Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Touring Boston - What to Know About Visiting the Bunker Hill Monument & Museum with Kids

One of the last stops of the Boston Freedom Trail is the Bunker Hill Monument.  For two years I could see the spire of the monument light up at night from my apartment window, but somehow whenever we went on the Freedom Trail or took visiting friends or family we always got distracted from the Freedom Trail about the time we went near Mike's Pastries and never finished the second half.

What to Know About Visiting the Bunker Hill Monument & Museum with Kids


When my parents came to town to visit I was determined that we were going to do the full trail so that I would finally see both the USS Constitution and the Bunker Hill Monument.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Toddler Letters - "Q" is for "Quail"


Toddler/Preshooler letter of the week craft Q is for Quail with related craft, tracing sheets and fruits/vegetables.

Toddler/Preshooler letter of the week craft Q is for Quail with related craft, tracing sheets and fruits/vegetables.

Supplies Needed:

  • Colored Craft Paper
  • Letter "Q" Cutout
  • Elmer's Glue
  • Scissors 
  • Googly Eyes
  • Orange Pipe Cleaner
  • Colored Feathers
  • Markers

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Touring Boston - What to Know About Visiting Plymouth Rock and the Mayflower II with Kids

In addition to visiting the Plimouth Plantation I would highly recommend continuing the adventure by visiting Plymouth Rock (Free... though... not as impressive as I was expecting) and the Mayflower II.

Plymouth Rock is a fairly small rock, I feel like my toddler could have climbed it, surrounded by a monument and a bunch of fences.  It about a thirty second tour and then you've seen it and there is not much else to be done.

What to Know About Visiting Plymouth Rock and the Mayflower II with Kids


On the other hand Plymouth Rock is located on the same beach as the Mayflower II, which is worth a tour.  The Mayflower II is a replica of the original ship (Mayflower).  It was also built in England and sailed to Plymouth.  The ship was tiny!  The original ship had 130 passengers and we learned that the pilgrims all had to stay below decks (100 or so of them) along with all the animals they brought (goats, chickens & dogs.) They ended up landing at Plymouth in December (brrr) and then dying off due to exposure.  Only two people died while sailing over, and half of all the passengers and crew members died after they landed. Yikes!  All in all they ended up trapped on the ship and below decks for 7 months, though sailing there only took 2 months... the rest of the hardship was finding somewhere to live and building shelters.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Toddler A-Z - Objects That Start with the Letter "V"

Big list of objects that start with letter V

A group of my friends started doing something we are calling Toddler Time and each week we choose a letter to focus on.  I realized that finding objects that start with the letter of the week can be a challenge and I thought it might be helpful to have a long list of "V" letter objects them on hand.  If I've missed something drop me a note in the comments, I would be thrilled to add even more letter "V" objects.

  1. Vacation Home
  2. Vaccine
  3. Vacuum
  4. Valentine
  5. Valise
  6. Valley
  7. Valve
  8. Van
  9. Vane
  10. Vanilla

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Touring Boston - What to Know About Visiting the Plymouth Plantation with Kids

Recently we headed down to Plymouth to see the Plimouth (original spelling) Plantation.  There they have  recreated the village to mimicked the original one, and they have actors who walk around talking like old English people and answering questions etc.  It sounded cool and we had heard lots of good things about it.

What to Know About Visiting the Plymouth Plantation with Kids


On the plantation you start by visiting the Indian Village and I was a little hesitant about this part, not because I didn't want to see and learn from the Native Americans, but because I was afraid it would seem... I don't know, exploitative and wrong somehow. The Native Americans were dressed in traditional garb, but they didn't speak like actors, instead they told us about what life used to be like for their tribes and it was really cool.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Toddler A-Z - Objects That Start with the Letter "U"

Big list of objects that start with letter U

A group of my friends started doing something we are calling Toddler Time and each week we choose a letter to focus on.  I realized that finding objects that start with the letter of the week can be a challenge and I thought it might be helpful to have a long list of "U" letter objects them on hand.  If I've missed something drop me a note in the comments, I would be thrilled to add even more letter "U" objects.

  1. UFO
  2. URL
  3. USA
  4. Ugli Fruit
  5. Ukulele
  6. Ultra Violet
  7. Umbrella
  8. Umpire
  9. Uncle
  10. Under Ground

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Touring Boston - What to Know About Visiting Mount Auburn Cemetery with Kids

Mount Auburn Cemetery was the first Rural Cemetery in the United States and it has been designated as a national landmark.  It also seems to be one of those places that shows up frequently on the "Must See/Things to Do in Boston" lists.

We decided to check it out and see what all the hype was about.  We went in early May, it was still jacket weather but the flowers were out and the greenery was gorgeous.

What to Know About Visiting Mount Auburn Cemetery with Kids


This cemetery is huge and it's a very green a peaceful place to be.  Flowers and attractive bushes are everywhere and there are plenty of paths to walk along and interesting headstones to see.  As far as bringing kids along I thought it was great.  There was lots of space for them to move about, lots to explore and we weren't getting in anyone's way as we toured the area.  The chapel was gorgeous and we loved being able to walk around and enjoy so many amazing flowers.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Toddler A-Z - 100 Objects That Start with the Letter "T"

Big list of objects that start with letter T

A group of my friends started doing something we are calling Toddler Time and each week we choose a letter to focus on.  I realized that finding objects that start with the letter of the week can be a challenge and I thought it might be helpful to have a long list of "T" letter objects them on hand.  If I've missed something drop me a note in the comments, I would be thrilled to add even more letter "T" objects.

  1. T-Shirt
  2. Tabasco Sauce
  3. Table
  4. Table Mat
  5. Tablet
  6. Tack
  7. Tacos
  8. Tadpole
  9. Taffy
  10. Tag

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Fantastic, Little Known, Cambridge Parks - 5 Things to Know About Dana Park (Includes a Petting Zoo and Drum Circle!)

Dana park is a great little park and over the summer they have events going on all the time to make the park even more fun.  It's got a nice green spaces, two different playgrounds - one for kids above 4 years old and one for kids younger than 4, a sand pit with an small water spout in it that makes it irresistible to sand lovers, a basket ball court, and a splash pad.  If you're looking for a park that has it all this makes for a great destination.

Fantastic, Little Known, Cambridge Parks - 5 Things to Know About Dana Park (Includes a Petting Zoo and Drum Circle!)