85 hacks in January 2006

31 January 2006

On buying fewer toys

A very smart team of people in India have posted a bunch of make-yourself playthings called Toys From Trash. [via Boing Boing and Make:] Half of my family is from India, and I was lucky enough to visit a while back. Although ingenuity isn't a uniquely Indian trait, I must...

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31 January 2006

Fun on the MAKE:

Did you know the DIY-licious MAKE: blog has a whole category devoted to LEGO projects? And gaming? Technorati Tags: Gaming, Lego, Make: magazine

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30 January 2006

Sippy cup on-the-go

Never fails: you leave home without a sippy cup, and minutes later the toddler's begging for a drink. Instructables offers a DIY solution: bore a hole into a drink top with a car key, then poke a straw thru. [Via Lifehacker] More: Sippy cup hacks

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30 January 2006

ThinkFun Games make for smart gifts

We discovered ThinkFun puzzles and games in Amsterdam, but we just noticed them in a big display at our local Barnes & Noble. They make excellent games for preschoolers and young school-age kids. We've been playing River Crossing with our six year-old, and he loves it (we all do). Great...

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30 January 2006

Freezer-fresh sandwich bread

Keep the sliced sandwich bread and bagels in the freezer. PB & J (and any other sandwich filling) spreads nicely on frozen bread, and packs neatly into a sandwich bag. When noontime rolls around, the bread will have thawed, and the sandwich will be perfectly fresh, soft and munchable. Bonus:...

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29 January 2006

Another vote for The First Years sippy cup

Zkywords seconds Clark's vote for the simple, unleaky design of The First Years sippy cup. Technorati Tags: Sippy cups

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29 January 2006

Secrets of organized families

ParentCenter's Secrets of Organized Families has been tops on del.icio.us/popular/parenting for a while now (along with, ahem, Parent Hacks), but it's worth mentioning here as well. Excellent de-clutter and organizing tips for every room in the house, and tips on attitude change as well. An aside: Notice how Flylady makes...

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28 January 2006

Trusting their own abilities

Just came across a lovely article on Karen's blog at Take2Max. The gimicky-sounding title, "Trusting Their Own Abilities: 6 Tips for Asset-Focused Parenting," almost turned me off, but I kept reading, and I'm glad I did. Some great advice there about the difference between praise and recognition, and about helping...

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28 January 2006

Serve-it-yourself cereal

Via Sara via Daily Candy: a countertop cereal "keg" kids can operate themselves. Put a small pitcher of milk on a low shelf in the fridge, a few spoons and plastic bowls in the cupboard, and they can make their own breakfasts! (And you get to sleep in?) A "Mom...

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27 January 2006

Parenting hacks at 43folders

43folders is Merlin Mann's site devoted to all things productivity and organization. Devotees of 43folders can post ideas/suggestions/discussion to his wiki, and many among them are parents. I give you: the 43folders wiki on Parenting Hacks. (Unsure what a wiki is?) Technorati Tags: 43folders, Organization

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27 January 2006

Geeky mama responds

Geeky moms: we now have our own top ten list. Technorati Tags: Geeks, Motherhood

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27 January 2006

(Play) Doh! Why didn't we think of this sooner?

Scott shares his secret for peaceful restaurant dinners with his toddler: One of our best "hacks" has been the purchase of a large bag of tiny cans of Play Doh. It came in a bag of twenty. I think they were party favors. We keep a couple of these cans...

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27 January 2006

Calling all spidergirls and boys: REI has a climbing wall

Michael was happily surprised when his five year-old daughter scaled the climbing wall at REI: We recently went to our local REI sporting goods store, where my 5-year-old discovered the freestanding indoor climbing wall. I told her what it was, and immediately she wanted to try it. I didn't think...

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26 January 2006

Disposable cameras for kids

Here's how Stu encourages his kids' interest in photography: For just about any age, disposable cameras are a fantastic way to spend time. They feed a child's need to mimic adults and to be in charge of something. It also introduces them to an art form that they can be...

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26 January 2006

If you tag them they will come

Ah, the magic of the blogosphere. With the help of Google Analytics, Jason Graham-Nye, one of the founders of gDiapers, found our post and left a detailed comment answering readers' questions. Technorati Tags: Diapers, gDiapers

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