Gifts to Spark a Child’s Imagination


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 learning games for kids as one of the holiday gifts because it gives your entire family a fun playing and learning activity to enjoy together. Learning Games for Kids 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 … [Read more...]

U.S. History and Geography Games & Puzzles

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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. History and Geography Games Scrambled States by Gamewright This is one of our FAVORITE geography games! Actually, just a favorite game period. Players learn the names, … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Books for Kids

Best Thanksgiving Books for Kids

Thanksgiving books for kids share the early history of the United States, gratitude, and thankfulness. Do you know that thankfulness is a habit - something you  must practice and make a regular part of your day? For us, we practice thankfulness each night in our family prayers. For others, it's at a family meal. If you don't have a daily routine of practicing … [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...]

Newly Published Chapter Book Recommendations

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Do your kids need new book book recommendations to keep them reading? That's why I review the newly published books so that you can get your kids reading with new books that will interest them. There are so many great books in this list but I especially love The Lost Kingdom and Salem Hyde. See what you think for your kids! Easy Chapter Books (grades 1 - 3) The Gumaing … [Read more...]

New Picture Books to Treasure

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As you know, I adore reading new picture books and sharing the best with you. Here are some new titles for your family to enjoy.   The Bear's Song by Benjamin Chaud We adore this oversized picture book for the fun follow-the-baby bear story and for the gorgeous and detailed illustrations. Little Bear wanders off and it's up to Papa Bear to find him. Can you find … [Read more...]