Andrea Mulder-Slater: The Art of Childhood

Apr
25
2017

5 Paper Flowers Crafts for Mother's Day that Won't Die

Cut flowers are beautiful. Until they aren't. So ask for these instead.

Cut flowers are beautiful. Until they aren't. So ask for these beautiful kid-crafted flowers instead for Mother's Day. | DIY | Crafts | YMC

Nothing boosts my mood like the scents and shades of fresh cut flowers. Except for chocolate. Or maybe cheese. But this is not a post about chocolate or cheese; this is a post about flowers.

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Mar
15
2017
These easy DIY Spring Sun Catchers will not only keep birds from crashing into your glass doors, they'll bring some bright colour into your life! And your kids will have lots of fun making them. | YMC

“Mom,” whispered the small voice over the phone, “We have a situation.”

I was out running errands when I found out yet another chickadee had flown into our sliding glass door. This time – as in the past – my husband and daughter carried the small limp patient into the house and began nursing it back to health by placing it in a warm blanket in a lidded box, and uttering plenty of encouraging words. 

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Feb
07
2017

Gluten, Sugar and Nut-Free Muffins That Don't Suck

Healthy Enough for Breakfast, Yummy Enough for a Midday Snack

I’m an oatmeal girl.

I start my days filling up on a bowl full of hot steel cut oats, flavoured with a touch of salt and butter. Sometimes I get wild and crazy and throw on a drizzle of honey, a handful of raisins and a few almonds.

My daughter – on the other hand – is not an oatmeal girl. At least, she isn’t one anymore.

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Jan
09
2017

Kitchen Art: Raid Your Pantry to Make Fun Snow Dough

The homemade concoction that's guaranteed to make your kids smarter

Kitchen Dough Art

Sometimes referred to as cloud dough, this homemade concoction is a hit with kids of all ages… particularly preschoolers. 

A little like sand (without the grit) and a bit like snow (without the cold), this delightful dough is super easy to make, fun to work with and easy to clean up.

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Dec
11
2016

5 Minute Super Cute Christmas Tree Crafts

Only You'll Know How Easy They Are to Make

Christmas tree craft for kids

I’m a big fan of keeping things simple, which is why I love these two Christmas tree craft ideas.

You need little more than paper, glue and a few glittery bits to pull off something that requires just a few minutes of your time, yet looks like it took hours to plan and create. And only you’ll know the truth because I promise not to tell.

Ready? Let’s begin.

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Nov
28
2016

Teach Your Kids to Master the 9 Times Tables in a Cinch

This trick will leave you wondering, "What sorcery is this?"

Math Trick Nine 9 times tables

Everything I know about multiplication, I learned from a man dressed in a kangaroo suit.

Math Patrol was an educational television program which ran on TVOntario in the late 1970s / early 1980s and I loved everything about it. Each episode featured Sydney – an undercover detective in a giant marsupial outfit – solving primary school level math problems and cracking cases assigned to him by his enigmatic boss, Mr. Big.

Math Patrol

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Nov
10
2016

Painting With Forks (and Other Ways to Fake Being an Artist)

Channel Your Inner Abstract Expressionist with this Ridiculously Simple Artmaking Technique

Your life will never be the same after you learn how to do this.

Hands up if you’ve ever thought about painting a picture, only to talk yourself out of it because, first off, you don’t know how to paint and also, you don’t want to waste precious art supplies because after all, you don’t know how to paint.

Sound familiar?

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Oct
25
2016

3 Canadian-Themed Crafts for Creative & Adventurous Kids

Crafts Kids can make for (and with) their Maplelea Girls Doll

3 Canadian-Themed Crafts for Creative & Adventurous Kids #MapleleaGirls | YMCKids | YMCShopping | YummyMummyClub.ca

My daughter loves exploring the great outdoors. Whether it’s making mud pies, walking through the woods looking for squirrels, or sitting and watching honeybees collect nectar, she has always been right at home with nature. This is why it was no surprise that when it came time for her to choose a Maplelea Girl for herself, she picked Taryn, an environmentalist from Alberta who loves to hike and paint.

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Oct
17
2016

Your Kids Can Make a Bejeweled Collection of Acorn Cap Gems

Capture the Colours of Autumn with this Easy Nature Craft

Make Pretty Jewel Tone Acorn Cap Gems

I adore the colours of fall.

Whether it’s rusty red, forest green, golden yellow, midnight blue or juicy raisin, there’s something so cozy about the rich jewel tones that cover the landscape on crisp Autumn days.

