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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Blast from the Past: Classic Yard Games to Play Today

Classic games remain so for a good reason; they’re a ton of fun, require few materials, and can be modified to accommodate different group sizes. For this series, simplicity and physical activity are the names of the game, literally! Explore our list of backyard/park favorites, complete with rules, and relive your childhood favorites with your own kids.

Kick the Can


This game requires at least five participants. But, the more, the merrier!
  1. Designate one person (or team if you have a substantial showing) to be “it.” Next, place an empty can—a medium coffee can works—in the center of an open field or yard.
  2. Closing their eyes, the person who’s “it” counts to fifty while the other players run and hide. (So, it's is an ideal game for parks and outdoor spaces with lots of clever hiding spots.) At this point, essentially, a game of tag ensures, in which the person who’s “it” attempts to locate and tag each player while simultaneously keeping an eye on the can in the middle of the playing field.
  3. Players who are successfully tagged are sent to timeout or “jail,” a designated location usually within eyeline of the can. The goal of the players or teams is to kick the can before being tagged. Doing so sets all the jailbirds free.
Kick the Can is a fabulous game because it engages children and adults in lots of cardio and physical play without them really realizing it. It’s team-oriented and facilitates the development of gross motor and strategy skills. If you have a large group and want to make the game even more challenging, add more cans and obstacles to the playing field. The more dynamic elements, the more fun you’ll have!

Capture the Flag


This game features similar elements to Kick the Can but can accommodate a huge group of people, making it perfect for large family cookouts, vacations, and neighborhood meetups. Ultimately, each team seeks to capture the opposing team’s flag, which rests on the other end of the playing field. However, the “field” doesn’t have to be an open space in the traditional sense. For example, it could be on one end of a park or even a neighborhood.
  1. Designate a line separating the two territories. And place markers across the border to remind participants of the boundary.
  2. Players attempt to tag team members who’ve ventured to the other end of the playing field, in enemy territory. Once a player is tagged, they’re sent to “jail” or “limbo” and can only be released if a team member crosses into enemy territory and labels them individually.
  3. The first team to capture the other team’s flag is declared the victor.
Like with many of these classic games, the more participants, the rowdier the game. Tip: if you have a large number of participants, use some physical marker to identify teams. For example, use shirt colors, hats, or even colorful wristbands to designate groups.

Sly Fox


This game is a great one for incorporating kids of varying ability levels.
  1. Pick one child to be the “fox.” The fox faces in the opposite direction from the other kids, who stand either beside a wall or behind a line, some distance away from the fox.
  2. When the fox has his or her back turned, the children run, walk, or move to get closer to the fox. But if the fox turns around, the kids must freeze on the spot, no matter how goofy their position!
  3. If the fox catches someone moving, that child must go back to the starting spot. And the first child who tags the fox without being caught wins that round and gets to be the fox in the next game.
This one is fun, easy, requires no materials, and makes for some very silly and photogenic moments as kids try to remain frozen in awkward positions. Tip: enlist an adult to be the "judge," to make sure everyone follows the rules and gets a fair shake.

Hide and Seek


This one is so ubiquitous that it’s hardly worth explaining. However, it’s a great game to play in parks and natural areas that feature lots of magnificent trees and hiding spots. Just make sure that you’re in a safe space with designated boundaries.

Reliving Your Childhood


Just writing this list made us nostalgic for family gatherings gone by, and that perfect, secret hiding spot that always came through in a bind.

Do you have a favorite childhood yard game? Leave your comments in the space below.

Written by: Parker Jones
Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Create Container Gardens and Compost Bins with Your Family This Summer

Teach children about where their food comes with help from container gardens and compost bins! It’s good for kids’ emotional well being, your wallet, and your health!


Discover the positive impacts of cultivating a green thumb.


Studies show that spending time in nature provides countless health benefits. For example, connecting with nature lowers blood pressure, normalizes heart rate, and relieves stress. And for children, planting a garden facilitates an opportunity to learn about the world around them, as well as explore the food system they interact with on a daily basis. By helping your kids to create beautiful and easy-to-maintain container gardens, you’ll teach them about healthy eating and the importance of environmental stewardship.


Reduce your impact on the planet through composting.


Another way to reduce your carbon footprint is through backyard composting. There are several different methods by which you can get rid of kitchen waste, food scraps, and garden debris.


