Creative Pretend Play Props and Ideas

The following post is by contributor Amy Anderson of Let’s Explore.

Pretend play is an important part of a young child’s life. Trying out different roles, replaying experiences, practicing social skills, and trying out new vocabulary are just some of the many benefits of imaginative play.

Creating an environment that supports pretend play is easy – kids just need some space to play, unstructured blocks of time, and a few simple props.

We usually do a combination of gathering things from around the house and creating our own props for pretend play. Making your own pretend play props is a great way to extend the playtime, involve older siblings, and incorporate real-life literacy and math skills. Keep your play props together by theme in plastic bags or bins and rotate them to keep things fresh and interesting.

I’m sure you have played your fair share of restaurant, house, and doctor. Here are three more pretend play ideas to add to your repertoire. Happy pretending! [Read more…]

Permission to Be Kind to Yourself Today

The following is by editor Kara Fleck.

Happy Valentine’s Day!  I know that you have probably spent the time leading up to this day coming up with ways to show your loved ones how much you care about them and planning some simple family celebrations for them.

I want to encourage you to do something else today, as well:  be kind to yourselves.

You deserve it.

Thank You

While I strive to make life simple and parenting uncomplicated, I will never say that it is easy.  I’m here, in the trenches with you, and I know some of the sacrifices you make and difficult things that you do on a daily basis.  And, I want to say thank you for that.

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Weekend Links

Have a wonderful Sunday, friends!