Marshmallow Painting — Art


This is a very easy art method to use with your children.  We simply squirted out blobs of different colored tempera paint onto foam plates and dot-painted with marshmallows.

You can use mini, regular-sized or jumbo ones.  You can even find novelty-shaped marshmallows during the holidays.

Just be prepared to let your kids eat a few marshmallows on the side!


My youngest daughter enjoyed making an abstract picture.

Life Skill – Raking


It’s that time of year again!  When fall comes around, there will be a lot of raking going on at our house.  We have two trees which shed leaves, plus overflow from two of the neighbors’ trees.  Another one of our trees dumps a lot of pine needles, which are rather a pain to rake.

We usually end up with somebody wanting our bags of leaves for their garden and our pine needles for their blueberries.  That’s fine with me–I’d rather not haul them!

The kids offered their services this year in helping with the raking.  Not only does this count as a physical education activity, but it’s teaching them real-life skills, as well.  It’s a glorious thing when kids can engage in activities which teach them, and help the family function more smoothly at the same time!


My three-year-old was very excited to find this boxelder bug in the yard.  She asked me to take a picture of it.