The first method? Create a compost bin! You can craft one by repurposing old shipping pallets, often obtained for free via trading websites and services like Craigslist. You can also check your local lumber or shipping yards.


The other method is composting with the help of some squirmy little friends… worms! Seriously. Worms can be used to recycle excess food and organic material, turning it into “black gold,” another term for nutrient-rich soil that’s the envy of all seasoned gardeners. The whole process is called vermicomposting. Through vermicomposting, worms consume food scraps, paper, and other natural materials, turning them into compost after digestion.


Regardless of the method you choose, one of the keys to composting is your carbon-nitrogen balance. It’s important to strike a balance between carbon and nitrogen-rich materials.


Nitrogen-rich materials are referred to as greens, because of their green or vibrant hue. These include are fruits, vegetables, coffee grounds, and anything that could be considered “fast rotting.” Carbon-rich materials are brown in color - and they include newspaper, cardboard, sticks, egg shells and other organic, hardy materials. A 2:1 ratio of green to brown is a good balance to strike for a healthy compost bin. Kids will have a blast recycling things like egg cartons, egg shells, banana peels, vegetable leftovers, and paper lunch bags.


Start a container garden.


Container gardening is a great way to grow your own vegetables, especially if you have limited yard space or live in an apartment. Big plants require a lot of space, with roots that need extra room to grow. So, it’s best to avoid small containers which might not be able to store enough water, especially on hot summer days.


To start your container garden, you can use plastic tubs obtained from dollar stores, upcycled barrels, buckets, and even hearty baskets. The bigger the container, the greater your potential yield. Just be sure that your container has drainage holes drilled in the bottom of your bucket.


Add about one inch of gravel to the bottom of containers to improve drainage. And remember to water plants closer to the root of the plant. It will help with water absorption. Add bits of compost to your soil for even better plant nutrition.


Have children plant starter seeds and watch them bloom!


One of the joys of gardening for children is watching a seed transform from a tiny nugget into a beautiful flower or robust vegetable. And luckily, you can use materials in your home to start your seeds. Reuse old coffee cans or egg cartons, and decorate popsicle sticks as plant markers. Or, wrap newspaper around an old soda can, creating a “pot” shape, tape the sides, and slide it off the soda to reveal a compostable seed-starter pot. Place them in a kitchen window or on a back porch and watch your seedlings sprout. Kids can even have a contest to see whose seedling grows the biggest or the fastest.


Some gardening tips for kids:


Let them pick out the seeds! They’ll be much more invested in produce and flower varieties that strike their fancy. For example, if your child loves the color yellow, plant sunflowers and watch your garden transform into a golden flower patch.


Enlist children in watering your new plants. They’ll learn important skills like responsibility, nurturing, and perseverance.


Written by: Parker Jones
Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Creating a Pollinator Garden for Your Family

The news has been “a buzz” lately with articles about the negative biological effects diminishing forests have on our bee populations. Decreased wildlife preservation has been wreaking havoc on our bee populations and local wildlife—bad news for our local ecosystems. Thankfully, bee colony collapse is improving. But, our tiny winged friends are still struggling thanks to land development and pesticide use.


The good news? Your family can help by making your home and yard a healthy place for our fuzzy friends, plant-loving. Here are some ideas for creating a bee-friendly paradise:


Start a Pollinator Garden


In a few simple steps, you can create a backyard pollinator bed that acts as a safe and healthy habitat for bee colonies, increasing any vegetable garden yields, and boosting the health of your flower beds.


If you’re new to pollinator gardens, it’s a good idea to do some research before jumping in. One fantastic resource is your local community garden. You’ll find folks who can walk you through the process and direct you to the best pollinator plants for your specific region. And if you’re hoping to plant a produce garden along with your patch of wildflowers, seasoned gardeners will have knowledge of ideal planting and harvesting timelines, making planning your bounty a simple process.


It’s important to note: some pollinator plants can be invasive when planted in the wrong climate. Cheerios learned this the hard way after their well-meaning “Bring Back the Bees” campaign resulted in the distribution of seeds that are invasive to certain U.S. regions.


For guidance, consult this handy website with lists of recommended native plants, cataloged by state and geographical climate. After that, find a reputable seed company, or get in touch with a seasoned pollinator gardener, and ask them if they’d be willing to give you starter plants and offshoots.


