Have an Epic Childhood with inspirations in light play

Today we welcome Kristen from Epic Childhood. In addition to being a mum to 5 children including twins, she is busy blogging about everyday fun and educational activities. Plus she has a wonderful curated Pinterest account sharing heaps of education ideas and inspirations in light play.

Why did you start your blog?

 I wanted to showcase all of my twins unique toys and eclectic way of play, especially light table play and light play.  light table play and light play
Plus, my twins have been homeschooled since preschool and I blog about that too.  I consider myself an expert in light tables, play and learning on light tables, and different types of light play.  I also have studied Montessori and Reggio Emilia over the past 5 years.  Our homeschooling is both Reggio Emilia and Montessori inspired.  I am a firm believer in play based learning, I have singletons age 19, 16, and 15.  I did not homeschool them.
The new ways of how children are subjected to the common core standards in school have made me decide to educate myself in alternative learning methods. This is what also drove me to want to homeschool.
I enjoy helping other mothers through my blog to learn new ways for their children to play and learn.  My twins have no lost parts to toys, no broken toys, the toys are not all over the room, and they are kept very tidy.I thank both the Montessori and Reggio Emilia approaches to play and learning for this. When they were two, I made huge changes to their toys and how their room is set up. It has made an enormous difference.
I only wish I had all of this knowledge when my older children were little. I would have brought them up with Montessori and Reggio Emilia influence. I moved out the more common toys, anything blinky or noisy, and started bringing in open ended toys that promote creativity and intelligence. It’s all history from there, and documented on my blog!    I am happy to take any emailed question from other Moms. :)

Where you surprised to discover you were carrying twins?

Yes we were very surprised.  There have not been twins in either side of our family in more than 50 years.
There have never been twins on my husbands side of the family.

What was your pregnancy like?

I had preeclampsia and it resulted in having to deliver at 32 weeks 3 days.  They were in the NICU for 28 and 30 days.  Graham came home at 28 days old, and Parker at 30 days old.

What has been your biggest accomplishment these part 12 months?

I think my biggest accomplishment on my blogging has been that my Pinterest now has over 72,000 followers.

What is your best advice for new parents of multiples?

Don’t feel like you can’t ask others for advice. Sometimes other Moms of multiples have wonderful ideas and advice.
What questions do you have the families of Multiples and More? Do any other families homeschool? Do any other Moms of multiples blog?
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What is your favourite blog post you want to share?

I would love to share my
and my website for Light table play and light play information and ideas  http://www.theultimatelighttableguide.com/
 light table play and light play

Visit www.pinterest.com/LightTableGuide/ for amazing ideas in Light Games

 light table play and light play

Crafting with Kids: Thing 1 and Thing 2

It’s Read Across America day this coming Saturday, March 2.  It’s also Dr. Seuss’ birthday.

The kids have been busy making Dr. Seuss crafts at school and will be visiting their pen pals at a local middle school to read books this coming Friday.

We will be celebrating all week at home too, reading lots of books, and making fun crafts to celebrate Dr. Seuss.

Seeing as this is a site for multiples, and that we are talking about Dr. Seuss, it’s only fitting I guess that we make a Thing 1 and Thing 2 craft to share with you.

thing1 and thing 2

What you need:

  • Paper rolls
  • White card stock
  • Red paint (and a paintbrush)
  • Black pencil
  • Scissors
  • Blue yarn (and a pom-pom maker if you have one)
  • Elmer’s school glue

Step 1: Begin by painting the paper roll with red paint and set aside to dry while you continue with the next steps.

paper roll craft

Step 2: Using either a pom-pom maker, or alternatively 2 pieces of cardboard cut into donuts make two blue pom-poms.  You don’t want them to be thick and full pom-poms though, you want to be able to make them look a little like messy hair.

how to make pom poms

Step 3: Using a stencil or cookie cutter, cut out four circles from white card stock; you need two circles per paper roll.

paper crafts

On two of the circles using a black pencil, write THING 1 and THING 2.  On the other two circles draw faces.  I found it handy to open up a website for Marisol to copy the wording and faces.

Step 4: Assemble your Thing 1 and Thing 2 paper rolls using Elmer’s glue.  Place a thin layer over glue around the top of the paper roll to attach the pom-pom hair, and then add a little to the back of each white circle and attach those too.

dr seuss birthday

How are you celebrating Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss’ birthday?

If you have any crafts or activities, link them up in the comments below, I’d love to take a look.




Crafting with Kids: Cupid’s Arrow for Valentine’s Day

Are you already crafting for Valentine’s Day?

Here’s a fun craft and activity the kids and I have been working on ready for the big day.

Cupids Arrow craft

These cupid’s arrows are fairly simple to make, but you will need to help smaller children, especially with the cutting.

