Tag Archives: boys



HourglassThis is a marvelous ‘tutorial’ on how kids learn about and come to understand time, and why they don’t ‘get it’ right off and drive us nuts with their impatience.

This isn’t about reading a clock– it’s about the whole intangible concept of time. With suggestions as to to how to help them learn.




Motion Math

FractionsTurn screen time into learning time- with this app it’s learning about fractions through a motion activated app game. Motion meaning tilting or moving the device to play the game. To quote:

Movement awakens and activates our mental capacities. Movement integrates and anchors new information and experience into our neural networks. Moving while learning increases learning.

Motion Math HD – Fractions.

So get some summer math in with a fun game on your smartphone or tablet. Beats killing aliens!

Homemade Scratch Art

Homemade Scratch Art

Homemade Scratch ArtThis will keep them busy for a good while on a long too hot or rainy summer afternoon. All you need are the crayons, black tempera paint, a few drops of dish liquid (why – I’m not sure) and toothpicks or other object for ‘scratching’. Cardstock is helpful as the toothpicks won’t penetrate as easily as on regular paper.

Scratch Art | Skip To My Lou

Have your birthday child (and siblings) make up the underlying color palettes painted black and this can double as a party craft. Just provide construction paper frames (as in the picture) for them to take home their creations.

Father And Son Baseball

10 Sports a Dad Should Teach his Children

Father And Son BaseballAn interesting take on the ‘other’ takeaways from sharing sports with our children. It’s not all about athletic prowess or even about learning a game that can be enjoyed for years or a lifetime and shared with others. There’s way more to be gained from learning a sport than just learning the sport. You’ll be surprised how much there is to be gained- check it out:

Bellyitch: 10 Sports a dad should teach his son (or daughter).

If nothing else, and there IS a lot more, Dads sharing a sport with their child or children opens up a whole realm of possible interactions and communications between them that shouldn’t be missed.

Jack In The Box

Toy Tasting Video Channel – Parental Resource

Jack In The BoxGet some help choosing toys and playthings from the overabundance of choices- not ALL of which are actually good or worthwhile or durable.

ToyTasting – Toy Tasting | Video Channel. About Toys.

By moms for moms– check them out before your next trip to the toy store or when you’re specifically asked to get a certain toy.

This is a new site, and evolving, but it’s already got over 200 toy reveiws to help you out. Happy Hunting.

Alphabet Scavenger Hunt

Alphabet Scavenger Hunt

Alphabet Scavenger HuntThis is the PERFECT answer to this summer’s “I’m Bored” complaint. They’ll be off hunting for a good long time, and the young ones will be reinforcing their alphabet skills in the process. Older kids will just enjoy the hunt. I particularly like this for outdoors- it’s harder.

Alphabet Scavenger Hunt | Best Activities for Kids.

Do be sure to set some rules– i.e. no picking the neighbors flowers, no crossing the street, etc.

Having a birthday party in the park or some other outside venue? This would be a good party activity PROVIDED you set limits on where they can go. Send them off in teams to keep them together. Give them a time limit, tell them they WON’T be able to get every letter but the team that gets the most will be the winner.


5 Innovative Ways to Prevent Summer Slide

Tablet5 reading apps your kids will enjoy doing– so no arguments about doing ‘work’ over the summer. Combining reading with a game challenge works like a charm to get them into it.

5 MORE Innovative Ways to Prevent Summer Slide

These apps cover a range of ages and ability levels, so you’ll find something here for your reader.

Montessori Triangles

Triangles for Geometry

Montessori TrianglesJust making a ‘toy’ like these triangles available to your young child builds creativity, to say nothing of the math concepts it actually teaches through the playing. That’s what I admire so much about the Montessori approach.

Intro to Math for Kids {Triangle Stars} – Carrots Are Orange.

There’s a good suggestion to use the printable triangle templates with craft foam for durability, but even poster board will do.

This is an activity you will at least start by doing together- see the suggestions in the post. I’m betting your child, if old enough, will then take it further without your assistance.

Cloud Dough Sandcastles

Cloud Dough Sandcastles

Cloud Dough SandcastlesIf you can’t get to the beach, bring the beach to your house with this recipe for cloud dough that your kids can use to make sandcastles, or anything else they want.

Sandcastle messy play :: homemade cloud dough recipe – NurtureStore.

Really cool stuff– baby oil and flour that looks all crumbly, like sand, until you squeeze and mold it and then it holds it’s shape. Perfect for sand building or sand sculpture. On the patio or deck, under a big shady umbrella or tree. Then the sprinkler or the hose to keep the ‘sand’ outside and just for more fun.