A Reason to Celebrate Science

By PBK Editors

Not only is today Pi Day, it’s also Albert Einstein’s birthday! We’re celebrating with a few fun science activities perfect for sharing with kids. We love these ideas from Katherine Marie‘s blog – you just might find a new favorite yourself.

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Create your own little Einstein with this idea, adapted from Spoonful.

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Katherine Marie shares her version of color explosions using baking soda and color-tinted vinegar.

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We love this separated tray of items from the Sink vs. Float test.

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Last but not least, a surefire kid favorite: the Mentos Geyser.

Do you have a little scientist at home? Share your favorite science activities in the comments below!

Sneak Peek: Shades of Summer

By PBK Editors

Summer is coming, and we can’t help but share a few pieces from our new collection that’s launching next week! Inspired by the colors of summer, we focused on brights, bolds and updates to our classic favorites. Here’s a glimpse at a few items we love.

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We’re all about aqua. The perfect shade to cool things off, aqua gives a room new life. Try punches of it in decor and furniture – like our new Harper Crib – for an unexpected touch.

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Going crazy for coral. From the pom-pom details on our canopy to a graphic printed duvet, this collection is all about far-off places and relaxed inspiration straight from the beach.

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Moving forward with the new modern. With subtle accents and clean lines, our version of modern is comfortable and warm.

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Updated classics. Our favorite styles are back for summer – with a hint of color and unexpected details!

Are you excited about our new summer designs? Share your favorites in the comments below – and don’t forget to visit potterybarnkids.com next week to see the entire summer collection.

Girl Scout Cookies, Reinvented

By PBK Editors

From classic Thin Mints® to stamped Trefoils Shortbread®, Girl Scout cookies are one of those special treats we simply can’t resist. Today, in honor of Girl Scout Day, we’re sharing our favorite recipes that will give you a few more reasons to support your favorite troop!

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A favorite Girl Scout cookie gets a cool makeover with these Samoa Popsicles from My Baking Addiction.

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In another refreshing treat, Do-Si-Dos are a hidden surprise in this Do-Si-Dos Icebox Pie from Bakers Royale.

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This Tagalong Popcorn from Something Swanky is the perfect, slightly sweet snack for anyone who loves peanut butter and chocolate.

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The most classic Girl Scout cookie plus a classic baked good make for one tasty treat. Case in point? These Thin Mint Brownies from Country Cleaver.

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Peanut butter will meet its match when your little ones discover this Trefoil Cookie Butter from Geeky Hostess. Try it on apple slices or even celery sticks!

What’s your favorite Girl Scout cookie? Share with us in the comments below!

Easter Eggs As Good As Gold

By PBK Editors

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Add a golden touch to your Easter festivities with these beautiful DIY Gold Leaf Eggs from Little Inspiration. For a fun twist, hide a few of them along with regular eggs during your Easter egg hunt. When little ones find the golden ones, they get a special treat or toy!

Looking for a few more Easter ideas? Visit Design Studio to view our Rustic Easter Party and our Whimsical Easter Party – and get inspired.

DIY Pop-Up Paper Alligators

By Jordan Ferney

Written by Jordan Ferney of Oh Happy Day for Building Blocks.

Today I’m excited to share this fun DIY based on the Jeremy alligator sheets from Pottery Barn Kids’ spring collection. The pattern on the sheets is so rad – and it inspired me to design these pop-up paper alligators. They’re super easy to make, and we’ve even included the template for this craft below. Have your kids create their own, then use them as decorations for a party or as fun room decor!

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To make the alligators, you’ll need:

  • Alligator Template
  • White cardstock
  • X-Acto knife or scissors
  • Ruler
  • Bone folder
  • Cutting mat
  • Colored paper

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Step 1: Glue two sheets of 8.5×11” pages together, each vertical. (If your paper is large enough for the template, skip this step.)
Step 2: Print the template; glue where indicated.
Step 3: Fold paper hot-dog style so that it matches the height of the alligator template.

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Step 4: Trace the template so the alligator’s back is on the fold, ignoring the triangles (the alligator’s spikes).
Step 5: Cut out the alligator while the paper is still folded.
Step 6: Open the folded alligator and place the template so the alligator’s back is at the fold, this time at the inside score line.OhHappyDay-PopUpAlligators4

Step 7: Using the triangles as a guide, draw the alligator’s spikes above the score. Be sure the bottom points of each triangle do not touch one another.
Step 8: Using the X-Acto knife, cut each triangle on the top two lines. Do not cut on the fold.
Step 9: Decorate!

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Have fun mixing different colors and shapes, and create an alligator family your kids will love.

A New Way To Eat Cereal

By PBK Editors

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Did you know that today is National Cereal Day? To celebrate, we’ve rounded up a few inventive ways to incorporate this tasty ingredient into other treats – think beyond the bowl of milk!

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Transform a classic favorite cereal into dessert with this cream Cap’n Crunch Cereal Ice Cream from Sift and Whisk. We guarantee your little ones will love its sweet, familiar flavor.

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Scoot over, rice krispie treats — these Fruit Loop Treats on a Stick from Hostess With The Mostess offer a colorful twist. We especially love how this goodie keeps little hands from getting too sticky!

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We’re a fan of bite-size treats and these mini Cinnamon Toast Coffee Cake Bites from Spoon Fork Bacon pack a sweet punch in a little package – perfect for special occasions and parties.

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A rainbow of colors makes these Fruity Pebble Macarons from The Novice Chef stand out. Elegant and pretty, they’d be a tea-party favorite.

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Taking a break from sweets, we love these Baked Chicken Fingers from Dessert For Two, starring none other than Corn Flakes. They’re simple, tasty and a surefire dinner favorite for hungry kids.

Getting hungry? Check out all our recipe ideas on Design Studio.

3 Playroom Perfect Themes

By PBK Editors

From a pretty place for a tea party to a space for fire-fighting and adventure, here are three of our favorite ideas for a perfect playroom theme.

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Tea time comes to life in our Tea Party Playhouse. Set up a special tea set with some fresh flowers and a few party guests, and your little one will be sent off to the land of make-believe.

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Your little hero will delight in our Firehouse Playhouse, where even the biggest pretend fires can be fought with a little imagination. And don’t forget a few essentials – like a police car ride-on or a mini fire truck– to assist your everyday hero.

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Be transported with your child in our castle-like Preppy Playhouse. Whether your little one takes the thrown or sets up a bakery, this play space is ready for magical ideas.

Visit potterybarnkids.com to see all our playroom pieces — and save up to 25% on all things play at our Playroom Sale!