How to Encourage Pretend Play

Share on FacebookPin on PinterestTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Email this to someoneShare on StumbleUponPrint this page

pretend play coverIn the early Toddler months, your child should start to engage in “pretend play”. Pretend play is that awesome time when your child brings you imaginary cookies, plays with dolls (bathes, feeds, comforts) talks to toys, interacts and plays with toys approriatly etc…. Pretend play is a very important time in your child’s life and opens the door to many more imaginary opportunities later in life!

Pretend play should also be important to you!!! It helps with your child’s development, practices and teaches problem solving, teaches story telling, increases language (Especially adult world language- think, “Bye Daddy, I’m going to work”) and most of all….keeps them from getting bored!!!

read more

RSS Instagram Facebook Twitter Pinterest
Share on FacebookPin on PinterestTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Email this to someoneShare on StumbleUponPrint this page

Tips and Tricks to Keep your Kids entertained this summer! [Without using a screen]

Share on FacebookPin on PinterestTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Email this to someoneShare on StumbleUponPrint this page

summercover

Can you believe how fast summer has gone!!?? Me neither! Sometimes when we get to the middle or end of the summer we get stuck in a rut. We have run out of ideas and therefore resort to TV, video games, computer time etc…. It doesn’t have to be that way! Lets talk about how to make your summer memorable without loads of technology!!!

Here are some simple tips and tricks to keep your kids entertained during the summer (or whats left of it!) without using a screen!)

Create a Summer Schedule. Creating a summer schedule does not mean you have to have something planned every second of every day! (We will talk a little more about this in a minute). But, it is extremely helpful to have some ideas planned out before hand.  When you don’t have any pre planned ideas you may just pop in a movie or turn on the TV to burn up some time. Having some scheduled activities during the week can prevent this from happening.  It can be a weekly schedule, monthly, or a whole summer schedule. (I suggest for flexibility to go with the weekly schedule.)
Throw in a surprise event every once in a while. Draw out of a hat, have your child pick something off the list spontaneously etc… this will keep your schedule from getting monotonous and get your kids excited for times when they may get a surprise activity. This can also be a reward for finishing projects or chores around the house.

read more

RSS Instagram Facebook Twitter Pinterest
Share on FacebookPin on PinterestTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Email this to someoneShare on StumbleUponPrint this page

15 Creative Summer Activities [That DO NOT involve technology!]

Share on FacebookPin on PinterestTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Email this to someoneShare on StumbleUponPrint this page

activities cover

Summer is AMAZING! So many opportunities and so much fun to be had by all! But, it can be hard to think of new ideas to keep your kids entertained each day!  I have searched high and low and found some of the most fun and creative ideas for your children!! [And not ONE of them includes any kind of screen! No TV, no computer, Ipad, phone anything!] Just good old fashion fun!!! Enjoy! (Read below each picture for direct links to instructions and tutorials.)

Kiddie Car Wash

DIY-Kiddie-Car-Wash--555x1024

Mom Endeavors has an AWESOME tutorial for this Kiddie Car Wash!!

read more

RSS Instagram Facebook Twitter Pinterest
Share on FacebookPin on PinterestTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Email this to someoneShare on StumbleUponPrint this page

Spring Time BUG SLIME…Plus! Spring time party favor idea!

Share on FacebookPin on PinterestTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Email this to someoneShare on StumbleUponPrint this page

slime collage

Now that it is officially SPRING TIME (hip hip hooray!!!!). It is time to bust out some fun spring time activities! We have all discovered by now that I LOVE sensory exploration. Well let’s add one more fun sensory exploration activity to the books. BUG SLIME! What is more fun than bug slime in the beginning of spring when there are tons of nasty, icky, bugs outside!? Nothing! (Ok, I hate bugs more than I hate stains….but this bug slime is seriously so fun!)  It is SO simple to make and will last a long LONG time if stored in an air tight container. AND….It is absolutely PERFECT for party favors! (Read on for a fun party favor idea)

read more

RSS Instagram Facebook Twitter Pinterest
Share on FacebookPin on PinterestTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Email this to someoneShare on StumbleUponPrint this page

Activities to Boost Fine Motor Skills and Free Fine Motor Game Printable!!!

Share on FacebookPin on PinterestTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Email this to someoneShare on StumbleUponPrint this page

finemotorgame

On a weekly basis, I perform Developmental Screenings on Preschool Age Children. These screenings include; Fine Motor, Gross Motor, Problem Solving, Personal Social and Communication. Over 60% of the kids I screen fail or are borderline failing the Fine Motor Development Section. I typically don’t worry about a child being low in the Fine Motor section if there aren’t other catergories where they have failed. Especially if they are a first year preschooler. As parents, a lot of times we don’t give our young children opportunities to develop their fine motor. Why? Well, fine motor play can be pretty messy sometimes! Scissors, paint, markers, tons of small toys…YIKES! What parent wants to give their kid scissors and markers??? But, it is so important! Fine motor skills in early childhood will affect writing and higher fine motor skills later in life.

read more

RSS Instagram Facebook Twitter Pinterest
Share on FacebookPin on PinterestTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Email this to someoneShare on StumbleUponPrint this page