Nature Bow, Arrow & Quiver

While at a tinkergarten class, my youngest found a wonderful arched stick. He wished to bring it home so he could have a “boo and arrow.” We found a large … Continue Reading →


No-melt, Fluffy Vegan Frosting

Melted, runny frosting is no fun, and can make even a sugary birthday treat look unappealing. I haven’t come across a vegan frosting recipe that holds up long enough to … Continue Reading →


Felty Campfire and Marshmallows

My kiddos love having a fire, and that occasional treat: roasting marshmallows. Everything about a campfire appeals to them: the outdoors, the mystery of the fire, experimenting to see what … Continue Reading →


Felty Fishing Game

Inside each fish is a medium sized washer and a little bit of polyfil, so they are not totally flat fish. (Check to make sure your washers are magnetic, some are not). The fish’s eyes are beads, a request from my youngest. He tells me I sew “sad” eyes when I just use thread, so the beads make the fish eyes more bug-eyed and realistic I suppose. Continue Reading →


Tropical Felted Fruit & Pattern

There was a stretch of time when the rain would not let up. Too much time had passed since we had been to the beach. The kids surprised me with … Continue Reading →


Khan Academy & Duck Duck Moose

The Khan Academy last week announced that they are partnering with a company that makes children’s learning apps. Duck Duck Moose apps will now be available on iTunes and Google … Continue Reading →


Free to Learn

Free to Learn is a gem of a book, with fast and sound arguments to defend a position that stands so starkly opposing the traditional public education system. It has compelled me to seek a vastly different education experience for my children, something that I knew in my heart was best for them, and now I have a more informed opinion on why the alternative really does encourage a lifelong love of learning that is self motivated. Continue Reading →


Sewing Snakes, Kid friendly Craft

When my kids aren’t pretending to be animals, they are often playing with toy versions of their favorite animals. Dinosaurs and snakes are at the top of the list for … Continue Reading →


Discussing Death with Young Children, A Secular Parenting Approach

I realized that science can be just as soothing of an answer. With all the research and breakthroughs in longevity science these days, it is actually possible that my children could benefit from this science and perhaps take part in it. I explained to my child in simple terms about the science of longevity and how he could possibly benefit from this science and also participate in studying longevity and ways to help people extend their healthspan and lifespan. Continue Reading →


Rhythmic Summer Schedule for Kids

We sing songs and read together every day, but having little pockets of time devoted to these things is when the repetition of activity creates ritual and confidence in a child. When we drop everything else and together create, build, learn a new song, set up the art easel; we create space for the child to experience their next moment of discovery. Continue Reading →