The other day, my son looks up from his book and declares that he has ‘extra meats’? Huh? “What are you talking about?” “I have extra meats. I have fingers and toes.” Looking over his shoulder, I realize what word he’s trying to pronounce. “Almost kiddo, but that word is ‘extremities.’” Though ‘extra meats’ is also a […]
Just sitting here licking a frog
Last night, after devouring a lollipop, I asked our little comedian how his tongue got so green. I think my exact words were, “how many frogs did you have to lick to get that shade of green?” Without looking up from his iPad, he replied, “just one.” “How’d it taste?” “Deee-licious!” “Can I have one?” “They’re in the creek.” I […]
Ha! Good one!
April Fools Day has come and gone, and we are still finding googly eyes glued to any number of items each day — ketchup bottles, shampoo containers, cereal boxes, bananas — you name it. This year, our boys thought googly eyes made for the perfect prank, and I have to admit that I still giggle with each […]
Kid-friendly pranks to pull on April Fool’s Day
April Fool’s Day is one of our kids’ favorite days. They have carte blanche to play tricks on mom and dad — pranks that would normally not be allowed on any of the other 364 days of the year. A good prank is one that doesn’t hurt anyone physically or emotionally. It should be harmless […]
Whoah, that’s deep!
Every small child has sat in their sandbox and dreamed about digging to the center of Earth, but just how far would you have to dig? Let’s just say you may need a bigger shovel. Check out this fun graphic that illustrates just how far down some of the deepest holes in the Earth reach. For more information, visit GeoCon’s website.
Fill 100 water balloons in one minute? Take my money!
Have you seen this amazing Kickstarter project yet? The creator has devised an ingenious device that allows you to fill 100 water balloons in one minute. That ought to keep the neighbor kids at bay for a while! The project has already raised way more than the $10,000 it needed, but there’s still time to contribute and […]
NPR maps out accessible playgrounds across the country
I just heard about “Playgrounds for Everyone,” a new tool that parents can use to find accessible playgrounds in their area, and thought it was worth sharing. The app currently lists over 1,300 accessible playgrounds, with features such as smooth surfaces, swings with backs or safety harnesses, ramps to allow children to access play towers and […]
Diorama building techniques for kids
Last weekend, we visited the Greenberg Train Show as it rolled through town, and I was particularly interested in learning some tips and tricks that the model train enthusiasts use for building their train layouts. We have some diorama projects lined up for cub scouts this year, and I can’t wait to show the scouts […]
A visit to the Lego Brickfair
The Lego Brick Fair makes a stop in our town every year, and it is always a big event. This past weekend’s show was no exception, as we had to stand in a line that wrapped around the building, but it was well worth it. The kids are amazed to see the enormous constructions, and […]
Pick me! Pick me!
I’ve been taking my 5-year-old to swim lessons for the past couple of weeks. At the end of each lesson, the teenage instructor plays a few rounds of Sharks and Minnnows with the class. The kids love it and splash around, frantically trying to escape the “shark.” Here’s my problem–the instructor picks from the same […]