Eric and I decided to try leaving the state WITH FAMILY for the first time. We’ve gone on trips before; we’ve even gone to far flung and exotic places. But, never with everyone at once. It’s one of those milestones we experience as parents, the first family road trip. So, how did we fare, traveling with two tweens, an almost pre-k-er, and a toddler? Where on earth did we go? Well, I’ll tell you… Continue reading
It’s still about a month of before school starts, and most summer camps are ending soon. If you’re like most of us parents, you’re in a scramble to find fun things for the family to do.
It’s easy to forget about, but Governor’s Island is just short ferry ride away, and only $2 per adult rider! Plus, due to the many improvement projects happening now on the island, now is a perfect time to go.
Collecting found objects and creatively arranging and stacking them is a great activity for kids of all ages. It incorporates sensory play, encourages thought on composition, and even incorporates basic physical concepts, such center of gravity in relation to balance, and levers.
In addition, collecting and working with natural objects starts some great discussions about natural science. We had some interesting conversations about pine trees (conifers) and how they differ from the oak trees (why do some trees have acorns and some have pine cones? What do the pine cones do?)
Leaving these pieces in the park is like leaving a little gift for others. It’s kind of funny how these unusual little arrangements grab so much attention from passers-by! But, they also teach kids an interesting concept of impermanence and renewal. The sculpture might not be there the next time they go back. Or, it might change. This, too, is part of nature.
We went to 16 Handles after camp today for some froyo. I have no idea how this happened, but Max somehow managed to operate a machine all by himself and get himself some yogurt. That in and of itself is kind of amazing, but what totally floors me is his choice of flavors. He didn’t choose Nutella, he didn’t choose caramel, or birthday cake, or chocolate, or any of the other flavors you might expect a kid like him to, “sneak.” He chose, “breakfast cereal,” a flavor designed to taste like the milk left over from a bowl of corn flakes. Leave it to Max to pick the blandest flavor in the store…
Little is known about the mysterious Innaforte people, despite the fact that they live all over the world, practicing their strange custom of spontaneously erecting structures, usually within existing dwellings, out of found materials. Their methods of construction and engineering are generally haphazard and precarious, but the structures go up quickly. Today, I experienced a first hand encounter with this friendly, yet secretive tribe, which I will document here.
Autumn in Central Park means acorns everywhere! Max loves acorns, and collected quite a stockpile. Needless to say, we had to find things to do with them, aside from throwing them up into the air. These necklaces wear inspired by Max calling the tops of the acorns, “hats.” They’re pretty easy to make, and all you need are acorns, embroidery floss or yarn, and some Tacky Glue.