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In our makerspace – The Studio in the Target Gallery – we’re celebrating the idea that waste can become a resource, and that with a little imagination and creative thinking, the familiar can be transformed.
I’ve spent tens of thousands of hours taking care of kids of every age, with a diversity of needs, developmental stages, experiences and disabilities. I’ve also spent hundreds of hours just observing children and their caregivers. Over time, all of these children have taught me a ton, and as a result, I have grown as a caregiver.
New Horizon Academy CEO Chad Dunkley recently attended an early childhood conference in Baltimore. At the conference, a professor from Georgetown University spoke about recent research on brain development. She spoke to the importance of serve and return.
For two years running, Minnesota Children’s Museum has been a hot spot for Amber, Tyler and their two kids – a daughter (5) and son (2). They have two cats too, although the furbabies stay home when this central Minnesota family makes the trip to the museum.
It’s all natural, easy to find, fun to take and totally addictive in a good way. It’s called “real play” and your family doctor may soon remind you to make sure your children get a healthy dose of it every day. In a new clinical report, the American Academy of Pediatrics confirms that play is a powerful teacher.
I spend a lot of time talking with parents, many of them worried about school readiness. Parents know that their child will be measured, in some way, early in the school year to assess readiness. This measurement, this readiness thing, has created lots of anxiety for parents. I want to ease your mind about the summer slide and school readiness.
August is here, which means the start of school and cooler weather is on the horizon. To help you make the most of this final month of summer break, we’ve compiled a list of 11 open-ended activities that exercise both body and mind.
First the good news: When kids play, they grow and learn. Their brains develop. They figure out how to solve problems. They flex their creativity. They learn to speak, listen and understand. All of this happens naturally and automatically. That’s the power of play.
When kids tell me that they are bored, I usually ask them to wait until I can find a chair so I can sit down while they tell me all about it. I want them to know how interested I am in their boredom, considering they are in a classroom full of friends and activities. They usually do not hang around long enough to tell me their woes because the underlying message is clear: their boredom is their responsibility.
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