Cookie Baking with Little Helpers (including three great recipes to try this year!)

Christmas and baking go together like Santa and his elves. When you have kids you want to include them in the process and there are safe and fun ways to do so from a young age. I’m sharing three family-friendly recipes (and suggested parts that kids of all ages can help with) to kick off your holiday baking binge this year!

Making Clouds: Weather Experiment Inspired by Frankie MacDonald

This month’s book club is weather related which was a lot of fun for us! Our favourite weather forecaster, Frankie MacDonald, and local author Sarah Sawler worked on this book together. After reading it we were inspired to do a weather experiment by creating a cloud right in our own home. Read on for how to do this simple and fun experiment with your kids AND your chance to win a copy of the book!

Mi’kmaw Animals & Learning Habitats: Itsy Bitsy Nimbus Book Club

This month’s book club book is called Mi’kmaw Waisisk/Mi’kmaw Animals by Alan Syliboy (published by Nimbus Publishing) and it is a board book for babies and toddlers. It has beautifully drawn images that will delight readers of all ages, along with the English and Mi’kmaw word for each animal, as well as the proper pronunciation of the Mi’kmaw word.

This book inspired our book club activity this month to teach babies, toddlers, and preschoolers about animal habitats, and learn a bit of a second language while they’re at it!

Ladybug & Bumblebee Tic Tac Toe

I posted last year about our attempt to makeover our backyard into a more natural play space and we’ve been working slowly and steadily on it since. Once idea I’d seen on Pinterest was a tic tac toe game using rocks so an a day trip recently we stopped by a beach and collected some smooth round rocks to do a Pinterest Test Drive to see if it worked as well as it appeared to online. Here is the process and our verdict on if it was a Pinterest Win or Fail…

How to Make Books With Kids: Itsy Bitsy Nimbus Book Club

**BOOK GIVEAWAY**

This month’s Itsy Bitsy Nimbus Book Club’s pick is the much anticipated “100 Things You Don’t Know about Atlantic Canada for Kids” by Sarah Sawler, published by Nimbus Publishing. Sarah first wrote an article for The Coast called “100 Things You Don’t Know About Halifax” that was wildly popular and it started expanding into more articles, then a book, and now a book for kids!

The Story Behind the IWK 5K: In Memory of Jessica

This annual community event is more than a really fun fundraiser for the IWK, it’s a way for one family to heal and give back, and for other families to find support and share their stories. Jennifer Manuel, the organizer and Jessica’s mother, shared the story of the origin of the event with us and how you and your family can help give back too.

Unique Summer Classes for Kids at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

The Summer School of the Arts at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia has an exciting new curriculum for kids this year to tap into all facets of their creative side, including producing a play, creating art with light, designing fabrics, making a one-of-a-kind quilt, and even putting on a parade. Read about why every child should have the opportunity to spend some time immersed in the arts.

EveryBody’s Different Feelings Basket: Itsy Bitsy Nimbus Book Club

** BOOK GIVEAWAY!! **

This month’s Itsy Bitsy Nimbus Book Club pick tackles a challenging topic with kids, talking about mental health. Sheree Fitch’s EveryBody’s Different on EveryBody Street (illustrations by Emma FitzGerald) manages to do so in a way kids can get; and we show you how to create a special Feelings Basket and space, and a Calm Down Jar for your home.

Ten Ideas for Earth Day Resolutions

It can be easy to forget the the Earth is in crisis on beautiful blue-sky, sunny days, or crisp, colourful autumn mornings, but the truth is unavoidable. Big change needs to happen … but big change starts with helping the smallest people on the planet understand the issue and build good Earth-friendly habits into their life from an early age.

Mess-Free Painting to Music: Itsy Bitsy Nimbus Book Club

*BOOK GIVEAWAY!*

I was inspired by the fun, lyrical text by Jill Barber and gorgeous illustrations by Sydney Smith in Music is For Everyone to create an activity this month that also combined art and music for our Itsy Bitsy Nimbus Book Club. This activity encourages the children to explore the musical genres in the book further and they end up with a unique piece of art! Bonus, it’s a mess-free activity so kids of all ages (and, yes, you parents will probably want a turn too!) can enjoy it.

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