This project involves multi-sensory fun and renders gloriously dynamic paintings. Really, the resulting imagery -- MADE BY A KID -- recalls the best Abstract Expressionism. It reminds us of gazing through a kaleidoscope lens.
Yesterday was Sunday, the day of 'murca's venerated Super Bowl. We partook in the pageantry by attending a party at a dear friend's house, where we all ate lots of yummies and I glanced up at the enormous television for about 2 whole minutes. Prior to the gathering, we had a quiet Sunday with nothing… Continue reading Explosive Heart Art: Fizzy Painting
Winter days are supposed to be short, right? So why do they always feel so loooong? It must have something to do with that dreadful daylight savings in the fall, followed by months of dark afternoons and stir crazy kidlets. On R's preschool days, K and I do a medley of house stuff in the… Continue reading Crafty Pasta Party
Just about one year ago, when I was very pregnant, done with work, and trying to soak in my morning alone time with R off at pre-school, I fell under the spell of the nesting fairy. To be clear, I was feeling pretty awful most of the time due to chronic pain, a few unnecessary… Continue reading A project from my nesting days of not so long ago…
https://youtu.be/ZGxoQPKU2Hg My last post, about holiday craft ideas for preschoolers, encouraged me to continue on with our Christm-artsy ways. R holds a deep yet giddy love for any kind of dough (I'm pretty sure she shares this affection with most 4-year-olds), and we hadn't yet gotten our hands sticky with salty goo this year. She wanted to… Continue reading Doughing It Holiday Style
This morning on our (late and somewhat frenzied) drive to school, we had this conversation: R: “We celebrate both Christmas and Chanukkah because we’re Jewiss.” Me: “That’s exactly right, honey.” R: “If we weren’t Jewiss we’d just celebrate Chanukkah.” Me: “No honey, it’s because we’re Jewish that we celebrate Chanukkah. If you’re not Jewish, you… Continue reading Merry Christmukkah!
Emotions are climbing to a crescendo this week -- at least in my home, where miss R seems to have swallowed a gallon of teenage sensitivity. Earlier today she decided to sequester herself in her princess tent, seemingly tranforming it into a bunker. She'd hauled in 5 dresses on hangers, 4 magnetic dress-up games, a… Continue reading Stress-Ball’ing Out
A few weeks ago at Michael's Arts & Crafts (I've been spending waaay to much time there since it's so close to R's school), I spied $2 blind bags filled with random goodies from the store. I think they were transitioning from summer to fall and retiring a few collections (Alphabet Soup, for example). Since… Continue reading Who doesn’t love a grab bag?
Miss R loves all things clay and all things sweet, so this activity was an obvious hit. We've tried lots of play dough and slime recipes and this dough was in between the two materials. The marshmallows lent a sort of fondant quality to the dough -- which hardened after a few hours, so keep… Continue reading DIY Edible Play Dough with Marshmallows
I'll get to the confetti thing in a sec, but I have to include a preamble that sums up my day. Feel free to scroll on down if you're not in the mood for self-indulgent sleep-writing. This whole transition from mommy of one to mommy of two has been, more than anything else (except an… Continue reading DIY confetti tray (because I’m so ***😔**😩 tired)
Our daytime highs are still hitting 80+ degrees, but the calendar says it's Fall (and so do all consumer hotspots teeming with pumpkin aromas and expensive cotton masked as spiderwebs). I'm a sucker for everything in Target's dollar spot and I get pretty excited when there's a new array of seasonally appropriate cheapies. So when… Continue reading Autumn Crafts (It’s Fall now, right?)
We made Galaxy goo (which Raya turns into a bath for her Shopkins)! What is it about kids and slime?? I'd about had it with our Borox experiments (mostly because of the whole hands-in-everything situation), so I scoured the Internet for other options. I have to say, Borox gets the job done (maybe best), so… Continue reading Shopkins Bath (galaxy Goo)