Archive for the ‘Games & Creative Play’ Category
Monday, May 14th, 2012
We hacked a Melissa & Doug easel to create a double-sided mega marble run that stood the test of 100s of kids at the USA Science + Engineering Festival.
Want to make a mega marble run for your kids? Let’s get to it!
Thursday, March 15th, 2012
I’ve recently teamed up with the lovely people at Knee Bouncers to create adaptations of some of their games.
The first challenge: turn an online counting game into a hands-on activity. The result: An adorable and very hungry penguin.
For this project you’ll need an old baking soda can, a little paint, a piece of felt and some paper. Click here for the how-to and a list of game ideas.
Tuesday, March 6th, 2012
Fishing games are great for rainy days, birthday parties, school carnivals or any time. Here’s how to make a magnetic fishing pole toy and game pieces out of inexpensive craft and recycled items.
You’ll need: (more…)
Wednesday, February 29th, 2012
Ah, Leap Day. It’s a day that comes around once every four years. It deserves a little fun, don’t you think?
Wait, wait… I’m sorry I can’t do this.
I need to apologize for the lackluster introduction to today’s post. I spent hours on the internet trying to figure out how I could cleverly introduce this Leap Day game. I tried looking up historical references, traditions, parties and nadda. I mean, there wasn’t even anything on pinterest. I mean, it’s pinterest! If no one’s pinned it, well then, it must not exist. So I’m just going to have to go with plan B, the direct approach…
Today, I’m bringing you a leap day catapult game. I got the idea from this youtube video and frogs. ‘Cause they leap.
Tuesday, January 31st, 2012
My friends over at the Happy Family Movement put together a Winter Adventure Guide. It’s a list of 15 fun activities, printable resources and lessons learned to help get you and the kids get through winter in the most playful way possible. They even went so far as to break up the activities into three categories, those taking: under an hour, one to two hours and three to four hours. All of the activities use materials you have around the house. And if you don’t, they’re provided as printables.
To download a copy, visit their store. The guide costs $15, which works out to just a $1 an activity. It’s a great resource of playful ideas the whole family will love.
Monday, January 30th, 2012
This weekend we held a collaborative play date with (cool) progeny, aMuse Toys, and Childhood List. The idea, inspired by BIG Kids Magazine, was to celebrate the treasures of Baltimore by making a big ol’ treasure map. Heather came up with the genius plan, and provided snacks and giveaways for the kids; Claudia provided art materials, space and take-home gifts, her ridiculously talented staff painted a backdrop for the photo booth (aww yeah, MICA students!); Katie produced a brilliant map foundation; Dave took pictures and I made some silly props. We had an insanely good time. (more…)
Thursday, January 26th, 2012
A conversation I had last week went something like this…
Tuesday, January 17th, 2012(more…)