Remember, different bee species demonstrate different pollinating habits. For example, some bees like to pollinate using a variety of wildflowers, while others have definite favorites and gravitate toward those plants again and again. So, the more variety of plants in your pollinator garden, the better your chances of success.


Create a Mason Bee Habitat


For this craft, adapted from Natural Beach Living, you’ll need:

  • One tin can
  • Parchment paper
  • Paint (yellow or bright colors work best)
  • Tape
  • A nail and a hammer
  • A piece of string

Adults, you’ll need to tap two holes in either side of the can. (This is where you’ll tie the string to hang it from the tree, mouth facing out.) Next, invite children to paint their mason bee cans with bright colors. Decoupage using construction paper or newspaper is also an excellent idea and a great way to recycle paper products, providing hours of crafting fun. Next, Tie a piece of string through the two holes, making a hanger for your “bee hotel.” Cut a piece of parchment paper in half and roll it, starting at one end, so that it makes a tight roll with two entries. Tape one of the sides shut, and place it in the mouth of your painted soup or coffee can, open-end forward. Then, repeat this step until the can is full. When you’re done, it should vaguely resemble a honeycomb. Hang it from a tree or in your pollinator garden to attract bee friends.


Create Cute Pollinator Markers


Pollinator plants come in so many shapes and sizes. Some are weedy and long, while others are short, full, and sport geometrical blooms. And for new gardeners—and kids—it can be difficult to distinguish between one and another.


Get crafty and use painted rocks, popsicle sticks, or metal stakes to imprint the names of plants using the pressure of a pencil or pen. This craft is both practical and fun! Kids will have a blast painting and drawing, while also learning about the different varieties of pollinators and the importance of wildlife preservation.


You can also help kids to create a large sign welcoming friends to their pollinator garden. You just may encourage neighbors to follow suit and plant their own gardens, creating a more vibrant neighborhood for everyone! Another upside to planting pollinators? It limits the amount of mowing you have to do, which is a win for the planet and your sanity!


Remember to Mind Your Step


Interestingly, most North America’s native bees—70%—nest in the ground. So, be careful about where you step! Instruct children to leave a patch of untouched dirt somewhere in your yard for bees to build their habitats. (You can even denote this area with a sign or a border of rocks and flowers. For even more protection, surround the area with low fencing.)


Help Children to “Bee” Mindful

Gardening facilitates crucial conversations about the symbiotic relationship between people and the planet. Do you garden with your kids? Leave some comments and tips in the space below.


Written by: Parker Jones
Wednesday, July 25, 2018

5 Reasons to Hike With Your Kids This Summer


"Nature always wears the color of the spirit." - Ralph Waldo Emerson


This summer, take a break from the air conditioning and get back into nature because it turns out, hiking provides countless benefits for children and adults, offering families a fabulous way to connect. Read on to find five reasons to hike with your kids this week.


1. Practice good environmental stewardship.


When kids hike through a national park or forest, they’re able to connect with nature and understand the importance of protecting the planet’s natural beauty, aka “leaving no trace.”


Snacktime presents a great “teachable moment” to talk about the amount of waste we accumulate. Therefore, illustrate the importance of collecting your own trash and wrappers to throw away later by saving and storing any granola bar wrappers.


Or, better yet, go zero-waste on your hike and bring package-free snacks like nuts and dried fruit in a mason jar. You’ll be demonstrating the concepts of “reduce and reuse.”


And if you’re feeling really green, bring along a small trash bag to pick up any bottles and fast food containers you may see. Trash collecting, though not the most glamorous pastime, acts as a fun scavenger hunt for kids of all ages and teaches them about good environmental stewardship.


2. Get some exercise.


It’s important that kids start healthy exercise habits early. Some studies even suggest that exercising outside may be better for your health – and that’s true for both adults and children. A hike outside provides excellent cardiovascular exercise. Plus, outside, kids can explore a new landscape, traverse trees’ root systems, duck spider webs and hanging limbs, and balance on exciting rockscapes. Kids will hone their balance skills, increase agility, and gain confidence in their ability to navigate new terrain.


3. Connect with nature and appreciate wildlife.


Hiking provides ample educational opportunities for kids to discover new flowers, animals, and insects – even in urban parks. And if your local hiking trail is close to a body of water, you’ll likely encounter fish, ducks, frogs, and other pond life. Connecting with plants and animals fills children with a sense of wonder for the rich bio-diversity that life has to offer.


