Igniting Young Minds2020-12-14T11:22:03-07:00

DIY Tin Can Pencil Holder

DIY, What to Make|

As your kids gets a little older, you'll find that you've amassed a wide selection of arts and crafts supplies. You'll also find that locating places to store these items grows more difficult. This project will at least take care of where to store all of those pencils, pens, and markers. With a little bit of your help, your child can make a DIY tin can pencil holder pretty easily. What You Need Tin can [...]

St. Patrick’s Day Snack: Sweet Shamrock Pretzels

What to Eat|

With St. Patrick's Day right around the corner now is the time to start figuring out the tasty treat you plan on creating for the day for the wearing of the green. Instead of just picking up a container of shamrock cookies from the supermarket, why not invest a little time in a semi-homemade treat that'll please your whole family? This St. Patrick's day snack recipe is from Spoonful. Ingredients: Refrigerated breadstick dough Cinnamon Green sugar [...]

Make Your Own Edible Arrangement

What to Make|

We know you've seen fruit bouquets or "edible arrangements" before. We know how expensive they are, believe me I've ordered one. How awesome would it be to make your own edible fruit arrangements? They're perfect for entertaining or a last minute gift - and they're a great activity to get the kids involved with too, and these are some ingredients (unlike raw cookie dough) you won't mind you kids sneaking bites of. You'll Need A [...]

3 Products to Bring Out Your Child’s Inner Artist

I Want That|

Pablo Picasso once said that, "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up." Kids are filled with creativity and it's important to harness that creative impulse. Continuing to be artistic as they grow up would be a great perk, of course, but for now, you can do everything in your power to provide your kid with an artistic outlet. What follows are three products that are [...]

Sense of Sight – A Few Experiments Worth Seeing

Mini Scientists|

In studying about our Fives Senses, we have enjoyed exploring our sense of touch, hearing, and taste. Our most recent exploration has been with our sense of sight.  We rely very much on our sight to move around and see things every day.  Our eyes are very complex in how they work. Home Science Tools gives a great explanation: How do our eyes work? The little dark circle in the center of each of your eyes [...]

Kids Birthday Cake Ideas


Today we have some kids birthday cake ideas to get you thinking about the next cake you'll make. Ordering a cake from a supermarket is such a no-no and you know which ones I'm talking about: the quarter slab 60% icing monstrosities kids seem to love... Okay, if someone handed me a piece of Costco cake I wouldn't turn it down but I also wouldn't feel very good about it. And yes... I would probably [...]

Paper Cup String Phone

Mini Scientists|

Does your little one pretend to talk on the phone with you?  We have a few pretend phones the children play with, and it's quite funny to hear their conversation.  They greet and say good-bye in the same manner as I do too, which I find pretty amusing. We had more fun with the idea of "calling" each other and made the classic paper cup string phone.  Who knew two paper cups and a long [...]

Children’s Art

Your Daily Zen|

Children's art should be fun and full of their personality. If this means that their final project looks different than you imagined, or not as neat as you thought -- that's exactly how it should be! Go with it, and enjoy that smile on your child's face that comes with the feeling of pride from making their own art work!

Easy Brunch Ideas for Kids

What to Eat|

I love brunch, you love brunch. What about kids brunch though? Our idea of a successful brunch might be bottomless mimosas and a twist on a traditional eggs benny - but that's not exactly kid friendly is it? I have a couple go-to easy brunch ideas for kids that they'll enjoy: English-Muffin Egg Pizzas You'll Need 4  Whole wheat English muffins Olive oil Tomato slices 2 hard boiled eggs, sliced Grated mozzarella Oregano Kosher salt Directions [...]

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