Early Development

Marble Mania. Math and small motor activities for kids from preschoolers to school age

My little adorable toddler, the Big Button, is busy sifting marbles to and from. Clickety-cluck. The door bursts open and his older brother, Smiles, rushes through the door. The daily explosion of greetings and hugs is cut short as he notices the colorful marbles, spoons, tongs and ice cube trays: he is heading straight for [...]

Head Full of Marbles. Great sorting activity for preschool kids.

I always looked at them as a choking hazard.  My kids always found them so attractive to handle, roll, transfer from one container to the next.  My mom always believed it was ok, if done under supervision.  And then I haven’t seen marbles for a really long time, until rediscovered to hem in a completely [...]

Fun games and activities to teach kids about Art

While the fall colors and winds are slowly overtaking the playground, we love to revisit our favorite museums.  That is art museums.  Here I already shared what a big hit art museums are in our family (Visiting art museums with kids. Real treat for family fun).  The best thing is, that art is not reserved [...]

Cool play for a hot day! Ice cube fun activities for toddlers.

Shlep-shlep-shlep. Ahhh, I just love the sweet sound of the fast approaching bare baby feet. This wonderful sound means I’ll get to kiss the yummy little cheek in a few seconds, when my my dear Big Button joins me in the laundry room. But shlepping stops suddenly. Screeeeech. Ok, that sound I like a lot [...]

Learning to Read: Magic To the Rescue!

My older one is eight.  He still tenderly believes in Santa.  He still tenderly believes in Magic Tree House (his favorite book series).  He still tenderly believes, that one of his greatest friends – is a little magical  gnome, who has been showering him with gifts, books, letters for years…  who helped him discover the joy [...]

The 7 Notes of Introducing kids to Classical Music in a Fun Way

DO. Do, pick a composer, do pick a melody. Our favorite CD is Beethovens Wig 5 – Sing Along Piano Classics CD.  The length of each classical piece on this CD is like a woman’s skirt: long enough to cover the major parts, short enough to create some interest.  The words are silly and creative. [...]