Over the weekend, my daughter requested that we bring out our tent. By which she meant the little play tent we’ve had since her teenage brothers were tots (a gift from their auntie Em, I believe). To be honest, I’d kind of forgotten we had one, but we retrieved it and put it out and […]
This enchanting dwelling is right up there on the list of the most adorable things I’ve ever seen. Kelly English, the Minneapolis designer and mom responsible for the Cheeriup Thicket, wove the entire structure out of willow with her two bare hands—putting her in a superhero crafting league of her own. The idea came about […]
On a recent trip to Maine, someone told me about this place called Mackworth Island, very close to Portland, where there are loads of fairy houses. Of course most of them are built by fairies, but you are welcome to build your own, which we did. It was a magical hour, from the drive across […]
We found this at a flea market for $5, and it has provided our daughter with hours upon hours of play. I’m in love with it too. You can definitely find them on eBay, and they are usually less than $20.
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When I was little, I loved playing the “don’t touch the ground” game. When Clara first saw a DVD of Pippi Longstocking, who does a very memorable version of the game, Clara got hooked. Here’s her outside version of the game–we pretended that this half stump a bridge, and that everything around her was water.
Instead of giving over every last blanket and pillow in the house, designate a bunch of old or cheap umbrellas to fort-making. Even just a couple make pretty brilliant insta-shelter for kids, especially on a sunny day, though the effect of one’s own little world works equally well indoors.
These days, every time I sit down in our upstairs hallway after dinner I have the same thought. Is this the last time I’m going to watch A Show? “A Show:” This is what Esme, 9, and Eliza, 7, call what they’ve been periodically performing for us during the small window of time between dinner clean-up and […]
We were in Amsterdam several years ago, and came across this playground in a neighborhood on the outskirts of town, where there were lots of galleries and experimental/arty restaurants. It reminded me of how many playgrounds look the same, and what a missed opportunity an open play space can be. The Imagination Playground (below) that […]