Archive for the ‘Games & Creative Play’ Category
Tuesday, June 21st, 2016
Looking for something to keep the kids’ minds active this summer? While free-play is the best, it’s also good to throw in a few more structured activities now and then. Here are a few of my favorite activities to check out. They’re guided but allow for lots of room to put your own spin on things. (more…)
Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015
Every great writer needs a great space; and there’s no better space than a one-of-a-kind, gen-u-ine, kid-made writing tent. A safe and cozy writing tent can inspire some fantastic tales. Hope on over to PBS Parents to check it out! I’ve also included a list of creative writing prompts to help get those brains buzzing with ideas.
ps. Hat tip to Monica Merrill for the title up there. She wrote it in on the PBS Parents page. It totally made me laugh!
Wednesday, March 4th, 2015
That squirrelly leprechaun. He rearranges our shoes, turns things upside down, and has even been known to leave rainbow colored treats around the house. Unlike Santa or the Easter Bunny, the leprechaun is full of mischief and unpredictability. What’s he going to do this year? (more…)
Monday, November 10th, 2014
Do you guys do children’s tables for Thanksgiving? I love the idea of them. The challenge though, at least in my mind, is making sure kids still mingle with the rest of the family. So, I created a quick and easy activity to get kids chatting and learning about their family history by employing them as super sleuths. All you need is some strips of paper, a bit of tape, and a pen or pencil.
You can catch the whole post over on PBS Parents. I’m hoping will add some fun to your family holiday festivities.
Thursday, August 1st, 2013
Today’s post by Rebecca Cooper of Simple as That is a great way to encourage kids to explore the world around them. It’s also a clever and stylish way to avoid vacation knick-knack clutter—something we’re hoping to avoid this trip. ps. I just discovered Rebecca is a nap lover too. Between that and the name thing, I’m thinking we must be long-lost sisters.
I don’t know about your kids, but mine sure love a good scavenger hunt! I can’t count how many scavenger hunts we’ve done lately. They just seem to be the perfect activity to fill up a slow summer afternoon.
In our family, we particularly like going on photo scavenger hunts. Instead of collecting things (ie. the ones you never know what to do with afterwards) we collect photos that center around a particular theme as we go for a walk or drive together. (more…)
Tuesday, July 30th, 2013
I’ll be honest, now that Ellie and Jonah are older, I find it’s easier to keep them entertained on long flights and car rides. The ability to read is an incredible thing. We can hand them a comic or book and they’re good for a while. But when they were little, that was a different story. I’ll spare you the stories, as I’m sure you have a few of your own.
Today, the ever-talented Jane from Buzzmills is sharing not one, but three DIY travel games your kids will love. They are a great way to keep little hands and minds active while you’re traveling. -Jen
We are slowly beginning preparations for our summer vacation. Which also means that we are slowly making preparations for the long car trip that we need to take to get to our vacation spot.
It is sure to be a car trip filled with bathroom breaks, “are we there yets?” and maybe a little whining. Let’s face it whether it’s by plane, train, or automobile the time spent getting to vacation can occasionally be difficult and stressful. We don’t have a DVD player for the car, so we rely a lot on small and portable games and activities to keep the kiddos busy and content in the back seat, including these simple felt DIYs which have come on several trips with us over the years.
Bonus: they are also great for restaurants too! (more…)
Monday, June 17th, 2013
Summertime means vacations, whether it’s for a weekend or a week or two. Camping or cottaging. Or just a staycation at home. It’s family time and for us that means putting away the screens and the PDA’s and bringing out the boardgames.
We spend time at the cottage every summer and have test driven MANY many games. It’s an art to create a game that is easy to understand yet challenging enough to keep you and your kids engaged.
Here are my favorite games for kids and families, the ones we play again and again. (more…)
Monday, October 22nd, 2012
It’s the season of creepy crawlies. In the spirit of such a terrifying season, I came up with a terrifying project for you. It’s based on an old toy we saw while antiquing last month. By the way, the antique mall where I saw it was pretty terrifying itself. It toootally creeped me out. But I’ll save that story for another day. (more…)