Walking through fall leaves.

My kiddo loves the sound of fallen leaves crunching beneath her feet and has long delighted in collecting mountains of twigs and seed pods during our Autumn walks.

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Sep
12
2016

So You Want to Be a Homeschooler...

How to Homeschool - Your Questions Answered

What makes parents think they can teach their own children?

Homeschooling is on the rise.

More than 60,000 Canadian children are being educated outside public and private school systems. This represents 1 to 2 % of the school-age population and these numbers only include those who are officially registered. Meanwhile, in the US, there are somewhere in the neighbourhood of 2.3 million kids (or 3 to 4%) learning outside of traditional classrooms.

So what gives?

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Aug
23
2016
Find out what can cause hair to suddenly pack up a suitcase and leave home. | Health | YummyMummyClub.ca

I was born with a full head of hair. I’m talking about the kind of tufts that would look right at home in an advertisement for baby hair gel... if babies used hair gel. Looking back, it’s entirely possible my penchant for hair product first began when – as a toddler – I styled my locks with oatmeal.

By the time I could ride a bike, the only way to contain my mop was a tidy, at-home-mullet, courtesy of mom.

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Aug
11
2016
Perimenopause | YummyMummyClub.ca

I have a new friend. You may have met her.

In fact, if you’re a woman hurtling through her 40s, then I can pretty much guarantee the two of you have crossed paths - at least once.

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Jul
18
2016
Sure, rainbow rice is fantastic when it comes to sensory play, and games but it is also a terrific material to use when creating works of art.

A number of years ago, my friend Sharon came up with a clever way to keep her two children occupied. She dyed some rice a variety of different colours, threw it into a storage bin with a bunch of small toys and let the children have at it. It was like a giant game of I Spy that never, ever ended. Of course I had to try it too and when I did, my kiddo dove in with both hands (and feet).

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8 Creative and Fun Art Projects to Make with Thrift Shop Finds

I think we can all agree that reusing, recycling, and upcycling materials is a good idea.

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Jun
27
2016
110 Screen Free Summer Activites for Kids | YummyMummyClub.ca

Summertime, and the living is easy. At least, it should be.

But you don’t have to take my word for it because as is customary this time of year, all manner of parents, bloggers, news reporters and child psychologists are chanting the same warm-weather mantra:

Give your kids the gift of an unscheduled summer.

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Jun
17
2016
They are words to live by. And so, I do. | YummyMummyClub.ca

I always liked my parents.

Although, things did get iffy when I was 13 and both of them went through a non-stop polyester pants wearing phase.

But I liked them before that. And after… you know, once they embraced denim.

When I was in my early 20s, I declared that even if I weren’t related to my mom and dad, I’d still choose to hang out with them. I didn’t find out until years later that this statement made my father so proud, he shared it with nearly everyone he met.

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Jun
03
2016

You've Never Eaten Chocolate Like This Before

Lick it old-school with this straight-from-the-1970s recipe

Chocolate Toast | YummyMummyClub

I grew up in the 1990s.

Ok, I also grew up in the 1980s.

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May
25
2016

Your Kids Won't Fail in Life if You Send Them Here

Want to Succeed in Life? Get Thee to Art School.

If you want your kids to be successful in life, send them to art school. This is why. | Parenting | YummyMummyClub.ca

I've had a hell of a time coming up with a clever introduction for this article. I’ve struggled to write something witty, informative and catchy. But the words will not materialize. So instead, I’m just going to cut to the chase…

If you want your kids to be successful in life, send them to art school.

Yes, you read that right. And it’s not for the reasons you might think.

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May
03
2016

Kitchen Art: Homemade Finger Paint

Easy to make. Easy to use. Easy to clean.

This finger paint is easier to make than it is to get in the car and drive to the craft store to buy it!  | DIY | YummyMummyClub.ca

I’m going to let you in on a little secret. Making your own finger paint is easier than getting in the car, driving to the craft store, walking up and down the aisles, asking Cranky Customer Service Pam for help, deciphering ingredient lists to determine toxicity, and driving home empty handed (except for maybe some glitter).

True story.

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May
02
2016

Paper Doily Bowls Kids Can Make for Mom

Give her a pretty place to stash her stuff

Paper Doily Crafts for Kids | YummyMummyClub.ca

If there’s one thing all mothers need, it’s a place to stash their stuff including (but not limited to) rings, necklaces and treasures presented to them by their children.

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