Focusing on our personal interests while caring for our children is important. If we’re having fun and are happy, our little ones are too! It creates a peaceful play space that encourages the imagination! Here is a watercolor painting I did the other day! I’m so happy to be painting again!
Who knew a turkey baster could be so much fun!! Strengthening the hand, improving hand-eye coordination and helping to develop concentration... all while having a slashing good time!!
Focus on the positive. Verbalize what you want to see. "We hop on the floor, chairs are for sitting." I say as calmly as possible as my 20 month old shows her daddy her newly acquired hopping skills! What is shocking is that she actually listens! I am guilty of slipping into the age old… Continue reading Find yourself saying, “No…no…no…no…no!” and hoping your child doesn’t throw the glass cup on the floor?
Tasting everything is a sure way to get your mommy to find a better alternative to playdough! I love this recipe! The only drawback is that I think she likes the flavor! Ingredients: 1 cup of Gluten Free flour 1/2 cup to 1 1/2 cups of Tapioca flour (keep adding until the dough is no… Continue reading Gluten Free, Corn Free, Beet-Dyed Play Dough
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall Humpty Dumpty had a great fall All the kings horses and all the kings men They couldn't put Humpty together again It is very sad that no one could help Mr. Dumpty, not even the King's horses or his men! What was it that got shattered in Humpty? Could… Continue reading Poor Humpty Dumpty… or Was It Good For Him?
It takes courage to speak up. Have you ever felt uncomfortable by another person's actions and you didn't say anything? You may have felt powerless and disappointed in how you were unable to speak up. In this fairy tale a little pot keeps making porridge, filling the whole town with it, until finally a little… Continue reading Sweet Porridge: A Taste of Courage
A little child who ventures out of mommy's arms often gets hurt! From crawling to the beginnings of standing and walking, falling goes hand in hand with exploring. That is why I love this nursery rhyme! It tells our little child that you can get hurt while trying to master a new skill and that… Continue reading What Were Jack and Jill Really Up To?
I adore nursery rhymes! They are nuggets of pure literary genius. They are perfect for the littlest of listeners, and they offer such richness of sound. The imagery is varied and fun and the tempo is quick! I love to couple them with body movement offering playful opportunities to connect with my baby. Children learn… Continue reading Nursery Rhymes
Fairy tales offer children snap shots of life. Each character plays an important role. Within us we can find each character of a fairy tale. Upon reflection we can think of times in our life when we played the wicked witch, the nurturing mother, the firm father figure. The child too has a choice of… Continue reading The Hidden Treasure within a Fairy Tale
I love focusing of the qualities of the earth that are nurturing, fostering a sense of safety. Here is a fun poem, body movements forthcoming! Deep in the Earth, in the center of the Earth, there is a great big stone that's as hard as a rock and it's hot, hot, hot! It's a magnet,… Continue reading The Center of the Earth