A fabulous blog buddy of mine, [url="http://jeanoram.com/blog/"]Jean Oram[/url], has set up a great website for anyone who has kids. It's called [url="http://www.itsallkidsplay.ca/"]It's All Kid's Play[/url] and it's a TON of fun! With so many screens calling for kids' attention now, it's important to have a lot of activites that are easy, ready to go, and most of all fun.
That's where Jean comes in. Her site has 32 categories (not including jokes and book recommendations) of activities ranging from arts and crafts to sports, to challenges, to outdoor activities, to games, etc. This site is great for parents looking to cure their children's boredom blues, reconnect with some games, looking for party activities, or just looking for a way to bring more free play (unstructured, creative, child-directed play into their lives). Let's take a tour of a few of those sections...
[center][url="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-KBoRBLRnjX0/TwdSND7riiI/AAAAAAAAAvU/o4e8D92gJeQ/s1600/monkey.jpg"][img]http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-KBoRBLRnjX0/TwdSND7riiI/AAAAAAAAAvU/o4e8D92gJeQ/s200/monkey.jpg[/img][/url][/center][url="http://itsallkidsplay.ca/tricky_business.html"][b][i]Tricky Business[/i][/b][/url][i]: This has those goofy challenges kids (and grown up kids) love. For example, armpit farts, can't touch the floor games, catching stacked pennies off your elbow, lick your elbow (can't do that one), making salt/sugar crystals, etc. Tricky challenges are a great way to get kids back to the basics of playing. They challenge our thinking, the way we think the world works, test our boundaries and skills, and are a sure fire way to start the giggles![/i]
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[b][url="http://itsallkidsplay.ca/get_out_house.html"][i]Get out of the House[/i][/url][/b][i]: This section is great for families who are looking for something to do (heck, you don't even need to have kids for many of these!), planning a staycation, or planning an outing. This section includes many family friendly ideas on how to get everyone up, out, and moving. Spending time with your family increases individual resiliency whether you are 5 or 75. (Farmer's Market, go-carting, people watching, laser tag, go to the library, indoor wall climbing, etc.).[/i]
Those are fabulous! And those are only 3 of those 32 categories. You've got to check out the rest. I bet it'll make you want to play a game RIGHT NOW - whether you're a kid or not!
Jean and I originally met over at [url="http://agentqueryconnect.com/"]Agent Query Connect[/url], where Jean is a super moderator for the site. If you haven't visited, it's an great place where writers at all stages of their careers hang out. [url="http://jeanoram.com/blog/"]Jean's blog[/url] is all about writing and you can also find Jean on twitter talking about writing as herself [url="https://twitter.com/#!/jeanoram"]@jeanoram[/url] and representing her kids' site as [url="https://twitter.com/#!/KidsPlay"]@KidsPlay[/url]
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Jean's got a [url="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Its-All-Kids-Play/310799765624876"]Facebook[/url] page up and going - it looks great! Check it out too :)