Flower Rubbings

flower rubbingMany of us are familiar with the craft of making leaf rubbings. You find a sturdy leaf and put a piece of paper over it. Using a crayon without a paper wrapper, rub back and forth to get the impression of the leaf on the paper. Lovely.

But I recently learned about flower rubbings–or flower poundings. Using the flowers’ natural color, you can create a rubbing that picks up the color from the natural flower dye onto a paper. Continue reading “Flower Rubbings”

Playing Card Games

Card games are great for low cost fun and learning!

When I was very young, my Grammy taught me how to play gin rummy and a few other card games. I will always remember being amazed at how fast she could shuffle the cards!

I had graduated beyond WAR and Go Fish. Grammy was an avid gin rummy player, and she started me out on a 7-card variation (10 cards, the standard, was too many cards for me to hold in my little hand!) Continue reading “Playing Card Games”

Apple Taste Test

Need a creative rainy-day activity that’s fun AND encourages adventurous eating? Try an apple taste test!

Collect a variety of apples such as: Gala, Red Delicious, Honeycrisp, or Granny Smith.

At home, line up the apples and make observations with your budding scientist. What do you see? Is the apple round or oval? Red, green, or yellow? Shiny or dull? Which apple would you guess is the sweetest?    Continue reading “Apple Taste Test”

I Spy Bottle

I Spy bottles can keep little ones interested and big ones busy. All you need is an empty plastic bottle, such as a water bottle or empty beverage container, and some interesting objects to put inside.

First, place some small items in the bottle such as beads, mancala stones, paper clips, crayons, small blocks, dice, small bouncy balls, Legos, tiny shells, or anything else you think might draw interest!  Continue reading “I Spy Bottle”