Gifts That Encourage Kids to Write

Gift Guide for Kids

Gifts to Encourage Kids to Write Sometimes all it takes to encourage kids to write is a special journal, pen, or eraser. See what happens when you give your child a writing gift. Maybe stories or plays will be written! 1. Grow Your Ideas Notebook  Plot your thoughts in these little eco-friendly notebooks made with plantable seed paper covers. When the pages are filled, … [Read more...]

Gift Guide for Kids: Children’s Books 2013

Book Gift Guide 2013

I've found the best books to give your kids as gifts this year. Books for all ages from 2 to 18! Here are my final picks, books that my kids and I have read and recommend. Enjoy!!   Board Books 1. Skip Hop Giraffe Safari Fold and Play Book for ages 12 months+. Fold and flip for fun. This unique origami-inspired toy is both a folding book and a learning game in one. … [Read more...]

Gifts to Spark a Child’s Imagination

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Let's talk giving gifts that will encourage imagination and pretend play. I've been searching for the best recommendations for you -- products that are new, exciting, and open-ended. See what you think! Give Artsy Gifts 1. Spirograph Deluxe Design Set Mix designs and patterns to create unique images using the gears and Spirograph. 2. Rainbow Loom In case you don't … [Read more...]

The Artist’s Way for Parents: Raising Creative Children

The Artist's Way for Parents

Are you a fan of The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron? Because, if so, you'll be thrilled that Cameron just released, The Artist's Way for Parents: Raising Creative Children, with co-writer, Emma Lively. Why does our creative spirit matter as parents? Well, Cameron writes (and I underlined and starred!,) "Isolation as a parent takes two forms: one is being alienated from … [Read more...]

Learning Games Gift Guide for Kids

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I recommend buying a learning game for your child's Christmas or holiday gift because it gives your family a fun playing and learning activity to enjoy together. 1. Bunny Peek-a-Boo for ages 2 - 5. Kids will love this 3D puzzle which includes four big, wooden blocks which kids arrnage to match each challenge. Kids will learn important math and reading reasoning with 60 … [Read more...]

U.S. History and Geography Games & Puzzles (Just In Time for Thanksgiving)

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I love learning games and am always looking for the best geography and history games. So, just in time for Thanksgiving, here are some of my family's favorite history and geography games and puzzles. Scrambled States by Gamewright This is one of our FAVORITE games! Players learn the names, capitals, nicknames, shapes and positions of the states through a myriad of … [Read more...]

Reading, Thinking, and Daring Greatly

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Over the next few weeks, I want to share with you several book that have been life-changing for me. Today I want to tell you about Daring Greatly by Brené Brown. It's for you as an individual. You as a leader. And you as a parent. She wrote it for all of us. Let me tell you a quick bit about my background so you can know why this book moved me so deeply. I was raised … [Read more...]