A DIY Ocean to Play In!

After weeks of oppressive heat, the rain is here. Great for our pitiful looking flowers. Bad for dispensing of a certain 3-year-old’s energy. It’s time to distract and engage him. At least I can wear out that active little brain! So, we are going to make a very cool ocean sensory bin. This “sensory bin” … Continue reading

Piratey Sails for our Ship

A great looking pirate ship needs great looking sails. And by great looking sails, I mean worn, torn and a little haggard… proof that they have, indeed, sailed the seven seas! TO THE LINEN CLOSET! I don’t know about you, but while we have a king size bed, we do not have king size pillows … Continue reading

A Manly Swashbuckler Needs a Feathered Hat

It seemed like such a simple plan. Cut two pirate hat shapes out of craft foam. Glue together. Decorate. Wear. All went beautifully until we got to the ‘wear’ part. It ripped. Immediately. The satisfaction of Crowley stenciling the Jolly Roger on the front of that hat was gone. Ugh. Ugh. And ugh. So it … Continue reading

Are You Hooked?

Your little pirate has an eye patch and a spyglass, now we need a hook for the hand! Here’s an easy way to make one in about 15 minutes! You Need: Red solo cup Red duct tape Aluminum foil Instructions: STEP ONE: – ADULT ONLY – using sharp end of scizzors cut a hole in … Continue reading

A Quick Pirate Eye Patch

We call my dad, Jerrypedia… because his name is Jerry and he’s like Wikipedia but more accurate. He’s a walking, talking encyclopedia. At all times, we are ONE phone call away from anything we need to know. Lost on a highway? No problem. See a bird and want to know which type it is? No … Continue reading

Message in a bottle… or maybe an ocean

This is a fun summer project to bring out the scientist in your munchkin!  What better way to understand what a wave looks like and how it moves than to create one yourself… in a bottle. And the best part is your toddler is perfectly capable of doing a lot of the work (as long … Continue reading

Which Number Comes After Three?

One of our goals this summer is to work on counting, numbers and shapes. And here’s the truth about journalists… at least in TV News… Great with words. Numbers, not so much. So, as a former reporter, I really have to focus on making numbers a bigger part of our conversation and summer exploration. I … Continue reading

Toddlers, Leatherbacks and Loggerheads

It only took a couple of minutes of watching this night-time video of baby sea turtles hatching… Crowley fell completely in love. And who can blame him? Sea turtles are very special animals. They are also very vulnerable.  The movie, A Turtle’s Tail: Sammy’s Adventure, made that point so well, even featuring time spent in a sea … Continue reading