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blove: classic play

Wow – it’s been way too long since I’ve given some “blove” around here!  So here we go – and I’m starting off 2013 with one of my “blove-iest”!!!

This was the very first photo I saw of Jen Cooper:

classic play

 photo courtesy of Jennifer Cooper

It was shared by a mutual bloggy friend and I couldn’t click over fast enough (don’t you want to? It’s okay, go ahead. I’ll wait…….).

Are you back?

Simply put, I LOVE Classic Play.

It’s a site that continually reminds me that, when it comes to our children, simple is usually best. That the best kind of play is open-ended, allowing for our children’s own “stamp” and individuality. That “simple” doesn’t have to equal “boring”. And that you can almost always make, create and explore with the most basic, inexpensive and easy-to-find materials.

Classic Play has tons of ideas for parties, crafts, experiments and more – they are all 100% doable, and even fold in a teachable moment or two, without ever feeling heavy-handed.

The site has a fresh and joyful feel and is sophisticated without ever being imposing. Jen is definitely that person you want to live next door to – I know I do (I’m imagining all of her neighbors reading this right now and nodding vigorously in agreement….).

classic play jen

  photo courtesy of Jennifer Cooper

Jen also writes about her family, parenting and marriage in such an open, honest and relatable way. She offers up a regular glimpse into her day-to-day life that always leaves me with that feeling of, “Okay – I’m not the only one…..”. I thank her for that.

I’m meeting Jen one week from today (squee!) at Alt Summit and I cannot wait to hug this lovely lady for real!

My fave Classic Play posts? As always, I struggled, but here goes:

I’m OBSESSED with the simple games and activities of my childhood. Jen brought them all back for a summer full of Camp Classic Play.

Love this push pin string art project.

As her daughter approaches middle school age, a painful childhood memory was triggered. This remains one of my very favorite pieces.

I smiled through this entire marriage-y Christmas-y love story.

And how about these chalkboard dice? Can’t wait to try these this summer!

Jen also has her own business –  EBK Robots – charming and adorable handmade robot dolls (is she awesome or what?).

Have fun exploring Classic Play – once you do I guarantee you will never want to miss a post!

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11 Comments

  1. Leslie on January 16, 2013 at 9:49 am

    This is lovely! I love Jen too. Sheri, I didn’t realize you guys hadn’t met yet! ALT will be so fun. xo

  2. Caroline on January 16, 2013 at 11:21 am

    You are absolutely 100% correct that her neighbors (I am one of them) 🙂 feel SO lucky to BE neighbors. Hands DOWN, Jen is one of the coolest people on the planet and Classic Play is just a perfect reflection of that.

    LOVE!

  3. Jillian in Italy on January 16, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Yes, Classic Play is the best (Jen too!). It’s really such a great place for parents to find inspiration and ideas to keep their famiy happy. And what more could you want from a blog than that?!

  4. Jen on January 16, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Ahh! Sherri! This is so incredibly kind and generous. I want you to know the love is absolutely mutual.

    xo

  5. Deborah on January 16, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    I echo these sentiments exactly. Classic Play is such a wonderful community, and Jen has created something beautiful. Not to mention she’s awesome in every way. 🙂

    • sherisilver on January 16, 2013 at 5:47 pm

      Totally awesome.

  6. stacy on January 16, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    aww, love watching my blog friends become real life friends! Jen is a favorite of mine too and I am looking forward to hugging you BOTH in just one week 🙂 yay!!!

    • sherisilver on January 16, 2013 at 5:46 pm

      Yay indeed! 🙂

  7. Jen on January 16, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    Guys, you have no idea how much this has touched me. I’m such a sap, I’m crying right now.

  8. Christa the BabbyMama on January 17, 2013 at 10:43 am

    You’re going to Alt? Lucky duck!

    • sherisilver on January 17, 2013 at 1:46 pm

      I know – I’m SO excited!!

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