holidays.Today’s post is written and shared by Terri at Creative Family Fun. A fun craft to create with the kids, and play with […]

30 Days to Hands on Play : Play in a Box

DAY 26 CHALLENGE: PLAY IN A BOX DAY 26 CHALLENGE: Spend [at least] 15 minutes playing with, in or around a cardboard box! Let the imaginations of your children decide what it will be today. Add any elements needed to create it. Inspiration: Tinkerlab had a cardboard box challenge last May, you can check out […]

Baby Play : Baby Food Jars

Baby food jars and lids.  Simple entertainment for a baby. And it’s something almost every mom has on hand. Henry asked to get these his ‘grain bins’ back out and George can’t stop playing with them. [Henry hasn't been the happiest about that either.] Ignore the numbers on the jars and lids, those were for […]

Music Art : Tin Can Drums

We’ve been on a tin can binge, so Henry and I had to make these drums from tin cans, too! During my hunt for balloon ideas, I found this tin can drum idea from both Quirky Momma and Mini-Eco. Since Father’s Day is this coming Sunday, and his Dad used to be a drummer, I […]

Make a Tin Can Forest for Outdoor Pretend Play

Henry and I made a real forest with upcycled tin cans, tree branches and a few plants. Henry loves picking up sticks at Grandma’s house. So that’s just what he did. While he added the biggest branches he could find to Grandma’s twig pile, I gathered some small sticks for our project. I snapped the branches to […]

Bridges made with the flaps of cardboard boxes

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 […]