Entries by Monica Synstelien

Spring Crafts

We know it feels like winter will never end, but we promise that it will. For those moments when it seems like spring can’t come soon enough and your toddler is sick of the same old same old, ring in the spring with these fun spring crafts. TP Bee Bees are perhaps the perfect mascot […]

Indoor Activities for Bad Weather Days

Chicago is no stranger to harsh weather. Wind, snow, sleet, hail, rain, you’ve got it all. It’s easy to catch a case of the rainy-day blues, or even the snow day jitters as a result of being cooped up all day. If you have a toddler in your family, you know how tough it can […]


What is STEM? The acronym for STEM was first introduced in 2001. The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) had previously used the acronym SMET until a man by the name of Judith Ramaley rearranged the letters to form the word STEM. STEM refers to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. More than the individual […]

Valentine’s Day Crafts

Every February 14th in the United States is Valentine’s day. People exchange flowers, cards, chocolate, jewelry, and other miscellaneous Valentine’s Day related tokens. Children across the country smile at the sight of chocolate and other assorted candy, but at Rayito de Sol we recommend chocolate with a side of crafts! Valentine’s day is the perfect […]