8 Device-Free Activities to Encourage Creativity and Free-Play in Children

The current recommendation is that children have 2 hours or less of screen time a day, children under the age of two should have none,  here are eight easy ideas to get kids away from the screen and moving around. Continue reading

Favorite Late-Summer Creatures: Sticks that walk, mantises, and tiny wolves

Summer is blending into autumn and now is one of the best times for finding all sorts of bugs if you just keep your observation glasses on. Here are some of the most interesting creatures we have seen of late. Continue reading

A Frog-tastic Summer

The kids always have their eyes open for neat things. It is frog and toad season now which means they are populous and easy to find, and here in upstate New York, we have a few frogs that are fairly common that the kids have run across recently. Continue reading

Tulip and Katydid go to Girl Scout Camp

My name was Katydid for a while this weekend. Sandra was Tulip. We were inspired by a katydid on the leaf of a tulip tree that we saw at Girl Scout camp. Then, following tradition, we took them on as our identities for the 24 hours we were there, which allowed me to forgot about my worries and the usual, mundane responsibilities I always have to hold onto and just have fun. Continue reading

Educational Family Fun Outings on a Budget

Now that I am raising my own children, I am dedicated to making sure that they experience as much as I can possibly fit in with the time I have as well. Aside from gas, there are many opportunities available for wonderful yet free or cheap experiences. Continue reading