As I write this, my nine year old son is on the big trampoline outside, laid out flat, looking up … bored. He announced he was bored before he went out there and has since done nothing but lay down on the sunny spot in the trampoline. Years ago, I would have observed this idleness with some alarm lest it be confused as laziness.
My son loves building Lego’s and he can’t get enough of video games. Well, he has started to play a PC game called Minecraft, which combines both of these favorite activities. Minecraft is a seemingly simple game. But the possibilities of what a player can accomplish are endless, which is why this game can be so addictive and at such a great deal. Minecraft
It’s raining almost every afternoon here. It’s the season. It makes it very hard to help my two children get all the physical activity they require to be happy and be able to fall sleep at a decent hour. They need to bounce, climb, jump, roll and run. Following are some fun ideas to help children burn off energy indoors. -Mini trampoline in front
This month has been horribly hectic! It feels as though I have not stopped to breathe much less connect with my family. Yesterday, as I drove home from the last errand, I caught sight of my son in the rearview mirror, looking a little lost, and a bot forlorn. I realized in the chaos of the day, week, month, I had neglected to make
Child’s play is creative improvisation. I watch my son play in repetitive themes-aliens versus humans, cop and robber, etc all the time. The common denominator? improvisation. Every single time, my son creates new characters, dialogue, stories for the same games, making them unique and special every time. Play then helps our children understand on a personal level ideas and concepts. For example, A child
As a parent, sometimes I feel negligent of my child because I don’t enroll him in at least one activity after school. Most of my son’s friends spend every afternoon at one or two activities. Even as they are actively engaged, I have heard these children utter the words that make parents cringe: I’m bored! As parents, we are obsessed with having children that
Do you want the opportunity to amaze your family and friends? If the answer is yes, then log on to www.20q.net and prepare to be flabbergasted! This is an online version of the classic game that older generations can remember playing on the long car trips to their grandparents’ house. The difference is that instead of a person asking the questions, now a super-smart
Since it is now back to school season, many teachers and parents are looking for some new and fun material that they can use with their students to keep them learning and having fun as they start off another year. Fun short games and brain teasers are a great way to get kids in the right mind set to start learning. Braingle is a
From hallways to walls of a play room, there are many places we do not want our children to color on. Because coloring can be such a fun and creative activity for many children, providing them a place to do so online can help them express themselves (and save your walls!). Kidopo is an online coloring application that allows children to color online books.
Disney characters that are recognizable to children can help them become more comfortable when learning new things or trying new activities. Because children can relate to these characters that they see so often on television and in the movies, they are more likely to open up their minds and express their creativity in their work. Disney Create is a great interactive site that is