Drawing Games

I’ll never forget the first time I realized my toddler has actually drawn a… thing. Since then, I’ve been tracking down fun ways to help her get creative and practice her hand-eye coordination. It’s never too early to prep her for epic video game nights, right? Here are a few of our favorites drawing games. … More Drawing Games

Road Construction

No, not the ear-splitting, orange-flashing, rage-inducing kind of road construction. Roads made out of construction paper, silly. This kids’ activity is quick, cheap, and fun … plus you cover a bunch of great early learning basics. (See “The 4 Pillars of Play” for more info.)

Free Seattle: Gasworks Park

Continuing with my “Free Seattle” series, this week we head to Gasworks Park: land of stark contrasts, kite flying, frolic-worthy hills, and 270-degree views. Perks: Free Lots of wind for kite flying Great view of Lake Union and downtown Some of the best picture-taking in the city What to Do:

DIY Dollhouse

Parents with young kids know: There will be stir-crazy days. And on those days, your child’s least favorite thing to play with will be all of their toys. That’s exactly what led to this DIY dollhouse. So, if your kid is clamoring for a dollhouse, but you don’t want to spend a lot of dough on something they’ll … More DIY Dollhouse

Character Development

Carl Jung’s (and later Joseph Campbell’s) monomyth theory holds that all human stories—across all ages and cultures—experience the same basic journey. And over the course of that life story, the “hero” (or main character) encounters this cast of characters: Mentor Threshold Guardian Herald Henchmen Shape Shifter Hero’s Shadow (Villain) Trickster Take The Wizard of Oz, for instance:

Story

Once upon a time, there was a hero. (S)he lived in a world where things weren’t perfect, but they were livable. Then something happened to change all that. At first (s)he denied it. Then someone convinced the hero otherwise. (S)he set off to do something. Things challenged the hero along the way. Eventually, (s)he got … More Story