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”

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”