Spooky Q-tip Skeleton

Perfect for your little ones – use Q-tips and some glue to create your own skeleton.

For little ones, you could use this creative time to point out different parts of the skeleton’s body such as arms, legs, rib cage and more.



Date: Oct 22, 2010

Time: From 6:30 pm until 8:30 pm

Location: Sanctuary: New England Chapel in Franklin, MA

This workshop is designed for every parent who craves a little extra  peace & harmony at home.

Parents just want their kids to get along or, at the very least, stop fighting in the back seat of the car. Identical twin sisters and Bellingham moms – Heather Kempskie and Lisa Hanson – dare you to aim higher. With smart parental guidance and plenty of opportunities for sibling fun, you can achieve harmony in your home while setting the stage for a lifetime of closeness between your children.

This free event will provide childcare for those in need or FOR FUN! All children will have an opportunity to design crafts staright from the book!

For more information contact:
Amy Cornwell

Apples = Art

What to do with all those apples? Don’t know about you but I have a $12 bag of freshly picked apples and know I won’t get to eating them all.

Our Apple Tree art project is the perfect solution. Get out some butcher paper (or even a paper grocery bag) and paint a tree. Then use sliced apples as your paint brush!

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Leaf Place Mats

Hate to admit it but its officially fall today. Get in the spirit of the season with our super family-friendly leaf place mats! Autumn leaves will make beautiful place settings for the whole family.

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It’s Apple Pickin’ Time!

Ahhh…fruits and vegetables. I know I feed my children a lot better than I feed myself so I plan on using our Apple Taste Test Activity (see below) to reacquaint my taste buds with different types of apples. The activity will do much more than that though- it will teach your children about graphs and voting (isn’t that topic on our minds anyways?!)

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Peace-keeping Sibling Activities

Looking for some calm in your household? Kids getting on eachothers’ nerves? Here are our top picks for activities to keep the peace between siblings:

1) Make believe library: It has to be quiet in the library, right? Gather up some books and comfy chairs (aka stack of pillows) and let them flip through the pages

2) Make homemade playdough: Let each child pick out the color they want (use food coloring to eliminate any sharing problems) and give them a few cookie cutters. Great way to use some creative juices and allow for some independent play.

3) Focus on others: Does a neighbor need some cheering up? Maybe you can bake a cake and deliver it? Is there a local pantry that could use a donation? Brainstorm together, gather what you need to brighten someone elses’ day.

4) Get in shape: Try some yoga positions to calm tensions down. Stretches work well too.Lead them in a few and join in. It may help you stay de-stressed too.

5) Get visual: One of my kids’ favorite peaceful activities is helping them imagine something peaceful. Have them lay down and close their eyes while you paint a picture of one of their favorite places and things to do. My kids love a beach scene with flying kites and all the ice-cream in the world.

Grandparents Day is Coming!

It hasn’t made the scene quite as big as say, Valentine’s day or Mother’s day but it is slowly becoming a “holiday” in the lives of many families. Grandparent’s day is on September 12th! There are many ways that you can celebrate this day. For starters, your children may want to create a “brag book” for the grandparents in their lives. Heather and I have used recycled CD cases as frames and have had the kids draw pictures of their grandparents to place inside.  We have also helped the children paint bird houses purchased at a local craft store. But perhaps it is important to remember how this whole day originated….

“The impetus for a National Grandparents Day originated with Marian McQuade, a housewife in Fayette County, West Virginia. Her primary motivation was to champion the cause of lonely elderly in nursing homes. She also hoped to persuade grandchildren to tap the wisdom and heritage their grandparents could provide. President Jimmy Carter, in 1978, proclaimed that National Grandparents Day would be celebrated every year on the first Sunday after Labor Day.”

 Many nursing homes would love your family to visit, not just on Grandparent’s day but on any day. It will give your children an opportunity to brighten the day of elderly people who might not get visitors on a regular basis. Just call ahead to pick a good time and just be ready to smile and to listen.

Please read on for more guidelines for a successful visit…

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