4. Spend some unplugged quality time together.


It’s essential that your family periodically takes a break from social media/screen time to reconnect with nature and each other. So, turn the phones off (or put them on airplane mode) and stash them in your bag as you traverse a new landscape.


In our increasingly digital world, unplugging helps foster a sense of mindfulness and ground us in the present moment. In fact, in a study conducted by the University of Maryland, students unplugged from technology reported an improved quality of life and spent more time with friends and family, got more exercise, and even ate healthier foods. Regularly unplugging gets kids in the habit of finding alternative ways to spend their time, many of which are much healthier than wasting time on social media or binging Netflix all evening.


5. Save money and re-focus on the essential things.


Most natural hiking spots are either free or cost very little. And the only tools you’ll need are some proper hiking boots or tennis shoes, sunscreen, breathable clothing, and water. As the old adage goes, “the best things in life are free.” And nothing is more fundamental to our well being than getting back into nature and connecting to the beauty all around us.


Our Hiking Tips:


  • Make sure to bring plenty of water. A backpack makes a great catch-all for water bottles, snacks, sunscreen, band-aids, and extra socks.
  • Bring a phone in case of emergencies, but keep it zipped away in your backpack. That way, it’s available if you need it, but you won’t be tempted to check Instagram.
  • If your kids burn easily, consider wearing baseball caps or bonnets to keep the sun off of their faces.
  • Teach your kids about the buddy system. It’s crucial for them to stay with a partner at all times, especially around bodies of water.

Do you have any hiking tips or stories? Sound off in the comments.


Written by: Parker Jones
Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Outdoor Park Adventures: Nature-Inspired Crafts for Kids

Need some ideas for fun outdoor projects this summer? Check out these nature-themed crafts, featuring organic elements, for kids of all ages and ability levels. Create them as accessories to aid in your kids’ adventures, or assemble them at the park for a crafty day in the great outdoors.


Create an exploration kit!


This excellent craft comes from the folks at PBS. Kids will delight in making an exploratory kit to take with them as they traverse through their favorite parks, green spaces, or playgrounds with their handy “toolkits” in tow.


To make this craft, clean out or towel dry an empty coffee can. (Make sure it doesn’t have any sharp edges. If you don’t have any at home, some recycling centers will let you grab some gently-used cans and upcycled supplies.)


Next, cut a piece of ribbon or yarn as the handle. Make sure it’s long enough for your child to wear it over their shoulder: 24” is usually a good length. After that, poke two small holes in the plastic lid of your coffee can. This is where you’ll thread your ribbon and tie the ends. Finally, invite your kids to decorate their box with paint and stickers, or help them hot glue found items onto their containers. You can give the cans a nature theme, and glue rocks, shells, and other organic materials in an unusual pattern.


Kids can use their kits to collect pine cones, leaves, and rocks. Or, they can use them to carry play accessories like action figures, balls, legos, or crayons and paper.


Assemble driftwood art and nature frames.


These beautiful nature-sourced art projects from Parents.com look worthy of any Pinterest board, even though they’re inexpensive and a breeze to create.


Driftwood Art:


With the help of sticks or driftwood and colorful nylon cord, kids will weave their nature finds into memorable art. For this craft, you’ll need six to eight pieces of small to medium-sized sticks or slices of driftwood gathered from either your yard or the park, parachute cord or sturdy yarn, and duct tape.


To make this craft, have kids assemble their design on a towel, rearranging the sticks so that the curves fit together, with as little gaps as possible. After that, double knot one end of your piece of cord around the end piece of driftwood. (As a rule of thumb, the cable needs to be roughly three times as long as the width of the wood.) Fasten the knot on the back and weave your piece of string under and over the sticks until you’ve reached the end of your row. Then, reverse it, and knit back the opposite way. After that, knot off the trim and add some additional vibrant colors, starting on the opposite side so that the knots are even. Finally, trim any excess and secure the ends of your craft in the back with the duct tape.


Nature frame:


Use the same stick materials, as well as leaves, dried flowers, shells, and rocks, to create a nature picture frame. To create this craft, you’ll need a photo, cardstock or cardboard, hot glue, and found treasures for decoration.


