We've packed our bags and are off to Grandma's house... be back in a week. x
There comes a time in the summer holidays– after swimming, camp, bike rides, and sprinklers – for some down time. Doodle Cook, by Herve Tullet, was written for this time. It is the perfect mix of art recipes and joyful doodling. It is an invitation to make something tasty, and my girls were excited to cook.
The big size of Doodle Cook made my girls feel important and in Kira’s words “I like that I don’t have to color in the lines.” I must add that Kira is the type of kid who will sit for a very long time pain-stakingly coloring in the lines and focusing on minute details. Doodle Cook’s call to scribble was very freeing.
Kira started off timidly – as we all have with recipes – carefully following the directions. By her 4th or 5th dish, Kira was wildly adding spirals, finger prints and sprinkles as well as decorating the glass, knife and fork. At one point, she spiraled off the book and decorated the paper underneath!
Tullet gives little artists control of their art, encourages them to design beyond the instructions, and helps them to think of creating in new ways.
“…take up your crayons… create a delicious masterpiece… suit your own taste,” Tullet encourages his readers. Who wouldn’t want to grab a crayon and start making Magic Marmalade?
Recommended Age: 5+
*Please note - while I was not compensated for this review, Phaidon books did provide me with a free review copy of the book.
A travel-friendly play stage ready to entertain little passengers...
When I first received some goodies from My Little Shoebox, I was taken by how darling the designs were. I love all the colors and how the stickers made me feel like I was in a children's story book.
I made a stage with two pieces of pretty paper that I taped together and I used blossom twine to keep the stage upright (the back of the stage is strengthened with cardboard).
I used My Little Shoebox stickers to decorate the backdrop and to create characters, props and pretties for my girls to make up stories. I simply attached the stickers to thick watercolor paper, cut around the stickers, and folded the paper to make the characters stand up. Simple, sweet and fun.
Best of all, the stage and characters fold flat and is ready for our long trip to Grandma's house next week.
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Rhythm of the Home is a seasonal online magazine full of Waldorf and Montessori inspired ideas for families. Being a Waldorf family, I have found it to be a wonderful resource to help bring Waldorf traditions into our home.
We have just come home from a very fun week at Grayton Beach - perhaps the most beautiful beach we have ever been to and our new favourite. I have been waiting for two summers to take pretty pictures of the girls in these white dresses. This year we finally did it. I was envisioning sweetly smiling girls sitting next to the dunes. No, these girls ran in the water and the chased waves!
I'm up early this morning for a little quiet time before the girls wake up - we are looking forward to a laid-back summer filled with visiting family, play-dates, swim school and plenty of messy painting. We wrote a list of things we want to do and Kira included making sand castles out of sand we brought home from the beach, drawing a cook book, and making popsicles.
I've seen some great summer bucket lists floating around the internet - here are a few for inspiration for your summer holidays...
And I just saw this on-line kid's photography class via Design Mom. I think my girls are still a little too young for it, but it looks really cool and in a few years we'll be there.