Materials needed: crushed or cubed pieces of ice in a bowl or bucket vinegar food coloring medicine dropper baking soda little test tubes (optional) Check it out here!

Fizzy Ice Science Activity

Car ramps can help teach kids the basics about forces in motion. We started off by brainstorming all of the items we had in the house that we could make ramps with. Here’s our list… blocks lids cardboard boxes poster board books pillow cushions Check it out here!

Car Ramp Science with Kids

Materials needed: giant container or freezer safe bowl little plastic toys food coloring turkey basters salt a cup baking pin w/ a rim water Check it out here!

Ice Excavation Experiment

Materials needed: cornstarch water big tubs (we used plastic cake pan lids) pumpkin pie spice plastic skeletons plastic spiders plastic pumpkin pumpkin shaped mold filled with orange water and frozen Check it out here!

Halloween Goop for Kids!

The 2 activities here are Ramp Drip Painting and Milky Color Explosions. Materials needed for Ramp Drip Painting: white contact paper, scissors, eye droppers, cups, paint, water, two trays, and wooden blocks. Materials needed for Milky Color Explosions: pie tin, toothpick, whole milk, cups, liquid water color, droppers, and dish soap. Check […]

2 Simple Science Activities for Toddlers

Self-control means being able to express and cope with strong emotions in appropriate ways—for a toddler, this may mean saying “I’m mad at you” instead of biting. Self-control also involves thinking skills, as we decide which of our impulses to act on. Developing self-control begins at birth and continues across […]

Help Your Child Develop Self-Control

In the fall of 1979, Yalda Modabber had just moved from Iran back to her birthplace in Boston. Her timing was bad: Just weeks later later, a group of armed Iranians took more than 60 U.S. citizens hostage at the U.S. Embassy in Iran. As a result, her fellow students […]

Why We Should Teach Empathy to Preschoolers

What exactly is crossing the midline? I’ve learned a lot about this from my Occupational Therapy colleagues. Think of the midline as an imaginary line that runs down the middle part of the body that divides the body into the right and left sides.  Crossing the midline means that a […]

Crossing The Midline Activities – Summer Themed

Cling film art is not about the merits mess vs mess-free processes, it’s simply another fun art idea that creates awesome colour blends and abstract unique pieces. Check it out here!

Cling Film Art

HOW TO MAKE: Find various fabrics and materials and hot glue to a hula hoop. Our sensory hoop ☺ A post shared by @beckys_treasure_baskets on Apr 7, 2017 at 10:46am PDT  

DIY Baby Sensory Hoop

Scenario 1: I sit the children down promptly at 10:00 am at the art table. Billy was in the middle of building an amazing castle in the block area, including a moat and a drawbridge. But its ART time. The schedule printed on the wall says so. Read the full […]

Watch Them Bloom

When confronted with the fallout of childhood trauma, why do some children adapt and overcome, while others bear lifelong scars that flatten their potential? A growing body of evidence points to one common answer: Every child who winds up doing well has had at least one stable and committed rela­tionship […]

The Science of Resilience: Why Some Children Can Thrive Despite Adversity

On July 8, 2014, I published a post titled “Why so many kids can’t sit still in school today” by Angela Hanscom, a pediatric occupational therapist. Ever since then, the idea has struck a chord with readers around the world, still drawing a big audience along with some of the […]

The Consequences of Forcing Young Kids to Sit Too Long in Class

Books went flying down to the ground. Screams filled the dining room. My heart skipped a beat as I quickly assessed the situation for injuries and damages. You know that feelings when you aren’t so sure if all your kids are alright? Realizing that nobody was hurt I moved on to […]

One Important Step to Take After Correcting Misbehavior

The late Dr. Benjamin Spock, who wrote the perennial best seller, Dr. Spock’s Baby and Child Care, was severely criticized for his laissez-faire approach to child rearing. He was blamed for weakening parental authority and producing an entire generation of disrespectful and unruly children. To the man on the street, […]

How to Raise a Brat