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”

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!”