As the year ends, I wanted to highlight a few of my favorite posts. This collection contains my favorite posts and some of our most smile-inducing play times.
Chomp is a get-moving game, that we still play several times a week. This never fails to leave both of my boys in giggles. I actually resort to this game on days when everyone’s cranky, and it has really turned everyone’s mood (mine included!) around.
Game nights are huge in my family. This list of our favorite paper and pencil family game night ideas has withstood the test of time. It includes games my grandmother and her 6 siblings enjoyed.
Chess is an important part of my husband’s life, and he has begun to share it with our preschooler. One of my favorite posts for the year dicusses introducing chess to preschoolers.
My preschooler tells stories all day long. To encourage his storytelling, and to save the memory of his stories, we’ve created books.
Another way we creating stories is using sticker story bags. These are more ad-libbed, game types of stories.
As much as we love creating our own stories, I was happy to have the opportunity to share the inspiration behind some of our favorite stories with my boys. Looking at the bear who launch’d a thousand readers (apologies to Marlowe) was a highlight of 2012 for us.
Of course, in addition to creating stories, nothing beats cuddling up together to enjoy a book. The post on tips for reading with baby was another of my favorites for the year.
My little guys love animals and superheros. We combined the two by creating missions for backyard superheroes.
We created our own brown paper cave, which we decorated with cave drawings. (This was a great way to work on writing practice without my preschooler even realizing it!)
We also do a lot of pretend play based on every day life. One of our favorite pretend play times is library pretend play.
Touch and feel fall guess bags were popular with both of my boys.
Nature walks are a staple of our weekly routine. This post was about taking time to focus on our senses during a trip to the park.
I really enjoyed a rhyming game we played, inspired by the flowers around us.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading these posts as much as I enjoyed writing them! I’m looking forward to a 2013 filled with lots of play ideas.