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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Beautiful Invitations to Play from Across thePond

 Recently, I shipped some whimsical items to Austria.  My customer sent me these stunning photos of beautiful invitations to play that she created using my items plus other beautiful wood pieces for her toddler.
The tiny worlds created here are just magical. Hopefully, you are inspired by @forest.fairy on Instragram!

Have a fun and playful day

Friday, February 5, 2016

Making stories come to life with toys

Make your kiddos favorite story come to life with a few props. It's easy peasy and fun.

Get a book - any book will do! Leaf through the book and see some key characters or setting. Gather up some toys. Not too many as it will be overwhelming.

Read the story together - great bonding time. During this stage, the child is hearing the words, hearing the story, hearing new vocabulary, understanding that letters make up words, and phonics.

Then say, let's play the story. Your child may recall the highlights of the story and Make up their own version. Their verbal skills are improving. They are retelling a story, showing comprehension. They are using their imagination.

Make stories come alive!

I have been a busy bee. I have been juggling working full time and family, as well as making 9 (yes, 9!) playscapes so far this week, plus shipping out orders. It's a crazy busy life but I love it. I have a VERY supportive and encouraging husband - THAT makes all the difference in the world!

Have a fun and playful day

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

NEW Tree Stump Cottage Playscapes

I have been a busy bee!

I stayed up late last night to finish not one but SIX playscapes!

I am in the process of listing them now.


Have a fun and playful day

Monday, February 1, 2016

Busy weekend

 I for one needed a Monday to recover from my weekend.
 Two basketball games, one high school play of To Kill A Mockingbird, and lots of sewing and shipping.
 I shipped to Australia and Austria this morning.
 I also shipped to Indiana and Georgia.
 I received a new request for a Daniel Tiger Neighborhood play mat. Hmmm...
 My days are full. My heart is fuller. I received the cutest message that one little girl chose my play mat over Legos. What?#? AND she paid for half of it by herself!
NEW items are in my Etsy shop.

Have a fun and playful day

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Tell Me A Story - Princess Twig

Princess Twig, princess of the forest, was a friend to all the creatures of the wood - fur and feather, clawed and winged. She cared for the animals of the forest so much that she made her castle in the mighty oak tree tall and regal, her bed in a nest.

One day while feeding the birds, Princess Twig noticed fewer birds singing and it alarmed her. The next day, even more birds were absent. She inquired of all the animals. One frightened hedgehog said, "They were swallowed up by the darkness."

Princess Twig armed herself with her bow and was escorted by a Bear Guard through the forest. She followed a trail of sunflower seeds on the ground deeper into the forest.

At the edge of the woods, in a thicket, a cave of sorts had been carved into a dark lair. It was cluttered with vines and crowded with dozens of wire cages.


Princess Twig and her Bear Guard could see all the birds of the forest - from the Great Horned Owl to the tiny Hummingbird - all trapped in the Cages.

"Let them free," demanded Princess Twig to the darkly cloaked figure.

But the cloaked figure only cackled. "I like to hear them sing.  They are mine now."

"No." Princess Twig said. She walked boldly right up to the cloaked figure. "They were not meant to be in cages. They are meant to be free and wild."

"Who will stop me?" asked the cloaked figure. "A little princess like you?"

Princess Twig smiled. "Yes. And my friends."

The Bear Guard stood in their hind legs. The cloaked figure backed up, tripped over a log, and fell into one of the empty cages.

Princess Twig grabbed her keys, unlocked all of the Cages, and sprang the doors open. The birds flapped, flew, and fled. The cloak had fallen to reveal an old, old woman. She called after the birds.

"Nooooooo!" she cried. "Let me out."

"A cage is not a nice place to be, is it?" Princess Twig asked. "I will let you out if you promise something."

"Anything!" the old, old woman croaked.

"Promise to leave the forest and never cage another living thing." Princess Twig said.

The old, old woman agreed and was escorted out of the forest by the Bear Guard, never to be heard from again.

The end

Have a fun and playful day

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Tell Me A Story Wednesday - A Princess and a Dragon

Once upon a time, a princess found a very old map. She followed the map into the forest, where she found a baby Dragon in a cage. She unlocked his cage with her magic keys and rescued that baby Dragon.
 The end

I am a preschool teacher in my heart and always will be - even if I never step foot back in a classroom. I have created three Tell Me A Story Sets in my Etsy shop.

Parents, grandparents, teachers can present the set to the child and simply say...tell me a story. The child will use his/her Imagination and creativity as well as build language and vocabulary skills.

Have a fun and playful day

Monday, January 25, 2016

Tell me a story Monday

Have you ever collected a few random items and asked your child to tell you a story? It's a fun way to explore language, vocabulary, and imagination.

Once upon a time, there was a girl who lived on a farm at the edge of the kingdom. She raised chickens. They were not ordinary chickens. Oh no. They were colorful chickens. And they did not lay ordinary eggs. Oh no! They laid gems of every color - rubies, emeralds, sapphires, and diamonds.

One day, the King paid her a visit. "How do you get the chickens to lay gems?"

The girl did not have an answer. She did not know HOW she did it.

"What do you do with all the gems you get? For you could be richer than me." said the King.

"Oh," said the girl. "I only keep what I need to buy grain for my chickens, food for myself, and Wood for my fire to heat my home."

The king was surprised. "My dear girl, you are richer than me. You give away your wealth to those who need it most. We can all take a lesson from you."

And so, the girl and her colorful chickens lived happily ever after.

The end

What stories will you imagine?

Have a fun and playful day