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14 DAYS OF HEART ART FOR TODDLERS

January 31, 2019
Heart art for toddlers for Valentine's Day 14 different art projects

Valentine's day is almost here and you will start to see oodles of cutesy heart crafts all over Pinterest and coming home from your kid's preschool. As a former art teacher and a museum professional, I have a little bit of personal disdain for holiday crafts. Mostly because I value the arts so much and understand how beneficial the arts can be for children. For holidays, like Valentine's Day, it is understandable that most people look for a specific holiday-related…

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BOOKS FOR YOUR LITTLE TOUGH GUY

January 17, 2019
Tough Guys Have Feelings Too Keith Negley Review

I've always consider myself a feminist even from a young age in large part due to my mom. I grew up hearing stories of my mom working in non-gender traditional jobs like helicopter mechanic and alligator researcher (yea, really). She taught me about famous women like Marie Curie, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and dressed me up as Susan B. Anthony for Halloween. This influence has shaped how I parent my own kids. It makes my heart happy that my son will…

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Shh! We Have a Plan Halloween Costume

October 15, 2018

This Halloween we are combining two of our favorite things: dressing up and reading. Dressing up as a book character is always a good idea. It’s great for school Halloween parties when you need costumes that are cute but not-too-scary. When kids dress up as book characters it allows them to interpret the characters in their own way to create personal connections to the characters, interpret deeper meaning into the material and get excited about reading books. This post may…

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DRAGONS LOVE TACOS SLIME RECIPE + FREE PRINTABLE

August 6, 2017

I am excited to be joining two of my favorite blogger moms Days with Grey and The Mama Workshop for their monthly Book Box Series. Every month these bloggers share creative ways to help retell a picture book with your preschoolers. Family food blogger Veggies and Virtue is sharing a book-related recipe and Grace Giggles and Naptime is sharing a kids craft activity. I am sharing a free printable and a fun recipe for totally mild salsa slime!  This post contains Amazon affiliate links…

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