2011 Calendar of Play

Wanna have some REAL fun?  Get over all the expensive toys and go buy some different widths of painters* or masking tape and let the frenzy begin! Tape is easily applied and removed from floors and furniture and can be used to create roads for toys, pathways for people, and gameboards for creative games.  Get […]

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Shadow fun can be had in the sun or inside on the wall with flashlights.  Find objects and make different shadowy shapes, design shadow puppets and put on a show or measure your shadows and draw them on the driveway.  Shadow play can incorporate storytelling and science as even the youngest children can begin to […]

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Every play fort?   Have everyone join in for this construction project!  These great and simple creations can occur inside or outside. Take some pillows and some blankets, chairs, tables and build a fort (or two!) to play in with your kids.  Now you can take their lead, and use it as your play structure.  […]

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Today, transform your kitchen into a restaurant and let your children be chefs today!  Younger kids love mixing, dumping, & measuring. Older kids like following recipes, & managing staff (like you!).  Some kids may want to create a menu & name the restaurant, others just want a small time creating something fun to eat.  Enjoy […]

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Take dress up to the next level with your kids and have some costume fun:  design your own costumes and make them yourself!  This may be as simple as make up and construction paper or more advanced like sewing for older kids. Get everyone involved and see if there’s a family theme you can draw […]

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Take a break to release the tension of any day with movement. Kids love to move their bodies, and from the young to the old one of the most simple and profound movements we can make is by just breathing slowly in through nose and out of nose.  Often it’s in this simple, automatic yet […]

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Have fun with role-playing and share some interesting and humorous discoveries in an everyday setting! At dinner tonight, have each person pretend to be another person in the family.  You can switch the seating, and maybe even dressing up as each other.  You can learn what your kids pick up about you and their siblings […]

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