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Music to your Ears

August 11, 2014 8:00 am


When my boys were toddlers, it seemed like no matter how many fancy xylophones or wooden drums I bought them, they always seemed to gravitate towards our kitchen pantry with all its pots and pans. The neighbors must have cast a dirty look or two towards our house when my little rock musicians started banging on those makeshift drums with their wooden spoons! To preserve my ears and my sanity, as soon as they were old enough to understand the phrase “tap gently”, I let them make music with water glasses.

Math That’s a Hit! Make Your Own Piñata

July 25, 2014 8:00 am


Piñatas are always a “hit” with kids at outdoor picnics and parties. It’s one of the few chances kids get to whack at an object repeatedly with a stick — what’s more, instead of a getting a time-out for destroying the object, they get candy!

Bonny Scottish Shortbread Cookies

July 16, 2014 8:00 am


This summer, our travels are taking us to the bonny hills and dales of Scotland. For one glorious week, we’ll be taking in the sights and sounds of Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Loch Lomond. To celebrate, the kids and I made a batch of traditional Scottish Shortbread to enjoy with a glass of milk (or, if you’re British, a cuppa tea!). Shortbread is one of the easiest cookies to make; it only requires 3 basic ingredients!