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Category: The Power of Play

The Secret Life of a Jacket

The Secret Life of a Jacket

In the daily hustle and bustle, much of children’s schedules revolve around choices made by the adults who care for them. Many children move throughout their day being shuffled from one transition to another. Often, the transitions lead to frustrations and meltdowns...
Focused:  When You Just Can’t Stop Playing!

Focused: When You Just Can’t Stop Playing!

It’s inevitable. It’s going to happen…..often. Your child will be completely engrossed in something when it is time to do something else. You kindly ask them to wrap up what they are doing, and their reaction appears as if they didn’t hear you. You remind them again. Still nothing. One final plea to finish up and this time, without even stopping what they are doing and looking up, they beg you for “5 more minutes.” As frustrating as this may be to us as parents for other reasons, this situation is also your child showing their ability to focus.

Interdependence:  Relying on Others & Working Together

Interdependence: Relying on Others & Working Together

When your child is around other children, have you ever noticed them carefully watching what another may be doing and then doing something almost exactly the same just moments later? Perhaps they are watching someone put together an elaborate Lego sculpture and then...
Cultivate an Open Mind in Your Children

Cultivate an Open Mind in Your Children

If we were to ask adults, “What is this?”   most people would say a black dot. Well, they might also call it a circle, a period, a blob or polka dot too. Show children the same black dot and ask, “What is this?” and you will hear boundless possibilities. A pupil. A...

Play Creates Learning Moments

Everyone enjoys a dose of fun, but did you know that kids tend to absorb information, both simple and complex, easier when they are engaged in some form of play. When they play it’s fun, but it’s also a key opportunity for learning.  Studies show that while play can...
Play and Work are Not Mutually Exclusive

Play and Work are Not Mutually Exclusive

Anyone who wants to get the creative juices flowing at work should quit being so serious all the time. That’s a pro tip from the CEO of Lego, the toy maker that has turned play into a business empire. Jørgen Vig Knudstorp pushes for more playful workplaces in a recent...

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