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March into Fun with Books, Stories, and Activities #12

Cinderella Inspires a Play-of-the-Day

Cinderella is another fun fairy tale that can inspire play activities, not just for girls but boys also. Glass slippers and fairy godmothers are not required.

Cinderella's pumpkin coachCinderella is not much liked by her step-mother and step-sisters and has to do all the work. When the prince invites everyone to a ball, her mother and step-sisters go but Cinderella is stuck at home, crying with disappointment and wishing she could go too.

A fairy godmother appears and turns a pumpkin into a carriage complete with horses and a coachman. Her plain clothes and shoes become a beautiful gown and glass slippers. Cinderella goes to the ball and while she leaves the ball at midnight, as required, she loses one of her slippers. The prince finds it and uses it until he finds Cinderella.

Nowadays we don’t have carriages pulled by horses. After reading or telling this story, you can ask your child, “How would Cinderella get the ball if this happened today? Together, you can think of all the ways we have to travel, such as bus, taxi, ferry, ship, car, truck van, submarine, train, airplane, or rocket ship. After naming some real ones, how about some imaginary ones like a flying saucer or batmobile?

playing with boxesWith blocks, lego, or other construction toys, kids can build some different ways for Cinderella to get around. Kids may also want to use toys or things around the house to make their own bus or car or train or other transportation. Stuffies can go along for the ride. A big box turned on it’s side can be imagined into anything and decorated with crayons or paints for more fun. Where else could it go besides the ball?

The story of Cinderella can inspire some construction, art, and pretend play. Both boys and girls can do any of these. You can pretend to be the fairy godparent and ask your child where he or she would like to go. Maybe your family has a dream of going someplace together?

Why is it Called Boxing Day? So Kids Can Play with Boxes!

Christmas might be over for another year, but the fun isn’t, because now comes Boxing Day, the day when kids get to play with the boxes! Sometimes, the new toys are put aside and the adults wonder why the kids are more attracted to the boxes or wrapping paper tubes. Within a box, kids can control the movements of their bodies and also the range and depth of their emotions. Boxes permit kids to be endlessly creative. For boxing day, are there any boxes that your child can use for play?Continue Reading

Kindergarten Readiness in a Box

Before you throw out or recycle any boxes from Christmas, did you know that boxes can be as much fun as the toys that were in them? Today is Boxing Day, and while adults have their traditions, for kids it’s a day for some fun and learning for early development and kindergarten readiness while playingContinue Reading

Summer Fun, Kindergarten Readiness and Boxes

Playing with a box can stimulate fun and learning and support development and kindergarten readiness. For kids, there’s no need to think outside the box, just think box and all the fun there is to do with one. A plain, ordinary box comes with no limits, no instructions, and no expectations which means that childrenContinue Reading

Kindergarten Readiness – Conversations with Guest Experts #3

For each radio show on Learn and Play with Mrs A, I take notes because I’m learning so much about kids and kindergarten readiness from fascinating guests who are experts in a variety of areas. Each of them is passionate about kids and loves the work, or maybe that’s play? Here’s a play-of-the-day suggested fromContinue Reading

Kindergarten Readiness – Playing with Boxes Fun & Learning

Today is Boxing Day, and while adults have their traditions, for kids it’s a day for some kindergarten readiness fun and learning while playing with BoXes. Boxes can be every bit as much fun as the toys that were in them. After all the stimulation of Christmas, kids need a way to limit all thatContinue Reading

Readiness for Kindergarten – Playing with Boxes

What do kids do after Christmas? They play with boxes! Was your floor covered with paper and boxes? With all those new things for Christmas, adults can’t figure out the attraction of boxes, but kids are sometimes over-stimulated (!?!) and need to “debrief”. One of the ways they do this is with play where theyContinue Reading

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