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Author Archives: Sarah Williams

So Long, Farewell

So Long, Farewell So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, good night. I hate to go and leave this pretty sight. So long, farewell auf wiedersehen, adieu Adieu, adieu, to yieu and yieu and yieu. What else can we say, it’s been a fantastic ride and we’ve loved every minute of our time with Urban Parent. Sharing in the fun of parenthood ... Read More »

Time Well Spent: A Scavenger Walk

Need a fun way to get kids motivated to go for a walk around the neighbour or hike in the park? Try turning it into a scavenger walk by giving them a list of items to spot along the way. Create the list depending on where you are walking – 4 pinecones, 2 ducks, and a fallen tree for a ... Read More »

Let’s Discover: Un-beelieve-able Balancers

Find your balance and explore the science of centres of gravity with this fun experiment featuring a homemade balancing toy! Materials: Jumbo craft stick Pipe cleaner Large washers, equal size/weight Optional Materials: paper clip, pom-poms, scissors, paper, tape or glue Procedure: First, try balancing the craft stick on your finger. You will find you need to put your finger in ... Read More »

But Mommm: Rocks In My Purse

by Sarah W of Urban Parent Like most Mondays, I spent the morning avoiding my actual work and instead focused on checking a bunch of little things off my ever-growing list of things to do. I filled out school permission slips, paid a bill, booked dental appointments, looked up summer camps, called my mother…the usual stuff. As I went to ... Read More »

Time Well Spent: Earth Day!

Even though we shouldn’t need a reason to take care of the planet – today is Earth Day and we’re dedicated to the cause! Doing your part is not as hard as you might think and doing it together as a family is definitely Time Well Spent. With young kids in mind, we like to focus on finding ways to ... Read More »

Time Well Spent: Fooling Around!

April 1st is almost here and some of our standard tried-and-true tricks are getting a little old with the kids so in preparation for Friday morning we found some of these fun and easy ideas to get our prank on! Jelly Juice: This neat idea from wordplayhouse.com will have your kids sucking straws until their cheeks are sore. Upside Down ... Read More »

Lessons Learned: Encourage Strong Literacy

Every parent knows that it is important for kids to read. Strong reading skills are necessary for kids to realize their potential. It also helps them expand their views and learn about the world. However, with all the other forms of entertainment available to kids today, it can be difficult to get them to read. Here are some ideas for ... Read More »

Let’s Discover: Sound Sandwiches

Kick the winter blues with these homemade musical instruments and the science of sound. Fun and simple to make, these noisemakers are a great way to explore the concept of sound as a vibration. Materials Drinking straw Two large craft sticks/tongue depressors Two small elastics One wide elastic Scissors Procedure Stretch the wide elastic around the length of a craft ... Read More »

Bringing Balance: The Cat Did It!

by Tina Pomroy (guest blogger for our St. John’s site) Lately, my four-year-old daughter has been blaming the cat, Momo, for mishaps. When I ask if she spilled a drink, she simply replies, “Momo did it.” It’s really cute and we receive the gift of smiling from it. Last night, I was reading stories to her and noticed marks on ... Read More »

But Mommm: Family Day

by Sarah W of Urban Parent “Family Day? What does that mean?” asked my 7 year old this morning when she realized it wasn’t a school day. She was so excited when I told her it was a day for families to spend together doing something fun. She wasn’t too long getting out a piece of paper and a pen ... Read More »