Imaginative Play · Learning Activities · Outdoor Play

My new FAVORITE phrase, the perfect summer book, and a fun summer activity

I have been reading a book that has really opened my eyes on the importance of nature in my boys’ life.  Learning Is in Bloom: Cultivating Outdoor Explorations (here) taught me that the comfort, learning, sensitivity for life, sense of wonder, and calming influence that can be gained from teaching our children about nature and encouraging… Continue reading My new FAVORITE phrase, the perfect summer book, and a fun summer activity

Dramatic Play · Imaginative Play · Learning Activities · Play Advice

5 Minute Camping Dramatic Play

Oh my goodness! We had SO much fun with this dramatic play.  It took me five minutes to set up.  I put the tent up, made a little fire, and put some sleeping bags in the tent. I made the logs out of rolled up brown paper, and the fire was just construction paper. We… Continue reading 5 Minute Camping Dramatic Play

Imaginative Play · Learning Activities · Play Advice · Sensory Play

Play Soup – my answer to little kitchen helper drama

 My girls are always in the kitchen helping my husband and I to make food. Pancakes, lemonade, rolls and waffles are some of their specialties.Naturally they and why it is think of themselves as great chefs…but in reality they think combining flour, milk, carrots and sprinkles is a perfect recipe. Their sweet daddy let them make that… Continue reading Play Soup – my answer to little kitchen helper drama

Art Activity · Imaginative Play · Learning Activities · Play Advice · Sensory Play · Small Manipulatives

Three ways to teach your kids to LOVE learning

 My mom taught at Montessori Preschools for a little while, and I remember her talking about how they teach the students to love learning by teaching them through subjects they are already interested in.  This idea has really stuck with me.  Here are three easy ways to do this with your own kids. 1. What… Continue reading Three ways to teach your kids to LOVE learning

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Tips to make crafts work for kids who just love to play

I LOVE to create.  I have wanted to do arts and crafts with my kids since before I can remember.  My little Boston is hard to engage in crafts.  He loves to do them with Mom, but I usually end up doing most of it.  I think I may have focused too much on the finished… Continue reading Tips to make crafts work for kids who just love to play