Archives for October 2012

31 days of unplugged play: Knock! Knock!

We’re a little off course with the 31 Days of Unplugged Play series, but I promise you that I will get all 31 posts up to share with you.  It may take me a few days into November, but I figured most of you probably don’t mind.

Today’s unplugged play idea is a super simple one:  make your kids laugh.  Tell knock knock jokes!

Knock-Knock joke, pun, or ooga-booga, I love the sound of my children laughing. A good day is a day that is full of giggles and silliness, don’t you agree? 

Because I know that we all love giggling with our kids, I’m sharing a few of our favorite jokes with you:

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Birthday goodie bags plus a Kid Made Modern block party kit giveaway!

Written by Kara Fleck, Simple Kids editor and Rockin’ Granola mama.

I mentioned in yesterday’s post that we had a Birthday Block Party for my soon-to-be eleven year old last weekend.  (Eleven!  Isn’t that just crazy? Double ones!)

We had some friends over to paint and create and we had a really good time.  One of the things I loved about this party was that instead of bringing something to our house, our friends got to leave with something – the blocks that they had painted.

We also gave each guest a little goodie bag as a thank you for coming.  We used simple brown paper lunch bags that we decorated with patterned tape.  Super easy and low-fuss!

Inside each bag we included:

It was a fun day, one of our best parties, and also one of the easiest to coordinate and host.   Building the party around the Block Party kit made it so easy for everything else to fall into place.  Intentionally having it be a “messy” party meant  no one was worried about making a mess because that was why we were gathered, to make a mess and celebrate.  Don’t you just love it when things like that happen?

Speaking of the Block Party Kit, I’ve got some fun news …

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A birthday "block" party (part 1)

Written by Kara Fleck, Simple Kids editor and Rockin’ Granola mama.

Iam the mama of an almost eleven year old.  That is pretty fantastic!  Jillian”s birthday is right around the corner and we are excited to celebrate our oldest daughter!  We threw a birthday party for her last weekend so that she could spend a day having fun with her friends.

Jillian is a very creative kid.  She”s got the crafty bug, like her parents, and she is usually drawing, sewing, knitting, or painting something and she”s got a love of woodworking, too.  I don”t mind bragging that we like mess making and working with our hands.  Creating art is a way of life for this child of mine.

So, when we saw these Block Party kits from Kid Made Modern at Target we knew we had stumbled on the perfect theme for her birthday:  a “block” party where her friends could come over, make a wonderful mess, and create some art together.  Perfect!

A Birthday Block Party

The more we explored the Kid Made Modern line, and , the more ideas and inspiration we gathered for our party.  Soon, our block party plans were in the works and invitations asking our friends to come “dressed to play, paint, and get messy” were sent.  (You can see the Pinterest board I used to gather up my ideas here).

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