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Posts tagged ‘crafts’

Caterpickles cleans house, Part 4

Taking the summer off from answering questions on the blog would have worked a lot better if I’d established a Caterpickles Agreement with my daughter that she would take a summer off from asking them. I did not, alas, so now it’s time to catch up by answering several short questions about the history of tape, whether fire truck sirens are taped, and the relative heights of David and Goliath.

What’s The Eight-Year-Old reading this week?

Our mostly-weekly survey of the tidbits that cross The Eight-Year-Old’s desk. This week, The Eight-Year-Old takes a break from fishing to indulge in a bit of nostalgia reading about life in first-grade with Roscoe Riley Rules #1, homes with gigantic gardens in The Secret Garden, and those good old days when people still sent letters by post to Nancy Drew.

Holiday Gift Ideas for Six-Year-Olds

It’s the week before Thanksgiving, which means it’s time to start thinking about gifts your kids can make to give to their friends and family this holiday season. I came across this yummy recipe for a hot cocoa mix buried in a comment chain on some random cooking chat board earlier this fall. It makes vats and vats of mix, which means your kids can make enough to give to everybody — even themselves.

Kitty paleontology

Daddyo, on finding pellets of dried play-doh on our dining room table: “What’s this?” The Five-Year-Old, informatively: “The poop of the first kitties to ever walk…

“Are bean bags filled with beans?”

When my daughter first asked this question, I immediately assumed the answer was no. But much to my surprise, bean bags are sometimes actually filled with beans. Most of the time, though, they are filled with other things. In this post, we discuss the most common materials giving your bean bags that perfect combination of floppiness and heft.