Invention Game

admin / October 9, 2017

Here is another kid created activity that my children enjoy.  The invention game is to either create something from scratch from different materials or recreate something with items from around the house.  One of the first challenges they did was to make your own water bottles.  Then they had people vote which one they thought was the best overall.  The…

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Pretend Play Masks

admin / October 4, 2017

Download two free masks from the Pretend Play Masks packet.  They are in color or black and white so you choose whether to print in color or color them yourself.  Get 20+ masks, including animals, fairy tale characters, super heroes, community workers and more with the Pretend Play Masks complete download at Growing Play.  

5 Tips to Help Children With Pretend Play

admin / October 2, 2017

Many children love to play pretend and create elaborate imaginative settings and characters.  Some children may need a little extra help to expand their make believe play skills.  Here are 5 simple tips to help your child or student develop pretend play scenarios:1.  Ask questions about what the children are playing?  This will encourage the children to effectively communicate about…

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Circle the Different Doodles

admin / September 29, 2017

Challenge visual discrimination and visual spatial skills to find and circle the 10 differences between the doodles. Submit your email below to go directly to the download!

Toddler Time: Dried Bean Play

admin / September 24, 2017

Of all the things my children have enjoyed playing with through the years the dried bean container is in the top three most favorite “toys”.  Toddlers especially like to pour, sort, scoop and touch all the beans.  If you provide kitchen items the beans make a nice plinking noise as you pour them.  You do have to watch closely that…

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Car Rides and Kids – 7 Games to Play (No Equipment Needed)

admin / September 19, 2017

Here are some simple games to play in the car with kids on a long ride that need no equipment.1.  Yellow Car:  Everyone looks for yellow cars.  The game scores as follows: regular yellow car – 1 point, yellow pick up truck – 5 points, yellow mustang – 5 points and yellow Hummer – automatic win!  We keep score until…

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Do It Yourself Amusement Park

admin / September 17, 2017

Looking for something to do?  Suggest to the kids to make their own amusement park.  My children invented the games above: twisty swing, sled carry and the roller rider.  They created their own fake tickets to sell and gave the younger kids rides all afternoon.  In addition, they opened up a snack bar with signature drinks (lemonade and sunny D…

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Guess How Many People You See Game

admin / September 12, 2017

Here is a simple guessing game to print and play next time you are feeling bored or need a family challenge.  Print it in color or black and white.  Don’t read the answer on page 4 if you want to take a guess yourself! The best way to play this game is not to count but just to take a…

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Color Car Road Trip Game

admin / September 5, 2017

We have been playing different variations of this game for years.   Here is how you play Yellow Car: Everyone looks for yellow cars. The game scores as follows: regular yellow car – 1 point, any yellow pick up truck – 5 points, yellow Mustang – 5 points and yellow Hummer – automatic win!  We keep score until someone finds a…

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