Entertaining Them


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Mr. Pumpkin

One of my daughters came home from school with this funny guy, and I think he's brilliant (and her teacher, too, for thinking outside the markers and carving knives)....

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Smart Party Idea

Our friend Emma did this for her daughter's birthday, and we think it's super clever. Rather than using plastic cups, she used wide mouth jars, and then used bright-colored...

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Whittling

I decided to buy my son a knife for his 8th birthday. I had a hunch that he’d love whittling and 8 seemed a good age to start him off as he had good fine motor...

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Easiest Animals

How cute are these balloons? We are not even balloon people, and we fell for these! They have such cute expressions, and they bounce around in a very realistic way....

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Snow Angels

Sledding, skiing, skating… We do it all. But this no gear, low effort, high reward winter activity wins extra points. Making snow angels is so simple and so right...

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Stage Crew

At a recent play date, a neighbor mom snapped this shot of our kids acting out a scene from 'Frozen' on their basement stage, which she decorated with holiday lights...

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Travel Arsenal

Our friend Cindy came to visit us with her 17 month old daughter Scout, and she had the cutest travel crayon kit. It comes from Non-Perishable Goods in Portland...

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Kids Table Idea

Our dear friend Becky had a lovely dinner party the other night, and came up with this picnic riff to allow both adults and kids to have their own space. The adults...

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Good Watching

Last weekend my daughter and I watched 180 Degrees South, a documentary that follows Jeff Johnson, a surfer, photographer, climber--who is retracing an epic journey...

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Fun Find

While visiting the lovely Blue Ridge Mountain town of Brevard, NC, recently, my kids and I came across these $16 bow and arrow sets in an epic toy store called O.P....

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Less is More

A friend of mine recently updated the following to her Facebook "Thanks to Ada's love of architecture and her amazing imagination, we now have 427 fairies in our...

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Bubbles Baby

Years ago when I was assisting on an advertising photo shoot  I worked on a job for a bubble bath product. Three assistants were charged with creating a big bubbly...

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Slow Down

Slow Food, Slow Travel—it seems like Slow Family should be the next thing...?! Well, on our spring break, we rediscovered the puzzle, and especially the ginormous...

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A Little Gem

We picked up a copy of this Pictorial Webster's Pocket Dictionary before a recent road trip, thinking it would be fun for our kids (one a solid reader, one starting...

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Beyond Paas

I always feel very incompetent around Easter. First of all, I can't wrap my head around the Easter bunny, and what I'm supposed to be saying about that. And then...

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Dirty Dishes

I was at a friend’s house for brunch and after our dirty dishes were cleared, she set out stacks of simple white side plates and black permanent markers. We were...

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Winter Play

Every year we go through the same thing--it's so frigid outside that it's hard to imagine running the kids around for any length of time. I was thinking about getting...

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Weather Mom

I can't tell you how many times in a morning I get asked "what's the weather going to be like today mom?" and how annoyed I am that I have to stop what I'm doing...

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Netflix Queue

I am embarrassed to admit it, but I have started to watch a series ostensibly for my 9 and 11 year-old-boys when really it's for me: The Adventures of Horatio Hornblower....

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Bookmark This

Tinybop is a tumblr-like collection of apps, sites, and books for design fan parents!  I particularly like how many apps they include—the iTunes store is useless...

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Mash!

My 9-year-old son came home from a sleepover the other morning famously bleary-eyed but talking nonetheless about how he and the four other boys had played M.A.S.H....

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For the Pool

A friend had these Zoggs at the pool recently; she swore she got them at Target, but I could only find them on UK sites and ended up getting some on eBay. They're...

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Frog Calls

I just spent way too much time listening to the frog calls on this wildlife site, and that was without my kid on my lap. I can't wait to show it to her—it has...

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80s Throwback

My brother and I were obsessed with track ball in the 80s. Imagine jai-alai meets lacrosse meets backyard catch. It’s a great alternative to Frisbee. Because the...

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A NYC Treat

If you're anywhere near NYC before the middle of June, do yourself (and your kids) a favor, and take them to the Tom Sachs Mars show at the Armory. It's fantastical...

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Hall of Famer

Sometimes it's good to be reminded of the classics—and the Fanny at Chez Panisse children's cookbook is certainly one. Somehow we have never bought it or been...

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My First App

While I hope not to use technology as a pacifier (too much), I'm not opposed to it in small doses (and on long flights)--especially if it exposes kids to art. A...

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Homemade Books

Every year (I do Christmas, but it could just as easily be birthdays or anything else), I write and hand-bind a story for my two boys--about my two boys, Cass and...

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Bath Upgrade

I had some dried rosebuds that were meant for tea, but were ultimately a bit too floral for me...so I put them into the bath for our daughter. It had big impact...

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DIY Mustachios

We affectionately refer to one of our favorite fool-proof projects as “Mustachios.” You’ve likely seen hundreds of variations on this theme. It’s easy, humorous,...

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Leaf Crowns

Our babysitter Charlotte is the crème de la crème of crafters. I met her while she was working at her mother's Waldorf-inspired store in our neighborhood (the...

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Out of Africa

World music—a term no one really likes but no one has come up with a fully utilitarian replacement for, either—has always been a big part of children's music,...

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Old Friends

Back in the anxious days before the arrival of my first son, I remember a work colleague who was already a parent asking me if I had any Dan Zanes albums yet. I...

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Cubism

It's tempting, especially when parenthood is brand-new, to jump at every beautifully designed kids' toy you see. Then, after a few months (or, uh, years…), you...

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Primo Primates

Sting. Gene Simmons. Add to the list of schoolteachers-turned-star-musicians the kids'-music trio known as Recess Monkey. Okay, so maybe this Seattle-based group...

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Folding Bikes

When my 7 year old son Forrest started to really love riding his bike, I realized that we would have to buy one for ourselves, so one of us could  bike with him....

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Audio Mix

The categories of kids' entertainment (as of all entertainment, I guess) are blurring these days. I've covered audiobooks before, and I've covered the amazing variety...

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Sunshine State

Today's children's music is more and more geared toward a sound that both adults and kids will enjoy. And with an ever-increasing number of established adult musicians...

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Drawing 2.0

This week it’s back to the basics of paper and pencil. Children really enjoy making up their own characters – with their boundless imagination, the results are...

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The New Lovey?

We were recently exposed at a friend's house to Mad Cow, Bed Bug, e-Coli, and Swine Flu in one fell swoop. That is, the stuffed animal versions that are a million...

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Recipe Roulette

Shake it up: In an attempt to escape the pasta and broccoli doldrums, I started playing Recipe Roulette with my kids at least once a week. I give them a few cookbooks,...

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Pac Man Free App

Pac Man Lite is free on iPhone. Put it on the "accelerator" mode for 6/7-year-olds. It's just as you remember it. Good clean fun--a nice antidote to all of the shoot-em-up...


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