Best Building Sets for 2.5 Year Olds

In the past few months, BB has really become interested in building with blocks. Now that he’s 28 months old, he has developed better hand-eye coordination for stacking, more patience for sitting down and creating structures, and he enjoys naming shapes and experimenting with how they fit together. All of the adults in his lifeContinue reading “Best Building Sets for 2.5 Year Olds”

Toddler Science: Baking Soda and Vinegar

Since I left OMSI over the summer, a number of parents have reached out asking for science experiments that they can do with toddlers. Children 18 months – 3 years are at the perfect age for introducing science experiments, because toddlers are naturally curious, enjoy exploring with their senses, and are usually delighted to discoverContinue reading “Toddler Science: Baking Soda and Vinegar”

Indigo Tie Dye with Children

Oh no! I had a little bit of a craft emergency this morning when I realized that all the art and crafts stores in Portland are sold out of Indigo Tie Dye kits! B complained that I’ve been using all his beautiful vintage handkerchiefs as toddler spit rags (guilty as charged) so I bought aContinue reading “Indigo Tie Dye with Children”

Pandemic Parenting Support

I saw the most heartbreaking scene this evening, while out for a bike ride with B. A 30-something mom with a baby strapped to her chest walked by, talking on the phone to someone. I noticed her hand was pressed to her forehead, which is the universal sign of distress, and watched as she wipedContinue reading “Pandemic Parenting Support”

Memories of Science Playground, Part 2

When I cleaned out my office in the Discovery Lab a few weeks ago, there was really only one folder that I knew I needed to bring home with me: my collection of thank you letters from former students, drawings from kid friends, and random pieces of kid art that I couldn’t bear to tossContinue reading “Memories of Science Playground, Part 2”

Teaching Experience: Stop Motion Animation

This summer, I had the amazing opportunity to teach stop motion animation to 2nd – 3rd grade students at 0MSI! One of my fondest camp memories are from the animation camp I took one summer, and the short stop motion animation film that I made that week: a snake slithering through the grass, only toContinue reading “Teaching Experience: Stop Motion Animation”

Aunt Alison’s Chapter Book Dilemma

This week, the oldest daughter of my dear friend is turning 8 years old! I’ve known this family since the very beginning of my time at OMSI – I still remember how confidently three year old M marched right up to me and asked if I (a stranger) would play with her in the forestContinue reading “Aunt Alison’s Chapter Book Dilemma”

Everybody Needs a Nap!

This past week was my first week back with BB after a summer apart, and I feel like he has really transitioned from baby to toddler in that time! Now that he’s a proper two- year-old, he’s speaking in full (5-9 word) sentences and is practicing his new found ability to say NO to justContinue reading “Everybody Needs a Nap!”

New hobby: Tree Identification

In my free time and relaxation this week, I’ve picked up an interesting new hobby: tree identification! Last week, on one of our long drives south of Portland, I was struck by all the beautiful trees and realized that I would be hard-pressed to identify a single one of them! B and I must beContinue reading “New hobby: Tree Identification”

Memories of Science Playground

I’ve got some big news to share with you: Friday is my last day working at OMSI. I can hardly believe how quickly the past 5 years have flown by. Really, it’s been 8 years total, since Annie hired me as a Science Playground intern, fresh out of college in 2012. The past few years have been the bestContinue reading “Memories of Science Playground”