#1 BEST IDEA to Entertain a Toddler

admin / August 15, 2016

I have to admit, I find the toddler stage the most difficult time when raising children.  For years, I heard from other parents “wait until  you have teenagers…”.  Well, I have teenagers and a toddler – a toddler is MUCH harder in my opinion.  I am speaking mostly about the 18-24 month stage.  Don’t get me wrong there are moments…

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Animal Detectives – Free Game to Print

admin / August 12, 2016

If you want to challenge your your child’s visual perceptual skills, visual closures skills and encourage physical activity download this free printable game.  The kids will love guessing what animal is hiding in the grass!  You can download it for free at GrowingPlay.  

Body Awareness Art

 Here is a fun, cute project to work on body awareness.  The child should lay down on large paper.  Trace the body, identifying the body parts as you trace around each one.  Now let the child paint the body however they would like.  Once dry an adult can cut it out and hang it on the wall.  Review all the…

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The Crayon Cafe – Combine Pretend Play with Drawing

Here is a wonderful new download that combines pretend play with drawing!  Just print and open up your restaurant. The Crayon Cafe – Fast Food Menu is a creative way to open up your very own doodle cafe.  This digital download includes three blank place mats, fast food menu, guest check, open sign, today’s special board and 12 how to…

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Play Outdoors Tear Off Sheet

Download the Play Outdoors Tear Off Sheet Here  Hang it up by the back door so children can tear off an activity idea when heading outdoors to play.

Baby and Toddler Book Pages – Engaging for Baby and Easier to Hold

Baby Toddler Book Pages are a digital download of 10 entertaining and educational pages for baby. This set includes the following 10 themes: baby, dogs, cats, toys, animals, farm, trucks, outdoors and 2 color identification pages.  GrowingPlay.com You can print the pages on cardstock paper and laminate. If you don’t want to print the pages, let your baby/toddler look and read…

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5 Unique Pretend Play Ideas

1.  Pretend Play Library – if you follow my blog you know that one of my favorite things to do with my children is go to the library.  It is so peaceful and quiet with so many learning opportunities.  Here is a great set of free printables so the children can play library at home.2.  Pretend Play Travel Agent –…

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Grow From the Inside

Here is some motivational wall art to print for your family room, kitchen, office or playroom. Everyone can use a reminder to grow from the inside!  Download your Grow from the Inside poster here. 

Creative Brain Series Question #4 – Fountain of Youth?

Here we go again with question #4 – Imagine you have the choice to drink from a fountain that will keep you at any age forever.  At what age would you drink from the fountain and why? 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…

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Soapy Puddle – Simple Play

Here is a super simple activity we did this week that was loads of fun.  Simply put some dish soap into a puddle.  It was raining on and off which it typically does in Spring but the kids really wanted to play outside.  First it was some bubbles my youngest wanted to pour into the puddle so in it went. …

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