Come into my life, Rudie!
My son Tilo (10) just shared this delightful Squirrel Ninja video with me. 20 minutes well spent.
A 1970s teaching aid designed to teach children about colour mixing. The transparent paddles can be layered up to make new colours. Love!
Two weeks ago my kids discovered Blinks. The initial excitement was big. And continues. I am in the stage of parenting where I never know what will be a hit with my kids – Blinks is a definite winner.
It too *me* a moment to wrap my head around the idea of Blinks as it is like nothing I have ever seen. My kids of course picked it all up way faster than me. I would describe Blinks as a table-top game from the future.
Each ‘Blink Node’ represents one game and if you decide to play it, it tells the other pieces to get on board and programs them to do so. It all feels quite magical. So, basically, you have multiple board games at your fingertips, and as you add more blinks over time (they continuously come out with new ones) your game library expands.
We haven’t mastered all of them yet, as some of them seem more complex than others. I am thankful for the instructional videos. Show me and I understand. Whenever I have to read game instructions I am lost. Visual learner anyone else?
Anyhow, if you’re going stir crazy at home and want your kids to be entertained and challenged, I can’t recommend Blinks enough.
I got to video-chat-meet the founder Jon Bobrow. He was so kind to give my kids a little intro to Blinks. They loved it and him. What a joy to learn that the people behind the products you love are kind, generous humans. Jon is one of them.
Jon does live-streams on how to play with Blinks at home on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Here’s one.
And here’s the video we watched once we first got our Blinks:
Consider me and my kids a fan.
Little Talk Conversation starters helps you have better conversations with your kids.
A few days ago I shared on my Instagram how my daughter felt inspired to decorate her white sneakers with Tattly. I can’t remember getting this many DMs with excitement and thumbs up. It’s super simple: Grab a hold of some fun small-ish Tattly and apply them, just like you would on your skin, but on your shoe. Make sure to cover the designs with a clear sealant or clear nail polish. Superfun! Boring sneakers no more!
There are many more Tattly DIY ideas on our blog.
I know what I am doing with my 9 year old this weekend: a Cotton Ball Launcher.
This is going to be a fun thing to try with my kids: How to Draw a 3D Optical Illusion of Your Hand!
I love the idea of a Noticing Wall – a zero-pressure space for parents and kids to write notes to each other, ask questions, jot down fun things you learned, and make plans. I’ll definitely give this a try!
I know I shouldn’t have a favorite Tattly, but I do. All of the Colors by Jason Polan just launched and has already won my heart!