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”

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”

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!”

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!”