Why I like play dates

                        Just because it's scheduled time doesn’t mean it lacks imagination.

Kids need to play in order to practice creativity and flexibility, solve problems and learn ways to regulate emotions, and I’ve already addressed the importance of play in this blog post.  A new phenomenon in play has evolved since I was a child, the scheduled play date.  The play date has been getting some negative press recently, with people listing all the things they don’t like about them.  There are pros and cons to everything, so I decided to explain why I appreciate play dates. I’ve found them to be helpful for a number of the children I‘ve worked with over the years, and I schedule play dates for my own children from time to time.

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Pinterest in Real Life - Coffee Filter Sun Catchers

Pinterest in Real Life -  Pinterest projects don’t always go as planned.  Often the end result doesn’t look like the perfect pictures, but it’s not about how it looks.  The important thing is that you’re exposing your kids to new shared experiences.  It doesn’t have to be Pinterest perfect to be fun or playful.  

We're on vacation and I purposely only packed one bag of toys, so I've had to be more creative than usual to set up activities for the kids.They tend to play longer with toys if they have fewer choices and I wanted to see how they would manage with the limited selection for a longer period of time.  I also felt up to the challenge of using more recycling and everyday items. Once we got here, I got construction paper, white glue, paper plates and glue sticks. I've also been saving boxes and paper bags from shopping for crafts.

One of the first crafts we did was make coffee filter sun catchers. I was inspired by this project from The Untrained Housewife. The place we’re staying already has coffee filters so this was easy to do. We used markers to make patterns then we sprinkled the filters with water.

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Pinterest in Real Life - Wonder Dough

It was really warm and muggy this week, and while the kids had been enjoying the great outdoors, they needed to take a break inside.  I wanted to have them do something that would occupy them for a few minutes while I did some cleaning, and they usually love playing with play doh.  I saw this post from Growing a Jeweled Rose  and thought it seemed pretty quick and easy to make since it only had two ingredients.  I decided to give it a shot.

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