Every November, Refe Tuma and his wife try to convince their children that their toys come to life while they’re sleeping by creating elaborate scenarios featuring plastic dinosaurs figures. They call it Dinovember, and they do it to encourage their kids’ sense of wonder and imagination.
The dinosaurs typically make a mess of thing during their month-long escapades. Some of my favorite hijinks include the dinos making a midnight snack, listening to music, bathing in the sink, and spray painting the walls. (Did Refe and his wife really cover their wall with dinosaur graffiti? Talk about being committed!)
I sometimes worry that I’m a lazy parent. It’s not that I don’t engage my child; Levi and I read together, sing together, and play together. But I wonder if I should be coming up with more creative arts-and-crafts projects and games for him to enjoy.
I’ve started a Pinterest board of toddler activities, but I’d love to know what you and your preschoolers love to do together. Please leave a comment or share a link to your creative projects below!
And here are a few more links that caught my eye this week:
* How do you feel about grown women wearing pigtail braids?
* Famous photos reimagined as selfies. I think the one of Jackie Kennedy might be my favorite.
* Did you favorite sandwich make the cut?
* Congratulations to Erin from House of Earnest on the launch of her new product line and shop, Grandiflora. I’m continually amazed (and a tiny bit jealous) of the incredible talent out there in the blogosphere.
* MJ of Pars Caeli put together a fantastic little list of creative bloggers to follow that happens to include some of my favorites, too.
* Did you ever wonder where the word “dude” came from?
* Check out my picks for the techies in your life in this gift guide I curated for Better Homes and Gardens.
* We just made a loaf of pumpkin bread using Trader Joe’s mix, but this recipe looks almost as easy to make.
Have a wonderful weekend!