No sooner had I drawn my first face (I love drawing from old black & white movie stills) had she swooped over to me with an intense look. "OOOH! Is that a NEW sketchbook? Can I draw in that too, mama?" I have to admit, the girl knows good art supplies when she sees them. I muttered something about how it was my special book, how she had her own supplies and blah blah blah, but the appeal of new art supplies was too much for her to resist. In a very serious tone, she looked at me and said, "If you can't share, we might have to take it away if you can't share."
This is Offbeat Families's archive of creativity posts.
We're big fans of science experiments and experiences in our home so I'm always on the lookout for fun things to try. I found these experiments at Reading Confetti and Science Bob, and knew we had to try them. I feel like it's only fair to warn you that each of these experiments has a certain degree of mess involved — there's a lot of corn starch in this post.
If you follow our shenanigans on Facebook, then you might have already seen my recent freak-out over Oompa Toys. I often get frustrated with toy websites that seem to only cater to babies (or their parents), but happily Oompa has toys for kids between birth and 9 — and we're talking some seriously cool stuff. There are tons of wooden alternatives to the plastic you might see elsewhere (look at this super cute wooden bus!), and they offer free shipping on all orders over $65.
My nineteen-month-old children can't actually say that they're bored yet, but it's pretty easy to tell when they are. This week the city of Toronto has been a giant slushy and the minions haven't made it outside much: at daycare or at home. Even prison inmates get yard time, and after more than a day without outdoor play, someone's going to get shanked in their cell… err, crib.
TRIGGER WARNING: we're gonna talk about aliens here. I mention this because when we ran Nicole's alien abuduction-themed maternity photos in September 2011, it freaked a few people out. This year Nicole's back with another alien-themed session, this time featuring her now-18-month-old daughter, Taylor, decked out in homemade alien regalia. Here's the scoop.
When I saw The Steampunk Coloring Book online the other day, my heart skipped a beat: how have we not talked about coloring books on this website before?! Coloring, that age-old rite of passage so many children take? We've got tips for making your own art supplies, DIYing some possibly ugly crayons, and even an Etsy post featuring a crayon skirt… not no coloring books? Something had to change!
As a mom to twin toddlers I'm always looking for ways to entertain and fill our days. It doesn't take much to get them interested — anything novel is a big hit. Pinterest and blogs are a great way to keep the ideas flowing. Unfortunately, I sometimes find that not everything is practical or accessible for us. We're currently living in a very cozy 800 sq. ft. apartment, so space is a little tight.