Switch It Up Drawing Game

admin / October 29, 2016

Here is another super simple pencil and paper game to play. You can play with one person or a large group.  Everyone grab a pencil and paper.  Start by drawing one object with your dominant hand. Now it is time to switch it up and try drawing a different way. Try drawing with:1.  your non-dominant hand2.  the pencil in your…

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Screen Time in Adolescents and Depression

admin / October 25, 2016

A recent research article in Preventive Medicine reviewed data on 435 adolescents over a period of 12 years to determine if there is an association between screen time in adolescents and depressive symptoms in young adulthood.  Data and information was collected on television viewing, computer use and total screen time for the adolescents.  The results indicated the following:1.  prolonged TV or…

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Category Games for Family Game Night

admin / October 22, 2016

Click on image to enlarge sample pages from Category Games Are you looking for a fun, quick game for family game night? Check out Category Games.  This digital download will be sent to you via email right after payment so you are ready to play.  The packet includes four (4) different category games:Game #1: Top 10 and A to Z…

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Origami Cat to Print and Fold

admin / October 19, 2016

Download this printable to create an origami cat.  Head over to Growing Play to download the origami cat freebie.

Tickets Please

admin / October 16, 2016

Looking for a cheap idea to add to your pretend play? Buy a roll of tickets from the office store. We have had rolls of these in the house through the years and the kids love them. They create some lovely open ended creative play. Here is what my kids have used them for without any adult suggestions: 1.  Admission…

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Best Apps for Family Fun Night

admin / October 11, 2016

Most of the time, you will find our family playing cards, games or a team challenge for a family fun night.  Occasionally though we will grab the ipad or the iphone and start playing a group game.  Here are our favorites (this post contains affiliate links):1.  Family Feud – great team game for old and young.  The older ones type in the…

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Quiz Question Road Trip Game

admin / October 9, 2016

My children of all ages love this game and it is super simple.  Give them quiz questions based on their lives.  Here are some example questions:1.  What is Grandma’s middle name?2.  How old was your mother when you were born?3.  What day of the week were you born on?4.  Name all of your cousins in under 30 seconds.5.  What country…

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How to Make Activities Reusable with Wipe Off Markers

admin / October 3, 2016

Do you have mazes, worksheets or maybe pretend pages from GrowingPlay?  Check out these ideas to make some simple alternatives using wipe off markers and cheap supplies from the office store instead of lamination or loads of color printing. When we tested them all out, we found the binder slant board and the report book worked the best.  They were…

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