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Book Review of Purposeful Play: A Teacher's Guide to Igniting Deep and Joyful Learning Across the Day

Book Review of Purposeful Play: A Teacher's Guide to Igniting Deep and Joyful Learning Across the Day

There is so much research about how play supports learning. But how do you, as a teacher implement that in the classroom? You may feel overwhelmed and not know where to start.

If you’re interested in figuring out how to incorporate more play into school, especially at the early elementary school levels, I highly recommend reading

Secret Messages

Secret Messages

Inside: A fun arts and crafts activity to do with a social skills group. This is a great way to start a discussion hidden social rules.

Doing arts and crafts with social skills groups is awesome because it's fun but it’s also a playful way to teach. This lesson is all about about picking up on clues. This activity allows kids to write a secret message and reveal it.

The Importance of Outdoor and Inclusive Play: An Interview with Missy Benson from Playworld

The Importance of Outdoor and Inclusive Play: An Interview with Missy Benson from Playworld

Inside: An interview with Missy Benson from Playworld, talking about the importance of outdoor play and inclusive play, and the new PlayForm 7 in the Boston area.

“Oh. my. Goodness!!!” my daughter shrieked with excitement. My son’s eyes widened and he took off running toward the playful chaos of the playground.

How Pretend Play Helps Children Learn Social Skills

How Pretend Play Helps Children Learn Social Skills

“Mommy, you be a cop and we’ll be the robbers! We’re running away and taking your money!”

Lately, my kids have been playing cops and robbers. They’re always looking for new items to “steal”, and then they run to their robber’s fort (aka under our dining room table). My husband and I are the cops. We look for clues to track the robbers, and then we usually have a little exchange ---

Book Review - Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul

Book Review - Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul

I’ve been wanting to read this book since I watched Dr. Brown’s TED talk all about play. As someone who is a huge advocate for play, reading this book was thrilling. There are so many great quotes and wonderful information about the importance of play and it’s impact on our social lives. Here are a few of my favorite highlights from the book.

How to set up a playful home

How to set up a playful home

From the other room, you hear “MooOOOm, I can’t find anything to play with!!” Then you walk into a playroom filled with toys and a 7 year old who has their cranky pants on.

How many times have you experienced something similar? Your children have all these toys and they just don’t play with anything. It’s mind boggling, really. Let’s break it down and try to make it a little easier.

Play Matters

Play Matters

Play is the best way for children to learn. Play helps children figure out how to interact with one another. Play helps children figure out how to problem solve, make decisions, collaborate and work together as a team. Play is crucial for children to develop socially and cognitively. Play is a part of nature - even animals learn through play.  Play should be a part of everyday life. Adults and children should take some time to play every day. It's the best way to learn plus it's fun.

Connect with Your Child through Imperfect Play

Connect with Your Child through Imperfect Play

Today, I’m so excited to be guest posting over at Imperfect Families. Are you looking for some ideas of how to play with your kids but you don’t want to play Candyland? Check out some of my ideas for how you AND your child can enjoy playing together!

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