Be A Night Detective by Peggy Kochanoff encourages children to explore the natural world around them. It answers all those questions that kids ask us which, let's be honest, we adults really don't know the answers to (why don't lightning bugs get hot like light bulbs? Are shooting stars really stars falling from the sky?). To explore the book further we created a night time Scavenger Hunt and constellation scratch art for the Itsy Bitsy Nimbus Book Club that we're sharing with you today.
One of our most popular posts has been 8 Halifax Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers. We went beyond soccer and dance classes and looked at some other fun organized programs and activities for families with young children to enjoy in Halifax. Now we're back with a few more that we think you'll love just as much!
A Harbour Seal in Halifax is our pick for the Itsy Bitsy Nimbus Book Club this month. This book is based on a true story from March 2015 and our virtual book club guide has a science experiment, a seal stuffy, a silly song and snack ideas.
I am upcycling some of the kids' artwork into these super simple, yet super charming, greeting cards.
This month's Itsy Bitsy Book Club book is Abigail's Wish. It's the first picture book set in Birchtown, Nova Scotia, one of the first black settlements in Nova Scotia. The book is written by Gloria Ann Wesley, who is known for her beautiful poetry, and illustrated by Richard Rudnicki who has created gorgeous images for many of your favourite local books.
Little kids love sparkly things so for Valentine's Day we created these little bags of "gems" and chocolate, and then my five year old and I co-designed a card to go with it that you can download for free!
We are excited to check out a few of ORB factory's popular toy/craft kits and share our reviews with you, along with a GIVEAWAY! In this post we'll test out the Plush Craft Patch Studio Kit, the Glitter Petz and the Fuzzeez.
One of our favourite ways to get in the Christmas spirit is to decorate the house so we were extra excited when Orb Factory kindly sent us a couple decorations to add our to collection this year!
An excess of back-to-school shoeboxes, some paints, paper and marbles = marble art!
I like crafting, and my kids like crafting; but, honestly, I'm a bit of a lazy crafter. I don't want to spend time searching for ideas and finding or buying supplies. When we want to craft, we just want to get started. This is why I ❤️ craft kits.
I recently wrote an article about the value of little kid art with the help of the good folks at the Halifax Early Childhood School (HECS). They gave me some great - and easy to follow - tips about how parents can better understand and appreciate their little ones' art including a list of questions to ask your kids when they present you with their art that will stimulate discussion and, perhaps, help you figure out the true meaning behind their art.
Is it a snack? Is it a game? Is it educational? Yes, yes, and YES!
Patchwork Valentine window decorations for toddlers - easy, low cost and quick (though the potential for glitter abuse is high).