"Choo-choo!" If you are a parent of a pre-school kid, chances are you've whiled away many hours of your life playing trains. Thomas trains, to be exact. But have you ever held that little wooden train and wondered where he came from? How much do you know about Sir Topham Hatt's "most useful engine"? Here's a brief design history of how Thomas grew from a father's gift into a toy beloved the world over.
Little kids need little backpacks—just enough to hold lunch or a snack and a few little treasures, but not so much that they are weighed down and uncomfortable. If your toddler or preschooler is headed off to daycare, school, or camp, here are some cute options for small backpacks sized just right for small kids.
Buying your child's first backpack is a rite of passage for both of you. After years of hauling around everything they need - it's their turn to tote their belongings. They feel like a "big kid" but they don't yet need a big kid backpack. Here are some on the diminutive side, around 12"-13" tall - enough to carry the essentials without overloading them.
There are any number of children's books that are written with the parents who are doing the actual reading in mind. Clever turns of phrase and subtle pop-culture references make the fortieth time through just a bit more bearable. Throw in a dash of dialogue straight from an old-time suspense-laden radio serial and a bumbling yet loveable hero/villain as the main protagonist, and you have got yourself a winner.
Welcome to Adrienne's stylish digs. This young lady inhabits what is rightly described as "black, white and chic all over" by the design team Sissy+Marley. Fresh off the launch of their new line of wallpaper, the designers used their DROPS paper as the starting point for the room's bold monochromatic palette.
Last week, my daughter and I were reading some winter-centric books. She pointed out that all of the them had 'lots and lots of snow' and wondered why we hadn't had any 'real' snow yet. It's amazing how much can change in a week. While this major storm blankets the Northeast I plan to settle in with the kids, read some books and map out our next adventure. Over and Under the Snow might as well be a blueprint for how to spend a perfect snowy day outside.
Winter can make everyday kid stuff even more time consuming and unorganized. Teachers accustomed to wrangling a room full of kids have honed their classroom habits and routines, and borrowing some of their best ideas can streamline arrivals and departures while keeping clutter and dirt at bay.
If you have kids, toys are an important and unavoidable fixture of your home. You know this, and you also know that the sheer volume can easily get out of hand if you're not intentional about the flow of toys into your home. If you are trying to get a handle on your kids' toys this year, here are some strategies to help you plan and manage what comes in and stays in your home: