Pretend towns are popular in children's museums, and it's no wonder when you consider all the life skills kids gain by role playing town and city life. Last month, Antsy Pants sent us their new Market Kit to try out. After putting it together (I helped a little), the kids decided to turn the rest of the living room into a small pretend town. As I watched them play, I … [Read more...] about Life Skills Kids Gain by Playing Pretend Town
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Did you ever set up a play shop as a kid? The role playing game for kids that teaches entrepreneurship, math, and fine motor skills. I am a huge fan of pretend play. In our home, I see pretend play strengthening sibling relationships, and helping my children conquer fears. All four of my children have learned basic reading and writing through pretend play. This summer, … [Read more...] about How a Play Shop Teaches Math, Fine Motor, and Entrepreneurship
Learn about open-ended play, and why it is so important for children - especially in early childhood. Five reasons learning through play is critical in early years. What Is Open Ended Play, and Why Is It So Important? I find that giving children time and space for open-ended play is one of the most important thing parents can do to raise children who are happy, … [Read more...] about What Is Open Ended Play, and Why Is It So Important?
How to Make a Penguin Sensory Bin - simple steps for setting up a fun penguin themed invitation to play. Plus, more penguin themed learning fun for kids. This week we read Penguin and the Pinecone by Salina Yoon and I put together a simple sensory bin. Four-year-old Anna loved this invitation to play, and even my older kids pulled it out during the week. If you … [Read more...] about How to Make a Penguin Sensory Bin + Penguin Learning Fun