Playful Picks (October 23, 2011)

by Amy on October 23, 2011

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Quote of the Week

Be content with what you have, rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you. {Lao Tzu}

Fun Activities & Projects

Literacy Learning with Maps :: Childhood 101

Spider Webs from Coffee Filters :: The Artful Parent

Tissue Paper Pumpkins :: Smashed Peas and Carrots

Spiced Pumpkin Sippers :: The Farm Chicks

What We’re Reading

I’m revisiting two favorite parenting books in preparation for an upcoming talk at the girls’ old preschool: Playful Parenting by Lawrence J. Cohen and Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne. If you haven’t had the chance to read these two books, I highly recommend them.

When I reread these books, I always find little gems of parenting wisdom to incorporate into our family – ways to improve communication, techniques for simplifying daily routines, and, of course, reminders to spend lots of time playing with my girls.

What is your go-to book for parenting inspiration?

Creative Products

Delaney has always loved puzzles and logic-type games. We have quite a few one-player logic games, and she loves working her way from the easy challenges all the way up to the super-hard challenges. Here are the ones she plays most often, with the recommended age levels. We used most of these at a younger age, with help from mom or dad.

Rush Hour Jr. (ages 6-8) – Help the ice cream truck get out of the traffic jam.

Clever Castle (ages 5-7) – Use clues to arrange the knights, princesses, and dragons in the castle windows.

Castle Logix and Camelot Jr. (ages 4 and up) – Both of these games come with wooden pieces for completing building challenges.

I need to start researching logic games for older kids soon so I can expand our collection!

Hope you have a wonderful week!

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