Baby Steps - Some Thoughts on Entrepreneurship

Baby Steps - Some Thoughts on Entrepreneurship

by Kara Dyer

Women entrepreneurs create success through incremental improvements.

3 Simple Ways to Encourage Good Behavior in Children with Storytelling

3 Simple Ways to Encourage Good Behavior in Children with Storytelling

by Margaret Swink

Here are three tricky toddler and preschool behavior challenges that you can easily solve through storytelling.

Beyond Kumbaya - Six Campfire Songs to Share with Today’s Preschoolers

Beyond Kumbaya - Six Campfire Songs to Share with Today’s Preschoolers

by Margaret Swink

Campfire songs are one way to establish a camping bedtime tradition that feels special while helping calm the little ones down.

Storytelling Meets Lunchtime - A Three Little Pigs Lunch

Storytelling Meets Lunchtime - A Three Little Pigs Lunch

by Margaret Swink

Keeping creativity alive while packing a school lunch day after day can be tough. But what if you could use lunch as a way to spur your child’s imagination?

How to Choose Travel Toys That Really Go the Distance

How to Choose Travel Toys That Really Go the Distance

by Kara Dyer

If you’ve ever traveled with kids, you’ve probably seen how downtime can leave the little ones hungry for a fun distraction. Check out these travel toy tips!

Books You Don’t Have to Read: Story Podcasts for Kids

Books You Don’t Have to Read: Story Podcasts for Kids

by Margaret Swink

Next time you need a break, pull out your phone and bring up one of these great kidcasts. 

5 Preschool Books to Spur Imagination Outdoors

5 Preschool Books to Spur Imagination Outdoors

by Margaret Swink

The weather’s warming up. More time outside doesn’t have to come at the expense of reading, though. Take these 5 great books with you outdoors!

3 Great Reasons to Give Old Fashioned Toys a Serious Look

3 Great Reasons to Give Old Fashioned Toys a Serious Look

by Kara Dyer

Like our grandparents we are once again falling in love with the idea of having fewer great things.  See how your family can be happier with fewer, better toys.


4 Types of Educational Toys Kids Actually Love

4 Types of Educational Toys Kids Actually Love

by Kara Dyer

Our house is tiny, so we strive to only keep a few toys with that magical combination of educational value and fun! Here's what we look for...


WHEN IT COMES TO EARLY LITERACY, HUMOR AND KINDNESS HELP

WHEN IT COMES TO EARLY LITERACY, HUMOR AND KINDNESS HELP

by Kara Dyer

Ask any first-grader and they'll tell you that learning to read English can be really tough! This brilliant poem by Gerard N. Trenité shows us why.


5 Fabulous Ways to Inspire Pretend Play

5 Fabulous Ways to Inspire Pretend Play

by Kara Dyer

Independent, creative play doesn't always come easily to kids.  Set the stage for pretend play with a few simple steps and they will be on their way!


How To Make A Snowman Jar: Inspired By The Best Snowman Books Ever!

by Kara Dyer

 There's something magical about snow, don't you think?


The Science of Creativity

by Kara Dyer

Creativity is a powerful tool that doesn’t always get enough credit.


Growing Flowers: A Fun Use For Your Old Lipstick Tubes

by Kara Dyer

With spring feeling a bit far off, add some brightness to your day with this fun project.  

Cute and Easy Paper Bag Bear Caves

by Kara Dyer

In New England the winters are long, why not hibernate?


Goldilocks Popsicle Stick Puppets

by Kara Dyer

We love the Goldilocks story so much we made it into a craft!

8 Ways To Create An At Home Makerspace For Your Kids

by Kara Dyer

 Create a fun at-home maker space for your kids!


A Fun and Easy Felt Giraffe Project

by Kara Dyer

Giraffes are the tallest mammals on earth with legs that can be up to six feet tall! Now you try putting your dancing shoes on when your legs are that long. This project is based on the book Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae about Gerald the giraffe who wants to dance but is too shy until...he finds his own rhythm with the help of a friend.   Build your own giraffe and have fun making him dance on his wobbly legs!


If You Give a Mouse a Felt Sandwich?

by Kara Dyer

We adore Laura Numeroff's "If You Give..." books about a MouseMoose and Pig who ask for favors and keep wanting more and more!It's so much fun to think about what would happen if you gave a mouse a cookie, took him to the movies, or even to schoolMake this delicious-looking sandwich that can be built, rebuilt, and rearranged and have a fun sandwich-building experience again and again.


Make Way for Ducklings and Magnets

by Kara Dyer

Make Way for Ducklings, by Robert McCloskey is one of my all time favorite books for many reasons.  The illustrations are nostalgic and sweet and they show Boston landmarks like the Public Garden and the Charles River the way they looked almost 75 years ago!   As a child I loved going to visit the Public Garden and seeing the bronze statues dedicated to the book - they made the story feel so alive.  To make story come alive at home, try making these duckling magnets.  


Storytime Toys is launching a blog!

by Kara Dyer

Do your children have a favorite book?  Have you ever noticed that some special books begin to take on a life of their own? When my 5 year old daughter latches on to a book, she wants to act out the story, she imagines what happens to the characters after the story ends and sometimes she even wants to  build or make something based on the book.  That what this blog - Playing off the Page - is all about!  We've picked our favorite children's books and put together really cool building projects based on those books.