Play Outdoors Tear Off Sheet

Download the Play Outdoors Tear Off Sheet Here  Hang it up by the back door so children can tear off an activity idea when heading outdoors to play.

Baby and Toddler Book Pages – Engaging for Baby and Easier to Hold

Baby Toddler Book Pages are a digital download of 10 entertaining and educational pages for baby. This set includes the following 10 themes: baby, dogs, cats, toys, animals, farm, trucks, outdoors and 2 color identification pages.  GrowingPlay.com You can print the pages on cardstock paper and laminate. If you don’t want to print the pages, let your baby/toddler look and read…

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5 Unique Pretend Play Ideas

1.  Pretend Play Library – if you follow my blog you know that one of my favorite things to do with my children is go to the library.  It is so peaceful and quiet with so many learning opportunities.  Here is a great set of free printables so the children can play library at home.2.  Pretend Play Travel Agent –…

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Grow From the Inside

Here is some motivational wall art to print for your family room, kitchen, office or playroom. Everyone can use a reminder to grow from the inside!  Download your Grow from the Inside poster here. 

Creative Brain Series Question #4 – Fountain of Youth?

Here we go again with question #4 – Imagine you have the choice to drink from a fountain that will keep you at any age forever.  At what age would you drink from the fountain and why? This post is part of the Creative Brain Series from Growing Play on creativity, imagination, outside the box thinking, something quick to do while you…

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Soapy Puddle – Simple Play

Here is a super simple activity we did this week that was loads of fun.  Simply put some dish soap into a puddle.  It was raining on and off which it typically does in Spring but the kids really wanted to play outside.  First it was some bubbles my youngest wanted to pour into the puddle so in it went. …

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Planning for New Year’s Eve

For the past several years we have spent New Year’s Eve at a hotel with friends.  The kids all swim, we play games, eat a ton of food and watch the ball drop.  On New Year’s Day we would head to Lake George for the Polar Plunge – swimming in the icy lake!  Well, for many different reasons we are…

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Pool Noodle Sprinkler

First all sorry it has been so long since my last post. After having our sixth child things have been a little crazy around here. I’m finally getting into more of a routine so hoping to be able to post more often. When I saw this idea at Teach Preschool at  http://www.teachpreschool.org/2014/06/pool-noodle-water-hose-play/ for a pool noodle sprinkler I knew we…

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STOP Digitally Sedating Your Kids!

When young children need to wait at a restaurant, doctor’s appointment, a siblings basketball game, etc. do you toss a tablet or smartphone in front of them?  This type of digitally sedation may be harming your child’s ability to develop patience and self regulation.  Children need to gradually learn how to sustain attention, control their behavior and emotions and to…

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