Tag Archives: activity

Drawing Games

18 Nov

Drawing GamesI’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. What are yours? Continue reading

Road Construction

7 Nov

RoadConstruction_SmallNo, 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.)

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Free Seattle: Gasworks Park

11 Jul

Gasworks Park Seattle

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:

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DIY Dollhouse

8 Jul

DIY DollhouseParents 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 destroy or lose interest in next week, this idea is for you!

Already have a dollhouse? Perhaps you could use it for your dolls’ in-laws or extra rental income from your LEGO people…

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Upcycled Photo Frames

13 Jun

Need a last-minute gift idea for Father’s Day, a birthday, or just because? Create an upcycled photo frame! It doubles as a kids’ activity, too.

Step 1: Find an old frame.

If you're like me, you've amassed a stash of these. If not, they're abundant at thrift shops and garage sales.

If you’re like me, you’ve amassed a stash of these. If not, they’re abundant at thrift shops and garage sales.

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Character Development

3 Jun
Source: Janel Piersma

Source: Janel Piersma

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
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum George M. Hill Company, 1900

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum George M. Hill Company, 1900

Take The Wizard of Oz, for instance: Continue reading

Story

6 May

Once upon a time, there was a hero.

Source: Shanta Rohse "Der Frieder und das Katherlieschen"

Source: Shanta Rohse “Der Frieder und das Katherlieschen”

(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 to the destination and faced the big ordeal, which was of utmost psychological significance to the hero. (S)he got something in return and went on with life, but it was never the same.

Sound familiar?

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