Play and theme-based learning with our children

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Time Capsule 2011

Think archival. At least you need to if you’re planning  to bury a time capsule for 5+ years in the ground. I’m still unsure about how exactly we’ll store ours.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

How We Did Our Celery Dying Experiment

This post first appeared on the blog, and I'm re-posting here for the sake of keeping memories in one place.

It all started with the little water dropper that came in our “Colorful Inspiration” Kiwi Crate.  My 4 year-old son pleaded to open his crate, specifically because he wanted to play with his pipette.
So, we used it to mix colored water, an activity that can seemingly keep him occupied for eternity, or at least until he’s reached mixing saturation indicated by all water turning a dark-brownish purple color. We’ve done this a few times.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

How We Made Our Melted Crayon Planets

This post first appeared on the blog, and I'm re-posting here for the sake of keeping memories in one place.

It’s space month here at Kiwi Crate! Fortunately, the planets are cooperating and making a strong showing in the night sky. As of December, you can spot five planets visibly glistening – Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn – if you know where to look. Golden Jupiter and Venus show up the brightest and earliest.

Now that it gets dark early, my son H and I have been making a point to look for Jupiter and Venus before bedtime. H also thought it’d be fun to create our own planets.

Monday, December 26, 2011

How We Made Our Clay Ornaments

This post first appeared on the blog, and I'm re-posting here for the sake of keeping memories in one place.

OK, I’ve finally accepted that my calendar isn’t broken. It really is almost the middle of December(!!). Though my Christmas spirit is still simmering, my 4-year-old son’s holiday radar is burning red hot. He’s ready for Santa action, so when I asked him if he’d like to make his own tree ornaments, he could hardly contain his excitement!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

How We Made Our Christmas Tree Skirt

This was originally posted at, and I'm re-posting here for the sake of keeping memories in one place.

The holiday break is here! Hopefully you’re able to soon take a step back and focus on the activities you most enjoy about the holidays. Looking back on Christmas as a kid, it occurs to me I remember more about the simple rituals of decorating the tree, baking, and playing board games with family than I do about any particular present.

This is the first year my oldest has gotten into crafting, so I’ve been taking plenty of opportunity to create memorable traditions for our family. We’ve been making our own ornaments, and even made a new batch last night. They’re great gifts.

But this time I’m making something for myself. I never got around to buying a Christmas tree skirt, which is a good thing since now I can make my own!

Merry Christmas!

Ho Ho Ho! 
Wishing you an abundance of joy and love this holiday season!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Handprints on Our Christmas Tree Skirt

The cat's out of the bag with the hilarious First Round holiday video! Yep, I've been happily spending a lot more time at Kiwi Crate. 

This week my sons and I made our very own Christmas tree skirt. Even the baby got in on the crafting. Well, he didn't exactly have a choice but was a sport about it considering! 

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Melted Crayon Planets

My son and I made our own planets! Find out how we did it on the Kiwi Crate blog.  

H and I stumbled on this idea, making it all the more fun for the both of us. I was simply finding ways to use up our bits and pieces of crayon (before our dog ate them!), and it was H who thought our creations looked like planets.  And you know, they do! So we did it again, this time with the intention of making planets.

This is my special Jupiter with the red spot.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Technology Trumps Trains

H (my son): "Mom, when you were four years old, did you ask your mother very nicely if you could play with the iPad?"
Me: [internal giggle] "When I was four years old, there was no iPad. In fact it's only been around since you were a baby. Can you imagine that? What would you play with if there was no iPad?"
H: "The iPhone!"
Me: [external giggle] "But what if there was no iPhone or iPad? What would you play with then?"
H: "My toys, I guess. But I'd rather play with the iPad."

Friday, December 9, 2011

Kiwi Crate Inspires and Expands Creativity!

There's something I've been meaning to tell you. I have a huge crush on...well...a company. If you've seen my prior posts, you've probably noticed I'm friends with

I forged this friendship because I think Kiwi Crate is doing something very positive for young kids. Here's why:

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Clay Ornaments at Kiwi Crate!

We're playing over at Kiwi Crate today! Go here to check out how my son and I made our very first DIY clay ornaments.  I was sure my son made his first (pic below) so he didn't feel he needed to copy what I made (above).

Saturday, December 3, 2011

A Boy and His Dog

Did you dream as a kid your best friend was a large loyal dog who followed you to school and protected you? I did.