Easy Playhouse in Any Space!
I have always done a four station rotation in my classroom when I taught Kindergarten. I am doing the same in Transitional or Pre-Kindergarten. One station is usually an independent, play-based center. So the first week of school, I decided that it would be a great idea to let the children play in our PLAYHOUSE that I set up in small groups!
Kindergartners get little time to play. Why does it matter?
Kindergarteners are under tremendous pressure – doing as many as 15 academic activities in a day, with a shorter recess time. What is the long-term impact?
How to Make DIY Interlocking Building Blocks
These DIY interlocking building bricks look great! I would rather buy them already made, though! #blocks #kids
The Ultimate Playlist: 50 Reasons to Believe in the Power of Play
Stand up to playground naysayers! This colorful infographic includes 50 reasons play is powerful for children encouraging physical and social development.
Scientists Claim Time On The Playground Is More Beneficial Than Time In The Classroom
A new study shows that when it comes to a child's brain development, time in the classroom may be less important than time on the playground.
potato heads in the snow - happy hooligans - winter play idea for kids
Potato Heads in the snow are great fun for a winter activity. Take your potato heads outside, or bring a bin of snow inside for snowy, potato head fun.
2011 Yacht & Beach Club FAQ, Part II
The first thing DH said to me when we began looking at menus was "why is everything so fancy?" :rolleyes: lol Seriously we should, because it's been...
The "What's Missing?" Memory Activity for Kids
A memory activity to boost kids minds. Use any objects and remove one to see if they can guess what's missing. A great busy activity when you need it.
What's on the Tray? FINALLY back to school after move & holidays!
Super Tot is 35 months old. I can't believe we are FINALLY starting school back up. It seems like it has been forever since my last post, and things are finally settling down. As mentioned in a previous post, my family relocated to a new city the week of Thanksgiving. That was a crazy time to be moving, but we took it in stride and made the best of it. After prayerful consideration, we decided to go ahead and take the holidays off to get settled into our new home and to focus on Christ and…
Another Egg Toy
Great toy for teaching cause & effect and fine motor skills practice to preschoolers: Fisher-Price Barnyard Basics Flip Flop Egg Drop! No longer sold, but used ones can be found online.
The Power and Purpose of PLAY!
Those of you who know me, know that I am a huge fan of free choice time and learning through play. I was thinking of naming this post Play: What is it Good For? Absolutely Everything! I believe in the power and purpose of PLAY. I have talked about it a hundred times once or twice, and even made a Prezi with some of my favorite quotes about the importance of play. The power of play is its ability to incorporate so many varied learning opportunities into what appears to be and feels like fun…