First, print out a photo on a heavy piece of cardstock. Or, you can glue a photograph to a piece of cardboard. It’s really up to you. Make sure that your photo and board/cardstock has room around the edges for your nature border. Next, hot glue found items, buttons, dried flowers, and leaves to the sides. And voilĂ ! An organic picture frame!


Make a pinecone bird feeder.


This super easy and animal-friendly craft from the Outdoor Parent is a favorite! You’ll need pine cones, string, peanut butter or vegetable shortening, oatmeal or cornmeal, bird seed mix from the store, and a plate or pie tin.


First, tie a string around the pinecone. Next, mix on a half cup of peanut butter or shortening with one half cup oats/cornmeal. After that, take a spoon or fingers to spread the mixture all over your pinecone. Make sure it gets into the open “petals” of the pinecone. (Pro tip: a slightly warm pinecone mixture is easier to spread.) Place the birdseed in a pie tin. Now, roll and press the seeds onto your peanut-butter pinecone until it’s well covered. You shouldn’t be able to see too much “blank space” on your pinecone. Finally, hang your cone from a tree to act as a bird feeder. Place it by a tree outside a favorite window, or take it to the park and find it a home. (Tip: a place away from the trunk is best because it’s harder for squirrels to access.)


Do you have any favorite outdoor crafts? Leave your comments in the space below!


Written by: Parker Jones
Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Five Reasons Your Child Should Join a Team Sport


As the motivational saying goes, “Teamwork makes the dream work!” Team sports and other group activities—like band or choir—provide a host of benefits and growth opportunities that will aid in your child’s development. Here are five reasons to encourage your child to join a team this school year.

1. Teamwork creates community.


Joining a team offers kids an opportunity to be part of a group that shares a common mission, requiring children to learn important skills like cooperation, self-discipline, communication, and humility.

Team sports also provide a great outlet for children to make friends with other kids who share common interests. This is especially vital for homeschooled children because it gives them a structured environment in which to practice social interaction, interpersonal negotiation, sportsmanship, and tolerance.

Additionally, team sports create a space for children to develop intergenerational relationships with coaches, teachers, and mentors who’ll act as role models and guides. As society progresses, we see the emergence, or revitalization, of diverse housing and living patterns, many of which include multi-generational support and habitation. Positive adult role models can teach children “The Four R’s”—respect, responsibility, reciprocity, and resilience—essential to co-existing with their peers, young and old.

2. Team sports aid in emotional intelligence and development.


Team sports give children a place to develop emotional fortitude, giving them a set of skills that transfer to other areas of their lives. And these benefits are both mental and physical.

Most obviously, exercise provides a safe space in which children can explore feelings of competitiveness, aggression, and anger, channeling their emotions into a productive outlet. Plus, the relaxation of sports alleviates anxiety and depression, and can improve overall mood. Additionally, studies show that regular exercise improves memory and cognitive abilities. For example, in one study done at the University of British Columbia, researchers found that regular, vigorous aerobic exercise appeared to boost the size of the hippocampus, the part of the brain linked to verbal memory and learning. The development of the hippocampus can lead to a slew of positive outcomes, like better recall, vocabulary, and communication.

So, if you can, encourage your child to participate in a sport involving intense bouts of cardio, like soccer, gymnastics, or even softball, It could increase your kid’s concentration, creative thinking, and mood — benefits that extend into their academic performance.

3. Teamwork teaches responsibility and commitment.


It’s important for children to learn to honor their responsibilities and show up for the people in their lives. Teamwork teaches children how to take responsibility for their actions, while team sports provide the perfect avenue to practice “soft” social skills, which influence a child’s academics, future work, and relationship maintenance. Knowing the team is counting on you can be a huge motivator for kids to show up and follow through with their commitments.

4. Kids learn good sportsmanship and how to be a team player.


Nobody is a winner every single time. And one of the most important lessons kids can learn is how to lose — and fail — gracefully. In the words of Winston Churchill, “Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” It’s not about how many times a child fails, but their attitude in making mistakes and learning from them.

Being part of a team allows children to cope with the highs and lows that come with failure and success, teaching them to navigate life’s ebbs and flows in a healthy way.

