Hi everyone! I’m Mandy Bush and I am the executive assistant for Cardinal Rule Press (Maria’s publishing company). I am a mother of 2 (son and daughter) and I will be blogging on Be the Difference and will be recapping some valuable tips from Empowering Kids With Character – The Show!

Fun Ideas Using Books - mariadismondy.com

On June 14th, Maria shared some more fun ideas, using books, to continue the theme of PLAY! You can watch the full video here.


  • Books that encourage play, such as:
    • Spot the Differences
    • Highlights magazines
    • Books that you sing (example: Nursery Ryhmes)


  • Have fun with your children by incorporating play through books!

While I never thought of using books for play, Maria is so right about this! My children LOVE to read and I normally think of this as “yay! We’ll sit quietly” time, ha! BUT, as Maria pointed out – we can use this time for play. I know that my son loves to do the Hide-and-Seek books yet and he’s almost 5. My daughter just turned 1 and she loves to do books that have flaps in them. All versions of play.

Maria was so brave and fun in this video – why? She sang a nursery rhyme!!!! On live video! I applaud her being so brave and having fun in this way. ?

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