What you need:

  • Wood dowel rod
  • Decorative tape (such as washi tape)
  • Card stock (we chose a glitter stock)
  • Heart-shaped cookie cutter or stencil
  • Scissors, pencil and school glue

How to make:

Step 1:

Trace around the heart-shaped cookie cutter (or stencil) onto the reverse side of the card stock.  You will need two hearts for each cupid’s arrow.  Cut them out.  Now, using the school glue, stick the hearts together over one end of the wood dowel rod.

cookie cutter heart

glitter hearts

Step 2:

Cut (or tear) a small strip of the decorative tape and place it under the other end of the wood dowel rod.  Place another strip over the top and press the ends together.

how to make a Valentine's Day arrow

Repeat this step so you have two decorative tape strips, and then using scissors cut small strips into each end of the decorative tape so that it resembles feathers.

make a cupids arrow for Valentines Day

Now take your cupid’s arrow outside and see how far it can fly.  I was inspired to make this after my kids recent love for paper planes.

make a cupids arrow

Valentines Day craft for kids

Happy crafting!




Crafting with Kids: 2013 Headband

Can you believe that holiday celebrations are almost over.  They seemed to just fly by.  Now we gear up to welcome in the new year.

Here’s a fun craft project you can make with the kids to ring in the new year.

What you need:

  • Plain headband
  • Chipboard or wood numbers (any size will do)
  • White glue (that dries clear)
  • Paint brush
  • Glitter (and a paper plate or bowl)
  • Hot glue

How to make:

Step 1: Cover the numbers with white glue using a paint brush.

Step 2: Place the glue covered numbers onto the glitter to coat.

Step 3: Set aside to dry.  Repeat on the reverse side if you like.

Step 4: (Adults will need to complete this step).  Using hot glue attach each of the numbers to the headband.

I hope you have a very happy new year.

Happy crafting!



Crafting with Kids: Santa Belt Treat Cups

The kids and I are knee-deep in Christmas crafting and fun holiday food. Next to Halloween, Christmas is my favorite time for making fun food and crafts with them.

This is our latest project:

Aren’t these cute?  They are so fun for the holiday season and so versatile too.  You can use them for all kinds of holiday parties including craft parties, school parties, and cookie parties.  Just fill each cup with small craft items, treats, or with edible toppings.  You could even fill a small treat bag with goodies and place inside the cup for fun holiday gifting.

What you need:

  • Treat cups (any color will do, but preferably red)
  • Red paint (if you don’t find red cups)
  • Black paper
  • Golf glitter paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick

To make:

If you didn’t find red treat cups (I happened to have these yellow ones from Thanksgiving) then paint your cup with 2 coats of red paint.  I also added an extra coat of glitter for a little sparkle.  It’s just not the holidays without a whole lot of glitter at our house.

The reason I suggest you do this is we don’t want any paint around the top or inside the cup because we don’t to risk any food touching where the paint is.

While you are painting set the kids to work cutting.  They can begin by cutting thin black strips of paper to make the belt and then gold squares for the buckle.

Once Miss M had cut the gold squares I used an X-ACTO knife to cut out the center of each buckle.

Using a glue stick have the kids glue the belt around the cup and then attach the buckle.

The kids decided to fill their Santa belt treat cups with lots of yummy goodies for decorating their gingerbread house.

Have you made any fun holiday crafts with your kids yet? Leave me links or let me know in the comments, I’d love to see them.

Happy crafting!



Crafting with Kids: Halloween Paper Bats

How many of you are addicted to Pinterest? I know I am. Every day I pop on there to see what my friends are pinning and pin a few things myself. The problem is, there are not nearly enough hours in the day to create all of the wonderful things I come across, so I have been trying to make a more conscious effort lately to create a things few here and there that have inspired me.

My kids have all been sick over the past few days so we decided to take this opportunity to decorate for Halloween.  My daughter loves to craft and wanted to make something for outside so when I came across this project on Pinterest from CountryLiving.com I knew that we had to do it.

The bats on Country Living’s website were apparently made from felt, but this can be difficult for kids to cut, especially if you are making a lot of them. So, I purchased a large sheet of black card stock and using a bat-shaped cookie cutter as a template I had Miss M trace around it as many times as she could until the whole sheet was covered.  She ended up being able to trace 38 bats.

We then cut out each bat and made a crease so the wings would fold up a little to make it appear that the bats are flying.

Once we were finished we attached a strip of removable poster tape to the back of each bat and stuck them to the front door.

Are you following all of the Multiples and More bloggers on Pinterest?  If not, here are our pages, and please feel free to leave a link to yours in the comments so I can follow you too:

  • Amanda (Owner of Multiples and More)
  • Tonya (Crafting with Kids)
  • Steph (Multiples in the Kitchen)
  • Gina (Moneywise MoM)
  • Rebecca (Rebecca’s Corner)

Happy crafting!




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