Tag Archives: play

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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Indoor Picnic

16 Sep

TablePicnic4Stuck inside? Missing summer already? Head under your table. That’s right.

Spread out a blanket under your table, and have an indoor picnic! Continue reading

The 4 Pillars of Play

29 Apr

CreativeBrainWhen I worked at Cranium, I learned a lot about Dr. Howard Gardner’s multiple intelligence theory.

It stressed that there are multiple ways to be “smart,” beyond standardized tests for verbal-linguistic and logical-mathematic skills. Gardner demonstrated that humans actually have eight intelligences:

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Top 3: Board Games for People Who Don’t Play Board Games

28 Mar

Would you rather watch a movie than play a game together? That might be the fault of the games you’ve played.

Think outside of the Candy Land and Monopoly box. Here are my top 3 board games for people who don’t play board games (which hopefully will change after you give these a try).

Game_SettlersofCatan1. Settlers of Catan
Age: 10+ (also 4+ and 6+ versions)
Players: 3-4 (5-6 with expansion packs)
Time: 45-90 min.

It’s the gateway drug of good board games. It’s well balanced, fast, fun, easy to “get,” and has just enough luck to help even the playing field. There’s also an app that can walk you through how to play it, so you don’t even have to read the game rules!

Ready to kick it up a notch?
Try Puerto Rico or 7 Wonders.

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The Many Lives of a Laundry Basket

25 Jan

Heads up: Starting next week, I’m going to post on Mondays and Thursdays. I have a couple of writing project that have been idling on the back burner, so I need to cut down to two weekly posts for a while. I’m sure you’ll manage just fine.

In the meantime, I have a bit of Friday fun for you, namely this:

LaundryBasket

“What’s that?” you ask. “A plain old laundry basket?” Perhaps to some, Continue reading

Free Seattle: Bayview-Kinnear Park

31 Jul

Bored at home? Try out a new park.

Bring a picnic lunch. Better yet, take a friend’s kid, so she can go get a  pedicure (and swap the favor next week).

We recently tried Bayview-Kinnear Park (below Kerry Park) on Queen Anne hill in Seattle. The play gear was completely different from anything Szaba (or I) had seen before, and we had a ton of fun exploring. Plus, there are fantastic views and arguably one of the city’s best slides.

If you’re visiting Seattle, it’s just a short jaunt north of downtown. Hop a cab or a bus, and you’ll be there in about 10 minutes.

Have exploring!

For more free Seattle fun, try one of these adventures:

Have your own tips for free things to do in and around Seattle … or your city? Please share!

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