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The GAMES we play … and WHY (part 2)

Previously I posted a list of great “starter” games for kids  … Classic “Board” Games to Play with Three-Year-Olds … and WHY.  Here’s some more for when the other games are mastered!  I would recommend them for children 4 and older

Play Skills for Parents

When teaching a class on play therapy, I teach and quiz my students on basic skills of being a child-centered play therapist.  I also discuss using these same skills with the parents of my children clients to help decrease problematic behaviors

Candy Experiments (aka What to do with ALL that Halloween candy?!?)

So … what to do with ALL that Halloween candy?  I definitely don’t want us eating all of it … therefore, in the name of science we will sacrifice some! This worked especially well because Henry’s awesome kindergarten teacher (Mrs. Walch)

Playing with My Food: Halloween 2011

Along with all the fun projects, I’ve also been playing with my food … Halloween style.  Here’s some fun we’ve had … … just a PBJ on a sandwich thin … with 2 eyes and a mouth! … Halloween cheese and

Special Treats For Extra Special Trick-or-Treaters

With all the great Halloween ideas I am finding this year on blog sites and Pinterest, I found some that I really wanted to do for all my favorite trick-or-treaters. Mummy Bars (Hershey Chocolate Bars wrapped in bandages and given google

Playing with Pumpkins!

I was inspired this year to get lots of smaller pumpkins to decorate a bunch of ways … rather then getting just a couple to carve like we normally do.  Here are some ways we played with our pumpkins this year

the League of Leaf People

I was super excited to do this project as our first with some of the kids in our new neighborhood.  Including us, there are now 8 kids, under 9 years old, living in adjacent houses.  This opportunity of having playmates so

Ghastly Gourd Goblins

I got this idea from a couple of different posts (from mom websites) and “pins” (on Pinterest).  We’ve had tons of fun taking small pumpkins and gourds and turning them into our own little gaggle of goblins.  All it took was

Halloween Reading

One of the areas that I have REALLY been wanting to blog about are children’s books. I LOVE reading to my kids’ … and I never have (and never will) regret the time I spend reading to them. And, since the

The Leaves of Change: Coffee Filter Fall Leaves

We had tons of fun creating this project.  From start to finish we worked on it together … and discussed the changes that were occurring in our life as a family … as well as the changing of the season around

DIY Light Box

I LOVED this simple idea from  light box | happy hooligans, so I had to try it out. My dear hubby found the light (and got 2) on one of his many trips to Home Depot.  And I found a simple plastic

Tried & True: Ants on a Log

It’s simple and yummy … a child snack classic.  Ants on a Log.  This what Henry and I prepared for his lunch before his first day of (afternoon) kindergarten. (Honor wanted nothing to do with it … still being very much