5. Athletic involvement can increase academic performance.


As mentioned above, there are myriad tangible benefits to athletics. And practice on the field can transfer to performance in the classroom. According to a University of Kansas study that analyzed the scores of high school students, tests suggest that over 97% of student athletes graduated high school — 10% higher than those students who had never participated in sports. Additionally, athletes were shown to have better G.P.A. outcomes than non-athletes. Some of this might have to do with the time and stress management skills learned through sports participation, or even the emotional benefits of exercise, but regardless, time spent in athletics can help a child succeed in unexpected ways.

Remember to listen to your child.


Despite all the benefits that come with team sports, not all kids will show an interest. And that’s okay. Above all, encourage your child to join group activities they find engaging. Support their budding interest and watch them blossom!


Written by: Parker Jones
Wednesday, June 27, 2018

The Benefits of Imaginative Play


“Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.” ― Albert Einstein


Imaginative play provides countless social and personal benefits for children. It helps them gain a deeper sense of empathy, gives them confidence, and creates, or strengthens, friendships. Playing pretend (or dramatic play) also leads to success in school and extracurricular activities. And some research even suggests that imaginary play results in demonstrated cognitive benefits, such as increased language usage ― like subjunctives, future tenses, and adjectives ― and better social literacy, which fosters cultural sensitivity and awareness.


Playing pretend increases “creative empathy.”


Through imaginative play, children gain cognitive flexibility, and in doing so, grow lifelong social and artistic skills. For example, when a child engages in imaginative play, either by themselves or with a group of kids, they’re trying on different roles and working through a variety of scenarios and challenges. This roleplaying process is crucial for kids to explore and develop their identities and preferences.


Imaginative storytelling enables children to tap into the commonalities that connect us all, which is a good thing for the next generation and society as a whole. As author Robin Moore says, “Inside each of us is a natural-born storyteller, waiting to be released.” Similarly, Joan Didion famously espoused, “We tell ourselves stories in order to live.” In their quest to discover themselves and try on different hats, children tell themselves stories in order to understand their world with all of its newness, wonder, and complexity.


Imaginative play enables children to “walk a day in the shoes” of people and characters different from themselves. If a child understands a variety of stories, they’re more likely to treat their peers and the people they encounter with compassion and kindness. Pretend play, at its core, invites kids to consider a variety of perspectives.


Imaginative play teaches kids to visualize goals and dreams.


Adults use visualization every day, in both their personal and professional lives. Imagination, aka visualization, is at work when adults develop a project at work, plan out their week, read a book, or solve a problem creatively.


As an active form of visualization, imaginative plants seeds for these grown-up skills, giving children an opportunity to set goals and dreams and envision their future. Many of our brightest stars in innovation, science, humanitarian work, business, and the arts describe imagining some version of their future success at a young age. Just ask Oprah Winfrey or Jennifer Lopez. Through imaginative play, kids are transported to new worlds and challenged to learn by mimicking what they see. Introduce your children to aspirational role models, and they’ll be much more likely to follow in their footsteps.


Make believe aids in physical development, too.


Along with the fabulous cognitive benefits of dramatic play, imaginative discovery also offers a great way for kids to develop gross motor skills, make new friends, and blow off some steam in a healthy and positive way.


Dramatic play creates scenarios in which to increase essential skills. For example, kids can practice balance and agility while pretending to be gymnasts or spies walking a tightrope, or they’ll develop fine motor skills through pretend tea parties, playing with paper dolls, or coloring backdrops and other “props” for their dramatic play.


Here are some ways to facilitate dramatic play:


1. Fill a box or trunk with an assortment of dress up clothes and accessories. They don’t have to be expensive. You can score costumes from consignment shops and second-hand stores, or collect gently-used items from your own closet. If the clothes are way too big for a toddler, a few snips of the scissors, along with some well-placed stitches, can go a long way.


2. Seek out playground equipment that facilitates imaginative play. Many parks include play structures that incorporate some dramatic theme, helping to create an atmosphere of pretend fun! Or, consider purchasing a playset for your own backyard!


3. Join your kids in their make believe! Use toys, dress up clothes, books, and everyday items as inspiration for your dramatic play. Some favorite themes include learning about different countries and taking a “pretend trip,” imitating favorite superheroes, making an imaginary trip to the grocery store, and much more. Often, your child will have ideas about themes that interest them, and you can help them embellish or dive deeper into beloved topics by introducing them to corresponding outings, books, and films.


What kind of imaginary play does your kid enjoy? Sound off in the comments below!


Written by: Parker Jones