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Pro Play Tip: Indoor Treasure Hunt June 21 2016, 0 Comments

 

  Step One: Assemble aspiring pirates.

  Step Two: Prepare snacks (always an effective incentive) 

  Step Three: Wrap snacks in socks (clean ones work best)

  Step Four: Conceal snack-style treasure around your house, home, room, car, tent, backyard and/or treehouse. Creativity is key. 

  Step Five:  Send your explorers out to sea with a map or their own intuition as a guide!

 

Who said you can't go on adventures at home?

 


ADDICTED TO PLAY - ideas, links, and musings on Play Activism! April 07 2016, 0 Comments

Our favorite links for April - enjoy!

Addicted To Play

1. 6 Effective Ways to Stop Bullying and Teach Kindness To Kids: Teach good listening by acting out bad behavior? Hmmm...This one we definitely need to try.  Good tips for all ages. By Laura McCLure - Ted Ed. 

2. Best Picture Books to Inspire Children's Art:  These books do a fabulous job of tapping into our kids creative spirit as sometimes we all need to be inspired. From one of my absolute favorite bloggers - The Artful Parent.  

3. 21 High Protein Snacks to Eat When You Are Trying To Be Healthy:  List includes mousse, chocolate, and pudding - YUM! Favs are #3 and #13. From Buzz Feed by Shannon Rosenberg.

4. 5 Ways To Get Kids Into Nature:  Many novel ideas & reminders in this article that you'll want to try right now including a "World-Watching Window" & a "Wonder Bowl." From acclaimed author of "Last Child in the Woods" Richard Louv for Outside Magazine.    

5. How To Get Kids To Be Grateful - Give Them Less:  This may seem intuitive, however, this article provides some great tips on HOW to give kids less (and to eat their veggies). From Jenn Choi for The Atlantic.

6. How Adults Can Encourage Kids to be Original Thinkers:  Teach values instead of rules. A book that's relevant for all ages (& on our book list). A Q&A with Adam Grant for NPR.


ADDICTED TO PLAY - ideas, links and musings on play activisim! August 28 2015, 0 Comments

We thought this would be a good way to share articles, toys and lots of other stuff around play that we love - enjoy! 

1.  The Day the Crayons Came Home:  The clever (for parents) and fun (for kids) sequel to The Day the Crayons Quit.

2.  Buffalo Zoo's Nature Playground Brings Out Wild Side in Children: Just Opened– tree stumps and logs vs. slides and swings!  Good reminder that all our kids need more immersive natural experiences.

3. Home-made Pop-Tarts: This recipe is fun and easy (like legitimately easy – there’s more to do for my 5 yr old than for me) – and I get to share a healthyish version of one of my favorite childhood treats – yum! Recipe and Photo Credit: Hello Natural

4. The Little Known Power of Boredom and Alone Time: Be free of the guilt - boredom for kids is beneficial and here's why. A great read from Chandra Johnson.

5. Spot-it Junior: my go-to easy to learn and play travel game for restaurants, planes and more (and bonus: adults will like this one too)!

6. The Importance of Imaginative Play:  great tips/tools for every age group on how to encourage some magical thinking - from Dr. Gail Gross on HuffPost Parents.


ADDICTED TO PLAY - ideas, links, and musings on Play Activism! August 14 2015, 0 Comments

We thought this would be a good way to share articles, toys and lots of other stuff around play that we love - enjoy! 

1.  Play Hard Live Free – Where Wild Play Still Rules:  great concept from San Francisco and a worthy read from NPR by Eric Westervelt

2.  Replace 'Guilt' with 'Gift' and Watch it Become a Life Changer: great read for all parents from one of my favorite bloggers -Hands Free Mama

3.  Kidizen: resale marketplace for kids clothes – we love eco companies that promote recycling especially for back-to-school shopping. Bonus - user interface is gorgeous!

4.  On a Beam of Light - A Story of Albert Einstein: Inspiring - inviting kids to be different, be curious, and to run with their imaginations!

5. Play Tape - InRoad Toys:  Kids love sticky stuff and yes, you can get the plain non-road version but for a few bucks more - this is hours of entertainment!

6. Why Yoga is Changing Schools:  An informative read on the benefits of yoga and meditation for kids from Gwenth Paltrow’s Goop!

 


ADDICTED TO PLAY - Ideas, Links and Musings on Play Activism! August 07 2015, 0 Comments

We thought this would be a good way to share articles, toys and lots of other stuff around play that we love - enjoy! 

  1. Coloring Books Just For Adults: Surprisingly meditative!
  2. The Lost Art of Skipping Rocks: Huffington Post article by Jennifer Bly
  3. Jumbo Beeswax Crayons: Handmade in MN. Great for travel!
  4. Color Scavenger Hunt: Great indoor activity from The Artful Parent
  5. Childhood Unplugged: Inspirational photography blog
  6. Box Play for Kids: Stickers that turn recyclables into toys – just discovered and LOVE!
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