2011: 31 Days of Play

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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Take some extra time today and luxuriate in water play at bathtime!   Try out some new bathtub finger paints – younger kids and older kids alike will enjoy helping with the recipe and bathing in a new way! Combine liquid soap with a roughly equivalent amount of cornstarch; mix until smooth. Pour into muffin […]

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This is a game of touch and reconnection to play when you greet your child after school or after being apart for a while. Upon greeting your child after being apart, you say “what did you bring home today?!” Begin to name body parts and special things about the child such as the color eyes […]

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Play researchers who are focused on natural play report what we already know:  play is adaptive and beneficial in and of itself.  Often, no additional inputs beyond time, encouragement and imagination are needed. So what can parents lend to this recipe?  Time.  Space.  Encouragement.  Your own imagination and curiosity about the world.  Imaginative children tend […]

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Remember it?  How bout Polly Wolly Doodle All The Day?  Take some time to sing a few silly songs today!  Teach them to your kids if they don’t already know them.  Get inspired and maybe even make up one or two original verses while you’re at it!  We’ve listed some songs below you might remember, […]

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Make a little extra time today or tomorrow to get dressed with something obviously wrong!  Pants on your head?  Shirt on your legs?  Who can help? Older kids don’t fall for that?   Maybe a new hairstyle will crack them up! Wrong shoes or socks!  See if you can get a smile or a laugh!

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Chores are neverending but laundry (your favorite right?!) can be so much more than laundry (groan).  It can be a basket of games in disguise! Have you held a color sorting game before loading in the dirties?  Imagine you’re in a sea of laundry and there’s an island of color(rainbows) and an island of lights […]

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