photo credit: thewritestart.typepad.comI've tried a handful of ways to keep my kids' writing and art supplies organized such that they are easy to access and easy to hide when not in use. As we start preparing for the new school year, I'm already thinking about what to do with their workspace.
Jennifer from The Write Start created a "carousel of creativity" by using a simple and inexpensive Lazy Susan from Ikea (US$8). Colored and regular pencils, markers, watercolors, crayons and other supplies are housed in canning jars.
I dig this idea because it keeps all the supplies in one spot. You could easily add a few more jars for counting buttons, erasers and maybe a glue stick/ruler (the essential "trifecta" for early grade school kids). And? You can quickly put it away when homework/crafty time is done.
How do you store your kid's writing and art supplies?
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- Charlene Prince Birkeland, Senior Editor | Work + Money – Fri, Jul 17, 2009 6:37 AM EDT
photo credit: thewritestart.typepad.comI've tried a handful of ways to keep my kids' writing and art supplies organized such that they are easy to access and easy to hide when not in use. As we start preparing for the new school year, I'm already thinking about what to do with their workspace.Read More »from An easy way to organize your kid's writing and art supplies
photo credit: skiptomylou.netI've somehow managed to avoid this thing called "moon sand" from entering our home. Don't hate me.Read More »from Crafty mamas help their kids make...DIY moon sand
But you? You should totally try this DIY moon sand project with your kids (insert wicked laugh). Outdoors. Away from any door leading into your home.
I kid, I kid.
We'll be making Skip to My Lou's DIY moon sand next week during a summer camp slump. The supply list is simple: corn starch, colored sand (I found this at Michaels) and water. And take note of the photos in the tutorial--it's really important to keep the moon sand contained to avoid a curse fest during clean up.
More crafty mama ideas on Shine:
Crafty mamas help their kids make...cardboard masterpieces
Crafty mamas can try making...a DIY color book for little ones
Crafty mamas help their kids make....homemade playdough
Crafty mamas help their kids make...wooden robots
Crafty mamas let their kids make...make postcards out of cereal boxes
Crafty mamas help their kids send... a message in a bottle
- Charlene Prince Birkeland, Senior Editor | Parenting – Wed, Jul 15, 2009 9:41 PM EDT
Photo Credit: Getty ImagesMany woman and couples dream of starting a family and having their own babies. But are they going to extremes without thinking of the future ramifications of fertility treatments and having multiples?Read More »from Fertility abuse: Are we crossing the line in the quest to have kids?
According to news reports out of Spain, 69-year-old Maria del Carmen Bousada, the oldest woman in the world to give birth, has died. Her twin sons are two years old, and it appears that Bousada's brother, Ricardo, will help raise the kids.
Bousada gave birth to her sons, Pau and Christian, when she was 66 years old. She came to the U.S. to receive in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment because she apparently could not receive fertility treatments in Spain due to her age.
Bousada went to Pacific Fertility Clinic in Los Angeles, Calif. for treatment and she lied about her age, saying she was 55. The clinic claims she falsiified documents to hide her real age. Nonetheless, the clinic still conducted fertility treatments on what they assumed was a 55-year-old woman who had been menopausal
- Charlene Prince Birkeland, Senior Editor | Parenting – Tue, Jul 14, 2009 7:36 AM EDT
photo credit: brent ward/sf chronicleThe 80th MLB All-Star Game starts at 5pm PST on Tuesday (July 14th). I always remember watching the All-Star Game as a kid, and the excitement of seeing my favorite players from both leagues take the field.
Players who've made the All-Star teams are the best of the best with a mix of fan favorites. If you're going to watch the game with your kids, I want to point out a few players that you should highlight to your kids. (Can you guess which league I want to win?)
- Tim Lincecum, pitcher, San Francisco Giants. I grew up in San Francisco and the Giants are my boys. I can't be more thrilled to see Tim Lincecum as the starting pitcher for the All-Star Game. The Cy Young Award winner is pure excitement on the mound and hands down, the best pitcher in baseball. He throws at 98 miles per hour and it's impossible to not watch his body mechanics when he pitches. (Hey, there's a reason they call him "The Freak.") Plus, he's just a nice guy.
- Albert Pujols, first base, St. Louis
- Charlene Prince Birkeland, Senior Editor | Parenting – Mon, Jul 13, 2009 8:33 PM EDT
Photo Credit: AFP/Pool/File/Gabriel Bouys)Last week I wrote about Michael Jackson's father keeping his eyes out for any entertainment potential in his grandkids, Prince Michael II, Paris, and "Blanket." Comments so far definitely share my need to cringe upon hearing that tidbit of info. But what surprises me were the Shine user comments saying that Michael's sister, Janet Jackson, should be appointed guardian of his kids.Read More »from Why do people think Janet Jackson should be the guardian of Michael Jackson's kids?
