Tagged with Dad-tivities

Hiking at Hanging Rock State Park

Hiking at Hanging Rock State Park

This past weekend, *A* and I took advantage of the beautiful weather by spending Saturday at Hanging Rock State Park in North Carolina.  It’s about an hour and a half from our house, and though we’ve hiked in many of the state parks around us, it’s one we hadn’t visited yet. It’s a beautiful place, … Continue reading

A Whole Lotta Love

A Whole Lotta Love

*A* and I are spending a quiet day at home today, which suits us just fine. It’s frigid outside, super windy, we’re both recovering from rather nasty colds, and as I’ve spent much of the week being a bachelor (*A*’s been at a counseling conference for the past several days, like she did last year), I’m … Continue reading

Doodlebug Club: Bubble Wrap Fish Prints

Doodlebug Club: Bubble Wrap Fish Prints

Despite the impending snow storm, we had a great time at Doodlebug Club this week.  Using bubble wrap and washable paint, we made bubble wrap fish prints, an idea I got from Tippytoe Crafts.  Bubble wrap makes great fish scales – who would’ve thought? And I’m here to tell you that popping bubbles in bubble … Continue reading

Doodlebug Club: Secret Message Paintings

Doodlebug Club: Secret Message Paintings

This week at Doodlebug Club, we made art with secret messages.  Well, sort of.  Mostly, we just explored using watercolors for the first time.  The idea (to start with) was use a white crayon to write a message  or draw a picture or design, then paint over it with watercolors.  The wax in the crayon … Continue reading

Doodlebug Club: Painting with Mittens

Doodlebug Club: Painting with Mittens

For the museum’s preschool art class this week, I borrowed the idea of painting with mittens from Teach Preschool, a great website / blog dedicated to all things preschool learning.  There are tons of ideas on that site for things to do with preschoolers, many of which are art-related, and lots of which tie into … Continue reading

Doodlebug Club: Holiday Helpers

Doodlebug Club: Holiday Helpers

The impending joy of Christmastime is on everyone’s mind right now, Doodlebug artists especially.  This week for Doodlebug Club, we determined that Santa might need a little help in the decorations department.  We helped him out by making some wrapping paper using cookie cutters for stamps, and then made a snowflake ornament for the tree. … Continue reading

Doodlebug Club: Torn Paper Owls

Doodlebug Club: Torn Paper Owls

Doodlebug Club this week was alive with flapping feathers, huge orange claws, and giant yellow eyes.  Luckily they were all made out of paper and were easily dealt with – but it took some preschool wranglers the better part of 45 minutes to get them under control.  🙂 This week we made owls from torn … Continue reading

33 years ago…

33 years ago…

33 years ago, my love, best friend, and someday, The Littlest Brooks-Livingston’s Mom, was born.   One of my favorite traditions is coming up with a birthday cake idea for *A*’s big day.  I pride myself on originality, and I’ve turned out some pretty creative birthday cakes (nothing Food Network quality, but then those probably taste awful … Continue reading

Doodlebug Club: Smooshed Monster Paintings

Doodlebug Club: Smooshed Monster Paintings

This week at Doodlebug Club we made Smooshed Monster Paintings.  (No, I didn’t subject the wee ones to Rorshach Tests).  And boy, can those guys squirt some paint! Smooshed Monster Paintings in 5 8 10 easy steps 1.  Fold a sheet of white paper (thick – the watercolor kind) in half and unfold them again. 2. … Continue reading

Flashback Friday: Garfield’s Halloween

Flashback Friday: Garfield’s Halloween

I have never been a fan of scary movies.  “Scary” movies that are silly and predictable are one thing – they aren’t a big deal and are more like watching The Three Stooges, if the Stooges were “evil.”  I still don’t watch them, though.  Just not my thing, apparently never has been. Garfield, of comic … Continue reading

It’s the Great Pumpkin!

It’s the Great Pumpkin!

Remember watching this in October when you were a kid?  It still never seems like Halloween until we do.  I wonder if kids still watch this, or if it’s just nostalgic parents (or parents-to-be, in our case).  I remember watching this show with my folks and thinking, “How come I’ve never heard of the Great … Continue reading

Doodlebug Club: Let it Fall!

Doodlebug Club: Let it Fall!

At Doodlebug Club this week, we tried out a couple of projects I’ve been saving just for fall: leaf rubbings and cork painting. Of course, there are lots of leaves on hand these days, and what with all of the events the museum does, we have many, many corks lying around.  We’ve got the paint … Continue reading