I found this through Lindsay and I loved it. For all us parents who have artistic kids, this is so wonderful and encouraging. I had my boys watch it. This artist also gives a Tedx Talk (it's long but really good!) about the lost art of penmanship and cursive writing. Do your kids still learn cursive in school? Mine do and I would have to teach them if they didn't. I loved learning cursive, and the nuns that taught me expected perfection so I'm good at it. We used Golden Rod tablets and thick pencils and practiced, and practiced, and practiced.
ThinkFun Zingo (40% off at Amazon)
Janey loves this game-they all did (can you tell?) Janey and I play this way-we each lay three cards out, and then she does the little swiper that makes the pieces come out and she takes them and matches them up, and if she doesn't have a match she throws them to me.
Razor A Kick Scooter (Blue) (30% off at Amazon)
Another toy we've had forever and a day. That is my now 21 year old up there seven or eight years ago. I think I might go get some tissues. It's still the first scooter they grab and it's lasted through many a sweet jump (or dramatic spill).
This is SUCH a good book-a true story, a Catholic nanny takes care of a little Jewish boy, risking her life to claim him has her son, through World War II in Germany and Poland. You will need tissues through this book, but it's a wonderful story.
I am reading this to Patrick (Andrew listens in although he read it with his class last year). I LOVE this book-we are reading about two or three chapters a night because we want to keep going and going.
The boys have loved this one but Janey gets it out every evening.
Pendragon: The Merchant of Death; The Lost City of Faar; The Never War; The Reality Bug; Black Water
My older three have all read this series, but for some reason Book Three was missing and I promised Andrew (12) the night before that I would go to the bookstore THAT DAY and get it, as he couldn't wait another minute (he actually asked me to go that evening and I vetoed that idea as fast as I can say 'no way', but I also know what that desperation feels like.)