Being recent East Bay transplants via Los Angeles we find ourselves making tons of road trips down south to visit our dearly missed friends and relatives. With our two kids in tow for the long (boring) haul up the good ol' 5 freeway it's really easy to fall into the electronic trap.
Yup, the Vancouver Olympic Games open this Friday with promises of a spectacular ceremony. We've made it a tradition to gear up for the games by having a small-scale opening ceremonies watching party. As the event unfolds we wait and watch with excitement for our favorite parts, the parade of athletes (my son hopes to spy Shaun White) and lighting of the torch.
My 3 year old daughter fancies herself a chalk artist of the sidewalk variety. And although she has this fabulous double-sided easel she prefers sketching on the ground. Unfortunately, the rainy weather has kept her from Mary Poppins-ing the heck out of our sidewalk.
We love kindie rockers Gustafer Yellowgold. Their music delivers the goods on so many levels and on stage they are a whole 'nother level of awesomeness...A musical experience parents can truly enjoy along with their children. And the best news is they are coming back to the West Coast!
Uber-talented, super crafty mama Chey Townsend, the woman responsible for this recon tot dress from men's shirt tutorial (awesome) has shared with Otterhop a fun Valentine's Day banner to make with your toddlers. She came up with the idea when she saw a banner her friend's kids had put together using a kit purchased at a chain store and immediately got to work on a homemade version to do with her own kids.
I'm loving Nuno Life's feline inspired bag and pouch tutorials. Both are written with straight forward step-by-step directions accompanied by pictures these kitties are too simple to resist. Runo has included printable patterns for the bag and pouch. What more do you need?
When my 10 year old son came home from school upset over being teased about his Batman backpack I realized I was now dealing with a full-fledged tween. I couldn't believe the kid who loved to dance down the street any time it rained belting out a chorus of "Singing in the Rain" spinning his Buzz Lightyear umbrella and twirling around posts would now be embarrassed by sporting a pack featuring the superhero he worshipped.
We've talked about Make and Takes' genius velcro ball and glove catch game before which we love, love, love. Marie LeBaron is sharing more velcro-catchy goodness by offering a new twist to her original idea.
We don't get much snow where we live so we rely on books, videos and the occasional road trip to explain what isn't a fact of our geographical lives.
Check out my Instructable for a sweet snowman toddler art project to accompany a lesson on snow. It's simple and cheap and it gives those fine motor skills a workout. It also doubles as a yummy snack and lends itself to all sorts of extension activities (which are shared in my Instructable). And did I mention it's uber-uber-fun?
As with many parts of this fine country, the weather has got me singing to "But baby it's cold outside" to my very restless 3 year old daughter. It's simply unacceptable to her that she can't have what she wants (outdoor fun). She's stir crazy which means I'm also stir crazy.