Appealing projects actually matter. 

It’s hard to remember, but I constantly forget that the way we visually present projects, or activities to our children—matters.  

  

And it’s like– wait we aren’t doing enough already? Now we have to make stuff visually appealing too? Let alone actually plan an afternoon “something.”  Yeeeeesh!   

But, I completely understand why.  I mean, it’s the same reason I like certain restaurants.  The ambience makes a difference– and that’s basically the same concept here.  The more inviting a project is, the more likely they will learn more, or get more out of it.

~g 

Sibling Spegetti 

McKinley’s sister Cora eats spegetti
For the first time: 



 😁😁😁 “Yikes! Sorry mom.”  

“I’m cute though!”   

“Oh my gosh—look at this mess mom! What are we gonna do!?”  

“OOh well! What are Ya gonna do about it? We live and learn, right Ma?! ” 

“Hahah! Yessssssss! I totally got mom!”  

 
“Woohoo! She’s cleaning up! Victory is mine!”  

 

~G

😘The Kiss Box 😘


Many parents work long hours through the week.  And as much as we don’t want to believe it–it’s just hard on our little critters.  They miss us. Constantly.  At least in our household McKinley misses her father day in and day out.

The book, The Kiss Box by Bonnie Verburg and Henry Cole is a great story that illustrates to children how as parents our love is just as strong even when we’re away.   And nowadays so many parents have to work outside the home.

The story helps initiate conversations about feelings, and in this case feelings of “missing.”   And, it  provides wonderful ways to send each other love, or in the book “kisses,” when being a part from one another.  In the story Mama Bear and Little Bear create “kiss boxes” as a way to send each other kisses when they were a part from each other.

McKinley and I decided we wanted to create our own kiss boxes, as a way to send each other love when we needed it.  This turned out to be a truly meaningful, engaging, and fun project– Naturally, I had to share.


Inside the boxes we put random things.  McKinley cut up fabrics and different textured paper as little sheets to represent love and kisses. I cut tiny hearts out of tissue paper.  When it comes to love the possibilities are endless.

~g

Fall Trees Craft

Everyone knows I’m all about getting crafty and letting McKinley get messy.  

Here is a quick & simple activity to put together. I’ve laid out different materials for her to create her own “Fall Tree.” 

Materials:

  • Apple stamps & paint
  • Stickers
  • Sparkle ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Leaves 
  • Glue stick 
  • Paper roll 

  
 

-g 

Mail Time

Okay, who doesn’t love getting mail?  I’m pretty sure everyone gets excited when there’s a letter for them in the mailbox.  It gives us this warm fuzzy feeling that we’re somewhat important, right?  

But three year olds receiving mail….is a whole new level of fuzzy feelings.  Joy on an extreme level.   

Here–The joy of a three year old receiving mail: 

  
-G