* Color your world desert sand…

… And have fun with programming at the same time!  This is the game board for a ThinkFun game for preschoolers called Robot Turtles.

Robot TurtlesIt’s never too early to play logic (aka coding) games and if you are trying to steer clear of screens with your younger ones or even introduce the joys of hands-on games to older kiddos, ThinkFun is a terrific resource.  A local toy store keeps us supplied with some of their classics, but you’ll probably have to go online to check out their wealth of problem- solving games.  The availability of non-screen games is shrinking, so it’s ironic that you need your screen to purchase hands-on fun.

I highly recommend ThinkFun as a source of individual and group entertainment, with brain challenges galore.  Does your kiddo have social skill challenges?  The structure of a group game can provide a satisfying, well-defined opportunity to engage with others.  Try Escape the Room mystery game (ages 10+). where you are transported back to 1869 to save a local astronomer.  These games are terrific for parties as well as family night fun.  Have a long car trip in your future?  ThinkFun has a number of fascinating 1 player games, too.

Thanks, Jennifer Nicole Wells, for your Color Your World challenge featuring desert sand.

* Color your world denim

I have this tune running through my head: “Dem deer, dem deer, dem demin deer.”  Don’t know it?  Think of “dem dry bones.”

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Mama, when do I get denim?  When you can carry a tune, dear.  

Thanks, Jennifer Nichole Wells, for your Color Your World challenge, which has officially joined The Twilight Zone.


* Let them eat dandelions

(I’m talking to the deer now, which is only a little crazy.)

What’s wrong with dandelions?  They are delicious and beautiful and full of vitamins.  An abundant, free, renewable source of energy.  Don’t you care about the environment?   Dandelions are not only gluten free, they are TOTALLY organic.  Don’t you care about lawn runoff, loading our streams with chemicals?  Eat the dandelions and no one sprays toxins.  Trust me.  Plus, those striped grasses you are ripping out of my yard are no better than a sack of french fries.


Jennifer Nichole Wells’ Color Your World dandelion challenge benefits the environment.

* Not another photo!

cotton candy

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My niece groaned and said, “No, Aunt Katharine!  Not another photo!”  So we ended on this note, with her trying not to smile in that cotton candy mask.

She is not thanking Jennifer Nichole Wells for her Color Your World challenge.

* Color Your World cornflower


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Adorable “gift bag” shoes (in all hues of cornflower) for attendees at a baby shower.  Could anything be cuter?  Nope.

Thanks to Jennifer Nichole Wells for her Color Your World challenge.

* Color my home cerulean


Another delightful word I rarely use.  My old eyes struggle to differentiate this from teal, to be honest.  But cerulean sounds so romantic.   What about this photo for cerulean?   If I were a bird, this would be home.  Sitting on my cerulean porch, looking at the wide blue world.

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Thanks, Jennifer Nichole Wells, for your Color Your World challenge!

* We are so cerise if you please…

We are so cerise if you don’t please.   (Shades of Peggy Lee and the evil Siamese duo in “Lady and the Tramp.”)  Cerise, a most underused word, not only sounds lovely, but it has a definite glow to it, reminding me of a cat-o-lantern we saw on Halloween.

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Thanks, Jennifer Nichole Wells, for your Color Your World Challenge.