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"Mother of Family Ideas"
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Ultimate Collection of Ideas for Keeping Kids Busy™
for Toddlers through Teens
Mother of Family IdeasTM
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WILL LOVE WHAT THIS BOOK CAN DO FOR CHILDREN
is designed for: Parents and Families
of Every Description - Grandparents - Teachers - Child Care
Providers - Homeschoolers - Youth Leaders - Mentors - Family
Counselors - Social Service Workers - Pediatric Service
contains safety information for each activity area.
child beam with pride when they discover that they can walk on tin can
Mother Lode is EASY TO USE!
Activities are arranged by category, including:
Active Fun, The Arts, Science, Learning, Life Skills
Imagining with a
Section including holidays and special events.
Pages list activities from
"Babies and Toddlers"
"High School" with age-appropriate
activities for each group. There is a learning curve that goes
across each page. For example, young children begin by playing
with toy cars and develop skills so that by the time they are
in their teens, they are able to change oil or fix a flat tire
on a car. This book includes options and ideas for adapting
fun to fit various situations.
from the TABLE OF CONTENTS
Ball -- Rolling, Tossing, Catching, Hitting, Sports, Other
-- Walking, Hiking, Running, Racing, Skipping, Marching,
Exercising, Climbing, Jumping, Finger Games
with Water -- In a Pool, In a Tub, At the Beach, Getting All
Wet, Making Bubbles, Boats
on Wheels -- Skating, Riding Bikes and Trikes, Playing with
Wagons, Cars and Other Vehicles
-- Drawing and Painting, Playing with Paper, Playing with Paper
Mache, Playing with Cardboard Boxes, Sheets and Tubes, Sculpting
-- Making Scrap Crafts, Sampling Crafts (Leather, Tile Craft,
Candle-making, Lacing, Macrame, Basket Making, Decoupage, Pom Poms,
Craft Foam, Button Crafts, Styrofoam Crafts, Stained Glass), Making
Jewelry, Crafting in the Kitchen, Working with Wood
-- Listening to Music, Playing Instruments, Singing, Dancing
Crafts -- Sewing, Stitching, Weaving, Working with Fabric,
Printmaking, Crafting with Yarn
-- Playing with Puppets, Making Costumes, Performing, Staging
-- Using a Camera, Exploring Photographic Techniques,
Displaying Your Pictures
-- Discovering Plants, Discovering Animals
& Cosmos -- Discovering Weather, Seasonal Activities,
Discovering Rocks & Geology, Discovering Fossils, Dinosaurs and
Ancient Civilizations, Exploring the Stars & the Cosmos,
Exploring Ecology, Exploring Geography & Travel, Exploring Maps,
Sciences -- Exploring Chemistry, Exploring Mechanical Things,
Discovering Magnets, Exploring Light & Sound, Discovering
Numbers & Mathematics
-- Constructing Buildings, Designing & Inventing, Discovering
Things that Fly, Discovering Technology & Communications
& Writing -- Reading & Discovering Literature,
Writing Stories, Poems & Plays, Writing Letters, Articles,
Journals & Other Useful Things, Publishing Your Work
-- Exploring the Past, Recreating the Past, Discovering
-- Playing with Puzzles, Solving Mental Puzzles
-- Board Games, Card Games, Table Games, Playing Indoor Games,
Playing Outdoor Games
-- Playing with Toys, Playing with Dolls, Playing with
-- Collecting Things, Displaying Collections
- Setting up Camp, Cooking
Skills, Camping Notes
& Baking -- Cooking Meals & Snacks, Preparing
Desserts, Celebrating with Food, Planning & Shopping
& Repair -- Cleaning the House, Caring for Clothing,
Working Outdoors, Making Repairs
- Designing a Room, Creating a Look
Finances - Managing Money, Budgeting & Purchasing, Going
& Safety -- Practicing First Aid, Staying Healthy
-- Sharing Time, Sharing Talent, Sharing Treasure, Joining
-- Setting Goals, Planning Events, Scheduling Priorities, Organizing
Play -- Playing House, School, Store, Celebrations
Play -- Playing Nursery Rhymes, Children's Stories, Folk
Tales, Fairy Tales, Myths, Fables, Legends, Historical Times, Comic
and Cartoons Characters, Military Heroes
Play -- Playing Entrepreneur, Service Provider, Medical
Professional, Food Service Provider, Adventurer, Vehicle Operator,
Contractor, Entertainer, Scientist, Artist, Writer, Photographer,
Athlete, Fashion Designer
Occasions & Celebrations
Places to Go
Find More than
5,000 Ideas for Children in ONE Book!!
If you use
just one idea per day it will take you almost 15 years to use them
you are a busy parent?
Would you like ideas
to keep your kids busy, help them learn and develop into
successful and happy adults? Here are over 5,000 solutions for
Thousands of easy activities in
Mother Lode will keep you
well supplied as your child grows from toddler through teen.
