02 Aug2012August 2, 2012

I am going to sing Twinkle, Twinkle little star to that baby.

Said one of my little ones. The baby was crying. “Maybe she misses her mommy.” “or she’s hungry!” “She’s not happy.” “No.” “Lalie, I am going to sing ‘Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star’ to that baby.” “Good idea!” He begins, we all join in. All of us together singing “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” to that baby....

31 Jul2012July 31, 2012

Little ones, when I was little, I could not drink our water.

We lived in a big, old farmhouse in Masontown, PA. Our back yard was as big as Carl Schurz Park.It had a giant evergreen tree in the front yard that shielded my brother and me from sunburns as we dug in dirt all day long underneath. This place had the the greatest sled-riding hill ever, and...

23 Jul2012July 23, 2012

Time to Fight the Bad Guys

My little boy is 4 now. My stepsons are now 10 and 13. Heroes from Rocky Balboa, Jedi Knights, DC and Marvel permeate our family culture. We play “save the world” all the time and roughhouse over my playroom. There are moments of shrill giggles and tears, but everyone gets up and laughs more. Gavin’s...

18 Jun2012June 18, 2012

Join the Fight!

Someone asked me why I was “against” fracking. I said I was for clean, sustainable energy. There is a difference:) I am fighting for Peace. Einstein said you cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war. Super Human Play debuts tomorrow at The Museum of Motherhood, and I have been thinking a lot (all moms think a lot) about what...

13 Jun2012June 13, 2012

Protecting the Earth from Bad Guys

Tinker Tree is presenting an exhibit at the Museum of Motherhood beginning June 19th.  Super Human Play, is about saving the Earth from Bad Guys. Kids love to pretend to be heroes, our exhibit is about how to play hero for real. Our mission, “Save the Worms,” plays for five weeks. We will be learning...

04 May2012May 4, 2012

Great Green Play for a Healthy Child, Healthy World

  What is the Great Green Playdate? May 12th The Tinker Tree is taking our playroom to The Museum of Motherhood as part of Healthy Child, Healthy World's National Healthy Child Party Week. We plan for a day of sharing as part of our mission of "Great Green Play for All," to support our favorite cause. ...

22 Apr2012April 22, 2012

The Dirt on Earth Day:)

For Earth Day this year, we planned a Tinker Tree Trip on a train together from Grand Central Station to Cold Spring, NY for a hike and a picnic. (BUT IT RAINED TODAY!) There is a trail just off the railroad station so car-free city people can get to nature fast and easy. We want...

27 Feb2012February 27, 2012

Mud Play

This week we say goodbye February and hello March. Spring is in the air and we can feel it! We will begin our preparations to welcome the season.  Mud by Mary Lyn Ray is about this time of year, when it's too cold to play without a coat, but the sunshine promises, "soon!" She talks...

14 Feb2012February 14, 2012

Relaxing Valentine

"Relax, everything is alright!" are words we use often here at Tinker Tree. We sing about it and practice our breathing, and for the kids (and those of us who care for them), the skills around learning to relax can make a big difference in how you go about the world. As part of our...

02 Feb2012February 2, 2012

Quick Tricks with Milk Cartons:)

Quick tricks take 5 minutes or less! Make some cute painting tools with scissors and a clean empty milk carton. Open the top of an empty carton, rinse with soapy water and leave open and upside-down until dry.  Then you cut them. These are a few examples to start.  The boxes make a cool surface...