Tag: kids

Boy Things and Girl Things

I have a boy child and a girl child. Every few months, I’ll meet someone who finds out (that I have a boy child and a girl child), and sometimes they comment:

“Ohhh, it’s so true, isn’t it?! Boys and girls are just so different!”

or

“Oh, me too! It’s so true what they say, boys are just into boy things and girls are into girl things.”

I don’t answer when people say that, because I find there’s no point. And usually the person has continued on to tell me about all the boy-things that their boy is into, and how their girl is completely different.

Sometimes, however, they comment:

“Did you get a real boy-ey boy and a real girly girl?”

or

“Is it true, what they say? Are they really stereotypically into ‘boy-‘ and ‘girl-things?'”

I had one of those comments last week. I usually reply to those kinds of comments, because it feels like the person is actually listening and curious:

“Well. I could say ‘Yes.’ My boy likes LEGO and train sets and marble runs and engineering things. He likes digging ‘channels’ or ‘moats’ in dirt or sand. He likes being outside for a million hours, my girl doesn’t. My girl likes playing with our toy stroller, toy food and toy kitchen. She loves playing with dress-ups and make-up, whereas my boy’s not into it. It’d be really neat and tidy to stop there. But that would be ignoring so many of their interests. My boy also likes playing with the toy stroller, toy food and toy kitchen. They both like mud, sand, water play and swimming. They both love climbing and riding bikes. They both love painting, art and craft. They both love music and dancing. My boy’s not into TV shows with fighting and baddies like PJ Masks, he’s into tender shows with a loving main character who tries to solve a problem – like Wallykazam or True. My girl loves cars and balls, but my boy’s not that interested in those. She also likes construction toys, and is just getting into LEGO. So the full picture is more complicated. Y’know?”

 

 

Little Kids’ Books Recommendations

I’ve been meaning to do a post about little kids’ books for YEARS but it means gathering all the info about our books, ranking them, finding links and pictures, sorting them into age-groups… and the kids read new books each month so I was like, how will I keep it updated?!

But, as with so many things in life, the best place to start is a spreadsheet. (What?)

I’ve put all the books we’ve borrowed from the library or have bought/been given into a spready – KIDS BOOKS FAVOURITES – and have started sorting and rating them. It’ll be an ongoing project.

The five categories I’ve set up:

  1. Board books (age 0.5+)
  2. Sounds books (age 0.5+) – books with sound effects/music
  3. Pop-up books (age 0.5+)
  4. Story books (age 2+) – very simple stories for little kids
  5. No words books – the kids tend to loooove these

I’ve pulled out the clear favourites and given them a “5” star rating, but there are loads of books I haven’t even ranked yet. TBC!

Ideally I’d make blog posts for each category (board books recommendations, etc!), nicely written up with pictures and comments, but that’s too time-consuming at the moment .Maybe one day.

Gender Neutral Preschooler

I was doing face painting.

Preschoolers around age 3–5 were coming over and asking for…

A Butterfly, said the first little girl. She’d been a butterfly before, so she asked for what she knew.

A Bunny, said a little girl, who saw the pictures on my table (example face-painting pictures of bunnies and Easter eggs).

Then several little boys came over and asked to be a Bunny. I painted them exactly the same as the picture – pink and white ears, black whiskers, pink nose.

Then another volunteer sat down next to me, offering to help with the face painting, because the queue of kids was growing.

A Bunny, said a little boy. The other volunteer painted the pink parts of the bunny in blue, instead.

A Tiger, said a little boy who was in front of me. He’d been a tiger before, so he asked for what he knew.

The next few boys who came over wanted to be Tigers.

A boy wanted to be a Cheetah.
A girl wanted to be a Cheetah.

A boy sat down in front of the other volunteer and he didn’t know what to choose. She suggested a tiger, painted his face, and said, “Oh, you look so aggressive!”

It all starts here, baby.

