Welcome to ribbons & robots!
I’m Leslie, and I create picture books and activities for little girls with lots of smarts. Everything you find on this site has been tested by my own 2- and 4-year-old trailblazers (Peas and Pie), and I’m confident that you can absolutely do this in your own home!
Get your Ribbons & Robots experience started here with the getting started tips and free goodies below:
Get Set Up
Everything goes a little more smoothly when you do your prep work ahead of time. Get started with a simple supply box by collecting household items like toilet paper rolls, jelly jar lids, and empty margarine containers. You can also take a shopping trip to collect some supplies.
Here’s a list of the things I have found useful for science time with my kids. Use this as a starting point in putting together your supply box and add anything else that inspires you to experiment, design, and build!
Toilet paper rolls and paper towel rolls
Various lids and caps
A roll of white butcher paper will be one of the most amazing things you ever purchase. It is like a never-ending supply of drawing paper and great for covering up the table for messier projects. Newspaper and paper bags work well for this, too.
String or yarn
Glue (whatever kind you like best. I like to have hot glue and glue sticks)
A stash of old t-shirts to use as smocks
A box, bin, or laundry basket to keep it all in
Tissue and oatmeal boxes also work great for storing supplies or activity pieces.
Go With the Flow
Life gets busy! Believe me, I’m right there with ya. As a working mom, I know that it’s hard to find time to do basic everyday things let alone something extra.
Let your learning activities go with the flow of your family’s rhythm. Start tuning in to the natural rhythm of your house. When is it busy? When is it quiet? When are you feeling energized? Doing this can help you identify the time that will be a great fit for your family.
Make it a Family Tradition
Once you’ve stocked up on supplies and found a time that fits, make it part of a family tradition. To make it a regular time with my kids, we’ve even given it a name: Saturday Science.
Once you make it a regular thing you do, it becomes something you look forward to and plan for. It makes it a whole lot easier to remember, too.
Keep it Fun!
Remember that no matter what, the most important thing is having fun with your daughter! This does not need to be another thing adding stress or pressure. None of these activities need to be followed exactly. Feel free to improvise and follow your daughter’s lead.