June 5th: SK Showcase and Weekend Links

Even though we are talking about spending time outdoors this month, I was reminded this week (when it rained for three days straight) that even though it is summer, there are still days when indoor activities are required.

A few weeks ago when I shared one of our favorite rainy day activities, several of you provided other fantastic ideas for when the weather keeps kids indoors.  Tif suggested cotton ball races and stuffed animal picnics, Katy suggested an indoor ball pit, and Jamie uses masking tape on the floor to make roads and tracks for matchbox cars.  I’ll be sharing more of those rainy day suggestion in coming weeks.  Isn’t it amazing to parent as part of a community?

Speaking of community, our showcase this week features another favorite indoor activity – building forts!

Jennifer of Gill Gazette submitted these pictures of her family constructing a living room fort:






Look at those happy faces!  So fun, Jennifer!  Thanks for sharing with us.  Don’t forget you can send your Showcase submissions to me any time at simplekidsblog at gmail dot com.

Now for your weekend reading . . .

Simply Practical

Ever wonder how you can have a picture of yourself show up next to your comments instead of the geometric graphic?  Go to Gravatar.com to register and upload your picture.  It will remember you at any site that uses the Gravatar service!

We Are THAT Family: Works For Me Wednesday “Mom, I’m Bored” Edition
Family Hack:  5 Ways to Get 90% OFF Designer Kid’s Clothes
National Wildlife Federation: Get Ready to Camp! (Thank you to my friend Jeanine for this link.  Lots of practical and fun ways to prepare for the Great American Backyard Campout on June 27th!)

Simply Delicious:

Small Notebook: Hopelessly Devoted to You, Broccoli
Dalai Mama Dishes: Rhubarb Crumb Bars
Nature Moms Blog: The Easiest Summer Snack Ever
The Creative Mama: Farmer’s Market – a Seasonal Wonderland

Inspired Projects:

Art Projects for Kids: Chalk Pastel Flowers (link via The Crafty Crow)
The Artful Parent: Doorway Into Summer
This Vintage Chica: Easy Teacher Gifts

Inspired Images:

Studio Xanadeux: Monday in the Park

Inspired Words:

Not-Ever-Still-Life with Girls: An Evening Walk Addressed To A Young Lady

What were your favorites this week?  Feel free to share links to your own blog as well!

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  1. Thanks so much for linking up, I’m glad to know you enjoyed my obsession with the Farmer’s Market! So many fabulous looking links to browse through… just as soon as nap time rolls around 🙂

    Ang @ The Creative Mama’s last blog post..Get Your Creative On!

  2. I love this fort kit! I never knew there was such a thing. I built a fort the other day but it didn’t last long. I need to freshen up my fort making skills!

  3. Megan, Thanks so much for the link! You’re too kind, and I’m touched. It’s been raining here all week – I think we’ll need to build a fort tomorrow. Thanks for planting the idea. Cheers!

    noteverstill’s last blog post..Seating arrangements

  4. Not sure I understand techie stuff like gravatars yet, but I’m leaving a comment to see if it worked!

    Thanks for the links!

  5. Thanks for the mention from rainy day activities! I’ve got to get my hands on one of those fort kits – my kids would be entertained for hours. Thanks for all the links to great info in this post.