A Puzzler

Our voyage has taken us deep into Space by now. In addition to exploring the solar system through crafts, books, and science experiments… there is also play. This one is for my friends with craft aversions. No glue, tissue paper, paper plates or construction paper were used in the making of this post! I found … Continue reading

A Toddler Date Under the Stars… @ 3AM!

I’ve warned you about how my brain works… that out of the many voices talking in my head (sometimes to each other) not a one of them ever suggests I quit while I’m ahead or just let it be enough. And so in that fine setting, the thought started, “If I am going to teach … Continue reading

Fly Me to the Moon!

Want your pumpkins occupied for the morning or afternoon? Send them straight to the moon. This lunar themed sensory bin is the ticket for space exploration! Your roasting pan will be home to a load of silky “moon sand”, space toys and small containers for sand molding. Here’s the step by step. SUPPLIES: Flour (10 … Continue reading

3-2-1 Blast Off!

Want an exciting way to teach your pre-schooler to count backwards? Watch video of Space Shuttle launches. This is how we are starting our day, by watching Discovery launch over and over again… and counting along! With the launch looped in the background, we embark on making our very own Space Shuttle, using a paper … Continue reading

The Days You Just Say UGGH!

Ever spend an ENTIRE day doling out discipline? I mean the whole day; to the point that you can actually feel your brain cells give up, surrender, and die? @&!#%^! So instead of writing a blog post last night, I had a nice cold beer. Cheers! Anna P.S. We’ll be back in the game tomorrow. … Continue reading

Letters in Space

Now that we have our brilliant night sky, time to fill it up with space words, images and letters! We are starting the letter ‘A.’ ‘A’ is for Alien!!!! I love him so much, we made three more. And stuck them on Mars as… drumroll please… Martians. No brainer. A is for asteroid… We simply … Continue reading

DIY Curiosity Rover!

Did you watch the coverage of the Curiosity Rover landing on Mars? What a thrill! While the world saw a marvel of modern engineering, I saw that and something else! I saw two paper plates, an apple sauce cup, string, and tissue paper. Yes, this is what I’ve become. But I’m very cool (at least … Continue reading

In a Bonus Room Far Far Away…

‘M’ is for Mars! We are taking our cues from the  Mars Curiosity Rover and spending the rest of August exploring Space! The images and information coming from the Red Planet will play a big part (Twitter handle @MarsCuriosity .) NASA does a fantastic job explaining their work in terms that I understand and Crowley gets … Continue reading

Toddler + Arrow + Target = Fun

Perhaps ‘toddler’ isn’t the first word that comes to mind when you think of archery. But today’s Olympic activity has me convinced otherwise!  I found this idea on Toddler Approved and knew it would be a hit at my house. SUPPLIES: 1. Paper 2. Coloring implement of your choice 3. Paint 4. BBQ Skewer 5. … Continue reading

A Lantern to Light your Path

It is a long road to the Olympics. It’ll be easier to navigate with a lantern to light your path. So we are making a Chinese paper lantern and taking this opportunity to learn about another country participating in the games. To make one lantern takes about five minutes so this is a great project … Continue reading

Our Own DIY Construction Site

Our Olympic love-fest continues. Yesterday we showed some love for London’s construction of the Olympic village and other venues with our “If You Build It…” post. Today we are making our own construction site! I first saw this idea on the blog Happy Hooligans and was waiting for a chance to plug this sensory bin … Continue reading

If You Build it…

When I am not beside myself with nerves for the athletes… and their mothers, I am marveling with pure wonder at how beautiful London looks and what a lovely Olympics this has been so far. Sneaking sand volleyball into one of the most formal locations on earth is a stunning move! Here’s a quote from the … Continue reading

DIY Olympic Rings

Ever notice when you go to buy paper plates for a craft project, they come in a stack of (what seems like) one million? Here’s a way to use up 6 six of them! Fun and simple Olympic rings, just in time for the opening ceremonies. WHAT YOU NEED: Paper plates (6) Paint (or crayons … Continue reading