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Thinking beyond hopscotch as it pertains to driveway chalk games. :)

Would you believe that kids don’t jump rope as much as they used to? I decided to try and do something about it.

12 Jun, 2010

You’re IT

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: - Archive of playground games

My recent post about freeze-tag reminded me of something… when you were a kid and you were playing these kind of tag games, what method did you use to figure out who was going to be “it” ? In my day someone would quickly call out “KING COUNTER NO HIGHER NO LOWER” and thus nominate […]

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This week’s activity was a doozy, and I was wholly unprepared: Organize a scavenger hunt in your neighbourhood and recruit a few families to participate. 83% of youth in Canada report that their neighbourhood is safe for younger children to play outside.  I’m wondering, if the majority of Canadians surveyed think that their neighborhoods are safe, […]

31 May, 2009

Playground terminology question

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: - Archive of playground games

There was a recent Twitter-based discussion which I thought deserved a few more opinions. Imagine this scene. You’re pushing your child on the swing. You give him/her a big push, the kind that has you walking under the swing while the kid (presumably still in the swing) is overhead. There is a special term for […]


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  • Liz Dick: Just came across this forum now. Funny after all these years I've never seen it. Rummoli has been a family favourite of ours for four generations.
  • Molly: A great read, Andrea! I have been to a few estate sales - they can be fascinating. I am far from a minimalist but I am always trimming the amount
  • Lynn: Perhaps this could inspire a series of posts about Special Things - the history and what makes them precious. Going to give this some thought! Thanks
  • a peek inside the fishbowl » Blog Archive The stories of our stuff - a peek inside the fishbowl: […] we commissioned Dave Allston, a local historian, to compile for us awhile back. (I wrote about it here, if you’re curious.) I was fair
  • andrea tomkins: I try not to look! ;) New nightstands would help the problem, for sure. They're just not in the cards right now. Unfortunately, everything I really li
  • Marianne: The bed not being centred would definitely bother me. I'd solve it by opting for nightstands on legs, or installing floating shelves. But Id probabl
  • andrea tomkins: We actually won it in a blog giveaway a few years ago. It's made by Phillips. I really like it! It has a few different alarm sounds too, all are gentl

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