Archives for May 2009

SK Showcase and Survey

It’s Friday and that means it is Simple Kids Showcase day again!

My oldest daughter’s first favorite book was Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  I can remember her sitting in her car seat on road trips, slowly turning the sturdy pages, completely engrossed in the colorful illustrations and always delighted by the beautiful butterfly who appears at the end.  Caterpillars and butterflies are still her favorite creepy crawlies.

When I saw the caterpillar clips featured at Skip To My Lou this week, I knew it would be a project she would surely love.  It is truly a simple project and calls for supplies you probably already have tucked into your art supply cabinet:


Just some glue, crafting poms, googly eyes, and clothespins!

(I will say the white school glue might not have been the best choice.  The poms don’t seem to take to it very well.  Next time I would use more of a crafting glue.)



When we were finished, we set them amongst some flowers and leaves so they would have something to eat.


Such simple fun for little ones.  This would also be a great group project if you are planning an activity for a playgroup or class of younger children.

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It’s been just over three weeks since we re-launched Simple Kids, and I was wondering if you might have a minute or two this weekend to share some feedback.  My heart’s desire as the writer and editor of Simple Kids is to serve as a facilitator for a community of parents and caregivers who are seeking simplicity in the art of raising children.  I would so appreciate your insight on how I can best serve you all as Simple Kids readers and community members.

Would you mind to take a minute to answer three questions?

1. What posting frequency would best meet your needs as a reader?  2-3 times a week, 3-4 times a week, or 4-5 times a week?

2. Would you prefer that the majority of the articles and posts be more informational (posts such as Separating Yourself From Your Children’s Stuff, Frugal Fun (with a potato), and Geology Rocks) or would you prefer more advice-driven material (such as Bathtime Meditations and Be Intentional With Touch)?  Or would you prefer an even blend of the two approaches?

3. Is the Simple Kids Showcase something you would like to continue to see on a weekly basis, or should it be a once-a-month feature, or is your desire to see what other families are creating and doing already fulfilled in other ways (crafting/photography/family blogs, magazines, etc.)?

Feel free to be as brief or elaborate as you have time to be!

Thanks so much for your helpful response.