The Creative Bone

Talking With Kids #StreamTeam

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One of the most important tools we can have with our children is communication. We listen to them, and then (we hope) they listen to us. As little babies, this communication was difficult in certain ways, while we tried to interpret their cries.  As they got older, I thought it might get a little easier to communicate, but all of ... Read More »

Amazing Physical Activity Resource for Teachers – FREE

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These days we are hearing so much about how little physical activity time kids are getting at school. It happens for a variety of reasons – whether it is an increased pressure to complete curriculum requirements, or an over-crowding issue, leaving little indoor gym space.  Teachers are encouraged to do “DPA” – daily physical  activity for about 15 minutes, but ... Read More »

LEGO: When Toys, TV, & Learning Come Together #StreamTeam

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After extensive research*, I’m confident that in saying that there is only one negative thing about Lego: Is there any other toy (besides a smartphone or a tablet) that a 5 year old and 45 year old can equally appreciate and enjoy? Just little bricks of plastic with some bumps and holes. So simple, yet so brilliant.  Our two kids ... Read More »

Temperature Blanket 2016 Month Two

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I’ve completed two months of my Temperature blanket! For those who may have missed it, I’m crocheting one row a day on an afghan, based on the day’s highest temperature. This month had my son’s birthday, so I used a silver yarn for that day (kind of hard to see in the picture). There was also an extra day, due ... Read More »

Easy Easter Craft: The Hatching Chick

Hatching Easter Eggs: An Easy Easter Craft

Far too often in day to day life these days I find myself planning to do a craft with the kids, but then real life takes over and it doesn’t happen. The church needs to be cleaned, supper needs to be prepped, H-Man needs to be walked to school, we’re having a play date with friend, we need to get groceries, ... Read More »

Easy Dinosaur Cake: Birthday Party Ideas for Kids

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It’s birthday party time again! I can’t believe we have a five year old in the house already… Where does the time go?  Anyhow, the theme for this year’s birthday party has been set for a full year, ever since Target cleared out their dinosaur birthday party accessories. We had the plates, the table cloth, the banner, and the ‘goody bag’ ... Read More »

Temperature Blanket 2016 Month One

Temperature Blanket Month One

I had posted a few updates about my newest project, a Temperature Blanket. If you haven’t heard of it, basically it is a blanket where you crochet one row a day for an entire year, based on the temperature. Mine was a few days (okay, weeks) behind which is why I’m a little late showing off the first month. Here ... Read More »

Alligator Popsicle Stick Puppet

Popsicle Stick Puppets

One of the many benefits to our family membership at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Hamilton/Burlington is the crafts table. Every week, the team at the RBG puts out a new craft for visitors to do – they make a few examples, post the instructions, pre-cut the pieces, and leave all the supplies nicely organized for little hands.  The current ... Read More »

Temperature Blanket 2016 – Week 2

Temperature Blanket Week 2

Last week I introduced to you my year-long crochet project: a Temperature Blanket. It’s been so much fun choosing colours and watching them change from day to day, especially with our crazy “El Nino” weather this year! Here’s a picture of the progress so far. Lots of grey (0 to +6 Celsius) and even a row of green (7 degrees!), ... Read More »

Temperature Blanket 2016

Temperature Blanket 2016

So last year I came across a post on Pinterest where a woman made a “Temperature Blanket.” She crocheted one row a day for a year, choosing the yarn according to the weather. It turned out really neat, but I didn’t think much of it. I came across it again on Facebook right around New Years, and thought it would ... Read More »