Simple Fishing Game

admin / February 27, 2017

So we made some bow and arrows the other day which you can read about here.   After awhile of shooting arrows, the children took the bows apart and started using them as batons pretending to march in parades and do dance moves.  I love when toys take on new roles.  Well, this morning the toy became a fishing rod.  They…

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My Love Hate Relationship with Pinterest

admin / February 24, 2017

Dear Pinterest,Hello, my name is Margaret Rice and I am addicted to Pinterest.  I admit it – it is my television.  I love scanning and checking out all the activity suggestions.  I have been doing it since Pinterest started.  I have to admit though I am getting a little sick of all the perfect pictures. Can we please get realistic…

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10 Nature Challenges for Your Family

admin / February 21, 2017

Here are 10 ideas to get your creative juices flowing to head outdoors!1.  Go on One Hike:  Head outdoors for at least one hike.  I love hiking with the family as long as we pick appropriate trails.  I like well marked, short jaunts (maximum 2 miles round trip) that are not too hilly.  For me, I do not like any…

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3 Reasons Why Kids NEED to Play

admin / February 17, 2017

There was an excellent article posted on nprEd entitled What Kids Need From Grown-Ups (But Aren’t Getting).  The article is a summary of a conversation with Erika Christakis the author of the book The Importance of Being Little.   Here are a few of my favorite points:1.  “I think the No. 1 thing is for kids to have a chance to play, to…

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Birthday Claycakes

admin / February 14, 2017

Children love to play pretend birthday party.  To start off this pretend party we needed to make the birthday “cupcakes”.  I set out a tray with some play dough, cut up straws, beads, cotton balls and cupcake liners.  After rolling the cupcakes into balls, we placed them into the cupcake liners and they were ready to decorate.  The beads became…

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Playing Cards in the Bathroom? It works!

admin / February 10, 2017

As you can see from the lack of blog posts I am having trouble making the time to write.  With children life can be very hectic at times as most of you know.  Between work, after school schedules and a little one each day seems to fly by and the Christmas season is making it pass even quicker.    Lately,…

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What Looks Like More Fun?

admin / February 4, 2017

What do you think looks like more fun?  Choice A or choice B?  Question #2 is what do you think your children will remember when they get older?  Choice A or choice B?I find it sad when I see children all circled around a smartphone or even worse every child just staring at their own cell phone.  Kids, including teenagers,…

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10 Crazy Artwork Ideas

admin / February 1, 2017

Are your kids getting tired of the same old artwork or craft ideas?  Give them a challenge – what is the strangest way to create artwork besides the usual drawing with a pencil or painting with a paintbrush?  Warning:  this may get a little messy! Here are some suggestions to get their creative juices going:1.  Head outdoors and paint with a…

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