(If you use just one a day,
there are enough ideas to get you through almost 15 years!)
Choose those that work best for your family and use them over
and over, focusing on special interests as each child grows
that are simple; ones that won't add stress on days when you
are tired already.
Activities are designed to
fit into hectic schedules of parents who need to make the most
of the time they have with their child or children. You might
even find yourself getting the giggles!
your child develop Self-Reliance and build skills that
will carry through a lifetime.
by helping a child accomplish one simple skill after another
and experience a series of successes. Even small achievements
inspire Self-Confidence. When a child feels good about
himself or herself it is easier to make positive choices in
fun that is affordable.
Use materials that are free or
inexpensive and readily available. Ideas often use recycled
items such as empty boxes, cardboard tubes and similar
Cherish watching your child light up with delight as they "get
it" and show understanding.
Jumpstart your child's
imagination by creating
an atmosphere that fosters the development of
imagination. Encourage them to imagine, envision and create.
science, history, math and more as you find ways to create an
atmosphere of discovery that makes learning an adventure.
Children can have so much fun with activities, they don't
realize they are learning! Find activities that will do just
that without wearing you out at the same time.
fond memories with your family.
Play together. Work
together. Learn how to reach out to others and make a
difference as a family. Give your children memories that will
create a foundation for adult life.
out how to use simple activities such as playing games, taking
a walk or working a puzzle to build
Open the lines of communication and
learn how to keep them open for children of all ages.
Adapt Mother Lode ideas for family
Celebrations to create
special times for your special family.
A Nugget from the
This book is a
chapter excerpt from Mother Lode which contains only
the active fun activities and is
About the author
"Mother of Family Ideas"
Kas Winters has written and
illustrated numerous family books. She lives in her beloved
Arizona with her husband, Roger, and a house full of active
children. MOTHER LODE, inspired by her
international newsletter, "The Troubadour,"
is the latest addition to her list of accomplishments. Kas
mentors scouts, celebrates holidays (which her family calls
"Cecil B. de Kas productions") and takes photos
non-stop. She sings Broadway tunes, cooks from scratch, and
camps in the woods. A graduate of Arizona State University,
she insists that writing is like eating and breathing, an
essential part of living, and dreams that her work will make a
positive difference to families.
What people are saying
about Mother Lode:
"ROFL -- I have to share this
with you!! I can't remember if I told you that I have a large
family and homeschool as well. Additionally, one of our
college sons came home this weekend for fall break. I went to
look at something in your Mother Lode book and realized that
the book has disappeared off my desk. Thinking my 5 or 6 year
olds were the culprits, I started there. Indeed, they HAD it
-- but said an older (age 10) brother had taken it to look at
something for science. I tracked him down and he shared that
his 13 year old sibling had taken it from him when he was
asking a question. I went to that child and he shared that the
16 year old and college student (age 20) were trying some of
the suggestions downstairs!! LOL Sheesh--well at least you
know it is getting some use AND I could recommend it for part
of an exercise regime!
Winters has created the ultimate guide to keeping kids busy
with fun, creative and safe activities. Mother Lode should be
on the shelf of every parent and grandparent, to be used again
should be a gift to every new parent. It is a phenomenal
resource, impeccably organized by age and activity to give
parents, teachers, scout leaders and caregivers (for baby
through high school) joyful play with a wealth of creative
ideas and activities. This is an encyclopedia of fun.
of two children
Oh wow! As a mother of three young children, Mother Lode is
exactly what I need."
Homeschooler and Owner of a
Mother Lode has something for kids of all ages. Every
caregiver I know will enjoy the bountiful ideas."
Lode is loaded! Loaded with thousands of creative and
educational ideas to keep any age child busy for hours on end.
The format of this new treasure is ingeniously easy to read
and opens the door to a lifetime of fun.
This book is the perfect gift for young mothers and fathers
and will deliver years of creative ideas. It is also perfect
for grandparents to help remind them of active ways to play
with their grandchildren without using batteries or
electricity. Anyone that works, plays or educates children
needs this book."
Brittain Creative Puppetry
Teach a Child to Think
How to Talk to Your Kid
Great Things I'm Going to Do . . . and Terrific Stuff I've
Fall Fun for
■ Autumn Activities
(for teachers and group leaders)
Wedding Your Way
Fun for Families
Family Friendly Halloween
The Little Book
All Twelve of
Missing Genetic Pieces
The Teddy Bear Lady and the Five
Christmas Teddy Bears (Illustrator,
Cinnamon the Sea Horse (Illustrator, Publisher)
Silly Ol' Max, the Funny Yorkie-Poo
Lucy Ann Pickle
The Drapery Workroom
The Gastric Sleeve
(Illustrator- Cover, Publisher)
Tea & Girlfriends
A Spot of Tea