Hidden Splendor Blog

Reading to Babies: An Invaluable Gift

Invaluable…Valuable beyond calculable estimation…  Priceless…  That is the gift you give your child when you begin reading to them the moment they are born. Numerous articles can be found on the importance and value to your child if you begin reading to them from the minute they are born (or even before!).  You may think, […]

Traditional Turkey Hand Print

The traditional hand print turkey never gets old.  That is why each year we revisit this simple, easy, quick and fun activity that can include every member of the family from young to old!  This is a classic treasure!  Each year when my kids were little we would make a hand print turkey. The boys would […]

Jack-O-Lantern/Pumpkin Prayer Family Devotions

Jack-O-Lantern/ Pumpkin Prayer Family Devotions A long time ago there was a festival on October 31 to celebrate the harvest season. People tried to scare away evil spirits by dressing in scary costumes. The children would dress up and go door to door telling people that if they gave them a treat the evil spirits […]

Back to School! Let the Learning Begin!

  Sight Word Fun! Parents can help reinforce classroom learning through fun, exciting games at home  in ways that kids will never even know they are still learning! For your new reader, here are a few ideas to practice sight words: 1.  Hide and Seek  Using Post-It Notes,  cardboard, construction paper, deck of cards or note […]

More Than a Piece of Chalk

Chalk… a stick of originally white porous sedimentary carbonate rock.  A form of limestone composed of the mineral calcite.  It gets on our fingers and clothes and now , a popular children’s “toy” available in a rainbow of colors for children to play with each summer. Such a scientific description for a whole lot of […]

I Want it My Way! A Party Pleasing Entree

I want it my way… The guest list was full and the kitchen would be packed.  Everyone had an opinion on the type of pizza they wanted for this momentous occasion of my grand daughter’s first birthday.  Thick crust, thin crust, original crust… pepperoni, extra cheese, olives, green peppers, Canadian bacon, anchovies??? Really?  The list went on and […]

Queen Anne’s Lace—Flower Dyeing Experiment

Recently we traveled to central Missouri on a boating trip.  We passed fields and ditches of dainty Queen Anne’s lace gently blowing in the wind.  It was if someone was shaking a delicate lace table cloth. Over and over I sucked in a breath of wonder at the colorful feast before my eyes.  Everywhere you looked white Queen Anne’s Lace, bright […]

Fun, Colorful and Festive Ice Cubes!

Summer has officially arrived! And, with that comes the dog days of summer! “Dress- Up” your favorite summer drink with flavored, colorful ice cubes! Below are a few recipes that my kids loved (the whole family actually) that can perk up your day, cool off a hot, weary body; and, add a splash of fun and pep to […]

Water Play for a Hot Day!

Today the forecast is for 101 degrees Fahrenheit! I do believe you could probably fry an egg on the sidewalk!   So, when the age old “I’m bored” bounces from the walls, here is a water play activity to try.   Have fun!    It’s hot, the sun is blazing and you can’t make it to […]