Play Advice · The Educated Parent

How to Extend Any Activity

So you spent 20 minutes putting together an awesome activity for you child. You know they will love it. You took your time plotting and placing things just right. You introduce your child to the mind blowing activity you have for them…they play for 6 minutes and then declare they are done. Cue the tears… Continue reading How to Extend Any Activity

Outdoor Play · Play Advice · Sensory Play

Shaving cream hunt- Get what you want out of a planned activity

I have always loved textures.  Even as a little girl I hated the textures of towels, napkins, and paper towels.  I was obsessed with minky blankets, flour, and shaving cream.  I know, weird.  However, as a mom I get to pretend I am making activities for my children, when really I just love to play… Continue reading Shaving cream hunt- Get what you want out of a planned activity

Learning Activities · Play Advice

Patterns-help your little understand his/her world

PATTERNS!  I have been thinking about how important they are lately.  Understanding patterns can really help our littles understand the world around them.  Something as simple as: I hit, someone cries, mom is mad.  That is a pattern.  I am hungry, I eat, I feel better.  Explaining to our kids that patterns are all around us… Continue reading Patterns-help your little understand his/her world

Learning Activities · Play Advice · Sensory Play · Small Manipulatives

Outside Word Play (Take a Minute Tuesday…)

Alright guys, I think this is a spin off of some activities Kelsie has done in the past for a new SUMMER addition 🙂 What you’ll need: Chalk Rocks Permanent Marker What to do: Pick whatever you want to work on with your cutie (shapes, colors, math, words, letters)  I chose letter sounds and sight… Continue reading Outside Word Play (Take a Minute Tuesday…)

Play Advice · Sensory Play

A Manageable Mess- activity and clean up

I am about to say something crazy. Maybe even terrible. You might even dislike me after the statement is out.  It is important to let your munchkins play messy. I’ve lost my mind you say? Yes probably, but the statement remains true. Playing with something messy can teach our children important concepts. I know it… Continue reading A Manageable Mess- activity and clean up

Dramatic Play · Imaginative Play · Learning Activities · Play Advice

5 Minute Camping Dramatic Play

Oh my goodness! We had SO much fun with this dramatic play.  It took me five minutes to set up.  I put the tent up, made a little fire, and put some sleeping bags in the tent. I made the logs out of rolled up brown paper, and the fire was just construction paper. We… Continue reading 5 Minute Camping Dramatic Play

Imaginative Play · Learning Activities · Play Advice · Sensory Play

Play Soup – my answer to little kitchen helper drama

 My girls are always in the kitchen helping my husband and I to make food. Pancakes, lemonade, rolls and waffles are some of their specialties.Naturally they and why it is think of themselves as great chefs…but in reality they think combining flour, milk, carrots and sprinkles is a perfect recipe. Their sweet daddy let them make that… Continue reading Play Soup – my answer to little kitchen helper drama