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Thursday
Jul242014

nate the photographer

Usually Nate likes to be behind my camera while I'm taking photos, looking at the LCD screen and waiting for photos to pop up.  This makes it a little hard to get good photos of him at times since he’s always exiting the scene!  Here he is figuring out how to use a camera.  We purchased this camera by Little Sapling Toys at least a couple of years ago and it’s held up pretty well.  I love buying traditional wooden toys over toys with a lot of electronic features because my kids can engage with them in more creative ways.  I like this camera because it has the important elements of an SLR: a viewfinder, spinning dial, lens that turns to “focus" and a pretend LCD screen on the back to view photos.  I need to teach him how to say "Say cheese!" next.

Thursday
Jul172014

freshly picked

Avery had the chance to test drive a pair of Freshly Picked moccasins not too long ago.  She liked how soft they were and loved the color (radiant orchid, a limited edition).  Radiant orchid happens to be Pantone’s color of the year.  These adorable moccasins have definitely become an essential part of a baby’s wardrobe over the last couple of years but they are also fun for older kids to wear.  Striped shirt by Boden, jeans by Gap, suitcase from Paper Source.  A big thanks to Freshly Picked for sending us this pair of lovelies!

Wednesday
Jun112014

chopsticks

Chopsticks, written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrated by Scott Magoon, is a fun and endearing story about a pair of chopsticks who are the best of friends that do everything together.  After something happens, the chopsticks get separated and each decides to venture out on its own.  They have wonderful new experiences, but in the end, realize that things are always better when done together.

Thanks to The Land of Nod for sending us this book

Tuesday
Jun102014

printmaking

This is a rubbing plate from a recent printmaking experience that Avery had at preschool.  A tutorial for relief printing can be found on Artchoo!  There are collections of other printmaking ideas on The Crafty Crow and The Artful Parent.  Happy printing!

Wednesday
Jun042014

mixing it up

Avery and Nate fell in love with this wooden mixer right out of the box.  They were fascinated with how the beaters worked (using the knob to make the beaters turn) and they enjoyed pouring the “flour" and "brown sugar” in the mixing bowl.  We decided to make cupcakes using shredded paper, pom poms and this Animal Parade Cupcake Kit.  I wonder what these two pastry chefs will be mixing up next!  This little mixer is a great first “countertop appliance” for any play kitchen.

Thanks to The Land of Nod for sending us this mixer and cupcake kit.