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…

My 0.02: Memory

Memory is a fantastic game for age 4 and up. We are partial to the My Little Pony version, though it's not on Amazon any more those this one is :)

My kids and I love playing hide and seek.  It's an oldie but a goodie.  I would say count to 20 slowly and loudly.  The kids can hide.  Make it clear what areas are ok and not ok to hide. Whoever gets found last can be the se…

My 0.02 Link's Awakening

First of all, I love Link's Awakening on the Switch and named my son Lincoln in part due to the brave warrior Link :) Age-wise, 5 was a bit young for the complicated fight-while-exploring dynamic.  6 and up should like it t…

Toothbrushing with my kids

When I'm brushing the kids' teeth, I play the 1995 Mortal Kombat movie theme song.  It's a hit :)  I also say "Time to brush your teeth" in the Raiden flying dash voice.

We learned this game from the show, " Bluey ". The parent is "Telemachus" and the kids can freeze the parent. Once frozen, the kids will dress up the frozen parent in very silly costumes, jewelry, etc.

Frisbee Freeze

The kids love this game! They run from the porch to the swingset and I try to throw the (very soft) frisbee to get them.  I actually use 2 frisbees, because I have two kids.   If the frisbee tags them, they are frozen and have …

Lava Monster

Lava Monster is a fun game I play with the kids.  I stand in the hallway and they try to get past me.  I talk in a silly voice, and I'm a big, slow, volcanic monster. I don't bend over, saying that Lava Monster has a bad …

Fun with Humidifiers

As a parent, there are things we have to do for the kids.  I try to have them be fun.   For example when giving them vitamins, I like to have them march in a "Vitamin Circle" while they get them. Recently, we had some …