Disney World

We took a quick trip to Disney World last weekend for spring break. My boys are all about cars and trains so the majority of the rides were a hit. My youngest loved riding the Disney Railroad around Magic Kingdom and my oldest surprised me with his love of Star Tours. Both boys loved the Speedway too, which was no surprise to me because when I try to load them in their car seats one or both try to climb in the front seat and “drive.”

Here are some of my favorite pictures from the weekend!5dw (2)6dw (2)8dw9dwDSC_0024 (2)

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Favorite Kids Activity Books

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I want to encourage my kids to be curious and explore. Ideally we could just be outside all the time, but since that doesn’t happen I love finding books about activities to encourage creativity in kids. I know some kids can sit and color and draw for hours but mine can’t, so if you’re in the same boat, here’s a roundup of some of my favorite resources:

The Giant Book of Creativity for Kids: 500 Activities to Encourage Creativity in Kids Ages 2 to 12–Play, Pretend, Draw, Dance, Sing, Write, Build, Tinker

I love this book so much! It splits activities up into ages, ranging from babies and toddlers up to 12-year-olds! It is packed with information and fun ideas that are easy (my favorite word) to carry out.

Tinkerlab: A Hands-On Guide for Little Inventors

This book has fun activities and experiments that just encourage kids to explore and be creative–there’s not really a “right” way to do each activity. It also is filled with sidebars by educators, physicians and other professionals so as the parent I felt like I was learning a lot too.

 

Project Kid: Crafts That Go!: 60 Imaginative Projects That Fly, Sail, Race, and Dive

This is another one that I just absolutely love. My son loved looking through the pictures with me and together we’d decide something fun to make.

 

Unplugged Play: No Batteries. No Plugs. Pure Fun.

This is by the same author of The Giant Book of Creativity (above)The ideas are often using things you just have around your house or that you can easily find outside. Also, it has great ideas for birthday parties at different ages.

 

150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids: The Very Best and Easiest Playtime Activities from FunAtHomeWithKids.com!

This book has a lot of great ideas for really little kids. I found a lot of sensory play ideas and recipes for slimes, doughs, and paints. I love that so many of the suggestions are homemade!

 

 

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Favorite Memories: Snow White

I was a really shy kid. I think I actually liked attention just as much as the next kid, but under very specific circumstances like don’t laugh at me unless I’m trying to be funny. One time my siblings and I put on the play “Snow White” with our friends. I always thought Dopey was the best dwarf because he was the funny one, and since I was the shy, quiet kid, I got to be Dopey. I didn’t have lines, I just got to be all cute and silly–it was perfect.

And that was the beginning of my acting career.

 

Not really.

 

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I’m the one holding my hat on my head in every picture.

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