Category Archives: Learning through Play and Experience

Quick Thought: Play to Learn

Just a quick thought for today: Play is powerful.  It’s the process of authentic learning in action.  Children play with new ideas, with social rules, and with just about any random item they can get their hands on.  It’s an … Continue reading

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Book Activity: Horton Hears a Who

Horton Hears a Who is a Dr. Seuss classic, with revived interest from the younger generation thanks to Hollywood.  This story is a great tale of the commitment and unselfishness of Horton, and the importance of cooperation and individual contribution … Continue reading

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Dice Play that Teaches Kids Numeracy

I am a passionate believer in play as the best method for teaching young children.  And sometimes, the kids teach me a little something through play as well! Part of a play-based learning philosophy is having materials that will invite … Continue reading

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Trying to Get Kids to Play Independently? Here’s What you Need to Know.

How do I get my kids to play independently? It almost seems like a silly question at first.  I mean, kids are programed to play, right? But many factors that are commonplace in childhood today are making it difficult for … Continue reading

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15 Fun Activities for 3 Year Olds!

Huge thanks to Rachel from Kids Activities Blog. She compiled these Activities for 3 Year olds as part of a guest post today. We have 3, yes 3 three year olds in our home. We are a mixed family and … Continue reading

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Playful Science: Dry Ice Bubbles

I’ve been using this Einstein quote a lot lately:

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It’s OK NOT to Share Section 1: What’s This Talk About Stealing Play?

I love the phrase Heather uses in this first chapter. Stealing Play. In essentially talking about the importance of developmentally appropriate practice, she hits home on a very critical point: It isn’t what kids are doing that is of the … Continue reading

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Get Ready to Read Along!

It’s time! There’s been such a great response to the selection of Heather Shumaker’s book, It’s OK Not to Share and Other Renegade Rules for Raising Competent and Compassionate Kids (*affiliate), as this year’s read along.  I’m excited to get … Continue reading

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