creativity 

Elmo's Era Over?

Tickle Me Elmo was always a lie. You didn't tickle him. You pressed a button in his hand and he laughed his furry little bottom off. He was the iconic toy of the decade and now that decade is dead. Whatever he does next -- dance, doodle, drink...

Tips for Keeping Your Sick Child Entertained at Home

The child is grumpy. Way beyond grumpy. Grumpy is a distant planet in another solar system past which she's shot in her misery-fuelled rocket ship. She refuses to eat supper. She's lethargic, moping, upset over nothing. Uh oh. She's fallen asleep o...

Hope for Craft-Challenged Moms

Over the years I've written books and countless articles about keeping kids creatively occupied in the summer. This being the case, people naturally assume that I'm an arts-and-crafts diva -- you know, the kind of mom who saves Styrofoam meat tra...

Toy Hall of Fame honors the stick

The National Toy Hall of Fame is a repository of great toys that generations of children have enjoyed. Since 1998, the best of the best as selected by historians, educators and others have been proudly displayed at the Strong National Museum of Play ...

How old is too old for trick or treating on Halloween?

My father, who's birthday is on Halloween (lucky guy!) would tell you that you're really never too old to celebrate Halloween. His love for the holiday is probably the reason Halloween is my favorite day of the year. That said, we've all opened ou...

Bribing your kids

Do you bribe your kids? Do you think you should? Do you think every time you do it that someone up there is keeping track of your parenting decisions but that you had no choice? If you do, I am sure you are not alone. My son is not old enough to ...

When the snowing gets tough, the tough get snowing

What do you do if you really want to play in the snow, but you live near Portland Oregon where the average overnight low in December and January is only 37°F? Why, you build a snow machine in your backyard, of course. Wait, what kind of mad geniu...

Akiane, child prodigy and inspiration

Akiane Kramarik is a 12-year-old girl who claims to have been visited by God at the age of three. She says this spiritual experience led her to begin drawing portraits at the age of four and by six, she was recreating her visions in stunning painting...

Is modern life good for your child?

In a letter published in the Daily Telegraph in London, dozens of teachers, children's authors, and psychologists wrote that childhood creativity is being stifled by a combination of junk food, school targets, and mass marketing. The letter, summariz...

Play and learning???inseparable dimensions

A recent study from Sweden discussed the dimensions of learning in play and the dimensions of play in learning. Observations of two situations were chosen, one from a mealtime and one of children's play, as examples of playful interactions between te...

Blogging Baby Size 6: Turning off the TV and computer

We notice such a vast difference in our kids in terms of their behavior, their calmness, and their creativity when we force them to turn off all of the screens in the house (as Mary P. calls them): The TV and computer screens. We usually let them pla...

Mama Says Om: tap into your creative side

There's nothing like a community of artistic people -- which is exactly what the smart moms of Mama Says Om are trying to create.  The brainchild of Elaine (Wanna Be Hippie), Krystyn (SoliStella), Christina (MyTopography) and Kelly (Glimpse from...

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