Problem Solving Play – Matching Dots

Problem solving can be incorporated into playful challenges for children using objects and items from around the house.  I am going to try to do a short series on some problem solving play challenges.  Here is the first one:Match the Dots – 1.  Materials: 4 index cards for each player, 4 stickers, matching set of objects for each player (ie wooden…

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5 Reasons Why Every Family Should Go Camping

I am starting to get super excited.  It is almost time to go camping here in the Northeast.  When I was a child, each year we went camping together as a family.  Now we have a camping trailer that we use each season from May through October on a beautiful lake.  Here are the 5 reasons why I recommend that…

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Pretend Lollipops

Here is a super simple way to make pretend lollipops.  We traced circles onto adhesive backed fun foam.  Cut out two matching circles and put a lollipop stick in between.  That’s it!  The kids had lots of fun creating different lollipops for the candy shop.  They poked each lollipop stick into half of a piece of pool noodle to display…

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Homemade “Nail Polish” for Toddlers

My little toddler LOVES to get her fingernails polished.  One day we were making some homemade paint and we realized it would work great as pretend nail polish.  It was some corn starch and colored water.  She really enjoyed “painting” my nails.  The corn starch made it dry hard on my fingernails but it washed off with ease.  She even…

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Creative Brain Series Question #3

How have you been doing with the series?  These questions make you stop and think right? Here is question #3 – Name as many things as you can that you would change about a pet to make it easier to care for. This post is part of the Creative Brain Series from Growing Play on creativity, imagination, outside the box thinking, something quick to…

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Why Do Children Get Motion Sickness in the Car?

With six children, we have had our fair share of kids that get car sick (myself included).  If you understand why children and adults get car sick it may help to prevent it.  Car sickness results when the brain receives conflicting information from the inner ears, the tactile system, the eyes and your internal expectations.  The best example of this…

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