- Take 2 Rubber Bands and without twisting, loop them around the red end and slide down the catapult arm.
- Give one simple twist, twisting both Rubber Bands together.
- Feed them between the two round pieces (the joint of the catapult arm and the arm stopper). Sometimes this can be a little tight.
- Lift the toy up so the bottom release lever hangs freely. Feed the rubber bands through the space between the lower round piece and the release lever.
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The knitting fork creates a lanyard of interwoven loops, just like the knitting created with a tower or two needles. You will create loops around the tines of the knitting fork and then “jump” the lower loops over the upper loops. The set-up of the yarn is the trickiest part, just as casting onto needles the first time can be challenging.
- Thread your knitting fork with your ball of yarn below the fork, pulling the end of the yarn upward,
The balance scale is assembled by inserting the bolt from the front. The twist-adjuster is the front of the balance beam.
The bead goes between the balance beam and the upright piece and is held in place by the same bolt.
Insert the bolt so that the arm can still move freely side to side, but it is stable front to back.
By Francesca Singer
Looking for a different kind of DIY project to do with your children? Try a terrarium.
Let’s face it: Kids and dirt go together. Creating a terrarium gives them a chance to bring a little dirt and nature inside. Plant a woodland terrarium of your own using glass containers, moss, plants, and soil. Include crystals or other natural objects to make your terrarium personalized. Experiencing the great outdoors has never been easier!
- Glass containers (jars, bottles,
Johnny Appleseed Day is a little-known holiday; no one gets the day free from work or school, but you might choose to mark September 26 with your kids as a way to reinforce harvest time and generosity. The story of Johnny Appleseed was one of my children’s favorites. We had a fairly recent biography rather than the more fabled version of his life. But his quirky commitment to the apple tree, as well as the good he tried to spread … Read More...
We are very happy to have this beautiful German rocking horse. We have finally found one that ships flat which makes it possible for us to import it. That does mean some assembly is required. This post is to guide you through assembly and we hope it helps make the experience easier.
- 1 Allen key (included)
- 2 Phillips screwdrivers (you can get away with one, but two will make tightening easier)
- 1 mallet or hammer (be gentle if you
naturalist- an expert in or student of natural history.
Synonyms- life scientist, wildlife expert, biologist, zoologist, ecologist, environmentalist…
Children, given the opportunity, are often intensely interested in nature, how it works, who lives there with them, and how all the pieces interrelate. For many, they only need a little support to spend hours watching ants or birds, to follow tracks through the snow or mud, or to monitor the growth of a garden plant. They like to learn the names … Read More...
Children are born explorers. From newborns with wide-eyed absorption to babies tasting and testing, mastering their hands and developing mobility to toddlers building, destroying, climbing, and mimicking. This curiosity is their early education and as parents and caregivers, we can bolster their confidence and support their explorations through the experiences, environments, and playthings we provide.
For newborns and small babies, parents can resist the cultural trend toward increased stimulation. When we foster situations that help a baby settle … Read More...
Bedtime can be a last bright spot in the day you and your children share. It can also be the final hurdle between parenting time and personal time for adults and a difficult goodbye for little ones. Figuring out a routine that honors everyone’s needs at the end of the day can help make this an anticipated moment in the day and can ease the the way to dreamland.
- Bath time can come before dinner. We did this more with
Earth Day is all about caring for the environment. It started with a desire to protect air, water, and endangered species for generations to come. It has grown to include a focus on the dangers of global warming and the need for clean energy. All of these can feel like a tall order, and our first job as parents is to bring awareness to our children in an age-appropriate way.
One way to do this is to first inspire a … Read More...