Need an easy and quiet way to entertain your little ones? With basic felt squares and a pair of scissors, you can make adorable backgrounds to tell your own stories at home. Whether for nap time, bedtime or just quiet time, these felt story theaters will be perfect to let yo.... read more
It's never too early to encourage children to be creative thinkers, and storytelling is a great place to start. Reading stories to your child is great, but telling stories to your kids and bringing them in on the process is even more creative, interactive, and fun. Ask them.... read more
You have to take it as a good sign when your first-grader asks for a pretend school set for her Christmas present. It must mean that she loves school, and what parent doesn't want to hear that? I'll admit, though, to being a bit surprised when my daughter made this re.... read more
The holiday season has passed, but the season for play and for toys has definitely not. For preschoolers, play is a year-round business. And if play is the work of childhood, then it's the parents' job to give our kids the right tools for their play as they grow and change. .... read more
Parent (animatedly): What did you do in school today?Child (contentedly): I played.This response should make your heart sing, but I fear it doesn't. News headlines sounding the alarm that U.S. students are falling behind other countries in science and math, that there is an .... read more
What is it about bottles of glitter that make games, art projects, and even costumes oh so much... better? Is it because it refracts light better and makes us look? Or instantly puts a smile on our face? Albeit these tiny specks of wonder are messy and the nemesis of vacu.... read more
Babydolls and tea parties. The very definition of preschool girl play, right? Frothy pink and white porcelain (perhaps tin would be wiser), all set out for wide-eyed, long-lashed dollies. It's just what girls do, right?Or perhaps it's your boy toting the doll, whether it.... read more
It's that time of year again; we turn a little more inward and move our activities a bit more indoors. School is back in session and our learning tools look more like paper and pencils than the previous month's water and lemonade stands. And with that, our opportunities for ex.... read more
A young child's imagination is a fascinating thing to witness and an amazing process in which to participate, for those lucky adults so fortunate to be invited! Preschool-aged children have a rich imaginary experience and from their imagination springs forth powerful creative .... read more
We know how important all that dress-up and pretend play is to our little one's development. We know it's an essential part of the "work" of childhood. We've peeked into what's really afoot when these little darlings play with their dolls and their action figures. We've.... read more
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