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”

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”

Three At-Home Sensory Activities for Kids Under 3

Toddlers love to explore their senses. Sensory exploration is excellent for building neural pathways in our brains and helping us learn more about the world around us. Most importantly, it can be a fun way for toddlers to play. Here are a couple of my favorite sensory activities to play with kids under three. HomemadeContinue reading “Three At-Home Sensory Activities for Kids Under 3”

Welcome to Playful Childhood!

These are my aspirations for this blog: 1. A place where I can record my favorite crafts, science experiments, toddler games, and game instructions, so that other caregivers can try them out with their favorite kids! 2. It will be a digital storage place for my favorite pictures/stories/memories that I’m actively making with the childrenContinue reading “Welcome to Playful Childhood!”