That toddler cupcake matching game

Yes, there is that whole discussion about how you shouldn’t introduce sugar to your young child.

Best to wait until she is 36 or so and can handle it.

Okay, I made up that last part.

But some might sensibly argue that if your Little One is still working on learning her colors, exploring this through the happy use of cupcakes might not be the wisest decision.

But…cupcakes…!

Naptime Crafter Cupcake Matching Game

No-tech outdoor-game game time!

Mental fun: Name at least 30 analog games to play.

Big tip: List tag and then break that down to freeze tag. Then break *that* down to TV tag. Yay, you have 3 games right there. You only need 27 more.

Go!

Next, compare your list with this one, 30 classic games for simple outdoor play.

Put a mark next to each game you’ve played in the last 4 weeks.

Physical fun: Choose a game or three from your list, round up your neighborhood families, and take over that nice grassy area at the park.

Repeat frequently.

Go!

P.S. Hide and Seek? Or Hide and Go Seek? Which do you say?

Geek Dad 30 Classic Games for Simple Outdoor Play

[Geek Dad]

All the reasons I love you

Make a jar like this while the children are out or asleep.

Cough noisily but politely until everyone has noticed the jar.

While everyone is buy working on completing strips for your jar, make similar jars for the other members of your family!

BHG Mothers Day Jar

[Better Homes and Garden]

Bird Words

My grandma taught me that the whippoorwill bird says, “Whip Poor Will! Whip Poor Will!”, although I have to stretch my ears to hear it that way.

Red cardinals? I haven’t heard them in a few decades, although I think I could pick them out of the crowd. What do they say? Cardinals say, “What cheer cheer cheer! Chip, chip, birdy, birdy!”

But these birds?

Carolina Wren: Teakettle teakettle teakettle!

Barred Owl: Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you all?

Common nighthawk: Beans, beans, beans!

Clearly these birds are talking my language. Who knew?

For more of these, you have to scoot over to page 49 of Sharon Lovejoy’s Toad Cottages & Shooting Stars: A Grandma’s Bag of Tricks!

Drink your tea-ee-ee-ee!

Okay, you’re smart, who says that?

Sharon Lovejoy TC and SS

Ella Fitzgerald and Bing Crosby – Children’s Songs

Oh grin who else wants to hear Ella Fitzgerald and Bing Crosby singing a whole pile of children’s songs? That was gentle fun.

How do we get across the town
Now that the bridge is down?

If you like jazz and haven’t yet gotten your children addicted to Ella and Bing, scoot scoot scoobydoobydoobydooby scoot to start taking care of that now. Such voices!

P.S Her birthday is 25 April and his is coming up on 3 May.

[The Jazz Street]

Missing game pieces? Milk lids!

Be a Fun Mum has a pile of nifty uses for milk bottle lids.

My favorite? Put photos of players in the caps. This way you can still play the board game long after half of the original player pieces have disappeared.

And disappear they will, right? Where do they go??

Go check out the rest of the milk bottle lid ideas!

Be a Fun Mum milk bottle lids game pieces

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