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Category Archives: Play Activities

Helping Kids Learn to Play Series: #9 Art

Not all children are born artists, but they can all enjoy playing with art toys. Helping children discover how to play with art toys is where we come into the picture. Crayons, pencils, paints, brushes, markers, chalk, paper, scissors, glue, and other art supplies are more than toys. They are magic wands that reveal a world of color and shapes right at the end of a child’s fingertips–once they know who to play with them. Have you shared with your child some ways how to play with art toys?Continue Reading

Helping Kids Learn to Play Series: #8 Books

We don’t usually think of books as toys but they are great to play with, once children know how. For such toys as balls or blocks, children easily discover ways they can play, but for books, we need to participate with children many times. When children are able to sit for longer books, we can extend the ways to play with a story: making “mistakes”, pausing, rhyming, asking questions, predicting. importance of reading to kidsPlaying with kids and books is more than just reading the story.Continue Reading

Helping Children Learn to Play Series #7: Play Kitchens

Play kitchens are often a popular choice for young children and can support their early development. Preschool children’s early education is delivered through PLAY, so it’s critical for us to provide opportunities and to extend the ways kids can play. The kinds of toys and experiences young kids have for play will influence not just their play but their learning too. Does your child have a play kitchen?Continue Reading

Helping Kids Learn to Play Series: #6 Cars, Trucks, and Trains

Supporting children’s play with cars and trucks and toys with wheels is highly beneficial. With the easy accessibility of digital devices, traditional toys like cars, trucks, trains, and other vehicles may not be as common. As a result, children do not learn as much from other kids about how to play with these toys. As parents and caregivers, we need to support and extend their play with toys for early fun and learning.Continue Reading

Helping Children Learn to Play Series: #5 Play-dough

Play-dough isn’t usually considered a toy, nevertheless it’s awesome for encouraging kids to play. As soon as children are past the “everything in the mouth” stage, they can be introduced to play-dough and how to play with it. Play-dough is very sensory. Of course, much of children’s play is self-directed but we can encourage and extend the play and learning.Continue Reading

Helping Children Learn to Play Series: #4 Dolls

Dolls give children a different kind of play opportunity. Just like other toys, kids could use some support to help them figure out this play. In this century, it really should be possible for all kids–girls and boys–to play with dolls if they want. Most children’s toys need some kind of action. Dolls are for feelings as well as actions. The play experience is also one of relationships. By engaging with kids and dolls ourselves, we model many different behaviors. Children will build on this in their play. Continue Reading

Helping Children Learn to Play Series: #3 Blocks

Play is a powerful method of learning for young children and we can support them as they explore how to play with blocks and construction toys. Kids will discover many of these ways to play by themselves. Because children learn so much by watching and imitating what we do, we can participate with them and introduce different combinations. Block play can grow to be a block-buster movie! Does your child have a set of blocks?Continue Reading

Helping Children Learn to Play Series: #2 Balls

Playing with a ball is so natural that even animals will push them to make the balls move around or chase them. Children not only roll and chase, but also throw, bounce, and kick balls and we can extend their natural play. One of the most simple ways to share about ball play is by participating. Once children are ready, we can introduce them to more complicated games. Continue Reading

Helping Children Learn to Play Series: #1 Puzzles

Have you helped your child figure out how to play with a puzzle? By playing with them, we can share a few strategies. If your child has never before played with a puzzle, you will need to show how to do one. Besides the strategy of parts of the picture, you can show your child how the shapes fit. Puzzles are an amazing toy for hands-on play.Continue Reading

Best Children’s Toys of All Time infographic

What do you think are the best toys for kids? Jonathan Liu, a geek dad, at Wired.com wrote an awesome list, called The 5 Best Toys of All Time. I’ve added 3 more and turned it into an infographic. Ready, set…PLAY!Continue Reading

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