Risky Reads: The Headless LEGO Edition

LEGO scenes with minifigures

We’re in the process of finally decorating Eli’s room, and he wanted a LEGO theme. I thought it would be fun to have a few canvases hanging up with LEGO pictures blown up, so I asked him to create some scenes for me to photograph. I think this is my favorite one … nothing says “Sweet dreams, son!” like an image of decapitation.

Here are a few more of my favorite things I found around the internet in the last month …

How Family Games Taught Our Kids Many Skills (via the Wall Street Journal): You know we love playing games together. This just reinforced my belief that beyond the bonding you get by hanging out as a family, there are valuable lessons to be had in Family Game Night. It also reassured me that my ultra-competitive husband isn’t scarring the kids for life by never letting them win.*

I was just thinking that it might be time to toss the Play-dough, as my kids are moving past that stage and never really play with it anymore … and then I saw Electric Dough from Classic Play. I think we’ll hang on to it a little longer!

As the weather gets warmer, I bet your kids are itching to get out and play. And yet it’s also the season of ramped up homework, standardized tests, and spring sports leagues. Before you sign up for another activity or insist on extra study time, consider the reasons why giving kids the gift of time to play will benefit them.

I read this and I just wanted to hug my kids’ teachers and say thanks. They have so much responsibility on their underpaid shoulders. And this particular teacher is amazing.

How cool is this Kickstarter project for Hello Ruby, a children’s book that teaches programming fundamentals through stories and activities? When was the last time you swooned over the illustrations in a coding book?!

Finally, I’m still goofing off with math over at Bedtime Math. Last month we came up with some silly balloon games, found math in our King Cake, and marveled at frozen bubbles.

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*This used to bother me a lot. I wouldn’t let the kids win all the time, but every once in awhile I’d “accidentally” make a dumb play or sneak a Candy Land card back in the pile. The other day, after playing him for weeks and losing, Eli handily beat Mike at Mancala. You should’ve seen the sheer joy on his face, knowing he bested his dad fair and square. I’ll never “let” them win again.