Extreme Dot to Dot


I work to cultivate a kid-welcoming home.  As my grandkids get older, it’s not as simple as having a box of blocks and a few dolls. While I was at our fantastic local store, The Hobby Habit, I discovered something I didn’t even know was ‘a thing.’ Extreme Dot to Dot The pages are fun and challenging and time-consuming (<-in a good way).


I have the Eiffel Tower going for myself. And I’m claiming dibs on Westminster Abbey.
It’s another analog activity that doesn’t require a screen.

And on May 4th this seems appropriate:

There are many fun Extreme Dot to Dot books (aff link) here. What a great activity (in addition to drawing, clay, paint, paper-cutting) kids can do during read-alouds.


Six Panel Door

A little Architecture Moment:  This style door, originally called a Cross and Open Bible door or a Christian door, was built in early colonial homes to mark that home as a Christian dwelling.  Look at the shape formed by the four top panels.  Can you see the cross?  The two bottom panels were meant to show an open Bible.   

 I learned this from my brother Jim, who takes free brochures (and actually reads them!) that are in racks in restaurants, shops and motels.  His kids razz him about trolling for free stuff. 

This reminds me of Don and Naomi Cole, family friends, who put up a wooden sign-spotlighted-above their porch one Christmas: Jesus is Lord.  It stayed up after other Christmas decorations were removed, because they couldn’t take it down in good conscience.  When I was in Jr. High and High School, I often walked by their house; it was my “safe house” I could run to if I felt threatened. 

A local restaurant, a Greek takeout called Yia Yia Nikki’s, has a sign above the door: GOD.  What does it mean and why is it about the door?  I must ask.

Architecture is an area I’d love to explore.  It fascinates me how beliefs are reflected in stone, wood, glass and design.  All building is informed by our beliefs and values.