Poetry - Some of my favorites

A little off the general topic of games, but a link to some of my favorite poetry of all time. My book is here: And some of my favorite poems are: Birches by Robert Frost  Stopping by Woods by Robert Frost  Tomatoes by Stephen D…

Kill the Kings - Rules

Kill the Kings @standardgames standardgames.com Players : 1 Objective Kill All 4 Kings. Setup Remove the four kings from a standard deck and place them face up on the table, with room beneath them, as below.  Shuffle the remain…

Expedition - Rules

Expedition @standardgames standardgames.com Players : 2 Objective Higher total score at the end of 3 rounds wins Gameplay The aces are removed from the deck and placed face-up between the two players.  The round begins w…

A Day at the Beach - Rules

A Day at the Beach @standardgames standardgames.com Objective: Make 2 sets of blue cards to win!   It’ll say on each Blue Card how many are in a set. Setup: Give each player a Player Card (1 Surfer). Deal 6 cards to each player…

With a few kids (ages ~5-9), it can be fun for the kids to put on a circus for the grown ups.  Each kid can do their own thing, including such hits from our circus as: *Hula hoop *Funny voices / faces *Throwing / Catching *Holdin…

Game: Bouncy Ball Volcano

This game is super-fun and my 6 yr old son, Lincoln, invented it and ran it for us! The rules are: *You are trying to keep your ball in the tissue box the longest *This is a fair game.  Lincoln would randomly shake the box. *Ever…

This game was a lot of fun on the Long Island Sound.   A great beach game on the rocky shore when it's a bit too cold to swim in the northeast. We threw a tennis ball into the Long Island Sound, and took turns throwing rocks …

Magnets and Science with Kids

This KidzLabs kit on Magnets was great for my 6yr and 8yr old.  They had fun playing around with it, and learned a lot about magnetism in a hands-on way.

Ollyball - a fun toy

Ollyball! This toy was a very fun gift that we're still enjoying weeks later. It's like a beach ball, but you color on it first. We see how many times we can successfully bat it back and forth in the yard.  Every time we…

Game: Bronco Buster

The game of Bronco Buster is about as much fun as I've had in a pool.   It goes without saying that the first thing to be cognizant of in a pool is making sure that kids are safe and ok; fun is priority #2.  Please ensure y…

Game: Defeating Minibosses in your environment

My son Lincoln came up with a great game on vacation.  Wherever you are, you pretend there are minibosses all around you that you have to defeat, but they are actually inanimate objects like trash cans, signs, and chairs. Y…

Epic is a great app for Early Readers

My daughter started using the Epic App for reading books when her first grade went remote.  It was such a hit and really helped her reading skills grow.   Read-to-me highlighting words was also a great way for her to build up her…

Fun shows for the kids

I was asked about some of my favorite shows for kids.   I grouped by where to see it, and generally speaking put ones for younger kids higher in the list for each provider. It's good up to like age 7 or 8. You can also check …

Getting My Toddler to Gain Weight

One of my children was a bit underweight and really didn't want to try new foods after being weened.   We saw a nutritionist and sought advice from friends, and here's some tips which worked for us. 1) Talk to your doctor…

We do a "family snuggle" in the morning many mornings in Mommy & Daddy's bed.  It's a wonderful tradition and a fantastic way to start the day.

Every night before bed, each kid has to give me a report. It's a fantastic tradition and part of a wonderful put down. Lincoln tells me the "Breakfast Report" when I ask "Tell me the breakfast report, I want to…