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Fun with Chalk Series (Part 1)

Wednesdays with Whitney Everyone knows that chalk is great for drawing and making hopscotch. But most people just leave it at that. I encourage you to hop outside the box and stretch your chalk creativity to new levels! Color Run Color runs are sweeping the nation with a unified front of color + exercise = […]

Summer Learning: Phonics Flower

Wednesdays with Whitney I’m not sure when or where I first learned to make phonics flowers but I started making them for the kids in my care in 1993. The goal of phonics is to enable beginning readers to decode new written words by sounding them out. Phonemic awareness helps children hear, identify, and manipulate […]

Alphabet Cookies for Summer Learning

Wednesdays with Whitney Summer is a wonderful time, but with it comes the “Summer Slide.” Learning slips and even basic knowledge takes a vacation. This is especially true with preschoolers and kindergartners who are just learning their letters, counting, and the like. Making alphabet cookies is a sweet way to keep learning in the home […]

Summer Igloos

Wednesdays with Whitney The best part about summer by far is the warm weather, allowing us to spend oodles of time outside with the kiddos. However, the worst part about summer is also the warm weather! In some places, the temperatures can reach up to the 100’s on a daily basis. Definitely NOT the type […]

Summer Journal

Wednesdays with Whitney Now that school is letting out the kids have the whole summer ahead of them to run through sprinklers, hunt for fairies, and drip delicious popsicles all over the newly painted patio!  Summer is a wonderful time to lose track of…well, time. However, when the summer comes to a close you want […]

Making a Birthday Book of Knowledge

Wednesdays with Whitney: Celebrating Knowledge In their book, Playwise, Denise Chapman Weston and Mark S. Weston explain that children have a natural appetite for information and that their caregivers must nurture their curiosity in order for them to enjoy acquiring knowledge. After reading their book it is clear that nannies help parents prepare the ground […]

Ice Cream Chore Chart

Wednesdays with Whitney Introducing chore charts to little ones can sometimes be difficult. All the check marks, words, and undefined rewards can be complicated for a three- or four-year old. A much better approach involves lots of relatable visuals and clearly defined (and realistic) rewards. The Ice Cream Chart explained below is a perfect combination of these […]

Blowing and Painting Easter Eggs

Wednesdays with Whitney I always thought that blowing eggs was only for old women who had nothing else better to do than craft beautiful and delicate eggs. Turns out I was wrong! Blowing eggs is a great Easter activity for ages three and up. Kids will love seeing the egg ooze out. Add in some paints […]

Glitter Easter Eggs

Wednesdays with Whitney By Whitney Tang Easter’s coming up soon, and the days of endlessly decorating eggs has already begun! Why not mix it up with this sparkly, messy, and colorful alternative? This craft was inspired by the last year’s Easter issue of Parenting – it had a handful of creative Easter basket ideas as well […]

Rainbow Toast for St. Patrick’s Day

Wednesdays with Whitney By Whitney Tang Saint Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, which means that those sneaky leprechauns are on their way! Perhaps you can keep them from tearing through the house with a colorful snack which will catch their eye. This rainbow toast is a great distractor for those tiny green disasters, […]