Play


Scenario 1: I sit the children down promptly at 10:00 am at the art table. Billy was in the middle of building an amazing castle in the block area, including a moat and a drawbridge. But its ART time. The schedule printed on the wall says so. Read the full […]

Watch Them Bloom



Creativity is on the decline, and the reduction of free play is at least partly to blame. According to American psychologist, Peter Gray, free play has declined sharply over the last century, and with it the mental health of children and adolescents has also declined. To add to this sobering […]

5 Ways to Encourage Creativity Through Play




Ever since we bought our Magna-Tiles, they have been one of the most used toys in our house. They get played will all the time and in all different ways! If you aren’t familiar with Magna-Tiles (also sold as Picasso Tiles and Magformers), they are plastic, translucent shapes that are lined […]

10 Unexpected Places to Use Magnetic Tiles


As both mom and educator, I fare better the more I follow John Holt’s two words of advice—“Trust children.” It’s easier said than done, though. Young children are disorderly, ever changing, and focus on the craziest things. To boot, many of us feel extraordinary pressure to raise and educate them […]

Let ‘Em Spin! They’re Learning.




I believe everyone should take life at the pace that suits them, and the pace that happens to suit my family is a slow, purposeful one. If you too would like to embrace an un-hurried life, here are ten benefits I’ve noticed in my own kids from living at the pace we […]

10 Benefits Kids Gain From An UnBusy Life










When you hear the word sensory play, most times you think of messy play, or children being let loose to explore the world around them outside. And while sensory play does include these things, it is SO much more than that. Sensory play is so important for development – they […]

Why Is Sensory Play So Important For Development?