12 Awesomely Easy but Incredibly Ugly Indoor Activities for Kids

Easy indoor activity ideas for kids that actually keep them busy

I am of the opinion (since you ask) that what parents want are easy and effective activities to keep their kids busy, especially when they are stuck indoors. They don’t need (or want) to spend more time setting up a project then the kids spend engaged with it. Am I right? If you’ve been following me… Keep Reading →

Friday Links & Lovely Things {Indoor Active Play Edition}

Playground equipment with Battle of Brooklyn map

Neighborhood Find of the Week: Raise your hand if your playground equipment has a built in history lesson! Isn’t this cool? Indoor Active Play Ideas of the Week: It’s getting cold out and even if you can’t get to the playground your kids still need to get their wiggles out. I love this informative post… Keep Reading →

15 Fun Family Activities for Black Friday

fun family activites for black friday

15 Black Friday Alternatives to Shopping I have always been amazed at the way Americans clamber for a great deal the day after Thanksgiving. I mean, did we really just spent a holiday expressing gratitude for family, friends, health and all the other non-material blessings in our lives only to wake up 3am to score… Keep Reading →

Friday Links and Lovely Things {Thanksgiving Edition}


Indoor Plant of the Week: Hippeastrum. The plant you see above is commonly called “Amaryllis”, which is actually a different plant, though in the same family. I love growing bulbs indoors in the fall and winter. Their cheeriness makes me so happy. Plus, it adds a little something to our “view.” Yes? How have you… Keep Reading →

Mini Pumpkin Prints Art Project


This week during the school holiday the boys and I took the opportunity to do one of our favorite easy fall-themed art projects: printing with mini-pumpkins. I blogged about this back in 2009, but it’s sort of a sad little post so I’m doing a re-fresh. We bought a few mini-pumpkins on our way home… Keep Reading →

Fine Motor Skills Practice With Acorns

5 ideas for Fall Fine Motor Fun!

On our way home from school yesterday Kiddo and New Kid spotted a treasure trove of nature’s finest manipulative: acorns. Perfect for fine motor skills practice! We brought them home and of course the first thing we had to do was wash them. They were collected from an urban sidewalk afterall and we have all… Keep Reading →

Easy DIY Table Top Puppet Theater for Tiny Apartments


Living in an apartment, we have limited space for things like puppet theaters made from giant cardboard boxes. But even if you have a larger home you may not want a theater taking up a lot of floor space. Or you may want something easily moved from room to room. Never fear! If even I… Keep Reading →

10 Ways To Play With Toys Cars


My boys love to play with toy cars, trucks, buses, trains, diggers…. you get the idea. Over the years I’ve featured the myriad of ways they have found to engage with their toy vehicles. Some of the activities were initiated by them, some I set up with some simple materials. Do your kids love toy… Keep Reading →

Easy Indoor Ball Game


Indoor ball games for kids can be a fun way to spend a rainy day inside and if you have a cardboard box, some marbles or ping-pong balls, putting together this indoor ball game could not be easier. Cut a few holes in a box and put it on the floor. The boys used marbles… Keep Reading →