My neighbor and I hosted the neighborhood Easter egg hunt in our cul-de-sac last month. We thought it would be fun to get the parents involved and have a friendly little egg toss competition. Kids and their adult partner started off face-to-face. After each successful toss, the adult took one big step back. We’d made a few tosses before one kid piped up, “WAIT. These eggs aren’t hard-boiled?!” Lots of fun, lots of mess, and something that may just become a neighborhood Easter tradition.
Here are a few things I found around the Internet last month that I thought you might enjoy:
What if we chose practice over perfect? Imagine the message we’d send to kids if we weren’t so worried about perfection ourselves.
This earth loom would be so easy to do, and make such a cool community project in any backyard.
I found another cool photography series called “kids were here.” I think these little reminders that are scattered throughout our homes, yards and cars will be one of the things I miss the most when the kids are grown.
This article on how to motivate teens was very eye-opening. Not only do we need to find ways to motivate our kids to work independently, we need to check our own motivation to shield our kids from disappointment and failure at the door. We tend to think about helicopter parenting in terms of keeping kids safe, but what about the kind of over-involved parenting that seeks to keep us from looking bad as parents?
I want to buy these stickers and plaster them everywhere!
And in case you missed it, here’s what we’ve been up to over at Bedtime Math:
- Betcha can’t make a piece of paper with only one edge and one side!
- What can a piece of toilet paper teach you about math?