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Design for Kids & My Daughter's Mama Chia Design Idea

Design for Kids & My Daughter’s Mama Chia Design Idea

My oldest daughter, Grasshopper and Sensei, loves design, particularly industrial design. I am frequently buying bottles full of unappetizing liquids that I am forced to drink because she loves the shape and design of the bottle.

Mama Chia package design recycling

I think my daughter will apply her artistic skills towards social justice projects. I saw a glimpse of this recently when she wrote to Mama Chia about their eco-unfriendly package design. What really made me happy was how she combined her SIMS math class (real world applications of math through group work) with her industrial design interest: Read more…

Tips for National Portfolio Day

Tips for National Portfolio Day

This was my daughter’s first National Portfolio Day and we wanted to share tips that we learned the hard way:

  • You do not need to pre-register for National Portfolio Day but we highly recommend it because there was a separate line for those who registered upon arrival and this line went after the pre-registered line.
  • NOTE that the website for National Portfolio Day is unclear about the importance of pre-registering!
  • Arrive early! We got there are 9:30am for the event which started at noon. We were not allowed into the convention center until 10am where upon the line started forming. If you get there are noon or later, you risk not being able to show your portfolio to in-demand schools.

National Portfolio Day

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Emily Carr University of Art + Design

Visit to Emily Carr University of Art + Design

We visited Emily Carr University of Art + Design at the weirdest possible time. They had closed their old campus on Grenville Island in preparation for their move to a new campus about a ten minute drive away.

Emily Carr University of Art + Design

Their new campus, however, wasn’t quite done yet. We walked to the old campus and drove by the new one. Read more…

Zapzapmath App

#zapzapmath GIVEAWAY!

Thank you to Zapzapmath for this giveaway and for partnering with me on this post!

I covered Zapzapmath four months ago and because it was so popular with my readers, I am doing a follow up.

Zapzapmath App

Zapzapmath started off as a kindergarten math app with multiple games to keep kids’ interest. Now, there are over 20 FREE games from Grade K to 6.

In addition, there are over 180 math games spanning 900 difficulty levels aligned to the Common Core State Standards. To access this full galaxy of math games, it’s $9.99 per year, per grade.

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Asian New Year Picture Books and Crafts

Asian New Year Books and Crafts

Author Debbi Michiko Florence and I are creating a six-part Asian Culture Series with books, activities, and recipes. We are kicking off the series by looking at the Asian New Year.

Did you know that Japanese New Year and Korean New Year are celebrated on January 1st, but Chinese New Year and Tet, Vietnamese New Year, is celebrated based on the lunar calendar? (More Chinese New Year books here.)

microwave mochi for Japanese New Year

Today, we are sharing:

  • Making mochi the easy way by way of a microwave!
  • A Chinese Red Envelope Craft
  • A picture book list for Asian New Year

Thanks for coming on our Asian Culture series journey. Will you celebrate an Asian New Year this upcoming year? We hope this post will make it easier! Read more…

fish Glass Blowing with My Girls

My Girls Learn Glass Blowing

My daughters fell in love with glass blowing after going to the Chihuly exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts a few years ago. They wanted to learn how to blow glass and there is a glass blowing school (Diablo Glass) near the museum, but, of course, it was booked solid for a year after the show.
Chihuly

Chihuly at Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Photo from TripAdvisor.

We waited a year and tried again, and they both got a spot for a week long camp during the summer. It was a hot summer, as I recall. This is pertinent because the furnace for glass blowing is 800 degrees Fahrenheit, and they had to wear long sleeve t-shirts and pants for protection.

Glass Blowing with My GirlsGrasshopper and Sensei makes a seahorse working with hot glass and a blow torch. Read more…

Lego STEM Creativity: Building Lego Models

Lego STEM Creativity: Building Lego Models

My son thinks one of the best jobs in the world would be designing lego models. That would be the perfect STEM/STEAM job!

my son and legos

I’ve been collecting LEGO videos for my son on some of the coolest things built from LEGOs. Hope you like them too!

lego kit that shoots things

Lego STEM Creativity: Building Lego Models

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WBUR’s Circle Round

New Storytelling Podcast: #circleround

Circle Round is that rare unicorn in kids’ entertainment in that it’s actually entertaining for parents too! Episodes are narrated by theatre, film, and TV actors that parents will no doubt identify with. I’m proud to partner with WBUR.

For my friends in Boston, WBUR is hosting a free, interactive launch party for Circle Round at the Boston Children’s Museum on Sunday, September 24 at 2 p.m.

Circle Round is a new storytelling podcast for kids ages 4-10, and comes from the WBUR producing team behind the popular podcast Modern Love.

WBUR’s Circle Round

image: WBUR’s Circle Round

And guess what? FOLK TALES!

Circle Round provides global perspectives with voices representing cultures from around the world. Episodes include prompts for discussion, giving children and their caregivers plenty of food for thought long after the story ends. Stories delve into diverse and accessible topics such as kindness, persistence, and generosity. Read more…

Our Total Eclipse Experience in Woodburn, Oregon

Our Total Eclipse Experience in Woodburn, Oregon

It just so happened on our art school tour of the west coast that we would be in the solar eclipse of totality if we were willing to wake up at 4am and drive for a few hours to get to Woodburn, Oregon by 10am. We were.

Our Total Eclipse Experience in Woodburn, Oregon

Actually, we didn’t have much choice. As we drove from San Francisco heading to Vancouver, British Columbia, my husband could not find a hotel for us in Oregon. We didn’t realize that people had booked up all the rooms in the cities of totality long before we planned out trip.

Our Total Eclipse Experience in Woodburn, Oregon

My husband opted to drive to Roseburg, Oregon since he was able to find a hotel there, and then leave very early in the morning to avoid traffic to get to within the band of totality. I, along with a lot of others, opted for Woodburn, Oregon. It’s the closest city of totality on the Oregon/Washington state border while still on the same highway from Roseburg.

Our Total Eclipse Experience in Woodburn, Oregon

We arrived a few hours early only to find Woodburn breakfast options to be quite crowded. We used Google maps to find a small park nearby to watch the eclipse. There were several more serious photographers at our location. We had only our iPhones but we did have the presence of mind to bring eclipse glasses from Massachusetts with us. The glasses really helped!

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