Kale and Apple Salad that Kids Will Actually Eat!

admin / November 30, 2017

I can’t believe it. My kids actually ate this kale and apple salad and asked for more. I like vegetables and happen to like kale but usually not raw. I adapted this recipe from Cooking at the New York Times. Quick funny story – my kids tasted raw kale at lunch time that I was putting on a panini. Their…

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Body Painting

admin / November 25, 2017

This was a fun outdoor activity we did today – body painting.  First we were painting the bottoms of our feet and making prints.  But then the toddler just wanted to paint other people’s feet or her own.  We had a bucket of water close by so anyone could wash up when done.  The toddler loved painting her own feet…

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Freebie Playing Laundry Shop Printables

admin / November 22, 2017

Print these two free fun pages to play pretend laundromat.  This is a functional pretend play activity.  A child can work on sorting and counting laundry while using their imagination to open up a “laundromat”.  You can download the pages at GrowingPlay.This activity encourages: pretend play imagination literacy math skills writing skills functional skills  sorting role playing

Sweet or Sour Game for Car Rides

admin / November 19, 2017

We call this game Sweet or Sour but I think it goes by other names too.  For some reason, the kids love to play this game especially if there is a friend in the car.  When a car ride gets long, the kids get tired of waiting and look for easy entertainment.  This is certainly easy entertainment.All you do is…

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5 Best Card Games to Play with Your Kids

admin / November 15, 2017

If you told me I could only have one “toy” in my entire houseful with 6 kids, I would pick a deck of cards for sure! We go camping quite a bit so we definitely play a lot of cards. Even at home, we will have a card night where we all gather around the dining room table to play…

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5 Reasons Why Play is Purposeful

admin / November 12, 2017

Many times, as adults we may not always remember how necessary play is for children including teenagers.  There is a purpose for play.  Here are 5 reasons why children and teens play:1.  To develop social skills and interact with adults and peers.2.  To explore objects – touch, hear, taste, see and learn from objects.3.  To be creative and develop imagination…

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Category Hot Potato Campfire Game

admin / November 9, 2017

Here is a fun game to play around the campfire – Category Hot Potato Game.  You will need one marshmallow for your “hot potato”. Download Category Games or the Category game freebie. Cut apart the category cards.  How to play:1.  One person is IT and holds the marshmallow.  Pass the marshmallow to the person on the right.  2.  Pick a…

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Creative Brain Series Question #1

admin / November 4, 2017

Here is the first post in 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 question every couple of days to get children and adults to think on their feet.  There is no right or wrong answers just try…

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