April 26, 2013

Friday

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I got a Pap smear yesterday.  Whoa, maybe I should say good morning first.  Hope you already had your coffee!  But I booked my appointment in honor of Megan's recent health scare.  The Happiest Mom says go get it done, Mamas.  I did mine.  Now it's your turn.

In semi-related news, I am a MILF.  (Love the folks at True & Co. for coming up with a funny tilt to that ridiculous acronym.)

Have you heard of Sakroots?  They make really cool products, all covered with…art.  I love this clutch for date night, am dying for this water bottle, and would love any of their iPhone cases.   They are currently holding a contest to find their next print, if any of you are art-inclined….

Are any of you on Chictopia?  I joined recently, just to see what the fuss was about.  I'm not totally convinced it's worth my time….between Pinterest and Instagram and Facebook…there's just so much.  Thoughts?  

Also?  I'm loving my old overalls again and Sarah Jessica Parker demonstrates how cool shoes can make even a hoodie look good.

On Monday, I talked about my resolution to spend more time in nature just…sitting….and then I found this article from a local parent's group.  They call it a "sit spot".  Isn't that clever?

I love when books lead to creative play…and Play at Hom Mom found a good one.

If any of you are interested in Reggio-Emelia…Play Outside has created THE BEST series on the Reggio-Emelia approach.  Their emphasis is primarily for pre-school classrooms, but I find a ton of inspiration to pull into the home.  

I think we're headed out to the Creative Clubhouse today (if any of you are local, it's my hands-down fav place to take the kids)….and this weekend I hope to do a little star gazing.  Gosh, I love a good Science Festival.

Happy Friday!

xo,

S

 

October 4, 2012

Friday Play Inspiration….MOMA for Kids

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Mamas, our dear friend J was in NY for a long weekend.  So of course we drove up. Really, we don’t need much of an excuse to visit.  And our very favorite thing to do with the kiddos?  Visit MOMA.  Not only do they have cool activities for kids just walking around the museum, but they have an interactive space (which changes a few times a year).  Last trip, it was a Materials Lab, which was AWESOME.  They had a myriad of materials out for building chairs (which was surprisingly fun) and a whole arsenal of toys and books for playing.  We were there for almost two hours.  It’s a great respite from a day of walking around.

This time, MOMA had installed a Reggio Emelia mecca.  I find the Reggio Emelia preschool philosophy so inspiring.  A hallmark of Reggio Emelia is playing with various forms of light, and this exhibit didn’t disappoint.  They had a video camera trained on a set of playthings, projected onto the wall (see pic above).  Kids were so into this setup, that Raines had to wait for a while before he got a turn.  The imaginative play was intense.  So fun to see.

They also had a projector set up, showing an underwater scene.  Cool.  But then, being Reggio, they added some reflecting elements – a disco ball, various mirrors, and blocks, a waved surface.  R (and Pax, actually) were both totally enchanted, experimenting with the various ways they could mess with the projection.

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Mom, look!  It shows up over there!

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Also, the whole family was delighted to discover that part of this MOMA exhibit includes the ENTIRE LINE of Learning Materials Workshop‘s blocks.

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Remember the Coloraturo block review we did a while back?  Yeah – we’re big fans.  HUGE. 

I’m thrilled for Learning Materials Workshop.  Such nice people, such an inspiring product.  Love to see them in partnership with MOMA.

I always feel so….energized when I encounter such intentional, inspiring play ideas.  Expect me to go nuts on Pinterest soon.

This weekend I think we’re going to check out the Fall Festival at the Morris Arboretum.  A little pumpkin painting, apple eating, and scarecrow viewing.  Yup.  It is Fall. 

What’s inspired you lately?

xo,

S

ps.  Also, the MOMA gift shop.  OMG.  Pax was obsessed with this umbrella (we seriously had to tear it from his death grip, kicking and screaming) and I might buy Raines a fish.  Strictly for this fish hotel.  You see?  Totally irresistible.

January 30, 2012

Crazy Awesome: Coloraturo Blocks (and a Giveaway!)

****Giveaway is closed! Congrats to Jane Little, our winner!***

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I'm always delighted to support companies that are all about promoting open-ended and creative play.  Especially companies who are also well-versed in the benefits of Reggio Emelia (my hands-down, current favorite early childhood education philosophy).  So when I was contacted by the folks over at the Learning Materials Workshop to see if we wanted to test out their new set of blocks, I jumped at the chance.

You know we love our blocks.  A lot.

Learning Materials Workshop creates highly colored, very unique sets of blocks.  At first glance, they don't look like anything exciting.  Here's the Coloraturo:

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Um.  Ok.

But it only took Raines about 2.3 seconds to see the myriad of possibilities in this little set.

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He made houses….

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