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  • Five Fun Water Table Ideas to Try This Summer

    Dinosaurs, Ice, and Water. Summer fun from My Nearest and Dearest blog
    Our water table is one of the best, most used toys of any that I’ve bought since our son was born. We love playing at the water table and are always excited to try new things with it. Last summer I wrote a round up of 12 super fun water
  • Canada Day Scavenger Hunt Ideas

    Canada Day Scavenger Hunt
    I’m at CBC Parents this week with  Canada Day Scavenger Hunt ideas for kids of all ages. If you’re planning a Canada Day party, a scavenger hunt is a perfect activity for the kids. Please head on over to CBC Parents to see how I organised a Canada Day
  • 20 Amazing Outdoor Music Stations

    17 of the best outdoor music stations for kids. So many great ideas to improve your outdoor play space.
    I am so excited to bring you this collection of AMAZING Outdoor Music Stations. We made our recycled outdoor music station last year and are still enjoying it. Taking music out into the fresh air adds a whole new level of fun and exploration to outdoor play. Plus, making a

Invitation to Play with Strawberry Shortcake Playdough

My son (age 4) never tires of pretend cooking and baking. And what could be more summery than making strawberry shortcake?  Head on over to CBC Parents to see how I set up an invitation to play

Beach Themed Summer Craft for Kids

This open-ended summer craft for kids uses sea glass, shells, and other treasures from the beach.  It makes a fun addition to a beach themed unit or a creative follow-up activity to a beach vacation.    

This Too Shall Pass: The Trials of Baby Sleep Training

Originally published as “A Journey in Sleep Training”.     For your convenience, this post contains affiliate links. The clock says it’s 9:58pm. “He’s about to wake up any minute”, I say to myself. I know, because

Children’s Books About Moving

These books about moving will help your kids (and you!) navigate one of life’s biggest changes.     After years of talking about moving and 2 or 3 months of hustling to get our house in top

Five Fun Water Table Ideas to Try This Summer

Our water table is one of the best, most used toys of any that I’ve bought since our son was born. We love playing at the water table and are always excited to try new things with

Natural Paint for Kids: How to Make Ochre Paint

My four-year old described our easy DIY ochre paint as “the best paint EVER!”. I’m excited to show you how we made it. To quote Peanut again, it was “SO fun”. Can’t ask for a better endorsement

The Best Double Chocolate Brownies

Looking for the perfect brownie? Your search has ended. This easy recipe for Double Chocolate Brownies delivers moist, chewy, chocolatey goodness every time.     I’ve tried several brownie recipes over the years but I always come

Playing with Sea Glass on the Light Table

Explore color, light, and transparency by playing with sea glass on a light table. Playful, open-ended learning for kids.   I’ve been intrigued by the idea of making a light table ever since I first saw a

Rustic Cabin Tour

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a

The Drop Box: Our Favorite {Homemade} Fine Motor Toy for Toddlers

Drop Boxes are my absolute favorite fine motor toy for toddlers. Why? First of all, they can be made in minutes using just a cardboard box and objects from around the house. Secondly, they can be big

Iced Green Tea with Honeydew Melon

This refreshing iced green tea recipe includes honeydew melon to give it a frothy, almost slush-like texture. The perfect drink to sip slowly on a hot summer day! I went on a big iced green tea kick