Making Flavored Ice Cubes

admin / January 27, 2017

A few weeks ago we made some flavored ice cubes.  My son started out with a few different flavors of Kool Aid and added sugar to make it sweet.  He poured the different flavored Kool Aid into ice cube trays and abracadabra flavored ice.  We added it to seltzer and water to create delicious, pretty drinks with much less sugar…

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Collect Moments Not Things

admin / January 23, 2017

We are returning from an unbelievably awesome vacation in Florida.  You know what made it so awesome?  We did nothing but go to the beach everyday.  Beach combing in the early morning, then swimming, lunch on the sand and more swimming.  I have to admit it was one of the best vacations of my life.  We all just enjoyed each…

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Sticks, Stones and Pipe Cleaners

admin / January 20, 2017

We brought some crafting outdoors today with this sticks, stones and pipe cleaners activity.  First we collected some sticks and rocks.  We added google eyes and pipe cleaners and the kids just started creating (me too!).  It was fun and somewhat relaxing to wind the pipe cleaners around the sticks.  There was no expectation for this craft just create.   …

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Tiny Toy Land

admin / January 17, 2017

My children built a small outdoor landscape for their small toys to live in this past weekend.  There was a natural nook in the tree stump to create a small shelter.  After hunting for some furniture (bark and rocks) the tiny toy land was ready to play with.  Most of the entertainment was creating the tiny toy land but it…

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Pretend Play Plus Sensory Play = FUN!

admin / January 13, 2017

Combining pretend play with sensory exploration is loads of fun.  We love to add pretend props to mix up sensory activities.  Today, the dried beans were “cooked” on the cardboard stove top and mini bean muffins were “baked” inside the oven.  As children get older they can expand their play repertoire and you can help by adding props with the sensory materials.…

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3 More Games to Play Around the Campfire

admin / January 10, 2017

Here are three more games to play around the campfire: 1.  Word Categories: pick a theme and then a word. For example: The theme is camping The word is tent Taking turns, think of a word related to the theme of camping that starts with each letter of your word T – tent E – earthworm N – night time…

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Creative Brain Series Question #6 – Factory Owner?

admin / January 5, 2017

Wake up your brain and your ideas and answer question #6 from the Creative Brain Series – Imagine you own a factory. What would you create and who would you sell it to? 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 are waiting or a boredom buster.  The series will include one…

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Let’s Play Make Believe Poster

admin / January 1, 2017

Ever need to spark some ideas for pretend play?  Print out this poster to hang in your playroom, early childhood center or preschool.  You can download it here.  Check out all of our printables for pretend play doctor, hospital, school, animal care, secret agent and candy shop.