Hi! My name is Karen Jones. This About Me page will help you understand where I am coming from. I created the Simply Kids Play website because I am so passionate about kids playing.
I loved to play throughout all the stages of my life and still enjoy playing. Because I am a Big Kid at heart, I guess it is all right for me to play even today.
Playing is still an essential part of my life, and I like to keep my child-like perspective. As a Big Kid, I like to play even when my Grandkids are not around so I guess that makes me Young at Heart. I love good old fashioned toys and activities. The simple pleasures of play are a great stress reliever for me.
I love dolls and paper dolls. I love to scrapbook, make cards, and do other crafts with my grandkids or alone. I also have my own toy collections -- dolls, slinkies, stuffed animals, wooden toys, etc.
I am married to the same wonderful husband for over forty years now. I am the Mother of three Children and Grandmother of six delightful Grandchildren. I am a retired Home Economist and School Teacher, and I have a Home Economics and an Education degree. I also enjoy and have taught about computers and how to use them. I have the best of both worlds now combining play and computers.
When my kids were little, I made many of their toys. Purchased toys were breaking so rapidly that I decided to make my own toys out of wood that wouldn't break. I made cars and trucks, trains and boats, and dolls. I even made a stroller and a play kitchen set (sink, stove, and refrigerator) using only a hand jigsaw and a hand drill on my kitchen floor. My grandchildren now enjoy playing with these toys as they have survived the test of time.
I instantly warm up to any children who are around me. Even though I have white hair, I still like to get down on the floor to the children's eye levels and play directly with them. Although I have had fibromyalgia since 1980, I am able to get down on the floor and play with my grandkids. My fibromyalgia blog tells more about my life with fibromyalgia.
I now have the greatest part-time job at the Children's Area of our local Museum. I get to play and create activities for the kids to do.
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