Little Kids’ Music & Apps

Good Music for Babies/Toddlers 

  1. Medeski, Martin & Wood (try Let’s Go Everywhere)
  2. Caspar Babypants (try Sing Along!)
  3. Justine Clarke (try Pyjama Jam)
  4. “Kids & Family” playlists on Apple Music e.g. R&B, Soul, etc! (Search for “kids family” to find all the playlists)

Good Apps for Babies/Toddlers 

I have a huge bunch of apps for my wee kid (who’s now 2, but I started showing him apps before he was 1). Initially, I just had “baby” ones, but then I realised that even if an app is too old for him, he still plays/experiments with it in ways that are fun for him.

For example, he likes playing the “Endless Wordplay” app, even though he doesn’t know how to spell anything. He likes looking at the letters and asking about them, and he likes tickling the robot who drops the letters.

 

PAGE 1

  1. Baby Karaoke – 10 songs with animations, made by the fantastic Raising Children crew.
  2. Fisher Price Animal Sounds – animal sounds.
  3. Toca Band – get characters to play in a cool band together.
  4. ABC Kids iview – videos.
  5. Fiete – little games/puzzles.
  6. LEGO Trains – train ride story with little games/puzzles.
  7. Fiete Choice – little games/puzzles.
  8. Sandra Boynton’s The Going to Bed Book
  9. Sago Mini Babies Dress Up – dress ups.
  10. Tachin Tachan – little musical animations/games.
  11. Fisher Price Storybook 1 – 2 nursery rhymes.
  12. Fisher Price Let’s Count Animals – simple animations.
  13. Sandra Boynton’s Moo, Baa, La La La! – book.
  14. Toca Fairy Tales – dress ups.
  15. Toca Kitchen Monsters – feed monsters.

 

 

PAGE 2

  1. Fiete Sports – little games/puzzles.
  2. MarcoPolo Weather – play with the weather.
  3. Sago Mini Friends – animals visit each others’ houses – includes little games/puzzles.
  4. LEGO Food – make burgers, sandwiches or ice cream in a little story-game.
  5. Avokiddo ABC Ride – little games.
  6. Fisher Price Learning Letters Monkey – 4 learning games.
  7. Endless Wordplay – learn to spell.
  8. Sandra Boynton’s But Not the Hippopotamus – book.
  9. Go Go Thomas! – racing trains game.
  10. Peekaboo Fridge – learn names of food items.
  11. Bugs and Buttons – multiple games/puzzles.
  12. Fisher Price Storybook 3 – 2 nursery rhymes.
  13. Toca Dance – create a dance, then watch it.
  14. Sago Mini Holiday Trucks & Diggers – shovel & transport snow.
  15. Toca Doctor Lite – help the doctor fix a patient.

 

 

PAGE 3

  1. Fisher Price Giggle Gang – little animations.
  2. Fiete Farm – little games/puzzles.
  3. Crayola Colorful Creatures – little games.
  4. LEGO Ice Cream – my kid’s favourite. Go on a search for ice cream! Story with games.
  5. Fisher Price Shapes & Colors – little animations.
  6. LEGO Circus – put on a circus, feed the animals.
  7. Sandra Boynton’s Barnyard Dance – book.
  8. Sandra Boynton’s Blue Hat, Green Hat – book.
  9. Fiete Match – little games.
  10. LEGO Animals – story with games.
  11. Fisher Price Peek ‘n’ Play – little animations.
  12. Kinderling Kids Radio
  13. Avokiddo Beck and Bo – little games.
  14. Toca Hair Salon – cut and style hair.
  15. Toca School – play being at school.

 

 

P.S. While writing this, I have also downloaded Fiete Christmas, Fiete KinderZoo, Toca Hair Salon Christmas, MarcoPolo Ocean, MarcoPolo Arctic, MarcoPolo Recall, Endless Reader, Endless Numbers, Mr Potato Head, Endless Learning, the Hey Duggee Christmas Bumper Bundle, and the full version of Toca Doctor. I might hide these in a folder and gradually release them over the next year.

P.P.S. Avokiddo Emotions is fabulous, but James has that one on his phone.