Shine user Siri said, "Sadly, the only person in this family I'd like to see get custody of all "3" of these children is Janet."
Rawrkaylaa added that, if it's not Janet, "Diana Ross should get those kids."
Another Hockey Fan said, "...Janet seems to make the best parent choice for the kids."
And more Shine users chimed in to agree.
I'm not sure Janet Jackson is even on the table as an option to be the guardian of Michael Jackson's children. But I do wonder why folks think she's the next logical choice.
Is it because during his memorial, she stood by the kids and showed off her maternal comforting skills
Big ideas come from little minds. And it's important for parents to foster curiosity and a love of learning at an early age.Read More »from A smart workspace for your little genius
My preschooler recently started asking if he could have a desk in his room. He doesn't have homework, but he's spent a fair amount of time seeing his big brother at his desk doing math, writing stories, or pretending to be a librarian. (It's an elaborate game where we all "check out" books the old-fashioned way...with date stamps and slips of paper. Did you do that when you were a kid? I did.)
I'm on a quest to find him a suitable workspace that is "his." I spied this very hip children's desk over at an equally hip new website, Mamaista. It's called the P'kolino Klick Desk and I must admit, I really, really dig it because it exudes a retro vibe and looks like a real school desk (but with so much more pizzaz). The seat has ample storage for art supplies and books. When pushed under the desk, it's super compact. I could see this easily looking sharp in a living
- Charlene Prince Birkeland, Senior Editor | Back To School – Mon, Jul 13, 2009 12:58 AM EDT
Since we're on the subject of school backpacks, it seems fitting to start talking about lunch bags. And let's face it; lunchtime is usually one of the best parts of the school day. The slide show includes bags from super cute to super simple and with normal use, they should survive many years of school.
What kinds of lunch bags are your kids bringing to school this upcoming year?Read More »from Itty bitty bites: Lunch boxes that will make your kids want to eat
- Charlene Prince Birkeland, Senior Editor | Back To School – Sat, Jul 11, 2009 7:50 AM EDT
You're not ready to deal with back-to-school shopping, right? Or maybe you are ready...because your kids are driving you nuts at home! My kids are set on their backpack front because we bought them most excellent bags last year. And yes, they still look as good as new even with some serious use. (It really does pay to invest in a good school bag.)
But if you find yourself in the position of having to help your kid select a new school bag for the upcoming year, check out the slide show for some of our favorite backpack picks for preschoolers to high school kids. You may find yourself paying more than thirty dollars for a backpack, but you'll also avoid having to buy a new bag every year. Each bag listed in the slide show is durable and lightweight. But perhaps more important for mom and dad, the bags are easy to clean.
And before you purchase any backpack for your kids, make sure you review our tips to pick out the best school bag. You'll want to know what to look for in a backpackRead More »from Back to School: Let the hunt for the perfect backpack begin
- Charlene Prince Birkeland, Senior Editor | Parenting – Fri, Jul 10, 2009 5:21 PM EDT
Michael Jackson's father, Joe, was interviewed by ABC News to discuss how he believes his son's death was "foul play." The segment appeared on "Good Morning America" today.Read More »from Michael Jackson's dad looks at entertainment potential in his grandkids
The elder Jackson said he and his wife, Katherine, should raise Michael's children, Prince Michael, 12, Paris, 11, and Blanket, 7, saying they would grow up to be "strong Jacksons."
Jackson was asked if "his eye" saw hints that his grandchildren could grow up to be performers. He said that Paris "wants to do something" and that Blanket "can really dance."
And I'm sure that most everyone cringed upon hearing those words come from his mouth.
- Charlene Prince Birkeland, Senior Editor | Shine Food – Fri, Jul 10, 2009 12:31 AM EDT
You know you're living the camping high life when you start the day with a scrumptious breakfast (we call it a "bird's nest" and I'm sure there about 20 other variations of it).
We recently camped at Butano State Park, which is about an hour's drive from most spots along Silicon Valley. We took a few side trips to Bean Hollow State Beach (gorgeous) and San Gregorio (funky), along with dinner one night at Duarte's Tavern (disappointing...the hostess yelled at me after they lost our reservations).
Butano State Park is ideal for family camping because the campsites are super kid- and parent-friendly. The walk-in sites require that you hike down a small hill to your spot, but once there your kids can play and roam in a very contained area. And the best part? You can easily keep an eye on them while they're exploring in the forest under the towering redwood trees (and searching for banana slugs).
Also? No mosquitoes.
Back to the bird's nest. They were made under theRead More »from Dispatch from the test kitchen (camping edition): A bird's nest