Family Life, Manners

Goops, Goops, and more Goops!

Goops, and How to Be Them (PDF ebook) – This classic children’s book by Gelett Burgess (1866-1951) is subtitled “A manual of manners for polite infants inculcating many juvenile virtues both by precept and example” but what it really is, is a HOOT. It is a collection of funny poems and limericks about weird little cartoon “goops”, child-like creatures whose manners are atrocious. This is a much beloved classic that generations of children have loved and laughed at – and in the process learned something about their own manners. The illustrations make great “coloring pages” if you want to print them out. Check it out and share it with your kids. They’ll love the Goops too!

To download this PDF ebook, RIGHT CLICK HERE  and “save” to your computer.

More Goops And How Not To Be Them, by Gellett Burgess (PDF ebook & MP3 audio)

Next, here is the sequel to the original book, along with a very well done mp3 audiobook reading of the same!  This is a much beloved classic that generations of children have loved and laughed at – and in the process learned something about their own manners. The illustrations make great “coloring pages” if you want to print them out. Check it out and listen with your kids. They’ll love the Goops too!

To download the ebook version, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save” to your computer.

To download the mp3 audiobook version, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save” to your computer.

Family Life, Games

Great Grandma’s Treasury of Fun & Games

Great Grandma’s Treasury of Fun & Games (Volume One)

Re-discover some of the fun playtime activities enjoyed by children of previous generations in this volume of vintage family fun games and activities, taken from a variety of turn of the century collections.

In Volume One, we have a fun collection of: string figures, tricks, puzzles, quiet games, singing games and riddles. (If you’d like to see Volume Two, let us hear from you!)

To download this PDF ebook, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save link” to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key then click the link and save to your mac.

Family Life, Just for Fun

Family Dinner Questions

From the HowDoesShe? blog comes these way fun printables  that do wonders to promote some fun family discussion around the table: “Here are questions that encourage family talk!  We believe in families and we know the power of getting to know each other better. So what we’ve created for you are 30 questions that you put in a jar. It doesn’t need to be a fancy jar. Each night at dinner time pull out one question and read it to the family. Some are silly and some are serious.  Get to know each other better and smile as you create memories with your loved ones!”

These are delightful, and great fun! We had a similar  “store bought” thing like this that we used for years around  our table and it never failed to provoke some interesting discussions — even if it was just to laugh at the sometimes crazy questions. Print out these PDF masters, cut ’em up  and put ’em in a nice jar on your table and you are  guaranteed to have some memorable supper discussion times with your kids over the months to come. There are FIVE sets of 30  questions on this blog, so there are 150+ in all. Just follow the links to all five sets. Collect ’em all.

CLICK HERE to go to the website. Links to all five sets of printable questions are on this page.