I was intrigued by this TED Talk by Tim Brown because of the title - Tales of creativity and play. Tim Brown is the CEO of a consultancy company, and you might be thinking - what the heck does a CEO of a company know about play??!? Quite a lot, it turns out. This is an interesting TED talk to watch because he has the audience actually do a few creative activities, including drawing and shooting little foam rockets around the room. What I love about this TED talk is that he connects play with how that helps the creative process in the work place and suggests that adults should use play more. Here’s what resonated with me from this TED talk:Read More
It was really warm and muggy this week, and while the kids had been enjoying the great outdoors, they needed to take a break inside. I wanted to have them do something that would occupy them for a few minutes while I did some cleaning, and they usually love playing with play doh. I saw this post from Growing a Jeweled Rose and thought it seemed pretty quick and easy to make since it only had two ingredients. I decided to give it a shot.Read More
Being able to have a conversation is an essential social skill to have. Your child will need to be able to start conversations if they want to get to know people, make friends, or play with others. It can be hard to think of things to talk about when you don’t know someone. Here are some ideas to help kids start a conversation.Read More
Sometimes parents will say they have a hard time getting their kids to open up or talk with them about things. I think a great way to connect with your own children is to create a family book club. Reading a book together shows that you think reading is important and an enjoyable past time and, while you’re discussing the book, your child can practice conversation skills and potentially talk about things that are happening in their own lives. Here are 3 strategies you can use to help start your own book club:Read More
Pinterest in Real Life - Pinterest projects don’t always go as planned. Often the end result doesn’t look like the perfect pictures, but it’s not about how it looks. The important thing is that you’re exposing your kids to new shared experiences. It doesn’t have to be Pinterest perfect to be fun or playful.
The kids were asking to do a project. I honestly didn’t have any energy to do a more involved project because I had a summer cold (ugh!), so I had them look through some of my pinterest boards where I knew there were quick and easy projects. I steered them toward this project from Our Thrifty Ideas because I knew the materials were already in the room. So I got them their paper bags, googly eyes, glue sticks and pipe cleaners.