10 Reasons Why Children Have Trouble with Self Regulation

Lately, I have been wondering why kids seem to act out more? Child rearing has changed so much over the last few decades. Children’s ability to self regulate and control their emotions is greatly influenced by their environment. Here are 10 things that have changed over the years that can affect a child’s ability to self regulate.  1.  Kids ride…

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Creative Brain Series Question #5 – New Holiday?

Here is question #5 to get your creative brain juices flowing – Every year we celebrate holidays.  If you could start a new holiday what would it be and when would you celebrate it? 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.…

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A to Z Scavenger Hunt at Museum

We played a super fun and free game at the museum today. We split up into three teams. My two oldest children are able to go around the museum by themselves so they were on their own team. My husband paired up with our two sons and I was with the two youngest girls. Our mission was to find words…

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July Fourth Party Games

July 4th happens to be one of our favorite holidays.  Ever since I was a child, we celebrate the day with a parade, barbeque and fireworks.  Some years we even squeeze in a pool party at my brother’s house and then the BBQ at a friend’s house.  It is a long but super fun day.   Sometimes when my family…

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Toddler Time: Hide and Seek

I am all for keeping it simple and this activity certainly keeps it simple. No materials or preparations are needed. All hide and seek requires is your time. When you stop to think about all the benefits of hide and seek it is really a learning game for little ones: visual perceptual skills – the child must visually scan an…

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Creative Brain Series Question #2

I figured I would get this Creative Brain Series going fast and furious.  Here we go with question #2 – Imagine that you are trapped in the witch’s house in the story of Hansel and Gretel. What would you do or say to escape? This post is part of the Creative Brain Series from Growing Play on creativity, imagination, outside the box…

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Running Bases Game

Running Bases is a great classic game that I played frequently as a child and my children play now.  Here is how you play:Preparation:  Head outdoors and find two trees at least 40 feet apart.  If trees are not available, put out two bases or cones.  Grab a ball to toss, something that won’t hurt if someone gets hit by…

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