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On finding new inspiration – weekly play memes

Posted on | April 13, 2010 | 4 Comments

So yesterday I listed the book memes I’ve discovered and enjoyed. Today I’m going to share the play memes I’ve found and started to participate it. I’m using “play” in its broadest possible sense – basically I’ve looked for memes that inspire kids’ activities whether that be art, crafts or more formalized learning. They are the sort of places I find inspiration for the story extensions I include in my regular Playing by the book posts.

The Art Box
Every Monday Tired, Need Sleep hosts a round up of posts inspired by the art your kids have created this week. To participate simply head on over to Tired, Need Sleep and leave a link back to your own artful post.
Made by you Mondays
Made by you Mondays is hosted by Cindy at Skip to my Lou. This roundup isn’t specifically for kids’ creations though they do feature, as do lots of things made by grown ups for children. It’s very popular (typically over 200 links each week) and I find it’s a good place to get ideas which I then tweak so that I can create something with M and J.
Making the world cuter Monday
This round up is similar to Made by you Mondays – a large selection of arts and crafts mostly created by adults but often with children in mind, and with projects that could be adapted for children to make themselves.
Try and Tell Tuesday
Kim at Mom tried it hosts a round up every Tuesday of all sorts of activities with and for young children.
Tot Tuesdays
Jenn at Delicious Ambiguity hosts Tot Tuesdays which is for sharing crafts, games, songs, Montessori activities, DIY projects made for your toddler, recipes & even tips or stories that parents of toddlers would find helpful. Basically, if it has anything to do with toddlers Jenn wants to hear about it!
stART
Every Thursday Michelle at A Mommy’s Adventures hosts a fantastic round up of blog posts all about kids art and crafts inspired by books. As Michelle says, “We love reading all different kinds of books and doing projects in our house. A lot of the time we are inspired to do our projects based on a book that we have enjoyed. I thought it would be fun to share some of the books we are reading and the art projects that we do with them.” To participate, just head on over to A Mommy’s Adventures any Thursday and leave a link back to your blog post containing story inspired art!
Collage Box
Welcome to our Wonderland provides and opportunity to showcase the collages done by your children. There’s no set weekly theme, and you can leave a link to your blog post any time during the week (Monday – Friday).



I haven’t included any memes that are specifically for homeschoolers as I’m not a homeschooler but if you know of any that you think might be particularly enjoyable and useful, please let me know about them.

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4 Responses to “On finding new inspiration – weekly play memes”

  1. Choxbox
    April 14th, 2010 @ 6:40 am

    Summer hols are on and this is a Godsend!

    p.s.: In India the academic year is June-March. April/May being the hottest are holidays.

  2. Zoe @ Playing by the book
    April 14th, 2010 @ 8:20 am

    Hi Choxbox,
    Ahh – very useful to know when the academic year is in India – I try to be aware of the differences between here and Australia (the differences between the US and here aren’t so big) – I always feel a little bit sad if I’m posting about a winter book when for quite a few readers it’s not their winter – so having this info is very helpful.

  3. Michelle
    April 14th, 2010 @ 8:15 pm

    Thank you for featuring stART!

    It is great to see the other linky’s that people have so that we can participate in them. I love getting and sharing ideas with so many wonderful people.

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