Our Science Lab: Growing up the Playroom


As my kids have grown from toddlers to preschoolers to young elementary children (in, like, super sonic speed), our playroom has grown right along with us. We clean out and pass along our outgrown toys and stuff several times a year in exchange for new toys, stuff, and new areas for playtime. Something I recently […]

The Giving Tree: Enchanting Your Child’s Room for Less


Start with 3-4 rolls (depending on how much space you have for your tree) of brown wrapping paper priced about $4 a roll. OR, save up free packing paper from boxes shipped to your house. Unwrap. Scrunch as you unroll. Scrunch and crunch. You can’t mess this up! Great for kids to help and build […]

Book Nooks

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If you build a book nook…they will come…..see the book nook? (Look for the dolphin on top!) Arranging a book shelf like this creates a treasured little corner of literacy. I always meant to paint the back of that shelf with chalkboard paint, or make into a feltboard…oh well, we moved before I could make […]

Is There A Doctor In The House?

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The medical world is an important, very realistic part of our lives. ┬áKids will benefit with role playing at home for future doctor or hospital visits or when family or friends or classmates or teachers or strangers are dealing with surgeries or medical issues or as you talk about nutrition, sneezing in elbows, and washing […]

If You Build It They Will Come


If you build it, they will come. Whether you live in an apartment or a house featured on MTV Cribs, having a playroom with intentional components will not only be a sanity sanctuary but a valuable place for your child to work. Play is their work. Lucky for them they don’t have cubicles or boring […]