May 24th, 2012
Last week was career week at our local elementary school and we were invited to talk about designing and manufacturing strollers. We had the kids design their own strollers and got a kick out of seeing their imaginative engineering and creativity. Nothing like starting them young for a fresh perspective 🙂
Here are a few drawings from a first grade classroom.
May 15th, 2012
We recently spent half a work day volunteering at the San Diego Food Bank preparing produce for the hungry in San Diego. We had a blast and it felt great to give back to hungry parents and children in our hometown!
The San Diego Food Bank is a critical component to the welfare of San Diego County, providing food to people in need, advocating for the hungry and educating the public about hunger-related issues. Through a combination of programs and partnerships with over 350 San Diego County nonprofit charities, the Food Bank acts as a central repository and distribution point for government and donated food. Funded by foundations, grants, the USDA, corporations, sponsors and individual donors, the Food Bank distributes over 20 million pounds of food annually to individuals, families and a network of nonprofit organizations that work to alleviate hunger throughout the county. Learn more and see how you can help at, http://sandiegofoodbank.org/ .
March 15th, 2012
Family travel shouldn’t only consist of trips to amusement parks. Exposing our children to real travel can change the way they see the world and this can start at an early age. From observing the wonders in nature, going on an adventure or experiencing life in different cultures, travel will open the minds of our little ones and leave lasting memories. In a new series by Keith Bellows editor of National Geographic traveler he highlights trips from his book he is writing for next year “100 Places That Can Change Your Child’s Life”.
It is always fun to plan your own adventure but if in need of suggestions here are a few travel ideas for this summer: http://www.nationalgeographicexpeditions.com/triptypes/family
March 2nd, 2012
What child doesn’t love their parents’ suggestion of heading to the park? Then upon arriving to see the excitement pumping through your child as they begin to run free and enter the world of imaginary play, head down the slide ten times in a row, or play alongside other children as if they have met before. It is clear from these images that the universal language for heading to the local park for outdoor play translates as FUN!
Now if only we could have more parks that are as creative as the designs by Monstrum in Scandinavia. To learn more, visit http://www.monstrum.dk/en.
January 25th, 2012
Not every family has the opportunity to travel the globe with a three year old and a baby in tow, but now we can live vicariously through the Goodwins. Follow their lives and adventures as they cover continents while being filmed for a future movie. In the meantime, we can get a glimpse into the culture of their own family with this trailer. While raising a family we can all apply Aamion Goodwin’s words “To have to wait for something is what we all need. Slow yourself down and you’ll see so much more.”
To learn more about the Goodwins and to see the trailer, visit http://thegoodwinproject.com/index.php/teaser.
The Goodwin Project from Avocados and Coconuts on Vimeo.
December 27th, 2011
We live in a digital world where mobile technology is a must have for a busy family. Whether you’re using an iPad or iPhone, uTales lets you download and view children’s books in a fun and innovative way. To learn more about uTales or to download their iPad or iPhone app, visit www.uTales.com.
December 9th, 2011
The San Diego Symphony is putting on a free concert and party for the release of their new album, “Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant”. With accessible melodies conducted by Jahja Ling and zany poetry and narration by Jack Prelutsky, it’s a perfect way to introduce kids to classical music.
To have a listen to “Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant” or to learn more about the San Diego Symphony, visit www.sandiegosyphony.org.
September 14th, 2011
It only took a second, and we fell in love. Gozde Eker is a New York-based prop stylist “obsessed with little cute things, patterned fabrics, papers and playful designs.” Her bold use of scale and vivid color pallet make these incredible paper mache characters come alive.
To learn more about Gozde and her work visit her site here.
To purchase these incredibly cute paper mache animals (and other really fun stuff) visit her Etsy store here.
August 12th, 2011
Spearmint Baby may inspire you to make use of your extra buttons by making a colorful button monogram displaying your child’s initial. Listed below are the supplies and click here for step-by-step directions for this fun project.
– Pen or Pencil
– Paper Piercer
– Buttons and Brads
– Frame without glass or shadowbox