Big Things Come in Small Packages

Big Things Come in Small Packages

When Minnesota Children’s Museum announced plans for a big expansion project, plenty of people got excited — including a 4-year-old boy named Arthur. “When we got an email from the children’s museum about the expansion, Arthur had me read him the whole...

Play Creates Learning Moments

Everyone enjoys a dose of fun, but did you know that kids tend to absorb information, both simple and complex, easier when they are engaged in some form of play. When they play it’s fun, but it’s also a key opportunity for learning.  Studies show that while play can...

Giving Life to Action Figures

Whether it’s giving life to action figures and stuffed animals or by simply “playing house,” pretend play allows your child to think creatively and use their imagination. Pretend play promotes development of the whole self cognitively, socially, and emotionally. In...
Give Your Toddler a Paring Knife? Seriously?

Give Your Toddler a Paring Knife? Seriously?

It can sound scary, but there’s an argument for giving young children access to real tools, including kitchen knives. So writes science writer Sujata Gupta for the The Salt, a National Public Radio blog. Gupta quotes  anthropologist David Lancy to support the notion...
Play Boosts Innovation!

Play Boosts Innovation!

Want to know how to raise innovative kids? PLAY! Do you remember transforming into your favorite superhero as a child to save the day or draping blankets across the living room to build forts? Well research links pretend play now to future innovative thinkers. In a...

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