Since we’re heading out on a road trip on Friday, we had to return three weeks worth of picture books to the library today. Understand that, on average, we check out about 20 items from the library in a given trip, and some of these are mommy-sized books. Today, our library books overfilled two reusable grocery bags, and I opted to return them in the outside slot because my arms were going to break from holding Sailor, both bags, and a purse.
So, this list doesn’t contain every book we checked out for those weeks. Mostly just the highlights. However, I am including my first Terrible rating in this post, just so you know not to waste the space on your library card checking it out. Seriously, it was that bad.
Top of the Pile
Pigs to the Rescue by John Himmelman
If you’ve read (or own, as we do) Chickens to the Rescue, you will find this book hysterically funny. So funny that my husband and I couldn’t read anymore. I’m not sure if it would be quite as funny if you hadn’t read the first book millions of times, but that’s not a problem, since Chickens to the Rescue is awesome. Continue reading
Plane Travel Sanity Laws: For the Insane Traveling Families – Loved this super detailed post on plane travel! I could have written it myself. I always forget about the bassinet thing; I’ll have to try that sometime.
Doing Everything right is an Unrealistic Goal – Just a reminder, guys.
Put your random bag collection to work by creating “activity totes” – Parent Hacks, I’m so already there. I have a park bag (towel for wet slides, waterproof blanket, sunscreen, bandaids), a library bag, and a couple quiet activity bags for my son to pull out when Mommy’s doing chores. Scroll to the comments for a great idea on helping the homeless (with tote bags!).
Treasure Baskets for Babies – I had heard of this idea before (in Montessori books I’ve been reading), and this post was a good reminder that I’ve been meaning to do this. So much nicer to have an organized place for baby “untoys” than to leave junk lying around your house, which is what happens when we do “untoys.” I’m actually going to make some portable treasure kits for Sailor for our road trip in August.
Is there a fairy in your garden? – Creating a fairy garden is one of the ideas I’m saving for that far-off imagined day when I have a girl. I love the house and swimming pools.
Sidewalk Paint – There have been more recipes for sidewalk paint floating around the internet lately than, well, something very plentiful. I like this recipe for its quick and simple ingredients. We made some spontaneously in a leftover 30 minute period before dinner. It’s that easy.
Fun Bubble Wrap “Exam” – Don’t let the word exam scare you. You could use this activity to review just about any concept with a pre-writing child.