I read what feels like a million blogs, yet I have precious few that I have to check each morning before I can properly go about my day. (Hello Amanda Soule! Hi there, Ginny!) Quickly making that group a trio is dear Annie of Bird and Little Bird. I'll admit that I'm pre-disposed to mamas of toddler boys who are in the throes of teething, but--beyond that even--she's endearingly quirky and fun.
Also, she's a wicked-creative-powerhouse. Which gets me to the real purpose of this post, Annie's e-magazine, Alphabet Glue. Alphabet Glue is billed as "activities and inspiration for kids who love books (and their grown-ups too)". In addition to the grade-and-interest-level classified book lists--which, by themselves, are worth the $4 an issue--the magazine is a compendium of the ideas I wish my mom had been able to get her hands on when I was a kid.
Truly, from about that seven-to-ten age range, I was interested in "experiments" and--as I know you'll find hard to imagine--I loved a good craft project. But the internet didn't really exist, and our local library options were limited. We made baking soda and vinegar volcanoes, and mixed up flour and goodness-knows-what just to see "what would happen". (Um, glue...lots of glue.) My point is, something like Alphabet Glue would have saved a lot of my mother's dishes!
For example, in addition to the book recommendations, the latest issue of Alphabet Glue includes:
- instructions (and a cute seed packet) for saving common garden seeds, like tomatoes and sunflowers
- paper pin wheel story starters
- draw-your-own comic books
- family friendly graphic novels
- backyard tree guides
- a "make it rain indoors" science experiment
While my baby is still a bit too young to enjoy most of it (although I'm starting to suspect a subscription may find it's way into my nine year-old Cutie Niece's Christmas stocking), I'm considering stockpiling issues for when the Kid is four or five. Because I like pretending that I'm doing fun things just to entertain him, with no ulterior motive for myself. And also, I like my dishes.
I know it's not Saturday yet, but Annie said I could give away a copy of the latest issue of Alphabet Glue, and I like you all too much not to take her up on it. To win, leave a comment below. I'll pick a winner next Tuesday.
[P.S. Stacy, you won the Urban Baby Bonnets giveaway. I'll be in touch tomorrow.]
[P.P.S. Annie sent me review copies of several issues of Alphabet Glue so that I could write this post, but my blog-crush dates back from way before that!]