Art Group – Wednesday, October 26

Toddlers, Twos and Threes Art Group had some spooky paint fun this week. We made our very own marble cobweb prints. The kids loved handling the paint covered marbles, dropping them into each box, then rolling them all around on the paper inside. The end results were stark and lovely. Delicate, even…

Or maybe not. Some kids make every painting project fingerpainting time, which is a great because it shows them how projects can be done in many different ways. Introducing them to different creative processes doesn’t mean negating what they love to do most.

The results can come out simple…


Sometimes, the work takes a while to develop. Remember if you’ve been shaking the box for a while, the marbles might need to be dipped in paint again. Drops of paint can be applied directly to the page as well.

If doing this at home, you can use a small cardboard or plastic box. Use different marble sizes to get a variety of effects. Experiment with different colored paper and paints, or throw in other textural elements to mix it up.

Toddlers, Twos and Threes Art Group meets every Wednesday at 10 am and is open to all members and visitors (with paid admission to PTLL’s playspace). The group is run by Megan Spak and Elisabeth Moyer.


Storytime Picks from Monday, October 24

The leaves are finally changing and there’s a consistent chill to the air, but storytime at TLL is always warm and welcoming! We continued our celebration of Autumn by sharing a book of Fall colors and textures and decorating some bare trees with homemade leaf stickers:

I Love Fall! by Alison Inches, illus. by Hiroe Nakata

Touch-and-feel and other forms of interactive books are great ways to introduce your little ones to reading. You can read the simple story to them, guide their hands in touching the various textures, point out colors, and act out sounds. For young children just starting to understand basic concepts, interactive books can give them the extra experience needed to have fun with learning the world around them.

This Fall, immerse your kids in these interactive titles:

Where is Baby’s Pumpkin? by Karen Katz

Fall by Roger Priddy

Welcome Fall from Little Scholastic

Halloween Bugs by David A. Carter

One, Two… Boo! by Kristen L. Depkin

is held every Monday at 10 am and is intended for all ages

Last Minute Costume Idea Round-Up

Oh, the Halloween costume.

For many creative, resourceful parents and children, it can be a wonderful experience in planning, designing, and constructing the perfect robot or cowgirl or bunny rabbit or monster. Brainstorming can start as early as May or June in some households, with the actual creation of the costume starting even as early as August. These are the kids who don’t have to worry about approaching Halloween parties come October. They are ready.

These are the advance planners. Then there are the households like the one I grew up in, limited by time, manpower, and a certain amount of skill with crafting things. We may have thought of our costume idea in June, but we didn’t do anything about it until October, and then we realized that what we wanted to do was completely implausible in that time frame, and suddenly, it’s the second to last week of October, and we’ve got no costumes.

If you and your kids are in this predicament, fear not! There is just over a week left, and that’s plenty of time to throw together a good costume. A quick tour around some blogger ideas may help give that last minute costume planning the jumpstart it needs:

Lil Octopus @ Inspiring Pretty

Penny Costume @ Inspiring Pretty

Paper Doll @ Family Fun

Owl @ The Educator’s Spin On It

Baby Sasquatch @ PBS Parents

Dinosaur Capes by Pip and Bean

Art Group – Wednesday, October 19th

Toddlers, Twos and Threes Art Group got into the Fall spirit by decorating bare trees with colorful construction paper Autumn leaves and paint-filled bingo markers. We started with the fundamental Fall colors – red, orange, brown, green – but our little artists got much more creative, streaking their trees with paints in pink, purple, blue, and even black. You never know what kind of colors you’ll see in the changing leaves!

Want to craft some Autumn trees in your own home? Construction paper and paint is only the beginning. On printed or drawn trees, add colorful tissue paper, dyed newsprint, stickers, or real leaves. Basic Elmer’s glue works, but rubber cement is recommended for more delicate materials.

However your kids decorate the trees, make sure to discuss the various colors and shapes with them. If your children are old enough, talk to them about the seasons, how they change, and what the weather is like in each season. Ask them sensory questions about the seasons: What does Fall feel like?

Toddlers, Twos and Threes Art Group meets every Wednesday at 10 am and is open to all members and visitors (with paid admission to PTLL’s playspace). The group is run by Megan Spak and Elisabeth Moyer.

(This craft was inspired by one featured on Full Circle blog.)

Storytime Picks from Monday, October 17

In addition to a rousing rendition of “Head, Shoulders, Knees, & Toes” and decorating our very own Halloween masks, we continued our Fall story fest with another installment from that cuddly, colorful pair, Max and Ruby:

Want more Halloween reads to build up excitement for October 31st? Check out these titles:

Scary, Scary Halloween by Eve Bunting

Corduroy’s Best Halloween Ever by Don Freeman


Moonlight: The Halloween Cat by Cynthia Rylant

And Then Comes Halloween by Tom Brenner

Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson

Halloween is less than two weeks away. Do your kids already have their costumes planned? Share their costume ideas with us in the comment section!

Art Group – Wednesday, October 12

We got sticky during this week’s Toddlers, Twos, and Threes Art Group. Our burgeoning artists fashioned patterns and pictures from a supply of stickers that offered a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. Some of the youngest kids needed help from adults to peel the stickers off, but they had no problem deciding where those stickers were supposed to go – even if it meant the stickers were going on their shirts instead of their papers!

There are any number of ways to go about sticker art. We went with a simple model: Stickers in basic shapes and colors, black construction paper, and some white crayons to add drawings (if desired). If you want to get a little fancier, you can buy themed sticker packs at stationery stores, toy stores, and the children’s department of most bookstores. Draw or print out a picture and let your child embellish with stickers. Help them make a picture story out of stickers.

Want to keep the art supply budget low? Use laminated pages to allow for re-use.

Can’t find the stickers your kids desire? Help them design their own. Sites like offer both a sticker printing service and kits to print stickers on your home printer.

Best thing about sticker art? So little mess! Once the kids were done, all we had to do was toss out the empty sticker sheets and put the supplies away. No handwashing or newspaper necessary!

Toddlers, Twos and Threes Art Group meets every Wednesday at 10 am and is open to all members and visitors (with paid admission to PTLL’s playspace). The group is run by Megan Spak and Elisabeth Moyer.

Wednesday Website – No Monsters in My Bed

Every Wednesday, the PTLL blog will feature a website that may be of interest to you and/or your kids. Feel free to visit the website and let us know what you think in the comments! If you have a recommendation for Wednesday Websites send an email to Emily –

This week’s website:

No Monsters in My Bed Blog

Website audience: Parents

Website focus: General thoughts and anecdotes on parenting and ideas for crafts, activities, and other fun stuff to do.

Sample features: “Things to Make – 25 Things to Make with Your Kids This Fall” “Things to Read – Nurture Shock & Talking to Kids About Race” “Things to Do – Get Bad Guys

Language: English

Best reason to visit the site: Darcy’s a mom out of Washington, D.C., and her blog is the place to be for great craft and activity ideas for you and your kids. It’s sophisticated and literate, with plenty of great photos. She even has several pages devoted to recommended things to do, make, read, and places to go. A really lovely parenting blog.