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As many of you know, my husband and I like to make our daughters’ birthday gifts. This all started when my oldest daughter turned two.

On her second birthday, we made her a play kitchen. This play item has been so well used by both of our girls and has been central to my daughters’ dramatic play.


On her third birthday, we made a Mr. Dressup tickle trunk for her. We filled the trunk with assorted goodies and it still houses Halloween costumes, princess dresses, hats, and crowns.


On her fourth birthday, I painted Mr. Dressup’s Wise Old Owl for her. He hangs in her room, a “friend” to watch over her whether she’s reading, playing, or sleeping.


On her fifth birthday my husband made and painted Casa del Tires for her. Her love of the movie Cars coupled with this creation has inspired many hours of fantasy play.

We naturally carried on this tradition with our second child.

Last year I made my youngest daughter a Waldorf doll. It took her several months, but she finally named her doll, Nan. I couldn’t have thought of a better name. Nan gets many boisterous hugs and will often be undressed and then dressed… again and again.

This year I am sewing a quiet book for my youngest daughter. It’s a huge project. Fourteen pages, each with different activities/elements on it. Some of the sewing is done by machine and some is done by hand. So far, this is what I’ve gotten done….

Her birthday is in the middle of July. I’m praying I can keep up this steady pace and complete her quiet book by then. I’ll keep you posted with my progress and when I’m done, I’ll take you on a cover to cover “tour” of the book.



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Jennifer Bly
Author of My Kitchen, My Classroom: An Introduction to Homeschool and creator of The Deliberate Mom. Jennifer writes about parenting, homeschooling, her faith, and life with her husband and two girls. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Applied Human Service Administration Degree with a specialization in Early Learning in Child Care.



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