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Oldest made me a dot-to-dot today. There were 14 numbered dots. To me it looked like a sunfish. She responded cheerfully that she had been trying to make a bird.

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There are many things I like about this clip. I like the admonition to trust in the curiosity of children. I like that another adult in this world is saying, let them pick the petals off the flowers! I like the message of say “yes” more. I like the “strewing” example…leave out the binoculars. He also couples “get out of their way” with “help them explore.” It’s not a stop-parenting thing, it’s actually a different approach to parenting…it’s a help them approach and a stop stopping them approach.

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This Halloween is a little scattered for us so far. I usually like to make our girls’ costumes for Halloween, not because I try to do everything, but because I can usually enjoy doing it. This year was not going to be one of those years. With the upcoming move and downsizing and sorting and general life chaos, this was not the year to be pulling out the sewing machine and taking 12 trips to the fabric and craft stores. Sooooooo, off to Toys R Us it was.

Oldest (5) had said she wanted to be a cat again this year, but once we got to the store she saw this dress Barbie Princess gown and…Fell. In. Love.

And when we got home and she saw that her younger sisters’ costumes had come with wigs, I saw that longing look in her eye and knew I had just the thing to top it off.

I’ve had this wig for ages, well, at least a decade. It was quite tangled and even matted in some places, so we took out some fabric softener and soaked it for a little while and then brushed it like crazy.

It only took a few minutes for it to dry after we finished brushing.

And then she was ready for photos.

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This can be done in 3 minutes.

I can hear it happening from the other room and I probably have the strangest smile-grimace expression on my face.

I have a love-hate relationship with theses blocks. They are amazing. We have so much fun with them. But the clean up…

We do have a system for picking them up. After so much trial and error you realize how many you can safely carry without your stack disintegrating.

They don’t always end up in chaos. Most of the time they are actually used to build trees and thrones and houses and castles and forts. Their favorite things to build, however, are scooters. They put one foot on half of a large block and build a short tower of small blocks, use another large block for the handles and then scoot around on the wood floors.

There are so many ways to play with blocks in general and with interlocking blocks on this scale they get the benefits of learning and exercising the patterning, creative, spacial and social (its always a team effort) skills in a gross-motor context rather than a fine-motor context as with the smaller lego-size blocks.

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