FISH! Philosophy – Play: Especially When You Don’t Feel Like It…

For adults, when play is the last thing you feel like doing, that is when you should play the most… Play is something children don’t have to learn how to do but it is something we have to help them continue to do as they grow up so they don’t forget how to do itContinue reading “FISH! Philosophy – Play: Especially When You Don’t Feel Like It…”

Fun Activities

Busy Boxes Introducing the Busy Box Magnetic Board Activity 16 Montessori Ideas for the Busy Box Projects Night Sky Constellations Lego and Construction Models Art and Craft Going Offline with Your Child’s Favourite Characters Abstract Art Fun – exploration of colours and textures Batik Painting T-Shirt Painting Water Colours Introduction to Finger Paints Mess-Free Art –Continue reading “Fun Activities”

Why Don’t We All Go Fishing?

G2 was at G1’s school when he found some magnetic fishing rods and had a blast with it. After pondering how to bring that activity home without having to go out to buy our own magnetic fishing rods, I came up with this… What you will need: Fishing boat – laundry basket Fish – littleContinue reading “Why Don’t We All Go Fishing?”

Simple DIY Ninjago Costumes

Most children invariably want to dress up as their favourite super heroes. When you factor in growth and their rapidly changing fancies, this can be quite a costly affair. Recently, my two boys wanted to be ninjas from Ninjago. Or rather, Aristotle wanted to be Lloyd (the green ninja), and by default, whatever big brotherContinue reading “Simple DIY Ninjago Costumes”

Apps: Fizzy’s Lunch Lab Fresh Pick by PBS Kids

This is another really fun Math app for kids that is both entertaining and educational. Best of all, it’s free! Fizzy’s Lunch Lab Fresh Pick by PBS Kids What is this app about? Created by PBS Kids, Fizzy’s Lunch Lab Fresh Pick is an app designed to teach children Math in an engaging way usingContinue reading “Apps: Fizzy’s Lunch Lab Fresh Pick by PBS Kids”

Forge of Honor – Fighting Bedtime Monsters in the Name of Imaginative Play

When I was little, I would pretend I had an imaginary friend under my bed to keep me company at night because I was afraid of the dark. When I grew older, the fear of the dark became the fear of the boogie man who would come through the windows and kidnap little children fromContinue reading “Forge of Honor – Fighting Bedtime Monsters in the Name of Imaginative Play”

The Power of Play – it’s Good for Parents Too!

In an earlier post, we talked about why play for good for children, but did you know that play is good for parents, too? Well, play is good for all adults period, but parents especially should get into the habit of playing regularly. Why do adults need to play? Similarly to children, play helps adultsContinue reading “The Power of Play – it’s Good for Parents Too!”

Parenting: Playing to Learn, Playing to Connect, Playing for Fun

Play is the Business of Children – it helps physical, mental, social, and emotional development. It also fosters the parent-child connection – as they say “families that play together, stay together“. It makes sense that we should play with our children more and use it as a tool for reaching them on various parenting issues we face. Unfortunately,Continue reading “Parenting: Playing to Learn, Playing to Connect, Playing for Fun”

Spelling Games: Boggle Slam Variation

Aristotle has really been enjoying his card games. When I introduced Boggle Slam, it was slow going and a bit boring so I decided to spice it up a little by modifying the rules. The new rules are essentially the same as Upwords without the board. New Rules for Boggle Slam Upwords! We begin with aContinue reading “Spelling Games: Boggle Slam Variation”