Arts and crafts

Washi Tape Fashion Accessories

Pearl is obsessed with tape. If she's ever in a bad mood tape always brightens her spirits. She's been fighting a cold for the past week so we've been taking it easy. Less time at the playground means more time in the play room, which I don't mind at all. When Pearl stumbled upon the tape… Continue reading Washi Tape Fashion Accessories

Arts and crafts

Process Art for Toddlers: Cardboard Birthday Cake

There's no shortage of uses for cardboard in my life. I always like to steal a box or two out of the recycled bin for a new project. Fortunately, Pearl's parents received three packages all gradually larger in size just in time to make her a birthday cake...that's right. A cardboard birthday cake. A couple of weeks ago… Continue reading Process Art for Toddlers: Cardboard Birthday Cake

Arts and crafts

Playgroup Fun: Rainbow Spaghetti Party

Rainbow spaghetti is probably one of my favorite group activities. I first did it when I was teaching a baby art class right before I started caregiving Pearl. There's something just so whimsical and delightful about a huge batch of vivid rainbow spaghetti. What usually happens is the kids come in and stare at it in… Continue reading Playgroup Fun: Rainbow Spaghetti Party

early childhood education

Why Reggio Emilia?

I keep seeing the term Reggio-inspired. What does that mean? The term Reggio-inspired is a hot topic on the Internet, particularly among early childhood educators. The Reggio Emilia Approach is a unique school of thought that originated in Italy in response to Mussolini's dictatorship. A group of mothers and children decided to found their own school by creating… Continue reading Why Reggio Emilia?